Health


Pitkin County's restrictions to increase but what color level remains elusive
- November 20, 2020

The new level will go into effect Friday, Nov. 20. The complete list of counties has not yet been announced , because according to Polis those discussions are still happening at the local level. The new dial adds a purple level, which would indicate stay-at-home orders. After talking to state public health officials Monday, Pitkin County officials were under the impression that the county would be moving to the Red level of restrictions, Peacock said. (more...)
Entering Pennsylvania? You'll Need a Negative COVID-19 Test Within 72 Hours Entering Pennsylvania? You'll Need a Negative COVID-19 Test Within 72 Hours
- November 20, 2020

They are required to take a test 72 hours before returning or have to be quarantined for 14 days. Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. (more...)
Coronavirus immunity can last up to 8 months Coronavirus immunity can last up to 8 months
- November 20, 2020

People are most likely to pass on coronavirus within the first five days of having symptoms, an extensive study suggests. Lead author Dr Muge Cevik, of the University of St Andrews, said: 'This is the first systematic review and meta-analysis that has comprehensively examined and compared viral load and shedding for... (more...)
Mitt Romney issues scathing statement condemning President Trump's voter fraud claims Mitt Romney issues scathing statement condemning President Trump's voter fraud claims
- November 20, 2020

The Trump campaign in addition to state-specific challenges, has asked the Justice Department to probe Dominion Voting Systems, which they have claimed deleted and reversed votes in Biden's favor. FILE - In this February 12, 2019 file photo, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, watches during the State of the State address at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (more...)
10 new cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut
- November 20, 2020

Eight of the new cases have been identified in Arviat, bringing the community's number of positive cases to 54. "This is an outbreak", Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer, told a news conference streamed online from the territory's capital, Iqaluit . (more...)
UK Mom gives birth to twins while in COVID coma UK Mom gives birth to twins while in COVID coma
- November 20, 2020

She was admitted to hospital in Birmingham UK. As her condition deteriorated, Dr Uke was placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. A hospital consultant who woke up from a coma to discover she'd given birth to twins says it's a "miracle" they're both safe and well. (more...)
PA Lung Cancer Report PA Lung Cancer Report
- November 20, 2020

According to the lung association, 23.7% of Pennsylvanians diagnosed with lung cancer are still alive five years later - a 14% increase from five years ago. MI ranked 11 with 8.9 percent, making it above average. Black individuals are 28% less likely to be diagnosed early than their white counterparts, the report noted. (more...)
Pfizer and BioNTech seek emergency vaccine approval Pfizer and BioNTech seek emergency vaccine approval
- November 20, 2020

Supriya Sharma, who is the chief medical adviser of the federal Health Department, which is responsible for the approval of vaccines. Wednesday's data from Pfizer and BioNTech , which builds on last week's data, suggests the vaccine is 95% effective based on 170 cases of Covid-19 developing in volunteers. (more...)
Oxford COVID-19 vaccine showing strong immune response in older people Oxford COVID-19 vaccine showing strong immune response in older people
- November 20, 2020

The vaccine, CoronaVac, was developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical producer Sinovac Biotech. While Sinovac had announced a few results from its Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials over the summer, calling them a success, the peer-reviewed study this week was the first time it provided data and details. (more...)
Biden reaches out to governors as Trump stymies transition Biden reaches out to governors as Trump stymies transition
- November 20, 2020

In Pennsylvania , the Trump campaign asked a judge to allow them to restore a claim they had dropped on Sunday that Republican observers were improperly blocked from watching the vote count. "So, I just want to tell you that that's the only slowdown right now that we have", he said. Knudson, a former state lawmaker, has been on the commission since 2017 and like many office holders in Wisconsin encouraged voters to sign up for absentee ballots on the website . (more...)
Community flu clinic this week Community flu clinic this week
- November 20, 2020

