Your coronavirus need-to-know: Philly mayor tells residents to stop flushing face masks; Fauci talks schools reopening

Your coronavirus need-to-know: Philly mayor tells residents to stop flushing face masks; Fauci talks schools reopening

The nation's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he’s “cautiously optimistic” a coronavirus vaccine will provide some protection, but is concerned about how long that protection could last.

And when we finally do get a vaccine, experts say it'll likely require two shots, plus a booster years later.

In other news, Philadelphia residents have been flushing face masks, gloves and wipes down the toilet. The mayor of Philadelphia is asking residents to watch what they flush –most of the sewer and storm water pumping stations experienced clogs from the safety items while the city's stay-at-home order was in effect.

“Please do not flush any of these items down the toilet,” the mayor said.

The coronavirus isn't going away anytime soon. Worldwide, there have been almost 6.5 million confirmed cases and the United States is inching closer to 2 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.

News roundup: Today's big stories

Worldwide, new cases are multiplying at the fastest pace yet: Brazil has as many deaths a day as the U.S. and Egypt is seeing exponential growth in patients. - New York TimesHydroxychloroquine, the drug taken by President Trump said he was taking to ward off COVID-19, doesn't prevent coronavirus infection, a new study shows. – USA TODAYAs protests eclipse the pandemic, the White House fears a resurgence of cases, which could slow the economic rebirth that Trump's advisers believe he needs before he faces voters in five months. – Associated PressAs many as 70 testing cites have had to close due to destruction from civil unrest over the death of George Floyd, and that make it harder for health officials to identify outbreaks from the protests. – Washington PostDr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, says he can't make broad statements about whether it's safe or not for kids to return to school but that the idea of keeping them closed this fall might be "a bit of a reach." – CNNThe autopsy report on George Floyd reveals that he tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. – NPR

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What we're reading

A vaccine against the coronavirus may not be as simple as one jab and you're immune. It actually might take a two-dose regime, plus a booster several years later. Here's why.

You won't have to worry about sitting in the middle seat if you're flying Delta – at least through September. The airline says it'll continue to block the middle seat to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

Are public pensions doomed because of the pandemic? With coronavirus dragging down stocks and budget crises for state and local governments, public pensions are suddenly at risk of even greater shortfalls.

Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY; Associated Press


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