Stranded by the pandemic, he only has travel insurance. It left him with a 38,000 dollar bill.
Although it is possible to purchase travel insurance that provides some health insurance, the devil is in the fine print. The Obama-era laws that prevented refusal to pay due to pre-existing illnesses do not apply to travel insurance. (Arthur Allen, 11/17)
14 children received the wrong dose of Covid vaccine at the Sutter Health clinic in Antioch: In the recent incident of the wrong dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, 14 children received the wrong dose of Pfizer vaccine at the Sutter Health clinic. Parents of eligible children feel frustrated in Antioch, California. Sartre said in a statement that these vaccines contained an "incorrect" amount of diluent used to dilute the concentrated form of the vaccine. The children received twice the recommended dose. This is one of many similar incidents that have recently occurred across the country, including in Texas, Virginia, and Maryland. Learn more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Newsweek, and Bay Area News Corporation.
The FDA’s goal is to authorize Pfizer boosters for all adults by Thursday; CDC may follow suit on Friday: The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve booster doses for all adults 18 and older as early as Thursday. Pfizer’s BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, which will increase the number of Americans eligible for additional injections by tens of millions, according to people familiar with the agency’s plans. The Independent Committee of Vaccine Experts of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has scheduled a meeting on Friday to discuss data on the effectiveness and safety of enhanced doses. If the FDA and CDC both sign an agreement this week, any adult who received a second dose of the vaccine at least six months ago will be officially eligible for the booster vaccine this weekend. Read more from the New York Times and NBC News.
Sacramento Bee: More than 500,000 California workers will receive a $500 pandemic bonus. Below is the detailed information. More than 500,000 caregivers in California will receive a $500 bonus from the state in January as it tries to retain workers in industries that have long been hampered by low wages and high turnover. At least two months between March 2020 and March 2021 are eligible. According to the state’s budget documents, both home caregivers and those who provide Medi-Cal home and community services (such as all-inclusive care programs for seniors) will be eligible. In total, more than 280 million U.S. dollars will be paid, and the state and federal governments will share the cost. (Park, 11/16)
Sacramento Bee: How California's COVID Figures Entered Winter In the past few weeks, California's coronavirus activity has been basically flat. The recent slight fluctuations in activity, coupled with the deterioration of the situation in other parts of the world, is still difficult to predict whether Golden State will see another serious surge this winter. In general, health officials warn that the virus is more likely to spread due to a series of major holidays and cold weather leading to more indoor gatherings, so the winter months will increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The worst pandemic wave in California occurred last winter. (McGough, 11/16)
San Francisco Record Of Californians received a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. "This disease hasn't let the winter pass. It is taking effect again," Newsom said at a briefing at a vaccination clinic in Kings County, which has the lowest vaccination rate and the highest per capita hospitalization rate of any county in California. One of the county. (Vaziri, 11/16)
"Los Angeles Times": Make your holiday gatherings safer through rapid testing Even though nearly 63% of Californians are vaccinated, some public health officials still worry that large gatherings this holiday season may lead to a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19. However, families who wish to reunite have at least one tool to avoid infection that they did not have last year: a rapid home test kit. These kits are not foolproof, and most kits are not as reliable as laboratory-based alternatives for early detection of infection. In addition, if you have to check people in a full house, the cost can be high. (Healy, 11/16)
Covid vaccines, boosters and treatments
Bay Area News Group: How long will Californians lie about boosters? You are healthy, younger than 65 years old, a California resident, and want to get a COVID-19 booster. So why do you still need fib to arrange one? Last week, senior health officials in California told health care providers that any adult who wants a third shot to boost Pfizer or Moderna vaccines should not be turned away, effectively waiving federal eligibility standards, which Limit the extra doses of people who get the vaccine to the elderly and other people. At high risk. (Wulfolk, 11/16)
Los Angeles Times: Do I have to lie to get boosters? No, that's why you should listen to Governor Gavin Newsom. The question of whether you are eligible for COVID-19 booster shots in California is simple. "If it has been 6 months since you received Pfizer/Moderna, or 2 months have passed by [Johnson & Johnson], you can get your chance," he tweeted on Tuesday morning. "It's that simple." However, a quick glance at the response to his message will reveal that for some people, things are still not that simple. When people try to make appointments at major pharmacy chains, eligibility issues still hinder people. Others said the state's own online platform told them they couldn't shoot. (Lin II and Money, 11/16)
