Children's 'polio-like' illness may return in August. But a possible vaccine will cost millions to test
PHILADELPHIA — A few weeks after his 4th birthday, Fenton McEvoy came down with what seemed like an ordinary cold, except that his neck and right hand started to feel weak. Within 24 hours, he could not move his arms or legs.That was 2018, when the Georgia boy and more than 200 other children in the United States were diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, a debilitating disease that seems to surge every two years in late summer and fall. In 2016, 153 such cases were confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two years before that, the number was 120.If the pattern holds...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chicago will rely largely on signs announcing self-quarantine for people from states seeing COVID-19 surge
CHICAGO — Chicago health officials said Friday they have no plan for enforcing the city’s abrupt quarantine order for people arriving from states where coronavirus cases are surging, but will rely largely on signs posted along highways and at the two airports.“We do not have a plan to, for example, look for out-of-state license plates and pull people over,” the city’s public health commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, said at a news conference. “We do not have a plan to create a list of individuals who are traveling and try to track them down.”Arwady said the city’s main goal with the order is to...
Pennsylvania's nightmare 2020 voting scenario — and how to prevent it
PHILADELPHIA — It’s Nov. 3, 2020. It’s been a long Election Day in Pennsylvania, with new voting machines causing confusion at some polling places, and the closure of others for public health reasons leading to long lines at locations still open. Meanwhile, a huge surge of mail ballots driven partly by coronavirus fears of voting in person means it’s going to take days to count them all and determine who won.But President Donald Trump is already declaring victory.Early, unofficial results make it look like he has won the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania in a landslide. But the elect...
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Moderna delays Phase 3 trial for COVID-19 vaccineModerna’s heavily anticipated trial for a coronavirus vaccine, which was set to begin next week, has been delayed.“Moderna has previously disclosed that the Phase 3 trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate mRNA-1273 is expected to begin in July. The trial is still expected to begin in July and we expect to be the first to start a Phase 3 trial,” read a company statement sent to The New York Daily News Thursday. “We have worked closely with NIH/OWS to align on the final protocol in order to begin the trial on time.”The Phase 3 study, which include...
Tribune News Service
Jarrett Allen is the last man standing in the Nets' frontcourt
NEW YORK — Jarrett Allen finds himself in familiar territory.Allen is set to be the starting center for the Brooklyn Nets as they travel south for the NBA’s 22-team resumption of the regular season. He will replace DeAndre Jordan, the veteran center who succeeded Allen as the starter just two games before the season was suspended after the coronavirus pandemic shut down the United States.Jordan, who tested positive for COVID-19 in consecutive days at the end of June, chose to forego the trip to Orlando with his teammates.That means Allen, who’d been in and out of the starting lineup under form...
New York Daily News
Moderna delays Phase 3 trial for COVID-19 vaccine
Moderna’s heavily anticipated trial for a coronavirus vaccine, which was set to begin next week, has been delayed.“Moderna has previously disclosed that the Phase 3 trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate mRNA-1273 is expected to begin in July. The trial is still expected to begin in July and we expect to be the first to start a Phase 3 trial,” read a company statement sent to The New York Daily News Thursday. “We have worked closely with NIH/OWS to align on the final protocol in order to begin the trial on time.”The Phase 3 study, which includes 30,000 patients, was initially supposed to begi...
New York Daily News
At least 80 Washington students in fraternities test positive for coronavirus, a foreboding sign for college reopenings
SEATTLE — At least 80 students living in a dozen fraternity houses just north of the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, with hundreds of results pending.The university learned Saturday that three fraternity residents had symptoms of COVID-19, and public health officials noticed a spike in cases from the area among people ages 18 to 20, said UW spokeswoman Michelle Ma. Since UW announced Tuesday that at least 38 students tested positive, the student-run Interfraternity Council informed the university of 42 more positive results....
The Seattle Times
Maria Panaritis: The strangeness of having a checkup during a pandemic
It began two weeks ago, my foray into the abnormal new normal of a region reopening from pandemic lockdown.The kid’s dentist was back in business. My boy, too, had been yanked from kindergarten, cut off from classes, friends, and even trips to the supermarket. So, when the dental office opened back up, we slipped him in for a cleaning. In theory, schools are reopening this fall. In theory, they will need evidence that the kids saw a doctor and dentist.His would be the first of several medical meet-ups I’d book as the region entered or moved toward the “green” phase of reopening businesses and ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Recklessness or reopening: Why are more young people getting coronavirus?
A surge of coronavirus cases among young people is leading to a generational blame game as California and other states grapple with a second wave of the virus.Reports of outbreaks across the country tied to fraternity houses and college-town bars have helped fuel a perception that people in their teens and 20s — who are far less likely to die from COVID-19 but can still suffer debilitating bouts of the virus or pass it along to others who are more vulnerable — have thrown caution to the wind because they don’t feel threatened by it.A long list of other factors may also be at play in the increa...
The Mercury News
More than 7,000 kids have tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida; 12 have MIS-C
MIAMI — Two teenagers died from COVID-19-related complications in Florida last month and more than 7,000 other children under 18 have tested positive for the disease since the pandemic began in March, according to Florida’s Department of Health.The numbers are a stark reminder that kids and young adults are not immune to the disease.Of the kids who tested positive, 2,865 were in South Florida.“Just because they look well, doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have the disease,” said Dr. Marcos Mestre, the senior medical director of pediatric services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital near South Mi...