Donald Trump claims 99% of coronavirus cases are ‘totally harmless.’ The ‘long haulers’ with lingering symptoms say he’s wrong.

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Donald Trump claims 99% of coronavirus cases are ‘totally harmless.’ The ‘long haulers’ with lingering symptoms say he’s wrong.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is ‘knee-deep’ in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is ‘really not good’

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday that the United States’ handle on the coronavirus outbreak is “really not good” and that action is needed to curb the spread. In an interview via Facebook Live, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said, “We are still […] Read more »

FC Dallas pulls out of MLS tournament in Orlando after 10 players test positive

FC Dallas has withdrawn from the MLS is Back tournament in Florida after 10 players tested positive for coronavirus. The league said Monday that of the 557 players sequestered at a pair of Walt Disney World hotels, 13 have tested positive: 10 from Dallas, two from Nashville and one from Columbus. The decision was made […] Read more »

Two Indiana Fever players test positive for COVID-19, team delays travel to Florida

Players and staff from 11 of the 12 WNBA teams will arrive in Bradenton, Florida today at the IMG Academy as the league begins its return-to-play plan. The Indiana Fever is the one team not making the trip Monday. The Fever announced this morning the team will delay departure to Florida after two players recently […] Read more »

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood delay Facebook concert after possible COVID-19 exposure

Garth Brooks is moving the Facebook concert he and Trisha Yearwood were supposed to do on Tuesday, July 7 to a later date, and postponing Inside Studio G for two weeks “out of an abundance of caution.” According to a press release, “While Garth and Trisha are fine, the Garth/Trisha camp has possibly been exposed […] Read more »

How can I get my child to wear a mask? How long do I need to quarantine? Experts answer your COVID questions

Months into the nation’s battle with the novel coronavirus, rates of infection are climbing in some states while others are easing social distancing restrictions. So what can you do to help slow the transmission of COVID-19? The USA TODAY Network has assembled a panel of experts from the University of Wisconsin to help answer questions […] Read more »

Multiple brands of hand sanitizer recalled or should be avoided due to methanol risk, FDA says. See the list.

More than a dozen kinds of hand sanitizer should be avoided because they may contain methanol, a toxic substance when absorbed through skin or ingested. The Food and Drug Administration says many of the products have been voluntarily recalled with other products being recommended for recalls because they may contain the potentially fatal ingredient. All […] Read more »

240 experts urge WHO, CDC to acknowledge airborne transmission of COVID-19

Microdroplets of infectious coronavirus could be airborne for hours and current social distancing practices may not be enough to stop infection and spread, experts argue. In an open letter to appeal to the international science community, nearly 240 health experts urge their colleagues to take airborne transmission seriously as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in […] Read more »

Sen. Chuck Grassley will skip the RNC for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus

DES MOINES – Citing concerns about the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he will not attend this year’s Republican National Convention, marking the first time he has sat out a convention since he was elected to the U.S. Senate 40 years ago. “I’m not going to go. And I’m not going to go because […] Read more »

NFL outlines initial COVID-19 protocol for training camps, preseason

The NFL has laid out protocol for some of the testing and treatment procedures of the coronavirus. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent teams a one-page memo and 40-page protocol document to explain the details of the program, which was developed in partnership with the NFL Players Association. USA TODAY Sports obtained a copy of the memo. […] Read more »

Nationals, Astros cancel workouts as COVID-19 testing failures affect at least four MLB teams

Major League Baseball’s problems with COVID-19 testing evolved into a crisis Monday when the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros became at least the third and fourth teams to cancel or postpone a workout due to the failure of MLB, its testing service and lab to furnish results in a timely manner. According to health protocols […] Read more »

Las Vegas’ Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace reopens amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Gig workers face shifting roles, competition during pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs. And yet even after signing up for several apps, 39-year-old Saori Okawa still wasn’t making as much money […] Read more »

NHL reports 35 positive coronavirus tests among players during the past month

The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month. The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 […] Read more »

Trump, White House aide Mark Meadows downplay coronavirus risks even as governors rush to contain surging cases

WASHINGTON – White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Monday defended President Donald Trump’s claim that 99% percent of coronavirus cases are “harmless” – an assertion at odds with a wide array of data on death rates, hospitalizations and studies on the impact of the disease. Trump has downplayed the disease even as governors across […] Read more »

The Louvre Museum in Paris reopens after a 4-month coronavirus lockdown

Paris' famed Louvre Museum reopened Monday, July 6, after being closed for just over four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum, which houses works like Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo, lost more than €40 million, its president and director,  Jean-Luc Martinez, said. Scroll ahead for more […] Read more »

‘N95 mask and hand sanitizer at the ready’: The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the future of Gen Z travel

Clarissa Fisher, 23, is nowhere near ready to hop on a plane. She used to fly regularly to visit her boyfriend in the U.K. “This past week I have seen so many people return to their normal activities like nothing has happened,” Fisher, ofFrankfort, Kentucky, tells USA TODAY. “This scares me and has made me […] Read more »

Tick disease with coronavirus-like symptoms is on the rise in Michigan

DETROIT — Health officials are warning Michiganders to guard against anaplasmosis, a tick borne disease that mimics COVID-19 symptoms. Anaplasmosis is still rare in Michigan but the number of cases reported yearly in the state is on the rise. There were 12 documented cases of anaplasmosis in Michigan reported to the Michigan Department of Health […] Read more »