(Santa Rosa) News Democrats: Sonoma County opens COVID-19 boosters to anyone 18 years old. Sonoma County health officials have expanded the population eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to include all 18-year-olds and More adults who have been vaccinated than six months ago. Due to the rising rate of coronavirus infections, county officials announced the change on Monday. Previously, only people deemed to be at risk of serious illness from the coronavirus were eligible to be vaccinated. (Pella, 11/16)
Axios: Fauci: Boosters may see COVID-19 reach epidemic levels in the United States next year. NIAID Director Anthony Fauci believes that the COVID-19 pandemic may be epidemic in the United States next year, but increase the vaccination rate and boost injections Will be the key to achieving this goal. The top US infectious disease experts made the above comments in an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the STAT summit on Tuesday. But he pointed out to CNBC that the United States needs "far less than 10,000 cases" every day to "return to normal levels." (11/17)
Bay Area News Group: San Jose uses public safety alerts to push COVID vaccine information. Since May, the city of San Jose has been using wireless emergency alerts to disseminate information about some clinics in the city with extremely low vaccination rates. However, these geographic-specific alerts have not specifically notified residents of the communities surrounding the clinic, but have been issued to thousands of people with mobile phones in and outside San Jose. (Anxiety, 11/16)
Wall Street Journal: Pfizer submitted the Covid-19 pill to the FDA "There is an urgent need for life-saving treatment options," Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Thursday. "We are taking action as soon as possible to work hard to put this potential treatment in the hands of patients." Health authorities and doctors have been struggling with the few options for treating Covid-19 patients, especially shortly after infection. Gilead Sciences Inc. (Gilead Sciences Inc.) GILD -0.46% of the antiviral drug remdesivir is mainly used to treat hospitalized patients, while monoclonal antibody therapy has been proven effective but expensive, and is usually treated in a doctor’s office or a hospital . (Hopkins, 11/16)
Statistics: Like Merck, Pfizer has reached a license agreement with the drug patent pool. Due to its huge expectations for its Covid-19 pills, Pfizer (PFE) has reached a license agreement with the drug patent pool, which can now interact with others The manufacturer reached a deal to provide a generic version of the drug to 95 low- and middle-income countries. The agreement follows a similar arrangement with Merck (MRK) regarding its own antiviral pills to fight the coronavirus. It is worth noting that this also marks the second time that a pharmaceutical company has reached a licensing agreement with a United Nations-supported public health organization drug patent pool to expand access to Covid-19 medical products. (Silverman, 11/16)
The New York Times: The United States’ goal is to increase Covid vaccine production to create 1 billion doses of vaccine each year. Under pressure from activists, the White House is preparing to invest billions of dollars to expand U.S. manufacturing. President Biden’s two senior advisers accepted on Tuesday. According to the interview, its goal is to produce at least 1 billion doses per year starting in the second half of 2022. The investment is the first step in a new plan, which will be announced on Wednesday. The government will work with industry to address urgent domestic and foreign vaccine needs and prepare for future pandemics. David, who is responsible for overseeing vaccine distribution Dr. Kessler said. The government and Mr. Biden's coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zienz. (Guy Stolberg, 11/17)
Southern California News Corp: LAUSD will relax the COVID-19 agreement in the next semester. As all staff and most students aged 12 and over will be on campus are expected to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by early January, Los Angeles unified officials plan to relax some school districts The health and safety agreement for the next semester includes a policy on who must be tested for COVID-19 every week and who can take off their masks outdoors. Starting from the next semester starting on January 11, only unvaccinated students need to take the baseline COVID-19 test in the first week of the new semester, and continue to take the test every week-this is a significant departure from all current students, faculty and staff Requirement members, regardless of their vaccination status, must be tested every week. (Up to, 11/17)
San Francisco Chronicle: The director of the San Francisco Film Committee was forced to resign because she was not vaccinated against COVID Say, -19 in accordance with the requirements of the city mission. Robbins has worked for 11 years and will be released on December 31. She applied for an exemption for vaccine authorization in San Francisco on religious grounds, but the request was denied, she said. She was required to submit a letter of resignation to the Film Commission, which is committed to attracting and supporting efforts to film films and TV series in San Francisco. (Pikon, 11/16)
