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The CDC says the US will screen and track people traveling from countries with Ebola cases – Business Insider

The CDC says the US will screen and track people traveling from countries with Ebola cases – Business Insider

Travelers coming in from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea will be subject to extra scrutiny because of Ebola concerns. According to the CDC, these travelers will be directed to six US airports.  There, airlines will collect and send their info to local health departments for tracking purposes.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The United States will begin tracking people who arrive from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea, two countries facing Ebola outbreaks.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the US government will "institute public health measures" for trave...
Fired Texas doctor defends giving away expiring COVID-19 vaccine doses | TheHill – The Hill

Fired Texas doctor defends giving away expiring COVID-19 vaccine doses | TheHill – The Hill

Texas doctor Hasan Gokal, who was fired and charged with stealing coronavirus vaccine doses, defended his decision, saying he wasn't going to let vaccine doses expire and go to waste. "This is a 5-million person county and we had the first 3,000 thousand doses. There was no room for throwing any of it out. Ever," Gokal, previously a doctor with Texas' Harris County Public Health Department and medical director for the county’s vaccine rollout, said in an interview with CBS News. "When you have something so precious, life-saving, it would hurt you to throw it away," he added. The incident happened on Dec. 29 and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg charged him shortly after for stealing 10 doses at a vaccination site. The charge could lead to a $4,000 fine and a year in jail....
Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages – The New York Times

Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages – The New York Times

On Dec. 9, Rae Haltzman, who is 65 and has high blood pressure, started vomiting but was unable to summon help. She lay down by the locked door of the visiting room with a blanket “waiting for someone to come,” she wrote in a statement filed with the court. When she spotted a psychologist leaving the building, “I banged on the door and asked him to get a medic.” Ms. Haltzman was eventually hospitalized for nine days. After being discharged on Dec. 18, she was placed alone in a locked room “that is usually used for suicide watch, or drug withdrawal cases,” she wrote. She was kept there until Jan. 2, even though the hospital’s infectious diseases specialist had said it was not necessary for her to be isolated. “I had panic attacks from being left in the room alone for so long,” she said. “I...
Oregon reports 2 more COVID-19 related deaths, 455 new cases – KTVZ

Oregon reports 2 more COVID-19 related deaths, 455 new cases – KTVZ

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,208, the Oregon Health Authority reported Saturday. OHA also reported 455 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, bringing the state total to 155,315. Vaccinations in Oregon OHA reported that 32,288 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added Saturday to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 24,926 doses were administered on Friday and 7,362 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Friday. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers t...
8 Tips to Follow for When You’re Walking for Weight Loss – Yahoo Lifestyle

8 Tips to Follow for When You’re Walking for Weight Loss – Yahoo Lifestyle

Over the past few years, walking and staying active have honestly become trendy. Hitting a certain number of steps for the day and corporate walking challenges have helped to improve daily physical activity. In fact, the US Department of Health and Human Services advises that adults should move more and sit less throughout the day, and they urge that some physical activity is better than none. If you are trying to manage your weight, walking can be a useful weight management tool. Here's everything you need to know about walking for weight loss, including our tips and tricks for maximizing your stride. Walking Benefits Research continues to show that overall regular exercise is beneficial for your health, but walking itself has several benefits which include: Improving heart ...
DPH: More than half a million Mass. residents are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 – WCVB Boston

DPH: More than half a million Mass. residents are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 – WCVB Boston

More than half a million Mass. residents are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, DPH says Updated: 4:23 PM EST Feb 27, 2021 More than half a million Massachusetts residents are fully-vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In its daily vaccine data report, the DPH said Saturday that 504,304 people in the Bay State have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The data is gathered from the Massachusetts Immunization Information System at midnight the night before.According to the DPH, there are 1,166,889 people in Massachusetts who have received at least their first dose of the vaccine, bri...
NC coronavirus update February 27: North Carolina adds 2,643 COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations hover above 1,400 – WTVD-TV

NC coronavirus update February 27: North Carolina adds 2,643 COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations hover above 1,400 – WTVD-TV

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Here are the latest updates about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in North Carolina. SATURDAY 12:05 p.m.North Carolina is reporting 2,643 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 858,548. There have been 26 deaths due to the virus, bringing the total of deaths to 11,212. Throughout the state, there are 1,414 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. That is 51 down from Friday, The state's percent positive test rate 5.4%, which is up slightly from Friday's 4.7%. There will be no NCDHHS COVID-19 dashboard update on Sunday, Feb. 28. 7:25 a.m.According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 28,486,562 COVID-19 cases throughout the United States. Fauci warns progress in COVID fight appears to have stalled Overnight, the House approved a $1.9 t...
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla calls Israel worlds lab in interview to NBC – The Jerusalem Post

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla calls Israel worlds lab in interview to NBC – The Jerusalem Post

"I believe Israel has become the world's lab right now because they are using only our vaccine at this state and they have vaccinated a very big part of their population, so we can study both economy and health indices," said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla during an interview given to NBC News on Friday. "What we've seen is that the vaccine efficacy in real-world data is getting higher as we speak, following the second vaccination, so seven days compared to 14 days post-second vaccination, there is a difference in efficacy," Bourla claimed.  When asked whether one could infect others after receiving two doses of the vaccine, he said: "It is something that needs to be confirmed, and the real-world data that we are getting from Israel and other studies will help us understand t...