Democrat Proposes Releasing Aid To People Only After COVID-19 Inoculation


KEY POINTS

  • Delaney wants Americans who get a COVID-19 vaccine to receive federal incentives
  • At least 75% of the U.S. population should be immunized before normal life returns
  • India’s vaccine incentive program raised that country’s inoculation rate sixfold

A former Democratic congressman has proposed releasing federal aid to people who agree to receive a coronavirus vaccine in hopes of helping the U.S. economy recover faster and keep millions of Americans safe from infection. 

John Delaney, an American entrepreneur and former Maryland congressman, made the proposal during an interview with CNBC. The plan would involve giving people a $1,500 in stimulus check in exchange for getting immunized. 

White House infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci had previously said that at least 75% of the American population should be vaccinated before “some semblance of normal life” returns. Achieving that level of vaccination could protect millions of Americans, including people who cannot take

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NYC officials ask older people to limit outside activities


NEW YORK (AP) — With COVID-19 hospitalizations climbing, older New Yorkers and people with medical issues were urged by city officials Tuesday to limit activities outside their homes.

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at his daily briefing to announce the advisory aimed at those most at risk from the virus: people over 64 years old and people with underlying health conditions like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

“That means stopping nonessential activities, staying in as much as possible and avoiding social activities outside of your household,” Chokshi said.


Hospitalizations have been rising for weeks with a seasonal surge in infections. Chokshi said hospitals in the city reported more than 1,100 COVID-19 patients, twice as many compared to less than three weeks ago and the highest number since early June.

That’s still far below the more than 12,000 COVID-19 patients citywide in April,

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AHA News: Food Insecurity Rates High Among People With Heart Disease | Health News


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TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — People with atherosclerosis, particularly those who earn a low income and have other socioeconomic disadvantages, are more likely to experience food insecurity than those without the condition, according to new research.

Researchers analyzed several socioeconomic factors from self-reported data for 190,113 U.S. adults. Among the 18,442 (8.2%) adults with atherosclerosis, about 1 in 7 – or 14.6% – reported being food insecure. That was compared with 9.1% among those without atherosclerosis.

The findings also showed food insecurity affects nearly 1 in 2 people with the condition who also are among the most disadvantaged socioeconomic groups.

In 2018, nearly 11% – 14.3 million – U.S. households were food insecure, a term the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as “limited or uncertain access to adequate food due to lack of money” at least some time

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Healthcare Workers: People Must See COVID Reality


Back in May, emergency physician Craig Spencer, MD, and a team at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian hospital in New York City made an animated video to provide a glimpse inside a hospital treating COVID-19 patients.

Spencer recently shared that video again on Twitter, because it’s still the daily experience for many hospitals as COVID-19 surges across the U.S. — and because seeing the reality may help people take it seriously.

“Hospitals and healthcare providers all over the country are on the brink,” Spencer told MedPage Today. “The scenes in this video still play out over a thousand times every day, with family members saying goodbye to their loved ones over grainy video connections.”

Some have argued that part of the reason Americans don’t take the virus as seriously as they should is because they don’t come face-to-face with its consequences often enough.

“If many Americans still see the

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“We need to not gather with people not in our immediate household,” says L.A. public health director


The Los Angeles County public health director on Saturday warned residents that they “need to not gather with anyone not in our immediate household” as COVID-19 cases have surged and the holiday season continues. New restrictions for the county, the strictest in the state of California, are set to go into effect on Monday, November 30 and last until December 20

“I understand everyone’s frustration, but we are headed into the holiday season and more than anything we are longing to spend time with our friends and family,” said Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer. “If we really care about each other and we care about those essential workers taking risks everyday to make sure we have food, water, healthcare and needed services, we need to not gather with people not in our immediate household, at least for the immediate future.”

The new restrictions prohibit most public

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Coronavirus update: In 9 states, over 1 in 1,000 people have died of coronavirus-linked causes


On Friday, South Dakota became the latest state to see at least one covid-19 death for every 1,000 residents, joining New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Mississippi and North Dakota. The country also surpassed 13 million known coronavirus cases during a holiday season upended by the pandemic. Even with travel significantly down from last year, millions went through airport checkpoints in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and governors on Friday urged people not to let down their guard amid Black Friday shopping.

Thanksgiving’s contributions to the spread of the virus may not be apparent until next week, when reporting becomes more regular again and when people who may have gotten infected at family gatherings receive their test results. Officials’ calls to minimize travel and large get-togethers came as powerful tools to fight the virus move closer to reality — the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that

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What to Get People Who Love Exercise


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We’ve all got someone on our gift list who either makes—or wants to make—exercise a priority. Thankfully, you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get a good workout, but certain gear can make exercise more comfortable, effective, or fun. These items—selected from past Picks pieces—will make a ride, run, or lifting session a little bit better.

For the biker in your life, consider rounding out their gear with a bike-themed gift: a multitool, a more sophisticated light, and a pouch. Staff writer Henry Grabar said of this multitool, “This little workhorse will help you do simple things at home, like raise your seat or remove your front wheel to get the bike into a car.”

“A decent pair of lights will

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Incidence of Stroke, But Not MI, Increasing in Young People


Although the incidence of stroke is increasing steadily among young adults, the incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) remains stable, a new analysis suggests.

This finding raises the question of whether cardiovascular risk factors are the main cause of the increasing incidence of stroke among younger people, said the researchers.

“It has been a mystery why the number of strokes in young adults has been growing,” Michelle Hu Leppert, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, told Medscape Medical News. “This is a trend seen worldwide.”

Leppert presented the findings at the European Stroke Organization-World Stroke Organization (ESO-WSO) Conference 2020.

The incidence of stroke has risen among young adults even as it has declined markedly in older adults. In 2017, a study by George and colleagues showed that discharge diagnoses for cardiovascular risk factors among young adults who had been hospitalized

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WHO issues new guidelines calling for people to get more exercise


The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending people increase their activity and get more exercise during the pandemic.



a sign hanging from a tree: WHO issues new guidelines calling for people to get more exercise


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WHO issues new guidelines calling for people to get more exercise

The new guidelines recommend at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week for adults and an average of 60 minutes for children. Adults 65 and older are advised to add activities that focus on balance and coordination, as well as strength training, to improve health and prevent falls.

Pregnant women are encouraged to maintain physical activity during pregnancy and post-delivery.

The health agency said 1 in 4 adults, and four out of five adolescents, do not get enough physical activity, an issue that has gotten worse due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Being physically active is critical for health and well-being – it can help to add years to life and life

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U.S. Deaths Climb Toward Daily Record, but More People Are Surviving Infection


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For anyone tracking the daily number of deaths from the coronavirus as a metric of the pandemic’s devastation, Tuesday was a particularly bad day.

The number of virus-related deaths reported in the United States reached 2,216 — the equivalent of one death every 39 seconds, and the highest single-day death count since June 26. The figure has been climbing relentlessly, and health experts expect it to soon approach or exceed the single-day peak from early in the pandemic: 2,752 on April 15.

With the number of new virus cases skyrocketing, it was inevitable that deaths would rise as well, lagging a few weeks behind.

But the numbers may obscure a more hopeful trend: A far smaller proportion of people who catch the virus are dying from it than were

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