Columbia University researchers have developed a nasal spray that has successfully prevented COVID-19 infections in tests with ferrets as well as a 3D model of human lungs.
The lipopeptide (that is, a lipid and peptide combination) prevents the coronavirus from fusing with a target cell’s membrane by blocking a key protein from adopting a necessary shape. It should work immediately and last for at least 24 hours. It’s also affordable, lasts a long time, and doesn’t need refrigeration.
A spray like this is still some ways from reaching the public. There would need to be human clinical trials, not to mention large-scale production to provide enough access. Scientists are planning to “rapidly advance” to further testing, Columbia said.
Source: Nasal spray might prevent COVID-19 infections | Engadget
There have been 5,549 new cases of coronavirus and 149 hospitalizations reported, making today the second day in a row that Ohio has passed 5,000 new cases. 12 new deaths were reported today, bringing cases in Ohio to 245,727 and deaths to 5,506.
Source: Coronavirus: Ohio breaks record with over 5,500 new cases, case average over 3,000
“It’s a collective relief and joy, I feel like everyone’s on the verge of tears.”
Source: Videos: NYC Erupts In Cheers After Biden & Harris Defeat Trump – Gothamist
The military has been voting absentee since the War of 1812, and the practice was broadened during the Civil War. Military votes have always been included in official tallies, whether in local, state, or presidential elections.
For his part, retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said they are not asking for any special privileges.
Casey noted that the military is just saying that they think it is vital for every ballot to be counted, especially those of the service men and women who serve the country.
“They do so much for us, and they deserve to know their voices are heard,” Casey said in the report.
Under the state’s law, the remaining 8,410 issued military and overseas ballots can still be counted if they were postmarked by Election Day and arrive before business close Friday. Thus, Sterling said it would be more than 0 and less than 8,410 votes to be counted.
A Military Times poll done in August found that the military’s support for Trump had plummeted massively. That is from 46 percent in 2016 to just under 38 percent this year.
Source: Trump Attacks Absentee Ballots Cast by Military as Count Continues : US News : Latin Post – Latin news, immigration, politics, culture
Both CNN and Edison Research have called Pennsylvania for Biden, taking him to 284 electoral college votes.
Source: Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump, elected 46th President of the USA – The Jerusalem Post
Violence in Afghanistan has worsened in recent months including targeted killings of journalists, politicians and rights activists.
Last week the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported that in the last three months there had been a 50% rise in “enemy-initiated attacks” compared with the previous three.
Source: Afghanistan violence: Former TV presenter Yama Siawash killed – BBC News