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    DAILY coronavirus infections in the UK have fallen by 30 per cent in the last week, with a further 46,186 people testing positive today. Cases are also down by 43 per cent on last month, with over 80,000 Brits testing positive on January 15. 1The chart above shows how coronavirus cases have started to fall in the UK Sadly, a further 234 deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been recorded today. That's up on yesterday's figure of 35, but down by 18 per cent on the total this time last month. The new data today comes as experts have revealed that fully jabbed people are less likely to suffer with long Covid. Omicron is a milder illness and most people who catch it have experienced cold-like symptoms. But it's not milder for everyone and those who are vulnerable and elderly are most at risk of severe illness. That's why it's important that everyone gets their vaccines in order to protect themselves and others from the strain. Most read in Health NewsLIFE-CHANGING I've only got half a skull...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci outlined a path toward a long-term plan to live with COVID-19, claiming it's the "best-case scenario."  The president’s chief medical advisor predicted this week the current surge of cases caused by the omicron variant will peak by mid-February, leaving officials wondering what happens next.  Fauci said on ABC’s "This Week" that the best-case scenario will be to bring the virus under control and learn to live with it.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor and director of the NIAID, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arrive to participate in the White House COVID-19 Response Team's regular call with the National Governors Association in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus Dec. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  "Control means you're not eliminating it, you're not eradicating it," Fauci explained. "But it gets down to such a low level that it's essentially integrated into the general respiratory infections that we have learned to live with." BEIJING ORDERS MASS...
    RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Officials with the West Contra Costa County Unified School District on Wednesday announced all schools would be closed this Friday and Monday as the district copes with staffing shortages caused by the omicron-fueled COVID case surge. The message addressing the community and announcing the planned school closure was posted on the WCCUSD website Wednesday evening. READ MORE: UPDATE: Alameda County Sheriff's Dept. Recruit Killed in Oakland Freeway Shooting Identified“This has been a very challenging week for school communities across our district. The omicron variant spike in cases happening across the country is greatly impacting our schools as well,” the statement attributed to Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst. “In our district, we are seeing far more staff absences than usual because of the virus, and we also have an increased number of students testing positive for COVID-19 as we return from winter break. This is putting an immense strain on our system. The rapid spread of the virus requires an aggressive response to ensure safety.” Classes are being called off on Friday, January 7, and Monday, January...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With COVID guidelines constantly changing, experts are trying to unmask the confusion. CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to health experts and patients still figuring out the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. READ MORE: Health Officials: COVID-19 Cases In N.J. Double In 1 Day; Paterson Adds Mobile Testing Sites, Hoboken Begins Indoor Mask MandateKelsey Perkins tested positive right before the holidays. “I actually was supposed to fly to Michigan the day after I got the positive test to go see family, so I was super, super upset. I had to miss Christmas,” she said. Then, eight days into her quarantine, the CDC changed the guidelines from 10 days to five. Click here for the latest CDC guidance on quarantine and isolation periods. “I’ve literally been sitting here for eight days. I could have been free three days ago. But then I think there was a little bit of confusion. My mom was saying, oh, that’s only if you don’t have symptoms,” Perkins said. Perkins and millions of Americans are scratching their heads over...
    LONDON (AP) – The British government waited too long to impose a lockdown in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, missing a chance to contain the disease and leading to thousands of unnecessary deaths, a parliamentary report concluded Tuesday. The deadly delay resulted from ministers’ failure to question the recommendations of scientific advisers, resulting in a dangerous level of “groupthink” that caused them to dismiss the more aggressive strategies adopted in East and Southeast Asia, according to the joint report from the House of Commons’ science and health committees. It was only when Britain’s National Health Service risked being overwhelmed by rapidly rising infections that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government finally ordered a lockdown. “There was a desire to avoid a lockdown because of the immense harm it would entail to the economy, normal health services and society,” the report said. “In the absence of other strategies such as rigorous case isolation, a meaningful test-and-trace operation, and robust border controls, a full lockdown was inevitable and should have come sooner.” The UK parliamentary report comes amid frustration with...
