COVID Bits

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* “We have consistently underrated this virus.”–Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute.

* Among the countries whose (non-essential) citizens are not currently allowed into European Union countries: Brazil, Russia and America. Not the sort of company America wants to keep. But it’s what happens when–with more than 2.3 million cases–the U.S. becomes the coronavirus epicenter. The U.S. with 4 percent of the world’s population, has about 25 percent of the world’s COVID-19 deaths. Ironically not affected by the EU ban: China.

* The U.S. is set to open (COVID vaccine) trials this month–with 30,000 people testing a government-created shot. In August, it’s expected that the U.S. will follow up with another 30,000 expected to test a British version.

* According to the IMF, the global economy will shrink 4.9 percent this year.

* Bars, millennial imbibers and a pandemic: What could have gone wrong?

* Clemson has reported that 37 football players have tested positive since the school reopened facilities for workouts in June.

* Florida’s sales tax revenue fell 31.7 percent below projections in May.

* “The science is clear. Asymptomatic infected individuals can release infectious aerosol particles while breathing and speaking. Not wearing a mask or face covering increases exposure.”–Dr. Ronald F. Giffler, president of the Florida Medical Association.

* Nearly 2.1 million Floridians have filed unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic.

* The numbers show Floridians aged 18-44 primarily responsible for the state’s spike in cases.

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