U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler will be quarantining after testing positive, negative and getting inconclusive results in three separate tests for COVID-19, the Georgia Republican’s campaign said Saturday.
Fast Facts about Georgia’s Senate runoff
Georgia will hold 2 Senate runoffs on Jan. 5 because no candidates received the required majority of votes in the Nov. 3 election
The runoffs will decide which party controls the Senate
Loeffler initially tested negative Friday morning with a rapid-results test before two campaign events she held with Vice President Mike Pence.
She also took a PCR test Friday, which came back positive later in the day, campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said, and a third test Saturday was inconclusive.
“Senator Loeffler followed CDC guidelines by notifying those with whom she had sustained direct contact while she awaits further test results,” her campaign said. “She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow CDC guidelines by quarantining until retesting is conclusive and an update will be provided at that time.”
Loeffler is facing a runoff challenge from Democrat Raphael Warnock on Jan. 5, while her Senate colleague David Perdue, also from Georgia, faces Democrat Jon Ossoff on the same day. The two Georgia elections will determine control of the Senate in the next Congress.
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Don Jr. is the latest member of the Trump family to have tested positive for the disease. His girlfriend and top Trump campaign official Kimberly Guilfoyle tested positive for the virus over the 4th of July weekend in South Dakota.
President Trump tested positive in early October, resulting in a three-day stay at Walter Reed Medical Center. Both First Lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump, the president’s son and Don Jr.’s half brother, also tested positive around the same time as the president.
White House staffers have also been affected by a number of Covid outbreaks, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows earlier this month. Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the disease last month.
The White House has hosted a number of events that eschewed social distancing guidelines, including a crowded Election Night party that Don Jr. attended. Don Jr. also hosted a densely packed indoor campaign rally days after his father tested positive for the virus.
Speaking with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham last month, Don Jr. downplayed the severity of the pandemic, saying “the number [of new deaths] is almost nothing because we have gotten control of this. We understand how it works.”
More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the United States. More than 250,000 people in the country have died from the disease.
News of Don Jr.’s diagnosis also came on the day Andrew Giuliani, an aide to the president and the son of Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, tested positive for the virus.
The younger Giuliani attended a news conference with his father Thursday where the former New York City mayor and other members of Trump’s legal team challenged the legitimacy of the 2020 election. Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis tweeted Friday that she and Rudy Giuliani tested negative for the virus.
News of Don Jr’s diagnosis was first reported by Bloomberg.
A review has just been published by the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations and the Statistical Society of Australia looking into the pollsters underestimating the Liberals’ chances of winning the last election. It observes that the polls were “likely to have been skewed towards the more politically engaged and better educated voters with this bias not corrected”.
They mean they listened to too many Labor voters. Similarly in the UK, the pollsters didn’t see Brexit coming.
One line of argument after the recent high-profile misses or failures in predicting political outcomes is that polls are just not that accurate. This makes a lot of sense. The world is complex and subject to continual change, and some of it can be relatively sudden and dramatic.
The Reserve Bank of Australia is hardly a bastion of extremist anarchist ideology, yet their discussion paper from 1983 called Are Economic Forecasts Accurate includes these warnings: “the legitimate criticism of the accuracy of economic forecasts is that they are only good at predicting the predictable.
“When the movements of economic variables are within the range of recently observed movements, forecasting accuracy can seem to be quite good.
“When movements are outside the range of recent experience, forecasts look poor.”
This brings me to predictions about our careers. Our appetite for a certain future is clearly evident in our seemingly insatiable consumption of careers “tests” that hold out the promise of matching our supposedly carefully measured interests to possible future occupations. Some of these things will even rank the order of very best possibilities.
Putting aside the observation of one colleague in the testing industry — that, taken as a whole, including of all the free internet quizzes, “90 per cent of tests are crap” — even the high-quality interest tests struggle when it comes to prediction. Most good-quality studies show very modest correlations between measured interests and subsequent occupation, and over a period longer than a couple of years, there is a negligible relationship.
