“Those are not words I use lightly, but when there’s more than 60,000 people in the hospital and we could lose more than 2,000 lives a day by January, there’s no other way to describe this,” Gupta said of the growing crisis in America.
Striking a hopeful note, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said “the calvary is coming” in the form of a vaccine. “We’re going to get this under control, I promise you.”
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Q: Will college students bring Covid-19 home for Thanksgiving?
A: With students testing positive at many campuses nationwide, families face the tough choice of whether to allow their children to come home for Thanksgiving.
Unless their return-home plan is airtight — including 14 days of quarantining before traveling — infectious disease experts are urging students taking classes in person to shelter in place, on campus.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Don’t expect a coronavirus vaccine before December
Americans should not be hoping for any authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration before the second half of December, experts agreed. That’s because Pfizer could not possibly have it approved before the end of next week. After that, weeks of FDA review remain.
The economy as we knew it might be over
“We’re recovering, but to a different economy,” Powell said during a virtual panel discussion at the European Central Bank’s Forum on Central Banking.
The pandemic has accelerated existing trends in the economy and society, including the increasing use of technology, telework and automation, he said. This will have lasting effects on how people live and work. And as the market adjusts, the pain won’t be shared evenly.
India’s capital sees surge in Covid-19 cases ahead of Diwali
Diwali is the five-day Hindu festival of lights, and beginning on Saturday, friends and family will come together to feast, set off fireworks and light colorful lamps. For many of the country’s 1.3 billion people, it’s the most important festival of the year and is equivalent in importance to Christmas in many Western countries. But this year, it’s being held during a pandemic.
India has reported more than 8.7 million coronavirus cases, more than any other country in the world besides the US. While it is now reporting fewer cases than at its peak in September, the situation is worsening in the capital New Delhi, which reported a record number of daily fatalities on Thursday.
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- A drug normally prescribed to treat multiple sclerosis helped reduce the risk of severe disease from Covid-19, British researchers reported Thursday.
- As cases soar to alarming levels around the US, some schools are moving back to online-only instruction.
- Chicago has issued a stay-at-home advisory as Covid-19 cases continue to rise throughout the city.
- Japan has reported its highest daily number of cases, but Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says there’s no need to reintroduce a state of emergency or cancel the government’s campaign to boost domestic tourism.
- South Korea’s capital Seoul will establish a 24-hour rapid response team to help enforce the city’s mask mandate.
- French Prime Minister Jean Castex says one in four deaths currently happening in the country are caused by Covid-19.
Your Thanksgiving quarantine starts now. Here’s what to do
If you want to visit your family for Thanksgiving and avoid passing the coronavirus on to them, experts say you must quarantine for 14 days.
That’s two weeks of doing even less than we’re doing now, and it should have started yesterday.
“Regardless of how we got here, the real tragedy, the real humanitarian disaster, is that so much of this was foreseeable and preventable.” — Dr. Sanjay Gupta