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Oakland University urges Michiganders to ‘Spread Hope, Not COVID’

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At the request of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Oakland University is supporting a new statewide public education campaign called “Spread Hope, Not COVID.” The goal of the campaign is to unite all Michiganders to take three simple actions that will contain the spread of the virus at levels that will enable the state to fully reopen — and stay open.

“In these trying times, it’s so important to remain hopeful and to work together for the betterment of all of us,” said Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D. “The governor’s appeal unites us in the common purpose of making sure we’re acting responsibly, safely and doing everything we can to reopen the state with a thoughtful approach that considers the long-term public and economic health of our residents and economy.”

To help contain the

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Florida State vs. Georgia Tech odds, spread: 2020 college football picks, predictions from expert on 14-3 run

Getting off to a strong start on their own field has become the norm for the Florida State Seminoles. The squad has posted a 30-9 all-time record when opening a season at home, including an 18-3 mark since 1975. The Seminoles will look to improve upon those numbers when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday in the 2020 season opener for both schools. Kickoff from Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Florida State has a new coach with a track record of fast starts in Mike Norvell, who won each of his four season openers with Memphis as the team outscored its opponents 153-70 in those contests. The Seminoles are 12.5-point favorites in the latest Florida State vs. Georgia Tech odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 52. Before making any Georgia

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Notre Dame vs. Duke odds, line, spread: 2020 college football picks, predictions from proven model on 4-0 run

The No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to continue their home dominance when they open their season on Saturday against the Duke Blue Devils. Notre Dame has won 18 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, the third-longest streak since the stadium opened in 1930. Clemson and Ohio State are the only other Power Five schools that boast streaks of that magnitude. Notre Dame was 11-2 overall in 2019, while Duke finished 5-7. 

The game is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. ET at South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish, who are playing this season as a member of the ACC, are favored by 20 points in the latest Duke vs. Notre Dame odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points scored is 54. Before making any Notre Dame vs. Duke picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates

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How to use ventilation and air filtration to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors

<span class="caption">Open windows are the simplest way to increase air flow in a room.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/man-with-mask-looking-out-of-window-royalty-free-image/1215148858?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Justin Paget / Digital Vision via Getty Images"> Justin Paget / Digital Vision via Getty Images</a></span>
Open windows are the simplest way to increase air flow in a room. Justin Paget / Digital Vision via Getty Images

The vast majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs indoors, most of it from the inhalation of airborne particles that contain the coronavirus. The best way to prevent the virus from spreading in a home or business would be to simply keep infected people away. But this is hard to do when an estimated 40% of cases are asymptomatic and asymptomatic people can still spread the coronavirus to others.

Masks do a decent job at keeping the virus from spreading into the environment, but if an infected person is inside a building, inevitably some virus will escape into the air.

I am a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Much of my work has focused on how to control the transmission of airborne infectious diseases indoors, and

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Colleges hope new rules will slow COVID-19 spread, students aren’t convinced

Colleges want their students back this fall. That much is clear.

What’s less clear are the new rules for student conduct in the midst of a pandemic, and how universities will go about enforcing them, especially when the offensive behavior takes place off-campus – or overnight.

The University of Texas at Austin, for example, has banned parties, both on campus and off, saying they put “the health and safety of our community at risk and raise anxiety levels.”

Tulane University in New Orleans threatened suspension or expulsion for students who throw or attend parties that have more than 15 people and asked students to monitor and report on the behavior of their peers.

“Do you really want to be the reason that Tulane and New Orleans have to shut down again?” the message to students concluded. 

University of Pennsylvania officials have asked that students refrain from organizing parties while prohibiting

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Kids less likely to die from coronavirus, but schools could become hot spots for spread

A student gets his temperature checked by a teacher before entering a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School in Texas. Schools across the USA continue to plan on how to reopen schools this fall.
A student gets his temperature checked by a teacher before entering a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School in Texas. Schools across the USA continue to plan on how to reopen schools this fall.

As many school districts across the USA prepare to reopen campuses, some fear classrooms will become the next incubators for large coronavirus outbreaks.

Advocates for resuming school in person, including President Donald Trump, have repeatedly claimed that children pose less of a risk of spreading COVID-19 and that the benefits of returning them to the classroom outweigh the risks of keeping them home. 

Such statements have been used by conservatives, as well as many parents, to argue for a prompt reopening of classrooms.

“We know that children get the virus at a far lower rate than any other part of the population,” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during a CNN interview in July. “There’s

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Conspiracy theories around COVID-19 continue to spread. Experts weigh in on why people believe them.

More than 200 people gathered at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to protest the face mask mandate that multiple counties are under in the state. (Photo: Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
More than 200 people gathered at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to protest the face mask mandate that multiple counties are under in the state. (Photo: Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

When Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican who has publicly shunned face masks, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, the news sparked a chain reaction. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced new rules that required lawmakers to wear masks on the House floor, and several members of the House revealed that they were planning to go into quarantine.

Soon after, Gohmert released a video on Twitter, revealing that he is asymptomatic. He then shared a conspiracy theory about wearing masks that, apparently, he also believes. Gohmert said he “can’t help but wonder” if he contracted COVID-19 from adjusting his mask with his hands. “It is interesting, and I don’t know about everybody, but when I have a mask

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Do children spread coronavirus? What doctors say about going back to school

President Donald Trump is pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, despite coronavirus infections surging nationwide. While experts say there are significant social benefits to resuming in-person classes, they caution that schools will need to balance those against potential risks to provide a safe learning environment for students — as well as teachers and administrators.

Evidence suggests that children are not as susceptible as adults to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Even among those who have been infected, it’s relatively rare for children to develop serious complications or require hospitalization.

But this doesn’t mean classrooms can be exempt from social distancing and other safety precautions, particularly if schools intend to welcome kids back on site in less than two months.

“It really shouldn’t be a debate of getting kids back to school, but getting kids back to school safely,” said Dr. Jennifer Lighter, a pediatric

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Mexico Overtakes Italy; H.K. Spread Fuels Concern: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

U.S. virus cases rose to 3.27 million with almost 56,000 new infections, less than the one-week average daily increase. Even so, Florida broke the daily record for all U.S. states with more than 15,000 new cases.

Hong Kong reported 38 new cases on Sunday, feeding fears of a resurgence in the Asian financial hub after weeks of near-normal activity. The government has been re-imposing restrictions in response. New cases in Tokyo exceeded 200 for the fourth straight day.

India added more than 50,000 new cases over the weekend, with deaths topping 1,000. South Africa introduced a curfew and an alcohol ban after virus rules went unheeded.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.8 million; deaths surpass 568,000Nobody wants to test creative destruction to reboot economyVirus shutters Hong Kong schools againU.K. set to tighten rules on wearing face masksFauci deemed not to weigh “whole national interest”Conflicting visions emerge for

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Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher.

They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and school districts are already pursuing.

There are too many uncertainties and variables, they say, for back-to-school to be back-to-normal.

Where is the virus spreading rapidly? Do students live with aged grandparents? Do teachers have high-risk health conditions that would make online teaching safest? Do infected children easily spread COVID-19 to each other and to adults?

Regarding the latter, some evidence suggests they don’t, but a big government study aims to find better proof. Results won’t be available before the fall, and some schools are slated to reopen in just a few weeks.

“These are complicated issues. You can’t just charge straight ahead,” Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of

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