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Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 9 Additional Deaths, And 68 More Coronavirus Cases - CBS Pittsburgh
The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 68 new Coronavirus cases out of 663 test results and nine additional deaths this Wednesday.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 68 new Coronavirus cases out of 663 test results and nine additional deaths this Wednesday. Of the 68 new cases, 62 are confirmed and six are probable. New cases range in age from 1 to 97 years with a median age of 21 years, according to the Health Department. The date of positive tests ranged from Aug. 31 through Sept. 8. The total number of cases countywide now stands at 10,915 since March. The Health Department says they have now started counting all positive antigen tests as probable cases. There have been 1,040 hospitalizations in Allegheny County since the outbreak began. Of all the hospitalized patients, 274 of them have needed care in the ICU, and 104 of them have required treatment with a ventilator. The death toll stands at 358. The nine new deaths reported today includes “information imported by the state from the Electronic Death Reporting System (EDRS).” The dates of those victims’ deaths range from from Aug. 20 through Sept. 7. Five of the patients were in their 70s, three in their 80s, and one in their 90s. Seven of the cases were related to long-term care facilities. This is the September 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update. In the last 24 hours, 68 new cases were reported out of 663 tests. Of those, 62 are confirmed & 6 are probable. New cases range from 1-97 years with a median age of 21. Positive tests ranged from August 31 through September 8. pic.twitter.com/eLmDZOX7kV — Allegheny County Health Department (@HealthAllegheny) September 9, 2020 Since March 14, there have been 10,915 cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County residents, 1,040 hospitalizations and 358 deaths. Visit the county’s dashboard at https://t.co/8iZNA5dcpr for information on cases, testing and outcomes. — Allegheny County Health Department (@HealthAllegheny) September 9, 2020 Health officials say 159,771 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 across the county. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic:
Moderna Says Coronavirus Vaccine Study Should Complete Enrollment In September - CBS Boston
Moderna said it's coronavirus vaccine study is on track to complete enrollment of all 30,000 volunteers by next month.
CAMBRIDGE (CBS/AP) – The world’s biggest coronavirus vaccine study is on track to complete enrollment of all 30,000 volunteers by next month, Cambridge-based Moderna said Wednesday. The first volunteers began getting shots of the experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna, on July 27. Volunteers won’t know if they’re getting the real shot or a dummy version. After two doses given 28 days apart, scientists will closely track which group experiences more infections as they go about their daily routines, especially in areas where the virus still is spreading unchecked. There are more than seven dozen trial sites scattered around the country. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is one of them. The estimated time commitment is seven visits in two years. Read: How To Volunteer The World Health Organization said Moderna’s candidate vaccine is one of 25 under clinical evaluation around the world. Researchers say it will take months for the first data to trickle in from the Moderna test. Governments around the world are trying to stockpile millions of doses of the leading candidates so if and when regulators approve one or more vaccines, immunizations can begin immediately. But the first available doses will be rationed, presumably reserved for people at highest risk from the virus. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
Microsoft, LinkedIn Launch Job Training Initiative To Help People Acquire Skills During Pandemic - CBS Chicago
Microsoft has launched a new program to help people get back to work.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Microsoft has launched a new program to help people get back to work. The tech giant is teaming up with LinkedIn to create a list of the 10 most in-demand jobs. Those jobs are: 1)Software developer;2)Sales representative;3)Project manager;4)IT administrator;5)Customer service specialist;6)Digital marketer;7)IT support/help desk;8)Data analyst;9)Financial analyst;10)Graphic designer. The skills you need for all the aforementioned positions can be learned online. You can even practice mock Zoom interviews. “There’s even a way you can practice – we have an artificial intelligence-based feedback system. It will critique you and give you suggestions on how you can improve,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. For more information from Microsoft, click here. CBS 2 is committing to Working For Chicago, connecting you every day with the information you or a loved one might need about the jobs market, and helping you remove roadblocks to getting back to work. We’ll keep uncovering information every day to help this community get back to work, until the job crisis passes. CBS 2 has several helpful items right here on our website, including a look at specific companies that are hiring, and information from the state about the best way to get through to file for unemployment benefits in the meantime.