Imagine you are 100 per cent uncertain about a future occupation. The best instruments might reduce that uncertainty by between 5 per cent (typically) and 16 per cent (to be very generous). If you think about getting a job your interests didn’t predict as being like getting the flu, and getting a job that was predicted as avoiding the flu, then measured interests reduce your chances by a tiny amount, whereas the real flu vaccine reduces your chances of flu by an estimated 59 per cent.
You take a vaccine to increase certainty about your future health. A vaccine that reduces your chances of infection by less than 20 per cent may be useful across society as a whole in reducing disease burden, but at the individual level, I doubt people would see the value. Luckily, per World Health Organisation, most routine childhood vaccines are 85 per cent to 95 per cent effective.
To top it off, Dr Jo Earl at Macquarie University reported in a 2019 study that “people may be better off taking well‐designed jobs than holding out for matched interests”.
Interests tests do have a place and can be useful in provoking further thought about options. However, the inevitable emphasis on the results and matches tends to breed a false sense of certainty that might be the opposite of what is helpful.
It is about time we focus on exploring, using curiosity, conducting experiments and remaining open to new avenues. In other words, focus more on possibilities than dubious predictions and just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street.
Jim Bright, FAPS is Professor of Career Education and Development at ACU and owns Bright and Associates, a Career Management Consultancy. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @DrJimBright
Trump Jr is the latest in the First Family to have been tested positive for coronavirus
Washington: Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, tested positive for COVID-19, his spokesperson said on Friday.
Trump Jr tested positive at the start of the week and has been “quarantining out at his cabin since the result,” the spokesman said.
”He has been completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines,” the spokesman added.
Trump Jr, 42, is the latest in the First Family to have been tested positive for coronavirus. In the middle of the election cycle, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Their son Barron had also tested positive.
The president was also admitted to a military hospital for a few days for treatment.
Trump Jr had campaigned extensively across the country in support of his father.
Jade Tunchy is best known as one of Australia’s most popular social media influencers but her decision to share a personal health journey has put an often ignored subject in the spotlight.
Jade Tunchy was diagnosed with HPV: a common sexually transmitted disease that shows no symptoms
Abnormal tissue was detected that could have developed into cancer without surgery
There was a 45 per cent drop in cervical cancer screening rates from January to June this year compared to 2019
“So basically, I noticed abnormalities in my period as well as other symptoms, which made me think it was worth checking out,” she said.
“I also hadn’t had my pap test in a few years, so I thought I was due for it anyway.”
A trip to her doctor in August for a cervical screening test revealed she had human papillomavirus (HPV).
HPV is a common sexually transmitted disease, which is usually harmless, shows no symptoms and goes away by itself, according to Cancer Institute NSW.
‘Youth was on my side’
But Ms Tunchy’s doctor detected high-grade abnormalities, which had the potential to develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.
“My doctor told me that most cases that are detected early recover, and that youth was on my side,” she said.
“I felt like I had a huge lack of knowledge about the topic and as the process went on, I was surprised to find out just how common it was.”
The 25-year-old is healing after undergoing a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) in hospital on Thursday to remove the abnormal tissue.
Over the past three months she’s documented her experience, sharing it with her more than 450,000 Instagram followers.
“I hadn’t really seen any other women speak openly about this,” she said.
Ms Tunchy said she received an overwhelming response with hundreds of messages from women in similar situations.
“The screenings are there because this is all preventative if caught early. The process isn’t half as bad as you might think … you aren’t alone in this,” Ms Tunchy said.
Sharp drop in cancer screenings
Data shows an almost 45 per cent drop in cervical cancer screening rates from January to June this year compared with 2019, according to a recent report from the Australia Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
To combat this, more than 40 organisations have pledged to give flexible leave or time off to employees wanting to have a cervical screening test.
Australian and global companies have joined a campaign called #ThePreventionPact, which also aims to start a conversation among women.
“We think there’s about a million women out there that aren’t up to date with their cervical screenings,” Leisa Ashton from the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation said.
