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Pittsburgh Seemed Like a Virus Success Story. Now Cases Are Surging. – The New York Times

Pittsburgh, a sister city to Wuhan, China, saw only modest cases for months. In the last two weeks, cases are suddenly soaring.

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You are seeing what could be the beginning of what weve been seeing in Texas and Arizona, said Dr. Bill Miller, a professor of epidemiology at the Ohio State University. He described upswings in urban counties in Ohio, a state that saw weeks of steady or declining cases but is now averaging more than 1,000 new confirmed cases a day, the worst so far of the pandemic.
We cant let our guard down, he said.
For months, Pittsburgh had been both diligent and lucky.
The virus began spreading here later than in some early centers of the nations crisis, like New York City or Detroit. That gave Pittsburgh time to prepare. At the same time, Pennsylvania, which began facing skyrocketing rates in the eastern half of the state, took a more aggressive approach to shutting down public life than states like Florida and Texas, which closed later and reopened earlier.
Pittsburgh, which has an economy driven by the health care industry and is a sister city to Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus first emerged, took the threat seriously. Its 300,000 residents largely abided by the new way of life, ordering their pizzas from Mineos to go, drinking their Yuenglings on the porch at home and wearing masks for grocery trips to Giant Eagle, even as the case numbers remained relatively low.
From March 23, when the governor ordered everyone to stay at home, until June 5, when Allegheny County was allowed to lift the more stringent restrictions, the city had hunkered down. But it was not long after that limited reopening in June, as people flocked to bars for the first time in months, that the seeds of the current surge were planted.
You have to realize: The virus isnt going to go anywhere until there is a vaccine, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a Pittsburgh-based physician and a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. You are going to see these flare-ups in any city, because wherever there are people, there is this virus.

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COVID-19 Live Updates: CDC concerned about virus effect on children – WABC-TV

The Centers for Disease Control has growing concerns about the coronavirus’ effect on children.

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NEW YORK (WABC) — New York reported its lowest one-day positive rate since the start of the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.65,812 tests were conducted Saturday, with only .7% testing positive.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control has growing concerns about the coronavirus’ effect on children.
The agency believes that about 600 children have come down with a rare illness that is linked to COVID-19. Experts say multi-system inflammatory syndrome attacks a child’s vital organ…

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China Closes in on the US in Science – Fair Observer

In China, which now ranks second only to the United States, scientific research is booming.

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China has for the first time taken the top position in the Nature Index as the biggest producer of high-quality research in chemistry. What will the future of China science look like?
Quantum physics may be science on an impossibly small scale, but it is one field where China is staking a massive leadership role. In February, researchers in Hefei forged a quantum connection between clusters of atoms 50 kilometers apart in an optical fiber, meaning that any changes in one groups quantum state in…

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Neck fleeces may be worse for coronavirus protection, study says – Business Insider – Business Insider

Unlike other masks, a neck fleece may actually create more respiratory droplets during speech, according to researchers at Duke University.

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New research authored by a group of scholars at Duke University compared 14 different types of masks to see which ones would be the most effective at reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
One of them, they found, effectively made things worse.
The researchers tested how effective each mask was at reducing the number of respiratory droplets transmitted during speech. Viral particles can be carried by these droplets, spreading the virus.
They tested 14 different types of masks, including surg…

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