At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True

In July, one infectious disease expert said Walt Disney World’s reopening was a “terrible idea” that was “inviting disaster.” Social media users attacked Disney as “irresponsible” and “clueless” for pressing forward, even as coronavirus cases surged in Florida. A few aghast onlookers turned Disney World marketing videos into parody trailers for horror films.

Attendance has been lower than anticipated. Travel agents say families have been postponing Christmastime plans to vacation at the Orlando-area resort, in part because of concerns about the safety of flying. In recent days, Disney World, citing continued uncertainty about the duration of the pandemic, began laying off 15,550 workers, or 20 percent of its work force.

As tumultuous as the three months since the reopening have been, however, public health officials and Disney World’s unions say there have been no coronavirus outbreaks among workers or guests. So far, Disney’s wide-ranging safety measures appear to be working.

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Trump is getting increasingly desperate, sparking new fears for his health

President Donald Trump’s increasing political desperation is raising concerns about his judgment following his aggressive Covid-19 treatment and as suspicion mounts that the White House is not telling the truth about his health.



a man standing in front of a window: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: A U.S. Marine stands guard outside the West Wing at the White House October 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, President Donald Trump was in the Oval Office Thursday, four days after returning from from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive and being treated for COVID-19. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 08: A U.S. Marine stands guard outside the West Wing at the White House October 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, President Donald Trump was in the Oval Office Thursday, four days after returning from from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive and being treated for COVID-19. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In a day of chaos Thursday, Trump repeatedly shifted his position on a new plan for a virtual second presidential debate and suddenly decided to back negotiations over a coronavirus economic rescue package he had killed off earlier in the week. His actions suggested a campaign in disarray as he

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Problem at Roche warehouse raises fears over UK COVID tests

LONDON (AP) — Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche said Wednesday that problems at a U.K. warehouse are delaying shipments of testing products to clinics and hospitals, triggering concerns that COVID-19 testing may be disrupted as infection rates rise around Britain.

Roche informed doctors about the problem at its U.K. distribution center in Sussex, southern England, in a letter that advised customers to “prioritize essential services only.”

Roche said the problem arose after it moved to a new automatic warehouse in September.

The company said that it was “prioritizing the dispatch of COVID-19 PCR and antibody tests and doing everything we can to ensure there is no impact on the supply of these” to the National Health Service.


The glitch affects materials needed to conduct blood tests and screening for diseases including diabetes and cancer. Roche said it could take two weeks to fix the problem.

British doctors have already raised concerns

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Twindemic fears increase flu vaccine demand and trigger shortages in Europe

Major pharmacies have halted flu shot appointments. Doctors’ offices are putting people on waiting lists — or telling them to call back in December. Although the government has urged calm and said more supplies are on the way, a survey of general practitioners in Britain found that only a quarter expect to have enough flu vaccine to last the winter. 

The story is similar in many countries across Europe. As coronavirus cases rise, urgings from public health officials about the need to avoid a “twindemic” has upped demand for flu vaccines — and, in some places, triggered shortages. Governments are rationing flu shots to those most vulnerable, while they scramble for supplies.

In a limited way, it’s a trial run of what governments may face if and when coronavirus vaccines are available. It may also be an early indication that, even in countries traditionally skeptical of vaccines, large swaths of

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Fears for Obamacare if Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to supreme court

This month, Congress is expected to begin confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court, Amy Coney Barrett. If confirmed, she could be the decisive vote in a case being heard days after the election, which seeks to strike down the landmark Affordable Care Act – a move that could leave millions of Americans without healthcare in the middle of a pandemic.



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Barack Obama wearing a suit and tie: Obamacare, Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform, has been in place for 10 years and underpins much of the country’s healthcare system.


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Obamacare, Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform, has been in place for 10 years and underpins much of the country’s healthcare system.

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Trump has pledged to kill the ACA since day one of his presidency, but despite comments to the contrary he has no official plan to replace the healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare. Without it, 20 million

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Command center staff ease fears, help R.I. schools navigate COVID-19 threat – News – providencejournal.com

PROVIDENCE – When you think of an emergency command center, you might imagine NASA during a space launch — huge television screens, banks of computers with scientists pouring over data, and a steady buzz of low-level conversation, maybe shouted commands.

That’s not what the state’s education operations center looks like: it’s two former classrooms inside the state Department of Education building with socially distanced desks and a laptop on each one.


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It’s a handful of National Guard men and women quietly working the phones to answer questions from principals or superintendents about ventilation or PPE supplies or contact tracing.

The work isn’t glamorous, but, the center says, it’s essential

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Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response Study Halted Due To Fears For Workers, But Wright County Had No Such Issues

September 25, 2020

In what was intended to be a research study to help determine how the COVID-19 virus is spread in communities throughout Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) began dispatching two-person teams into communities for voluntary participation in a survey called CASPER (Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response).

Two Wright County Public Health employees – Shelley Layer and Chastity Booth – were joined by registered nurses to conduct the surveys in the cities of Delano, Rockford, Annandale and Maple Lake and their experience was overwhelmingly positive. Not everyone chose to participate, but there was no overtly negative pushback.

That wasn’t the case in other areas of the state, where workers were harassed, intimidated by armed residents, subject to racial slurs and treated in a manner far removed from the cliché “Minnesota Nice.”

In a surprise announcement, CDC

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Cuomo: NY to ‘review’ coronavirus vaccine over fears of politicization, despite health officials’ assurances

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York will “review” a potential COVID-19 vaccine over fears of a politicized process — despite a number of assurances from the nation’s top health officials.

“The first question is, is the vaccine safe? Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion and I wouldn’t recommend to New Yorkers based on the federal government’s opinion,” Cuomo said at a press conference on Thursday

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“New York state will have its own review when the federal government has finished with their review and says it’s safe,” he said, announcing a panel headed by the state’s Department of Health. “We’re going to put together a group for them to review the vaccine so I can look at the camera and I can say to New Yorkers that it’s safe to take — I

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Azar Bars FDA, CDC From Issuing Rules, Escalating Fears Of Political Meddling

All health agencies that fall under the Department of Health and Human Services umbrella can no longer issue their own regulatory actions related to foods, medicines, medical devices and vaccines, according to a memo from HHS Secretary Alex Azar obtained by The New York Times.


The New York Times:
In ‘Power Grab,’ Health Secretary Azar Asserts Authority Over F.D.A. 


In a stunning declaration of authority, Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, this week barred the nation’s health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, from signing any new rules regarding the nation’s foods, medicines, medical devices and other products, including vaccines. Going forward, Mr. Azar wrote in a Sept. 15 memorandum obtained by The New York Times, such power “is reserved to the Secretary.” The bulletin was sent to heads of operating and staff divisions within H.H.S. (Kaplan, 9/19)

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