“The physician tested positive for the virus in early July and died on 19 September after spending over two months in hospital. She had worked in a Houston emergency department, and a family member says she reused personal protective equipment (PPE) day after day due to shortages.” Texas doctor, 28, dies of Covid: ‘She wore the same mask for weeks, if not months.’

+ Dr. William Foege, “a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health titan who led the eradication of smallpox asked the embattled, current CDC leader to expose the failed U.S. response to the new coronavirus, calling on him to orchestrate his own firing to protest White House interference.” It is a slaughter.

+ One imagines the human toll of the virus will be a key topic in tonight’s VP debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence, the head of America’s Coronavirus Task Force (a distinction hard to spruce up on one’s resumé). And those controversial plexiglass barriers? According to one epidemiologist, they “are really only going to be effective if the vice president or Kamala Harris are spitting at each other.” (In other words, they might come in handy.)