Coronavirus leading to secondary pandemic of hunger in Baja California
TIJUANA, Mexico — Seven days a week, Karina Amaya Salamanca gets up at dawn to set up a tent along a busy highway on the southern outskirts of Tijuana.From there, she sells cold sodas and hot coffee, earning about $14 a day on good days and less than $5 a day on the less busy ones.The work is a far departure from the factory job she held before the China-based company was forced to close under coronavirus restrictions. But the 42-year-old single mother of two is in survival mode now.“Some days, we go without food,” Amaya said casually, slowly rocking her neighbor’s 9-month-old baby in a stroll...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Obesity increasing in US adults, CDC report finds
Obesity, a risk factor for severe effects of COVID-19, continues to become more common, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Twelve states now have a self-reported adult obesity prevalence of 35% or more, up from nine states in 2018 and six in 2017.Those 12 states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Pennsylvania’s adult obesity prevalence was 33%, and New Jersey did not have enough data for an estimate.The data come from an ongoing, state...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Could coronavirus cause a better flu season? Maybe. Here's why.
Flu season is approaching, but some medical experts say it’s possible this year’s may shape up to be milder than initially feared. The unlikely reason? The coronavirus pandemic.As people in many parts of the country protect themselves from COVID-19 by wearing face masks, constantly washing and sanitizing their hands, and avoiding school, concerts and other types of indoor gatherings, they’re also inadvertently protecting themselves from influenza.“I think that it is certainly possible that we’ll see a lighter flu season than usual, because people are hopefully taking a lot of precautions to pr...
The Mercury News
With in-person campaigning limited, Kamala Harris rallies Black NC voters virtually
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Black voters historically make up a huge voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and the Biden campaign is working to further motivate the key demographic even as it limits in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemicWith voting underway in North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, along with the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, hosted a virtual rally focused on the state Friday night. The event commemorated Friday’s inaugural National Black Voter Day, a day created by the National Urban League, BET, and many civil rights organization...
The Charlotte Observer
New CDC study highlights threat of coronavirus spread on lengthy flights
A single airline passenger unknowingly sickened with coronavirus managed to infect 15 other people aboard the 10-hour trip to Vietnam, highlighting the dangers of travel amid the pandemic.The global health crisis had only just begun its spread across Europe when the plane took off from a London airport back in March. By the time it touched down in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, 12 passengers in business class, two in economy and a single crew member had contracted the fast-spreading disease.Researchers behind a new Centers for Disease Control study, slated to be published in November, identifie...
New York Daily News
How wildfire smoke driving people inside lately could affect the spread of the new coronavirus
SEATTLE — The outdoors has been a lifeline for many in Seattle during the COVID-19-induced lockdown. It gave us somewhere to go when gyms and restaurants were closed, and gathering (in small numbers, distantly, with masks) outdoors is much safer, coronavirus-wise, than doing so indoors.But that outlet has been choked off over the past week and a half by wildfire smoke.The acrid air smothering the Puget Sound region was rated “unhealthy,” “very unhealthy,” at times even “hazardous” by the state Department of Ecology. The advice for avoiding it: stay indoors.Assuming people followed that advice,...
The Seattle Times
Biden says Trump 'only cares about the stock market'
PHILADELPHIA — Joe Biden railed against President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and framed the 2020 election as a choice between Main Street and Wall Street during an outdoor town hall meeting Thursday just outside his childhood hometown of Scranton.The former vice president, taking questions from voters for a little more than an hour in an open-air parking lot in Moosic, said Trump’s failure to be honest with Americans about the severity of the virus cost thousands of lives. Trump admitted to downplaying the threat in a recently released recorded interview from March wit...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Student test results before University of Texas football opener suggest silent spread
AUSTIN, Texas — Among the 1,200 University of Texas students who were tested for the coronavirus in advance of last weekend’s football opener — a negative test was required for students to attend — 95 tested positive.The results, among students who were not exhibiting symptoms, suggest that the virus could be silently spreading on campus to a degree not previously known.University health officials later determined that 26 of the students who tested positive for the virus had previously tested positive and had recovered to an extent that they were no longer considered contagious.Even excluding ...
Scientists discover potential coronavirus remedy — at least, for mice and hamsters
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine say they have discovered a super-potent molecule that was “highly effective” at preventing and treating COVID-19 when tested in mice and hamsters.Sounds promising, but it’s too early to get your hopes up. Animal studies like this are notorious for not translating to human test subjects. And Pitt’s experimental approach, which uses a “human monoclonal antibody,” is not novel; it’s being pursued by numerous research groups and the federal government.A monoclonal antibody is a laboratory-made version of proteins naturally produced by t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Why COVID-19 misinformation spread faster than pandemic in early March
In early March, when the true scope of the coronavirus pandemic was still widely unknown to the public, misinformation was rampant on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.A recent study examined two early pandemic myths. Researchers from three universities, including Joseph McGlynn, an assistant professor at the University of North Texas’ Department of Communication Studies, studied how long it took before the myths were sufficiently debunked on the same social platform. In this case, Twitter.McGlynn, along with researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Kentucky, exam...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram