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A new public alert has been made by the FSIS about a key Thanksgiving dish that has been labeled as potentially dangerous.
The public health alert has come from the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and its aimed at one key Thanksgiving dish - beef stock. The FSIS alert was specifically for 32 oz. cartons of Wegmans Beef Culinary Stock (No salt added).
The reason that the alert was issued is because the product was never presented to inspectors when it entered the country, meaning that health officials have no way of knowing that it's dangerous or not. The FSIS recommends that if you have this item in your house to throw it out or return it back to the store you bought it from. For more information on this story, check out the public health alert from the FSIS here.
Coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country, and now one state has reported it has nearly recorded 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day.
On Friday, Michigan announced that it recorded 9,779 new COVID-19 cases, marking the state's largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases ever. Additionally, the state also announced that it recorded 53 more deaths linked to the virus. In totals, Michigan has reported 295,177 cases of the virus since the first case was first reported back in March.
As for deaths, Michigan has reported 8,377 deaths linked to coronavirus. If you are interested in reading more about how Michigan is doing in terms of coronavirus, visit this link here. If you want to track the coronavirus for yourself across the US or globally, use this renowned tracker here.
A new change has come to a state's coronavirus restrictions, and under this new change, it's prohibited to indoor dine and have personal gatherings.
Colorado has announced a new level of rules for its COVID-19. This COVID-19 dial has different levels of restrictions for each county, and depending on the severity of the outbreak in the county, new restrictions will be brought in proportionate to that outbreak. On November 17, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced a new level, the 'red' level, which encompasses the large majority of the metro area, and new restrictions will be introduced to 'red' counties until November 20.
The counties that are in the red level are; Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson in the metro area. Other counties include; Clear Creek, La Plata, Logan, Mesa, Morgan, Routt, Summit, and Washington counties. Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the CDPHE, "If we are not careful now, we risk plunging into the deep end of the dial, where hospitals are not able to serve everyone who needs care, whether they are COVID-19 patients or other types of patients."
In the last couple of weeks, we have had some positive news regarding the coronavirus vaccine, but there are still many struggles ahead.
Moderna and Pfizer recently announced that their COVID-19 vaccines are 94.5% and 90% effective at preventing a COVID-19 infection, respectively. Unfortunately, while the preliminary results from the trials are better than expected, there is still a massive hurdle ahead, and that is actually getting people to take the vaccine.
Dr. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said, "If we get the overwhelming majority of people taking the vaccine and you have on the one hand an effective vaccine and a high degree of uptake of the vaccine. We could start getting things back to relative normal as we get into the second and third quarter of the year, where people can start doing things that were too dangerous just months ago."
A study has found that if you own this pet you have an 80% increased chance of catching a coronavirus infection.
The study comes out of the University of Granada (URG) and the Andalusian School of Public Health in Spain. The researchers looked at data from 2,086 individuals, and their behavior patterns throughout the country's strict lockdown period between March and May, 2020. What the researchers found was that people who lived with a dog were 78% more likely to catch COVID-19.
The study's authors said that this finding directly correlated with a large increased risk of contracting a COVID-19 infection. However, the researchers weren't able to explain how owning a dog created such a massive increase in catching COVID-19, especially when taking into account other pets people own, and their lack of increasing COVID-19 risk. Additionally, the researchers speculate that there is likely a connection between walking dogs and exposure to the virus in a public setting.
There are two coronavirus vaccines in the works that could change the trajectory of the coronavirus situation.
Unfortunately, there is one major problem with the coronavirus vaccine, and that is the number of people taking it. There is much skepticism around the vaccine due to the speed it was developed, and now Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has said how many people need to get vaccinated, so the vaccine is effective.
In an interview with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, Dr. Fauci said that while both Moderna and Pfizer's vaccines had "striking" preliminary results in clinical trials (94.5 percent and 90 percent efficacy rates, respectively), there is still a large public health challenge ahead of us. Dr. Fauci said that it's important that "the overwhelming majority of the people in the country get vaccinated. At least 80 to 85 percent of people would need to be vaccinated to meaningfully reduce infection rate."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked the American public to please not travel for Thanksgiving this year.
Ahead of the Thanksgiving celebrations, the CDC has issued a new recommendation to its website where it states that Americans shouldn't travel for Thanksgiving celebrations, and to spend the holiday at home. The reason for the new guidance is being the US has recorded more than 1 million new cases over the past week, according to CDC's Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz.
Here's what CDC's Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz said, "The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household." Speaking of Thanksgiving, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued a public health announcement for a particular type of Thanksgiving dish, find out what dish here. If you want to read more about this story from the CDC, check it out here.
A new study out from the United Kingdom has found that one common household item can kill coronavirus in 30 seconds.
The study has come from Cardiff University, and researchers found that mouthwash can kill coronavirus in 30 seconds or less. The study found that if the over-the-counter mouthwashes that have at least 0.07 percent cetypyridinium chloride (CPC) show "promising signs" of being able to kill coronavirus.
The researchers were able to find this out by mimicking the environment of the human nasal cavity and oral passage in a test tube. The researchers then added common over-the-counter mouthwashes such as Dentyl and Listerine and studied the results.
In a new interview, Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates said that the coronavirus pandemic will change the way business is conducted fundamentally.
In an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin during the New York Times' Dealbook conference, Bill Gates said that he predicts that 50% of business travel and 30% of days in the office will disappear in a post-coronavirus world.
Gates went on to say that he believes that there will be a "very high threshold" for doing business trips now that working from home has become the norm. Additionally, Gates says that there will be companies on both ends of the spectrum - ones that won't be doing any business trips and will opt for virtual meetings, and ones that will continue to prefer in-person meetings. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
Researchers have found that a survived SARS-CoV-2 infection or COVID-19 leads to immunological memory, which then can protect against a new infection.
Now, a research team from the University Medical Center Freiburg has been able to show that after a recovery from a SARS-CoV-2 infection, the body creates immune cells that remain there. These immune cells are designed to battle a new infection if the body interacts with one. The researchers believe that majority of people who have "survived SARS-CoV-2 infection have some protection against re-infection with SARS-CoV-2".
Dr. Neumann-Haefelin, Head of the Gerok Liver Center at the University Hospital Freiburg, said, "Our results suggest that immunity against SARS-CoV-2 can be achieved after an infection. Similarly, vaccines currently being tested in trials could provide significant protection against SARS-CoV-2". If you are interested in reading more about this study, check out this link here. To track the coronavirus for yourself, visit this tracker here.