    One thing you immediately learn as a parent is that if you keep accommodating your children’s irrational tantrums, you do nothing but encourage them. There are millions of otherwise vaccine-eligible Americans who over the past eight months have found one excuse after another to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. Some small portion of them are logistically incapable of doing so for reasons having to do with poverty, lack of access to transportation, or other real-life, empirical impediments. From the standpoint of the entire population, though, those number a small minority. For most of the rest who are able from a health standpoint to take such vaccines, refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is either a conscious decision or the consequence of extreme and unjustifiable inattention. Those who make up this latter category have been on the receiving end of an unprecedented campaign at both the state and national levels, geared to get them to take the vaccine. Private industry has also contributed mightily to this effort. In an era where such messages in favor of vaccination are literally available on every...
    THOUSANDS of Brits could be struck down with long Covid every day within the next six weeks, a minister has admitted. Kwasi Kwarteng said it's "not beyond the imagination" that 5,000 people will suffer the condition daily as cases rocket to 100,000 by the end of summer. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 2Business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said it's 'not beyond the imagination' that 5,000 Brits will be struck down by long Covid each day as cases soar 2But he says it's time for the UK to open up thanks to the success of the jabs roll-outCredit: LNP But he insisted the UK must go ahead with stage four of Boris Johnson's roadmap to freedom - and said the Government has faith the jab will protect the public. He gave an interview on Sky a day after new Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned cases will soar over the summer. And asked if thousands will be infected with long Covid daily, he replied: "It's not beyond the imagination, but I think it's getting ahead of where we are."...
    VALENCIA, Calif. (KABC) -- A year ago this week, when the pandemic was still in its early stages, Ryan Villiers was diagnosed with COVID-19.In a series of videos posted to Facebook, the Valencia man went on to chronicle his hospitalization and struggle with the disease - and the night he came frighteningly close to death.Now on March 20 - exactly a year to the day after Villiers was first diagnosed - he is set to receive his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.Villiers is speaking out now about his experience to help encourage others to get vaccinated and avoid the nightmare he and his family endured."There was a night that they brought out the crash cart and they thought I was going to expire," Villiers recalled."It was very hard to sit down our two daughters down and tell them their dad was sick," said his wife, Annmarie.Villiers initially spent 15 days in the hospital after his diagnosis. But he continued to struggle with a long recovery as he experienced "long-hauler" symptoms, including continuing difficulty breathing.RELATED: COVID-19 long haulers continue to...
    (CNN)Covid-19 numbers may be on the decline in the United States after a year of collective grief. But with tens of thousands of deaths expected over the next few months, experts are warning Americans not to drop their guard just yet."I think we are going to get fooled," Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said Thursday. "I think what's going to happen is you're going to see that as we enter the summer months, numbers are going to go down, people will think great, we're good."He added: "And then, if we don't get to what I think is going to be at least 80% population immunity from natural infection or immunization, when the winter comes, you're going to see a surge again."Over the last seven days, the US has averaged 56,240 new cases per day -- the lowest it has been since mid-October -- and 1,437 deaths per day, which is the lowest the country has seen since November 19. But if policies stay in place as they are now, about...
    Gwyneth Paltrow is sharing more details about her struggle with long COVID, revealing that she 'gained a lot of weight' during the pandemic and her metabolism has slowed down. In the latest episode of the Dear Media podcast The Art of Being Well, the 48-year-old spoke with her functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole, and said that COVID — and permienopause — have both made it harder to maintain her famously slim physique.  Gwyneth admitted that she used to be able to 'snap back' really easily after putting on a few pounds, but over the past year — since contracting COVID-19 early on — that hasn't been the case. Tough: Gwyneth Paltrow is sharing more details about her struggle with long COVID, revealing that she 'gained a lot of weight' during the pandemic and her metabolism has slowed down Oh no! Gwyneth admitted that she used to be able to 'snap back' easily after putting on weight, but over the past year — since contracting COVID-19 early on — that hasn't been the case Interview: In the latest episode...
    BETHPAGE, Long Island (WABC) -- Neighbors will light up their homes this Valentine's Day in support of a Bethpage family ravaged by COVID.It all began when Sara Pascucci became overwhelmed after the death of several of her family members due to COVID.Her 61-year-old father Anthony Pascucci, died January 15 from the coronavirus, and his sister and Sara Pascucci's aunt, 70-year-old Connie Pascucci, died a week before him, also from COVID.Amidst all the heartbreak, Pascucci's grief was compounded after receiving a nasty letter demanding to know why the family's Christmas lights hadn't been taken down.EMBED More News Videos Kristin Thorne reports on some Long Island residents receiving annonymous letters to take down their Christmas lights. "It's not something you want to receive after everything that we've been through," Pascucci said.She says that putting up holiday decorations was a passion of her father, and the anonymous letter became a rallying cry throughout the neighborhood.So on Sunday night at 6:45 p.m., Pascucci's neighbors will simultaneously light up their homes in Anthony Pascucci's honor.TRENDING | Video shows man's tearful reunion with dog who saved...