Coronavirus Q&A: Dr. Aileen Marty Discusses Rarity Of COVID-19 Spread By People Showing No Symptoms - msnNOW
Officials from the World Health Organization say that it appears the spread of COVID-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be rare.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Officials from the World Health Organization say that it appears the spread of COVID-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be rare. “From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for coronavirus response. Van Kerkhove went on to describe how the novel coronavirus, a respiratory pathogen, spreads through droplets, which can be released when someone coughs or sneezes. “It passes from an individual through infectious droplets. If we actually followed all of the symptomatic cases, isolated those cases, followed the contacts and quarantined those cases, we would drastically reduce – I would love to be able to give a proportion of how much transmission we would actually stop – but it would be a drastic reduction in transmission,” she said. For a better grasp on Van Kerkhove’s comments, we spoke with Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist form Florida International University. Q: Dr. Marty, on the surface that sounds like really big, perhaps positive news. What’s your reaction to this? A: I have great respect for Mary Van Kerkhove. She’s been studying coronaviruses for many years. She worked the MERS outbreak in South Korea. And now she has been heavily involved with COVID-19. What Mary said today is not really very different from what she said all along. She emphasized back in February that most cases that are pre-symptomatic or symptomatic are the ones that are causing most of the transmission. This is something we’ve known, and that we follow very carefully. One of the things that is that she’s said actually differently is before she thought that virtually no cases were transmitted from an asymptomatic person to onward. And what she said today was there’s very rare instances. So it’s very similar from what she’s been saying all along, and she really wants us to emphasize the fact that the biggest risks are people who are not yet symptomatic. And how do we find these cases? That’s what’s so important. The way that people find these pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic cases is by doing proper contact tracing. That’s something where we in the United States where we were doing the contact tracing, but we’re just quarantining and not testing those individuals, religiously, if you will, the way that other countries did. And that’s how other countries, such as Singapore, which was mentioned during the press briefing, found 50% asymptomatic cases. But as Mary said very clearly, and it’s true, most of those cases that are identified as asymptomatic either have very mild symptoms that aren’t clearly recognized as being COVID or they’re pre-symptom and develop symptoms later and those are the riskiest persons. So there’s still a risk from people who show no symptoms. But in terms of the people who are actually asymptomatic and transmitting on the disease, we very rarely demonstrate that that’s what’s going on. Q: What needs to be done to do a better job of contact tracing? A: Contact tracing is absolutely crucial for getting the virus out of a community. That is how we find where the virus is. So every time that one individual is positive, it’s imperative to go back and find out who they’ve been close to during their infectious period. Now, if we’re talking about people who have symptoms then we look at people who, two days before they had symptoms, were around that individual. So we look at the pre-symptomatic phase as being about two days before they have symptoms and another nine days, 10 days after that as when they might be shedding virus particles that are active and not inactive.
Winning $1 Million Mega Millions Ticket Sold In New Jersey - CBS Philly
The seven-figure ticket didn't clinch the $378 million jackpot, which upgrades Tuesday night's drawing to an estimated $410 million.
NEW JERSEY (CBS) – A new lottery winner was minted over the weekend. A Mega Millions ticket valued at a million dollars was purchased on Friday. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! New Jersey Lottery officials will announce the exact location where the ticket was purchased on Monday. The seven-figure ticket didn’t clinch the $378 million jackpot, which upgrades Tuesday night’s drawing to an estimated $410 million. If clenched it would be the 27th largest jackpot in U.S. history.
How To Combat The Physical Toll Coronavirus-Related Stress Takes On Your Body - CBS Sacramento
The constant stress of living in the age of coronavirus is affecting more than your mental health and emotional coping abilities. It's likely taking a toll on your body as well.
