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Two top CDC officials step down; Birx urges Americans to wear masks indoors and outdoors

Two top officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were moving on and angry Democrats were calling out the U.S. Postal Service leadership Sunday as the U.S. COVID-19 death toll that inched toward 170,000.

Kyle McGowan, the chief of staff, and Amanda Campbell, the deputy chief of staff, had worked side-by-side with CDC Director Robert Redfield, including the last eight tumultuous months as the virus overwhelmed the nation.

“Amanda and I spent more than two years serving at the CDC and chose to leave to start our own business,” McGowan said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY.

A sliver of help may be on the way for the relentless coronavirus testing issues hampering efforts to slow the U.S. outbreak. This weekend the Food and Drug Administration approved a saliva-based test that Yale University researchers hope will clean up some of those testing issues.

“This is a huge

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New saliva test a ‘huge step forward’; Birx urges Americans to wear masks indoors and outdoors

A sliver of help may be on the way for the relentless coronavirus testing issues hampering efforts to slow a U.S. death toll that inched toward 170,000 on Sunday.

The average number of daily tests across the nation has begun to fall, according to the COVID Tracking  Project. Delays sometimes stretching to a week or more in obtaining test results have severely disrupted efforts at contact tracing. And when results are finally obtained, accuracy issues have often delayed proper treatment.

This weekend, however, the Food and Drug Administration approved a saliva-based test that Yale University researchers hope will clean up some of those testing issues.

“This is a huge step forward to make testing more accessible,” said Chantal Vogels, a Yale postdoctoral fellow, who led the laboratory development and validation along with Doug Brackney, an adjunct assistant clinical professor. 

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has 

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How to prepare and what to wear, according to pros

It's different from a regular job interview. But there's a lot that's the same too. <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
It’s different from a regular job interview. But there’s a lot that’s the same too. (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Job interviews are always stressful.

Now throw in a global pandemic, record unemployment and the potential technological pitfalls of a video call. If you’re on a job hunt, it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect of an interview over video chat.

It’s different from a regular job interview. But there’s a lot that’s the same too. And you don’t even have to worry about hitting traffic or finding the right address.

Take a few deep breaths, then read on to learn how to nail your next Zoom interview. (Full disclosure: Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is an investor in Zoom.)

What to wear

You might be showing up to your work meetings in your pajamas at this point, but this is an occasion to

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Delta Flight Forced to Turn Around After 2 Passengers Refuse to Wear Face Masks

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A Delta flight was forced to return to its gate after two passengers refused to wear masks onboard amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A spokesperson for the airline told PEOPLE in an email statement that the plane “returned to the gate following two customers who were non-compliant with crew instructions,” before adding that the plane departed to its destination “after a short delay.”

According to Delta’s website, “Delta customers and employees are required to wear a face mask, or appropriate cloth face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel, aligning with best practice guidelines from the CDC.”

RELATED: United Airlines Warns It May Layoff Half of Its U.S. Staff, 36,000 Employees: ‘A Last Resort’

MATT CAMPBELL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

The incident occurred a day after Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said that passengers who refuse to wear masks will be banned from flying with the airline.

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Mask buttons help those who wear hearing aids

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The students come into Amy Bull’s office and sit the appropriate distance away behind a newly installed plexiglass barrier. Then they immediately start firing questions at her about their careers and college classes.

But more often than not these days, Bull simply doesn’t know what they are saying.

“I will say again and again, ’I cannot hear you,’ and their initial reaction is to rip off their mask every time and keep talking,” she said. “And that’s not doing anybody any good.”

So Bull, 51, the career-services coordinator for Hondros College of Nursing in Westerville — which is open for summer term — went looking for a creative solution that would minimize risk amid this coronavirus pandemic and yet improve communication for and with those who have a hearing impairment.

Amy Bull, who is hard of hearing, wears a button on her mask that tells people.
Amy Bull, who is hard of hearing, wears a button on her mask that tells people.

She

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McDonald’s Will Require All Customers To Wear Masks Inside Its U.S. Restaurants

McDonald’s will require customers inside all of its U.S. restaurants to wear masks or face coverings beginning Aug. 1.

The massive fast-food chain announced the decision Friday in a company letter, framing it as a necessary step in the nationwide effort to check the spread of COVID-19.

The company said it would also install protective panels throughout its dining and cooking areas, and said it has delayed reopening dining rooms for an additional 30 days.

“The latest science suggests droplets have the potential to stay in the air for extended periods of time, increasing the risk of virus spread, especially from asymptomatic carriers,” the letter, co-authored by McDonald’s USA President Joe Erlinger, reads. “As a result, the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reiterates face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“To that end, and in order to protect the safety

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CDC COVID-19 advice tells schools to wash hands, wear masks, don’t touch. But not when to close

School districts across California continue to debate how and when to reopen — if they should at all.
School districts across California continue to debate how and when to reopen — if they should at all.

Parent check-list for back-to-school: Label your child’s face mask with permanent marker. Have them practice putting on and taking off their mask without touching the cloth. Make a labeled, resealable plastic bag to store their mask during lunch time. 

Those are among the suggestions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has for school administrators and parents as families prepare for school to resume in the fall.

Students should wear masks, wash their hands frequently and socially distance to protect against COVID-19 as schools reopen this fall, CDC urged in new guidance documents for administrators published Thursday.

“It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield in a release.

“I know this has been a difficult time for our Nation’s families. School

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Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won’t work.

Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won't work.
Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won’t work.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Americans were already an angry lot.

The past four years unleashed a nightmare in the United States: a tyrant president determined to set the country’s clock back to a time when inequality was common and accepted, and willing to do just about anything to realize his vision. Those who oppose President Trump’s agenda began marching in the streets while he effectively decried such opposition as un-American. Meanwhile, his devout supporters sometimes rally in public with guns at their sides.

Now, the anger has reached a newly horrific pitch. Trapped by a virus that could kill hundreds of thousands of people if left unchecked, people are sad and desperate. They want life to return to normal. They want to scream at those who make normalcy impossible by foregoing common sense or ignoring the rules. The people who

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Some California students won’t be required to wear masks this fall

K-12 students in Orange County, California, can return to the classroom this fall without the need to wear face masks or abide by social distancing requirements, the Orange County Board of Education voted Tuesday. The decision comes as the Golden State is seeing a surge of coronavirus cases and Orange County showing the third-highest number of infections in the state.

“K-12 children represent the lowest-risk cohort for COVID-19. Because of that fact, social distancing of children and reduced census classrooms is not necessary and therefore not recommended,” the Board explained in a document published online. “Requiring children to wear masks during school is not only difficult — if not impossible to implement — but not based on science. It may even be harmful and is therefore not recommended.”

California saw 7,346 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday, a 2.2% increase in a single day, according state health officials. Children

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Wear a mask in shops or risk fine

The new policy marks an about-turn on the issue after days of uncertainty. CREDIT: BLOWER - BLOWER
The new policy marks an about-turn on the issue after days of uncertainty. CREDIT: BLOWER – BLOWER

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Shoppers who do not wear a mask risk £100 fine

Mask up – or risk a £100 fine. That is the message to shoppers as the Government announces that face coverings will become mandatory in stores. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will confirm that guidance is being updated to make the wearing of face coverings compulsory in England from July 24, with fines for anyone who fails to adhere to the new rules. The announcement comes after days of confusion in which Boris Johnson, and Michael Gove made apparently contradictory statements about whether face coverings should be mandatory in shops. Confused

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