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via schengenvisainfo08/12/2020

Majority of Schengen Countries Urge Their Citizens to Avoid Travel to Spain - SchengenVisaInfo.com

Spain’s Coronavirus situation is not being considered stable by a large share of EU countries, with many of them advising their citizens not to travel to Spain for non-essential purposes. Health authorities in Spain have reported 8,618 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, leading Schengen countries to tighten their preventive measures, with some of them even […]

via duboiscountyfreepress08/12/2020

Health Dept. reports 8 new Covid-19 cases - Dubois County Free Press

Tuesday, the Dubois County Health Department reported eight new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dubois County. That brings the total to 708 positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County residents. Of the 708 cases, 479 have recovered and 12 residents have died. There have been 5,444 tests submitted. A partir del 11 de Agosto, […]

via forbes08/11/2020

France, Switzerland, Sweden: Norway Curbs Travel For 13 On Covid Red List Europe - Forbes

Norway is the latest European country to crack down on travel from a host of neighbors where Covid is making a startling comeback. France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Monaco and several Swedish regions have been added to its high-risk “red” list, as quarantine measures bring tourism to a halt.

via sfgate08/10/2020

List of sports events affected by the coronavirus pandemic - SFGate

AQUATICS Asian water polo championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from Feb. 12-16 canceled. Diving Grand Prix in Madrid from Feb. 14-16: China team withdrew. Diving World Series in Beijing from March 7-9 canceled. Men's Water Polo World League from March 12 postponed. Women's Water Polo World League from March 12 postponed. Women's Olympic water polo qualifying tournament in Trieste, Italy from March 8-15 postponed to May 17-24. Italy Olympic trials in Riccione from March 17-21 canceled. Diving World Series in Kazan, Russia on March 20-22 postponed. Men's Olympic water polo qualifying tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands from March 22-29 postponed to May 31-June 7 postponed. South America championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina from March 25-29 canceled. Artistic World Series in Hurghada, Egypt on March 27 postponed. Diving World Series in London from March 27-29 canceled. Nordic Tour: Bergen Festival in Norway from March 28-30 canceled. China Olympic trials in Qingdao from March 28-April 4 postponed to May 10-16. Canada Olympic trials in Toronto from March 30-April 5 postponed to April 7-11, 2011. Ireland Olympic trials in Dublin from April 1-5 postponed. Japan Olympic trials in Tokyo from April 2-7, no spectators. Artistic World Series in Budapest, Hungary on April 9 postponed. European Swim Cup II in Eindhoven, Netherlands from April 9-12 canceled. British Olympic trials in London from April 14-19 canceled. Artistic World Series in Kazan, Russia on April 17 postponed. African championships in Durban, South Africa from April 17-22 postponed. Australia championships in Perth from April 17-21 canceled. Diving World Cup in Tokyo from April 21-26 postponed to...

via forbes08/06/2020

Covid Travel Europe: Most Will Cancel Holidays Over Masks, Tests, Quarantine - Forbes

Most European travelers would cancel their holiday plans if they had to quarantine at their destination, wear a mask outdoors, or test for Covid at the airport a British survey has found. The YouGov study shows these Covid prevention measures are a proven turn-off for the big majority of travelers.

via kusi08/05/2020

USC Professor Joel Hay says we should not be shutting down the economy to fight COVID-19 - - KUSI

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County health officials have reported 290 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths, among the lowest numbers in the past month, although recent days have seen over 500 positive cases. USC Professor of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics, Joel Hay, joined Good Morning San Diego to explain his frustration with how our public health officials...

via schengenvisainfo08/04/2020

Lithuania Introduces Compulsory Quarantine for Arrivals From France and Malta - SchengenVisaInfo.com

All persons arriving in Lithuania from France and Malta are required to undergo two-weeks of mandatory quarantine, from Monday, as both countries have been added to the “blacklist” due to a surge in the number of Coronavirus cases, Lithuania’s Ministry of Health announced. Internationals from France are still permitted to enter Lithuania but must follow […]

via thetelegraph08/12/2020

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits - Alton Telegraph

BEIJING - China's newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi has been at the center of China's latest major outbreak. Another 25 cases were brought by Chinese travelers arriving from abroad. China has largely contained the local spread of the pandemic that is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year before spreading worldwide. The government has recorded 4,634 deaths from COVID-19 among 84,737 cases. Hong Kong, a densely populated semi-autonomous southern Chinese city, also recorded another six deaths to bring its total to 58 among 4,181 cases. Authorities have ordered mask wearing in public settings, restrictions on indoor dining and other social distancing measures in a bid to stem its latest outbreak. Those measures appear to have been successful in bringing numbers down from the more than 100 new daily cases reported at the end of last month. ___ HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: - Georgia schools quarantine 800 students - Florida reports 5,800 virus cases, daily high 276 deaths - Russia clears virus vaccine despite scientific skepticism - Transit systems around the world are requiring riders to wear masks and encouraging people to socially distance. Experts say the coronavirus spreads through droplets when people talk or cough, so the best prevention is a mask and staying 6 feet apart. - Kids give their opinion on whether they should go back to school in-person or online. They join parents, teachers, public health experts and President Donald Trump, who...

