What that you must find out about coronavirus on Wednesday, October 21
Experts believe excessive deaths are a broader measure of the overall impact of the outbreak by tracking Covid-19 deaths that may not have been properly diagnosed or those that died from other causes linked to the crisis. Groups with the largest percentage increases in deaths were adults ages 25 to 44, according to the CDC report, and Hispanic Americans Jason Hanna and Christina Maxouris report. This is happening as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to downplay the pandemic on the campaign trail despite warnings from officials of a rapidly deteriorating situation. Hospital stays are on the rise, and the country surpassed 60,000 new infections yesterday – three times the daily average in June, when restrictions gradually eased. “It’s going to be a difficult fall and winter,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, told CNBC on Monday. “I think we are about two or three weeks behind Europe. So we are about a week away from entering a phase where we will see a rapid acceleration in some cases.” Tribute to the nation’s mental health. Americans need to be aware, as the next few months could be “one of the darkest chapters in modern American history,” Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN. “We could consider doubling the number of deaths in the week after inauguration. It’s tough,” he said. “Get ready for it, but remember it will get better.”
YOU ASKED. WE HAVE ANSWERED
Question: How is the pandemic affecting sleep?
ONE: The pandemic affects sleep in a number of ways.
A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 36% of Americans reported having difficulty sleeping this summer due to stress from the pandemic. Sleep specialist Matthew Walker told CNN that economic instability and fear of catching the virus have contributed significantly to an increase in sleep disorders.
But it’s not all bad news. Some people’s sleep actually increased slightly, Walker said. First results of a survey by the Australian Monash University showed that 42% of people said they slept better and reported that their sleep-wake behavior was closer to their body clocks. These results will be published later this year.
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WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY?
Covid-19 has created a “shadow pandemic” for victims of domestic violence
The Covid-19 pandemic is causing another crisis: an explosion of domestic abuse on a global scale. As more and more people are forced to stay at home, many victims are locked up with their abusers and some domestic abuse support services have been suspended.
In France, the number of domestic violence interventions during the lockdown rose 42% year over year. In Venezuela there was a 65% increase in femicides in April compared to the same month of the previous year 2019. In Uganda calls to a women’s hotline rose by more than 500%.
Read more about what the United Nations has called a “shadow pandemic” in our special report.
India faces double health threats this winter: pollution and pandemic
In New Delhi, smog from burning grain fields, vehicle emissions, power plants, construction sites and smoke from Diwali fireworks all combine to form a poisonous cloud that lasts until spring.
Authorities have tried for years to combat this serious public health risk – but there’s a new urgency this year with fears that pollution could increase the risk of Covid-19, Jessie Yeung, Esha Mitra and Vedika Sud report.
The pandemic is accelerating automation and 85 million jobs are pending
According to a new report that says the coronavirus-induced recession is accelerating technological change that could displace 85 million jobs over the next five years, there are bank tellers and robot engineers at work, reports Hanna Ziady.
“Automation, along with the Covid-19 recession, creates a double-disruption scenario for workers,” said the World Economic Forum report, which warned that inequality is likely to increase unless displaced workers can be retrained to enter new professions.
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- Time is running out for a coronavirus stimulus deal before election day in the US.
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- All of the University of Michigan students are currently in an emergency which in some cases remains in place due to a surge.
- A Texan woman died of Covid-19 on an airplane in July.
- Swarms of locusts are spreading across Ethiopia, aided by heavy rainfall and the pandemic.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
Do you feel stressed about Covid-19? Meditate with Anderson Cooper
Mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn guided Cooper through a brief guided meditation, a discipline that he believes can help find calm in these turbulent times. Watch the full video here.
“It’s like driving down a single lane highway. We see a car crash ahead and we see the exit. And for some reason we thought it was a better idea to survive the car crash.” – Dr. Ross Goldberg, president of the Arizona Medical Association
In the US, confusion about wearing masks is widespread. The messages from scientists about the importance of masks are distorted by noise and conflicting approaches at every level. In today’s episode, CNN’s Evan McMorris-Santoro takes a hyper-local look at the gap between masks in a single community. Listen now