Day: October 10, 2020

By iwano@_84

Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

ROME — Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters worse, authorities say, is a widespread case of “COVID-fatigue.”

Record high daily infections in several eastern European countries and sharp rebounds in the hard-hit west have made clear that Europe never really crushed the COVID-19 curve as hoped, after springtime lockdowns.

Spain this week declared a state of emergency for Madrid amid increasing tensions between local and national authorities over virus containment measures. Germany offered up soldiers to help with contact tracing in newly flaring hotspots. Italy mandated masks outdoors and warned that for the first time since the country became the European epicenter of the pandemic, the health system was facing “significant critical issues” as hospitals fill up.

The Czech Republic’s “Farewell Covid” party in June, when thousands of Prague

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By iwano@_84

Why hope is essential, not a luxury

CLOSE added hundreds of words and updated thousands of entries on race, gender and mental health in its biggest update ever.


Most people hope for something.

The big things: An end to the pandemic. Their candidate to w‌in the presidential election. A better future for their children. They hope for tangible things: a bigger paycheck, a safe home, good health. And the more amorphous ones: love, respect, to feel seen. 

Recent polls show that while most Americans remain at least somewhat hopeful about the future, hope is being tested. Suffering and division are ever-present, and there doesn’t seem a clear path forward. But psychologists say hope is not a luxury. For mental health, it’s a necessity. 

“Most people think about it … like the sprinkles on an ice cream, like it’s great if it’s there, but I think it’s actually fundamental to our basic wellbeing,” said Nancy

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By iwano@_84

Even as the Economy Grew, More Children Lost Health Insurance

The share of children with health coverage in the United States fell for the third consecutive year in 2019, according to census data, after decades of increases.

The decline occurred during a period of economic growth — before the coronavirus pandemic caused broad job losses that might have cost many more Americans their health insurance.

A report Friday by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families found that the ranks of uninsured children grew the most in Texas and Florida, and that Latino children were disproportionately affected. Nationally, the number of children without health insurance rose by 320,000 last year alone, to a total of nearly 4.4 million children, the report found.

“What’s so troubling about this data is we were making so much progress as a country,” said Joan Alker, the center’s executive director and an author of the report. “And now that progress is clearly reversing.”

The picture

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By iwano@_84

U.S. Reports Highest Number of New Daily Coronavirus Infections Since August


As coronavirus infections continue to trend upwards, the U.S. is now reporting its highest amount of new daily cases in almost two months.

On Friday, at least 58,539 new cases were reported, marking the fourth consecutive day new cases in the country have topped 50,000, according to The New York Times’ database. Over the past week, there has been a nationwide average of 47,782 cases per day, a 12 percent increase from two weeks earlier.

The record for most reported cases in a single day was set on Aug. 14, when there were 64,601 new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Only two states —Maine and Nebraska — are reporting a decline in cases, CNN reported.

RELATED: 9 U.S. States Reported Record-High Increase in Coronavirus Cases Last Week

Wisconsin is one of several states that has continued to experience record-breaking increases.

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By iwano@_84

Jaines Andrades: From janitor to health care worker

“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades told CNN affiliate WBZ-TV.
In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

She said her journey at the Springfield hospital started when she got a call for an interview. At the time she had been working at a fast food restaurant, according to WBZ-TV.

She said she always wanted to help people. “Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” she said.

Her favorite part of nursing is bringing relief and comfort to her patients. “I just really love the intimacy with people,” Andrades told the CNN affiliate.

And now

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By iwano@_84

Nevada Revokes Halt on Rapid Antigen Testing in Nursing Homes

A week later, however, Admiral Giroir cracked down on Nevada’s “illegal” prohibition on BD’s and Quidel’s tests, which he said had imperiled the residents and staff of nursing homes across the state. “They cannot supersede the PREP Act,” he said.

The false positives that had emerged, Admiral Giroir said, were not only expected but “actually an outstanding result.” No test is perfect, he said.

In the Nevada statement, Dr. Azzam reaffirmed his concerns with the number of false positives that had arisen. “If this laboratory data discrepancy had been reported to Dr. Giroir, we would hope he would have taken the same action as Nevada,” he said. “We too want more testing with rapid turnaround in Nevada, but the results of those tests must be accurate, as they affect clinical care.”

The state’s nursing facilities can resume use of BD’s and Quidel’s products, according to a new Nevada directive issued

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By iwano@_84

Renew the Savings Clause: protect water supply

COVD-19 still wreaks havoc in Florida, but South Floridians are engaged in a battle for our health and safety on another front — water scarcity. While most residents do not worry about their water supply as long as they get water when they turn on their tap, it is not guaranteed. On Thursday, Sept. 24, a subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and water management in Florida. The hearing was held as lawmakers are considering the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

U.S Rep. Brian Mast wants to pass legislation in the WRDA that would drastically alter Lake Okeechobee’s regulation schedule in an attempt to curb toxic algae blooms in our coastal estuaries. Mast’s proposal would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to drain Lake Okeechobee’s crucial water supply to unprecedented low depths during the dry season.

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By iwano@_84

Wales to give Kieffer Moore and Chris Mepham time to prove fitness

Wales forward Kieffer Moore was forced off after just 40 minutes at Wembley
Wales forward Kieffer Moore was forced off after just 40 minutes at Wembley

Wales will give Kieffer Moore and Chris Mepham time to prove their fitness for Sunday’s Nations League match against the Republic of Ireland.

Cardiff City striker Moore was forced off during the 3-0 friendly loss to England at Wembley with a bruised toe.

Bournemouth defender Mepham picked up a knee injury late on and both players will be assessed.

“They’re struggling a little bit. We’ll give them as much time as possible,” said Wales manager Ryan Giggs.

“We won’t take any risks if there are any risks but we’re keen for them both to be involved.

“We’ll have another day of treatment today [Saturday] so we’ll see how those injuries settle down.”

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has linked up with the Wales squad in Dublin after missing the England game.

Ramsey was part of the club’s Covid-19

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By iwano@_84

Georgia Coronavirus Statistics Stay Steady Going Into Weekend

ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 330,269 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. According to the health department’s website, that includes 1,279 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.

Georgia also reported 7,393 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 46 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 29,611 hospitalizations — 101 more than the day before — and 5,508 admissions so far to intensive-care units.

No information is available from Georgia about how many patients have recovered.

Counties in or near metro Atlanta and other metropolitan areas continue to have the highest number of positives, with Fulton County still in the lead.

  1. Fulton County: 28,942 cases — 108 new

  2. Gwinnett County: 28,712 cases — 119 new

  3. Cobb County: 20,439 cases — 72 new

  4. DeKalb County: 19,613 cases — 42 new

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By iwano@_84

Trump hosts first public event since COVID-19 diagnosis, says virus will ‘disappear’ with ‘science, medicine’

President Trump hosted a gathering with reportedly somewhere between 300 and 400 people in attendance on Saturday on the South Lawn of the White House, marking his first public event since he was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 last week. It’s been just two weeks since a crowd gathered in the Rose Garden for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, which experts believe may have been the catalyst for a coronavirus outbreak that affected both the Trump administration and Republican senators.

Trump was scheduled to speak Saturday for about 30 minutes, but wound up only utilizing 18, an unusual instance of efficiency for the president, who is known for going on tangents that go far beyond the scope of his planned marks. His voice reportedly sounded “a touch hoarse,” but he showed no outward signs of illness and said he was “feeling great,” The Associated Press reports.

During his

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