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Residents angry after Maine wedding linked to 7 virus deaths: "We can't go nowhere" – CBS News

Residents angry after Maine wedding linked to 7 virus deaths: "We can't go nowhere" – CBS News

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A wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus "superspreader" event that left seven people dead and 177 infected. Now, for the community and wider region, which had relaxed social-distancing rules introduced earlier in the crisis, the news was a brutal wake-up call."When we heard of the outbreak... everyone really hunkered down," said Cody McEwen, head of the town council. "As soon as the outbreak happened, we completely closed the town again."Some of the residents were clearly angry at the event's organizers -- starting with the tavern, whose license was temporarily suspended. "I don't think they should have had the wedding. I think it should have been limited like they were supposed to," said Nina Obrikis, a member of the Baptist church where the ceremony was held."We can't go ...
WHO says the coronavirus is killing about 50,000 people a week: 'That is not where we want to be' – CNBC

WHO says the coronavirus is killing about 50,000 people a week: 'That is not where we want to be' – CNBC

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Family members in personal protective equipment (PPE) kits along with other relatives bury a person who died of Covid-19, at Jadid Qabristan Ahle - Islam graveyard, near ITO, on September 12, 2020 in New Delhi.Mayank Makhija | NurPhoto | Getty ImagesThe World Health Organization warned Friday that the coronavirus is "not going away," noting that it's still killing about 50,000 people a week. "That is not where we want to be," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, said of Covid-19 deaths during a news conference at the agency's Geneva headquarters. "It's not where the Northern Hemisphere wants to be going into the winter season. It's not where developing countries want to be with their health services under nine months of pressure."Ryan said the vi...
Can you have both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time? – NJ.com

Can you have both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time? – NJ.com

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As flu season approaches some people are asking if it is possible to contract COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.Unfortunately, yes, you can have both viruses, says Dr. Carl S. Goldstein, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.“These are different viruses and because they are structurally different, there is no cross-immunity,” Goldstein says.And if you have both? The risk of respiratory failure requiring a ventilator or cardiopulmonary death is much greater, he says.“The concern is that both of these diseases converge on respiratory failure,” Goldstein explains. “So COVID independently can lead to ventilator-dependent respiratory failure, as can influenza, and influenza notoriously can set the stage for a bacterial pneumonia occurring on top of in
Coronavirus outbreak hits naval shipyard in Maine – Fox News

Coronavirus outbreak hits naval shipyard in Maine – Fox News

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An outbreak of coronavirus in a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is being investigated by the Maine Center for Disease Control.During a media briefing this week, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said as of Thursday 18 new cases were confirmed among workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Some 13 of those individuals who tested positive for novel coronavirus are Maine residents, while four are from New Hampshire and one from Massachusetts, he said. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS), often called the Portsmouth Navy Yard, is a United States Navy shipyard located in Kittery on the southern boundary of Maine near the city of Portsmouth, N.H. Maine's CDC director said Thursday it is the site of an outbreak of coronavirus where 18 confirmed cases have occurred. ...
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard virus outbreak investigated by Maine CDC – Seacoastonline.com

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard virus outbreak investigated by Maine CDC – Seacoastonline.com

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KITTERY, Maine — A cluster of coronavirus cases identified at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard prompted state officials to open an outbreak investigation, as announced Thursday.Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah cited 18 cases, which have been lab-confirmed, with workers coming from three different states. Of the cases, 13 live in Maine, four in New Hampshire, and one in Massachusetts, Shah said.Shah said among the 18 at least two are not employees of the shipyard, but close household contacts of PNSY employees.Contact tracers are looking into the shipyard workers’ links to Sanford, where state officials are already managing several active outbreak investigations. A group of seven workers who tested positive were known to caravan from Sanford to the shipyard for
Fauci would bet on effective and safe coronavirus vaccine by November or December – Fox News

Fauci would bet on effective and safe coronavirus vaccine by November or December – Fox News

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that he would bet on a coronavirus vaccine to be proven safe and effective before the end of 2020.‘‘I would still put my money on November/December,” he said, during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on global pandemics.Fauci, 79, one of the most trusted faces of the coronavirus task force, said his informed projection was calculated based on where the clinical trial sites are in their studies, according to CNN.He added that researchers need to see about 150 infections occur in a vaccine trial for it to be deemed safe and effective.FAUCI HONORED WITH NEW BOBBLEHEAD: 'FACEPALM EDITION' Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Dise
New fear grips Europe as Covid tops 30m worldwide – BBC News

New fear grips Europe as Covid tops 30m worldwide – BBC News

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by America's Johns Hopkins University.More than 940,000 have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began in China late last year.The US, India and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, but there is a renewed spike in infections across Europe.Many northern hemisphere countries are now bracing for a second wave of the pandemic as winter approaches.In the UK, the government is considering taking further England-wide measures including a short period of restrictions to try to slow a second surge of infections.Outside Europe, Israel brings in a second nationwide lockdown later on Friday - the first nation to do so.Africa has reco...
EEE virus: Michiganders urged to stay indoors as officials race to stop the spread of a dangerous mosquito-borne disease – msnNOW

EEE virus: Michiganders urged to stay indoors as officials race to stop the spread of a dangerous mosquito-borne disease – msnNOW

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Not only are Michigan health officials dealing with the coronavirus, but they're also trying to contain the spread of a rare mosquito-borne disease. © Shutterstock Authorities are urging people to stay indoors after dark and protect themselves from mosquito bites after a resident in Barry County was suspected of having Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a potentially deadly illness caused by the EEE virus. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the suspected EEE case on Tuesday. "This suspected EEE case in a Michigan resident shows this is an ongoing threat to the health and safety of Michiganders and calls for continued actions to prevent exposure, including aerial treatment," Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy f