ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported 6,336 new coronavirus cases Monday for a total of 206,447 and 47 new fatalities to bring the death toll to 3,778.There have now been 213,794 positive results of coronavirus in Florida, according to the state Department of Health, which is nearly 1 in 100 people in the state.Based on the 2019 estimated population of Florida from the U.S. Census of nearly 21.5 million, the 7,347 new positive cases of COVID-19 brought the state’s total close to that mark. Thousands would have already recovered from the infection, although the state DOH does not report that data. A...
Former President Donald Trump reportedly snapped at one of his campaign's top pollsters when he informed him that voters were growing "fatigued" with his behavior.
Via Business Insider, reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in their upcoming book "Peril" that pollster Tony Fabrizio warned Trump after his infamously failed rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma that many swing voters were sick of all the chaos that the president caused on a daily basis, particularly in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"To be honest, Mr. President, the voters are just fatigued," Fabrizio said, according to Woodward and Costa. "They're tired of the chaos. They're tired of the tumult."
Trump, however, did not take kindly to this advice and snapped back with a profanity-filled tirade.
"Oh, they're tired?" Trump replied. "They're fucking tired? Well I'm fucking tired and fatigued too."
Trump would continue behaving chaotically, of course, which eventually culminated with him getting hospitalized after coming down with COVID-19 in October that year.
He would then go on to lose the 2020 presidential election to current President Joe Biden.
Could delivering Covid-19 immunity directly to the nose -- the area of the body via which it is most likely to be transmitted -- help conquer the pandemic?
The World Health Organization says clinical trials are underway to evaluate eight nasal spray vaccines that target Covid-19.
The most advanced effort so far by China's Xiamen University, the University of Hong Kong and Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy has completed phase-2 trials.
"When the virus infects someone it usually gets in through the nose," said researcher Nathalie Mielcarek who is working with the Lille Pasteur Institute to develop a nasal spray vaccine against whooping cough.
"The idea is to shut the door."
An article published in Scientific American in March urged developing nasal spray vaccines because they have an immediate effect on the virus in an infected person's mucus.
There they trigger production of an antibody known as immunoglobulin A, which can block infection.
"This overwhelming response, called sterilising immunity, reduces the chance that people will pass on the virus," said the article.
The vaccines currently available offer strong protection against severe forms of Covid-19 but are less reliable at preventing the spread of the virus.
Stimulating immunity directly in the nose "lowers the risk of infecting other people", said Mielcarek.
"From there you have less of the virus infecting the lungs and so fewer severe cases since the viral load is lower," she added.
An article published in March by Gavi the Vaccine Alliance noted other advantages, including the fact that the sprays don't need refrigeration and don't need to be administered by health professionals.
"People would be able to self-administer them at home," the article says, adding "they are likely to be more popular for the millions of people who don't like needles".
And in a French study on mice presented last week, 100 percent of subjects vaccinated with the spray survived infection by Covid-19 while all unvaccinated mice died.
"The vaccinated animals... showed low levels of the virus so they are not contagious anymore -- that's one of the advantages of the nasal spray," Philippe Mauguin, CEO of the French institute that hopes to patent the vaccine told AFP.
Isabelle Dimier-Poisson who led the research has high hopes.
"It could allow us to get back to life before the pandemic, without social distancing, and without masks," she said.
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Former President Donald Trump on Friday sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which he asked him to start the process of "decertifying" the 2020 election.
In the letter, which was posted on Twitter by spokeswoman Liz Harrington, the twice-impeached former president continued to falsely insist that he was the victim of "voter fraud" in Georgia despite the fact that no credible investigation has turned up any instance of fraud.
Trump asked Raffensperger to check out the allegations and "if true... start the process of decertifying the Election, or whatever the correct legal remedy is, and announce the true winner."
Trump went on to say that "people do not understand why you and Governor Brian Kemp adamantly refuse to acknowledge the now proven facts."
In fact, no allegations of mass voter fraud in Georgia have been proven true, and the Trump campaign's efforts to get the election results overturned were all thrown out of court.
Read the full letter below.
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