Archive for May 21st, 2020

Cases of rare inflammatory disease in children linked to COVID-19 spikes – CBS News

May 21st, 2020

There’s a growing number of cases of the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, sometimes called Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, affecting children. Now, doctors say they are seeing the illness in teens and young adults. Chip Reid has the latest. 


More evidence emerges on why covid-19 is so much worse than the flu – The Washington Post

May 21st, 2020

The observations in a small number of autopsied lungs buttress reports from physicians treating covid-19 patients. Doctors have described widespread damage to blood vessels and the presence of blood clots that would not be expected in a respiratory disease.

“What’s different about covid-19 is the lungs don’t get stiff or injured or destroyed before there’s hypoxia,” the medical term for oxygen deprivation, said Steven J. Mentzer, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and part of the team that wrote the report. “For whatever reason, there is a vascular phase” in addition to damage more commonly associated with viral diseases such as the flu, he said.

The research team compared seven lungs of patients who died of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, with lung tissue from seven patients who died of pneumonia caused by the flu. They also examined 10 lungs donated for transplant but not used. The lungs, acquired in Europe, were matched by age and gender.

In larger blood vessels of the lungs, the number of blood clots was similar among covid-19 and flu patients, the researchers wrote. But in covid-19 patients, they found nine times as many micro-clots in the tiny capillaries of the small air sacs that allow oxygen to pass into the blood stream and carbon dioxide to move out. The virus may have damaged the walls of those capillaries and blocked the movement of those gases, the researchers wrote.

They also found inflamed and damaged cells in the lining of blood vessels in the covid-19 patients.

Most surprising was evidence that the lungs of people attacked by the SARS-CoV-2 virus grew new blood vessels.

“The lungs from patients with covid-19 had significant new vessel growth,” a discovery the researchers described as “unexpected.” In an interview, Mentzer speculated that may have been an attempt by the lungs to pass more oxygen to hypoxic tissue.

“That may be one of the things that gets people better,” he said.

The researchers looked for genetic and other differences that might help predict who is most susceptible to severe illness from the virus but did not find any in their tiny sample. So far in the pandemic, covid-19 has hit certain groups, including older people, African Americans and people with underlying diseases such as diabetes, the hardest.

“Patients who do fairly well have a purely respiratory disease, and the patients who have trouble have a vascular component as well,” Mentzer said. But efforts to determine or explain who will fall into each group have not panned out, he said.


Contact tracing app vetted by Apple found to share data with Foursquare and Google – AppleInsider

May 21st, 2020

What are the latest CDC reopening guidelines? – Los Angeles Times

May 21st, 2020

The federal government’s top infectious-disease experts quietly released their most detailed guidelines to date for reopening schools, restaurants, transit systems and other businesses disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted online last week with little fanfare, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 60-page document includes six “decision trees,” or flow charts, offering checklists on when and how to safely reopen dining areas, subway cars, classrooms and child-care facilities. It also lays out the basic criteria for reopening, including ramping up testing and showing a 14-day decline in coronavirus cases.

States and counties are already in the process of rolling back restrictions and closures implemented because of the pandemic. An earlier, longer version of the guidelines was shelved by the White House for being too prescriptive. The Trump administration has given wide latitude to states to determine their reopening strategies.

Some familiar suggestions appear in the latest guidelines, including frequent handwashing and social distancing across all sectors. Others appear novel. In early stages, the CDC recommend restricting ridership on mass transit to crucial infrastructure workers and opening child-care facilities only to the children of essential workers, such as nurses and doctors.


Some codify ideas previously floated by health experts, such as staggering school start times and employee shifts to enhance social distancing, and installing sneeze guards at bars and other locations.

Not included in the guidelines are how houses of worship and religious institutions should operate, which were reportedly woven into an earlier version of the guidelines and removed over the Trump administration’s concerns that they infringed on religious freedom, according to a report by Politico.


Video captures tornado touching down in Saanich, B.C. –

May 21st, 2020

Residents of a Saanich, B.C. neighbourhood were shocked Thursday, when a weak tornado apparently touched down in a residential area.

It happened just after noon near Ambassador Park, and was captured on video.

READ MORE: Environment Canada confirms tornado touched down in central Alberta on Wednesday

Environment Canada has tentatively identified the phenomenon as a “weak, short-lived EF0 tornado.”

EF0 tornadoes are twisters of the lowest strength, with wind speeds of between 90 and 130 km/h, but can still cause property damage.

“The unsettled conditions under which this tornado and cells of heavy showers occurred will diminish late this afternoon,” said the agency.

Keith Harding, who caught the tornado on his doorbell camera, told Global News the twister touched down about 15 metres (50 feet) from his house and launched a neighbour’s trampoline into the air.

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“It probably went up I would say about five or six houses down the street,” he said.

Harding said he rushed his kids into the basement, but that the twister only lasted a few seconds.

Harding said he submitted the footage to Environment Canada, who told him the wind could have been blowing at up to 120 km/h.

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Lana Del Rey Defends Her Comments on Fellow Female Singers, ‘Racist’ Backlash – Billboard

May 21st, 2020

After facing heavy criticism on thoughts she expressed via Instagram earlier on Thursday (May 21), Lana Del Rey is defending herself.

In her original post, the singer called out fellow female stars Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, who “have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f—ing, cheating, etc.” She then asked if she can continue singing about her own dark past “without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse?”

“To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things,” she wrote in the comments section of her post. “I f—ing love these singers and know them. that is why I mention them.”

“I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgement of hysteria,” she clarified.

Del Rey continued to defend herself via Instagram story, writing, “Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f—ing people.”

She added: “And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post—there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bulls—.”

The “Blue Jeans” singer continued to slam critics who thought she was calling out minority artists specifically. “By the way the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race that’s your opinion but that’s not what I was saying.”

She concluded by writing, “When I said people who look like me—I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman—thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful.”

Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album, the followup to 2019’s Norman F—ing Rockwell, will be out Sept. 5.


Coronavirus not easily spread by touching surfaces or objects, CDC says – CNET

May 21st, 2020
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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

You can’t catch the coronavirus easily by touching surfaces or objects, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now emphasizing. We previously knew the coronavirus could live on surfaces but that this wasn’t the main way it was transmitted. The CDC’s updated COVID-19 page now makes that fact clearer with a new section.

“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes,” the CDC’s site now says. “This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.”

The virus also doesn’t spread easily from people to animals and animals to people, the CDC added, though it said it’s “aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.”

The CDC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether there was a new study that prompted the change on its website. On Thursday, spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund told The Washington Post that the changes were due to an internal review and “usability testing.”

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.


Christopher Nolan’s Tenet – Official Trailer 2 (2020) John David Washington, Robert Pattinson – IGN

May 21st, 2020

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Nolan wrote and directed the film, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen. Tenet was filmed on location across seven countries.

The international cast is led by John David Washington and also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

Tenet is being produced by Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan. Thomas Hayslip served as executive producer.

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Have You Seen This? Dad makes video diary for daughter with smart doorbell –

May 21st, 2020

Eighth Amazon warehouse worker dies from COVID-19 – NBC News

May 21st, 2020