(Santa Rosa) News Democrats: Healdsburg leaders accused of discriminating against conference vaccination rules Healdsburg leaders accused of discriminating against their plans to open the city council chambers to anyone receiving COVID-19 vaccination People who are not vaccinated are people of color. The criticism came from about six members of the public who called at a regular meeting on Monday, which was conducted after the discussion on November 1st, when officials considered a face-to-face meeting, and Congresswoman Skylaer Palacios revealed that she was not vaccinated . (Heat, 11/16)
Sacramento Bee: California agency suspends liquor licenses for bars that sell fake vaccine cards. Earlier this month, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control suspended liquor licenses for a bar in San Joaquin County whose owner was accused of selling fake COVID- catch. 19 vaccination cards. Alcohol Control Agency spokesperson John Carr said that on November 1, state government agents issued a suspension notice, prohibiting the sale of all alcohol in the Old Corner Salon. The bar is located in the small town of Clements, 12 miles northeast of Lodi, on 18783 East Highway 88. (Ahumada, 11/16)
Statistics: The Republican Party’s opposition to vaccine authorization goes far beyond Covid-19. Right-wing politicians’ resistance to vaccine authorization goes far beyond Covid-19 immunization. This is an amazing new development that has a huge impact on the future of public health . In Idaho, a lawmaker introduced a bill that defines any type of vaccine authorization as a form of attack. In Florida, a prominent state senator called for a review of all vaccine requirements, including immunization requirements that have been widely accepted by the public for decades, such as polio and measles, mumps and rubella vaccines. In Montana, the Republican governor recently signed a new bill that prohibits businesses, including hospitals, from making any vaccination requirements a condition of employment. (Fah, 11/17)
Bakersfield Californians: A joint effort by the local hospital system to recruit doctors from outside the area. Under the banner of keeping more patients here instead of forcing them to travel long distances for medical care, Kern Medical and Adventist Health announced on Tuesday that they Specialists who will be jointly recruited to serve these two health systems will soon be jointly recruited. This partnership is not as formal as a merger or joint venture, and will initially focus on attracting gastroenterologists, urologists and neurosurgeons by leveraging each organization’s respective strengths-trauma care, teaching opportunities, and Kern Medical The safety net mission in the case. At the same time, Adventist Health is seen to provide potential job seekers with geographic breadth, managed care contracts, and high patient numbers, providing young doctors with a wealth of experience. (Cox, 11/16)
Sacramento Bee: California caregivers will receive a $500 hazard pay from the state More than 500,000 caregivers in California will receive a $500 bonus from the state government in January as it tries to retain an industry that has long been hampered by low wages and high turnover Rate of workers. Those who have been a caregiver for at least two months between March 2020 and March 2021 are eligible to participate. According to the state’s budget documents, home care workers and those who provide Medi-Cal home and community services (such as the Comprehensive Care Program for the Elderly) will be eligible. (Park. 11/16)
Grunion Gazette: The Long Beach Emergency Room of Community Hospital will close ambulances on Wednesday. In a press statement issued at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 16, the operator of Long Beach Community Hospital announced that the emergency room will not accept ambulances from 8 am Wednesday, November 17. Molina, Wu, Network LLC (MWN) is leasing the property from the city and announced on November 4 that it will close the emergency room and emergency care hospital-after opening some beds in the emergency hospital six months after the emergency room reopened More than a year. At the time, officials blamed the lack of patients and said they wanted to continue to operate the campus as a health center. (Salzgarver, 11/16)
San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego Biotech’s computer chip can help discover diseases. San Diego company Roswell Biotechnologies launched a small microchip this week. It believes that the chip has great potential and can revolutionize researchers in detecting diseases and developing drugs. And so on. The company said that this chip is no bigger than a pea and is the first chip of its kind to hardwire molecules into a circuit. Roswell CEO Paul Mola said that its thousands of sensors make it possible for scientists to quickly detect molecules, cells, and DNA at a scale and speed that current methods cannot match. He hopes that consumers can use the chip at home to find out if they are infected with the virus or to see if their drugs are effective. (Watson, 11/16)
