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May 18th, 2020

B.C. pilots take part in memorial flyover for Snowbirds member killed in crash – CTV News

May 18th, 2020

VANCOUVER — B.C. pilots took part in a memorial flyover after a fatal Snowbirds crash in Kamloops Sunday.

Members of the B.C. General Aviation Association flew over the Lower Mainland Monday starting around 6:30 p.m., from Abbotsford.

“Let’s pick up where the Snowbirds left off in honour of Captain Jenn Casey in their mission to fly over Canada to lift the spirits of Canadians,” the association wrote on its web page.

Casey was killed when a Canadian Forces Snowbirds plane went down Sunday over Kamloops, crashing into a residential neighbourhood. The Snowbirds had been on a cross-country tour called Operation Inspiration to raise morale during the coronavirus crisis.

Capt. Richard McDougall, the pilot of the plane, survived the crash with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

The flyover route went over Abbotsford, Langley, White Rock, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby, North Shore, Jericho Beach, downtown Vancouver, and Burnaby.

The association warned participating pilots that there would be no formation flying during the memorial flyover, and planes needed to remain half a mile apart.

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These N.Y.C. Neighborhoods Have the Highest Rates of Virus Deaths – The New York Times

May 18th, 2020

New data released Monday sheds light on one of the biggest questions about the toll the coronavirus has taken on New York: Where are people dying?

Neighborhoods with high concentrations of black and Latino people, as well as low-income residents, suffered the highest death rates, while some wealthier areas — primarily in Manhattan — saw almost no deaths, according to the new data, which was published by the New York City Health Department.

“We may all be in the same storm, but we’re not all in the same boat,” said Inez Barron, a city councilwoman whose Brooklyn district includes the ZIP code with the highest death rate in the city.

The data, which was current as of Monday, includes only deaths of people who had tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Probable cases of the virus among those who had not been tested account for 1 in 4 deaths.

The death rate in the 11239 ZIP code — a community of about 13,000 people — is the city’s highest, and almost 40 percent higher than in the area with the next highest rate. It is home to many older and African-American residents and includes Starrett City, a sprawling low- and middle-income housing complex on a peninsula jutting into Jamaica Bay.

Although the area has the city’s highest concentration of people over age 65, it was unclear why its death rate is so high. The total number of confirmed deaths there was 76.

Ms. Barron, the city councilwoman, said the people she represents have long been underserved by the city and live in conditions that make it difficult to control the spread of the disease.

“We might have instances of multigenerational families in Starrett City, and one person who is sick doesn’t have the luxury of going out to Long Island or going to their vacation home,” she said.

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While the vast majority of the city’s deaths have been people 65 and older, the overwhelming difference between the neighborhoods that suffered most and least has been race and income, not age.

Of the 10 ZIP codes with the highest death rates, eight have populations that are predominantly black or Hispanic and include every borough except for Manhattan.

Most of the neighborhoods with the lowest death rates are in Manhattan, and each has a six-figure median household income. The group also includes some of the richest ZIP codes in the city, the same areas that emptied out when the virus hit New York. All but one is majority white.

The neighborhoods in the bottom quarter for death rates have double the income of the group in the top quarter. On average, the most affected areas are also more populous.

The Bronx has the highest rate for coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. And in each measure, Manhattan has been the least affected.

The three whitest ZIP codes in the Bronx — around Pelham-Throgs Neck and the Northeast Bronx — show among the lowest death rates in the borough.

The same trends with race and income can be seen in Manhattan. A ZIP code stretching over Central Harlem and Morningside Heights had the borough’s highest death rate; the neighborhoods are 90 percent black and Hispanic and one of the poorest areas in Manhattan.

Across the city, a median of 6 percent of residents have been tested for the virus.

In the ZIP codes with the highest rates of death, a median of 38 percent of the tests came back positive; in the areas with the lowest rates, about 25 percent came back positive — suggesting that if more tests were done, the death rates in the hardest-hit areas could be even higher.

The rate of deaths at public housing projects mirrors that of the city overall, suggesting that fears the pandemic might disproportionately affect residents in buildings operated by the New York City Housing Authority have not borne out, according to a Health Department analysis.

As of last week, 943 residents of city housing projects who had tested positive for Covid-19 had died. In its analysis of death rates in NYCHA buildings, which house about 400,000 New Yorkers, the Health Department also included deaths of people presumed to have had the virus, which added another 298 cases.

