- World The Telegraph
Coronavirus may have lain dormant across the world and emerged when environmental conditions were right for it to thrive - rather than starting in China, an Oxford University expert believes. Dr Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), at Oxford, and visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues that there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia. Last week, Spanish virologists announced they had found traces of the disease in samples of waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the coronavirus disease was seen in China. Italian scientists have also found evidence of coronavirus in sewage samples in Milan and Turin, in mid-December, many weeks before the first case was detected, while experts have found traces in Brazil in November.
- World Reuters
The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks. Whether carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze, or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled, the scientists said, according to the NYT. "Especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence," Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO's technical lead of infection prevention and control, was quoted as saying by the NYT.
- Celebrity The Independent
Kim Kardashian West has reacted to the the news that her husband, Kanye West, will run for president in 2020.The rapper and fashion designer announced his bid on Independence Day, with just four months until polling day on 3 November, the
- U.S. USA TODAY Opinion
After Woodrow Wilson, who's next? Thomas Jefferson? FDR? JFK? Jimmy Carter? Gerald Ford? We remove tributes to our imperfect presidents at our peril.
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The Powerhouse Roundtable breaks down the latest on the George Floyd protests on "This Week."
- U.S. Business Insider
Alan Dershowitz wrote a Spectator column about Ghislaine Maxwell in which he says 'everyone should keep an open mind'
Maxwell, a longtime associate of financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been charged her with crimes related to the grooming and sexual abuse of young girls.
- U.S. The Telegraph
A 59-year-old woman has died in the Grand Canyon after falling from the edge while taking photos with her family, park officials said. Maria A. Salgado Lopez of Scottsdale, Arizona, was hiking off trail along the canyon’s South Rim in an area west of Mather Point, according to a National Park Services press release. Mather Point is one of the park’s most popular spots, owing to its spectacular sunset views. The park service said in the press release: “Ms. Salgado Lopez had been hiking off trail and taking photographs with family when she accidentally stepped off the edge.” Her body was recovered by Grand Canyon National Park rangers approximately 100 feet below the rim. In a statement, the park service said: "An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office.”