As virus spread worsens, NC is reluctant to add restrictions

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As coronavirus trends continue to worsen, North Carolina’s top public health official reiterated Thursday the same messages of mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing that have been promoted for months with mixed success.

“If we were all to follow the things that are currently in place right now, I don’t think we needed to do more (tightening of restrictions),” said Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, during a Thursday news conference. “But we know that that is hard. We know that we are asking a lot of folks, and it may be possible that we need to go backwards.”

North Carolina on Thursday reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 5,600 people testing positive for the coronavirus. The percentage of tests coming back positive also has risen sharply in

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China orders inspections to prevent COVID spread via cold chain

FILE PHOTO: Frozen fish is seen at the seafood section of a supermarket following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Beijing, China November 26, 2020. Picture taken November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is carrying out sweeping inspections on food importers, supermarkets, e-commerce platforms and restaurants to prevent the spread of coronavirus through imported cold chain products, the country’s market regulator said on Wednesday.

“The current epidemic prevention and control situation is still complex and austere, and the risk of the disease entering through imported cold chain links is continuously rising as the exchange of international personnel and goods increases,” State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website.

While China has already stepped up testing and disinfection of imported frozen products at ports and in local markets, driving up costs and curbing demand, the latest comments from Beijing showed inspections on cold chain

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Superbug Spread In New Jersey Hospital Amid COVID-19 Surge


  • A New Jersey hospital reported a CRAB cluster in May
  • It recorded 34 cases in a few months
  • At the time, the hospital had to make changes to infection prevention practices because of rising COVID-19 cases

A hospital in New Jersey battled an increase in superbug cases amid a surge in COVID-19 admissions in the spring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says this highlights how hospitals can be vulnerable to such outbreaks when they get overwhelmed because of COVID-19.

COVID-19 and CRAB outbreak

In a report, published Tuesday, CDC said an unnamed New Jersey hospital reported a cluster of Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) infections on May 28, when there was a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. CRAB is a multidrug-resistant pathogen known to spread in hospitals. Calling the superbug “opportunistic,” the CDC said CRAB is a “threat in healthcare” as it can cause outbreaks in hospitals

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Texas virus spread even puts desert artist hub Marfa on edge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 9,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients Tuesday for the first time since a deadly summer outbreak as the pandemic’s spread threatened the Big Bend region near the desert artist hub of Marfa, where tourists continued visiting and officials urged people to stay home.

The rising number of cases near the remote West Texas border is but another example of how the virus is now spreading into places that ducked previous surges but are now ensnared by its long-reaching tentacles and confronted with its wide-ranging challenges.

Texas reported more than 15,000 new cases Tuesday, smashing the previous single-day record. State health officials attributed at least some of the spike to a lag in reporting over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but doctors and local leaders still say they’re trending in the wrong direction.

Marfa is located about 200 miles (321.87 kilometers) down the border from El Paso,

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Warp Speed’s Slaoui Says COVID Spread Speeding Vaccine Development

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Moncef Slaoui, PhD

The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 is helping speed the development of vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 by increasing the number of infected candidates needed for trials, said Moncef Slaoui, PhD, the chief science adviser for the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed program.

Two additional vaccine candidates that are part of Operation Warp Speed are deep into phase 3 trials, Slaoui said at a livestream event sponsored by the Washington Post

“We expect that we will be reading out the efficacy of those vaccines in the month of January,” said Slaoui. “Unfortunately, there is so much transmission of this virus currently that’s very likely to happen early in January.”

Two more vaccines should be entering phase 3 trials within a few weeks, he said.

Slaoui didn’t mention the names of the candidates that

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Doctor in heartbreaking Covid-19 photo pleads with public to slow the spread

The Texas doctor captured on film cradling a distraught Covid-19 patient on Thanksgiving has spoken of the sad isolation of his elderly patients and pleaded with people to “do the basic things” to avoid infection and stay out of hospital.

a blue teddy bear sitting on top of a stuffed animal: HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Dr. Joseph Varon hugs and comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,220,000 cases, including over 21,500 deaths. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Dr. Joseph Varon hugs and comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,220,000 cases, including over 21,500 deaths. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

Hospitalizations from Covid-19 reached another record high across the US Monday, with officials across several states expressing concern that health care facilities would be overwhelmed.

Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, told CNN’s New Day on Monday that he had worked for

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Life Time Fitness Files For Data Evidence On COVID Spread, Arging They’re Not Super-Spreaders

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One of the largest gyms in the country, based right here in Minnesota, argues gyms are not super spreaders.

On Friday, Life Time CEO Braham Akradi filed a request for access to government data to see the exact amount of virus spread happening in health clubs in Minnesota.

“The clubs are amongst the lowest places that they’re spreading this virus,” said Akradi.

Life Time said in a statement, “We have had approximately 3.15 million visits to its Minnesota clubs since they reopened on June 10. Since that time 352 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported by members and/or team members. This equates to .0001% of the total amount of cases in the state.”

Life Time Fitness in Edina was the one part of Samantha Maroney’s daily routine that she didn’t cut out during this pandemic. Unlike many other activities she enjoys, she felt this was

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Oklahoma virus hospitalizations top 1,400, spread unyielding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus surpassed 1,400 on Wednesday for a new daily record and a surge in virus cases in the state is linked to Halloween events, according to a report by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

The state did not restrict trick-or-treating by children on Halloween and has not limited social gatherings.

“Increases from the past two weeks correlate with Halloween and related activities,” according to the task force report, which said Oklahoma remains in the red zone for cases with more than 101 per 100,000 residents.

The task force report recommended limiting restaurants to 25% capacity, curtailing the hours bars are open and encouraging the wearing of masks in public.

“The spread in Oklahoma is exponential and unyielding, with hospitalizations increasing week over week and reported limited bed availability,” according the the task force report released Wednesday

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Global Sex Toys Market Demand to Increase due to COVID-19 Spread | Emerging Opportunities in APAC

The global sex toys market is poised to grow by USD 9.83 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has positively influenced the growth of the market. Factors such as lockdowns and change in consumer behavior have significantly increased the demand for sex toys. Besides, rising awareness and changing perceptions about sex toys among consumers will present significant opportunities for vendors during the forecast period.

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Twin Cities trainers happy to spread the virtual fitness bug


When I asked Myrika Schneider, the studio director at PUSH Fitness in St. Paul, if the class she’d invited me to would kick my butt, she giggled.

“You’ll love it,” she said. “You’ll be with Connie.”

At 6 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, I logged into a virtual Tabata class — my first time doing the circuit exercise — taught by a 58-year-old Black woman named Connie Sheehan, the founder and owner of PUSH Fitness, from a living room in Chicago, where she’s caring for her mother who recently suffered a heart attack.

She did not have any weights or equipment, but her vibrant demeanor and energized presentation proved sufficient.

“Today is going to be the best day of your life!” she told the class, while “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors played in the background. “You didn’t know that when you woke up, did you?”

I’d caught

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