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...
Heat's Goran Dragic on NBA's COVID testing: 'It's not a pleasant thing to do'
There is nothing unusual for Goran Dragic about taking a physical before resuming play. That has been a rite of September for years.But this, the Miami Heat guard said Wednesday, is different, the constant COVID-19 testing with the NBA’s attempt to resume play later this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.“It’s different, it’s definitely different,” the 34-year-old former All-Star said of the required every-other-day testing that will become even more routine when the Heat arrive July 8 at Disney World for the league’s attempt to play in quarantine at the Wide World of Sports complex. “It’s n...
Tom Krasovic: NFL could aid in COVID-19 fight if it hits the right notes, but there is risk involved
SAN DIEGO — Say the NFL plays its games this year while the coronavirus pandemic persists, and in some cities fans are allowed to attend.You won’t see infectious disease expert Richard Garfein in the crowd.“You wouldn’t catch me dead in a football stadium this year — or next year, probably,” said Garfein, a professor in UC San Diego’s Division of Global Public Health.As Garfein told it, wearing a mask would be appropriate, but not his idea of a great way to spend three hours of fun time.Nor is the local epidemiologist wild about the NFL’s chances of staging the 2020 season, calling it “really ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Scientists say Trump's order limiting foreign workers will hurt labs, stifle American ingenuity
ST. LOUIS — For the last two years, Washington University postdoctoral fellow Wei Qian, of China, has been researching a rare fatal childhood genetic disorder with no highly effective therapy.Now he’s scrambling to reconsider his future.Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting until the end of the year certain types of foreign worker visas — notably the H-1B for highly skilled workers such as foreign faculty members and postdoctoral fellows. The Trump administration said the move would prioritize jobs for U.S. citizens and blunt the economic impact of the coronav...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Reopening continues in the Caribbean. So does reversal of COVID-19 health protocols
MIAMI — The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda was barely three weeks into its early June tourism reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic when 39 visitors tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival and American tourists started flouting the rules.After health officials informed infected tourists they needed to be placed under a 14-day mandatory quarantine, the visitors threatened to sue and some immediately booked return flights back to the United States.Prime Minister Gaston Browne, relaying the story over the weekend as he discussed the challenges posed by the new tourism health protocol re...
FDA, CDC investigating Fresh Express facility in Illinois after bagged salads linked to intestinal parasites
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is inspecting a Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Ill., after bagged salads made there and sold at chains like Jewel, Aldi and Walmart were linked to a multistate outbreak of intestinal infections caused by the Cyclospora parasite.On Saturday, Fresh Express recalled products containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and/or carrots that display the product code Z178 or a lower number, and a “best buy” date that runs through July 14. The recalled brands included Fresh Express as well as earlier recalled store brands Aldi Little Salad Bar, Giant ...
New flu with 'pandemic potential' found in China
As if one pandemic wasn’t enough, Chinese scientists are now raising alarms about a newly discovered flu virus that has the potential to trigger a global outbreak.The virus is currently carried by pigs, but in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers argued that it has “all the hallmarks” of being able to adapt and infect humans. Scientists recommend that measures should be taken to control the virus in its current form, and that anyone who works with pigs should be closely monitored for the disease.The fact that humans would have little or no immunity to this n...
New York Daily News
These cruise companies are operating now in Europe
While the majority of major ocean-going cruise ships are sitting idle, several smaller, niche operators have resumed sailings, although in a limited way.Among the companies operating in Europe are SeaDream Yacht Club, Hurtigruten, Katarina Line and A-ROSA. They all say they have instituted strict health and sanitation protocols that follow government regulations and guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order that could expire July 24; however, ocean-going cruise lines voluntarily suspended voyages until Sept...