via northsidesun08/11/2020

Covid starting to decrease in Mississippi - Northside Sun

Good news! Mississippi COVID-19 cases (seven-day average) are down 30 percent from the July 26 peak. Deaths are down 17 percent from the August 5 peak. These numbers indicate a slight silver lining around the COVID dark cloud. The whole state is nervously waiting to see what happens when school starts back. It’s a scary time. There is more good news. Before this latest state surge, COVID-19 deaths per case was five percent. More recently the deaths per case has been running at 2.5 percent.

via houstonchronicle08/10/2020

List 3/4 of sports events affected by coronavirus pandemic - Houston Chronicle

GYMNASTICS Artistic World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, from Feb. 20-23: China team withdrew. All-Around World Cup in Milwaukee on March 7: Russia team withdrew. Artistic World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, from March 14, Day 3 of 4, canceled. Artistic World Cup in Doha, Qatar on March 18-21 postponed to June 3-6, postponed. All-Around World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany on March 20-22 canceled. Aerobic World Cup in Cantanhede, Portugal on March 27-29 canceled. All-Around World Cup in Birmingham, England on March 28 canceled. Rhythmic World Cup in Pesaro, Italy on April 3-5 postponed to June 5-7, postponed. Acrobatic World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 3-5 postponed. All-Around World Cup in Tokyo on April 4-5 canceled. Artistic Jesolo Cup in Italy on April 4-5 canceled. Rhythmic World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 10-12 postponed to June 29-21, postponed. Acrobatic World Cup in Puurs, Belgium on April 10-12 canceled. Rhythmic World Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on April 17-19 postponed. Aerobic World Cup in Tokyo on April 18-19 canceled. Trampoline World Cup in Brescia, Italy on April 24-25 postponed to June 19-20, postponed. Rhythmic World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 24-26 postponed. Artistic women’s European championships in Paris on April 30-May 3 postponed to Kyiv, Ukraine from Dec. 17-20. Artistic Asian championships in Tokyo on May 2-5 canceled. Trampoline European championships in Gothenburg, Sweden on May 7-10 moved to Sochi, Russia from April 29-May 1, 2021. Pan American championships in Utah Valley, United States on May 7-10 postponed. Rhythmic Asian championships in Tokyo on May 8-10 canceled. Rhythmic World Challenge Cup in Portimão, Portugal on May 8-10...

via schengenvisainfo08/10/2020

Norway Imposes Quarantine for Citizens of Some 'High Risk' Countries - SchengenVisaInfo.com

Norwegian citizens who travel to France, Switzerland, Monaco, the Czech Republic and some regions in Sweden for non-essential purposes must undergo ten days of mandatory quarantine upon return, Norwegian’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. The decision came after the National Institute of Public Health estimated that the Coronavirus situation is not exactly under control […]

