Archive for September 7th, 2020

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S release date and price finally revealed – Windows Central

September 7th, 2020

Prosser: Sources ‘Not Budging’ on Claims of New iPad Air and Apple Watch Tomorrow – MacRumors

September 7th, 2020

Bose’s new noise-canceling earbuds near release, get name change – CNET

September 7th, 2020

Facebook will pay users to log off before 2020 election – New York Post

September 7th, 2020

For Long-Haulers, Covid-19 Takes a Toll on Mind as Well as Body – MSN Money

September 7th, 2020

a woman wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: Angela Aston, a nurse practitioner in San Marcos, Texas, was sick for months with Covid-19. Her colleagues gradually came to not believe her: “‘You’re fine,’ they would say, and I would have to tell them, ‘No, I can’t breathe.’”
© Sergio Flores for The New York Times Angela Aston, a nurse practitioner in San Marcos, Texas, was sick for months with Covid-19. Her colleagues gradually came to not believe her: “‘You’re fine,’ they would say, and I would have to tell them, ‘No, I can’t breathe.’”

Forty hours after treating her first coronavirus patient, on March 30, Angela Aston came home to her family with a cough. “Gosh, your throat is scratchy,” her husband told her. Right away she knew she had likely been infected with Covid-19. As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Aston, 50, was confident she knew how to handle her symptoms, and disappeared to her bedroom to quarantine and rest.

By day 50 of her illness, that confidence had disappeared. In late May, she was still experiencing daily fevers and fatigue. She went to bed each evening worried that her breathing would deteriorate overnight. Particularly frustrating was the difficulty she felt explaining to her colleagues, friends and family that after eight weeks she was still sick.

“I felt this stigma like, ‘I’ve got this thing nobody wants to be around,’” Ms. Aston said. “It makes you depressed, anxious that it’s never going to go away. People would say to my husband, ‘She’s not better yet?’ They start to think you’re making it up.”

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Ms. Aston found psychological comfort in an online support group, founded by the wellness organization Body Politic, where more than 7,000 people share their experiences as Covid-19 “long-haulers,” whose sicknesses have persisted for months.

Along with sharing their physical symptoms, many in the support group have opened up about how their mental health has suffered because of the disease. Dozens wrote that their months of illness have contributed to anxiety and depression, exacerbated by the difficulties of accessing medical services and disruptions to their work, social and exercise routines.

a pile of rocks: “We can’t all be collectively hallucinating the same symptoms,” said Angela Vázquez, who contracted Covid-19 in March.
© Tara Pixley for The New York Times “We can’t all be collectively hallucinating the same symptoms,” said Angela Vázquez, who contracted Covid-19 in March.

Early on in the pandemic, a pervasive myth among patients and some health authorities was the idea that Covid-19 was a short-term illness. Only in recent months has more attention been given to long-haulers. In online support groups like Body Politic and Survivor Corps, long-haulers have produced informal surveys and reports to study their course of illness.

Natalie Lambert, a health researcher at Indiana University School of Medicine, recently surveyed more than 1,500 long-haul patients through the Survivor Corps Facebook page and found a number of common psychological symptoms. She found that anxiety was the eighth most common long-haul symptom, cited by more than 700 respondents. Difficulty concentrating was also high on the list, and more than 400 reported feeling “sadness.”

Dr. Teodor Postolache, a psychiatrist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, estimates that between one-third and one-half of Covid-19 patients experienced some form of mental health problem including anxiety, depression, fatigue or abnormal sleeping.

Those without Covid-19 infections are also seeing their mental health suffer amid the pandemic. A study published in June by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that symptoms of anxiety and depression nationwide increased significantly during April through June of 2020 compared with the same period last year. This study found that adverse mental health symptoms were disproportionately reported in young adults, Black and Hispanic adults and essential workers. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nonprofit organization, has seen a 65 percent increase in people reaching out to its help line for mental health resources since the onset of the pandemic.

“The public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic needs to include addressing its mental health consequences,” said Mark Czeisler, an author of the C.D.C. study.

Chimére Smith, 38, a middle-school teacher in Baltimore, marked her sixth month of Covid-19 symptoms in September. On March 22 Ms. Smith was on the phone with her therapist when she began to feel a tickle in her throat, which turned into a burn by the evening. Her symptoms became a “wheel of misfortune,” vacillating daily between nausea, diarrhea and headaches, she said.

