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What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 31

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The economic toll of the pandemic is becoming clear. In just a few months, the virus has managed to wipe out years of gains and push millions of people around the world into new economic hardship.

In just a few months, the virus has managed to wipe out years of gains and push millions of people around the world into new economic hardship.

Data released yesterday showed the US economy slumped by 9. 5% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.

There are some positive signs: China has avoided slumping into a recession, with its economy now growing again after contracting in the first quarter.

The university's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said the increase is down to more infections, and also the refusal by some to wear masks, practice social distancing and take other steps to limit the transmission of the virus.

This year, it's "more important than ever to get a flu shot because we will almost certainly face the double whammy of flu season coinciding the same time as surging cases of Covid-19," emergency room physician Dr. Leana Wen said.

The company said that number reflected "increased engagement as people around the world sheltered in place. "

It posted the first revenue decline in its history during the second quarter, a sign of just how much the global pandemic and economic downturn is straining its core advertising business.

Children younger than five have between 10 and 100 times more genetic material from the coronavirus in their noses compared to older children and adults, according to a small study published yesterday.

While the study didn't measure transmissibility, it raises questions -- just as schools start to reopen -- about how easily the new coronavirus may be spread by the youngest kids.

The immune systems of some people who have not been exposed to the novel coronavirus could have some familiarity with the pathogen -- possibly helping to reduce the severity of illness if that person does get Covid-19, a new study suggests.

The study found that among a sample of 68 healthy adults in Germany who had not been exposed to the coronavirus, 35% had T cells in their blood that were reactive to the virus.

The second-most populous state in Australia reported 672 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths today, surpassing the 10,000 mark.

Let them select (or make) their own masks. Practice makes perfect: have your kids wear their masks in the house for short increments to get them more comfortable with wearing them. Repetition is key -- you may have to sound like a broken record in order for your children to take face coverings seriously.

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