U.S. tops 215K COVID-19 deaths; Dr. Anthony Fauci says ‘we’re in a bad place’

Oct. 13 (UPI) — The national death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 215,000, according to updated figures Tuesday from research at Johns Hopkins University.

The data showed about 215,100 coronavirus deaths and an addition of about 41,700 cases nationwide on Monday. The figure is a decrease from about 44,600 cases a day earlier, which followed four straight days over 50,000.

There were an additional 300 deaths on Monday, according to the data, which also showed a total of 7.8 million cases nationwide since the start of the pandemic.

The data came on the same day researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University said U.S. deaths during the first five months of the health crisis may have been undercounted by as many as 75,000.

Over the past week, new cases nationwide have averaged almost 50,000 — a substantial increase over the previous week.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CNBC Monday the United States is in a “bad place” with the colder months approaching.

“We have got to turn this around,” he said.

“We have got to convince Americans that public health measures do not mean shutting the country down,” he added. “It’s actually an avenue to keeping the country open.”

Later Monday, Johnson & Johnson announced it had paused a late-stage human trial for its potential vaccine due to an adverse reaction in one of the volunteers.

Johnson & Johnson executive Joseph Wolk said although it’s a setback, the pause in the trial should reassure Americans that the company is following strict scientific and safety standards.

“We’re letting safety protocol follow proper procedure here,” he said, noting that adverse events in large trials are not uncommon.

In Colorado, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock warned that a surge in cases has brought the city to a “fork in the road,” as its seven-day average reached a record high.

The city, he said, could impose new restrictions if the trends don’t change quickly.

“That means our capacity in restaurants, retail business, event spaces and personal services, among others, get cut in half,” Hancock said. “When so many business right now are struggling just to stay open, that would mean absolute devastation to those businesses.”

In Montana, the state’s most populous county imposed new restrictions as hospital officials warned healthcare facilities are becoming overwhelmed.

Yellowstone County health officer John Felton said places of worship will be capped at 50% of regular capacity and no more than 25 people will be allowed to gather in any one place, indoors or outdoors. The county has a positivity rate of 62 per 100,000 people, among the highest in the nation.

At 54 positive cases per 100,000, Montana’s rate is the third-highest in the United States and trails only North and South Dakota, according to the Brown School of Public Health.

Billings Clinic CEO Scott Ellner has told business leaders the surge is “putting a tremendous strain” on the healthcare system.

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“As a result, COVID-19 spread among attendees. Remember, the best way to celebrate #MothersDay and any other occasion is by STAYING HOME and staying healthy”

Louisiana health officials suggested safe alternatives, like having a virtual brunch together.

For those still planning to see their mothers in person, “Resist the temptation to hug your mom and maintain six feet of separation,” the Louisiana Department of Public Health said.
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By Sunday, more than 1,320,000 people in the US have been infected, and more than 79,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

‘Explosive increases in mobility’ leads to more projected deaths

A projection model cited by the White House now predicts thousands more deaths, largely due to “explosive increases in mobility in a number of states.”

The model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, now forecasts 137,000 deaths in the United States by August, up from an earlier prediction of about 134,000.
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IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said cell phone data shows Americans are moving more, suggesting more infections to come.

“We’re seeing just explosive increases in mobility in a number of states that we expect will translate into more cases and deaths in 10 days from now,” Murray told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“What’s driving the change is, simply put, the rise in mobility,” Murray said. “We’re seeing in some states a 20 percentage point increase in just 10 days in mobility. And that will translate into more human contact, more transmission.”

He said the top five states that have seen increased mobility are Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Georgia.

Other states have seen a 15-20 percentage point increase in mobility, according to an IHME press release: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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“It will be at least two to three weeks before we see an increase in the number of infections because it takes time for individuals to infect others and for them to display symptoms,” said data scientist Youyang Gu, whose coronavirus projection model is cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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For those who might succumb to new infections, “around three weeks is the average time between infection to death,” said Gu, citing studies from Italy and China.

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Deaths across the US spiked as Covid-19 spread in March and April, new analysis finds

“Notable increases” in deaths were seen in March and early April, the team led by the Yale School of Public Health found. This was especially true in New York and New Jersey, states hard-hit by the pandemic.

The study was first reported by the Washington Post.

Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the team found about 15,000 excess deaths from March 1 to April 4. During the same time, states reported 8,000 deaths from Covid-19. “That is close to double,” Dan Weinberger, who studies the epidemiology of infectious diseases at Yale, told CNN.

The team could not show whether the increased deaths were due to coronavirus, Weinberger said. But there are strong indications that they were. For instance, the team also looked at data on doctor visits.

“What we see is that in many states, you see an increase in influenza-like illnesses, and then a week or two later, you see an increase in deaths due to pneumonia and influenza,” Weinberger said. “It provides some confirmation that what we are seeing is related to coronavirus.”

