To prevent a second lockdown, and its dire economic consequences, America needs to get the virus under control. We don’t yet know how to beat the virus. But we do know how to limit its spread: Masks and social distancing work.
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Q: Q: Is it safe to get a flu shot in the fall?
This year, it’s “more important than ever to get a flu shot because we will almost certainly face the double whammy of flu season coinciding the same time as surging cases of Covid-19,” emergency room physician Dr. Leana Wen said.
That double whammy could be disastrous if it overwhelms the health care system. An estimated 410,000 to 740,000 Americans were hospitalized with the flu this past flu season, from October to April, according to the CDC.
Wen said the flu shot is about 40% to 60% effective. But even if you do get the flu after having been vaccinated, the flu shot “still reduces your chance of having severe effects from the flu.”
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Young kids have higher viral load
Most children don’t get as sick as adults. But they can still become dangerously ill. A rare but serious inflammatory syndrome has been linked to coronavirus in children across the world.
Why some people who haven’t had Covid-19 might already have some immunity
The study found that among a sample of 68 healthy adults in Germany who had not been exposed to the coronavirus, 35% had T cells in their blood that were reactive to the virus. T cells are part of the immune system and help protect the body from infection. T cell reactivity suggests that the immune system might have had some previous experience fighting a similar infection and may use that memory to help fight a new infection.
The cells were “probably acquired in previous infections with endemic” coronaviruses, the researchers wrote.
Australian state of Victoria surpasses 10,000 Covid-19 cases
Melbourne has been under a strict lockdown since earlier this month. Residents cannot leave their homes unless it’s for grocery shopping, caregiving, exercise or work. And while the state’s premier Daniel Andrews said he doesn’t expect harsher measures to come into force, he did not rule out more frequent door knocking to check if people are staying at home.
More than 130 people — one in four of those who’ve tested positive — were caught defying stay-at-home orders. Authorities have increased manpower to crack down on isolation dodgers, with 34 teams of officers deployed to knock on the doors of infected individuals.
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- Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he felt weak and might have “mold in the lung” after catching Covid-19. His wife has now tested positive too.
- The Middle East is grappling with a heatwave during Eid and as coronavirus cases rise in a number of countries.
- Herman Cain, a onetime Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, has died after contracting the coronavirus.
- The entire Rutgers University football program is under quarantine and has temporarily halted all in-person activities, all the result of individuals attending a gathering.
- Bill Gates says other nations had better coronavirus responses than America.
- Canada is cracking down on those traveling through the country to get to Alaska.
- Her mission to help vulnerable elders has found a new urgency after the Navajo Nation’s struggle with Covid-19.
- “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston has appealed to his fans to “keep wearing the damn mask,” after revealing that he contracted Covid-19.
- Serena Williams has helped to donate 4.25 million face masks to schools in need.
- Explain what’s happening with words and concepts that your kids can understand.
- Consider their individual needs. What is important to them? How aware of the outside world are they?
- Make them part of the process. Let them select (or make) their own masks.
- Practice makes perfect: have your kids wear their masks in the house for short increments to get them more comfortable with wearing them.
- Repetition is key — you may have to sound like a broken record in order for your children to take face coverings seriously.
Be sure to set a good example by wearing your own mask — make sure it’s on correctly and that you actually wear it every time you go out the door. — Laura Jarrett, CNN anchor