“We’ve all got mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends that we know … won’t be up to date with their cervical screening tests and this is as good a time as any to go and get up to date with it.”
The pap test was replaced by the cervical screening test almost three years ago, with women encouraged to get the new test every five years from the age of 25.
The age of a woman’s first test changed from 18 to 25 because cervical cancer is rare in those aged under 25, according to Cancer Institute NSW.
While there is an HPV vaccine, which is given to most school-aged children, it does not protect against all types of HPV.
HPV-vaccinated women still need to have a cervical screening test every five years.
“As we’re now getting back to some normalcy in life, if you missed the screening test earlier in the year it’s important to catch up on that now,” Danielle McMullen from the Australian Medical Association said.
“The goal is to be looking for things before it’s a cancer because we can treat abnormalities and prevent cancers from happening.”
Andrew Giuliani, a White House aide and son of US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, says he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Andrew Giuliani reportedly attended a media conference his father held a day prior to confirming he had tested positive for the virus
Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign lawyers spoke without masks from an indoor podium, to an audience of dozens
There are reports that at least four other White House employees, in addition to Mr Giuliani, have contracted COVID-19 in recent days
“I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including being in quarantine and conducting contact tracing,” the younger Giuliani, who joined the White House’s Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs in 2017, said on Twitter.
Anthony Tata, a retired Army general who was recently named a top Pentagon official, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg News reported Thursday night.
Tata has been performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for policy since last week, after Defense Secretary Mark Esper and his top aides were ousted by President Donald Trump for perceived disloyalty.
Bloomberg reported that Tata and other Defense Department officials were tested Thursday after Lithuania’s defense minister, who recently visited the Pentagon, tested positive for COVID-19 after his trip.
Bloomberg said only Tata has tested positive, and that he left the building afterward. Tata was reportedly in a meeting with acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and others earlier this week.
A Pentagon spokesperson told Bloomberg that Miller and other top officials were not quarantining. Miller reportedly visited troops at Fort Bragg, N.C. and toured the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier on Wednesday. That’s in stark contrast how Milley and other top military officials acted in October, when a number of top brass quarantined themselves after potential coronavirus exposure.
Earlier this year, Tata, a Trump loyalist, withdrew his name from a nomination for the post after significant Senate opposition that painted him as unqualified and overly partisan. Tata has publicly made offensive remarks about Islam and once called President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.”
If a deal isn’t reached by year-end, businesses and consumers will face disruption and cost as tariffs and quotas return. In recent days, though, officials on both sides had privately voiced cautious optimism that a deal could be concluded as soon as next week, suggesting the comments by the two leaders may be an attempt to pressure the UK government to compromise.
After eight months of negotiations, the two sides still have work to do to get past long standing sticking points — including access to UK fishing waters, a level playing field for business, and how any agreement is enforced — and the time required for any deal to be ratified is running short. The post-Brexit transition period expires December 31.
Rona Thompson, who is the third generation of Thompson family sheep farmers in Romney Marsh, England, said that her greatest concern over the current Brexit negotiations was the uncertainty.
Her fear is that a no-deal Brexit would leave much of the stock “worthless”. He said potential tax rises on export into EU markets, and high prices that UK consumers were not able or prepared to pay, have cast a shadow of the future viability of the business.
The National Sheep Association has warned that 45,000 British sheep farmers could experience a price collapse in the event of a no-deal Brexit as EU tariffs on lamb would be between 46 and 48 per cent. Ninety per cent of British lamb is exported to the EU.
Members of the British negotiating team, who haven’t gone into quarantine, will return to London shortly, according to a person familiar with the talks. A government spokesperson said discussions with the EU would continue remotely until it was judged safe to resume them in person.
This isn’t the first time the coronavirus has disrupted the negotiations. In March, Barnier, Frost and several members of their teams were forced into isolation after either testing positive for, or showing symptoms of, COVID-19. The two sides were also forced to suspend face-to-face discussions as Europe went into a Continent-wide lockdown earlier this year.