‘Profound weakness’: 35-year-old bodybuilder sick with COVID-19 talks about near-death experience

PHOENIX — Charlie Aragon never thought COVID-19 could get him. At least not in the way that it did. Aragon, 35, lives on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona, and is employed by the tribe as a compliance officer. He shares a home with his parents and his 5-year-old son. Pictures taken prior to […] Read more »

‘Profound weakness’: 35-year-old bodybuilder sick with COVID-19 talks about near-death experience

PHOENIX — Charlie Aragon never thought COVID-19 could get him. At least not in the way that it did. Aragon, 35, lives on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona, and is employed by the tribe as a compliance officer. He shares a home with his parents and his 5-year-old son. Pictures taken prior to […] Read more »

Large protests haven’t sparked a COVID-19 surge in New York yet, but outbreak concerns linger

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Florida surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 cases as July 4th holiday weekend comes to a close

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida surged past 200,000 total COVID-19 cases Sunday, exactly one month after most of the state entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan. It reached the milestone less than two weeks after hitting the 100,000-case mark on June 22 and only five days after reaching 150,000 cases Tuesday. The state’s total case […] Read more »

Amid coronavirus, Paris Fashion Week shifts to unprecedented digital-only shows

PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. After first canceling the July shows for menswear and Haute Couture, the French fashion federation has now organized an unprecedented schedule of digital-only events instead. Top houses such as Chanel, Dior and Hermes are set to show their […] Read more »

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida: ‘He was a fighter’

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — You probably never met Stephen Cooper, but chances are you’ve seen him before. On Sept. 11, 2001, Cooper was photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away. The photo, captured by an Associated Press photographer, was published in newspapers and […] Read more »

How to enjoy annual summer activities safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

As COVID-19 continues, follow this list of precautions when out and about under the sun. Read more »

Need access to Wi-Fi? There are more options than ever

Julia Jean parks her car in front of the local library in Port O’Connor, Texas every day and gets out to work. Jean, who lives in Los Angeles but is spending time with her parents in the tiny (pop. 1,253) Gulf Coast town, has no internet access at home. “We’re so off the grid that […] Read more »

Coronavirus updates: 112 Washington fraternity students infected; Broadway actor Nick Cordero dies; Michigan reports zero deaths

An outbreak among fraternity students at the University of Washington has left more than 100 people positive for the coronavirus. Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who was hospitalized for more than 90 days after contracting the coronavirus, died Sunday. Cordero was 41. “I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot […] Read more »

‘Almost like a social pandemic’: As states pause reopenings, experts warn of more confusion, isolation, agitation

As coronavirus cases continue to surge in many states, the process of easing restrictions, then slamming them back in place could be America’s new tumultuous reality – one that threatens the psyche of many, experts say. At least 21 states have paused their plans to reopen their economies, just weeks after unveiling those measures as […] Read more »

Don’t gorge on polls that show Biden ahead. COVID and voter suppression boost Trump’s odds.

Request an absentee ballot ASAP, preach patience ahead of what could be an Election Week, and remember Trump doesn't even need to win in order to win. Read more »

Colleges race to create ‘a new sense of normalcy.’ Will new rules, COVID-19 testing be enough?

SAN DIEGO – When students arrive at the University of California-San Diego in August, they will find coronavirus testing stations strategically planted throughout campus. To determine whether they’ve been infected, they’ll take a swab, dab it with nasal slime and leave the sample in a collection box. Bar codes with the packets will be linked […] Read more »

We can’t wait for a COVID-19 vaccine. Test everyone now to help end the pandemic.

Cheap, easy testing would dramatically reduce COVID transmission and deaths and allow reopening with masks and distancing while vaccine work continues. Read more »

Washington Nationals’ Sean Doolittle gives honest thoughts on bringing baseball back during coronavirus pandemic

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West Virginia men’s basketball workouts postponed after players test positive for coronavirus

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Milwaukee Bucks close their practice facility after receiving results of Friday’s coronavirus tests

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Felix Hernandez, the 2010 AL Cy Young winner, opts out of 2020 MLB season due to coronavirus concerns

Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, at least temporarily ending the 34-year-old’s bid to revive his career. Stars Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros said Sunday they plan to […] Read more »

California has 5 of the top 20 most gentrified US cities, topped by San Francisco-Oakland, study shows. Here’s the list.

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Austin ICUs could be overrun in 10 days amid Texas coronavirus spike, mayor says

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin-area intensive-care units are in danger of being overrun in the next 10 days to two weeks if the number of people admitted to the hospital for coronavirus continues its current pace, the city’s mayor said Sunday. “Hopefully we will see that trajectory slow and we will know whether or not that […] Read more »

The White House has sent conflicting messages on wearing masks and the new coronavirus cases

WASHINGTON — The country has seen an upward trend in coronavirus cases in several states experiencing record-breaking daily counts, and some local officials have halted their plans to reopen after lockdowns. The United States has surpassed 2.8 million cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University, with nearly 130,000 deaths. But as states struggle with […] Read more »

To play or not to play: MLB players face tough decisions amid coronavirus surge

PHOENIX — It was a gut-wrenching decision, one that weighed on Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price for months, finding a balance between health concerns for his young family and the responsibility to his new teammates and fanbase. Price couldn’t bear the thought of contracting COVID-19 and risking the health of his wife, 3-year-old son […] Read more »