Editorial: Holland America owes passengers, crew and public
Based on comments at Tuesday’s meeting, most Broward County, Fla., commissioners want to help passengers on the cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam reach dry ground after being denied safe harbor in about a dozen countries.So why is the ships’ owner, Holland America Lines, making things so hard?Sometime early Thursday, the two ships should be approaching Port Everglades. On board are roughly 1,200 passengers and 1,130 crew, a small number of whom are infected with COVID-19.We believe most people in our community want to see these people get off these ships as soon as possible. But first, we wan...
San Diego virus fighter to lead international effort to stanch spread of coronavirus
SAN DIEGO — A San Diego biologist who earned high acclaim for fighting the Ebola virus will lead an international team of scientists in the search for antibodies that can treat COVID-19, a strategy that public health officials say could end up saving countless lives as the pandemic unfolds.Erica Ollmann Saphire will direct the team from her lab at the La Jolla Institute (LJI), which received $1.73 million Monday from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a coalition that will initially have contributors from about a dozen institutions. The figure could quadruple.“There are universiti...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
In midst of coronavirus pandemic, Inter Miami's Jay Chapman recalls his SARS experience
When the novel coronavirus first caught Jay Chapman’s attention, it took him back to the time he had proximity to an epidemic as a kid.The Inter Miami midfielder was 9 years old and living in Brampton, a city in the Greater Toronto Area, when the first case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was reported in Toronto, Canada in February 2003.“I was young, but I definitely knew what was going on,” Chapman said about SARS during a recent interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “It was a little bit different than coronavirus from my point of view just because coronavirus I feel like...
Mayo Clinic researchers join quest in getting COVID-19 vaccine on fast track
MINNEAPOLIS — The race is on to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.Researchers in Seattle have launched a study to evaluate whether an experimental vaccine called mRNA-1273 could induce an immune response against COVID-19 in 45 volunteers. The National Institutes of Health is trying to develop the vaccine in 12 to 18 months, a much faster timeline than typical for vaccines, said Dr. Gregory Poland, chief of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.Mayo is among the centers launching studies, he said. “I don’t think it’s likely,” he said, “that one vaccine a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
We're being overwhelmed by coronavirus information, and a lot of it is inaccurate
FORT WORTH, Texas — For weeks Texas state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, has been receiving fake news about COVID-19 from family members, acquaintances and anybody who has his cellphone number.“I’m just getting the most bizarre conspiracy theory misinformation that arrives in multiple modes of communication,” Anchia said. “Part of what I spend my day doing is just dispelling that.”As COVID-19 spreads across the world, a new virus is brewing and spreading like wildfire. From miraculous cures, to paranoid conspiracies, misinformation about the coronavirus has been going viral at such a disturbing...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
R. Kelly seeking to exit federal custody in Chicago due to coronavirus fears
CHICAGO — Embattled singer R. Kelly is once again asking a federal judge to release him on bond pending trial on sexual abuse allegations, this time alleging unsanitary conditions at the federal jail in Chicago leave him at risk to contract COVID-19.In a motion filed Thursday, Kelly, who has been held without bond since his arrest on federal charges in July, said “social distancing” practices recommended by U.S. health officials “are simply impossible” in the close quarters of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago’s high-rise federal jail in the Loop.Although the U.S. Bureau of Prisons...
H1N1 flu vs. COVID-19: Comparing pandemics and the response
ST. LOUIS — The year was 2009, and the pandemic was caused by a strain of influenza known as swine flu, then H1N1. But similarities to the current virus outbreak end there.COVID-19, the illness caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome — known as SARS — coronavirus 2, is much more contagious and many times more deadly. There are no approved treatments or vaccines, leading to lockdowns and quarantines ordered by public health officials.The novel coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness and deaths in older people, although scientists are rushing to learn more.With H1N1, children and ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Commentary: A region-specific strategy could slow the coronavirus and protect the US economy
Sometime within the next few weeks, the federal government will have to make arguably the most far-reaching policy decision since World War II. The strategy of social isolation to mitigate transmission of the novel coronavirus has been in place for less than a month, and President Donald Trump is now suggesting most restrictions should be lifted by Easter, April 12, although no official decision has been made.Based on data gathered in the next few weeks, scientists and policymakers will have three options:— Continue current social isolation measures if they seem to be working.— “Double down” a...
'100% present for me': The case for midwives and rethinking childbirth in the US
SEATTLE — Deep in the throes of labor, Amie-June Brumble is still able to crack a joke.“I forgot why this was a good idea,” the Seattle woman gasps between contractions. Brumble is curled on a hospital bed where she will soon give birth to her second son without benefit of painkillers and with minimal medical intervention. There’s no doctor, either.The health care professional in charge is a midwife — who responds in kind to her patient’s wry comment.“Because babies are so cute and cuddly,” says Mary Lou Kopas, holding a cold washcloth on Brumble’s neck. “And when they come, labor is over.”Kop...
The Seattle Times
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Harvey Weinstein headed to maximum-security prison in upstate NYNEW YORK — Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has been transferred to a maximum-security prison in upstate New York after spending just two days at Rikers Island.Weinstein left the North Infirmary Command at Rikers early Wednesday and was assigned to Wende Correctional Facility, according to the Corrections Department. The maximum-security reception facility outside Buffalo is about 370 miles northwest of New York City.The disgraced movie mogul spent almost a week at Bellevue Hospital, where he underwent a heart procedure, after he...
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