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The White House is embracing a ‘herd immunity’ strategy that would allow COVID-19 to spread freely and is widely disputed by scientists



Steven Mnuchin wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump at a briefing with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the coronavirus advisor Scott Atlas in August. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images


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President Donald Trump at a briefing with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the coronavirus advisor Scott Atlas in August. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

  • White House officials say the administration is warming to a controversial herd-immunity strategy advocated in a document called the Great Barrington Declaration. 
  • Under the strategy, those not particularly vulnerable to serious infections are allowed to live normally while the vulnerable are shielded.
  • The document is widely criticized by scientists and emphatically rejected by the World Health Organization, the UK government, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
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The White House is embracing a controversial “herd immunity” strategy in response to the coronavirus, according to a briefing given by anonymous senior officials.

The strategy would allow the virus to spread freely with the belief that most of the population would develop a degree of immunity. It

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Small business COVID-19 incentive program facilitates inn transactions

A U.S. Small Business Administration business purchase incentive program made it possible for the separate buyers of two Maine inns to close on the transactions.

Jacqueline Pierce bought the Inn at Bath, at 969 Washington St., Bath, from Elizabeth Knowlton for an undisclosed price in a deal that closed Sept. 23. The list price was $725,000.

Nicole and Matt Irwin bought Acadia Bay Inn, at 12 Miramar Ave. in Sullivan, from Todd and Angela Vafiades for an undisclosed price in a deal that closed Sept. 25. The list price was $1.375 million.

Dana Moos of Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty brokered both transactions.

Loan guarantees

The transactions were initially stymied by the challenge of finding a bank willing to lend during the pandemic, Moos said. 

Of her usual list of a half-dozen or so hospitality lenders, “Machias Savings Bank was the only one at the time who wanted to make

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Covid-19 Live Updates: White House Embraces ‘Herd Immunity’ Declaration

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The White House has embraced a declaration by a group of scientists arguing that authorities should allow the coronavirus to spread among young healthy people while protecting the elderly and the vulnerable — an approach that would rely on arriving at “herd immunity” through infections rather than a vaccine.

Many experts say “herd immunity” — the point at which a disease stops spreading because nearly everyone in a population has contracted it — is still very far off. Leading experts have concluded, using different scientific methods, that about 85 to 90 percent of the American population is still susceptible to the coronavirus.

On a call convened Monday by the White House, two senior administration officials, both speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to give

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Georgia House candidates clash over health care, COVID-19

ATLANTA (AP) — Candidates in two closely contested suburban Atlanta U.S. House districts continued to clash Tuesday over their views on health care, the pandemic response and the size of government.

Those disagreements were aired in two debates sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club. One was between 6th Congressional District incumbent Lucy McBath, a Democrat, and Republican Karen Handel, the woman McBath unseated in a narrow 2018 victory. Slightly less sharp was a debate between candidates in the neighboring 7th District, where Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux is trying to claim an open seat after falling just short of beating Republican incumbent Rob Woodall in 2018. With Woodall stepping down, Republican Rich McCormick is trying to hold the seat for his party.

Both races are among the most competitive in the nation, with Democrats gaining ground in what was once reliably Republican turf. The 6th District, Georgia’s most affluent, stretches across parts

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Quincy food store closed due to COVID-19 cases; health officials want to know if you were there between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11

A second employee at the Fruit Basket Marketplace in Quincy has tested positive for COVID-19 and the city continues to ask anyone who was in the popular store between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11 to contact them, especially if they are experiencing any symptoms.

The city first alerted the public on Monday to a single identified case of COVID at the Granite Street store on the city’s official Facebook account. City Health Commissioner Ruth Jones said in a telephone interview Tuesday that a second of the store’s four employees has now tested positive. Both employees worked between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11.

Jones said customers who were in the store for brief periods of time – less than 15 minutes – are likely not to have health concerns related to exposure to the employees. (If they feel symptomatic they should be tested, she stressed.)