Southern California News Corp: LAUSD will relax the COVID-19 agreement in the next semester. As all staff and most students aged 12 and over will be on campus are expected to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by early January, Los Angeles unified officials plan to relax some school districts The health and safety agreement for the next semester includes a policy on who must be tested for COVID-19 every week and who can take off their masks outdoors. Starting from the next semester starting on January 11, only unvaccinated students need to take the baseline COVID-19 test in the first week of the new semester, and continue to take the test every week-this is a significant departure from all current students, faculty and staff Requirement members, regardless of their vaccination status, must be tested every week. (Up to, 11/16)
Bakersfield Californians: The BCSD Committee approves a new voluntary retention testing program. The Bakersfield City School District announced a new voluntary COVID-19 testing program on Tuesday night. Superintendent Mark Luque stated that the program—sometimes referred to as the “examination at school”—will prevent absenteeism and thus prevent disruption to students. At the board research meeting, Luke went one step further: If the case rate drops next semester, the plan can also allow the school district to relax some strict guidelines that have suspended activities such as extracurricular sports, academic competitions, and group teaching. (Galegos, 11/16)
Bay Area News Group: After the COVID-19 outbreak, the Carl Bears are close to going all out in the big game. In the 124th big game at Stanford on Saturday, Carl will almost go all out. The Bears (3-6, 2-4 Pac-12) released an updated in-depth chart on Tuesday. Coach Justin Wilcox confirmed that including players there will be able to face the Cardinals (3-7, 2- 6). These included quarterback Chase Gables, one of 24 players who tested positive for COVID-19 and did not travel to Arizona two weeks ago, where the Bears lost 10-3 to the Wildcats. (Farodo, 11/16)
Bay Area News Group: The Santa Clara County Committee appreciates the expansion of healthcare, affordable housing locations, more housing and more healthcare. On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of two affordable housing sites in San Jose and the expansion of its health insurance plan. These actions reflect the greater efforts of the county’s leadership to address the persistent homelessness, housing affordability and cost of living issues in the area. (Greschler, 11/16)
CalMatters: California Homeless: Will the plan to clean up the camp work? California spends more on homelessness than ever before — $12 billion between 2021 and 2023 — which also means more pressure to make an impact. Most of this money will be used to create more living space and provide mental health resources for people who are now on the streets. However, the California Department of Transportation is stepping up efforts to remove people like Brown from the state's bustling highways in the name of safety. (Tobias, 11/16)
Sacramento Bee: Mental Health, Police Activities in the Black Community of Sacramento. Dialogues on behavioral health issues and law enforcement are becoming more and more important in the black and African American communities of Sacramento as residents continue to experience violence and tragedy among law enforcement officials. Expresses anger and frustration and black people. ONTRACK program resources will host a two-part virtual event series to discuss new public initiatives in the City and County of Sacramento that may resolve the crisis. (Smith, 11/16)
City News Agency: Los Angeles County will investigate the mental health needs of 80 school districts The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, November 16 to investigate the need for mental health resources and support in 80 school districts in the county. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended an evaluation, citing the need to coordinate resources in the case of federal and state funding for K-12 schools. (11/16)
CNN: The use of marijuana during pregnancy is related to children's aggression and anxiety. A study shows that more and more women use marijuana during pregnancy, but they may have to think twice. Researchers found a link between marijuana use by pregnant women and autism and childhood psychosis. Now, a small study shows how cannabis use affects the placenta and may be related to higher levels of anxiety, aggression, and hyperactivity in children. (Hunting, 11/16)
Statistics: Can telemedicine for PTSD and bipolar disorder in rural areas be expanded? The multi-year effort to transport mental health providers from big cities to rural communities through video has achieved a triple victory in telemedicine: it covers people who would otherwise not have access to mental health care; it solves difficult diagnoses that have no simple answers; it expands the most The number of people who can be treated by a skilled provider. Now there is an inevitable question after any technological breakthrough: Is it scalable? (Aguilar, 11/17)
ABC News: New data shows that the number of people hospitalized for eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic has doubled, and new research shows that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people hospitalized for eating disorders in the United States has doubled. According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, hospitalizations for eating disorders have increased as early as May 2020, and the study was published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Kinderland and Joseph, 11/16)
