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Medical experts ask questions about school reopening before School Board meets Monday

A small group of medical experts met virtually Thursday to weigh in on whether Miami-Dade County Public Schools should open for in-person learning, possibly as soon as this month.

The School Board will hold a special meeting, also virtually, Monday at 11 a.m. to discuss the medical experts’ comments and that possible reopening.

Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease professor at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, drove the conversation, asking direct questions about the district’s preparedness, from air quality and ventilation to how high-risk activities like music programs will be handled.

Marty said of the eight criteria laid out for reopening schools, all but two had been met. There is a lag in the reporting of school immunizations to the health department, said the school district’s chief of staff, Jaime Torrens, although Marty noted improvement in that area. She also expressed concerns over contact tracing.

A school district spokeswoman

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Is it safe to back-to-school shop on Poshmark and at secondhand stores during a pandemic? Experts weigh in

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Is it safe to shop at thrift stores and online during COVID-19?
Is it safe to shop at thrift stores and online during COVID-19?

As we transition into fall, students are still looking for back-to-school clothing that is stylish and affordable, whether they are in a Zoom class online or in-person on campus. With trends changing daily, many people opt to buy and sell previously-loved clothing, shoes and accessories through online social commerce platforms like Poshmark.

When Canada entered lockdown in March, stores remained closed and shoppers weren’t able to head to their favourite thrift store to go through racks of sustainable clothing. This made many people take their thrift game online to change the way they purchased secondhand goods.

PhD student Kate Bauer says she still spends her free time re-selling her closet on Poshmark so she can remain up-to-date with the

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NHS chief and leading health experts question ‘enormous cost’ of Operation Moonshot

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The government should consider redirecting funds from the estimated £100bn bill for Operation Moonshot to other parts of the country’s coronavirus response, an NHS chief and other health experts have said.

Figures from NHS Providers and Independent Sage group have called into question the government’s new mass testing programme, which aims to increase the UK’s capacity to 10 million tests a day.

No 10 is hoping to roll out rapid-fire Covid-19 tests within the wider community that could provide a result in just 20 minutes, but critics have pointed out that the appropriate technology does not yet exist – something the government has openly acknowledged.

Concern has also been raised among statisticians and health officials that Moonshot could return thousands of false positives, forcing people into unnecessary self-isolation.

Leaked documents seen by the BMJ medical journal suggested the project could have a price tag of £100bn

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How to bind your chest safely, according to experts

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Chest binders can be useful for anyone who wants to flatten the appearance of their chest.
  • To bind your chest, experts recommend using a chest binder for the safest and most effective results. 

  • If you are unable to purchase a chest binder, you may be able to use a sports bra, or wear loose-fitting clothing to effectively flatten the appearance of your chest. 

  • However, there are many health risks that come with chest binding, so it’s important to understand how to do it properly. 

  • This article was medically reviewed by Zil Goldstein, the associate medical director of Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Health at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York.

  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

Chest binding flattens your chest to create a masculine or non-binary appearance. Since breasts are seen as a traditionally feminine characteristic, chest binding can help individuals alleviate gender dysphoria, which is

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Coronavirus quarantine has led to a nearly 80% increase in calls for help, experts say

Eating disorders thrive in isolation. Which explains why health experts have seen a surge in people seeking help amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The National Eating Disorders Association has reported steep increases, up to 78% during some months, in the number of calls and online chats compared to a year ago as millions of Americans quarantine to slow the spread of the virus..

“The pandemic has created an elevated sense of anxiety for everyone. For people with eating disorders, it is even more pronounced,” NEDA’s CEO Claire Mysko told USA TODAY.

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental illnesses that affect a person’s eating behaviors — regardless of age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity and/or socioeconomic status.

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They’re also connected with other mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, trauma and substance abuse. The recovery

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So, Is Christmas Cancelled? Coronavirus Experts Make Their Predictions

Will coronavirus be the Grinch that stole Christmas? It’s one of the many questions on everyone’s lips, following the new Covid-19 restrictions. 

On Wednesday, the government confirmed that gatherings of more than six people will be illegal across England from Monday September 14 – with a few exemptions, such as events for work or education, some sporting events, and guest-limited weddings and funerals.

In Wednesday’s Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson was asked directly if these restrictions mean Christmas has been cancelled. “I’m still hopeful, as I’ve said before, that in many ways we could be able to get some aspects of our lives back to normal by Christmas,” he said. 

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Yet chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said the latest restrictions will be here for a while. “In terms of the existing restrictions, people should see this as the next

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Still wiping down your grocery store purchases? Coronavirus risk is ‘exceedingly small,’ experts say

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many people cleaned grocery-store purchases with disinfecting wipes before putting them away at home.

At that point it was recommended as a best practice to avoid contagion. The thinking was that because the virus can survive on surfaces for short periods of time, someone could touch a contaminated item and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth and possibly infect themselves.

Now, however, a lot more is known about how COVID-19 spreads — primarily from person to person through droplets in the air. The risk of getting it from surfaces, including grocery packaging, is “exceedingly small,” said Melissa Bronstein, senior director of infection prevention for Rochester Regional Health and a registered nurse.

The most up-to-date information on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that “because of the poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there

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‘Critical moment’ as students return to universities and coronavirus rises in young, experts warn

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Britain is at a “critical moment” with the return of thousands of students to universities, a top disease expert has warned, amid forecasts of “significant outbreaks” on campuses.

Students from across the country are trickling back to campus over the next few weeks, with the Government’s scientific advisers warning national Covid-19 transmission rates could be “amplified” and mini-lockdowns may be needed.

University leaders insist they have worked to make it safe, but unions are calling for institutions to stay fully online.

Dame Anne Johnson, a professor in epidemiology at University College London, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that communicating to young people the risks of transmitting the virus would be “incredibly important”.

She cited the latest Public Health England data, showing two thirds of confirmed infections are concentrated in the under-40s, with only a fifth in the over-50s and just three per cent among over-80s.

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Universities are
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Some universities say notifying students of COVID-19 cases on campus violates privacy rights. Experts say transparency is key.

A Boston University student moving into a dorm reads a sign about coronavirus protocols on Aug. 18. (Stan Grossfeld/the Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A Boston University student moving into a dorm reads a sign about coronavirus protocols on Aug. 18. (Stan Grossfeld/the Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Outbreaks of COVID-19 are happening in schools and universities across the country, with several colleges shifting to online classes just weeks after opening. But some schools, like the University of Georgia, remain open for in-person classes despite coronavirus cases on campus. Now, faculty at that university have reportedly been instructed not to tell their students if a classmate has tested positive for the virus.

“Faculty should not notify others about the positive test as it may violate student privacy, even when a name is not specified in these messages,” reads an email sent on behalf of University of Georgia provost Jack Hu and vice president for instruction Rahul Shrivastav that was obtained by student newspaper the Red & Black. That guidance seemingly contradicts advice from

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Test shortage risks new outbreaks being missed, public health experts warn

Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. - PA
Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. – PA

Prioritising coronavirus testing in high-risk areas has meant areas with fewer Covid-19 cases have had their testing capacity reduced.

Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. 

Paul Hunter, a public health expert and professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told the BBC that these issues could act as “big disincentive to being tested” and result in missing local increases “early enough to maybe stop more widespread infection”.

A DHSC spokesperson said: “There is a high demand for tests and our laboratories continue to turn test results around as quickly as possible.

“To make sure we stay in control of this virus we are targeting our testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an outbreak, as well as prioritising at-risk

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