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10 July 2020

  • As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's 'flexible' on convention format in Jacksonville

    With coronavirus cases exploding in Florida, the president now says he is “flexible” on plans to hold a large-scale, indoor Republican National Convention next month.

  • Man who flies Nazi flag from his car to show he is in ‘total opposition of Black Lives Matter’ claims he was attacked because of it

    A man who flies a Nazi flag on the back of his car to show his opposition to Black Lives Matter protests and gay people, claims he was attacked last month because of it.Jesus Seineke, who lives in Alpine, San Diego, flies a Nazi flag on the back of his SUV when he drives around his local area.

  • 'I feel threatened': Unmasked Florida man's viral Costco outburst cost him his job

    "He absolutely does not represent our values and no longer works at our agency," the CEO of Ted Todd Insurance said Tuesday.

  • The Mayor of Phoenix said she only found out the city was getting a 'significant' federal coronavirus testing site from a tweet

    "I'm obviously deeply concerned about...the ability of our healthcare system to respond to this increase in cases," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said.

  • U.S. Treasury chief supports more direct payments in next coronavirus aid bill

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that he supports another round of direct payments to individuals as part of the next coronavirus legislation and is working to get it passed by Congress by the end of July. Mnuchin also told CNBC in an interview that not all of the airlines that signed Treasury loan agreements will need to access those loans, as they may be able to meet their financing needs in private financial markets. Despite United Airlines' decision on Wednesday to notify 36,000 employees of potential furloughs, Mnuchin said he believed most airlines wanted to keep as many staff as possible, and healthy airlines were needed to aid the U.S. economic recovery.

  • 'Not enough teachers to reopen': School districts expect booming demand for substitutes

    Schools anticipate higher than normal teacher absences in the fall because of COVID-19.

  • The Mysterious Link Between COVID-19 and Guillain-Barré Syndrome

    Sherry H-Y. Chou, Aarti Sarwal and Neha S. Dangayach, The ConversationThe patient in the case report (let’s call him Tom) was 54 and in good health. For two days in May, he felt unwell and was too weak to get out of bed. When his family finally brought him to the hospital, doctors found that he had a fever and signs of a severe infection, or sepsis. He tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection. In addition to symptoms of COVID-19, he was also too weak to move his legs.When a neurologist examined him, Tom was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes abnormal sensation and weakness due to delays in sending signals through the nerves. Usually reversible, in severe cases it can cause prolonged paralysis involving breathing muscles, require ventilator support and sometimes leave permanent neurological deficits. Early recognition by expert neurologists is key to proper treatment.We are neurologists specializing in intensive care and leading studies related to neurological complications from COVID-19. Given the occurrence of Guillain-Barré Syndrome in prior pandemics with other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS, we are investigating a possible link between Guillain-Barré Syndrome and COVID-19 and tracking published reports to see if there is any link between Guillain-Barré Syndrome and COVID-19.Some patients may not seek timely medical care for neurological symptoms like prolonged headache, vision loss and new muscle weakness due to fear of getting exposed to virus in the emergency setting. People need to know that medical facilities have taken full precautions to protect patients. Seeking timely medical evaluation for neurological symptoms can help treat many of these diseases.‘Truly Disturbing’: Third NY Child Dies From Rare Syndrome Linked to COVID-19Guillain-Barré syndrome occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks and injures the nerves outside of the spinal cord or brain—the peripheral nervous system. Most commonly, the injury involves the protective sheath, or myelin, that wraps nerves and is essential to nerve function.Without the myelin sheath, signals that go through a nerve are slowed or lost, which causes the nerve to malfunction.To diagnose Guillain-Barré Syndrome, neurologists perform a detailed neurological exam. Due to the nerve injury, patients often may have loss of reflexes on examination. Doctors often need to perform a lumbar puncture, otherwise known as spinal tap, to sample spinal fluid and look for signs of inflammation and abnormal antibodies.Studies have shown that giving patients an infusion of antibodies derived from donated blood or plasma exchange—a process that cleans patients’ blood of harmful antibodies—can speed up recovery. A very small subset of patients may need these therapies long-term.The majority of Guillain-Barré Syndrome patients improve within a few weeks and eventually can make a full recovery. However, some patients with Guillain-Barré Syndrome have lingering symptoms including weakness and abnormal sensations in arms and/or legs; rarely patients may be bedridden or disabled long-term.Which COVID-19 Treatments Work—and Which Were a BustAs the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, many neurologic specialists have been on the lookout for potentially serious nervous system complications such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome.Though Guillain-Barré Syndrome is rare, it is well known to emerge following bacterial infections, such as Campylobacter jejuni, a common cause of food poisoning, and a multitude of viral infections including the flu virus, Zika virus, and other coronaviruses.Studies showed an increase in Guillain-Barré Syndrome cases following the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, suggesting a possible connection. The presumed cause for this link is that the body’s own immune response to fight the infection turns on itself and attacks the peripheral nerves. This is called an “autoimmune” condition. When a pandemic affects as many people as our current COVID-19 crisis, even a rare complication can become a significant public health problem. That is especially true for one that causes neurological dysfunction where the recovery takes a long time and may be incomplete.The first reports of Guillain-Barré Syndrome in COVID-19 pandemic originated from Italy, Spain and China, where the pandemic surged before the U.S. crisis.Though there is clear clinical suspicion that COVID-19 can lead to Guillain-Barré Syndrome, many important questions remain. What are the chances that someone gets Guillain-Barré Syndrome during or following a COVID-19 infection? Does Guillain-Barré Syndrome happen more often in those who have been infected with COVID-19 compared to other types of infections, such as the flu?The only way to get answers is through a prospective study where doctors perform systematic surveillance and collect data on a large group of patients. There are ongoing large research consortia hard at work to figure out answers to these questions.Coronavirus and Cancer Act Alike. That Could Be a Good Thing.While large research studies are underway, overall it appears that Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare but serious phenomenon possibly linked to COVID-19. Given that more than 10.7 million cases have been reported for COVID-19, there have been 10 reported cases of COVID-19 patients with Guillain-Barré Syndrome so far—only two reported cases in the U.S., five in Italy, two cases in Iran and one from Wuhan, China.It is certainly possible that there are other cases that have not been reported. The Global Consortium Study of Neurological Dysfunctions in COVID-19 is actively underway to find out how often neurological problems like Guillain-Barré Syndrome are seen in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Also, just because Guillain-Barré Syndrome occurs in a patient diagnosed with COVID-19, that does not imply that it was caused by the virus; this still may be a coincident occurrence. More research is needed to understand how the two events are related.Due to the pandemic and infection-containment considerations, diagnostic tests, such as a nerve conduction study that used to be routine for patients with suspected Guillain-Barré Syndrome, are more difficult to do. In both U.S. cases, the initial diagnosis and treatment were all based on clinical examination by a neurological experts rather than any tests. Both patients survived but with significant residual weakness at the time these case reports came out, but that is not uncommon for Guillain-Barré Syndrome patients. The road to recovery may sometimes be long, but many patients can make a full recovery with time.Though the reported cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome so far all have severe symptoms, this is not uncommon in a pandemic situation where the less sick patients may stay home and not present for medical care for fear of being exposed to the virus. This, plus the limited COVID-19 testing capability across the U.S., may skew our current detection of Guillain-Barré Syndrome cases toward the sicker patients who have to go to a hospital. In general, the majority of Guillain-Barré Syndrome patients do recover, given enough time. We do not yet know whether this is true for COVID-19-related cases at this stage of the pandemic. We and colleagues around the world are working around the clock to find answers to these critical questions.Sherry H-Y. Chou is an associate professor of critical care medicine, neurology, and neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Aarti Sarwal is an associate professor of neurology at Wake Forest University. Neha S. Dangayach is an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • Militants kill BJP politician Wasim Bari and his family in Kashmir

