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Clay Matthews can’t reach deal with Denver Broncos but not retired, agent says – ESPN

The Denver Broncos, with star linebacker Von Miller out for an extended period of time, attempted to sign veteran linebacker Clay Matthews, but the two sides could not come to an agreement, Matthews’ agent said Thursday.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Broncos were told Matthews was “not going to play,” leading to speculation that he was retiring. However, Matthews’ agent, Ryan Williams, released a statement saying that was not the case.

“We recently had communication with the Broncos, as we have with other teams during this offseason. We were under the impression that communication would remain private, but since it did not, let me be clear: We were unable to come to an agreement with Denver, but Clay remains open to playing in the NFL in 2020, provided it’s the right opportunity for him and his family,” Williams said.

Matthews also took to Twitter to say he “NEVER” said he wasn’t going to play.

Matthews became a free agent when the Los Angeles Rams released him on March 19. In April he filed a grievance against the Rams regarding $2 million in unpaid guarantees, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Miller will soon undergo surgery to repair an ankle tendon injury suffered on the last play of Tuesday’s practice. Miller was taken for an MRI on Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled to seek another opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Thursday. Other surgeons were expected to consult with Miller after viewing the MRI results as well.

At the moment, the Broncos will look to Malik Reed, who made the roster as an undrafted rookie last season, and veteran Jeremiah Attaochu to share the snaps at Miller’s outside linebacker spot. Complicating matters is that Bradley Chubb, who is coming back from last year’s ACL surgery, will likely have his snaps limited, at least early in the season.

Matthews, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, joined the Rams on a two-year contract last offseason after a 10-year stint with the Green Bay Packers.

Matthews, 35, played 13 games last season and had eight sacks, his most since 2014. He was sidelined for three games after suffering a broken jaw in Week 5 against the Seahawks.

He has 91.5 sacks in his 11-season career and is the Packers’ career sack leader with 83.5.

A 2009 first-round pick (26th overall), Matthews was a first-team All-Pro in 2010, when he was the runner-up to Steelers safety Troy Polamalu for Defensive Player of the Year.

Matthews has 11 sacks in 15 career playoff games, the most in Packers postseason history and tied for fifth in NFL playoff history.

ESPN’s Jeff Legwold and Lindsey Thiry contributed to this report.

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NY malls can’t open without air conditioning systems that filter the coronavirus, Gov. Cuomo says – CNBC

New York malls will need high quality air systems that can filter out the coronavirus before they will be allowed to reopen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday. 

“Any malls that will open in New York, large malls, we will make it mandatory that they have air filtration systems that can filter out the Covid virus,” Cuomo said at a press briefing. 

High efficiency particle air filters, or HEPA filters, have been shown to help reduce the presence of Covid-19 in the air, according to a presentation from Cuomo. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the coronavirus is thought to spread primarily through person-to-person contact, when an infected person produces respiratory droplets by coughing, sneezing or talking in close contact with other people. It’s possible someone can become infected by touching a surface and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes, but that’s not considered to be the main way the virus is transmitted, the CDC says

Some epidemiologists say the virus also appears to spread through exhaled air when people talk or breathe, known as aerosols, according to Nature

The coronavirus’ particle has a diameter of about .125 micron, he said, pointing to recent studies. HEPA filters are designed to filter particles that are .01 micron and above. 

The Lufthansa logo is visible through a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air filter). During a press tour, the airport operator Fraport and the airline Lufthansa explain their hygiene concept under current corona conditions.

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New York has not allowed malls to reopen in the state yet, Cuomo said. He said the state recommends all businesses and offices “explore the potential for their air conditioning air filtration system.” 

New Jersey allowed malls to reopen on Monday while following the same health precautions required of other stores but without advanced filtration systems, according to the state’s guidelines

Cuomo has allowed other businesses to reopen without installing high-end filtration systems. So far, indoor retail, except for malls, indoor and outdoor dining and some office spaces have reopened in different regions of the state with reduced capacity. 

New York City is expected to begin on July 6 its next phase of reopening, which will allow for indoor dining and personal care services such as nail salons, spas, massage parlors, and tattoo and piercing facilities with limited occupancy. 

Cuomo said on Monday, however, that he’s concerned about the city’s enforcement of previous reopenings and that it has experienced a lack of compliance when it comes to social distancing and mask wearing, he said. 

“You can see it in pictures, you can see it if you walk down the street, you can see the crowds in front of bars, you can see the crowds on street corners. It is undeniable,” Cuomo said. 

Indoor dining has proven problematic in other states where cases are rising, Cuomo said. Meanwhile, outdoor dining has so far worked well across the state, including in New York City, he added. 

Cuomo said the state is reviewing the data and talking with local business owners but could decide to postpone indoor dining at restaurants. The state will provide a final decision by Wednesday, he said. 

