CDC Director Warns of Dire Winter Ahead for COVID Hospitalizations, Deaths | Health News

By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters


THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) – The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday that the coming winter months might be the darkest period yet in the coronavirus pandemic.

“I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told the Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Wednesday morning, adding that perhaps 450,000 Americans might be dead from COVID-19 by February. Right now, that number now is about 273,000, The New York Times reported.

Another record-breaking day of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths underscored Redfield’s grim warning.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday passed 100,000, nearly double the highest point seen last spring. The daily death toll hit 2,760, surpassing the previous record set in April, the Times reported. With

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CDC director: Winter could be ‘most difficult time in the public health history of this nation’

The U.S. could see another 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the next three months if people don’t take mitigation measures such as mask-wearing and physical distancing seriously, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” largely because of the stress to the health system, CDC Director Robert Redfield said Wednesday during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.

The coronavirus is surging across the entire nation, and the health care system is being strained nearly to the breaking point in many states. At least 270,000 people have died, including nearly 2,600 on Tuesday, the highest single-day death toll of the pandemic so far.

Redfield said 90 percent of hospitals are in the red zone, 

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This is why you should be exercising outside this winter

As the temperatures outside begin to drop and the safety of going to the gym is still in question, there may be some good news for your winter workouts. Research and experts say that exercising outdoors is not only safe to do this winter, but actually may be more beneficial to your health.

“When it gets into the 40s and 30s, you can still enjoy your regular outside routines, like walking, running, and even cycling,” Dr. Adam Tenforde, an assistant professor of sports medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, said.

Of course, you should still take proper precautions, such as layering up, staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen. However, outdoor workouts in colder weather can offer several benefits that your regular indoor workouts don’t. Here are some reasons you should consider getting active outside this winter.

You burn more calories

In colder weather, your body has to work harder

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Exercising during the winter and pandemic

“Physical activity and exercise is probably the best medicine you can have,” Dr. Papuchis says.

WASHINGTON — The winter months often bring some of the laziest months for many Americans. The end of daylight-saving time can turn gym rats into couch potatoes. But with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, flu season, and working from home, some challenges have been presented with staying active.

“Physical activity and exercise is probably the best medicine you can have for a variety of different issues, not just pain, but for cardiovascular health for longevity,” said Steven Papuchis, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Dr. Papuchis said this winter is not the time to be inactive when thinking of maintaining overall health. 

“This is kind of an almost two-pronged approach when we talk about exercise and how it helps fight off infections. Number one, exercise increases your blood, your body’s circulating white blood cells,

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Analysis: Could COVID Knock Out Flu in Europe This Winter? | Top News

PARIS (Reuters) – As Europeans brace for a grim winter with the threat of rising COVID-19 infections, minimal numbers of flu cases recorded so far point to a possible silver lining.

Data available for Europe since the beginning of October, when flu case numbers usually start to ramp up, mirror shallow figures seen in the Southern Hemisphere earlier this year.

Some doctors say a combination of lockdowns, mask wearing and handwashing appear to have hampered transmission of the flu, while warning that the data should be treated with caution because the peak of the season is weeks or even months away.

According to Flu News Europe, a joint monitoring platform of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization which collects samples in 54 European regions, only one person was diagnosed with flu out of 4,433 sentinel tests during Sept. 28-Nov. 22.

This sentinel-source data

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Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winter

Each week, good news about vaccines or antibody treatments surfaces, offering hope that an end to the pandemic is at hand.

And yet this holiday season presents a grim reckoning. The United States has reached an appalling milestone: more than one million new coronavirus cases every week. Hospitals in some states are full to bursting. The number of deaths is rising and seems on track to easily surpass the 2,200-a-day average in the spring, when the pandemic was concentrated in the New York metropolitan area.

Our failure to protect ourselves has caught up to us.

The nation now must endure a critical period of transition, one that threatens to last far too long, as we set aside justifiable optimism about next spring and confront the dark winter ahead. Some epidemiologists predict that the death toll by March could be close to twice the 250,000 figure that the nation surpassed only

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Searches for home cinema DIY tools and exercise equipment jump as consumers dig-in for a locked-down winter

Consumers are buying home cinema equipment, exercise and DIY products to see them through a winter spent largely at home and indoors as covid restrictions continue.

Demand for exercise bikes has risen.
Demand for exercise bikes has risen.

Searches for home cinema projectors and treadmills have increased by 50 per cent, while searches for ‘Peloton’ and cross trainers have increased by 70 per cent, according to data from Google Trends.

Separately, researchers from GoCompare asked consumers what they were intending to buy to see them through a locked down winter and compiled a list of the 10 most popular purchases planned by UK consumers. Over half said they are buying due to potential winter Covid restrictions.

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Large TVs or full home cinemas topped the list, followed by laptops as

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‘Defy the winter!’: how to exercise after dark | Fitness

Shorter days mean many of us have no choice but to exercise before dawn or after dusk. But is it safe to run or cycle in the dark? What extra kit do you need? And, most importantly, how do you pull yourself out of your warm bed or off your comfortable sofa? We asked nocturnal athletes and experts for their tips.

How do I keep warm?

Layers are vital: leggings or tights, base layers, a running or cycling jacket and waterproofs. But, says Sam Jones, who works for Cycling UK and is a keen night-time mountain biker: “People often forget to layer their hands and feet. You can wear inner gloves and merino socks under thicker gloves and waterproof socks – try Sealskinz or Endura.”

How will I see – and be seen?

At night, you need reflective clothing rather than fluorescent/hi-vis. Fluorescent clothing works by converting UV sunlight

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Many UK fitness venues may not survive winter Covid closures, say bosses | Business

Many hundreds of gyms and swimming pools will go out of business this winter if new post-lockdown restrictions being considered for England force them to remain closed, industry leaders have warned.

Huw Edwards, the chief executive of ukactive, said the government was thought to be considering keeping gyms and pools closed as part of a tradeoff for reopening other parts of the economy, such as pubs and restaurants, in December.

The prime minister is due to make a statement setting out a new system of tiers, potentially with a tougher top level. Pubs and restaurants have demanded a week’s warning of new rules that would kick in after the English lockdown ends on 2 December.

The UK’s 7,000 gyms, pools and leisure centres have sought to be reclassified as essential services vital to public health. The move is being debated by MPs on Monday after a petition attracted more than

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Vitamin D | Vitamin D in WInter

In the summer, getting enough daily vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin,” can be easy when you’re consistently heading out for runs in the sun. But when the winter comes around, bringing with it early sunsets and gloomy winter runs, do you need to add supplements or foods with vitamin D to your diet?

And as we are all trying to stay healthy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, you might’ve heard about research on COVID-19 survival rates and vitamin D intake. You might be wondering if you should up yours.

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Additionally, with cases rising across the U.S., we’re spending more time than ever indoors, giving us fewer chances to get that necessary sunshine. (It’s important to keep in mind that there is currently no cure for COVID-19, and many treatment options are still

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