Overdoses rise in South Florida as people struggle with isolation from pandemic
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — More people who are out of work and isolated at home are dying of drug overdoses in South Florida, becoming overlooked victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.Florida reported 5,621 overdose deaths, a 14% increase from January 2019 to January 2020, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And in parts of South Florida, early numbers suggest 2020 could be even worse.In Palm Beach County, overdose deaths are already 49% higher from January to August of this year than they were for the same period last year, according to records. At the current ra...
Carnival to ditch 18 ships in total as US cruises remain banned amid COVID-19 pandemic
Carnival Corporation will part with a total of 18 cruise ships in the next few months — 12% of its fleet — as it continues to cut costs while cruising in most of the world remains banned.The company announced an adjusted third-quarter loss of $1.7 billion in a financial filing Tuesday, six months after it first announced it was shutting down operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company had previously announced in July it would part with 15 ships. The move to speed up efforts to slim capacity comes as cruises in the U.S., the company’s most lucrative market, remain banned by the U.S. Cent...
Trump administration official claims US scientists are committing 'sedition' in since-deleted Facebook post
A senior Trump administration official went on a Facebook rant over the weekend, in which he accused U.S. government scientists of “sedition” and claimed left-wing hit squads are gearing up to kill him and other supporters of the president.Michael Caputo, the recently installed top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, made the statements in a since-deleted video posted to his personal Facebook page on Sunday.Caputo, without any evidence, told his Facebook followers that scientists “deep in the bowels” of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are orchestrating a “...
New York Daily News
Preparing for the worst, health agencies mount unprecedented flu shot drives
WASHINGTON — If the United States has even a typical flu season that collides with a COVID-19 flare, the resulting public health nightmare could swamp the nation’s already strained health system.This year’s flu season could be milder than usual because of social distancing. And more Americans could decide to get a flu shot because of heightened health awareness spurred by the novel coronavirus.But it’s also possible that fewer people will be willing to go into a public setting to get a shot and that flu season will come roaring in by late October.“We are more concerned than usual — if that’s p...
The earliest COVID-19 patients faced stigma, bigotry. But experts say their contributions to science taught much about the virus
CHICAGO — She was known as Patient 1.The Chicago woman in her 60s had traveled on Christmas Day to Wuhan, China, where she cared for her elderly father who had fallen ill to a mysterious, undiagnosed respiratory sickness.After returning to Chicago in mid-January, her own symptoms emerged: fever, cough and fatigue, followed by nausea and dizziness.While hospitalized for pneumonia, she became the first patient in Illinois and the second in the nation to test positive for the novel coronavirus, a new and little-understood illness that would soon burgeon into an international pandemic, sickening m...
'Enough is enough': Commissioners and cruise execs urge CDC to let cruising resume
MIAMI — Five months after South Florida became a hotbed for COVID-19 cruise outbreaks, Miami-Dade commissioners and cruise executives are urging the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to give the cruise industry the OK to restart sailings as soon as possible.At a virtual tourism and ports committee meeting Thursday, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa scolded the federal health agency charged with the country’s public health response to COVID-19, saying it has been too slow to communicate with the industry and must work quickly to get cruising up and running again. The deadly virus continues...
I still have COVID-19 symptoms. Am I contagious?
With new information about the coronavirus coming out every week, it can be hard to keep track of the details you need to keep your family safe.Among them: For how long is the virus contagious? Do I have to stay home as long as I have symptoms? Is it possible to get reinfected?Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.Doctors and researchers are finding that one of the most challenging aspects of treating the coronavirus is that it affects patients differently.Some people experience only mild symptoms and may not even know they have COVID-19 if they aren’t tested, while others spend weeks in th...
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Nation and world news briefs
Survey: Number of uninsured Americans increased in 2019WASHINGTON — Roughly 33.2 million Americans, or 10.3%, lacked health insurance in 2019, according to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The rate is slightly higher than the 30.4 million, or 9.4%, who were uninsured at the time they were contacted through the department’s National Health Interview Survey in 2018.Hispanics and Blacks continued to be the racial groups most likely to lack coverage, even as the insured rate improved slightly for Hispanics. The survey found that 29.7% of Hispanic respon...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: The landlord looters
No one would think it’s fair to force construction workers to build houses for free. Yet landlords — property owners who make it possible for us to rent rather than buy homes — are being vilified for expecting payment to use the property in which they’ve invested their savings and time.States like California and now the Trump administration are imposing eviction moratoriums in the wake of COVID-19. Under Trump’s edict, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will mandate that people making less than $99,000 a year ($198,000 for couples) can stay in their homes so long as th...
Tribune News Service
Seattle landlords sue governor, mayor over eviction moratoriums
A small group of Seattle landlords is suing Mayor Jenny Durkan and Gov. Jay Inslee over the constitutionality of city and state eviction moratoriums, which in Seattle’s case has been extended to December to protect people who can’t pay rent amid the coronavirus pandemic.The suit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, comes two days after the federal Centers for Disease Control initiated a nationwide eviction moratorium through the end of 2020.The landlords are represented pro bono by Ethan Blevins, a lawyer for Pacific Law Group who has taken Seattle to court in the past over i...
The Seattle Times