EU stops short of advising against holiday travel over virus

BRUSSELS (AP) — As millions of European citizens gear up for the festive season, the European Union’s executive commission urged member countries to keep strong anti-COVID 19 restrictions in place to avoid a post-holiday surge of coronavirus cases and deaths but stopped short of advising against travel.

The European Commission said in non-binding recommendations published Wednesday that easing pandemic-containment measures this month would jeopardize the efforts that have helped slow infections across the EU in recent weeks.

According to predictions made by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, lifting all anti-coronavirus restrictions on Dec. 21 would result in “a subsequent increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions…as early as the first week of January 2021.”

New confirmed cases are falling steadily across Europe, where more than 300,000 people with COVID-19 have died. Until vaccines against the virus are rolled out, the EU commission is recommending prudence.

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8 Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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A study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that the average American gains just under one pound during the holiday season. That might not sound like a lot, but studies also show that this weight is often not lost once spring and summer roll around. Add that to the so-called “Quarantine 15” (the weight people say they have gained during this pandemic) and this year the pounds can really add up.

So why do we gain weight this time of year?

“Many people who generally manage their weight year round, may feel a lack of control over the holidays, especially after such a trying year,” says Jayne A. Lieb, MD, a bariatric (weight-loss) surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at

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Covid-19 Live Updates: C.D.C. Warns Against Holiday Travel

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A student under quarantine in a dorm at Ohio State University last month.
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Citing the spiraling rise in coronavirus cases nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday warned Americans not to travel over the holidays, and outlined two ways to shorten the recommended quarantine times for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, especially those who may choose to travel anyway.

“The best thing for Americans to do during the holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,” said Dr. Henry Walke, who oversees day to day management of pandemic response for the agency.

The C.D.C. previously had recommended a 14-day quarantine period following potential exposure, and officials said they still supported the longer period as the safest option. But officials also recommended two alternatives.

Those without symptoms may

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7 Best Slimming Foods to Lose Your Holiday Gut

Indulging during the holidays comes with the territory. If you find that eating and drinking too much has left its mark on your midsection, you’re not alone. While there is no magic bullet for losing belly fat, including certain nutritious, delicious, and, most importantly, slimming foods can help.

Once the holiday season is behind you, your thoughts might turn to banishing that holiday gut you acquired from weeks of overdoing it on seasonal goodies. While it’s OK to cut back on food, resist the urge to adopt a drastic diet that slashes calories, restricts certain foods or food groups, or all of the above. Eating skimpy, unsatisfying meals, and even skipping snacks will backfire, leaving you feeling defeated about getting back in shape.

Instead, include these seven slimming foods in a balanced eating plan to minimize hunger while blasting belly fat. And while you’re at it, try out these 21

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Alabama adds nearly 3,400 COVID cases on Tuesday, as state reports holiday backlog

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 3,376 new coronavirus cases and 60 virus deaths on Tuesday, but some of those cases and deaths are old.

“Case counts and deaths reported on today’s update are high,” a notice posted to the ADPH coronavirus dashboard Tuesday reads. “Today’s increase represents a delay in reporting to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) due to the holiday weekend.”

The new number brings the state’s 7-day average for new reported cases to 2,291 – just one daily case short of the all-time record set on Thanksgiving Day.

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If the backlog mostly includes cases from over the weekend, it shouldn’t affect the 7-day average for the state much. If anything, it likely corrects what was an artificially low running average. The state added just 917 cases on Nov. 27, well below the current average and the first time

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Enjoy Your Holiday Treats And Stay On Track With Your Fitness With Noom

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Well, we are finally in the swing of things guys. The holidays are officially here. Thanksgiving came and went like a flash. But what won’t go in a flash is the big ole meal you ate on Thanksgiving. And the same is true with all the Holiday Treats that are coming in the coming weeks.

Nobody wants to starve themselves on a special occasion. Those Holiday Treats are too appealing to pass up. But it can do a real number to your physical fitness if you’re not careful. It can be hard to lose those few pounds you put on. You’ll need a little help to

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Biden coronavirus adviser makes grim prediction after Thanksgiving holiday

A member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board on Saturday made a grim prediction about U.S. coronavirus cases in the coming weeks after millions of Americans traveled for Thanksgiving, despite warnings from public health officials.

“We fully expect that in about a week or two after Thanksgiving we will see an increase in cases first, then about a week or two later you’ll start to see an increase in hospitalizations, and then another week or two after that you’ll start to see deaths,” Dr. Celine Gounder told CBS News.

FILE: Dr. Rafik Abdou checks on a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. 

FILE: Dr. Rafik Abdou checks on a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. 

Gounder, a clinical assistant professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, noted that COVID-19 symptoms can develop up two weeks after exposure, which “means that people who celebrated with family, with friends over Thanksgiving will

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“Fully expect” COVID-19 increase after holiday

Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, said they expect to see an increase in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and eventually deaths in the weeks following Thanksgiving. Millions of Americans traveled for the holiday despite warnings from public health officials for people to stay home.

a person standing in front of a cake: Hospital Staff At Seattle's Harborview Medical Center Work On Thanksgiving

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Hospital Staff At Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center Work On Thanksgiving

“We fully expect that in about a week or two after Thanksgiving we will see an increase in cases first, then about a week or two later you’ll start to see an increase in hospitalizations, and then another week or two after that you’ll start to see deaths,” Gounder told CBS News’ Omar Villafranca on Saturday. 

It can take up to 14 days to develop symptoms after exposure to the coronavirus. Gounder said “unfortunately, that means that many people who celebrated with family,

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U.S. tops 13 million COVID-19 cases as experts fear holiday “surge upon surge upon surge”

The United States reported more than 205,000 new COVID-19 cases and 1,400 deaths on Friday as the number of confirmed infections in the country soared past 13 million. 

Over 30 states saw increases in new daily COVID-19 cases before the Thanksgiving holiday, leading experts to fear a post-holiday surge that could be compounded by the rest of the holiday season.

“We will not get a reprieve because then Christmas comes and then New Year comes,” Rush University Medical Center’s Dr. Meeta Shah said. “So, if we’re just stacking surge upon surge upon surge, I am significantly worried about that.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday in an attempt to fast track a potential coronavirus vaccine, while big cities like Los Angeles attempt to slow the spread of the virus with new lockdown orders.

Spiraling cases put more than 90,000 people in

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US Coronavirus Deaths May Double After Thanksgiving Holiday, Expert Says


  • The U.S. may see 4,000 daily coronavirus deaths in the next ten days
  • Coronavirus-related hospitalization hit a new record for the 16th consecutive day
  • Public health officials advise Americans against traveling during the holiday

Public health experts warn that coronavirus-related deaths in the United States could double after Thanksgiving as Americans continue to gather for the holiday weekend despite health warnings.

The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths have hit record highs leading up to the holiday, as Americans travel back home to celebrate Thanksgiving. The country has recorded an average of 176,000 new cases per day over the past week. Authorities have also recorded 2,200 deaths on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, predicted Wednesday that daily coronavirus deaths could double and reach 4,000 in the next 10 days. 

“When you look at people who are hospitalized today, they were

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