For some COVID-19 survivors, serious problems continue long after the infection is gone
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Josh Wiese, 45, of St. Louis, was training for ultramarathons before what was likely COVID-19 forced him to quarantine at home in March. Now, he must use an inhaler twice a day and can barely jog two miles. He struggles with his memory and finding the right words.Stacy Case, 51, of Rochester, Illinois, tested positive for COVID-19 on May 20 and has tested positive nearly every week since then. She needs two negative tests in a row to return to work. Except for fever, Case said her symptoms have never gone away. Normally healthy and active, she continues to suffer with fatigue,...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mike Jensen: College sports right now isn't a competition so much as a science fair
So the winner of Wednesday’s 2020 college football quote that would have made no sense in 2019 contest goes to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, for reasonably suggesting how “if all your quarterbacks are living together and they get infected, it may be tough” to play a game.That’s where we are. College sports right now isn’t a competition so much as a science fair.Can the Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conferences make it to an opening kickoff without shutting down? If yes … did the Big Ten and Pac-12 shut down too quickly? And who had Temple still trying to play football a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
John Calipari explains the ways Knicks assistant Kenny Payne will be an asset to Tom Thibodeau
NEW YORK — Until they finally step on the court and establish a real basketball identity, the new-look Knicks are tied to a sports agency and the University of Kentucky. They’re the CAA Knicks or the Lexington Knicks.Their biggest hires thus far — Leon Rose, William Wesley, Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Payne — are connected to one or both of those entities. John Calipari, the king of Kentucky basketball and CAA client, is now an acknowledged Knicks fan, but his strongest allegiance is to Payne and he made that clear in an interview Wednesday.“Obviously you all know my relationship with Leon, you know ...
New York Daily News
Craft Beer Festival returns to SeaWorld
ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld Orlando’s annual Craft Beer Festival is returning to the park with more than 100 craft brews.The fest will feature a mix of domestic and Florida favorite beers, plus more than 20 food items to pair with the brews.This year’s event, which takes place Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 20, will be modified to allow guests to safely visit the park with limited capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, food and beverage locations will be spaced throughout the park to allow for social distancing, plus touchless payment options will be available.“We couldn’t be h...
Walt Disney World slashes park hours for fall
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World will cut its theme-park operating hours this fall, with Epcot closing two hours earlier than normal despite hosting the Taste of Epcot Food & Wine Festival.This week, Disney announced the coronavirus shutdown had cost the company $2 billion.The theme-park giant generally reduces its operating hours as tourism slows after the busier summer months, but this year has been far from the normal pattern. Since reopening in July after a monthslong shutdown because of the pandemic, the parks have been admitting only a small percentage of the usual number of visitors. T...
From Olympic speedskater to Marlins debut, Eddy Alvarez's message: 'it's OK to dream'
BALTIMORE — The phone call Sunday was enough to make Eddy Alvarez emotional. He was home in Miami, on the couch with his significant other, Gaby Pearson, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in a couple weeks, when he received the news.His second dream was about to come true.Without hesitation, he made the half-mile drive to his parents’ house and, in order to stay socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic, shouted at them through their window.“We did it,” Alvarez screamed.His dad, Walter, didn’t instantly understand the message. Mom, Mabel, got it loud and clear.Eddy ...
Evidence is growing, but what will it take to prove masks slow the spread of COVID-19?
To definitively answer the question of whether face masks protect against the novel coronavirus, here’s what you’d need to do:— Recruit thousands of volunteers.— Randomly divide them into two groups.— Assign one group to always wear masks outside of the house, and one group to never wear masks.— Wait a few months, see who gets infected — then try to sort out all possible confounding variables, such as compliance, mask fit and social distancing.A study like that would be not only tough to pull off, but unethical, especially in the midst of a pandemic. It also wouldn’t be able to determine commu...
The Seattle Times
Top 10 classic summer movie picks to beat the heat
Summer is a special season for film, and not just because it is when studios trot out their loudest, most expensive fare. Filmmakers look to summer for its effects on friendships, the stories of youngsters coming of age and the ageless romances that blossom with a beach in the background. Whether it’s the burning passions to match the temps, the celebrations of freedom or the inherent comedy and horror of vacations, summer stories beg to be told.If you’ve been looking to get reacquainted with the summer you’re missing by safely staying home as much as possible, Sentinel staffers have offered u...
Family travel five: Planning for a pod
After months of staying home, many families are eager to put travel plans back on the calendar. Some are creating travel pods, small groups of friends or family members with whom to share an adventure.If such an idea sounds intriguing, here are five tips to consider:———1. Choose your pod wisely.There are so many factors to consider when planning a group trip in the era of COVID-19. Do all potential travelers share a similar attitude toward safety and risk tolerance? Will each member quarantine before departing on your trip together? Is pretrip testing an option? Will family members be committe...
Disney World annual passholders feel slighted as theme parks navigate COVID-19 pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. — Calling Disney World to cancel her annual pass was almost as nightmarish as navigating Florida’s overwhelmed unemployment benefits system this year.Jen Vargas says she was on hold for five hours with Disney. It gave her enough time to decide on dinner, cook and eat the meatless tacos, do the dishes and then some.Craig Hicks once went to Disney World up to five times a week, snapping photographs of a beautiful Florida sunset behind the Cinderella Castle to share on social media. That was before the pandemic. Now, that unlimited access is gone, even though Hicks still pays $70 a ...