At least 4 people have died after swallowing sanitizer during pandemic, CDC says
At least four people have died after swallowing hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.In a report, the CDC said more than a dozen adults have landed in hospitals in Arizona and New Mexico since May 1 after drinking disinfectants.“Alcohol-based hand sanitizer products should never be ingested,” the CDC said in the report.In addition to the four fatalities, which included a trio of people in their 30s, another three patients suffered visual impairment after swallowing sanitizer, according to health authorities.The cases invo...
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Central Illinois Republican US Rep. Rodney Davis says he's tested positive for COVID-19
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a central Illinois Republican locked in a tough battle for reelection, said he tested positive Wednesday for COVID-19 after holding recent in-district constituent events.Davis, 50, a four-term congressman from Taylorville, said he had been having his temperature checked twice daily. After his temperature was recorded at 99 degrees, he said he and his wife, Shannon, took coronavirus tests. He tested positive and his wife did not, he said.“Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine,” Davis said. He said that staff memb...
New York's coronavirus infection rate drops below 1% as deaths plummet, Cuomo says
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s coronavirus infection rate fell below 1% Wednesday as the state continues to stave off a second wave of the deadly respiratory illness.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said only 636, or 0.87%, of the more than 70,000 test results that came back Tuesday were positive as hospitalizations fell by four patients to 564 people statewide.“Our progress is thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers — even after two and a half months of reopening, the numbers have continued to go down,” the governor said in a statement.As other states see surging COVID-19 numbers, New York has reported steady dec...
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Test Sites Quickly Attract Thousands for COVID-19 Vaccine Study
Dr. Eric Coe jumped at the chance to help test a COVID-19 vaccine.At his urging, so did his girlfriend, his son and his daughter-in-law. All received shots last week at a clinical research site in central Florida.“My main purpose in doing this was so I could spend more time with my family and grandchildren,” Coe said, noting that he’s seen them only outside and from a distance since March.“There’s a lot less risk to getting the vaccine than contracting the virus,” said Coe, 74, a retired cardiologist. “The worst thing that can happen is if I get the placebo.”The Coes’ eagerness to offer up the...
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Common cold viruses can spark response against coronavirus, scientists report
SAN DIEGO — Your chances of getting COVID-19 could depend in part on how your body reacted the last time you caught a cold, according to a study published this week by researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology.SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may be the latest coronavirus, but it’s not the first. There are four other coronaviruses, which can cause the common cold. The new study shows that some people who have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 have immune responses to it because they have been exposed to what are essentially older cousins of the novel coronavirus.Scienti...
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Georgia passes 200,000 coronavirus cases
ATLANTA — Georgia passed more than 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, according to the latest figures released by the state Department of Public Health.The department said 201,713 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported. The state is also nearing 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with the latest total at 3,984.A total of 19,788 hospitalizations have been reported, with 3,616 patients admitted into intensive care units, the department said.Wednesday’s latest numbers also show 3,817 more cases reported over the last 24 hours, along with 65 more deaths over the same period. Nat...
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Industry cancels US cruises until Oct. 31, one month after CDC ban expires
Cruise companies are canceling U.S. cruises until at least Oct. 31.The industry lobbying group Cruise Lines International Association announced Wednesday that its member lines won’t be coming back until at least that date. In June, the group agreed to cancel U.S. cruises through mid-September, before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention banned cruises until Oct. 1.CLIA member companies include Florida-based Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, MSC Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages.“CLIA cruise line members will continue to mon...
Biden won't attend Democratic convention in Milwaukee amid coronavirus concerns
Joe Biden will not accept his party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee later this month because of concerns over the still-raging coronavirus pandemic, Democratic officials announced Wednesday.Instead, Biden will deliver his acceptance speech via streaming video from his home state of Delaware, the officials said, meaning the highlight of the convention will be entirely virtual.“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said. “That’s the kind of...
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Lack of public data hampers COVID-19 fight
WASHINGTON — Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, has been trying to make sense of this summer’s COVID-19 surge. He says he can theorize only in a general way about why the virus spread and what to do about it.“Yes, the new cases appear to be mainly young people,” he said. “Yes, they may be letting down their guard. Yes, it might make sense to close the bars.”But as a global health expert at the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, he says he should be able provide much more nuanced answers.“Why can’t we figure out what’s contributing to the recen...
As the coronavirus-modified NHL playoffs unfold, the key to success is all in the players' heads
SEATTLE — Onetime Seattle Breakers junior star and NHL captain Ryan Walter still isn’t sure what to make of the pandemic-modified Stanley Cup Playoffs.Now a British Columbia-based mental performance coach for athletes and business leaders, Walter admits it “freaks me out a little” to watch neutral-site games with no fans and piped-in crowd noise. He’s found games “fun to watch” but still can’t gauge how players are responding mentally after a 4 1/2-month layoff and with COVID-19 hanging over everything.“It’s going to be interesting to see how each of the teams are prepared to play at this leve...
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