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What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, October 16

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Two town halls managed to lay out the stark differences between the presidential candidates, especially on the coronavirus.

(CNN)US President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden may not have been on the same stage last night, but two simultaneous town halls managed to lay out the stark differences between the candidates as America nears 8 million Covid-19 cases and averages more than 50,000 daily new infections, Maeve Reston writes.

The President was non-committal at the NBC town hall on a question about whether he took a Covid-19 test on the day of his debate with Biden at the end of September -- even though he was required to do so.

"He [Trump] missed enormous opportunities and kept saying things that weren't true," Biden said, noting that the President said the virus would go away by Easter or when "summer comes. " He accused Trump of being more concerned with the stock market than the pandemic and promised, if elected, that he would push governors, mayors and local officials to mandate mask wearing -- one of the best ways to reduce transmission.

A: While much is unknown about Covid-19 transmission aboard airplanes, a US Department of Defense study, released Thursday, suggests that people don't need to worry about circulating air spreading the virus on planes -- supporting earlier research showing the ventilation systems on planes filter the air efficiently and remove particles that could transmit viruses.

Big global study finds remdesivir doesn't help Covid-19 patients

The antiviral drug remdesivir has "little or no effect on mortality" for hospitalized Covid-19 patients, nor does it help patients recover any faster, the World Health Organization found in a pre-print study that it described as both conclusive and disappointing.

The WHO study reviewed remdesivir and three other repurposed drugs -- hydroxychloroquine, the HIV combination of lopinavir and ritonavir, and interferon -- in 11,000 Covid-19 patients in 30 countries.

Queen Elizabeth had her first royal engagement in months -- but didn't wear a mask. Trump ally and ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent seven days in ICU with Covid.

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