“This is a real issue. Our reopenings have worked very well. We’re not going backwards; we’re going forwards,” Cuomo said. “A lot of other states have actually had to go backwards.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a daily coronavirus briefing on June 29th, 2020.

Source: New York State

To illustrate the state’s progress suppressing the coronavirus outbreak, Cuomo appeared in front of a sculpture of a mountain that represented the curve of the outbreak, saying it was “the mountain that New Yorkers climbed,” reaching the peak in the first 42 days. On Sunday, the state reported 853 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, down from a peak of more than 18,800. 

“Do you know what this is? This is the mountain,” Cuomo said while standing in front of the green sculpture. 

He has previously called the state’s outbreak a mountain, referring to the shape of newly reported Covid-19 cases on a chart. Earlier in June, Cuomo said he was going to declare the “Covid mountain” the highest mountain in the state of New York. 

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The patients who just can’t shake off Covid-19 – BBC News

David Harris

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David interacts with his family through a window

David Harris’s world has shrunk to the size of his front room.

Seven weeks ago he developed Covid-19 symptoms that he describes as being like a bad flu.

That was when the freelance architect, 42, first began to isolate himself at the home in Bristol he shares with his wife and baby daughter.

After a week or so he started to feel better, but two weeks later his symptoms returned, much to his surprise.

“It’s been a bit of a mini-saga of a recurring wave of symptoms which I wasn’t expecting at all,” he said.

“The second wave was much worse – the same flu symptoms, but also with shortness of breath, and that’s why I was confident it was coronavirus.

“Then I had two weeks where I thought I was getting better, I was just very tired.

“And then on week seven, I relapsed again and had my third wave, luckily much milder but still significant.”

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Working on the basis it was better to be safe than sorry, David continued to self-isolate, changing into clean clothes on the rare occasions he left the front room to visit the bathroom, and eating and sleeping alone.

His wife would bring their 10-month-old daughter Millie to the window of the front room so David could see her through the glass.

The illness left David exhausted and uncertain what was going to happen next.

“Probably one of the most stressful things is trying to work out at what point you ask for help.

“You don’t want to pester the NHS, because there are obviously people in much worse situations than me.

“But certainly, at my weakest moment I didn’t want to fall into the trap of not asking for help and then something bad happening because you didn’t ask for help.

“When I first relapsed, when I first got worse, it’s quite a scary experience because you don’t know if that means you’re going down, down, down.

“So it is quite scary to get worse when you thought you were getting better.”

Extreme agony

Felicity, 49, from London, is six weeks into her recovery after first falling ill with Covid-type symptoms.

But like David, her experience has been far from smooth.

“I think the hardest part was having gone through the first 10 days of being very sick and thinking I was getting better, things then getting much, much worse again.

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Felicity has had symptoms for six weeks

“So it was actually in the fifth week of being ill that my partner had to call A&E because I was experiencing such horrific abdominal pains that I was just calling out in just extreme agony.

“It’s so difficult to know, is that the work of the virus? Is it the immune system’s response? Is it ongoing inflammation?

“I had no problems in my stomach before falling sick, but week five was just horrendous.”

Neither Felicity nor David has been tested for Covid-19, but both were told by doctors they probably had the virus.

They have also been assured they are no longer infectious.

But Felicity struggled to shake off her symptoms and the weeks of illness have taken their toll.

“I spend a huge amount of time in bed trying to recover.

“This entire experience, of being sick and trying to recover, has been mentally overwhelming.”

Most recover quickly

Part of the problem is that so much about the coronavirus is unknown, including why some people experience relatively mild symptoms lasting a few days, while other perfectly healthy people are left struggling for weeks.

Dr Philip Gothard, a consultant physician at London’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases, says the vast majority of patients make a full and fairly rapid recovery.

“Some will have a persisting cough and we’re beginning to see patients who’ve got profound fatigue and exhaustion that goes on perhaps three, four, five or six weeks.

“It’s very distressing if you’re an otherwise young healthy person, it’s something you’re not used to.

“And so it comes as a shock that recovery is slow and stuttering.

“But in many patients with other diseases who are recovering from an acute illness you do tend to see this kind of waxing and waning effect as you are slowly getting better, and you have good days and bad days.”

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, says data emerging from the Covid Symptom Study app shows that, on average, it takes people 12 days to start slowly recovering.

“We are also seeing a significant number of people reporting symptoms that can go on much longer than this, in some cases for 30 days or more.

“As we collect more data and continue to use machine-learning and artificial intelligence, we will soon be able to identify which combination of symptoms and risk factors make a person more or less likely to suffer from these longer terms symptoms.”

David and Felicity both hope they are now finally recovering and can start to return to normal life.

But Covid-19, an illness that is still only a few months old, continues to spring surprises on us, and none of them welcome.

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