Day: October 5, 2020

By iwano@_84

Fourth SoCal Whole Foods Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus

SANTA MONICA, CA — Another Whole Foods Market worker in Santa Monica has tested positive for the coronavirus — the fourth employee at one of the grocery chain’s smallest locations in the U.S. to test positive in the last several months.

The worker is in quarantine and apparently did not get sick at the store, according to an employee at the 1425 Montana Ave. location who spoke with Patch.

Employees have complained that the location is small and makes it difficult to socially distance between customers and workers. The store is so small that the employees have a separate break room off-site, in an area separate from the store.

Essential workers have faced some of the greatest risk throughout the pandemic. Whole Foods workers are Amazon employees and have no union representation. Patch reached out to CAL/OSHA for more information about this location.

Patch reached out to Whole Foods Market

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By iwano@_84

Trump returns to White House downplaying virus that hospitalized him at Walter Reed

That strategy has had dire consequences in the West Wing, where more than a dozen officials have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days, a steadily increasing total that grew again Monday to include White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. How the return of an infected president to such a setting can be managed safely was one of several questions left unanswered Monday as Trump’s medical team briefed reporters about his condition.

“We’ve worked with our infectious-disease experts to make some recommendations for how to keep everything safe down at the White House,” said Trump’s doctor Sean Conley, after describing the president’s condition as improving but “not out of the woods yet.”

Conley declined to describe what specific steps would be made to ensure a safe environment at a building that doubles as a personal residence and a government office while the president remains contagious, which could be for

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By iwano@_84

President Donald Trump discharged from hospital, returns to White House

Oct. 5 (UPI) — President Donald Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House Monday night after being treated for COVID-19 for three days.

Trump walked out of the hospital in Bethesda, Md., at around 6:40 p.m. Monday evening, wearing a mask, while flashing a thumbs up and a balled fist to cameras before entering a motorcade for a brief drive to board a Marine One flight back to Washington, D.C.

Upon leaving the hospital, Trump ignored a reporter asking how many members of his staff had been infected and whether he was a “superspreader.”

“Thank you very much everybody,” Trump said as he walked down the hospital steps.

Marine One landed at the White House at 6:54 p.m. and upon climbing the White House stairs removed his mask and saluted as he posed for photographs.

Before emerging from the hospital, the

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By iwano@_84

White House Is Not Contact Tracing ‘Super-Spreader’ Trump Rose Garden Event

“The list is names and email addresses. For robust contact tracing you need city and state,” one official said. “We basically say as much — we want and need more information.”

The officials said the state contacted the White House early Friday after learning of the president’s diagnosis and was told in a “blanket statement” that the “White House Medical Unit is doing all the contact tracing.”

“That doesn’t really satisfy us — particularly with the New Jerseyans,” the official said.

Mr. Deere, the White House spokesman, said: “A full contact tracing, consistent with C.D.C. guidelines, was completed for the Bedminster, N.J. trip. The President did not have any interactions with Bedminster staff or guests that would be considered to be ‘close’ based on CDC guidelines (more than 15 minutes and within 6 feet).”

He added, “All White House staff considered to be in close contact during this trip have

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By iwano@_84

How Tartar Can Cause Teeth Stains and More

Plaque doesn’t just remain plaque if left on your teeth — it forms into tartar, and that’s an entirely different concern.

Plaque is soft, sticky, and colorless and can be removed with regular brushing and flossing. If left alone, plaque hardens and bonds with your teeth to become tartar and needs to be removed by a dental professional, said Maged el-Malecki, DMD, the dental director at Boston Dental.

“Tartar develops when biofilm in our mouths combine with food byproducts — this then becomes mineralized from our saliva,” el-Malecki said. “Over 60 percent of people have at least some tartar buildup, which means it is a common oral health issue.”

He even described tartar as a porous “crusty blanket” that forms between your teeth and gum line and can easily trap stains and cause discoloration.