    A Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party politician was killed along with his brother and father in Indian administered Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. Wasim Bari, 38, and his family were attacked by militants at his residence in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday night. All three were shot at point-blank range and died on the way to hospital. Authorities have arrested all 11 police personnel who were guarding him for dereliction of duties. Mr Bari's residence is a few meters away from the police station. This is the first attack on BJP workers in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, when India stripped off the disputed region's autonomy. The killing of Mr Bari, who is survived by his wife and sister, has sent shock waves across political circles in Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack.

  • US seizes 81 vehicles in Venezuela smuggling ring

    Federal investigators said Wednesday they have seized 81 vehicles worth an estimated $3.2 million that were bound for Venezuela as part of a smuggling ring operated for wealthy and politically connected people. “This is all part of an ongoing effort to combat foreign public corruption and in particular for public corruption in Venezuela and the laundering and the fleecing of the Venezuelan people’s wealth and the stealing of the Venezuelan wealth from the national treasury for the gain of a few politically exploited, exposed people, kleptocrats and their associates,” Salisbury said.

  • Trump flag angered man so he dumped trash on resident’s lawn for months, NJ cops say

    “Some people are very passionate about their opinions.”

  • With a Senate majority in reach, Democratic candidates rake in massive donations

    Democratic Senate candidates in several key races announce huge fundraising totals that raise the party's hopes of retaking the chamber in November.

  • Rare Tsunami Formed In Chesapeake Bay During Monday's Storms, Forecasters Say

    A rare meteotsunami formed in the Chesapeake Bay as thunderstorms rolled through Maryland Monday night. According the The National Weather Service's Mt. Holly bureau the tsunami formed near Tolchester Beach in Kent County. Katie Johnston reports.

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  • Satanic Temple threatens lawsuit over Mississippi’s ‘in God we trust’ flag plan

    The Satanic Temple has threatened to sue Mississippi over plans to include the phrase “In God We Trust” on its flag.In a letter addressed to state attorney general Lynn Fitch the Temple argued that not all Mississippians were represented by the phrase, which is the US national motto.

  • Israel looked like a model for halting coronavirus. Here's how it 'lost its bearings.'

    "It has been several weeks since Israel's compass for handling the pandemic has lost its bearings," wrote the public health director in her resignation.