Saturday, January 16, 2021

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HEALTH
Avoid Allergy Flare-Ups This Holiday Season | Health News

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SUNDAY, Dec. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are warning about the threat of COVID-19 transmission as cold weather forces people indoors. But indoor allergies could also take the joy out of your holiday season, an expert says.

Dust, mold, pets, furniture and houseplants can cause indoor allergies, said Dr. David Corry. He’s a professor of medicine in the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

“Dust provides shelter for things that cause allergies, like mites and fungi, which are major components of dust themselves,” he said in a college news release.

Corry suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of flare-ups due to indoor allergies:

  • Monitor humidity levels. Keeping your home dry — at less than 50% humidity — could reduce the growth of mold and dust mites. Try a dehumidifier if the humidity is greater than 50%.
  • Control dust. Regularly
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HEALTH
Historic U.S. COVID Vaccine Campaign Launches With Convoy of Trucks | Top News

(Reuters) – Tractor trailers loaded with suitcase-sized containers of COVID-19 vaccine will leave Pfizer Inc’s manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday morning – launching the largest and most complex vaccine distribution project in the United States, where the virus is raging.

U.S. regulators late on Friday authorized the vaccine from Pfizer and partner BioNTech for use, and U.S. marshals will accompany the tightly secured shipments from factory to final destination.

“We have spent months strategizing with Operation Warp Speed officials and our healthcare customers on efficient vaccine logistics, and the time has arrived to put the plan into action,” Wes Wheeler, president of UPS Healthcare, said on Saturday.

Pfizer’s dry-ice cooled packages can hold as many as 4,875 doses, and the first leg of their journey will be from Kalamazoo to planes positioned nearby. Workers will load the vaccine – which must be kept at sub-Arctic temperatures – onto

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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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PREGNANCY
Gabrielle Ruiz Announces Pregnancy News On ‘What Are Friends For Live Show’

Gabrielle Ruiz Announces Pregnancy News On 'What Are Friends For Live Show'

Co-Hosts Gabrielle Ruiz surprised her girlfriends Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champion and Vella Lovell and said that she’s expecting a child May 2021 with husband Philip Pisanchyn. The news was revealed during Live Show of ‘What Are Friends For’, Co-Hosted with Pallavi Sastry.

“Even in isolation, it’s been important for me to share our wonderful news of this pregnancy with friends one by one and in creative ways.” Gabrielle Ruiz shares about announcing her big news. “I wish I could tell my girlfriends in person, but at least I can record their reaction and have it forever online! And it’s extra special that our show [What Are Friends For] is all about friendship. Live, on my birthday, with our amazing girlfriends and fans is such a poetic way to break the news!”

That’s the premise of Crazy-Ex Girlfriend star Ruiz and Pallavi Sastry’s ‘What Are Friends For’ Live Shows, occurring

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HEALTH
The Latest: Tokyo Cases Hit Record Amid Government Criticism | World News

TOKYO — Tokyo reported 621 new coronavirus cases Saturday, setting a new record in the capital where a lack of government measures triggered concerns about a surge during the holiday season.

Nationwide, Japan reported a total of 174,000 cases, with about 2,500 deaths since the pandemic began.

Experts on a Tokyo metropolitan task force say serious cases are on the rise, putting burdens on hospitals and forcing many of them to scale back on care for other patients.

Japan issued a non-binding state of emergency in the spring and has survived earlier infection peaks without a lockdown.

The coronavirus task force on Friday asked the national government to take tougher steps to slow social and economic activities, such as suspension of out-of-town trips and requesting shorter business hours in areas where infections are accelerating.

Latest data shows that ongoing measures have been ineffective and the situation could worsen during the

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HEALTH
FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine | National News

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted an emergency use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, marking a major milestone in the pandemic that has claimed close to 300,000 American lives.

“It is nothing short of a medical miracle to have FDA authorization of a vaccine for COVID-19 just over 11 months since the virus was made known to the world,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

The highly-anticipated approval allows vaccine shipments to begin. However, shots cannot be administered until a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee votes Saturday on whether to recommend the vaccine for the public and if certain groups of people should not receive the shot. CDC Director Robert Redfield would then need to sign off on the committee’s recommendation.

Azar on Friday said that the first vaccinations could start Monday or Tuesday. Britain,

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HEALTH
SC Shatters Daily Record With Nearly 3,200 COVID-19 Cases | South Carolina News

By MICHELLE LIU, Associated Press/Report for America

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A week after announcing a record-shattering 2,470 COVID-19 cases in one day, South Carolina health officials said Friday the state had eclipsed that figure by several hundred.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 3,137 confirmed cases and 47 additional deaths Friday. More than 220,000 cases have been recorded in the state since the beginning of the outbreak, and 4,332 South Carolinians have died due to COVID-19, according to the health agency.

The rising numbers come as the state lays out its plan to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers and then eventually the rest of the population. Officials say that with limited supplies, the vaccine isn’t an immediate solution.

“While the arriving vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel, it will be months before there is enough vaccine available for everyone,” said a statement from Brannon

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HEALTH
Coronavirus News Roundup, December 5-December 11

An independent advisory council’s recommendation on Thursday cleared the way for an “all but certain” U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval that would likely result in health care workers and nursing home residents starting to receive Pfizer/BioNTech’s genetic vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 early next week, the Washington Post reported (12/10/20). The council of experts recommended that the agency provide “emergency use authorization” for the vaccine in adults age 16 and older. Ongoing studies will continue to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.  Following FDA approval, an advisory committee to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will vote on its recommendations for which groups to vaccinate first, the story states. “But states have the final say on who gets the first shots and where they are administered,” write Laurie McKinley and Carolyn Y. Johnson. Moderna’s genetic vaccine is also set for review by the FDA in the

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HEALTH
HHS Head Alex Azar: Feds Eye Monday or Tuesday for First Coronavirus Vaccine Shots | Health News

Officials expect to begin vaccinating Americans against the coronavirus early next week, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

“We could see people getting vaccinated Monday, Tuesday of next week,” Azar said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.

Azar’s comments come after a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday voted in favor of issuing a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech an emergency use authorization.

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The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 17-4 with one person abstaining that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for individuals 16 years of age and older.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said Friday that the agency is “rapidly” working on issuing an emergency use authorization.

“Following yesterday’s positive advisory committee meeting outcome regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has informed the sponsor that it will rapidly work

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