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Dr. Stuart Weiss: COVID-19 Update Monday 29-June-2020

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By Dr. Stuart Weiss, Intelligent Crowd Solutions

Dr. Stuart Weiss, FACEP, FAAP, CBCP

June 29, 2020

Today’s topics: Unbelievable Nashville! New testing modalities

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Unbelievable Nashville
I’m still in Nashville for the Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton filming. We are doing a good job keeping everyone safe on the set. We have a complete screening system set up for crew and artists. We check everyone and fog all incoming equipment with a special disinfectant.

At the end of the day I go back into Nashville and the disbelief at what I am seeing continues. As you may know, Nashville is the number one destination for Bachelorette parties in the country and this weekend was no exception. Tens of different parties roaming the street or on party buses this Saturday night. None of them had face coverings and they certainly didn’t social distance themselves. I couldn’t help thinking while watching them that they would party this weekend and then go home, have their weddings and infect their family. Killing their older relatives. This is so disturbing to me.

Then I saw this concert clip:

https://www.tmz.com/2020/06/28/chase-rice-hosts-packed-concert-tennessee-no-masks-social-distancing/

where country singer Chase Rice holds a packed maskless concert here in Tennessee this weekend and has the kids sing along with him. Singing and shouting produce the maximal amount of respiratory particles.

Nashville Department of Health enacted an emergency order mandating masks on Friday which went into effect yesterday early evening. I didn’t see any change last night or today.

Cases continue to surge in the South and the West. The United States now has 2,564,163 COVID-19 cases and 125,928 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker. The New York Times reports that US cases are up 76% over the past 2 weeks. 12 states have paused their reopening programs. Some states have moved backwards closing bars. In some states, many of the new cases are in younger people. Mortality in young people still seems to remain low. The latest mortality models show us continuing along at our current pace until September when we spike sharply upwards.

New Testing modalities

I learned about another new rapid field test for CoViD-19 that should be out in about two months. This test is based on PCR and was being developed for Ebola virus detection in the jungle. It now has been repurposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes CoViD-19 disease. As I learn more, I will bring it to you. I have still not received further information on the nano technology that I wrote about a few weeks ago. I have been calling them intermittently and not getting anywhere. So perhaps their data is not as good as they hoped for. I still believe that field testing is the key to reopening entertainment and sports venues as well as performance venues.

On a personal note, I am sad that Cirque du Soleil filed for bankruptcy. I hope that they survive. I enjoy their shows.

Be well and practice good social distancing. Also, take care of yourself. The number of out of hospital cardiac arrests is way up. You can still have heart disease and diabetes and asthma during a pandemic. Don’t skip regular checkups.
–Dr. Stu
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COVID-19 HEADLINES FOR TODAY
Coronavirus update for June 29, 2020

World Wide Updates
Chile reports a total of 4,017 new cases of Covid-19
Cirque du Soleil to file for bankruptcy due to coronavirus shutdown
Antiviral drug combo doesn’t help coronavirus patients, UK study shows
WHO is sending a team to China to research “how the virus started”
Canada’s Trudeau: “Things are continuing to move in the right direction” 
US travelers likely to be left off list of nations allowed to enter EU, diplomats say
Brazil’s Federal District declares a “state of public calamity” as cases increase 
Greece extends ban on direct flights from UK until July 15
Coronavirus pandemic “not even close to being over,” WHO says
Amazon workers go on strike in Germany over coronavirus cases
Coronavirus death toll in Bolivia passes 1,000
Argentina reports more than 2,100 new Covid-19 cases
India’s Maharastra state extends lockdown until July 31
More than 1 million Covid-19 cases reported in eastern Mediterranean region, WHO says
Spanish beaches reopen but social distancing measures stay in place
Singapore rolls out coronavirus contract-tracing device for seniors
Delhi is opening a plasma bank for recovered virus patients
Iran is living through the most difficult year in its history, says President Rouhani
A volunteer “sewing squad” has distributed more than 55,000 masks to vulnerable communities
UK group warns “significant proportion” of Covid-19 patients will develop PTSD 
India’s lockdown is scheduled to end tomorrow, but three states are extending restrictions
Asian markets fall sharply as US coronavirus cases trigger concerns about a global recovery
400,000 people under new lockdown in China’s Hebei province
Japan registers largest increase in new coronavirus cases since lifting emergency 
Australian state of Victoria sees highest daily coronavirus case count in months
Total Cases Worldwide: 10,341,165Total Deaths Worldwide: 506,241Total Recovered: 5,610,138

US Updates

New Jersey reports 156 new coronavirus cases and 18 deaths
Monroe County, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County in Florida will close their beaches during July 4 weekend
VMAs will be held in Brooklyn in August, New York governor says
Vermont governor says he will not make masks mandatory right now
Jacksonville is not closing its beaches for Fourth of July and issues face covering mandate for indoor and outdoor locations
Pelosi extends House’s remote voting into August due to coronavirus
Classroom contact could lead to transmission of Covid-19, CDC research suggests
Florida Keys to close beaches for holiday weekend
Cuomo urges Trump to issue executive order requiring everyone to wear masks
Broadway shows suspended for rest of year
“We did open too quickly,” California county public health official says
Florida reports more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases
Democratic leaders call for GOP to negotiate more stimulus
At least 14 states hit pause on reopening plans as coronavirus cases spike
US reports busiest weekend for air travel in months
Only 4 US states are seeing a decline in new coronavirus cases
72% of California population is on coronavirus “watch list,” governor says
Tennessee extends state of emergency until August 29
At least 26 NHL players have tested positive for Covid-19 since June 8
85 visitors of Michigan bar test positive for coronavirus
Disneyland workers demand coronavirus testing for employees at Saturday protest
Rhode Island issues mandatory 14-day quarantine for people coming from states with 5% positivity rate
Fifth professional golfer, Harris English, tests positive for Covid-19
Trump believes wearing a mask is a personal decision
Total US cases: 2,659,089
Total US deaths: 128,598
Total Recovered: 1,099,727
Total Tested in US: 30,988,013
Total cases in NY: 417,131
Total deaths in NY: 31,489
New York City cases: 211,500+
New York City deaths: 22,400+
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