COVID Bits

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  • To date, 10 percent or less of the world’s population has contracted the coronavirus.
  • “A lot of the places being hit are Midwest states that were spared in the beginning. That’s of particular concern because a lot of these smaller regions don’t have the ICU beds and capacity that the urban centers had.”—William Hanage, Harvard University infectious-diseases researcher.
  • $3.1 trillion: the federal deficit for fiscal 2020. Last year’s deficit was $984 billion.
  • Total college undergraduate enrollment fell 4 percent from last year at this time. The number of first-year undergraduate enrolled fell 16 percent. The drop in international undergrads: 13.7 percent.
  • Major college football programs whose head coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 include: Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas and Purdue.
  • 1,000-plus: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases among students and staff in the Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas county schools since students returned in August.
  • “The larger the crowd, the greater the probability that someone in that group is positive, including asymptomatically.” That was Dr. Jay Wolfson, professor of public health at USF. Sobering that such self-evident, pandemic reality still needs to be said. But it does.

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