Millions of kids are skipping vaccines this year, Blue Cross study finds. 'The US is on the precipice of a severe immunization crisis.'
Millions of American children are skipping vaccines that protect against potentially deadly or disabling illnesses due to concerns about COVID-19, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield Association analysis of millions of medical claims.Children are on track to miss an estimated 9 million vaccine doses in 2020, a decrease of 26% for measles compared with 2019, and a decrease of 16% for polio, according to the analysis.That leaves an estimated 88% vaccination rate for measles, less than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention herd immunity requirement of 93%.“The U.S. is on the precip...
You should probably replace some of your fabric face masks
If your masks are beginning to feel as old as this pandemic, it’s probably time to get yourself some new ones.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises using masks that have at least two layers of tightly woven, washable, breathable fabric, such as cotton. When you wash your masks regularly, which you’re supposed to do, the fabric, as well as the fit, can begin to deteriorate. As this happens, your masks become less effective.“A newer, fresher mask is likely to have tighter fibers, and so it’s likely better at keeping out other particles and keeping your particles in,” says Krys J...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
CDC advisory committee discusses who should get first vaccine doses
A key committee that will advise the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on who should get the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine agreed Monday on initial priorities and an ethical framework. But the hourslong meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) demonstrated just how complicated it will be to get the vaccine into the arms of millions of people.First off, the different vaccines in development have different attributes, such as how they work and can be distributed, and it isn’t yet known which products will be approved first by the Food and Drug Admi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Secret Service planning for Trump spending lots of his post-presidency in Palm Beach
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Secret Service is planning for a stepped-up presence in Palm Beach County starting on Jan. 20 — when President Donald Trump adds “former” to his title and begins spending much more time at his Mar-a-Lago Club.Former presidents and former first ladies get Secret Service protection for life (although security details for the former first ladies have sometimes proven controversial when they’ve lasted for decades after a presidency.)Although Trump has yet to acknowledge he’s lost the election, President-elect Joe Biden won and is set to become president at noon on Jan. ...
Alaska signs deal for more 737 Maxes now that the plane is cleared to fly
SEATTLE — Days after the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s 737 Max to fly passengers again, Alaska Airlines became the first carrier to expand its fleet of the aircraft.Alaska announced Monday it will lease 13 Maxes from Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corp (ALC).Alaska already has 32 Maxes on order directly from Boeing, five of which are expected to be flying by summer 2021. Alaska will begin flying the 737-9 Max in March.Following so soon after the plane was ungrounded, the transaction indicates that airlines willing to take new jets in the middle of a historic aviation downturn c...
The Seattle Times
The CDC upgrades cruise ship COVID-19 infection risk to highest level possible
MIAMI — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upgraded the cruise ship travel risk to a level 4, the federal agency’s highest risk level possible for contracting COVID-19.Amid reports of widespread outbreaks in cruises earlier this year, CDC recommends for travelers to avoid cruise ships, including river cruises, around the world, given the “very high” risk of becoming infected or spreading the novel coronavirus.If passengers decide to go on cruises, they should get tested three to five days after the trip. Even if they test negative after a trip, cruise ship travelers should sta...
More than 1 million people traveled on planes in US on a single day ahead of Thanksgiving amid coronavirus pandemic
The turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic didn’t deter more than 1 million people in the United States from traveling aboard planes on a single day ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.A whopping 1,019,836 people went on U.S. flights on Friday, data [released](That’s the second-highest number of single-day travelers since mid-March, when the outbreak of COVID-19 began to cause shutdowns throughout the U.S. and devastated the air-travel industry.The only day since then that’s seen more people travel by plane than last Friday was Oct. 18, when 1,031,505 passengers boarded U.S. flights.Frida...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Heed CDC on holidays. Not the radiologist
In the three months since President Donald Trump made Dr. Scott Atlas — a radiologist, not an epidemiologist or specialist in infectious diseases — his favorite source of ideas on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the United States has been racked with a record-setting third surge of virus cases, with record daily deaths expected in coming days. The president, his wife and youngest son have all been infected, as well as his eldest son, who lives elsewhere. The president had to be hospitalized. And White House gatherings became “superspreader” events. It is hardly a coincidence the pa...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Don't travel for Thanksgiving, health experts say. But if you do, follow these tips
Thanksgiving travel week is upon us, but coronavirus cases have surged across the country and sapped much of that annual excitement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued advice last week that couldn’t have come at a worse time for those hoping for holiday comfort from loved ones: Postpone travel and stay home to best protect yourself and others from getting or spreading the virus.While some folks will defy that advice for their own reasons, others are compelled to travel because of colleges closing for winter break or as part of their job as essential workers. So here are a few...
Porn star and three Marines, all white supremacists, charged in federal gun conspiracy
Four white supremacists have been charged in a conspiracy to build, transport and sell illegal guns, the Justice Department announced Friday in a press release.Paul Kryscuk, a 35-year-old reported porn star, sold multiple manufactured weapons to 21-year-old then-Marine Liam Collins, the feds said. Kryscuk allegedly mailed the illegal DIY weapons from his homes in New York and Idaho to Collins in North Carolina.Kryscuk and Collins were regulars on the online neo-Nazi forum Iron March back in 2017 before the site was shut down, according to the feds. During that time, they recruited Jordan Dunca...
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