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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a video posted on Facebook and Twitter Thursday That the number of California residents who are hospitalized with the Coronavirus could double within 30 days if current trends continue.
South Korea, previously a success story in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, is grappling with a spike in cases over the Christmas week: 1,241 on Christmas Day alone. This is the largest daily increase the nation has ever seen.
► The women’s basketball team Duke ends its 2020-21 season after just four games, due to concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic, The school announced Friday evening.
CNN reported that cases of the new coronavirus that originated in the United Kingdom were announced in France and Spain on Christmas Day.
Pope Francis made an appeal on Christmas Day, urging “vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy,” who should be first. Francis made unofficial statements during his work The traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing.
Japan has confirmed its first five cases of the virus New variable From the coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom. Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said that the five people arrived from Britain from December 18 to December 21, and this comes as the nation is struggling to slow the spread of the Corona virus, as the capital, Tokyo, recorded a new high of 949 cases.
📈 Today’s numbers: And according to what has been reported in the United States, there are more than 18.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 330,000 deaths Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 79 million cases and 1.7 million deaths.
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After the coronavirus has hit them hard, some indigenous people are hesitant to get a vaccine
For many, the promise of a vaccine provides hope and relief. But Josie Basis, a member of the Montana Crowe tribe, is wary of its long-term consequences.
Although tribal communities have been disproportionately devastated by COVID-19 nationwide, Passes is not alone in their hesitation. When tribes start receiving and distributing COVID-19 vaccines, many tribal members are reluctant to get vaccinated.
Some people fear that the indigenous people will be used as “guinea pigs”, while others are reluctant to trust the Indian health service. Some feel invincible, as the tribes have survived devastating diseases, such as smallpox and violent massacres. Many people prefer to wait and watch the effects of the vaccine as more people receive it.
Experts say this suspicion is justified, as the tribes have suffered from underinvestment, inefficiency and brutality at the hands of the federal government. The consequences of this neglect extend across generations and manifest today in systemic inequalities, many of which expose them to the further COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
– Norah Mabe, Great Falls Tribune
A black doctor dies of COVID-19 after reporting racist treatment in hospital
A black doctor who died of COVID-19 after weeks of fighting the virus said she was Abuse and Delayed Adequate Care at Indiana Hospital Because of her race. Dr. Susan Moore, 52, died on 20 December after being hospitalized multiple times of complications from COVID-19, first at IU Health North and later on Ascencion-St. Vincent in Carmel, Indiana.
Her frustration with the care provided at IU Health was recorded on Facebook in multiple updates. The first came on December 4 when she said the delay in her treatment and diagnosis was motivated by the color of her skin.
Citing patient privacy, an IU Health spokesperson declined to speak specifically about the case, but did share a written statement on behalf of IU Health North:
“As an organization committed to fairness and reducing ethnic disparities in health care, we treat accusations of discrimination very seriously and investigate every allegation,” the statement said. Treatment options are often agreed upon and reviewed by medical experts from a variety of specialties, and we are committed to the commitment and expertise of our caregivers and the quality of care provided to our patients every day. ”
– Justin L Mack and Holly F. Hayes, Indianapolis Star
Will Small Movie Theaters Survive This Slow Holiday Season?
The COVID-19 crisis has devastated movie theaters of all sizes, but small independent owners are feeling it most. nationally , A bunch would have darkened permanently And 70% of small to mid-sized cinemas are at risk of shutting down without federal assistance, according to the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO).
Many are scrambling to survive by making specials and popcorn specials, among other strategies. Their loss would be a huge blow to the cultural life of America. They are a major source for more serious independently produced art films. And in an era dominated by elegant multiplexing, their large, old marquee theaters often provide the only entertainment in small and country American cities.
Fortunately, salvation is on the horizon. An unremarkable clause of the $ 900 billion COVID relief bill passed by Congress this week would save $ 15 billion for struggling small movie theaters, live entertainment venues, performing arts venues and museums. A last-minute lobbying campaign by NATO added cinemas and $ 5 billion to theoretically cover their financial needs.
His father developed the polio vaccine. Here’s what he’s thinking about COVID-19.
Dr. Peter Salk vaguely remembers the day he was vaccinated against polio in 1953. His father, Dr. Jonas Salk, made history by establishing the polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh and inoculating his family as soon as he felt it was safe and effective.
Polio cases peaked in the early 1950s, but each summer they incapacitate an average of more than 35,000 people each year for decades, sometimes causing paralysis and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public officials have closed the swimming pools, cinemas, parks, and other entertainment that naturally comes with the summer vacation.
The Jonas Salk vaccine has helped eradicate polio from most parts of the world, which is something many people hope will happen with the coronavirus vaccine. However, Salk warns that eradicating polio in the United States has been a long and difficult journey, and he does not expect eliminating COVID-19 will be easier.
Salk, a physician and part-time professor of infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh, said, “It’s going to be a long way, until just getting enough vaccinations for people around the world … This virus doesn’t respect borders.” Where his father developed the polio vaccine. “It is flying everywhere in the world, and unless this virus is contained everywhere, it will continue to spread and it will be a problem.”
Contribution: The Associated Press