Plus, in especially hard-hit states such as New York and New Jersey, where coronavirus is known to have spread widely and infected many people, overall deaths were far in excess in what would normally have been expected in March.

“In New York City, this discrepancy was even more stark, with three to four times as many excess all-cause deaths as pneumonia and influenza deaths,” the team wrote.

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Some states, such as New York, seemed to keep up with the Covid-19 deaths. The state reporting of deaths in the pandemic closely tracked what the Yale team found. But others did not.

“For instance, California had 101 reported deaths due to COVID-19 and 399 excess pneumonia and influenza deaths,” the team wrote in a preprint published online in MedRxiv (pronounced Med Archive).

The new coronavirus causes respiratory disease, and deaths would presumably be listed among the regular reports of deaths and illness from pneumonia and influenza. But doctors are increasingly reporting other, sometimes fatal, symptoms from Covid-19, including strokes, kidney failure and heart damage.

Patients already weakened by pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease may have had a death listed as being due to one of those causes, rather than coronavirus.

Plus, it’s possible that coronavirus lockdowns would have led to a lower-than-average death rate. For instance, if fewer people were driving, traffic deaths could be expected to fall, Weinberger said.

So Weinberger’s team looked at both deaths from pneumonia and influenza, and deaths from all causes.

“We decided to look at all deaths from pneumonia, or all deaths overall, and see how those numbers were changing,” Weinberger said.

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The CDC tracks deaths from pneumonia and influenza by the week, and compares them to a baseline of deaths to keep tabs on the annual epidemic of seasonal flu. Separately, the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC, keeps data on all reported deaths.

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Deaths From Sedation Dentistry

Though insurance normally will cover all or most of the cost of required dental care, some remedies are thought of extra of a beauty process and will value you extra out of pocket. Other dentists have partners in their apply, and a few work for extra established dentists as associate dentists. Dentists are highly regarded by the communities they serve for their contributions to the final well being of the general public as well as their drive to improve the lives of those round them.

Advanced phases of oral well being points such as gum illness (periodontitis), tooth abscess, and oral most cancers, can result in misplaced enamel, weakened bones of the jaw and even demise. They need to work rigorously with tools in a small house and make sure the security of their sufferers.

By nature of their basic coaching they will carry out the majority of dental remedies comparable to restorative (fillings, crowns , bridges ), prosthetic ( dentures ), endodontic (root canal) therapy, periodontal (gum) therapy, and extraction of teeth, in addition to performing examinations, radiographs (x-rays), and analysis.

Having damaged or missing tooth not solely ruin your smile, however they can additionally lead to extra dental well being points that may require extra intensive, longer therapy. Many patients, nevertheless, wait till they notice or feel one thing uncommon of their mouth to go to the dentist.

At each go to, you may anticipate a thorough dental examination that accounts for the numerous variables of sustaining good oral health. We use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure all of our patients can have a pleasing dental expertise. Dentists should pay attention to the shape and color of teeth and to the space between them.

These would possibly embrace things like specialisations in orthodontics or paediatric dentistry (to your kids) as well as beauty dentistry, or coping with nervous patients, if that could be a precedence for you. One of many surviving cluster patients reported sprucing dental home equipment and getting ready impressions without utilizing a masks or other protection, in response to the report.…

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To maintain a proper healthy body, it is vitally important to keep up healthy tooth. For example, neighborhood dentists take care of younger kids who need particular assist, in addition to elderly and housebound people and folks with extreme bodily disabilities or psychological illness. Inside community dental providers, expertise is gained as a group medical dental officer and you’ll have the possibility to gain postgraduate skills through half-time study.

The Faculty of Dentistry engages in a wide array of well being-related cross-disciplinary research. PDA Schooling provides medical doctors a possibility to not only expertise AGD accredited continuing training courses, however to satisfy and collaborate with like-minded dentists from throughout the nation.

Dentists’ work is more and more preventive, defending teeth and gums from decay and illness. We love making folks smile while helping them enhance their dental and smile well being. Under Kathryn’s guidance, dental hygienists grow to be oral health care providers who powerfully influence the lives and well being of their patients.

Unlike normal dental practices, our workplace caters specifically to infants, children, and teens. I joined dentistry when my husband requested for me to guide his dental apply by way of a major transition. Dr. Gordon Lee , a board-licensed specialist in pediatric dentistry , has the coaching, data, and expertise you anticipate when entrusting someone along with your kid’s dental well being.

Evaluate the overall health of their sufferers together with taking and evaluating comprehensive medical histories. Dentists may fit for lengthy intervals with patients who need special attention. Dentists will be able to shortly spot the inform-tale early indicators of oral most cancers, which might stop costly treatment and might very effectively save a patient’s life.

Could deal with illnesses of nerve, pulp, and different dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. It is sometimes known as ” sleep dentistry,” though that is not completely accurate. You’re taking the health of your enamel and gums critically.…

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