“The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country,” Harris said, arguing that frontline workers had been treated like “sacrificial workers” and that President Donald Trump had repeatedly minimized the seriousness of the virus.
The coronavirus was omnipresent during the debate. Safety precautions were upped after President Trump tested positive for the virus last week. Pence and Harris were seated more than 12 feet apart and separated by plexiglass. Both were tested for Covid-19 ahead of their faceoff. On top of that, the CDC director gave a personal guarantee to Harris and her team that Pence was not at high risk of infection based on any recent exposure to Trump or his inner circle.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q. How long are people contagious with Covid-19?
A: For symptomatic carriers: If it’s been at least 10 days since your symptoms started and at least 24 hours since you’ve had a fever (without the help of fever-reducing medication) and your other symptoms have improved, you can go ahead and stop isolating, the CDC says. Patients with severe illness may have to keep isolating for up to 20 days after symptoms started.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Even Europe’s gold standard nations are struggling with Covid surges
Two of the three worst-affected nations are the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, which were regularly reporting fewer than 100 infections a day as recently as June, compared to thousands of daily cases now.
Billionaires are getting richer while millions are left behind
Companies rush to get antibody cocktail treatments authorized
The treatment is a combination of two monoclonal antibodies that is designed specifically to block infectivity of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. It includes a monoclonal antibody that targets the spike protein the virus uses to drill into healthy cells, and another antibody that targets a different part of the virus.
ON OUR RADAR
- Brazil’s health ministry recorded 31,553 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,000,694.
- Members of the Orthodox Jewish community staged a protest in Brooklyn after new Covid-19 restrictions were put in place.
- Nearly 2 million infants are stillborn every year around the world and the pandemic is likely to worsen the problem, a new report from the United Nations and the World Bank Group has warned.
- Hundreds of soccer players have flown thousands of miles around the world to play international matches, despite a global surge of Covid-19 cases.
- All that time in the kitchen during this pandemic has led to a shortage of Mason jars.
- Cruise ships are being torn apart and sold for scrap after the coronavirus sell-off.
- In another worrying sign for the movie industry, the next ‘Jurassic World’ film has been delayed until 2022.
- The Green Bay Packers have put an indefinite hold on fans at Lambeau Field after Covid cases spiked in Wisconsin.
- General Gary L. Thomas, the assistant commandant of the US Marine Corps, has tested positive for Covid-19.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
- Teens are struggling right now, with mental health issues and risky behaviors on the rise.
- Listening can help. Work on listening with an open mind, instead of offering solutions.
- Resilience is key to mental health in a time of crisis. Try starting conversations about the things teens can control even when life feels unpredictable.
- Watch for signs of a more serious issue, including bad moods your child can’t seem to bounce back from.
- Model good self-care by taking care of yourself and making time for good sleep, healthy food and relaxation.
“We are asking schools and teachers and kids to do something that we’ve never done before.” — Hedy Chang, Executive Director and President of Attendance Works