Since then, she has gone to the emergency room a dozen times. In mid-April she rewrote her will. A persistent mental fog has made it difficult to put together sentences, she said, whereas before the pandemic she had functioned “like a walking thesaurus.” When she realized that could not return to teaching seventh and eighth grade English this autumn because of fatigue, she cried.

By the fourth month of her illness, Ms. Smith had contemplated taking her own life. “I said, ‘Who in the world would want to live like this?’” she said. “I wanted to jump out of my own body.”

Ms. Smith is one of many long-haulers who, like Ms. Aston, said her mental health improved when she joined the online support groups Body Politic and Survivor Corps, where she exchanges tips for managing mental and physical symptoms. Members of these groups supported Ms. Smith in overcoming her thoughts of suicide, she said.

Other Covid-19 patients turned to peers on such groups for reassurance that their symptoms were not imagined. “Every single symptom I’ve experienced is echoed by dozens of other people,” said Angela Vázquez, 33, a Covid-19 patient in Los Angeles. “We can’t all be collectively hallucinating the same symptoms.”

Although social media groups provide validation, there is also some risk. Groups that do not moderate their content can contribute to the spread of misinformation when users share unverified medical advice. (Survivor Corps requires people to link to trustworthy sources, and Body Politic deploys volunteers to moderate posts.) Support group members also sometimes inadvertently reinforce one another’s fears through detailed discussion of their own medical experiences, according to Jo Daniels, a psychologist at the University of Bath and an author of a recent study in the journal American Psychologist on Covid-19 and mental health.

Some long-haulers said that their doctors recommended limiting the time they spent on these groups daily so they could take in information without becoming overwhelmed.

Immunologists speculate that long-haulers’ symptoms might persist because they harbor fragments of viral genes that are not infectious but that trigger violent immune reactions. There is limited knowledge of Covid-19’s lingering impact, however, both because the illness is still new and because of broader gaps in understanding the long-term effects of viral infections.

Many long-haulers said their mental health suffered when they faced skepticism about their symptoms from friends, family and even medical providers. Female long-haulers pointed to numerous studies showing that medical providers were more likely to underestimate women’s pain levels and misdiagnose their conditions. Ms. Smith said that in her first week of illness, her male doctor suggested she might have a sinus infection rather than Covid-19. Ms. Vázquez was told that her difficulty breathing could be a product of anxiety. Gina Assaf, a consultant in Washington, D.C., who helped write Body Politic’s report, said that by week six of her Covid-19 course, her doctor asked if her symptoms could be bad allergies.

“That felt like gaslighting,” Ms. Assaf said. Her friends were dubious of her lingering symptoms. “I stopped talking about it with a lot of my friends because it felt like they couldn’t understand.”

The pandemic has caused mental stress for many in its disruption to social, work and exercise routines. But these interruptions are often worse for long-haulers. Some cut themselves off from community — partly because they are sick, but also because they are loathe to explain physical and mental problems that they themselves do not understand. The activities that they normally rely on to relieve stress, such as exercise, are difficult or impossible to undertake. In Dr. Lambert’s survey of long-haulers, “inability to exercise or be active” was the fifth most commonly reported symptom, cited by 916 respondents.

Being unable to work and feeling unproductive can also hinder mental health, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Losing income and health insurance brings its own form of anxiety.

“My doctor said the most important thing is to completely de-stress,” said Jenna Bitar, 28, a New Yorker who contracted coronavirus and was placed on leave by her employer in March. “But how do I avoid stress when I don’t even know if I’ll be able to afford my medical bills? I don’t have a job.”

For long-haul Covid-19 patients, one helpful mental health resource is validation from friends, family and colleagues, Dr. Lambert said. She also called for primary care physicians to stay up-to-date on new research so that they could properly inform their patients, and for clinical researchers to continue studying the disease’s mental health and cognitive effects.

Dr. Daniels, the University of Bath psychologist, said that researchers should study strategies for improving mental health, given the many people who turn to negative coping mechanisms like substance abuse.

Several long-haulers said they were learning to be gentle with themselves, as they adjusted to a new normal in their work and family lives.

“I’ve had three OK days, but I’m hesitant to share that, because it could go away,” Ms. Smith said. “Long-haulers will tell you that. We preface every conversation when we feel good with, ‘I’ll regret saying this tomorrow.’”


Increase in Florida COVID-19 cases smallest since mid-June – WJXT News4JAX

September 7th, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – While health experts are concerned that the Labor Day holiday could spread additional cases of coronavirus, data released Monday by the Florida Department of Health show the increase in cases continues to drop from peaks experienced in June and July — after spikes in cases after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

The state added 1,838 new cases its dashboard on Monday, bringing the total to 648,269 — but the smallest daily increase since June 15. Growth in local caseloads was well off the summer peaks, but more similar to other recent days.