    A 28-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus three months ago is urging long Covid sufferers not to ignore ongoing symptoms, after doctors found blood clots on both of her lungs.  Sharing her battle with the virus on Instagram, Rachel Gunn, 28, who lives in Ireland, explained that she was in bed for nearly two weeks in October 2020 after first contracting Covid-19.  After initially appearing to recover from the illness, the previously healthy 28-year-old returned to work but has been plagued by health problems in the three months since - and has now been told she could be on blood thinning medication for more than a year.   The side-effects of the virus manifested in breathing difficulties, loss of taste and headaches. However by December, Rachel says she began to experience extreme fatigue, heart palpitations and even found walking up the stairs left her breathless.  Long Covid is still rare and accounts for only one per cent of patients, who report being still ill six months later. The proportion is likely a lot lower when everyone who never tested positive or realised they...
    Should you wipe down groceries during the pandemic? Experts say it’s not necessary for most people. The coronavirus spreads mainly through the respiratory droplets people spray when talking, coughing, sneezing or singing. It’s why health experts stress the importance of wearing masks and social distancing. Experts still recommend cleaning surfaces — especially frequently touched spots that infected people might have recently touched. That will also help reduce risk from other germs that haven’t gone away in the pandemic. People caring for those at risk for severe illness if infected might also want to take the precaution of wiping down any packages. But experts say to keep things in perspective. The virus is fragile and doesn’t survive easily outside the body for long, they note. Tests finding it on surfaces might just be detecting traces of the virus, not live virus capable of infecting people. Early studies finding it could linger on surfaces for days were conducted under laboratory conditions; the virus likely couldn’t survive that long in real life. Dr. John Brooks, chief medical officer for the COVID-19 response at...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday pulled out a mock vaccine at his press conference to show the complex process of administering it which includes leaving 30 minutes for it to thaw, a six-hour window to inject it and only being able to open the dry-ice box it comes in for between 30 and 90 seconds, twice a day.   Pfizer's vaccine has not yet been approved by the FDA but Cuomo says once it is, 170,000 doses will be sent to New York to be given out to the most in need of it.  On Thursday, he sought to give more information about it and used a mock dry-ice box and an empty vial to show how it will work and how it will be given out.  The vaccine comes in a layered box. Underneath layers of dry-ice, there is a tray which holds five vials. Each vial contains five doses.  It's unclear how many trays each box will hold. The box comes with a  tracker and a thermometer to ensure the vaccine is cold enough.  Scroll down for video  ...
    Back in school buildings: One school district’s experience in 10 weeks Feinstein requests Graham to cease to process judicial nominations until the inauguration Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life Biden COVID Task Force Doctor Says We Need to Lock Down for This Long The earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. brought fear and uncertainty, but it also brought about one of the most abrupt changes in day-to-day life experienced in generations in the form of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. And while the tactic continues to be controversial, with some claiming the economic costs outweigh the health and safety gains, there are plenty of public health officials who believe that a shutdown could help avert disaster as COVID case numbers skyrocket from coast to coast. This includes one of the doctors selected as part of the new White House coronavirus task force assembled by President-Elect Joe Biden, who...
    Former New Jersey Gov Chris Christie has revealed he spent seven days in intensive care after contracting Covid-19 from the White House superspreader event and now admits it was a mistake not to wear a mask.  The Republican said he had spent the past seven months being vigilant because he was more at risk due to his asthma but that he let his 'guard down' during the White House event. Christie, who is a Trump ally, on Friday said it now wasn't enough for the President to express approval of masks, saying 'we should be even more affirmative about it'. The 58-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 on October 3 just days after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden. Former New Jersey Gov Chris Christie said he had spent the past seven months being vigilant because he was more at risk due to his asthma but that he let his 'guard down' during the White House event Christie was also among those to help President Donald Trump with his debate preparation in a series...