Robert Jacobson, Pediatrician and Vaccine Researcher. There have been just 17 influenza cases reported across Canada so far this flu season, compared to 711 at the same time a year ago. Dr. Evans said all the signs here suggest Canada will report similar numbers in the end. He said most of the credit goes to the public health measures taken to slow COVID-19 - hand washing, social distancing and face mask-wearing - as well as the dramatic drop in worldwide travel. (more...)
Gavin Newsom Apologizes for Violating His Own Lockdown for Friend’s Birthday Party Gavin Newsom Apologizes for Violating His Own Lockdown for Friend’s Birthday Party
- November 19, 2020

But now Politico is reporting that California Medical Association officials - of all people - were among the guests seated with Newsom at the "opulent birthday dinner at the French Laundry restaurant this month". A spokesperson for Mr. Kinney told the station that the party was indeed outside. "A 50% capacity limit will also be imposed on restaurants with outdoor service, while personal care businesses and offices will be required to limit their capacity to 25%". (more...)
Active COVID-19 cases grow by 515 with 991 more reported Sunday Active COVID-19 cases grow by 515 with 991 more reported Sunday
- November 19, 2020

So far, the provincial app has about 260,000 downloads while the federal app has been downloaded over 5.2 million times. Alberta was originally planning to switch to the federal app, but Premier Jason Kenney has since backed away from that plan, claiming earlier this month that Alberta's app is "simply a better and more effective public-health tool" because it is linked to the province's contact tracing network. (more...)
COVID-19: CDC Advises Against Thanksgiving Travel, Having Guests From Outside Household COVID-19: CDC Advises Against Thanksgiving Travel, Having Guests From Outside Household
- November 19, 2020

Instead, Thanksgiving should be spent with only people living in their household, with "household" clarified to mean those who have been living in the same home for at least 14 days before the gathering. Travel has projected that less than 50 million Americans will hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, the most dramatic one-year drop since the Great Recession in 2008. (more...)
COVID-19: Oxford vaccine shows 'encouraging' immune response in older adults COVID-19: Oxford vaccine shows 'encouraging' immune response in older adults
- November 19, 2020

Prof Dunn-Walters added: "At one month after giving two doses of the vaccine, all age groups showed a similar level of antibody response". The results showed the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine is better tolerated in older people, as compared to younger adults. (more...)
CHINA Chinese experimental vaccine induces a quick response CHINA Chinese experimental vaccine induces a quick response
- November 19, 2020

Meanwhile, the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal said that a Chinese inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate has been proved safe and tolerable and can induce a quick immune response. Nor was there a wide range of backgrounds in the trial participants and "almost all participants of all ages were white and non-smokers". "They must also be safe, effective in preventing disease and/or transmission, and provide at least six months of protection for people frequently exposed to the virus - such ... (more...)
'We Can Stop COVID-19' 'We Can Stop COVID-19'
- November 19, 2020

It is a potential delivery of 300 million doses of anti-Covid vaccine which was announced on Wednesday November 11 by the European Commission. "Having more than one source of an effective vaccine will increase the global supply and, with luck, help us all to get back to something like normal sometime in 2021", said Eleanor Riley, professor of immunology and infectious disease at the University of Edinburgh. (more...)
American Cancer Society Promoting American Cancer Society Promoting "Great American Smokeout" | NewsRadio KFBK
- November 19, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health says 22.7% of Louisiana adults smoked as of 2019, and the Louisiana Public Health Institute states that 12.3% of Louisiana's teens use tobacco, above the national average of 8.1%. "Even when you're determined to quit smoking, it's really hard when you don't have any support or accountability", said Tony Cossey, a Pivot member. (more...)
Jackson County reports two more COVID-19 deaths; 108 new cases Jackson County reports two more COVID-19 deaths; 108 new cases
- November 19, 2020

As of Thursday, only 13 of Kentucky's 120 counties were not considered "red zone" counties. The state health department has moved Allegheny County into the "substantial risk category", which means there have been more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents during a seven-day period. (more...)
Record number of new COVID-19 cases found within Island Health Record number of new COVID-19 cases found within Island Health
- November 19, 2020

Nearly 11,000 people are under active public health monitoring because they've been exposed to a confirmed case, while 16,469 people who tested positive have recovered. "We have seen repeatedly, not just here, but around the world, that these are venues that we see rapid spread of this virus, even with people who don't recognize that they are ill". (more...)

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