via science.sciencemag.org08/06/2020

Why infection poses a special risk to pregnant women - Science

> Science's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation Yalda Afshar hears the worries every day from her patients: Will COVID-19 hit me harder because I'm pregnant? If I'm infected, will the virus damage my baby? Afshar, a high-risk obstetrician at Ronald Reagan University of California (UC), Los Angeles, Medical Center, understands the women's concerns better than most: Her first child is due in October. Data on pregnancy and COVID-19 are woefully incomplete. But they offer some reassurance: Fetal infections later in pregnancy appear to be rare, and experts are cautiously optimistic that the coronavirus won't warp early fetal development (see sidebar, p. [607][1]). But emerging data suggest some substance to the other worry of Afshar's patients: Pregnancy does appear to make women's bodies more vulnerable to severe COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. That's partly because of pregnant women's uniquely adjusted immune systems, and partly because the coronavirus' points of attack—the lungs and the cardiovascular system—are already stressed in pregnancy. The prescription for caregivers is simple, says David Baud, an expert on emerging infectious diseases and pregnancy at Lausanne University Hospital: “Protect your pregnant patients. The first ones who need the masks are pregnant women. The first to avoid social contact should be pregnant women.” The best U.S. data available so far were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late in June. Among 91,412 women of reproductive age with coronavirus infections, the 8207 who were pregnant were 50% more likely to end up in intensive care units (ICUs) than their nonpregnant peers. Pregnant women were also 70% more likely to need ventilators, although they were no more likely to die. CDC's data only offer a partial view, however. Pregnancy status was only available for 28% of the 326,000 U.S. women of reproductive age whose coronavirus infections had been reported to CDC by early June. A second paper, published by the Public Health Agency of Sweden last month in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica , used a more complete data set. Using data for all of Sweden during 4 weeks in March and April, researchers calculated infected pregnant women's rate of ICU admission compared with that of infected nonpregnant women of reproductive age. The study was small: Only 13 coronavirus-infected pregnant women and 40 nonpregnant infected women were admitted to Swedish ICUs in that time frame. But, Baud says, “From my point of view, it is the most robust data.” The results were sobering: The researchers found that pregnant or immediately postpartum women with COVID-19 were nearly six times as likely to land in ICUs as their nonpregnant, COVID-19–infected peers. It's well known that pregnancy boosts the risk of serious disease from respiratory viral infections. During the H1N1 flu epidemic of 2009, pregnant women accounted for 5% of U.S. deaths, although they constituted about 1% of the population. One study found pregnant women with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which is caused by a virus that's a close cousin of SARS-CoV-2, were significantly more likely to be admitted to the ICU and to die than nonpregnant peers. Viral infections can be more severe in pregnant women in part because “the entire immune system is geared toward making sure not to create any antifetal immune response,” says Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at the Yale School of Medicine. “The mother has to compromise her own immune defense in order to preserve the baby's health.” At the same time, the immune system is far from inactive in pregnancy, and “the really significant immune response to the infection certainly has the potential to cause complications,” says Carolyn Coyne, a virologist at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, SARS-CoV-2 strikes the lungs and the cardiovascular system, which in pregnancy are already strained. “As the uterus grows there is less and less room for the lungs. That's why pregnant women often feel short of breath. And that affects your pulmonary function,” says Denise Jamieson, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine. To supply the fetus, pregnant women also need extra oxygen and blood to ferry it: up to 50% more by late pregnancy. This may multiply the stress that COVID-19 has been shown to put on the cardiovascular system ( Science , 24 April, p. [356][2]). “The heart is already working for two,” Baud says. “And if you are a virus known to induce vessel change, inflammation, this will increase the workload of the heart even more.” Malavika Prabhu, a maternal and fetal medicine specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine, adds that later in pregnancy, “with so much blood going around and the organs more metabolically active, all that extra fluid can go in places it shouldn't go—including filling your lungs with fluid.” Finally, pregnant women's blood has an increased tendency to clot, thought to be due to their need to quickly staunch bleeding after delivering a baby. But the coronavirus itself can have a similar effect ( Science , 5 June, p. [1039][3]). “COVID is thought to increase your likelihood of clotting, and then pregnancy further increases your likelihood of clotting,” Jamieson says. Elevated dangers to the mother don't end with delivery, according to work by Prabhu and colleagues in the journal BJOG last month. They followed all 675 pregnant women admitted for delivery at three New York hospitals during 4 weeks in late March and April. After giving birth, nine of 70 infected women, or about 13%, had at least one of three complications that doctors watch for after delivery: fever, low blood oxygen, and hospital readmission. Among 605 noninfected women, 27, or 4.5%, had one of these problems. “Many diseases are unmasked in the postpartum period. We learned that COVID-19 is one of those,” Prabhu says. She noted that 79% of the pregnant women who tested positive when admitted were asymptomatic. Experts all say better data are desperately needed to understand and address the risks to pregnant, coronavirus-infected women. Jamieson notes that registries gathering data on pregnant women infected with H1N1 influenza in 2009 and with Zika in 2015 and 2016 were abandoned after those epidemics passed. “We really need investment in a long-term, well-funded surveillance system that captures pregnancy outcomes.” With a colleague at UC San Francisco, Afshar is co–principal investigator of the Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Registry now collecting data from more than 1100 U.S. pregnant women. She hopes it will begin to answer urgent questions such as the impact on mother and fetus of drugs being given to fight COVID-19; how infection influences a mother's immune status; and whether and how anticlotting drugs ought to be used in pregnant women with COVID-19. “It has been very strange to counsel women and their families, and witness their stress, and not be able to give them evidence-based recommendations,” Afshar says. “I lose sleep for every woman I take care of, to make sure I am doing the right thing for her. And it's just the same, I would say, for myself.” [1]: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/369/6504/607 [2]: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/368/6489/356 [3]: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/368/6495/1039

via heritage.org08/05/2020

How Much Do You Know About COVID-19? Take This Quiz - Heritage.org

1. True or False: COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. False. It’s not even close. As of July 25, the most recent date for which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data is available, there were 135,579 deaths related to the contagion, less than 10% of the more than 1.5 million deaths that have occurred in the U.S. so far this year.

