Today's word count is 1,292, or a 5-minute read.
Today's word count is 1,292, or a 5-minute read.
Two new studies yet again reiterate the fact that people of color have borne the brunt of America's coronavirus outbreak.
Why it matters: The longer we go without improving testing, protecting essential workers, updating ventilation systems, securing nursing homes or ensuring that sick people can safely isolate at home, the more already vulnerable people will continue to suffer.
The big picture: Black and Latino or Hispanic Americans are more likely than white Americans to catch the virus, require hospitalization or die from it.
Driving the news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report yesterday supporting the notion that Latino and Hispanic Americans are more likely to become infected at work than white Americans are.
The bottom line: These disparities stem from deep-rooted racial inequities that are baked into every part of American life, and fixing these will take a long time.
Coronavirus cases in nursing homes surged in late July, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Why it matters: Despite all the rhetorical focus on better protecting vulnerable seniors, long-term care facilities continue to be a major source of community spread in the U.S., Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.
By the numbers: Cases in long-term care facilities significantly declined throughout June. But as the hot spots developed across the South flared up, nursing homes again saw a rash of new infections.
The bottom line: "Without adequate funding and resources, the U.S. will end up repeating the same mistakes from several months ago," said Mark Parkinson, the president and CEO of AHCA and NCAL.
Kristin Urquiza spoke during the Democratic National Convention Monday evening about losing her father to the coronavirus, saying his "only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at the Democratic National Convention Monday evening that the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. a "man-made threat by our own negligence."
The Trump campaign announced it had started selling face masks on Monday, saying President Trump "urges all patriotic Americans to wear a face cover when they are unable to socially distance."
With colleges and grade schools going virtual, marketers are trying to come up with ways to pry consumers' wallets open during the back-to-school season, Axios' Jennifer Kingson reports.
India reported 57,981 new coronavirus cases Monday, taking its total number of infections to almost 2.65 million. The country's death toll reached 50,921 after it reported that another 941 people had lost their lives to the virus.
Italy announced it will be re-closing nightclubs and mandating masks in areas with nightlife as the country sees a resurgence in cases after emerging from lockdown, per the Washington Post.
Russia said it will be conducting clinical trials of its vaccine in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to Bloomberg.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a "routine" hospital checkup Monday amid concerns his near-constant work during the pandemic has left him fatigued, Reuters reports. His visit coincided with the country's economy recording its worst decline on record.
Democrats are significantly more concerned than Republicans about the safety of in-person voting and traditional door-to-door campaigning amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Why it matters: Joe Biden's campaign, and Democrats nationwide, are eager to press the case that President Trump has mishandled the pandemic — but the pandemic is also causing Democratic voters to turn away from the tools and traditions that typically form the backbone of a successful campaign, Axios' Sam Baker writes.
The big picture: Democrats are consistently more worried about the coronavirus than Republicans; they rate almost every specific activity or situation as riskier than Republicans do. And that very much includes politics, according to our latest survey.
Regardless of partisanship, Americans see strangers as a much greater coronavirus threat than people they know.
Some disappointing news from my alma mater: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will shift to remote learning after clusters of five or more coronavirus cases spread in three residence halls and within a fraternity, just one week after classes began.
The big picture: Universities determined to reopen this fall boasted preventative measures that include smaller class sizes, cleaning protocols and even testing options, but problems still persist, Marisa writes.
Details: Students were told in an email from UNC that they can cancel contracts with Carolina Housing with no penalty, and that residents with "hardships," like those without reliable internet access, international students or student athletes, can stay if they choose.
Driving the news: Students are now calling out their universities in college media outlets for not preparing for the inevitable and failing to address the potentially-devastating communal spread of COVID-19 in their college towns.
LGBTQ youth say a slew of roadblocks prevent them from accessing mental health services, a new report from the Trevor Project says.
The big picture: Cost was by far the biggest barrier, but respondents also cited a stigma surrounding mental health issues, as well as skepticism about whether they could trust a therapist, Marisa writes.
By the numbers: 54% of LGBTQ youth said they wanted mental health care in the past year but did not receive it.
What we're watching: These responses were mainly collected before the pandemic, but the pandemic hasn't made anyone's lives easier.