US Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the US can turn coronavirus around in ‘2 or 3 weeks if everyone does their part’

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday that the US could turn around novel coronavirus infections in two to three weeks if “everyone does their part.”
Adams appeared Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” two days after the US recorded its highest ever number of daily COVID-19 infections.
“Just as we’ve seen cases skyrocket, we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective,” Adams said.

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US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday that the US could turn around novel coronavirus infections in two to three weeks if “everyone does their part” by abiding with official prevention recommendations like social distancing and facial coverings.

Adams appeared Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” two days after the US recorded its highest ever number of daily COVID-19 infections, with more than 65,000 in a day. Adams said despite sharp rises in states across the country, if Americans follow guidelines en masse, the US could see near-immediate decreases in infections and fatalities.

“So just as we’ve seen cases skyrocket, we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective,” Adams said.

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After host Margaret Brennan pressed Adams on his previous warnings for Americans to avoid buying and wearing masks, he compared the advice he issued early on in the coronavirus pandemic to doctors who previously “prescribed cigarettes for asthmatics and leeches and cocaine and heroin for people as medical treatments” before they learned more.

“I was saying that then because of everything we knew about coronaviruses before that point told us that people were not likely to spread when they were asymptomatic,” Adams said Sunday. “So the science at the time suggested that there was not a high degree of asymptomatic spread. We learned more.”

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Education Secretary Betsy Devos says it should be ‘the rule’ to return students to classrooms in the fall

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Education Secretary Betsy Devos on Sunday doubled down on the Trump administration’s position on opening schools in the fall amid the US’ ongoing record spike in cases of the novel coronavirus.
“There is going to be the exception to the rule,” Devos said. “But the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall.”
While children are at low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, the CDC has said that they can function as asymptomatic carriers of the virus and can pose risks to vulnerable populations.
The president has suggested he could withhold federal funding from school systems that do not reopen to students by the November election, but he likely doesn’t have the authority to do so.

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Education Secretary Betsy Devos said Sunday that it should be “the rule” for students to return to schools in the fall as the nationwide debate about whether it’s safe to do so continues as reported COVID-19 infections rapidly rise.

“It is a matter of paying attention to good hygiene,” Devos told CNN’s Dana Bash during an appearance Sunday on “State of the Union,” as she advocated for schools to open to in-person classes in the fall.

She said schools should focus efforts on “following the guidelines about making sure we’re washing hands, wearing masks when appropriate, staying apart at a bit of distance socially, and doing the things that are common sense approaches to ensuring that kids can go back to the classroom and go back to learning.”

Devos mentioned that the American Academy of Pediatrics had said a return to school is important for US children, though as Bash retorted, the agency has since released a letter co-signed by several prominent education organizations arguing “a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate for return to school decisions.”

“What we’re saying is kids need to be back in school and school leaders across the country need to be making plans to do just that,” Devos said. “There is going to be exceptions to the rule, but the rule should be kids go back to school this fall. And where there are little flare-ups or hotspots, that can be dealt with on a school-by-school or case-by-case basis.”

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calls on schools to reopen despite CDC guidelines that say children meeting in groups can put everyone at risk: “There is going to be …read more

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Brooklyn Basements Flooded With Sewage Following Tropical Storm Fay Blockage

Brooklyn homeowners were dealt a wet and damaging blow when raw sewage flooded into their Canarsie basements over the weekend. City officials say some 20 homes were damaged after water flooded inside from a blocked drain. Crews were able to fix the blockage – but homeowners were left to clean up the damage left behind. Trevon Hamlet was one of… …read more

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