The Latest: All the President’s infected men

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Here’s what’s new:

  • Case count: There are over 7.5 million confirmed cases in the U.S. and over 35.8 million confirmed cases worldwide. So far over 210,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.
  • The FDA releases stricter guidelines for vaccines: New, more stringent FDA guidelines require vaccine manufacturers to collect more data, which will make it harder for a vaccine to gain emergency use authorization. The White House had blocked these guidelines for two weeks. Read more.
  • President Trump says he has instructed aides to stop negotiating on a coronavirus aid plan until after the election: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell just recently warned the recovery could falter without more stimulus. Read more.
  • Authorities struggle to contact trace the White House events: The administration has declined offers from the Centers for Disease Control to help investigate the outbreak surrounding President Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis.
  • CDC says (finally) that tiny particles that linger in the air can spread Covid-19: This comes after weeks of back and forth from the agency on aerosol transmission.

A Quick Q&A

What does the White House cluster mean for rapid testing?
There’s long been hope that widespread access to rapid testing could be a pathway to normalcy. People could get tested on a daily basis and navigate their lives based on the results. But the spread of Covid-19 in the White House — despite people claiming to have been tested daily — may raise some questions. Here’s the thing: Rapid tests can accurately detect Covid-19 once a person has symptoms and is highly infectious, but they are not always sensitive enough to detect infections earlier on and there can be false negatives. To use these kinds of tests effectively, people still need to take other measures to protect themselves from getting the virus. Which Trumpworld did not do.

What we know about Trump’s treatments

Though Trump is no longer receiving care at Walter Reed, he was given supplemental oxygen at least one time, and was given three kinds of treatments. Here’s what we know about them:

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Alexandra Sifferlin

Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that