Coronavirus pandemic has "sharpened the divisiveness" in the US, Fauci says
From CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard
The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has attracted a large fanbase during the coronavirus pandemic — but he emphasized this week that Covid-19 has also led to more divisiveness in the United States.
"It's created and maybe sharpened the divisiveness that we see both politically and even in our society about the role of science," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during an interview with Wendy Zukerman, host of the podcast Science Vs, on Monday. The podcast episode was released on Spotify on Tuesday.
Overall, people are seeking truth and information during these difficult times, Fauci said.
"They're looking for consistency, for truth, for evidence, for transparency — and the stance I've taken with regard to Covid-19 has made me kind of the representative of that concept. And I think that's the reason why people flock to it," Fauci said. "It isn't about me. It's about the fact that I represent things that mean a lot to people, and what they need to hear is truth and science and getting things that are based on evidence."
11:02 a.m. ET, June 24, 2020
The Dow falls more than 500 points
From CNN's Richard Davis
Stocks have extended their losses with the Dow falling more than 500 points, or 2%.
A new study, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data on protests from more than 300 of the largest US cities, and found no evidence that coronavirus cases grew in the weeks following the beginning of the protests.
In fact, researchers determined that social distancing behaviors actually went up after the protests — as people tried to avoid the protests altogether. But obviously, these demonstrations caused a decrease in social distancing among actual protesters.
"Our findings suggest that any direct decrease in social distancing among the subset of the population participating in the protests is more than offset by increasing social distancing behavior among others who may choose to shelter-at-home and circumvent public places while the protests are underway," the report reads.
Keep in mind: It's still possible that protests may have caused an increase in the spread of the virus among those who attended protests, according to the report.
Researchers also noted that the effect of protests on social distancing and stay-at-home orders may fade as the violence and scope of protests decline.
As the protests begin to lessen or become less intense, non-protesters will feel safer leaving their homes.
New York City Marathon canceled because of coronavirus
This year's New York City Marathon has been canceled because of coronavirus concerns, event organizers announced today.
The annual event, considered the world’s largest marathon, was scheduled for Nov. 1, but was called off "due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers, staff, and the many partners and communities that support the event," the New York Road Runners announced today.
"While the marathon is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021."
9:52 a.m. ET, June 24, 2020
Former Florida data official says her own Covid-19 site is more transparent than state reports
From CNN's Aditi Sangal
Rebekah Jones, the data official behind Florida's Covid-19 dashboard, has launched her own dashboard, which reports more cases than the state reports.
She attributes these differences to including non-residents who test positive or die of coronavirus in Florida.
“If you were sick in Florida and you died in a Florida hospital, you should be included in that total," she told CNN.
“They're not people who got sick and then went home to Massachusetts and died,” she explained why she chose to include non-residents. “I think that people care more about where the virus is in their community than they do whether or not somebody has a permanent legal address in Florida.”
Another point of differentiation is including everyone who tested positive, regardless of the type of tests that they have received.
Some background: Jones was removed from the state's scrutinized dashboard project after she questioned other officials' commitment to accessibility and transparency, according to Florida Today.
She tweeted several tweets yesterday claiming that the the state’s health department officials have been instructed to change and delete numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths to make it looks like “Florida is improving next week in the leadup to July 4."
“I wouldn't come forward with anything unless I had vetted it myself fully. There was a lot of pressure when I was first fired for not changing the numbers,” she said. “There are a few brave souls at DOH who still talk to me and communicate with me. They’ve forwarded me emails, communications, other documentation. I have checked my numbers myself through the data and the information that the DOH publishes and unfortunately, that does seem to be what's going on.”
Watch the interview:
9:40 a.m. ET, June 24, 2020
US stocks open lower over rising Covid-19 cases and renewed trade fears
From CNN’s Anneken Tappe
US stocks ticked lower on Wednesday as investors grapple with rising Covid-19 cases as well as worries about a second lockdown.
Trade wars are also worrying investors as the US weighs an additional $3.1 billion of European imports with tariffs.
Here is where things stood at opening:
The Dow opened 0.9%, or 244 points, lower.
The S&P 500 dropped 0.7%.
The Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.4%. The index is now on track to break an eight-day winning streak, which was its longest since December.