via schengenvisainfo08/04/2020

Denmark Lifts Travel Restrictions on Passengers From Portugal - SchengenVisaInfo.com

Denmark’s government has decided to lift travel restrictions for Portugal, which have been imposed in an effort to stop the further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). According to the Foreign Affairs Minister, Augusto Santos Silva the decision “may not mean much in terms of this year’s tourism, but it corroborates recognition of the transparency […]

via technologyreview08/11/2020

Population immunity is slowing down the pandemic in parts of the US - MIT Technology Review

The large number of people already infected with the coronavirus in the US has begun to act as a brake on the spread of the disease in hard-hit states. Millions of US residents have been infected by the virus that causes covid-19, and at least 160,000 are dead. One effect is that the pool of…

via ourmidland08/10/2020

List 2/4 of sports events affected by coronavirus pandemic - Midland Daily News

CANOE-KAYAK African Olympic canoe slalom qualifier in Basel, Switzerland from March 14-15 canceled. Pan American canoe slalom championships (Olympic qualifier) in Rio de Janeiro from April 3-5 canceled. Asian championships in Pattaya, Thailand from April 22-24 canceled. Asian Olympic canoe sprint qualifier in Pattaya, Thailand on April 26 cancelled. European Olympic canoe sprint qualifier in Racice, Czech Republic from May 6-7 canceled. Pan American championships in Curitiba, Brazil from May 7-10 canceled. World Cup canoe sprint (Olympic qualifier) in Racice, Czech Republic from May 8-10 canceled. European canoe slalom championships in London from May 15-17 moved to Prague from Sept. 18-20. World Cup canoe sprint (Olympic qualifier) in Duisburg, Germany from May 21-24 canceled. European canoe sprint championships in Bascov, Romania from June 4-7 postponed. World Cup canoe slalom in Ivrea, Italy from June 5-7 postponed. World cup canoe slalom in Pau, France from June 12-14 postponed to Nov. 6-8. World Cup canoe slalom in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia from Aug. 21-23 canceled. Super Cup canoe sprint in Oklahoma City from Aug. 22-23 canceled. World Cup canoe sprint in Szeged, Hungary from July 10-12 postponed to Sept. 23-27. World canoe marathon championships in Baerum, Norway from Aug. 27-30 canceled. World canoe polo championships in Rome from Sept. 8-13 postponed to April 2021. World Cup canoe slalom in Prague, Czech Republic from Sept. 18-20 postponed to Oct. 23-25. World Cup Final canoe slalom in Markkleeberg, Germany from Sept. 24-27 postponed to Oct. 15-18. SPORT CLIMBING African championships in Cape Town, South Africa from March 19-22 postponed to Dec. 10-13. . ..

via kusi08/10/2020

Justin Hart explains Sweden's hands-off approach to COVID-19 - - KUSI

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As American school officials debate when it will be safe for schoolchildren to return to classrooms, looking abroad may offer insights. Nearly every country in the world shuttered their schools early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have since sent students back to class, with varying degrees of success. Data expert, Justin Hart, joined Good Morning San...

via thenextweb08/10/2020

Here's how researchers found coronavirus in a cat — but don't panic - The Next Web

Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, the potential role of animals in catching and spreading the disease has been closely examined by scientists. This is because the virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to the family of coronaviruses that cause disease in a variety of mammals. The evidence suggests that this virus arose in bats […]

via fee.org08/06/2020

Europe's Top Health Officials Say Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19 | Jon Miltimore - Foundation for Economic

Public health officials in Denmark, Holland, and beyond say they have no intention of recommending face coverings, saying the science does not support it.  “Face masks in public places are not necessary, based on all the current evidence,” said Coen Berends, spokesman for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. “There is no benefit and there may even be negative impact.”

via deccanherald08/05/2020

Arthritis drug can shorten hospital stay for severe Covid-19 patients: Study - Deccan Herald

The drug tocilizumab, which is used in the treatment of various forms of arthritis, can greatly shorten the time on ventilation and hospital stays for patients with severe Covid-19, according to a Swedish study. The study, published in The Journal of Internal Medicine, included 87 patients with severe Covid-19 in intensive care at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. "The