Day: May 15, 2020

Venezuela scientists face government backlash for research predicting surge in COVID-19 cases

Venezuela scientists face government backlash for research predicting surge in COVID-19 cases

CARACAS (Reuters) – A powerful Venezuelan official is seeking an investigation of the nation’s academy of scientists for publishing research that questioned official figures on coronavirus cases and estimated the pandemic may hit the country hard in the coming months.

Venezuela’s Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences in a report https://acfiman.org/2020/05/08/estado-actual-de-la-epidemia-de-la-covid-19-en-venezuela-y-sus-posibles-trayectorias-bajo-varios-escenarios published this month said official figures of 440 cases and 10 deaths appeared inconsistent with the COVID-19 epidemic, and that the country could register 4,000 cases daily as early as June.

“The numbers that they use are not supported,” Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello said, referring to the report on his weekly show Wednesday night. “It should be investigated.”

On Thursday the academy released a statement in response, reiterating the report’s two main conclusions: that testing should be increased and that it was unlikely the pandemic’s curve would be flattened at this time, underscoring the country should

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Should the PGA Tour return without caddies?

This is our first Low Gross vs. Low Net debate, pitting two passionate golfers with differing ball flights and opinions on the game: scratch golfer and Golf Digest editorial director Max Adler against 12-handicap (or thereabouts) digital editorial director Sam Weinman. Today’s question relates to the PGA Tour’s planned return to competition in June, albeit without fans and with other restrictions in place to limit the risk of the coronavirus transmission. With that in mind, should the tour consider staging an event without caddies?

Mr. Adler has the tee …

Let’s first push aside any notion this hinges on science. Neither of us has studied infectious disease, and so we are settling the question from the same basically informed perspective that it’s safe to resume conducting professional golf tournaments. So the question isn’t if 156 caddies unduly add to the human footprint, but if they are essential to the

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What apartments will $2,600 rent you in Long Beach, today?

What apartments will $2,600 rent you in Long Beach, today?

Curious just how far your dollar goes in Long Beach?

According to Walk Score, this Long Beach neighborhood is quite walkable, is very bikeable and has some transit options. Data from rental site Zumper shows that the median rent for a one bedroom in Long Beach is currently hovering around $1,550.

So, what might you expect to find if you don’t want to spend more than $2,600/month on rent? Read on for a roundup of the latest rental offerings, via Zumper and Apartment Guide. (Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)

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230 W. Third St.

Here’s a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment over at 230 W. Third St. It’s listed for $2,500/month for its 739 square feet.

The building boasts a swimming pool and a fitness

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What to Know About Symptoms, Social Distancing, and How to Protect Yourself

What to Know About Symptoms, Social Distancing, and How to Protect Yourself

This article was originally published on January 27, 2020.

In January, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of Global Concern due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. Since then, there have been confirmed cases of the illness, now known as COVID-19, in most countries around the world, and the U.S. currently has the highest number of confirmed cases per country.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a type of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. According to the CDC, the illness is spread primarily from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The spread is more likely when people are in close contact (within about six feet) of one another, especially when people aren’t wearing personal protective equipment, like cloth face coverings. In a fact sheet released in April, the CDC noted that the illness may also spread “by touching

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2 more Charlotte stores cited under stay-at-home order. They’re not sure what they did wrong.

2 more Charlotte stores cited under stay-at-home order. They’re not sure what they did wrong.

Just before Mecklenburg lifted its local order in favor of using statewide stay-at-home rules, two chain retail stores were cited for violating coronavirus business restrictions.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police issued two citations on April 23 to local employees who are accused of being in violation of the county’s coronavirus stay-at-home order, which expired April 30.

However, spokespeople for both retailers — Ashley Homestore and Gabe’s — said they aren’t sure what the businesses did wrong. Both businesses are located in University City, near UNC Charlotte.

“We properly believed we were in compliance and doing the right thing,” said spokesman for Ashley HomeStore John Snyder. The store has been closed to the public and was conducting business by appointment and had curbside pick-up available, he said.

A spokesperson for Gabe’s said in an email that the citation was because of “confusion regarding our essential retailer status” and that the store has since received

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Should You Postpone Your OB/GYN Trip Due To Coronavirus?

