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COVID-19 Update, October 14, 2020: The Second Wave

As the second wave of COVID-19 appears in Europe and the Middle East, people are getting increasingly fed up with their governments' policies. Numbers are growing in the US, too. There are several developments on the vaccine front, but nothing immediate. Wolf Blitzer presses Nancy Pelosi about stimulus in an interview that goes off the rails. Our national test of patience continues.

The latest:

Eli Lilly's vaccine trial is on pause, following safety concerns: tinyurl.com/yyrxxrd4. But don't panic, scientists say; such pauses are normal: tinyurl.com/y3689tb6.

Beware of Thanksgiving: Small gatherings are spreading the coronavirus, says the CDC: www.cnn.com/2020/10/14/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html. The CDC also says that you only have to be a little big overweight to be at risk for COVID-19: tinyurl.com/y3mdpecf.

Europe, facing a 34% jump in new COVID-19 cases in a single week, tightens restrictions: tinyurl.com/y4bg2vsc. Meanwhile, citizens are increasingly restless over government policies that have failed to contain the coronavirus: tinyurl.com/yye494hn.

A Wolf Blitzer -- Nancy Pelosi interview about a stimulus bill gets mighty tense: tinyurl.com/y4ufogsj.


Caveat emptor: The saga of a COVID-19 patient who, intubated, was airlifted via helicopter to another hospital 20 miles away. The price tag: a mere $52,000: tinyurl.com/yxd4xvwo.

A new proposal to attain herd immunity leaves scientists aghast: tinyurl.com/y2djcpyx.

The search is on for dry ice and deep freezes to keep new vaccines cold: tinyurl.com/y3ldbvwp.

How decoding the coronavirus genome can help in fighting it: tinyurl.com/y25c4ujx.

Top-ranked pro golfer Dustin Johnson tests positive for COVID-19: tinyurl.com/y34jskyt.

Around the country:

In California:

State health officials recommend skipping Halloween this year: tinyurl.com/y2nxn6vj.

In Florida:

A battle looms in the Florida House over the method of counting COVID-19 deaths: tinyurl.com/yy45cpcd.

Another Miami-area school goes online after a student tests positive: tinyurl.com/yxhtr4de.

More than 45 Broward County public school staff members test positive for COVID-19: tinyurl.com/y4oyphej.

In Illinois:

The state's death toll passes 9,000: tinyurl.com/y6ofrmph.

In Kansas:

The AMC cinema chain is in danger of running out of cash by the end of the year: tinyurl.com/y3b98tgs.

In New York:

The New York Philharmonic cancels the rest of its 2020 - 21 season: tinyurl.com/yxpty3lp. Meanwhile, the orchestra's musicians take to the streets for pop-up concerts: tinyurl.com/y6mwp9vb.

Lincoln Center Theater's productions of Flying Over Sunset and Intimate Apparel are now scheduled to open in the fall of 2021: tinyurl.com/y4q2cudh.

Around the world:

In Argentina:

As the country passes 900,000 COVID-19 cases, demonstrators take to the streets: tinyurl.com/y6nhjmf2.

In Canada:

The Stratford Festival is committed to having a season next summer, whatever it takes: tinyurl.com/y2fjgocg.

In Germany:

A rude, if effective, new ad campaign tells anti-maskers just what they can do: tinyurl.com/y2ps28y6.

In Iran:

The country, facing -- yes -- a third wave of the coronavirus, is in a very bad way: tinyurl.com/yyburbj5.

In the Netherlands:

The country returns to a partial lockdown to combat a surging coronavirus: tinyurl.com/y4fgyqll.

In the UK:

Meet the head of the Vaccine Confidence Project: tinyurl.com/y3pbsgxl.

Andrew Lloyd Webber opens up the Palladium Theatre for a couple of events and gets mixed reviews on the safety front: tinyurl.com/yxotn9c7.

London's Nimax Theatres chain pioneers a new ticketing system that facilitates the choosing of socially distanced seating: tinyurl.com/y35egeyj.

Even before going on general sale, tickets for the upcoming staged-concert version of Les Misérables have sold out: tinyurl.com/y5qyksny.

For your entertainment:

New from Boston Symphony Orchestra: Encore BSO Recitals stream features BSO trombonists Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, James Markey, and principal tuba Mike Roylance in BSO-commissioned brass works and arrangements by African-American composers Kevin Day, Clarence Hines, and Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes, as well as Beethoven's String Trio in G, Op. 9, No. 1, played by associate concertmaster Alexander Velinzon, violist Danny Kim, and cellist Adam Esbensen. Available for viewing at www.bso.org beginning Thursday, October 15 at noon through November 14; the Encore BSO Recitals series is offered as a nine-concert series for a donation of $25.

Jazz at Lincoln Center's series Live from Dizzy's presents bandleader Jeremy Pelt and pianist George Cables, October 15 at 7:30pm ET. Suggested ticket price is $10: tinyurl.com/y5yz5wlm.

For your pleasure:

Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes in "Anything You Do," from Annie Get Your Gun: tinyurl.com/y3tmh6l6.

That's all for today. Stay safe. Make a plan to vote. -- DB

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Previous LSA COVID-19 Updates: plasa.me/lsacovid19resources.

What is your plan to vote? Please note: the LSA offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 3rd for Election Day. vote.gov/.

(14 October 2020)

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