What you must learn about coronavirus on Friday, October 30

Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has warned that in the next few weeks – or maybe even this week – the US could cross the 100,000 daily threshold.

As the US nears 9 million cases, voters in several swing states, where outbreaks are increasing, are casting ballots, making it difficult to gauge which ways they will vote.

President Donald Trump and his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, faced each other on one of these battlefields on Thursday and showed their very different approaches to the virus at dueling rallies in Florida.

One of the dangers for Trump in his adopted home state is the decline in support among seniors, partly due to the widespread disapproval of his handling of the pandemic and the fact that older voters are disproportionately affected by Covid-19, writes Maeve Reston.

Despite this vulnerability, the president downplayed the rise in falls during his large rally in Tampa – where there was no social distancing and few supporters wore masks. Trump once said to the rally goers: “We know the disease. We are socially distant. We do everything you have to do. … When you get closer, wear a mask.”

YOU ASKED. WE HAVE ANSWERED

Q: Do the people of California really eat through their masks?

ONE: The answer is (obviously) no. But that didn’t stop Trump from making the fancy claim at a rally in Arizona Wednesday: “In California, you have a special mask. You can’t take it off under any circumstances. You have to eat through the mask,” the president said. “It’s a very complex mechanism. And they don’t recognize these germs, they run through it like nothing.”

Californians do not need to wear “complex” or “special” masks, as the president claimed on Wednesday. Basic face coverings, including homemade ones, are acceptable there. Although Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide mask ordinance, Californians don’t always have to wear masks. You can remove them when they are at home, when they are alone in a room outside their home, when they are outside and more than three feet away from others, and when they are eating or drinking. And while people can transmit the coronavirus or become infected with masks, face covers have been shown to be effective in reducing the chances of transmission. They are much better than “nothing”.

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WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY?

Many districts that have held Trump rallies have seen significant increases in coronavirus cases

A CNN investigation of 17 Trump campaign rallies found that 14 of the host countries – 82% of them – had an increased rate of Covid-19 infection a month after the event.

The 17 rallies took place between August 17th and September 26th. Of the host countries where infection rates had increased, eight were down in the month before the rally. The other six counties already had rising infection rates.

Europe tried a scalpel on the second wave. Now it’s back to the sledgehammer

Europe is once again the epicenter of the global pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. The continent’s strategy of imposing local lockdowns to quell the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has not worked. Now is the time to pull out the big guns, writes Ivana Kottasová.

Germany and France announced new four-week national lockdowns on Wednesday evening – confirmation that their attempts to control the outbreaks through local measures have failed. They followed the Czech Republic and Ireland, who introduced nationwide restrictions earlier this month. Spain and the UK could come next.

Some Czech hospitals are understaffed and overwhelmed and will soon have to turn people away. It is a picture that is repeated across the continent as health systems struggle to keep up with a new surge in patients. The European Union announced on Thursday that it would fund cross-border patient transfers within the bloc to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

Taiwan has just gone 200 days without a locally transmitted Covid-19 case. Here’s how they did it

With much of the world struggling to contain new waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, Taiwan just celebrated its 200th straight day without a locally transmitted case of the disease.

Taiwan has never had to impose strict bans. There were also no drastic restrictions on civil liberties as in mainland China. Instead, the response was focused on speed. Taiwanese authorities began screening passengers on direct flights from Wuhan, where the virus was first identified, on December 31, 2019 – back when the virus was mainly the subject of rumors and limited reports. But Taiwan also has other advantages that its Western counterparts don’t, writes Joshua Berlinger.

China’s most controlled region is facing the country’s largest coronavirus outbreak in months

Xinjiang, the heavily policing region of western China where the government has been accused of arresting more than a million Muslims, is grappling with a new outbreak of the virus.

While the rest of the country reports only a handful of daily cases – most of which have been imported – Xinjiang has recorded dozens of new infections this week.

It’s the largest coronavirus cluster in the country since more than 180 infections were reported in the capital Beijing in June. It raised eyebrows at the strong surveillance and security in the area and the drastic response the government took earlier this year.

ON OUR RADAR

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are currently engaged in a public war of words, raising new doubts as to whether they can reach an agreement on incentive legislation after the November election.
  • One influential model of the coronavirus pandemic has forecast a total of 399,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States as of February 1, up 15,000 from last week’s forecast.
  • Clemson’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence tests positive for Covid-19 and won’t play Boston College on Saturday.
  • United Airlines offers passengers free coronavirus tests on selected routes to gain an insight into the future of air travel.
  • Parisians rushed out of the city before a new lockdown went into effect, causing a growl of traffic in the French capital on Thursday night.
  • The total number of coronavirus infections in Poland has tripled in less than a month, reaching more than 300,000 cases.
  • Germany has reported new Covid 19 case numbers for the third time in a row.

BEST TIPS

There are 9.9 million Americans who are unaware of their rental or mortgage payments and are at risk of eviction. Long before Covid-19, the United States was facing a homeless crisis. Now that the economic toll of the pandemic is weighing on families, many are struggling to figure out how to maintain or maintain a place that they call home.

CNN’s Impact Your World has amassed some resources during this time for those facing housing insecurity or homelessness.

TODAY PODCAST

“There are other symptoms I have so many years later that I think they resonate with your long-distance Covid riders, people talking about brain fog, difficulty concentrating … difficulty creating new memories.” – Dr. Craig Spencer, Ebola survivor

Almost exactly six years ago, Dr. Spencer left the hospital after receiving treatment for Ebola. But his recovery didn’t end there. He speaks to CNN chief correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on how his experience could shed light on the long-term effects of Covid-19. Listen now

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