Day: March 22, 2020

Illinois governor imposes stay-at-home order to curb virus

Illinois governor imposes stay-at-home order to curb virus

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday ordered all state residents to remain in their homes except for essentials, joining similar dramatic efforts in California and New York to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Pritzker’s order, which takes effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and is set to expire April 7, still allows the state’s 12.6 million residents to head outside to buy groceries and medicine.

“If there are actions that I can take that will save lives in the midst of this pandemic, no matter how difficult, then I have an obligation,” Pritzker said. The Democrat said he was trying to prevent “potentially tens of thousands” of deaths but urged people not to panic.

“For the vast majority of you already taking precautions, your lives will not change very much,” he said, adding that people can continue to shop for groceries and visit pharmacies, gas stations and

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How to boost your immune system through diet and lifestyle changes

How to boost your immune system through diet and lifestyle changes

Lisa Ballehr advises people to "eat the rainbow" in order to boost the immune system.
Lisa Ballehr advises people to “eat the rainbow” in order to boost the immune system.

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  • You can boost your immune system by making sure to get enough of vitamins like A, C, E, B6, D, and minerals like zinc, iron, and selenium.

  • It is also helpful to eat enough protein, consume prebiotic foods, and eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables which contain immune-boosting antioxidants.

  • You should also get sufficient sleep, quit smoking, and get regular moderate exercise. 

  • This article was medically reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases related to allergies and immunology for internal medicine at NYU Langone Health. 

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The immune system plays an essential role in helping us fend off attacks from viruses and bacteria. Here’s how diet and lifestyle can maximize your immune system’s ability to protect you from foreign invaders.

How diet

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What is a force majeure clause?

What is a force majeure clause?

A force majeure clause is a provision often included in contracts that allows a party to withdraw from an agreement in the wake of an “extraordinary event,” according to a definition by Cornell Law School.

The term has been used most recently as businesses across the nation and the globe grapple with the consequences of the new coronavirus, which has temporarily closed some businesses and, in other cases, shut them down for good.

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The clause “frees both parties from obligation if an extraordinary event prevent one or both parties from performing,” Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute states. “These events must be unforeseeable and unavoidable, and not the result of the defendant’s actions, hence they are considered ‘an act of god.’”

HOW TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

More than 246,275 COVID-19 cases were reported worldwide as of Friday morning, with at

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Children's National Hospital to offer speedy coronavirus tests for doctors, nurses

Children’s National Hospital to offer speedy coronavirus tests for doctors, nurses

Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. is touting a machine they said can complete novel coronavirus testing in about 90 minutes. The machine, which is made by a company offsite, has room for three tests, hospital officials said.

Meghan Delaney, the chief of pathology and laboratory medicine at the hospital, talked to ABC News about the tests. Currently, they’re only being offered to doctors, nurses and patients at the hospital, she said.

In other words, people can’t just walk in off the street and get tested.

MORE: The battle to protect health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic

She stressed that it’s important to test health care workers “as fast as we can,” as they are the ones on the frontlines.

“The test inside each cartridge amplifies the genes of the virus,” shes aid. “And then we can detect that the virus is there by finding

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This Cannabis Telehealth Company Is Now Offering COVID-19 Consultations For $39

This Cannabis Telehealth Company Is Now Offering COVID-19 Consultations For $39

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, we’re seeing an increasing number of hospitals and clinics that are not adequately prepared for the surge in patients looking to see a doctor. During this crisis, Heally is making its digital patient platform available to any physician’s office to use, at no charge.

For patients, it costs $39.

Those experiencing flu-like symptoms will require a physical test to diagnose the virus, but many others might simply want to discuss symptoms, allay fears and receive general medical advice. Per public authorities, these people have been asked to stay home, practice social distancing and not tax the limited healthcare system. This is where Heally can help, for both patients and physicians.

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How Heally Is Helping

Similar to how video conferencing platforms such as

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Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns

Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns

Cairo (AFP) – In Egypt’s overcrowded and putrid jails, families of prisoners fear a potentially catastrophic coronavirus outbreak and are calling for their imminent release as the rest of the country hunkers down.

Egypt has halted family visits to inmates at least until the end of this month citing the “public health and safety of inmates”.

