Day: July 8, 2020

Call for mass testing of taxi drivers, airport arrivals and NHS staff

A member of the armed forces directs people to deposit their self-tests into a container in Spinney Hill Park in Leicester - AFP
A member of the armed forces directs people to deposit their self-tests into a container in Spinney Hill Park in Leicester – AFP
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Taxi drivers, people arriving at airports and NHS staff could be subject to mass coronavirus testing in efforts to identify asymptomatic people and their contacts, Jeremy Hunt has suggested.

The former health secretary said certain groups within the population, as well as people in particular parts of the country, could be tested to try to better track Covid-19 infections.

Mr Hunt has previously warned that the Government’s test and trace system “will fail” unless a way of reaching infected people is found.

Speaking on Wednesday during an online conversation with Prof Sir Simon Wessely, the Royal Society of Medicine president, he said: “I think looking at healthcare staff, looking at taxi drivers is another group, airport arrivals is another group.

“I

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As voting rolls plunge amid pandemic, progressives try to reinvent the registration drive

Jon Batiste performs at Brooklyn's Central Library on June 19 in a special event to celebrate Juneteenth and encourage voter participation and registration. <span class="copyright">(mpi43/MediaPunch/IPx)</span>
Jon Batiste performs at Brooklyn’s Central Library on June 19 in a special event to celebrate Juneteenth and encourage voter participation and registration. (mpi43/MediaPunch/IPx)

While some progressives are bullish about the outlook for the November election, Tatenda Musapatike surveys the political landscape and sees masses of unregistered voters who were supposed to be on the rolls by now, but for the pandemic.

It is making her increasingly anxious, and she is not alone.

“It is hard to overstate just how underwater voter registration is,” said Musapatike, senior director of campaigns at Acronym, a progressive group focused on digital strategy.

Democrats and Republicans alike are struggling to confront a simmering crisis that could hurt either or both of them in assorted contests this fall. Yet the stakes are particularly high for the left, which is relying heavily on mobilizing the sorts of people who often don’t vote to help oust President

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Secret US drug injection site shows how supervision could save lives

<span>Photograph: Rick Callahan/AP</span>
Photograph: Rick Callahan/AP

For five years, a secret supervised drug injection site has operated in the US, allowing drug users to inject more than 10,000 times in a sterile, protected environment.

The illegal operation is modeled after similar, legal sites in Canada and Europe, which seek to provide drug users with a place to get clean supplies, connect with social services and avoid overdosing in a dangerous place.

A study of the underground site published in the New England Journal of Medicine online on Wednesday revealed how lives could be saved if the US were to sanction such facilities.

Related: Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years

At the clandestine site, there were 33 opioid-involved overdoses, which were reversed with the medication naloxone, according to researchers at the not-for-profit RTI International and the University of California, San Diego.

“Not only were the 33 overdoses

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This 60-Second Hack to Make Your Face Mask Fit Better Is Going Viral on TikTok

Photo credit: TikTok
Photo credit: TikTok

From Prevention

  • Dentist Olivia Cuid, M.D., shared a new hack for making your surgical mask fit better.

  • She demonstrated the trick in a TikTok video that quickly went viral.

  • The video was shared and reposted by both Katie Couric and Kristen Bell.

Wearing a mask in public is basically the norm these days (or at least, it should be). But let’s be real, surgical masks aren’t perfect. Namely, they can have a loose fit and allow potentially infected particles to get to your nose and mouth.

Well, dentist Olivia Cuid, M.D., has a hack for making surgical masks fit better over your face, and it’s genius. (BTW: This can work for cloth face masks, too.)

Cuid shared the hack in a TikTok that’s already racked up 395,000 views. With a surgical-style mask, “the sides of your face are left very exposed to the outside,” Cuid points out.

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With No End in Sight to the Coronavirus, Some Teachers Are Retiring Rather Than Going Back to School

When Christina Curfman thought about whether she could return to her second-grade classroom in the fall, she struggled to imagine the logistics. How would she make sure her 8-year-old students kept their face masks on all day? How would they do hands-on science experiments that required working in pairs? How would she keep six feet of distance between children accustomed to sharing desks and huddling together on one rug to read books?