The Florida Health Department said 4.8 million tests have now been conducted in the state in the last six months. Of the 43,445 tests where results came back Sunday, 4.55% of those were positive for the virus — the 26th consecutive day the positivity rate was below 10% and the third time the rate has dropped below 5% in the past two weeks.

Florida surpassed 12,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus on Sunday, but added only 22 on Monday, according to state data. Over the past week the state has averaged about 100 deaths per day.

There was one new death reported Monday in Northeast Florida: an 88-year-old man in Duval County who had known contact with a person who had tested positive for the virus.

Nearly 3,200 infected people were being treated in hospitals for the virus.


Pierce County schools look to reopen if coronavirus cases don’t surge again after Labor Day –

September 7th, 2020

Superintendents from 14 school districts in Pierce County say it’s good news that the county’s coronavirus cases have dropped, which gave them the go-ahead to gradually start reopening schools. 

However, the superintendents also echoed concerns from the health department that the Labor Day weekend could have a negative impact on getting students back into the classroom, as the area saw a spike in cases following the Fourth of July weekend. 

The state’s decision for returning to school has elementary students returning first because they are at a lower risk of contracting the virus. It recommends “over time” plans be considered for middle and high schools.

Nancy Sutton, of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, said there’s no “number” or threshold for how many cases of coronavirus over the holiday weekend would cause them to rescind their recommendation, but they will continue to evaluate as information comes in.

She said the department has been working closely with the districts and sharing data to help them formulate plans.


Dallas County reports 261 coronavirus cases, no additional COVID-19 deaths – The Dallas Morning News

September 7th, 2020

Dallas County reported 261 new coronavirus cases and zero deaths Monday.

It was first day in two weeks, and only the third in nearly three months, that the county didn’t report additional deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

The county said 177 of the newly reported cases came from the state’s reporting system: 35 from August and 142 from September. The rest were reported directly to the county health department.

The new figures bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 73,961.

Although a news release from the county indicated that 946 residents have died from COVID-19 — one more than on Saturday — a county representative confirmed that the toll remains at 945.

The county also has reported 3,184 probable cases and 10 probable COVID-19 deaths. While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it’s not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that he hoped residents celebrated the holiday weekend responsibly to ensure that there would not be a spike in cases. He also said the next challenge would be the reopening of schools, and he encouraged the continued use of masks and social distancing.

“If we all continue to work together for the good of the community, we’ll see less sickness and death, more businesses and jobs thrive, and more kids in school,” he said.

Across Texas, 2,057 new cases and 20 deaths were reported Monday — a day of the week when the numbers are generally lower because of lags in weekend reporting. A total of 13,492 Texans have died from the virus, and there have been 640,370 confirmed cases in the state.

There are 3,537 coronavirus patients in Texas hospitals, including 677 in North Texas. The seven-day average of positive tests for the state is 7.2%, the lowest that number has been since mid-June.

Tarrant County

Because of the Labor Day holiday, Tarrant County will next release new coronavirus data Tuesday, according to a note on the county’s dashboard.

As of Saturday, the county had reported a total of 42,798 coronavirus cases — 2,576 of which were considered “probable.” Its death toll stood at 576.

There are 231 coronavirus patients in Tarrant County hospitals, and 37,402 people have recovered from the virus.

Collin County

Collin County reported 53 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the county’s total to 11,534 confirmed cases.

The county’s number of COVID-19 deaths remained at 118.

According to the county, 68 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus and 10,836 have recovered from it.

The county has posted a notice on its online coronavirus dashboard saying that local officials lack confidence in the data that are being provided by the state.

Denton County

Denton County reported 51 new coronavirus cases and no additional deaths Monday.

The new cases bring the county’s total to 10,639 confirmed cases. There have been 101 deaths from the virus in Denton County.

According to the county’s data, 33 patients remain hospitalized and 8,898 have recovered.

Other counties

The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for other North Texas counties. Some of those counties may not report updates each day.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 1,411 cases, 22 deaths
  • Kaufman County: 2,845 cases, 42 deaths
  • Ellis County: 3,888 cases, 60 deaths
  • Johnson County: 2,587 cases, 46 deaths

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Staff writer Dana Branham contributed to this report.


