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Weekly Roundup: September 27—October 3

The Weekly Roundup by GWCD is a collaboration between members of the news & blog committee to compile three main headlines from the week. As one of the goals of the committee is to keep our GWCD community updated on current events, the Weekly Roundup is intended as an easy way for members to read up on the highlights from each week in addition to the articles published regularly by our members.


President Donald Trump tests positive for Covid-19

By Manuel Wallick


After a busy week that included the first presidential debate and a series of campaign events, President Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. This was announced around 1:00 AM Friday morning, and by Friday evening, the President was moved to Walter Reed Medical Center. The First Lady also tested positive alongside her husband and has gone into quarantine. Other top Republicans have tested positive throughout the week as well, including Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican Party.


The President has been described as having a moderate case, featuring a fever and fatigue. Out of an abundance of caution, he is being moved to Walter Reed, but the full extent of his symptoms is unknown at this point. The President will stay at Walter Reed for a few days, and he has been said to be taking experimental treatment to address the virus which consists of an antibody cocktail. The President did walk to Marine One without addressing reporters to be transferred to Walter Reed.


Everyone wishes the President and First Lady a speedy recovery.


The Class Bully: How Trump revealed his true colors in the first debate


By Jack Castanoli


On Tuesday night, the first presidential debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump enraged the nation — Trump’s constant interruptions, blatant lies, and overall negligence for the office of the President were on center stage.


The debate fired off with a discussion on the recent developments at the Supreme Court: the passing of liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the nomination of conservative idol Amy Coney Barrett. Biden warned the American people that if Judge Amy Coney Barrett gets onto the bench, the Affordable Care Act will be in danger.


Trump quickly got irritated with Biden’s response and accused Biden of becoming a socialist. Trump fired the first interruption, and that was when the decorum for the rest of the debate vanished. Here are some key takeaways from the first Presidential Debate.


Read the full article here.


The Growing Threat of COVID-19


By Jane Cameron


The United States is expected to see its number of COVID-19 cases soar as the country approaches winter.


Since the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in March, there have been 34.6 million cases worldwide and 1 million deaths recorded. Of those cases, the United States is responsible for 7 million and has watched as 204,000 Americans have lost their lives in the battle against the virus. Despite these large numbers, 90 percent of the population still does not have antibodies and are at risk of contracting the virus.


The government has gradually been lessening restrictions imposed on the citizens which has resulted in people feeling less obligated to emphasize safety in their daily activities. Young people under the age of 40 have accounted for the majority of new cases in the population. Therefore, those who feel less fearful of the virus are pushing boundaries and only further spreading the disease.


Read full article here.