Monday News: Three thousand, seven hundred seventy


OVER 231,000 NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS: At least 231,471 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,770 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 1,719 new COVID-19 cases, down from 2,321 the day before. Five coronavirus-related deaths were reported Sunday. About 5.2% of tests were reported positive on Saturday. That’s lower than the 8% of positive test results reported last weekend but higher than the 5% target set by health officials. At least 1,046 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 Saturday, up from 1,034 the day before.

TRUMP WILL HOLD ANOTHER AIRPORT RALLY IN NC, THURSDAY IN GREENVILLE: President Donald Trump will speak in Greenville at a rally on Thursday.The event will be held at the Pitt-Greenville Airport at 1 p.m. Doors to the event will open at 10 a.m. Attendees will be given a temperature check, masks and access to hand sanitizer. Trump will host his first campaign rally since testing positive for coronavirus on Monday. Lara Trump. the president's daughter-in-law, will also be in North Carolina this week to host an event in Wilmington on Wednesday. (Sometimes I hate being a battleground state)

STUDY FINDS AS MANY AS 37,000 NC ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAY BE REJECTED: Absentee ballot rejections this November are projected to reach historic levels, risking widespread disenfranchisement of minority voters and the credibility of election results, a USA TODAY, Columbia Journalism Investigations and PBS series FRONTLINE investigation found. North Carolina expects no more than three in 10 will vote absentee, lowering rejected ballots to roughly 37,000 – below CJI projections but thousands higher than the 4,800 discarded ballots in the last presidential election. If the rate of discarded ballots also grows, it could be "astronomical,” said Alissa Ellis, advocacy director of Democracy North Carolina. Philadelphia County had three times Pennsylvania's rejection rate in the 2016 presidential election, all but one tossed for lacking a voter's signature. That involved just 461 absentee ballots. The county is projected to reject up to 14,682 absentee ballots this November. Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a decision that could dramatically raise the number of rejected ballots in Philadelphia County to as much as 40,000, estimated Philadelphia City Commission chair Lisa Deely. Voters put their absentee ballot into a "privacy" envelope and then put that envelope into another envelope to be mailed. If they forget and use one envelope, their vote now won't be counted – a common mistake, Deely said.

KAMALA HARRIS WILL TAKE PART (REMOTELY) IN AMY CONEY BARRETT HEARINGS, WHICH BEGIN TODAY: While others on the two presidential tickets hit the campaign trail Monday, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) will remain in Washington, where she will be at the center of an explosive nomination battle over Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. As she prepares to question Barrett, Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be in the unprecedented role as a vice-presidential candidate participating in a divisive Supreme Court hearing just three weeks before Election Day. As Biden’s running mate, she faces an especially delicate task: appearing tough enough to satisfy liberals upset with Barrett’s nomination but restrained enough to support Biden’s outreach to disillusioned Republicans. A spokesman said Sunday that Harris will appear at the hearing virtually from her Senate office, accusing Republicans of refusing to take “common-sense steps to protect members, aides, Capitol complex workers and members of the media” from the coronavirus. Harris’s background as a prosecutor was on display the last time the Judiciary Committee held hearings for a Supreme Court nominee: two years ago, when it weighed the fate of Brett M. Kavanaugh. In a copy of her prepared statement obtained by The Washington Post, Barrett will echo the philosophy of her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and tell the committee that the “courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life.”

THOUSANDS OF COVID 19 SURVIVORS SUFFERING FROM "BRAIN FOG" HAVE TROUBLE RETURNING TO WORK: It’s becoming known as Covid brain fog: troubling cognitive symptoms that can include memory loss, confusion, difficulty focusing, dizziness and grasping for everyday words. Increasingly, Covid survivors say brain fog is impairing their ability to work and function normally. “There are thousands of people who have that,” said Dr. Igor Koralnik, chief of neuro-infectious disease at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, who has already seen hundreds of survivors at a post-Covid clinic he leads. “The impact on the work force that’s affected is going to be significant. Scientists aren’t sure what causes brain fog, which varies widely and affects even people who became only mildly physically ill from Covid-19 and had no previous medical conditions. Leading theories are that it arises when the body’s immune response to the virus doesn’t shut down or from inflammation in blood vessels leading to the brain. In a soon-to-be-published survey of 3,930 members of Survivor Corps, a group of people who have connected to discuss life after Covid, over half reported difficulty concentrating or focusing, said Natalie Lambert, an associate research professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, who helped lead the study. It was the fourth most common symptom out of the 101 long-term and short-term physical, neurological and psychological conditions that survivors reported. Memory problems, dizziness or confusion were reported by a third or more respondents.



Beyond frightening

This brain fog thing is not unlike National Guard and Reserve soldiers who are suffering from traumatic brain injury or PTSD, trying to go back to their civilian jobs and family life. They are expected to perform at the same level they did before deploying, and that's just not possible in many cases.

If Trump has brain fog

it would be impossible for anyone to tell.