Another milestone: 100,000 deaths
Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday night. Five months after the first reported case the country has not shown signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period. The Health Ministry said there had been a total of 3,012,412 confirmed infections with the new coronavirus — death and infection tolls second only to the United States. And as in many nations, experts believe that both numbers are severe undercounts due to insufficient testing.
Study seeks to find out virus' effect on kids
Some 2,000 families in 11 U.S. cities are enrolled in the DIY experiment, pulled from participants in previous government research. In all, that's 6,000 people. They collect their own nasal swabs for COVID-19 tests, and less often blood and stool samples. Evidence from the U.S., China and Europe shows children are less likely to become infected with the virus than adults and also less likely to become seriously ill when they do get sick. There is also data suggesting that young children don't spread the virus very often but that kids ages 10 and up may spread it just as easily as adults. The new study aims to find more solid proof. "The bottom line is we just don't know yet the degree to which children can transmit the virus," said Dr. Tina Hartert of Vanderbilt University, who is leading the government-funded study.
Jewelry firm making gold, diamond mask
An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world's most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million. The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy, owner of the Yvel company. He said the buyer had two other demands: that it be completed by the end of the year, and that it would be the priciest in the world. That last condition, he said, "was the easiest to fulfill."
Governor explains positive-negative tests
The Ohio governor's positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies. "I'm sure the internet is lighting up with 'Well, you can't believe any test,' " Mike DeWine said Friday, after events the day before when the initial positive showing forced the Republican to scrub a planned meeting with President Donald Trump. On Sunday, he told CNN that "people should not take away from my experience that testing is not reliable or doesn't work." Instead of seeing Trump, DeWine returned to Columbus for new testing through Ohio State's medical center. He then went with his wife to his southwestern Ohio farm in Cedarville, where DeWine said he planned to quarantine for 14 days. But within hours, he received the Columbus test result that was negative. The first test was a rapid-result antigen test, while the Columbus testing was a genetic lab test whose results are considered more reliable.