In all, 7,818 public housing residents have tested positive for the disease.

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May 18th, 2020

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May 18th, 2020

Vaccinations Fall to Alarming Rates, C.D.C. Study Shows – The New York Times

May 18th, 2020

As states across the country relax stay-at-home orders and people return to more normal routines, some researchers worry about a spike in vaccine-preventable diseases in addition to the coronavirus’s spread.

During the pandemic, the rates of childhood vaccinations have dropped significantly as many parents have been reluctant to schedule well-child visits at their doctors’ offices, for fear of contracting the coronavirus. As a result, children have fallen behind on vaccinations for diseases like measles and pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

Angela Shen, a research scientist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the co-author of the study, said the falling rates in Michigan were concerning and quite likely representative of trends throughout the country.

“Now, you’re not just dealing with Covid,” she said, referring to Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “Now you’re contending with common vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Over the past two months, the risk of infection for diseases like measles might have been mitigated because most people, following stay-at-home orders, were not in proximity to one another. Now that some states are easing restrictions and allowing people to move about in their communities, there is a fear of outbreaks for diseases like influenza and especially measles.

“You are prone to potentially seeing measles outbreaks as communities and jurisdictions in Michigan — and arguably in other parts of the country — open up,” said Dr. Shen, a retired captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. “This is a big week for opening up, and public health wants you to come in and get your shots.”

The study used data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, which tracks immunizations within the state. It compared vaccination rates for children 5 months or younger on a typical day in May from 2016 to 2019, with the same day this year. It showed that before the pandemic, roughly two-thirds of children in that age group were up to date with their vaccinations; this year, the rate fell to 49.7 percent.

The study also showed that Michigan children on Medicaid were even less likely to be current on their immunizations. The largest disparity was seen among those 7 months or younger. The researchers found that only 34.6 percent children on Medicaid were up to date, compared with 55 percent of children in Michigan who were not on Medicaid.

Dr. Shen said the falling rates could jeopardize the herd immunity that communities have built up against a disease like measles. Public health officials estimate that a community vaccination rate from 93 percent to 95 percent is necessary to prevent a widespread outbreak of measles.

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Dr. Matthew L. Boulton, a professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Michigan, who did not take part in the Michigan study, said the results were not surprising considering the suspension in preventive care in recent weeks. People were not able, or did not want, to visit doctors for routine checkups.

It is vital, though, that parents and guardians catch up on their children’s vaccinations as soon as possible, he said, because these lapses can become magnified over time; with so many more children unprotected, outbreaks may occur.

“I think the implications for childhood immunization are long term,” he said, “because it will take a substantial amount of time to make up for this.”

Dr. Boulton said the problem was global, too. He said that he does immunization work and research in China, India and some African countries, and that his partners there had said they were seeing the same phenomenon.

“It’s a really scary thought,” he said. “We’ve made tremendous progress around the world, especially in many low-income countries. This literally could set us back years in our control of vaccine-preventable diseases, in both high- and low-income countries.”

In the United States, state health departments and pediatricians use immunization registries to monitor vaccinations. The information can be used to contact the families that have fallen behind on vaccinations and urge them to follow up as soon as possible.

The Michigan study also noted that doctors could employ strategies to reduce the potential for coronavirus infection by creating separate rooms for healthy children and even by administering vaccinations to children in cars in parking lots. Those efforts could alleviate the fears among parents and improve the likelihood they catch up on their children’s vaccinations.

“We already had challenges keeping kids up to date,” Dr. Boulton said. “This two- or three-month gap will definitely exacerbate that.”

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Brian Austin Green, Megan Fox split after almost 10 years of marriage, actor confirms: I’ll ‘always love her’ – Fox News

May 18th, 2020

Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox are calling it quits, according to the “Beverly Hills, 90210” actor.

Speculation of a split between the two has been circulating recently, but the news was confirmed by Green on the star’s podcast, “…with Brian Austin Green” in an episode titled “Context” on Monday.

Green said that, because of the current state of the world, they made the decision to avoid commenting on their relationship publicly, but noted that “tabloids and paparazzi” have brought the story to the forefront, making it difficult to avoid.

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“I wanted people to hear everything from me, and this is it,” Green said, noting that he and Fox will not comment on their split any further.