“The only way to keep kids six feet apart is to have four or five kids,” says Curfman, a teacher at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia, who typically has 22 students in a class. Her district shut schools on March 12, and at least 55 staff members have since tested positive for the coronavirus. “Classrooms in general are pretty tight,” she says. “And then how do you teach a reading group, how do you teach someone one-on-one

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Get up and moving with this 6-week walk-to-run plan

Running is more than exercise, it’s also a way to get outside and have a separate headspace from the rest of your daily routine. For many people, it’s a great way to spend time alone while working out and, for other people, it can be a way to get involved with a running group or partner up. Whatever your motivation, if you want to start running or haven’t done it in a while, you’re not alone!

This expert advice can get you running regularly in no time and, for those who want to enter an event like a 5K, which is 3.1 miles, you can start celebrating at the finish line in just six weeks.

Many road races across the country have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate in a 5K. Many apps and running clubs offer virtual 5K races — you

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Atlanta mayor to sign order mandating masks

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia’s largest city, defying Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to encourage voluntary masking.

Spokesman Michael Smith says Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms plans to sign an order requiring masks, which could set up a confrontation with the Republican Kemp.

Like several other local leaders in Georgia, Bottoms has unsuccessfully appealed to Kemp to change his order that local governments can’t exceed the state’s requirements. Bottoms announced she tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday.

“Other cities have taken the approach that they are going to defy the governor’s executive order. Savannah has done it, some other cities have done it, and Atlanta is going to do it today,” Bottoms told MSNBC in a Wednesday interview. “Because the fact of the matter is that COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on our cities, specifically black and brown communities with higher death

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New to running? Don’t make these painful mistakes

Chasing a runner’s high? You’re not alone. With limited access to gyms, many Americans have turned to running as their new primary form of exercise. Running is a great way to get fit, release endorphins and enjoy the outdoors. However, if you’re looking to start running regularly, it’s important to be smart about it. Nick Kafker, a healthy running expert and co-founder of Recover Athletics, estimates that 70% of all runners experience some type of injury each year. Whether you are new to the sport or training for a marathon, get off on the right foot by avoiding these five common running mistakes.

Mistake #1: Running too much

There is nothing quite like the feeling of going for a run on a beautiful day. That feeling can quickly become addictive — leading many people incorporate long runs into their daily routines. While this may work for some, it could be

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A Q&A with Michael V. Drake

The University of California announced its new president, Dr. Michael V. Drake, on Tuesday. Drake, will oversee 10 campuses, five medical centers, three national laboratories and a nearly $40 billion operation.

History was made, as Drake is the first person of color to serve in this role. He replaces the current UC president, Janet Napolitano, who is stepping down after leading for seven years.

Drake is also taking the reins as the 21st president in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic as students and faculty transition to mostly online instruction for the fall. The university system’s 280,000 students and 227,000 employees face a hybrid set of plans for the fall. Most classes at UC Davis have moved online, but several courses are still being taught in-person.

Drake, who spent much of his childhood in Sacramento and graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School in 1967, spoke with The Sacramento Bee just

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Syringes are key to coronavirus vaccine delivery. Trump is relying on two untested suppliers

A syringe is filled with flu vaccine. The expected COVID-19 immunization campaign now hinges on two small companies. <span class="copyright">(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A syringe is filled with flu vaccine. The expected COVID-19 immunization campaign now hinges on two small companies. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

As the Trump administration races to buy hundreds of millions of syringes for what is likely to be an unprecedented COVID-19 immunization campaign, success depends heavily on two small medical supply companies with little track record of fulfilling government orders of that magnitude.

Retractable Technologies Inc., based in Little Elm, Texas, announced an $83.8-million government contract in May to provide an undisclosed number of syringes and needles for use with a COVID-19 vaccine. In dollar terms, the single order is double the company’s entire 2019 revenue, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Company officials recently warned of possible COVID-19-related supply disruptions due to the fact that 83% of Retractable’s products are made in China, but they also have told shareholders they are confident

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