“Because we can’t remove tartar ourselves, many people wait a long time to seek treatment. While

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By iwano@_84

Trump Is Leaving Hospital, Exhorts Nation Don’t Fear Virus | Political News


BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he’s leaving the military hospital where he has been receiving an unprecedented level of care for COVID-19, immediately igniting a new controversy by declaring that despite his illness the nation should not be afraid of the virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans.

Trump’s doctor, Navy Cdr. Sean Conley, said the president would not be fully “out of the woods” for another week but Trump had met or exceeded standards for discharge from the hospital. Trump is expected to continue his recovery at the White House, where the reach of the outbreak that has infected the highest levels of the U.S. government is still being uncovered.

Trump himself made a point of sounding confident. He tweeted, “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M.

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A US-British trio wins the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus [Video]



1. SOUNDBITE 1 – Thomas Perlmann , Nobel Assembly secretary (male, English, 22 sec): “The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2020 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discover of Hepatitis C virus. “


2. Cutaway: Secretary General of the Nobel Committee Thomas Perlmann making the announcement with photos of the laureates on the screen


3. SOUNDBITE 2 – Dr. Harvey Alter, Nobel Laureate in Medicine (male, english, 16 sec): “A vaccine is still a goal, but it’s been very difficult to do – just like for HIV, it’s a highly mutable virus, and it’s very difficult to develop an effective immune response

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By iwano@_84

1 Death, 61 New Cases Reported Over Weekend

IREDELL COUNTY, NC — The number of known COVID-19 cases in Iredell County rose by 61 confirmed cases over the weekend, according to county health officials.

The new cases increased the county’s tally of known cases to 3,267. The biggest jump in new cases since Oct. 2 occurred in the Mooresville/ southern Iredell County region, where 31 new cases were confirmed.

One new death was also reported since Friday, increasing the county’s death toll from the virus to 42, according to Iredell County Health Department data.

As of Monday, ICHD said 10 county residents remained hospitalized for COVID-19 illness.

North Carolina reported 219,754 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state Monday, which included 2,258 newly confirmed cases in the state since Sunday, according to data released Oct. 5 by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Iredell County health officials group cases into three regions of the county: North,

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By iwano@_84

Fred Hutch opens dedicated research center in Seattle to test treatments for COVID-19 patients

The COVID-19 Clinical Research Center, foreground, in the Minor Building on Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Seattle campus. (Fred Hutch Photo)

Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is opening a new facility dedicated to testing treatments for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Clinical Research Center, or CCRC is one of the first stand-alone facilities in the country designed for such work, according to Fred Hutch announcement on Monday. Located in the Minor Building on Fred Hutch’s South Lake Union campus, it was funded by philanthropic donations and public/private partnerships.

Scientists and clinicians will partner in the space with study volunteers, health care providers, research institutes, foundations and the biotech/pharmaceutical industry on Phase 1 through 3 clinical trials (observational and interventional) for COVID-19-positive participants.

Two studies are already underway:

  • A Phase 3 randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of remdesivir (GS-5734TM)
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By iwano@_84

Protect Your Teeth From Tartar Stains With This Dentist’s Hygiene Tips

The break-up of the UK is coming – but will it be violent or peaceful?

By Charles TurnerBetween 1991 and 1995 two multinational states fell apart. Yugoslavia broke up in a civil war that killed 150,000, while Czechoslovakia broke up peacefully following referendums in both of its constituent parts. Another such state now faces the prospect of doing the same: the United Kingdom. How might it happen? Where does the UK lie on the spectrum where one end is Yugoslavia and the other is Czechoslovakia?If you agree with the late Roger Scruton that we are a “settled people” and think it matters that few people in the UK are into gun ownership, then we are so clearly at the Czechoslovak end that the question is absurd. But it’s worth remembering that in April 1992, with the war over Croatia underway, Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs demonstrated in Sarajevo to

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