The Daily Populous

Monday April 20th, 2020 day edition

image for Dr. Oz apologizes for saying reopening schools is an "appetizing opportunity" because it would only kill 2-3% more people

I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet [medical journal] arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us 2-3% in terms of total mortality.

Many viewers interpreted Oz's comments as if he were alluding to 2-3% of the U.S. population.

The backlash on Twitter was swift and fierce, propelling the hashtag #FireDrOz into the platform's top trending phrases for hours.

I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing the opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3%, in terms of total mortality.

Any, you know, any life is a life lost, but ... that might be a tradeoff some folks would consider."

I’ve realized my comments on risks around opening schools have confused and upset people, which was never my intention.

"At the same time, I'm being asked constantly, 'How will we be able to get people back to their normal lives?' »

Canada: At least 16 people killed in country's deadliest mass shooting

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At least 16 people have been killed in a mass shooting in Nova Scotia - the deadliest such attack in Canada's history.

Nova Scotia's premier Stephen McNeil described the shooting as "one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history".

It is the deadliest shooting since a gunman killed 14 women in Montreal in 1989, a tragedy that resulted in an overhaul of Canada's gun laws. »

Kentucky Reports Highest Coronavirus Infection Increase After a Week of Protests to Reopen State

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Kentucky's increase in infected individuals comes after protesters took to the streets throughout the week to call for the state to be reopened.

Beshear also announced four new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of fatalities across the state to 148.

"We do have some folks up here in Kentucky today, saying we should reopen Kentucky immediately, right now," the governor said. »

On-off social distancing may be needed until 2022: Harvard study

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But much remains unknown, including the level of immunity acquired by previous infection and how long it lasts, the authors said.

"What seems to be necessary in the absence of other sorts of treatments are intermittent social distancing periods," he added.

Widespread viral testing would be required in order to determine when the thresholds to re-trigger distancing are crossed, said the authors. »