Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

ROME — Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters worse, authorities say, is a widespread case of “COVID-fatigue.”

Record high daily infections in several eastern European countries and sharp rebounds in the hard-hit west have made clear that Europe never really crushed the COVID-19 curve as hoped, after springtime lockdowns.

Spain this week declared a state of emergency for Madrid amid increasing tensions between local and national authorities over virus containment measures. Germany offered up soldiers to help with contact tracing in newly flaring hotspots. Italy mandated masks outdoors and warned that for the first time since the country became the European epicenter of the pandemic, the health system was facing “significant critical issues” as hospitals fill up.

The Czech Republic’s “Farewell Covid” party in June, when thousands of Prague

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Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

ROME (AP) — Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters worse, authorities say, is a widespread case of “COVID-fatigue.”

Record high daily infections in several eastern European countries and sharp rebounds in the hard-hit west have made clear that Europe never really crushed the COVID-19 curve as hoped, after springtime lockdowns.

Spain this week declared a state of emergency for Madrid amid increasing tensions between local and national authorities over virus containment measures. Germany offered up soldiers to help with contact tracing in newly flaring hotspots. Italy mandated masks outdoors and warned that for the first time since the country became the European epicenter of the pandemic, the health system was facing “significant critical issues” as hospitals fill up.

The Czech Republic’s “Farewell Covid” party in June, when thousands of

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Gov’t Bows to Vax Makers’ Demands? 2nd Wave Hits Europe; FDA Wants Makena Pulled

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The White House is blocking new FDA guidelines that would stiffen requirements for authorizing COVID-19 vaccines, after manufacturers reportedly objected to the guidance. (New York Times, Politico)

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Pastor Greg Laurie of the Harvest Christian Fellowship megachurch were the latest attendees at a recent White House event to report a positive coronavirus test. MedPage Today has a running list here.

Perhaps the most at risk White House staffers, however, are the 100 members of the White House’s residence staff. (The Atlantic)

Finally: the CDC acknowledges the potential for airborne SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

As of 8:00 a.m. ET Tuesday, the estimated U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 7,459,102 cases and 210,196 deaths — up 40,364 and 462, respectively, since the same time Monday.

The Northeast and Midwest are experiencing surges, and new cases have risen

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DCH Hits Highest COVID-19 Inpatient Total Since Aug. 21

TUSCALOOSA, AL. — The number of inpatient COVID-19 cases for DCH Health System across its three hospitals has hit its highest mark in more than a month, according to Monday’s update from DCH.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, DCH reported 69 inpatient COVID-19 cases, which is up from 50 two weeks ago and represents the most patients being treated in the hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus since the system reported 69 cases on Aug. 21.

The number of COVID-19 patients being treated in the hospital’s intensive care units (ICUs) as of Monday afternoon — 25 — is also the same number seen on Aug. 21 and a total increase of five over the last two weeks.

While inpatient totals at DCH have been on a steady climb since Labor Day weekend and the beginning of in-person instruction for local schools and colleges, Monday’s inpatient figures are still well-short

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Fitness coach Lauren Simpson, 30, hits back at trolls who accused her of being ‘fake’ on Instagram

‘Don’t be a hater’: Fitness coach, 30, claps back at trolls with a red hot bikini snap after she was accused of being ‘fake’ in her social media pictures

  • A trainer has hit back at trolls who accused her of being fake on Instagram  
  • Lauren Simpson asked her 1.9million followers to ask questions on her story
  • One person wrote: ‘Why do you pose in photos? You are so fake’
  • The fitness coach, from Sydney, replied that it’s simply part of her job
  • She urged women to post what they want and stop worrying about criticism

A fitness coach has clapped back at trolls with a picture showing off her incredible physique after she was accused of being ‘fake’ in her photos on social media.

When Lauren Simpson, 30, invited her

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Cyberattack hits major U.S. hospital system

A major hospital chain has been hit by what appears to be one of the largest medical cyberattacks in United States history.

Computer systems for Universal Health Services, which has more than 400 locations, primarily in the U.S., began to fail over the weekend, and some hospitals have had to resort to filing patient information with pen and paper, according to multiple people familiar with the situation

Universal Health Services did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but speaking anonymously, one person familiar with the company’s response efforts who is not authorized to speak to the press said that the attack “looks and smells like ransomware.”

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that spreads across computer networks, encrypting files and demanding payment for a key to decrypt them. It’s become a common tactic for hackers, though attacks of this scale against medical facilities aren’t common. A patient died

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Dad hits out at government after wife’s chemotherapy was stopped

Andy Jenkinson says the government has "pushed aside" cancer patients amid the focus on COVID-19. (Andy Jenkinson)
Andy Jenkinson says the government has “pushed aside” cancer patients amid the focus on COVID-19. (Andy Jenkinson)

A father-of-four has hit out at the government for “pushing aside” cancer patients after his wife’s brain cancer spread when her chemotherapy was stopped during the coronavirus lockdown.

Andy Jenkinson said having life-saving treatment stopped for several months had handed a “death sentence” to some patients.

The 33-year-old, from Bury, Greater Manchester, spoke out after his wife Emma, 31, was told that her brain cancer had spread after her chemotherapy was stopped during lockdown.

He is now working to raise awareness of the issue and says he has been contacted by hundreds of people in similar situations.

Earlier this year, research suggested that almost 18,000 more people would die from cancer over the following 12 months in England because of the impact of COVID-19.

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A Second Wave of Coronavirus Could Be Coming: 3 Stocks to Buy Before It Hits

Europe is already beginning to reel from a second coronavirus wave. The U.K. recently posted its highest number of COVID-19 cases since May. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is implementing tighter restrictions that could be in effect for six months. Spain just put new restrictions in place in Madrid, the country’s largest city.

What about the U.S.? Coronavirus cases are rising in 22 states. However, new cases are declining in several larger states, keeping the overall national numbers down. But epidemiology experts warn that the U.S. isn’t out of the woods yet and that the pandemic could worsen in the fall. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine epidemiologist Eili Klein told The Washington Post earlier this month, “My feeling is that there is a [second] wave coming, and it’s not so much whether it’s coming but how big is it going to be.”

Here are three stocks to buy before this grim

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As US hits 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, experts warn of growing mental health crisis

As the United States crosses the grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19-related deaths, experts are warning about a less visible but worrisome outbreak happening simultaneously: increasingly poor mental health.

More than half of U.S. adults — about 53% — reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the pandemic, according to a nationwide poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

That number is a significant increase from the 32% who reported being similarly affected in March, showing that as the pandemic continues into its seventh month and the death rate continues to climb, so, too, does the toll on people’s mental health.

“Keep in mind that in the U.S., we’ve been kind of in a mental health decline for some years now,” Dr. Rheeda Walker, a professor of psychology at University of Houston and the author of “The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health,” told

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