Day: October 10, 2020

I volunteered for a COVID-19 vaccine trial in New Jersey. Here’s what it’s been like since the shot.

On the afternoon of Sept. 22, I became a data point in the search for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

That’s when I received the first of two shots in a clinical trial to develop a vaccine, and became one of 30,000 volunteers to take a needlestick for science.

Why am I doing it? A combination of altruism, curiosity, and a sense of duty as a journalist. But more on that later.

Aside from the nurse who injected me and the hospital pharmacy that supplied her with the injection, no one else knows whether I received a placebo or the would-be vaccine. Not me. Not even Dr. Bindu Balani, the principal investigator in the trial at Hackensack University Medical Center, one of 89 study sites around the country.

This is called a double-blind study because both the researchers and the participants are blind to what was inside that syringe.

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PE teachers stretch their imaginations to get kids active during online learning

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Jay DeVries locates an open section of garage at his mother’s home in Poulsbo as wife Karla chats with seventh- and eighth-grade students via Zoom on a pair of laptops resting on a workbench. 

With pet bulldog Chloe keeping a watchful eye, the two Poulsbo Middle School physical education teachers want to make sure everyone is prepared to do a little sweating.

“OK, are you guys ready to rock?” Karla asks.

Two classes, one game of gym class B-I-N-G-O, 18 minutes of activity where students perform different exercises assigned to various letter/number combinations. Karla recommends that students use household items if they don’t have weights to use.

“Run in the kitchen and grab a couple soup cans if you need to,” Karla says.

Having undergone two hip-replacement surgeries in the past year, Jay jokes that Karla has the easier job — pulling B-I-N-G-O balls from a kitchen strainer —

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By ignoring mental health the Tories have left our brave NHS staff out in the cold – Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

The days grow shorter and colder, and somehow it’s over six months since we started ­living with Covid-19.

Our lives have been drastically altered by this virus and, sadly, the UK’s record has been shocking.

We have the highest level of excess deaths in Europe, the deepest recession in the G7 and, tragically, one of the highest rates of health worker deaths.

Mental health is no different – and as we marked World Mental Health Day yesterday, it was clearly time to take stock.

Our frontline NHS and care staff have been left out in the cold by this Government and without action this winter it’s going to get colder.

The reality on the frontline was that health and care staff were working in situations they had never trained for.

World Mental Health Day is the perfect opportunity to discuss these issues – but they are a year-round concern
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Nurses, at-risk groups could see coronavirus vaccine by end of year, Fauci says

BALTIMORE — Front-line workers and those most at-risk of developing coronavirus complications could see an approved vaccine by December, but mask-wearing likely will continue as the norm well into the third quarter of 2021, immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci told staff in an interview with Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

With some coronavirus vaccines now in the third phase of trial testing and with Maryland teetering on the edge of an acceptable seven-day positivity rate, according to Johns Hopkins University’s calculation, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, offered some updates on what Americans can expect heading into next year in an in-house interview with Dr. John Chessare, president of the Towson hospital.

The interview coincided with GBMC’s celebration of its 55th anniversary.

The availability of an effective, Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine will not be enough to weed out the novel virus alone, especially given that Americans

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Lindsey Graham Debate Canceled Due to Coronavirus Test Refusal, Social Media Responds With Wild Speculation

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina did not engage in a debate with his Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison, after the lawmaker refused to take a COVID-19 test. The faceoff was canceled after Harrison did not wish to participate in a debate with Graham after the senator refused to take a COVID-19 before the event, which was set for this past Friday. This situation comes amidst news that President Donald Trump and several other high-ranking Republican lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. In light of Graham and Harrison’s debate being canceled, many individuals have flocked to social media to weigh in on the matter, with some questioning why Graham refused to take the test.

Instead of engaging in a debate, Graham and Harrison took part in two separate 30-minute forums on local station WSPA in Spartanburg, per The Hill. On Twitter, Graham blamed Harrison for “skipping” the debate

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Eric Trump to host Tuesday rally at Oakland County gun shop

Staff and wire reports
Published 9:24 a.m. ET Oct. 10, 2020

President Donald Trump’s second son will hold a rally in Oakland County Tuesday at a gun shop. 

Eric Trump will host a “Make American Great Again!” event at Huron Valley Guns in New Hudson. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the rally will begin at noon.

According to a press release from the campaign, he will “share President Donald J. Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda with the American people.”

After that, Eric Trump will hold another rally in Northfield, Minnesota at 5:30 p.m. 

The president has had to rely on his surrogates to continue his campaign efforts while he recovers from COVID-19. 

He and his team laid out an aggressive return

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At hotspot in Lakewood, holiday shoppers unfazed by rising coronavirus cases

It was the Friday afternoon before the start of the week-long Sukkot holiday celebrating the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, and Orthodox men were shopping at a roadside stand near Lakewood’s downtown for citron fruits, palm fronds, and leafy branches of myrtle and willow trees that make up the “etrog and lulav” sets used in a sacred ritual.

In addition to their black suits and skull caps, some of the men wore breathing masks as they brushed shoulders and rubbed elbows, browsing around tables stocked with the four species of plants. Some did not wear masks.

Half a dozen adolescent boys were working at the stand, attending closely to the men. The boys were already off from school at their Orthodox yeshivas in advance of the holiday, which would begin at sunset. None of them wore masks, though that didn’t bother middle-aged shopper Maurice Schwartz, who wasn’t wearing one either.

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Trump to Hold White House Rally as Fauci Says Superspreader Event Occurred There | Health News

By Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporters

(HealthDay)

SATURDAY, Oct. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Even as the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Friday that the White House experienced a “superspreader” event in the Rose Garden last month, President Donald Trump announced he will hold his first public event at the White House since testing positive for the coronavirus a week ago.

The Saturday event, which will have Trump speaking from a balcony to a crowd of supporters on the South Lawn, has already caused concern among some officials in the White House, which has been rocked by an outbreak following Trump’s diagnosis, the Washington Post reported.

Trump’s medical team has not yet released the results of Trump’s latest COVID-19 test, so it was unclear whether Trump is still contagious, the Post reported. But Trump has ignored his advisers’ calls for caution, the newspaper reported, instead playing down

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Northern leaders may launch legal challenge against Government over ‘unacceptable’ financial package

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Northern leaders have said they “cannot accept” the financial package offered by the Government that will pay two-thirds of the wages of workers at businesses forced to close by local lockdown measures, and may launch a legal challenge.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said that the current financial package would “surrender our residents to hardship and our businesses to potential failure or collapse, and we are not prepared to do that”.

Mr Burnham added that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, had told local leaders that the package was “final and non-negotiable”.  But the mayor said the package suggested that hospitality workers were “second-class citizens”, given that national furlough was much higher at 80 per cent.  

Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Liverpool City region, echoed the comments and said that “imposing new restrictions without providing adequate Government

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Amish cheesemaker preserves tradition with online sales

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A sign directs customers to the cheesemaking facility and store at Goot Essa in Howard, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

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A ride through the rolling country roads of lush green Centre County farmland can feel about as far from the urban bustle of Philly’s restaurant rows as Pennsylvania can get.

And that was especially true as we climbed the gravel drive past the barns and farmhouse fringed with laundry lines fluttering in the fall breeze and we pulled up to the cheese house at Goot Essa. This Amish farmstead cheesemaker, (the name in Pennsylvania Dutch means “good eating”), is owned by the family of John and AnnaMary Esh, who strive to follow their community’s religious traditions and assure it is as self-sustainable as possible.

“This is an evolving process for us, but the goal is to be off the electrical grid,” says John, 54, who warmly

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