    On October 15, Governor Jared Polis finally joined friends and family of Stephen Brackett over Zoom to announce the Flobots and Youth on Record co-founder would be the State of Colorado’s second music ambassador. The event was originally scheduled for mid-March, but COVID-19 closures shut down that plan, and the announcement was postponed. Nonetheless, Brackett has already been busy at work, leading music-education workshops in person and developing a statewide virtual curriculum. More than half a year after he assumed the post — with live music all but shut down by the pandemic, a majority of venues facing closure, and music-education programs long slashed by budget cuts, Brackett’s ingenuity as music ambassador is definitely being put to the test. Related Stories The Flobots' Stephen Brackett Joins Youth on Record Staff Three Albums Later, the Flobots Have Perfected Protest Songwriting My Youth on Record: Interrupted Is a Podcast for Creatives During COVID-19 During the announcement ceremony, Polis noted the gravity of this particular appointment, at a time when the state's cultural industries are suffering. Between April 1 and July 31,...
    The unemployment rate dropped into the single digits for the first time since March and the economy added 1.4 million jobs in August as a potentially long economic recovery from the early effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continues. "We are still moving in the right direction and the pace of the jobs recovery seems to have picked up, but it still looks like it will take a while — and likely a vaccine — before we get back close to where we were at the beginning of this year," said Tony Bedikian, head of global markets at Citizens Bank, according to Fox Business. "We continue to be optimistic that the economy has turned a corner and that we'll continue to see steady progress."Unemployment drop exceeds expectationsThe unemployment rate dropped from 10.2% to 8.4% in August. Economists had projected it to drop to 9.8%. The unemployment rate was as high as 14.7% in April, when most of the United States was locked down during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak. The unemployment was at a decades-low 3.5% in...
    SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (KABC) -- A mom-and-pop gym in Sierra Madre appears to have found a solution to stay afloat after California ordered widespread closures for fitness facilities.Sierra Fitness is setting the stage for the ultimate outdoor workout, with slots available by appointment only beginning Saturday.Equipment has been placed in a parking lot under a tarp as the area approaches triple-digit temperatures this week.RELATED: Riverside gym Mania Fitness says it won't comply with state order to shut down againEarlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered many indoor businesses to close, including gyms in counties on the state's watch list -- which encompasses Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties."Well, the CDC says take it outside, right? Restaurant dining, exercising, so we live in California and this was my best option to not close after 25 years," said Sierra Fitness owner Sandy Duvall. "But I will take your temperature before you can enter."Physical distancing and face covering practices will also be enforced.Duvall added that personal trainers will also be working with long-time clients."I want to get my employees back....
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- It's a tense time for businesses struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic, and some reopened only to be quickly shut back down.BoxHaus in Long Beach is back in business, but like many places, it has had to adjust to the "new normal.""We went virtual. And we created on-demand space. So we pivoted with what we had and what was available," said Andre Huseman with Boxhaus.Along Belmont Shore's popular 2nd Street, the parking spaces were transformed into outdoor dining spots to help restaurants make up for lost seating due to physical distancing requirements.RELATED: Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard to partially close for on-street dining amid COVID restrictions"We were actually able to get 36 additional seats out there," said Rod Frontino, owner of Dogz and Grill.The Aquarium of the Pacific offered discounted admission to try to draw people to its outdoor exhibits, from the seals and sea lions habitat to the sharks and rays in the touch pools.At Penelope Pots, owner Jackie Miller says she was about to open her new shop when the stay-at-home order hit in March."To...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – Need to head to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission? Expect a long wait. After being closed for months due to the pandemic, the Motor Vehicle Commission centers are open again, and customers are facing long lines. Droves of people rushed to the centers bright and early, only to see many people already ahead of them. In fact, officials are urging people to hold off from making the trip for at least a week, if they’re able to. Chopper 3 was over offices in Turnersville, West Deptford and Cherry Hill, as customers patiently waited their turn for in-person services. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! The long lines make social distancing difficult to follow, but people are wearing masks. They’ve also packed their patience. In Cherry Hill, some people were standing in line for more than five hours. “I got here at 6 a.m. and I’m still waiting,” Gerald Smith, of Cherry Hill, said. “It’s hot, it’s humid. The line wraps around the building so you’re waiting to get through and finally got...
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