Should You Postpone Your OB/GYN Trip Due To Coronavirus?

When we first started cancelling plans due to coronavirus, we were optimistic. We thought we’d be taking rain checks soon enough. But with no clear end in sight, many of us are wondering what to do about more necessary appointments that aren’t so easy to skip or delay indefinitely. Like visits to the gynecologist.

In some states, OB/GYN offices are open, explains Lisa Shah, MD, Advantia Health’s chief medical officer. But you might be hearing mixed messages from friends, the media, and even your doctor about what appointments really need to be kept.

So as we close out National Women’s Health Week we asked Dr. Shah and Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a practicing OB/GYN and professor at Yale School of Medicine, to tell us what appointments are important enough to keep and what can wait.

Can I postpone my annual OB/GYN appointment? 

In some cases, yes. If you’ve never had

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Fredericksburg Plans 'Measured' Approach To Reopening City

Fredericksburg Plans ‘Measured’ Approach To Reopening City

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Fredericksburg officials are developing a plan to reopen the city government in response to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement on Monday that the state will ease some restrictions on businesses and gatherings starting May 15. In the meantime, the city will continue to conduct most government services by telephone and electronic means.

The city’s plan to reopen will be a “very measured, phased-in approach” that is going to be based on data and focused on providing services to the community while keeping the health and safety of city employees and the public at the forefront, Fredericksburg Fire Chief Mike Jones said Tuesday in a video statement.

“We’ve got to make sure that we keep a well workforce, that we keep them available for you, and we’ve got to make it safe so when the time comes in the future for you to be able to access city

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Miami-Dade restaurants to reopen after coronavirus shutdown. But is dining out safe?

Miami-Dade restaurants to reopen after coronavirus shutdown. But is dining out safe?

Look at the bathrooms.

That’s the first thing the doctor who helped craft Miami-Dade’s guidelines for reopening restaurants is going to do when she dines out for the first time since coronavirus closed dining rooms.

“I’m a germaphobe. If the bathrooms are disgusting, I won’t eat there. I want to see that they were following the existing rules before COVID,” said Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist and professor at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Miami-Dade County announced Wednesday it would allow restaurants to reopen May 18 and at 50 percent capacity, higher than the 25 percent Gov. Ron DeSantis had approved for the rest of the state. DeSantis signed off on the county’s exemption Thursday.

Several other cities, however, including Miami, Miami Beach and Miami Gardens, have banded together to say they will not allow restaurants to reopen until May 27.

That leaves Miami-Dade diners

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Spoke to Dr. Fauci Daily During COVID-19 Battle

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Spoke to Dr. Fauci Daily During COVID-19 Battle

  • Anthony Fauci, M.D., presidential advisor and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined Chris Cuomo on CNN Monday night via video.
  • Cuomo said Dr. Fauci helped him throughout his battle with COVID-19 and the two would often have late-night calls.
  • “I care about you but I was worried about you,” Dr. Fauci said during the show.

    On Monday night, Anthony Fauci, M.D., was a guest on Chris Cuomo’s Cuomo Prime Time show, and the CNN anchor let us in on something that “nobody knows” about their relationship. Apparently, the two are very close, and Dr. Fauci helped Cuomo while he battled COVID-19 throughout April.

    “I’ve known him a lot of my life, but I’ve never known him the way I know you through this pandemic,” Cuomo said. “I have spoken to you almost without exception every day, and you have been calling me out of personal

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    Scientists call for caution and transparency over government's ‘game-changer’ coronavirus test

    Scientists call for caution and transparency over government’s ‘game-changer’ coronavirus test

    Scientists have raised doubts over the scale of the potential benefit from a coronavirus antibody test touted by the government as a “game-changer”, while calling for more transparency.

    The test, developed by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche, was approved last week by workers at Public Health England’s (PHE) Porton Down facility – the first such test to be given the green light by the government agency.

    However, scientists still have doubts about how effective it may be and have urged greater transparency to allow for the scientific community to check that it does carry a 100-per-cent success rate in excluding false positives, as PHE has claimed.

    “Without seeing the study methods and the data it’s impossible to verify these claims of accuracy,” said Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford.

    Meanwhile Professor Richard Tedder, visiting professor in Medical Virology at Imperial College London,

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