The U.S. has set another record for daily new coronavirus infections -- as it has on six out of the past 10 days. Texas logged 10,000 new cases Thursday, and hospitals in Florida are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. With no signs of improvement in infection rates, more states are again implementing restrictions such as mask requirements and business shutdowns. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Isabella Isaacs-Thomas, writing for PBS NewsHour, looks at ongoing efforts to create and test a vaccine for COVID-19 as various vaccine candidates move through clinical trials. Vaccines normally go through around a decade of research and evaluation before finally being approved for commercial use, but as Isaacs-Thomas writes, public health officials have determined that the urgency of the pandemic demands a significantly expedited version of that process.
Kentucky Health focuses on diabetes in the commonwealth, examining rising rates of diabetes and prediabetes and discussing treatment options including insulin pumps, medications and lifestyle changes. Host Dr. Wayne Tuckson welcomes endocrinologist Dr. Fred Williams, who practices with the University of Louisville Physicians-Endocrinology and Diabetes Associates.
Writing for PBS NewsHour and STAT, Sharon Begley reports on the widespread use of temperature checks by businesses to screen for COVID-19 and growing questions about their effectiveness. New research indicates that giving smell tests as an add-on to temperature checks may be more accurate as a loss of smell is one of the first symptoms to appear in many COVID-19 patients.
With over 2 million cases in the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic began in late December, there are now many people who have recovered from COVID-19. However, there have been reports of people who continue to have long-term side effects from the infection. William Petri, a professor and physician specializing in infectious diseases of adults, offers a summary of what is known today about recovering from COVID-19.
Pharmaceutical companies and governments around the world are chasing a coronavirus vaccine, fast tracking the usually years-long vaccine development procedure to a few months. ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the ambitious timeline and the unpredictability of the clinical trials.
If you wanted to know how many tests for novel coronavirus were administered across the United States yesterday, there would be no single public government source you could check for that information. PBS NewsHour writer Laura Santhanam reports on the difficulty of obtaining accurate, aggregate information and how that can lead public officials to make mistakes when reopening businesses and planning health interventions.
In his Wednesday update, Gov. Beshear reports 229 new COVID-19 cases. Total positive cases so far: 14,363. There is 1 new death, for a total of 538 fatalities. 3,706 people are reported to have recovered. The briefing also includes details about school reopening guidance and additional in-person unemployment claims assistance.
In his Monday update, Gov. Beshear reports 90 new COVID-19 cases. Total confirmed cases so far: 13,839. There are no new deaths. 3,534 people are reported to have recovered. The briefing also includes details on unemployment claims and phase 3 business reopenings. The next live update will be on Wednesday.