(CNN) — The constant stress of living in the age of coronavirus is affecting more than your mental health and emotional coping abilities. It’s likely taking a toll on your body as well. “We’re living in a sea of stress hormones every day,” said stress management expert Dr. Cynthia Ackrill, an editor for “Contentment” magazine, produced by the American Institute of Stress. “We’re not designed for a constant application of these chemicals,” Ackrill said. “The stress hormone cortisol just ravages our bodies when it’s dumped into our system repeatedly.” Designed to keep you functioning throughout the day, cortisol levels are meant to rise in the morning and decrease as the day lengthens. The hormone’s purpose is to maintain blood sugar levels to keep your brain and muscles functioning and suppress non-vital systems like digestion that might drag your energy down. But when triggered by a stressful occurrence, cortisol levels suddenly spike, and can take hours to dissipate. If that stress is constant, those levels don’t drop, leading to cortisol malfunction and a disease-causing boost in inflammation. “Inflammation is behind diabetes. Inflammation is behind heart disease. It’s behind all of the autoimmune diseases. It’s behind asthma and allergies, and the list goes on,” Ackrill said. If you’re genetically at risk or you already have an inflammatory condition, today’s constant stress may well trigger or worsen your symptoms. “The predispositions that people have, whether it is asthma or a history of migraine or underlying cardiovascular risk factors, stress on all of those are so much more acute now,” said neuroscientist Peter Kaufmann, former deputy chief of the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. “People have daily stress and often times they don’t have any control over it. That’s when stress has its greatest impact,” said Kaufmann, who is now the associate dean for research and Innovation at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Not dealing with that stress, he said, can even be deadly. “In our work, we found that people who show physiological responses to mental stress have about a two- to three-fold higher mortality over the following five years,” Kaufmann said. Here’s how stress may be impacting five of your body’s key systems. Your heart Tension can directly increase heart rate and blood flow, and causes the release of cholesterol and triglycerides into the bloodstream. Blood pressure can skyrocket from acute stress and may stay high as that stress continues. Yet hypertension and other heart disease symptoms are silent, with no real signs that you might be entering a danger zone. Some of our not-so-wonderful coping mechanisms, such as eating comfort food, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes or marijuana, can also raise our risk. Then there’s the very real fear that we may lose someone we love to the coronavirus, or perhaps we already have. All of that can create a perfect storm of physical malfunction that may even shorten our lives. Kaufmann points to a recent study that showed how mental stress can cause a fall in cardiac ejection fraction — a measure of how well your heart’s main chamber pumps blood. “The amount of blood that is pumped out by the heart with each stroke is reduced, and that fall is associated with a higher incidence of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, death, and unstable angina that requires hospitalization,” Kaufmann said. There’s even such a thing as a stress-related heart attack, often called “broken heart syndrome.” It occurs when the heart is stunned by sudden stress, and its left ventricle weakens. “That has been shown to be triggered by severe acute events, such as the sudden loss of a loved one or an earthquake,” Kaufmann said. “I think some of the post 9/11 cardiac events would fall in that category.” In most cases, when the acute emotional stress dissipates, the heart recovers and goes back to its normal shape. “But I’ve had patients who have developed acute congestive heart failure, life-threatening arrhythmias, even death from this condition,” said New York cardiologist and author Dr. Sandeep Jauhar in a prior CNN interview. “I think it’s the clearest example of how our emotional lives directly affect our hearts.” Your skin One of the largest organs of the body, your skin is exquisitely sensitive to stress. “The relationship between mind and skin is essential and undeniable,” said dermatologist Dr. Adam Friedman, who is the interim chair of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Stress absolutely exacerbates primary skin diseases from acne to psoriasis,” Friedman said, “It can ‘wake up’ chronic viral infections like herpes simplex [cold sores] and herpes zoster [shingles].” Dermatologists across the country that CNN spoke to report increasing telehealth calls since March on such stress-related skin conditions as acne, eczema, psoriasis and shingles, a painful, blistery rash that can develop after having chickenpox. There’s also an increase in calls from people experiencing the impact of increased handwashing and the wearing of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. “Allergic contact dermatitis is huge right now where members of the public are now wearing gloves and masks they are not normally used to wearing,” said Plano, Texas dermatologist Dr. Seemal Desai, who is on the board of directors for the American Academy of Dermatology. “It’s really quite alarming and disturbing how many skin conditions I’m seeing that are probably aggravated by stress and distress from the coronavirus,” Desai said. “It’s out of control.” Your lungs Having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a key underlying health condition that puts one at higher risk for a more severe case of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. A group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing issues, COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Nearly 16 million Americans have COPD, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stress and anxiety can cause shortness of breath, leading “COPD symptoms to become worse and lead to further anxiety, faster breathing and fear,” says the National Emphysema Foundation on its website. “We tend to not breathe as well when we’re stressed in general, so our oxygen exchange is worse. There’s also a panic on top of it, which makes it worse,” Ackrill said. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD and many other breathing-related illnesses. It comes as no surprise that smoking cigarettes or marijuana and the use of e-cigarettes may increase the risk of severe consequences from Covid-19. Asthma is another underlying health condition that puts one at higher risk for a more severe case of Covid-19. Here again, stress is a common trigger for an asthma attack, and it can make existing symptoms worse. In fact, the stress a parent feels has even been linked to an increased risk for asthma in their children. One study looked at how parental stress affected the asthma rates of young children and found those with stressed-out parents had a substantially higher risk of developing asthma. “During an asthma attack it’s almost like breathing through a straw because that inflammation is restricting the airway,” said allergist Dr. Lakiea Wright in a prior CNN interview. “You can imagine if a virus that causes extra inflammation gets in there, then that’s going to be worse,” said Wright, who specializes in allergies and immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Those are the patients who might end up on ventilators to help with breathing because Covid-19 is doing a lot of damage in the lungs.” Your brain Stress is considered one of the most common triggers for headaches — not just tension headaches, but migraines as well. Migraines are debilitating attacks that can level a person for hours to days with intense, throbbing pain, nausea and vomiting. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, the condition is the third most prevalent illness in the world, affecting 39 million men, women and children in the United States and one billion worldwide. Stress can cause migraines, the pounding pain creates more stress, and the circular pattern can make it tough for headache and migraine sufferers to cope. Chronic inflammation from stress can also affect the brain itself, shrinking or negatively affecting parts of the brain linked to memory, motivation and mental agility. That can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, which in another circular fashion are then made worse by stress. Chronic levels of cortisol can affect other chemicals in the brain which modulate cognition and mood, including serotonin, which is important for mood regulation and well-being. Elevated cortisol levels can also interfere with sleep, a key necessity for a happier, healthier attitude. Your gut One thing stress doesn’t do — it doesn’t cause peptic ulcers. That turned out to be a myth when science found this common type of ulcer is actually caused by a bacteria in the gut called H. pylori. Science estimates almost half of the world’s population has H. pylori but not everyone gets an ulcer. However, stress can make ulcers worse. In fact, it can boost pain, bloating, nausea and other stomach discomfort from nearly every gastrointestinal complaint. First, we often overeat when tense, choose fatty comfort foods, overuse alcohol or smoke. All of those can increase chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease, called GERD. Stress can affect how quickly food moves through the body, thus possibly causing gas, diarrhea and constipation. And for people with irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease, stress can increase their painful symptoms, such as cramping and diarrhea. Fight back against stress One of the single best things to do to overcome stress is exercise. Exercise can create an anti-inflammatory response, improves mood, cognition and physical health. Staying socially connected to friends and family — a challenge while we are socially distancing — is another great way to battle stress. Mindfulness and meditation are other key ways to ease tension, along with calming physical activities such as Tai Chi, yoga and gentle stretching. Those methods often teach deep breathing, another key way to reduce stress that can be used in the moment. To do it properly, breathe through your nose, hold it and then exhale very slowly out through your mouth like you’re breathing through a straw. “And when you breathe slowly out, you improve your whole picture of life and you reduce your nervousness,” said trauma counselor Jane Webber, a professor of counselor education at Kean University in New Jersey, in a prior CNN interview. Webber also recommends cracking a smile. Watch funny movies, listen to comedy routines, ask everyone you talk to on the phone to tell you a joke. “Remember, you can’t be anxious and smile at the same time. That’s a physiological thing,” Webber said. Finally, do not hesitate to reach out for help, experts say. Cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of talk therapy that focuses on specific thoughts and actions, has been shown to help reduce stress when practiced with a therapist, Kaufmann said. “It really takes people through mental exercises to understand whether or not certain kinds of reactions are appropriate under the circumstances and whether they have alternatives,” he said. “Without that cognitive aspect where people actually think about what’s going on in their lives, you can’t deal with the bigger issues simply by telling yourself to relax because those issues are going to continue,” he added. If this worldwide epidemic can help us begin to talk about our stress and take action, that would be good news, Ackrill said. “For decades we’ve swept stress under the carpet,” she said. “And without a model in our mind of what it was and without specific skills or resources to deal with it, most of us felt shame that we weren’t dealing with stress well. “Shame compounds it,” Ackrill added. “But I think now it may finally become a safe topic. I think it may finally safer to be vulnerable. And boy, do we need that. We need people to talk about it.” The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.