Bay Area News Group: Elizabeth Holmes Trial: Testimony of Damage to Claims Meeting with Investors, Former Investors of Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes provided dramatic and destructive testimony on Tuesday, supporting the Prosecution Document The key allegations. Brian Grossman, chief investment officer of PFM Health Sciences, a San Francisco investment company, described a meeting he and his colleagues had with Sunny Balwani, the former president of Holmes and Theranos, in December 2013. He said that Holmes did most of the conversation, but he did not always remember whether she or Balwani provided specific information. The following year, his company eventually invested $96 million in Theranos. (Baron, 11/16)
Modesto Bee: Encino CA couple sentenced in the COVID fraud case. Federal officials said that a California couple ran away before being sentenced in the $20 million COVID-19 relief fraud case. They will face many years in prison after being caught. On Monday, November 15, US District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson sentenced 43-year-old Richard Ayvazyan to 17 years in prison and 37-year-old Marietta Trabe Marietta Terabelian was in prison for six years because of their role in the scam, the U.S. Attorney's Office of Central California said in a press release. (Sweeney, 11/16)
Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles fugitive sentenced to 17 years in prison for COVID fraud. Richard Ayvazyan, 43, was sentenced in absentia to 17 years in prison on Monday for leading a fraud gang in a horrific scam. $18 million was stolen to ensure that emergency pandemic loans should go to small businesses that went bankrupt due to the lockdown. Marietta Terabelian, 37, was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Their whereabouts are unknown. The couple's apparently distraught children sat on a bench in the courtroom and watched as U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson described the crimes of their parents and six accomplices as "horrific, planned, and ruthless", calling it deprivation. The relief needed by legitimate businesses survived the economic disaster of 2020. (Finnegan, 11/16)
San Francisco Chronicle: SF is committed to opening a regulated drug use site before the spring. It may be in a building near Tenderloin that San Francisco Mayor London Breed is pushing to open a site as early as the spring where people can use drugs under the supervision of medical professionals. And she is working hard to purchase a building that can accommodate the project near Tenderloin. Although regulated consumer locations are currently illegal under federal and state laws, Breed is trying to open one in San Francisco. This move is because she is facing increasing pressure to resolve the city’s drug overdose crisis, which has caused a record number of deaths since last year. (Tadani, 11/16)
Los Angeles Times: Poll: Many Americans agree to 15-week abortion restrictions. The new poll shows that although Americans still have differences on abortion, most people do not fully agree with the case submitted to the Supreme Court next month The views of either party. The judges are preparing to hear the Mississippi case, and Mississippi officials are defending its 15-week abortion restriction and urging the abolition of Rowe v. Wade. (Barbarians, 11/17)
CNN: The coffee and tea you drink in the morning may be related to the reduced risk of stroke and dementia. The coffee or tea you drink in the morning — well, maybe a few cups — may be related to the reduced risk of stroke and dementia, according to one A new study. In a 10- to 14-year study conducted by more than 360,000 participants, those who drank 2 to 3 cups of coffee, 3 to 5 cups of tea, or 4 to 6 cups of coffee or tea per day had the lowest risk, according to Tianjin Medical Department of Tianjin, China University researchers say stroke and dementia. (Holcomb, 11/16)
CBS News: Boston Hospital Brigham and Women’s Hospital will begin the first human trials of Alzheimer’s disease nasal vaccine. Boston Hospital announced on Tuesday that it will test the safety and effectiveness of a nasal vaccine designed to prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease. . This small phase I clinical trial was initiated after nearly 20 years of research led by Howard L. Weiner, MD, co-director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at the hospital. (Reildon, 11/16)
Hill: Two "perpetual chemicals" are more toxic than previously thought: The draft EPA found that the safe intake levels of the chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) are much lower than those of the agency. The level found in the previous assessment. The agency also found that PFOA "may be" carcinogenic to humans. This is a step up from before, because it has previously said that there is "suggestive" evidence that the substance causes cancer. Both PFOA and PFOS can be found in drinking water and other substances. PFOA has been used in non-stick cookware, flame retardants and cosmetics. PFOS has been used in waterproof and antifouling products. (Flasing, 11/16)
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