The Daily Populous

Thursday October 15th, 2020 day edition

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Dozens of scientists from around the world warned against a "herd immunity" approach to curbing the spread of Covid-19 in a letter published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet.

Herd immunity, which occurs when enough people become immune to a contagious disease to make further spread unlikely, is a "dangerous fallacy unsupported by the scientific evidence," the scientists wrote.

Senior White House officials briefed reporters two days ago on a call in which one official highlighted an online movement called the "Great Barrington Declaration," which favors herd immunity.

Those trained in infectious diseases say at least 60 percent of a population needs to have been exposed to a virus to reach herd immunity.

Indications so far are that just 10 percent of the world's population has been infected with the coronavirus.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Monday that a herd immunity strategy is "scientifically and ethically problematic.".

Tedros said scientists do not yet fully understand how strong Covid-19 immunity is or how long it lasts after an infection. »

Alabama football coach Nick Saban, athletic director Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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"I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19," Saban said in a statement.

The 68-year-old Saban said he was feeling fine before the positive test result, which he said surprised him.

play 1:28 Saban addresses his positive COVID-19 test Alabama head coach Nick Saban explains how he received news of his positive COVID-19 test and is able to continue coaching his team from home. »

Possible Link Between Blood Type and COVID-19

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Individuals with blood type O may have lowest risk of infection; individuals with A and AB may have increased risk of severe clinical outcomes.

The potential role of blood type in predicting risk and complications of COVID-19 infection has emerged as an important scientific question.

Among the COVID-19 positive, they found fewer people with blood type O and more people with A, B, and AB types. »

Twitter locks account of Kayleigh McEnany for sharing Hunter Biden story, White House claims

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Donald Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had her Twitter account locked for sharing a news story that reflected negatively on Joe Biden, according to the White House.

“Twitter has locked the personal account of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for sharing news Democrats don’t like,” the Trump campaign said in a tweet.

At his rally in Iowa, Mr Trump said Twitter closed down the account of the White House press secretary for sharing the news. »

Obama slams Trump on foreign policy

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"[Biden] was probably the person who was most restrained in terms of use of military force among my senior advisers during the course of my presidency.

"The truth is he doesn't have the patience and ... the focus to really substantially change a lot of U.S. foreign policy," he said.

Context: At least 11 Republican congressional nominees have publicly supported or defended the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory movement or some of its tenets. »