Of greater concern, Jones said, are

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How small retailers are doing Amazon Prime Day amid Covid-19 pandemic

Amazon’s annual two-day Prime Day sales event kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 13 after the coronavirus pandemic delayed the event for months. 

For the more than 1.7 million small- and medium-sized businesses around the world that sell their products on Amazon, the massive annual shopping event could help provide a boost in a year that’s been racked with uncertainty as a result of Covid-19.

Prime Day, which dates back to 2015 and typically runs in mid-July, begins at midnight on Tuesday and runs through Oct. 14. During that time, the e-commerce giant could generate nearly $10 billion in global sales, according to an estimate from research company eMarketer.

Amazon doesn’t release specific revenue numbers around its Prime Day events, but the company said it sold more than 175 million items during last year’s Prime Day.

For the small businesses who sell their products on Amazon as third-party vendors, Prime Day

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Trump tests negative for Covid-19, White House doctor says

President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus “on consecutive days,” a White House physician said Monday, the first disclosure that Trump has tested negative for the virus since he revealed his diagnosis earlier this month.

Dr. Sean Conley, in a brief memo shared hours before Trump was scheduled to host a reelection campaign rally in Florida, said that the president’s latest Covid-19 results came from an antigen test from Abbott Laboratories.

But Conley’s memo noted that a variety of laboratory data all show the virus is no longer active in the president’s body.

“Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgenomic RNA, and PCR cycle threshold measurements, as well as ongoing assessment of viral culture date, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication,” Conley wrote.

Conley’s memo did not specify on which consecutive days Trump had tested negative.

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Commercial cleaning leader Springmount Services responses to Covid-19 with innovation

The devastating impact of Covid-19 has been felt and never has personal and public hygiene been more important.

The devastating impact of Covid-19 has been felt in all corners of the globe and never has personal and public hygiene been more important. A thorough wash of the hands with clean water and soap or a splash of hand-sanitizer is the most basic yet effective first defense against this complex and highly transmissible virus. But what about mall doors, shared bathrooms, office lifts, conference rooms and chairs in waiting areas, in fact any high frequency touched surface?

The pandemic has shocked retail, entertainment and commercial activities at all levels. Once bustling with thousands of shoppers, patrons and workers, venues were abruptly vacated with the ominous threat of an invisible enemy looming large. At the height of the lockdown, the closure of shopping centres, theatres, sporting arenas and office towers meant an

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Trump tells Florida rally he feels ‘powerful’ and wants to ‘kiss’ everyone after Covid-19 battle

President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail on Monday, his first since he was hospitalized for Covid-19, taking familiar hits at his Democratic rival Joe Biden and urging his supporters in the crucial battleground state to vote .

At Trump’s Florida rally, the president was also cavalier about his battle with Covid-19, telling the crowd — estimated at 7,000 people — in a state that has been hit hard by the virus that he felt strong and better than before. The president took a myriad of treatments when he was hospitalized and told the crowd he wanted to make his treatment plan available to everyone.

“We are going to take whatever the hell they gave me and we are going to distribute it to hospitals,” he said.

He even mused he could kiss everyone in the crowd, some of whom were not wearing masks. Many were also packed tightly

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Trump tests negative for COVID-19, is not infectious

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 and he is not infectious to others, the White House physician said on Monday, 10 days after Trump announced he had contracted the coronavirus.

In a memo released by the White House just hours before Trump was due to resume holding campaign rallies, Dr. Sean Conley said the president had tested negative on consecutive days using an Abbott Laboratories <ABT.N> BinaxNOW antigen card.

Conley said the negative tests and other clinical and laboratory data “indicate a lack of detectable viral replication.”

Trump’s medical team had determined that based on the data and guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “the president is not infectious to others,” Conley said.

Trump returns to the campaign trail on Monday night with a rally in Sanford, Florida, his first since he disclosed on Oct. 2 that he tested positive

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