Hurricane Laura lands on the Gulf of Mexico Coast

    Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm, landed on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. A category 4 storm is considered an extreme hurricane, meaning catastrophic damage will occur. Laura landed in Louisiana, near the Texas border. 15 people were killed. The hurricane was one of the strongest hurricanes ever in the US. It had 150 mile per hour winds and destroyed many buildings. On Friday, it was demoted to a tropical storm. But even so, it could still be a threat to Mid-Atlantic states and the East Coast. Hurricane Laura has weakened, but it is still dangerous. 

  • Hurricane Laura landed on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday

  • It is a category 4 storm which means it is an extreme hurricane and catastrophic damage will occur 

  • It landed in Louisiana, near the Texas border

  • 15 people were killed           

  • It was one of of the strongest hurricanes ever in the US

  • On Friday it was demoted to a tropical storm but it is still a threat

    Written by Ayelet

Republican National Convention

    This week, Donald Trump got handed the Republican Nominee. It was no surprise that he was going to get the nomination, as he is the current president of the United States. Many people spoke, including lots of Trump’s family members. Outside the White House, there were peaceful protests, and rioters trying to discourage the convention. The main goal of the Republican National Convention was to appeal to the citizens in the middle of the political spectrum, because they’re the people who are going to swing the election one way or another.  The next big event in this race is election day, where the next president will be decided.

  • Donald Trump got the Republican Nominee. 

  • Lots of Republicans spoke, including his family

  • RNC tried to appeal to the middle of the spectrum

  • The next big event is election day

    Written by Gabriel

FDA commissioner hugely mistakes numbers for Blood Plasma data for COVID-19

    During a news conference on Sunday 8/23/20 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)  issued an emergency approval of blood plasma for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. This is where someone who recovered from COVID-19 and has the antibodies can draw their blood and take the part of the blood that has the antibodies for COVID and inject it into a hospitalized COVID-19 patient, to hopefully make them better. President Donald Trump and the commissioner of FDA, Stephen Hahn, both remarked that if you are hospitalized this reduces your rate of dying by 35%. This is true. After they said this both of them also said that this is a major difference and that is why the FDA did an EUA (emergency use authorization). This is what that means. Under normal circumstances every medicine that is used in the United States Of America MUST be approved by the FDA, although a EUA means that the FDA hasn’t gone through the process of approving it. However, they think it is a good medicine so they will do this. Usually this only happens rarely and in pandemics because it is supposed to be for the Nation's health. So going back to before President Trump and the FDA commissioner said that reducing your risk of dying by 35% is a huge amount. Stephen Hahn (FDA commissioner) said “35 out of 100 COVID-19 patients would have been saved because of the administration of plasma.” This seems like this is true, however that would only be true if everyone had an 100% risk of dying. For instance if every patient only had a 1% risk of dying the lowering by 35% seems not as tremendously huge. After he stated this he received a bunch of backlash from scientists. The scientists did not see this number in the official authorization letter issued by the agency. Everyone was trying to get Dr. Hahn to correct what he said. It took some time, but finally on Monday the 24 he tweeted this. “I have been criticized for remarks I made Sunday night about the benefits of convalescent plasma. The criticism is entirely justified. What I should have said better is that the data shows a relative risk reduction not an absolute risk reduction.”

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