Kevin Dobson, ‘Knots Landing’ & ‘Kojak’ Star, Dead at 77 – Entertainment Tonight

September 7th, 2020

Kevin Dobson, ‘Knots Landing’ & ‘Kojak’ Star, Dead at 77 | Entertainment Tonight

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Canada adds 247 new coronavirus cases as country celebrates Labour Day – Global News

September 7th, 2020
Health officials in Canada reported 247 new novel coronavirus infections on Labour Day Monday, pushing the country’s total case count to 132,053.

Health authorities also said one more person had died after contracting the respiratory illness, bringing Canada’s total death toll to 9,146.

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However, a number of provinces and territories did not report new COVID-19 data on Monday due to the holiday.

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In Quebec — the province hardest-hit by the virus — 216 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, and health officials said one more person had died, bringing the province’s total death toll to 5,770.

So far, health authorities in Quebec have administered 1,721,867 tests, and 55,871 have recovered after contracting COVID-19.

Ontario health officials did not release any new data on the holiday Monday, but 158 new cases reported on Sunday brought the province’s case count to 43,161.

A total of 2,813 people have died from COVID-19 in Ontario, and 3,126,408 have been tested for the virus. 

Since the pandemic began, 38,958 have recovered after falling ill.

3:10Canada still determining percentage of COVID-19 vaccinations needed to be effective on wider scale: Tam

Canada still determining percentage of COVID-19 vaccinations needed to be effective on wider scale: Tam

Manitoba saw 15 new infections on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 1,338.

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However, health officials said no one else had died.

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So far, 146,064 tests for the virus have been administered in Manitoba, and 910 have recovered.

In Saskatchewan, 11 new COVID-19 cases were reported, but health officials said no more deaths had occurred.

A total of 150,747 people have been tested for the virus, and 1,580 have recovered.

Nova Scotia added one new case of the virus on Monday, but the province’s death toll remained at 65.

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More than 81,300 tests have been conducted in Nova Scotia and 1,017 have recovered from infections.

Neither New Brunswick or Newfoundland and Labrador reported a new case of the novel coronavirus, and health officials in each province said no additional deaths had occurred.

In New Brunswick, 64,188 tests have been administered, and 187 people have recovered after becoming infected with the virus.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland and Labrador health officials have tested 33,483 people for the virus. 265 of the province’s cases are considered to be resolved.

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Prince Edward Island reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the province’s total case load to 51.

Forty-four people have recovered after contracting the virus in PEI.

Neither British Columbia or Alberta released any new COVID-19 data on Monday.

2:18Coronavirus: Tam says young people comprise a ‘majority’ of new cases

Coronavirus: Tam says young people comprise a ‘majority’ of new cases

But the latest data released in British Columbia on Friday said the province has seen 6,077 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, and 211 deaths.

Officials in British Columbia have conducted more than 386,100 tests and 4,706 cases are considered to be recovered.

In Alberta, numbers released Friday said the province has seen 4,474 cases of the virus so far.

There have also been 242 deaths related to COVID-19 in the province.

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More than 1,005,000 tests have been conducted and 12,799 people have recovered from the virus in Alberta.

Cause for concern

In a statement on Monday, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the slow but steady increase in COVID-19 cases is cause for concern.

Tam said the average daily number of people testing positive over the last week is 545 — a 25 per cent increase over the previous week which saw a daily average of 435, and 390 a week before that.

Read more: ‘This is a concern’: Canada’s daily coronavirus cases rise 25% over last week

That number increased every day over the last week prompting Tam to remind Canadians not to get complacent about their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

The territories

None of the territories released new COVID-19 data on the holiday Monday.

But according to the latest numbers released on Friday, all five of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Northwest Territories were considered to be resolved.

The territory has conducted 4,012 tests for the virus.

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2:44Coronavirus: 23 COVID-19 cases linked to GTA wedding events

Coronavirus: 23 COVID-19 cases linked to GTA wedding events

In Yukon, all 15 of the cases of the virus previously detected have been resolved.

More than 2,700 people in the territory have been tested for the virus.

Nunavut has not yet confirmed a single case of COVID-19.

Global cases top 27 million

The number of novel coronavirus cases have now topped 27 million, according to a tally from John’s Hopkins University.

As of 7 p.m. ET, there were a total of 27,235,839 confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide.

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Since the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China late last year, it has claimed 890,687 lives.

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The United States remained the epicentre of the pandemic on Monday with more than 6.2 million cases.

So far the virus has claimed 189,140 lives in the U.S.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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