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HEALTH
The 2020 Death Toll Is Higher Than Normal, and It’s Not All Covid-19




The year 2020 has been abnormal for mortalities. At least 356,000 more people in the United States have died than usual since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the country in the spring. But not all of these deaths have been directly linked to Covid-19.

More than a quarter of deaths above normal have been from other causes, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and pneumonia, according to a New York Times analysis of estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Deaths attributed to other causes above normal


Diabetes

15% above normal

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

12%

Coronary heart disease

6%


Note: Data are from March 15 to Nov. 14. Not all causes are included. Deaths from external causes, such as suicides and drug overdoses, are not available because investigations are still underway in most cases.

Some of these additional deaths may actually have been due to

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HEALTH
Despite promises of solidarity on Covid-19, rich countries are snapping up the supply of promising vaccines

When 90-year-old Margaret Keenan received the world’s first clinically authorized and tested Covid-19 vaccine earlier this week, the end of the Covid-19 pandemic seemed finally in reach.



LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK's history on December 8, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. More than 50 hospitals across England were designated as covid-19 vaccine hubs, the first stage of what will be a lengthy vaccination campaign. NHS staff, over-80s, and care home residents will be among the first to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which recently received emergency approval from the country's health authorities. (Photo by Frank Augstein - Pool / Getty Images)


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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK’s history on December 8, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. More than 50 hospitals across England were designated as covid-19 vaccine hubs, the first stage of what will be a lengthy vaccination campaign. NHS staff, over-80s, and care home residents will be among the first to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which recently received emergency approval from the country’s health authorities. (Photo by Frank Augstein – Pool / Getty Images)

Tough months lie ahead, but the rollout of the first vaccine in record time and the likely imminent approvals of

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HEALTH
First U.S. Shots in COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Coming Monday, Army General Says | Top News

By Michael Erman and Carl O’Donnell

(Reuters) – The first shots in a massive U.S. COVID-19 vaccine campaign will be administered as early as Monday, with Pfizer Inc and partners aiming to start shipments across the hard-hit country on Sunday, an Army general organizing the rollout said.

Healthcare workers and elderly people in long-term care facilities are expected to be the main recipients of the first wave of 2.9 million shots this month, with healthcare worker inoculations as soon as Monday and nursing home residents by the end of next week, U.S. Army General Gustave Perna said on a Saturday press call.

Despite months of preparation, distributing and administering the vaccine to as many as 330 million recipients poses a major logistical challenge, he said. The vaccine has complex shipping requirements and must be stored at -70 Celsius.

“We have a lot of work to do. We are not taking

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SKIN CARE
Cosmetic Skin Care Market Analysis by 2020 Research Report Covers Updated Data Considering Post Impact of Covid-19 on Share, Size and Future Demand

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Dec 09, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
A rising necessity for the moisturizing skin with essential nourishment to keep skin healthy against dryness, skin irritation and other damages are propelling product demand in various regions. The easy availability of other beauty products in the market restraining the future growth opportunities of cosmetic skin care market.

The Global cosmetic skin care market report covers detailed study with the underlying influencing factors for the variations in the industry growth trends.

Global cosmetic skin care market report covers various regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of World. The regional cosmetic skin care market is further bifurcated for major countries including U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, China, India, Japan, Brazil, South Africa and others.

Increasing disposable income along with the rising living standards are among the major factor is

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HEALTH
COVID-19 infections spread rapidly as officials race to distribute vaccine

The number of coronavirus infections is spreading at an alarming rate across the nation as the U.S. government  gears up to distribute its first rounds of an approved coronavirus vaccine.

The United States added 1 million coronavirus infections in just four days, bringing the cumulative total of cases to over 16 million on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The country has recorded over 215,000 cases each day since Tuesday, Dec. 8.

In addition, there were 3,309 new deaths on Friday alone, passing the previous record of 3,054 deaths set on Wednesday.

Areas concentrated in Southern California, Arizona, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Rhode Island are just some of the states that have seen a substantial increase in coronavirus cases over a 14-day period and have remained elevated, according to The New York Times coronavirus heat map. 

Experts have long warned that cases would surge in the

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HEALTH
US Covid-19 cases surpass 16 million as CDC committee votes to recommend Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

The number of Covid-19 cases reported in the United States reached more than 16 million Saturday after the country added 1 million cases in just four days, according to Johns Hopkins University data.



a person sitting in a plastic bag: Healthcare worker Demetra Ransom comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)


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Healthcare worker Demetra Ransom comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

It took the nation more than 8-and-a-half months to reach 8 million cases but less than two months to double that, as the number of new cases continues to soar.

The milestone comes as an advisory committee for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Saturday to recommend the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for patients 16 and older, a day after the US once again saw a record number of new cases,

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HEALTH
States will start getting COVID-19 vaccine Monday, US says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine will begin arriving in states Monday morning, U.S. officials said Saturday, after the government gave the final go-ahead to the shots needed to end an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans.

Trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies UPS and FedEx begin delivering Pfizer’s vaccine to nearly 150 distribution centers across the states, said Army Gen. Gustave Perna of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development program. An additional 425 sites will get shipments Tuesday, and the remaining 66 on Wednesday.

Initially, about 3 million doses were expected to be shipped nationwide. It was unclear exactly who would receive the first shots, though health care workers and nursing home residents were the priority. Perna said health authorities would decide.

A similar number of shots will be held back for those recipients’ second dose, which is needed for full

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HEALTH
Abigail Adams had her children inoculated against smallpox in 1776 centuries before covid-19

“God grant that we may all go comfortably through the Distemper,” Abigail wrote her husband.

At the dawn of the American Revolution, the world was fighting smallpox just as it now is battling the novel coronavirus.

Like the novel coronavirus, smallpox was “a highly contagious virus that is transmitted from contact with an infected person, causing illness,” said Jonathan Stolz, a retired physician in Williamsburg, Va., and author of “Medicine from Cave Dwellers to Millennials.” More than 100,000 people in the colonies died of smallpox. Scientists around the world were desperately seeking to develop a vaccine.

People now are the brink of receiving vaccines to prevent covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, which so far has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. In 1776, the only medical preventive was an inoculation that had been developed in Boston in the 1720s by Cotton Mather, a Puritan minister, and Zabdiel Boylston, a physician.

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HEALTH
COVID-19 impacting mental health of medical professionals

“I’m worried about nurses getting each other sick.”

With the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths rising throughout much of the U.S., the mental health of medical professionals is being put to the test.

Some health care workers told ABC News they are feeling hopeless amid the pandemic.

An El Paso, Texas, ICU nurse, who asked not to be identified, said seeing terminally ill COVID-19 patients FaceTime their families is a terrible feeling.

“It’s just really heartbreaking to have to watch that because you feel completely helpless,” she said. “There’s nothing you can offer. There’s nothing you can say that is going to make it better.”

That is why the nonprofit Mental Health America is looking into the health of workers on the front lines.

A survey that included over a

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HEALTH
Explainer: U.S. has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine – when will I get it?

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE , making it available for emergency use to patients aged 16 and older.

FILE PHOTO: A sign directs healthcare workers to a rehearsal for the administration of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

In clinical trials, the vaccine was 95% effective at preventing illness and showed no short-term safety issues.

The following is an outline of vaccine distribution plans.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The federal government plans to release the nation’s first 2.9 million doses within days of the authorization to 64 states, U.S. territories and major cities, as well as five federal agencies. Although the federal government is coordinating distribution efforts, states have the final decision over who gets the first shots. The federal government is sending

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