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green attend the PUBG Mobile's #FIGHT4THEAMAZON Event at Avalon Hollywood on December 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green attend the PUBG Mobile’s #FIGHT4THEAMAZON Event at Avalon Hollywood on December 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.  (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

He then offered “context,” recounting what led to the current separation.

He said that last year “around Halloween, Thanksgiving time” Fox was gone for several weeks out of the country to film a movie and while she was gone, he dreamt that there was a distance between them that actualized when she arrived home. According to Green, Fox was gone for about five and a half weeks, which is the “longest that she’s been gone” for work.

“I gave her a couple weeks, I figured she’s been out of the country, she’s jet-lagged, she’s been shooting nights, I have to give her some time to recoup a little bit and get back into life, and so I did,” he said.

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After two weeks, nothing had changed between the pair, and Fox, 34, revealed to her husband that she’d enjoyed her time alone and even liked herself “better during that experience.”

Green said he was “shocked” and “upset about it,” but “wasn’t upset at her.”

“It wasn’t a choice she made,” he said. “That’s the way she honestly felt.”

The pair then decided to “separate a little bit and give ourselves some time and take some space, and meditate, and do whatever, and see what it is we find, and so we did,” Green explained.

He went on to explain that from there “things just didn’t really change” and “the reality started sinking in” of “maybe this is what it is.”

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green attend Ferrari's 60th anniversary in the USA Gala at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green attend Ferrari’s 60th anniversary in the USA Gala at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (JB Lacroix/WireImage)

“Neither one of us did anything to each other. She’s always been honest with me. I’ve always been honest with her,” Green said. “We’ve had an amazing relationship, and I will always love her. And I know she will always love me and I know as far as a family what we’ve built is really cool and really special.”

The pair plans to vacation and holiday as a family for the sake of their three children, Noah, 7, Bodhi, 6, and Journey, 3.

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“It sucks when life changes and something that you’re used to, that you’ve been doing for 15 years, you try and not get rid of but you change because there’s the unknown aspect. … There’s that pit in my stomach,” Green said. “I really don’t want Megan and I to be at odds. … She’s been my best friend for 15 years and I don’t want to lose that.”

The reveal comes shortly after photos of Fox spending time with rapper Machine Gun Kelly surfaced, as did photos of Green without his wedding ring.

Green said that Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, real name Colson Baker, are “friends at this point.”

“I trust her judgment, she’s always had really good judgment,” the actor said. “I don’t want people to think that her [sic] or he are villains or I was a victim in any way with any of this because I wasn’t. This isn’t something new for us. This is something new for people to experience and hear about in the press.”

Green also shared a post to Instagram on Saturday, in which he referenced a butterfly becoming “bored” and “smothered” after “sitting on a flower for too long.”

In Monday’s podcast, Green said that the Instagram post “wasn’t meant to be cryptic in the way it was read and the way it was received and sort of the way people took it.”

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The two began dating in 2004 and wed in 2010. Their relationship had been subject to split rumors before with Fox filing for divorce in 2015. The pair reconciled before the birth of their third child.

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May 18th, 2020

CDC plans sweeping antibody study to track coronavirus’s spread: report | TheHill – The Hill

May 18th, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly planning to launch a nationwide study in 25 metropolitan areas testing blood from donors to examine the spread of coronavirus around the U.S.

Reuters reported Monday that the CDC study, which is set to begin in June or July, will tests tens of thousands of blood samples from donors around the country. The study’s aim is to locate antibodies created by the body in response to the presence of the COVID-19 virus.

“We have selected sites to give a broad geographical distribution throughout the country,” said Dr. Graham Simmons, a researcher with the nonprofit Vitalant Research Institute, which is leading the first stage of the study.

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A precursor study led by Vitalant is examining blood from donors in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Minneapolis, according to Reuters. The CDC did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on what the later study would encompass.

News of the CDC’s study comes as some have called for the agency to take on a greater role in the nation’s fight against coronavirus, which has largely thus far been led by the White House coronavirus task force. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called on the agency to not be sidelined in an op-ed published over the weekend in The Wall Street Journal.

“There are shortcomings in our ability to access the electronic systems designed to help glean facts from clinical data. CDC hasn’t been filling its traditional role of promptly publishing medical findings that may help doctors care for patients,” Gottlieb wrote. “Instead, a lot of this information is being passed around social media, by email or even through word of mouth. It’s trial and error on a global scale.”

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Asus reveals new Google Meet videoconferencing hardware for offices – The Verge

May 18th, 2020