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3 Stories You Should Read 6-30-2020: Fauci, G4 flu, Breonna Taylor

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In the category of:  Buckle up

Anthony Fauci Warns U.S. Could Reach 100,000 Coronavirus Cases Per Day

“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 cases a day if this does not turn around, so I am very concerned,” the doctor told a Senate committee.

“I can’t make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing, I can guarantee you that,” Fauci replied. “Because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though in other parts of the country they’re doing well, they are vulnerable.”

States such as New York have seen a decline in cases, but others, including Texas, Arizona and Florida, are seeing a resurgence of infections as politicians have pushed to reopen businesses. At least 16 states have now paused their reopening plans amid the spike in cases.

“We can’t just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk,” Fauci said. “We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day, I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 cases a day if this does not turn around, so I am very concerned.”

Fauci previously warned that the U.S. would have cases well into the fall.



In the category of:  Next!

Scientists warn new virus in pigs has potential pandemic risk

G4 type descended from H1N1 has ‘all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus’, Chinese scientists say.

Workers on pig farms showed elevated levels of the virus in their blood, the authors said, adding that “close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in the swine industry, should be urgently implemented.

“Pigs are intermediate hosts for the generation of pandemic influenza virus. Thus, systematic surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs is a key measure for prewarning the emergence of the next pandemic influenza,” the study said.

The peer-reviewed study was authored by academics at the China Agricultural University, Shandong Agricultural University, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the University of Nottingham.



In the category of:  Under review

Louisville City Council Will Probe How Mayor Greg Fischer’s Office Handled the Fatal Shooting of Breonna Taylor

As USA Today reports, the scope of the probe will include the events leading up to and immediately following Taylor’s killing on March 13: the lack of transparency surrounding the investigation; LMPD use of force on Black Lives Matter protesters during weeks of demonstrations; and the killing of Louisville restaurant owner David McAtee, who was fatally shot by National Guard soldiers who had been called in to enforce a citywide curfew.

The city’s Government Oversight Committee will conduct the investigation—council leadership noted that the committee has subpoena powers, theoretically making it more difficult for Fischer’s administration to avoid participating in the probe.

“The citizens of this community, including members of this Metro Council, have been very upset with the perceived lack of transparency by the city,” said Council chairperson Brent Ackerson on Monday. “It’s our intention, as a committee, to formally begin an investigation, to bring people in and get legitimate answers and legitimate documentation.”



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