Meghann Showers

Hazardous air quality worries West Coast parents

Clarissa Carson cradled her baby girl in her arms and felt her heart drop. The ICU nurse looked out her front window, barely making out trees across the street. Dense, choking smoke — the result of nearby wildfires — had settled in her hometown of Medford, Oregon, a city of 82,000 located 27 miles north of the California border. 

It was 2017, and Carson badly wanted to take her daughter, who had just started crawling, outside to their yard, to let her feel a ray of sunshine on her face, let the grass tickle her knees. She knew sensory input was critical to her development. This was the summer Carson’s blue-eyed baby girl started balling up her fists and shaking her hands when she got excited, drool spilling onto her chubby cheeks.

Carson knew if they went outside, she’d get that reaction. But she also knew that with the hazardous

Read More

Two weeks in, Detroit parents question tough choices about school

DETROIT — A few days before the start of the eighth grade, Jonah Beasley considered the risks he’d face when he walked back into the classroom and summed them up in stark terms.

He could get Covid-19 from a classmate or a teacher, he said, and “if I get it, I’ll probably die.”

A veteran of two heart transplants, Jonah, a soft-spoken teen who loves football and basketball, takes medicine that suppresses his immune system. He has a long list of health issues that his parents initially thought would force them to choose virtual instruction this year.

But Jonah’s lengthy hospital stays have already put him behind his peers academically and socially, said his mother, Peggy Carr-McMichael. He’s 15, two years older than most of his classmates. And Carr-McMichael saw how difficult it was for him to focus on his schoolwork and speak up during video classes last spring after

Read More

Westfield Schools Say Student Coronavirus Cases May Be Connected

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Schools Superintendent Margaret Dolan sent out revised information on Friday about the six confirmed cases of Westfield High School students with coronavirus that were announced Wednesday. Dolan had said Wednesday that WHS would go remote for two weeks, but that the cases were not connected.

On Friday, Dolan released a new letter to the school community saying that she had received more information and that the six WHS cases may be connected — and that a seventh case of a student with the virus had been reported.

None of the district’s other nine public schools are being affected by the two-week closure.

Dolan wrote in a letter Friday evening, “On Wednesday, based on initial reports provided to the Westfield Regional Health Department, the cases of six high school students who were exposed outside of school and tested positive for covid-19 appeared not to be linked. By

Read More

How to watch, start time, team news, prediction

Arsenal – West Ham: Mikel Arteta and Arsenal take on another London pal when his former manager David Moyes brings West Ham to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 3pm ET Saturday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Arsenal beat Fulham in its first match of the Premier League season and will be further buoyed by a new long-term contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

[ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ]  

West Ham has been very frustrated by the transfer market, with captain Mark Noble reacting publicly when the club sold Grady Diangana. That was before a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle on Saturday.

STREAM ARSENAL – WEST HAM LIVE

Here is everything you need to know ahead of Arsenal – West Ham this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.

Team news: Arsenal – West Ham (INJURY REPORT)

Shkrodan Mustafi and Pablo Mari

Read More

Here’s Why Jane Fonda “Vowed” to Never Buy Another Piece of Clothing

From Prevention

  • Jane Fonda, 82, revealed that she hasn’t bought a new item of clothing since last fall.

  • The Grace and Frankie star said she vowed to never buy clothes again.

  • Fonda has been focusing on bringing awareness to climate concerns.

At 82, Jane Fonda has spent decades in the limelight, from the start of her career starring in hit films like Klute and 9 to 5 to her role in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie alongside one of her best friends, Lily Tomlin. Of course, Fonda is no stranger to red carpets, dazzling gowns, and lots of glam.

But she recently opened up to InStyle about her time in quarantine, and it turns out the actress is not missing getting all dolled up. In fact, the climate advocate revealed she made a promise to herself a long time ago to make more sustainable choices around fashion.

