The Latest: Why cases are rising in kids

Alexandra Sifferlin
Medium Coronavirus Blog
2 min readJul 8, 2020


Dear Reader,

This morning, President Donald Trump shared tweets criticizing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for safely reopening schools, arguing they are impractical. The CDC’s guidance recommends standard physical distancing measures, like keeping desks apart, staggering drop-off and pick-up times, and refraining from field trips and extracurricular activities.

Trump argued that other countries like Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden that have reopened schools with “no problems”. But the first three countries have gained the upper hand on Covid-19. Sweden has experienced many more deaths than neighboring countries. The United States just reported a record daily total of new cases. Scientists are also still learning about the risks of Covid-19 for children, which you can read about in detail here.

Now more than ever it’s important to listen to the scientists, who are making headway even amid political obstacles.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Cases in the U.S. hit another daily high: Coronavirus cases reached a daily record of about 60,000. Texas reported its highest one-day increase in infections so far, with over 10,000 new cases.
  • The U.S. is formally pulling out of the World Health Organization: The administration sent notice to the United Nations secretary-general, and the withdrawal will be effective July 6, 2021. Read more.
  • Brazil’s president tests positive: Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, tested positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the danger posed by the disease. The pandemic has killed over 65,000 Brazilians.
  • U.S. will give $1.6 billion for a vaccine: The federal government will give the vaccine maker Novovax $1.6 billion to develop 100 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine by early next year. Read more.
  • Antibody drug moves into late-stage clinical trial: A phase 3 clinical trial for REGN-COV2, an antibody treatment for Covid-19, began on Monday. Researchers hope that the drug will prevent infection among uninfected people who were exposed to the novel coronavirus.

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Be well,

Alexandra Sifferlin
Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog

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