5 things to know for May 27: antibody tests, coronavirus, RNC, SpaceX, George Floyd


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Anti-coronavirus antibody tests may not be as reliable as we thought. The CDC now says that the tests used to determine if people have been infected with Covid-19 in the past may be wrong up to half the time. This can be particularly dangerous if the test results in a false positive, which leads people to believe that they have been infected in the past and may be immune (it is still unclear whether a past infection means that someone is not can no longer catch the virus). In any event, the CDC says that antibody tests are not precise enough to be used to make important political decisions, such as determining when people should return to work. Health officials or providers using antibody tests should use the most accurate they can find and may need to test people twice, says the CDC.

2. Coronavirus

As parts of Europe and Asia contemplate a recovery from a pandemic, Latin America has become the center of the global coronavirus epidemic. The director of the Pan American Health Organization says the region has overtaken Europe and the United States in terms of daily infection. Mexico experienced its largest single-day increase in new confirmed cases and reported deaths yesterday; the same day Peru reported 5,000 new cases. Peru now has the second highest number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Latin America behind Brazil and one of the highest infection rates per capita in the world on a seven-day moving average. Brazil also continues to suffer, the number of deaths per day exceeding this week that of the United States.

3. National Republican Convention

President Trump threatens to withdraw the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina. This surprises the main Republican organizers, who worked closely with the state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, to plan the event. Trump said in a tweet this week that Cooper was “unable to guarantee” that the convention arena could be safely filled as the pandemic continues. However, GOP officials have repeatedly stated that they are open to virtual or online options and have not yet submitted a plan to Charlotte’s leaders on how the rally, slated for late August, will unfold in safe in person. The uncertainty led the governors of Georgia and Florida to throw their hats on the convention ring, saying they would be more than willing to host the event in their states.

4. SpaceX

It’s a great day for spaceflight, that is, weather permitting. SpaceX will attempt today to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft occurs without delay, it will be the first time in history that a commercial aerospace company has transported humans to Earth orbit. It is also a great moment for fans of NASA and space, who have waited almost a decade to see human spaceflight return to American soil. NASA says it must continue its mission despite the coronavirus crisis to keep the ISS fully staffed by American astronauts. In addition, the agency said it hopes the launch will bring some excitement to a pandemic-weary audience.

5. George Floyd

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired for their involvement in the week-long death of George Floyd. A video shared on social media shows Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, lying on the ground, his neck trapped under an officer’s knee. He is heard to say that he is in pain and cannot breathe. Floyd died in hospital soon after. The video did not capture what led to the arrest or what the police described as the man resisting the arrest. The FBI is investigating the incident, which has already sparked widespread protests and convictions. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has said he supports the decision to remove the officers. “Being black in America should not be a death penalty,” he said.


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