Midwest Latest Region to be Hit Hard by COVID Spread | Health News

By Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporters


THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Coronavirus infections are surging in the American heartland, with Wisconsin bearing the brunt of COVID-19’s relentless spread.

Many Midwestern states are seeing some of the nation’s highest per capita rates of infection, and while federal health officials have again urged some governors in the region to require masks statewide, some Republican governors have resisted, the Associated Press reported.

Wisconsin appeared to be in the worst shape: A record number of people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in that state as of Wednesday. Of 737 patients, 205 were in intensive care, with spikes in cases in northern parts of the state driving up the numbers, the AP reported. Wisconsin health officials reported 2,319 new infections, bringing the total number to 122,274.

The state also reported its highest single-day number of deaths — 27 — pushing the

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Elderly hit so hard by COVID-19 because of lower levels of certain immune cells

Elderly people who get COVID-19 have lower levels of important immune cells, which may explain why they are more likely than younger patients to have severe symptoms or die, new research suggests.

For the study, the researchers analyzed blood samples from 30 people with mild COVID-19, ranging in age from the mid-20s to late-90s. Compared with healthy people, all of the COVID-19 patients had lower numbers of T cells — which target virus-infected cells — in their blood.

But COVID-19 patients over 80 years of age had fewer T cells than those who were younger, and so-called “killer” T cells in older patients produced lower amounts of cytotoxic molecules that find and kill infected cells, the investigators found.

This age-related difference in immune response may partially explain why older COVID-19 patients have more severe illness, according to the authors of the study published this month in the journal mBio.


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White House reportedly pushed CDC hard to fall in line on sending kids to school, sought alternate safety data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began working in early summer on guidance for sending children back to school, and the White House then “spent weeks trying to press public health professionals to fall in line with President Trump’s election-year agenda of pushing to reopen schools and the economy as quickly as possible,” The New York Times reported Monday night, citing documents and interviews with current and former government officials.

This “strikingly political intervention in one of the most sensitive public health debates of the pandemic” included searching for “alternate data” that suggested children were at little or no risk from the coronavirus, the Times reports, and trying to swap in guidance from a little-known Health and Human Services Department agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

SAMHSA was focused on the emotional and mental health toll remote school could have on children, but CDC scientists

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3 Fitness Stocks Whose Hard Work Can Reward You

One sector of the market that has benefited from the stay-at-home trend is fitness stocks. As the coronavirus pandemic put a wrench in social gatherings, group fitness classes lost its allure and more people looked for new ways to stay fit from within the confines of their home.

This shift in workout regimes was a boon for stocks that cater to the at-home fitness industry. Thanks to on-demand classes and technology that allows you to workout virtually alongside your peers, many find exercising from home to be just as engaging as an in-person class.

Experts also believe that the smart home gym may be here to stay long after the pandemic.

The pandemic presented a unique opportunity for fitness companies to redesign fitness routines as we know it. Investors who are looking to strengthen their portfolios in a volatile market should consider investing in these stocks.

  • Peloton (NASDAQ:PTON)
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The 1918 flu hit Native American tribes hard, just as coronavirus has done

The letter from the school was dated Oct. 29, 1918. It read:

During the scourge of Spanish Influenza from which your daughter Cecilia died I was so extremely busy that it was impossible for me to tell you the particulars in connection with the death of Cecilia.

This plague attacked this school on the 15th of October. It was brought here at first by new students coming in and it spread rapidly until we had about 250 cases. The entire school stopped its regular activities and devoted itself absolutely to the care and nursing of the sick. Out of the 250 cases we lost a comparatively few. Among the number was your daughter.

Cecilia was one of thousands of American Indians who died of the 1918 flu, which swept the world and killed upward of 50 million people. Like the coronavirus, which has devastated Native American reservations and people, the

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With COVID Causing Financial Strife, Americans Taking a Hard Look at Health Care Spending

The hits just keep on coming for Americans struggling to keep up financially during a COVID-fueled economic downturn.

That’s the key takeaway from the annual 2020 Aflac WorkForces Report, which takes a magnifying glass to how employees and employers expect to approach health care benefits enrollment each year.

It’s not uncommon for Americans to adjust their health care benefits preferences, but the rising tide Aflac is seeing this year on other personal health care front is surprising.

This from the study:

— Nearly half of Americans (49%) said COVID-19 was a wake-up call to invest more time researching and selecting their health benefits. That’s because 67% of employees have experienced at least a minor financial impact due to the pandemic, including canceling trips (42%), loss of income (36%), or paying for a family member’s care (21%).

— The effect of COVID-19 represents a significant shift in employee habits, considering 92%

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Repayment Of Medicare Loans Could Hit Rural Hospitals Hard : Shots

More than 65% of the nation’s small, rural hospitals took out loans from Medicare when the pandemic hit. Many now face repayment at a time when they are under great financial strain.

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More than 65% of the nation’s small, rural hospitals took out loans from Medicare when the pandemic hit. Many now face repayment at a time when they are under great financial strain.

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David Usher, chief financial officer for a 12-bed rural hospital in western Kansas, is sitting on $1.7 million he’s scared to spend.

The money lent from the federal government is meant to help hospitals and other health care providers weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet some hospital administrators have called it a payday loan program that is now brutally due for repayment at a time when the

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Why Is Behavior Change Towards Healthy Diet and Lifestyle So Hard?

I’ve been pondering this question ever since reading an article that public health officials in the UK want to start labeling foods with “activity equivalents.”(1) While only a proposal at this stage, these depictions would let consumers know approximately the time and types of activity required to burn off the calories in the product being purchased. A box of biscuits might, for example, have a picture of a person walking for 60 minutes or swimming for 30 minutes to demonstrate the type of activity and length of time it would take to burn off the calories in one serving. With more than 2/3 of the population in the UK falling into the overweight or obese category, this might be a good step forward.

But it is? While at first glance this seems like another positive step in the labeling of our foods, stop and think for a minute why this … Read More