This has meant relatives cannot bring medicine, clean clothes and fresh food directly to those incarcerated.

For Ekram Yousef, a well-known writer and mother of lawyer and former lawmaker Zyad al-Elaimy whose health is slowly failing, the anguish is palpable.

“My son has diabetes, high blood pressure, ulcers and most of all a niggling respiratory disease,” she told AFP, anxious that he is at a high risk of contracting the coronavirus.

“There are no phone calls so I have to guess which medicines he is running out of.”

The 40-year-old, a key figure in

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What if I get sick? Coronavirus adds new anxieties for pregnant women

What if I get sick? Coronavirus adds new anxieties for pregnant women

Anxiety mounts for pregnant women during the coronavirus outbreak. <span class="copyright">(Associated Press)</span>
Anxiety mounts for pregnant women during the coronavirus outbreak. (Associated Press)

I hate crying in public.

But there I was — 17 weeks pregnant with my first child — with tears streaming down my face as I stood among a crowd of anxious shoppers in a Long Beach Target. I had tried to push down that all-too-familiar lump that rises in my throat before the tears began, but a mix of hormones and coronavirus-induced anxiety proved too much.

My colleagues at The Times have written extensively about the apprehension surrounding the outbreak, including people flocking to stores to stockpile food and other essentials. So when my husband and I walked into the store that day, we expected certain aisles would be empty. I didn’t anticipate nearly all the infant Tylenol would be gone.

In a complete panic, but still months away from my due date, I picked up one of

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What’s essential during California’s coronavirus lockdown? Cannabis and garden shops stay open

What’s essential during California’s coronavirus lockdown? Cannabis and garden shops stay open

Adina Raridon says cannabis products sold at her favorite dispensary in Sacramento are vital to her health.

Especially with a pandemic raging.

“With all the hyper-consciousness around this, for those of us with PTSD and anxiety, it’s really spiked,” Raridon, 43, said as she walked out of the All About Wellness pot dispensary in midtown Sacramento early Friday. “Without the cannabis dispensaries being open, we wouldn’t be able to get the medicine we need.”

Much of California has been effectively shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “stay at home” order. Yet scores of businesses have been deemed essential, including some that might not seem immediately obvious, and are remaining open.

The list goes far beyond grocery stores and pharmacies. Sacramento County’s shutdown order, issued a few hours before Newsom implemented a statewide mandate, exempts dry cleaners, media organizations, exterminators and taxi drivers, to name a few.

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Safeway increases hourly wages by $2 as thanks for working amid coronavirus crisis

Safeway increases hourly wages by $2 as thanks for working amid coronavirus crisis

Thousands of grocery workers at Safeway supermarkets across the nation will receive an extra $2 an hour in pay in appreciation for continuing to serve customers during a time when Californian and other Americans are sheltering at home to avoid becoming infected with the new coronavirus.

Safeway also will be installing plexiglass barriers at check stands and making other adjustments to lower the risk of infection for workers, said Jacques Loveall, the president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 8-Golden State, the union representing the workers.

All Safeway workers — employed at ‎nearly 900 stores in 18 states, as well as those working in distribution centers, supply plants and others parts of the business — will receive the wage increase, the company and union said.

“Discussions are ongoing with union employers regarding other safety measures to protect workers who interact with the public at great personal sacrifice,” Loveall stated

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Young woman doctor anesthesiologist dressed in green gown, prepares an IV in hospital room

Mask Shortage Straps Pharmacists Who Need Them To Keep Medicines Pure

By Christina Jewett and Sydney Lupkin, NPR News

Pharmacy staff who prepare IV drugs inside hospitals are the latest health care workers decrying a shortage of masks as they scramble to prepare medications for patients with everything from cancer to COVID-19.

The staffers wear surgical masks while preparing liquid medications injected into patients’ veins to avoid breathing any droplets of saliva into the formulas, a crucial step in ensuring the medication remains sterile. Pharmacists are also in need of N95 masks to protect them as they counsel patients at hospitals — but tend to be behind front-line medical providers in line for protective gear.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists surveyed about 400 members about the shortages.

“I can tell you we had some very concerned members who indicated that they’re in danger of running out,” says Michael Ganio, a pharmacist and director of pharmacy practice and quality with the

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