The federal CARES Act helped stall problems through a weekly $600 stipend that helped pay rent and other bills. But those payments stopped on July 31 along with eviction moratoriums, and Rodriguez is a victim of a predicted onslaught of people being thrown out on the streets.
A temporary halt in residential evictions issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came into force today. That will delay mass evictions but not solve the rental crisis, according to Emily Benfer, a housing expert and co-creator of a Covid-19 housing policy scorecard at Princeton University’s Eviction Lab. Congress will have to bolster it with significant rental assistance “for its purpose to be realized,” Benfer said.
But the CDC’s temporary reprieve did not come in time for Rodriguez. Standing with his children in the parking lot of his now-former apartment complex, he told CNN that he came to Houston to get away from the street elements that marked his hard upbringing. Without a car, they would have to leave the possessions from their apartment behind.
With no family to turn to in Houston, Rodriguez and his girlfriend were left to contemplate where their feet would take them.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q: Is it really possible we could have a coronavirus vaccine by election day?
A: Doctors who are running the clinical trials would know best, and they don’t think so.
“Endpoints” are coronavirus infections — so the trials are designed to go on until around 140 people catch it. The researchers then would look to see if people who got the real vaccine were less likely to be among those infected. But if you add seven months to July, you get February.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have an answer before then. In the case of a highly effective vaccine, researchers might get one in five months, Corey said.
But there are other obstacles. Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said most of the Phase 3 trials underway now aim to enroll 30,000 people each. But none is fully enrolled yet and many, if not most, of the volunteers have yet to receive their first dose.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Trump mocks Biden for wearing mask
Speaking to a largely mask-less crowd in Pennsylvania, Trump asked his supporters if they know “a man that likes a mask as much” as Biden. “It gives him a feeling of security,” the President said. “If I was a psychiatrist, I’d say this guy has some big issues.”
This is just the latest Trump comment to run counter to the advice of public health experts, who have emphasized the importance of face coverings amid the country’s reopening. Masks are primarily to prevent people who have the virus from infecting others.
Brazil tops 4 million infections
While cases and deaths continue to rise, both Brazil’s infection rate and virus-related mortality rate appeared to decline last month, CNN analysis showed. An average of 869 deaths were recorded daily in the final week of August, the country’s lowest daily average since May 20.
Designate quarantine spaces for students in college, says Fauci
He emphasized the importance of specific quarantine spaces for students who contract the virus, “because if you send them home, they’re only going to re-enter the community from which they came.”
New Zealand reports first death in months, while India continues to break grim records
ON OUR RADAR
- Covid-19 cases could explode after Labor Day: It’s up to Americans to stop that happening.
- Production on “The Batman,” the forthcoming film starring Robert Pattinson, has been halted after a member of the production tested positive for coronavirus.
- Black Americans, hit hardest by the pandemic, feel they’re hurt by both the virus and inequities tied to race.
- Wear a mask while having sex and avoid kissing new people, Canada’s top doctor advises.
- The elderly are among the pandemic’s greatest victims, and the WHO chief says our lack of concern shows “moral bankruptcy.”
- A woman was charged in Australia for inciting anti-lockdown protests.
- Covid-19 has killed more law enforcement officers this year than all other causes combined.
- Coronavirus cases tied to a Maine wedding have more than doubled in a week.
- Establish a sleep routine
- Cut back on alcohol
- Don’t eat before bed
- Practice stress-relieving activities
- Journal your worries
- Use a white noise machine
- Check up on your mental health
“We’re at a greater risk of infection… but we don’t have that wave of energy to ride on.” — Parsia Jahanbani, healthcare worker