• U.S.
    Refinery29

    Is This Why Trump Doesn’t Care About The Dangers Of Schools Reopening?

    Update: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an order blocking the mandate to close Montgomery County private schools, saying the decision is for schools and parents, not politicians, to make. However, the school has not yet made an independent decision.This story was originally published on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 5 p.m.President Trump’s insistence on reopening schools across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic is coming under fire once again amid reports that his 14-year-old son Barron Trump’s private school will stay safely closed. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, the Montgomery County, MD, school where Trump’s youngest child will be enrolled as a high school freshman in the fall, will reportedly be closed through at least October 1. The school year is scheduled to begin on September 8.The decision, which affects all of Montgomery County’s private schools, was made to “protect the health and safety of Montgomery County residents as well as parents, students, teachers, and staff from the spread of COVID-19,” according to a press release from Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. Trump has been consistently vocal about the alleged necessity of reopening U.S. schools as the 2020-2021 school year has drawn closer, going so far as to threaten to defund schools that don’t reopen in the fall. He continued to double down as recently as early Monday morning, when he tweeted, “Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!” Many on Twitter pointed out the hypocrisy in the fact that the president’s son will be safe at home while others are being forced to return to in-person learning. (That’s when “Barron” started trending.) Barron’s school will be closed because it’s not safe, but he’s perfectly fine risking other people’s children as long as he is insulated and has daily testing. https://t.co/R7N4srza2r — Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 3, 2020 This is so typical of Trump: Trump votes by mail, but doesn’t think anybody else should. Trump thinks all schools should open up, but it’s appropriate that Barron’s school remains closed. — Bill Madden (@maddenifico) August 3, 2020The Trump administration has issued guidelines on reopening schools “safely and carefully,” including the utilization of teaching methods that include “flexible schedules, cohorting, and master teaching” and $70 billion of the next coronavirus relief bill to “directly support K-12 education.” But many teachers and parents have pushed back, saying they don’t feel safe about going back to work or sending their kids back to school while coronavirus cases are still spiking across the country.According to CNN, only one out of the 15 biggest school districts in the U.S. will let students return for in-person classes this fall, and at least 10 have decided to start the semester with online-only learning. Three schools have opted for hybrid models.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?A Texas Teacher On Going Back To SchoolWhat It's Like To Be A Teacher Right NowWhy Trump Is REALLY Trying To Ban TikTok

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  • Health
    The Telegraph

    Women who take the contraceptive pill are less likely to develop serious coronavirus, study finds

    Women who take the pill are less likely to develop serious coronavirus, a major new study has found, helping explain why men have suffered worse from the disease. Analysis of more than half a million women by King's College London during May and June has identified the crucial role of oestrogen in protecting against Covid-19. Scientists established that those taking the combined oral contraceptive pill were on average 13 per cent less likely to develop serious symptoms. Meanwhile, post-menopausal women appeared to have a 22 per cent higher risk compared to pre-menopausal women. Previous studies of other dangerous respiratory viruses, such as Sars and Mers, had suggested the importance of oestrogen. However, the new King's research, conducted using data from their symptom tracking app, is the first of its kind to establish the link with Covid-19. Oestrogen is thought to influence how many immune cells a person produces and how well these respond to infection. Known as the "female hormone", it is present in higher proportions in women than in men. There have been more Covid-19 deaths among men across most age groups in England and Wales, with 55 per cent of the overall toll accounted for by males since the start of the pandemic.

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  • Celebrity
    SheKnows

    Nikki Bella & Brie Bella Welcome Baby Boys — & Share Almost Identical Baby Pics!

    Total Bellas stars Nikki Bella and Brie Bella almost did it. The twin sisters — who got pregnant within a week and a half of each other and chronicled their pregnancies with sweet twinning baby bump photos — almost gave birth at the same time. Almost, but not quite. As it turns out, first-time mom-to-be […]

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  • Politics
    Reuters

    Fauci says states seeing surge in COVID-19 cases should reconsider some lockdown measures

    In some states with moderate case counts, experts are seeing "that same insidious increase in percent positive that we had seen and pointed out ... in states like Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota and others", Fauci said during an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Fauci said last week that he was seeing signs the surge of COVID-19 cases could be peaking in the South and West while other areas were on the cusp of new outbreaks. Fauci said that it is crucial that the outbreak be contained before autumn, when influenza cases are likely to spike alongside COVID-19 and more people begin to move indoors, increasing the risk of contagion.

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  • World
    Yahoo News UK

    Prince Andrew was at nightclub with alleged victim and not at Pizza Express, new witness claims

    A woman says she saw Andrew at the nightclub, the night he claimed to be at Pizza Express.

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