Marquise Goodwin Opts Out of 2020 NFL Season amid COVID-19 Pandemic After Wife’s Miscarriages

Marquise Goodwin is opting out of the 2020-2021 NFL season to spend time with his family.

The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver announced his decision in a candid video posted to his YouTube channel on Tuesday, explaining that both his difficult road to parenthood with wife Morgan and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have had a profound impact on how he is handling his career at the moment.

“Three years ago, I made a decision that affected my whole life,” Goodwin, 29, began his statement, going on to explain of the tragic incident in which Morgan delivered their son at 19 weeks gestation, “I chose to leave my wife at the hospital after prematurely birthing our first baby due to an incompetent cervix, which resulted in a fatality, to play in a football game. I felt like I had to prove to my coaches and new team that I was dedicated to

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Colleges could reopen if they test students every 2 days; Fauci ‘cautiously optimistic’ for vaccine this year

In its biggest coronavirus vaccine deal yet, the U.S. said Friday it will pay French pharmaceutical company Sanofi and Great Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline up to $2.1 billion to test and produce 100 million doses of an experimental coronavirus vaccine.

The deal is part of Operation Warp Speed, a White House-led initiative aimed at getting a vaccine to stop SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

On Capitol Hill, Dr. Anthony Fauci testified Friday before a special House panel. He told the committee that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that by late fall or early winter a vaccine now being tested would be deemed safe and effective.

Also in Washington, the extra $600 in federal unemployment aid that helped many Americans stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic is expiring as plans for additional stimulus stalled in a deadlocked Senate.

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 152,000 deaths

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CDC’s Redfield Pleads Ignorance on Messy Coronavirus Hospital Data Scheme

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Between fiery exchanges and partisan monologues, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, testified on Capitol Hill on Friday that he wasn’t told until after a decision was made that hospitals would be directed to bypass his agency, sending COVID-19 data straight to another database in Washington.

Redfield answered a string of questions on the subject from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), saying he never discussed the decision with Vice President Mike Pence or Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar—but that he believes the plan will help allocate critical experimental COVID-19 drugs like Remdisivir to the hospitals who need it. 

Though the Trump administration told hospitals the new online system would be an improvement over the old platform run by the CDC, NPR has reported that data analysts say the new system is rife with significant inconsistencies and errors. The New

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Nationwide ‘No Words’ campaign launched to raise awareness of baby loss

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A nationwide campaign has been launched to encourage people to talk more openly about baby loss and to raise awareness of the “shocking statistics”.

In April 2019, Katie Ingram and her husband Ben went to hospital so she could be induced for labour. But soon after they arrived, the couple were informed that their baby’s heart had stopped beating, and their daughter Ottilie was stillborn later that day.

Katie wrote about the loss of her baby for Baby Loss Awareness Week in October 2019, describing the beauty of her daughter and the trauma she and her partner experienced.

Just over a year after suffering the loss of her daughter, Katie has launched a nationwide campaign called “No Words” with the aim of “breaking the silence surrounding baby loss”.

In the UK, approximately one in every 250 pregnancies ends in stillbirth, with eight babies stillborn every day, charity Tommy’s

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How many COVID-19 virus mutations are there?

The quick answer is a lot, but only one strain is concerning doctors right now: The science world has been buzzing with troubling news that the virus that causes COVID-19 may have mutated in such a way to make it more transmissible. A preliminary study from April 30 and another on June 12 suggested that the virus variant, called G614, harbors a feature that allows the virus to more easily infect cells and therefore spread more rapidly. The concern rose even more last week when Anthony Fauci, MD, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), broached the idea during an online chat. Here are 13 ways this coronavirus pandemic is different from all epidemics in history.

A mutation that speeds up COVID-19’s spread might explain why the virus—known as SARS-CoV-2—has so rapidly moved through North America and Europe, where the G614 mutated version is predominant. The

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The ultimate guide to reusable face coverings as England changes rules

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 24 July, face coverings have been mandatory in all shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and transport hubs in England. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

Boris Johnson announced an extension to these rules in a government briefing on 31 July. From 8 August, face masks will become compulsory in more indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet,

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Your COVID-19 Health Toolkit

T he pandemic has brought many challenges, including how to balance your healthcare needs with trying to protect yourself from COVID-19.

“So many things have been postponed—not just things like hip replacements and cataract surgery but also regular medical appointments that seniors need to help maintain their overall well-being,” says Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ph.D., M.S.W., direc­tor of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University in St. Louis.

While we don’t know just what the next few months will bring, it’s important to plan ahead and take steps that will help keep you as healthy as possible through the fall and winter. Here, the doctors’ appoint­ments, vaccines, and more to focus on now, and how to get what you need safely.

Catch Up on Checkups

If you’ve let routine medical appointments, such as annual physicals and eye exams, slip because of COVID-19, consider resuming them—unless you have a problem

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Grocery Store Shortages Make Life During the Pandemic Even Harder for People With Food Allergies and Intolerances

When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease over 10 years ago, the options I found for gluten-free products were minimal; when they did exist, they were often tasteless and incredibly expensive. In the decade since, gluten-free sections have become the norm in many grocery stores, providing a wide range of options for the one in 100 people worldwide with celiac disease like me. I felt confident that there would always be convenient options readily available to me. Then the coronavirus came.

As word of a potential shut down spread in early March, I, like many others, went to the grocery store to stock up on my essentials—but I was too late. The shelves I had relied on for years were barren except for an occasional misplaced item, discarded without care as people stockpiled on supplies. In the months since, the gluten-free products I need have occasionally appeared, often with

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Just under 115,000 infections and 8,900 deaths

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.

COVID-19 cases in Canada: 115,810 diagnoses, 8,929 deaths and 100,865 recoveries (as of July 30, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 10,716 cases, including 195 deaths (9,113 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 3,591 cases, 194 deaths (3,155 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 409 cases, 8 deaths (325 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 170 cases, 2 deaths (166 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 266 cases, 3 deaths (259 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories – 5 cases (5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia – 1,067 cases, 64 deaths (1,004 resolved)

  • Ontario –  39,075 cases, 2,772 deaths (34,906

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The most dangerous hand sanitizer mistakes

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, trends are changing as Canadians continue to run into health risks relating to common household cleaners and disinfectants.

In June, there were 1,060 calls reported to Canada’s five poison centres, which marks an 88 per cent increase compared to June 2019, involving exposures to hand sanitizers, disinfectants, bleaches, chlorine and chloramine gases.

According to data shared by Health Canada to Yahoo News Canada, calls related to disinfectants and bleaches have gone down in June compared to May and April. While the total number of exposures for the two gasses combined has stayed below the record-high mark that was set in March.

But exposures to hand sanitizers are at an all-time high, with 394 cases in June 2020, which is the most of any cleaning product. The trend also continues to gain pace, considering there were 329 hand sanitizer exposures in May 2020 and 208

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