“I don’t care if

Read More

Toronto nightclub subject to COVID-19 exposure alert, Alberta sees 1st likely transmission in a school

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

9,212 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 142,318 diagnoses, 9,206 deaths and 123,900 recoveries (as of Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,424 active cases (16,381 total cases, including 255 deaths, 14,702 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,803 active cases (7,842 total cases, 223 deaths, 5,797 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 325 active cases (1,540 total cases, 16 deaths, 1,199 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 1 active cases (194 cases, 2 deaths, 191 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 2 active case (272 total cases, 3 deaths, 267 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories

Read More

How a high-tech ‘health passport’ could get the world moving again

Cathay Pacific - Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific – Cathay Pacific

In a post-COVID aviation first, Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific has announced a partnership with a local biotech firm, Prenetics, to introduce a digital health passport system which could significantly ease the way towards a safer form of air travel. 

 

The high-tech set-up would allow passengers to use a mobile app to present a negative COVID-19 result at check-in and again on arrival at their destination. Prenetics told the South China Morning Post that the pilot project will take-off on the London to Hong Kong route in October, potentially paving the way for quarantine-free travel between the two financial hubs – and at best providing a model which could be implemented globally.     

 

Hong Kong has been at the forefront of virus prevention and control since COVID-19 made its first murky appearance across the border in China in mid-January. To date, the city of 7.4

Read More

Boris Johnson has a week to sort out test and trace or face ‘bleak winter’, warns shadow health secretary

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)

Boris Johnson has one week to sort out the test and trace system or consign Britain to a “very bleak winter” of rising coronavirus infection and possible lockdown restrictions, Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has warned.

Although the prime minister has promised to increase testing numbers to 500,000 daily by the end of October, Mr Ashworth warned that this would not be soon enough to deal with fast-rising demand which has seen many turned away or told to travel hundreds of miles at a time when infections are doubling every week.

And he said that, rather than increasing capacity, the key decisions Mr Johnson must make now are to move the system away from the private companies which have failed to hit the required 80 per cent contact-tracing level and into the hands of local public health teams, and also to provide

Read More

L.A. suffered deadly heat, yet chairs sat empty at its cooling centers

The thermometer at Calvary Church in Woodland Hills registers 117 degrees during a heat wave last month. <span class="copyright">(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)</span>
The thermometer at Calvary Church in Woodland Hills registers 117 degrees during a heat wave last month. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Despite scorching temperatures that shattered official records and led to deaths on the street, many chairs ended up sitting empty at the handful of city cooling centers set up to spare Angelenos from the blistering heat.

Fewer than 300 people used the six centers that were set up at Los Angeles city facilities over the Labor Day holiday weekend — averaging fewer than 11 visitors daily at each site, according to numbers provided by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. One cooling center in South Los Angeles had no one stop in at all on Labor Day or the previous Friday.

Homeless advocates and city leaders who have pushed for more cooling centers and other aid for unhoused people during heat waves say that such facilities are

Read More

How Italy has dodged a second wave

Tourists queue outside San Marco Basilica, on September 10, 2020 in Venice, Italy - Corbis News
Tourists queue outside San Marco Basilica, on September 10, 2020 in Venice, Italy – Corbis News

Commuters and students with bulging backpacks step off the train platforms and walk briskly past bustling espresso bars, fashionable shoppes and trattorias laying tables for the day.

It feels  – except for the fact everyone is wearing masks – like any other typical autumn back-to-school day in a mid-sized Italian city.  Classes start Monday here in at Italy’s largest, oldest university in Bologna following an alternating weekly hybrid approach: half of pupils following the live stream online, the other half sitting in pre-selected seats in the classroom, where both students and professors must wear masks during lessons. 

Much of Europe is struggling with what WHO officials this week warned was an  “alarming” second wave of Covid-19. New lockdowns and restrictions are being considered for regions of Spain, France and the UK.

Italy, however, seems

Read More