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1 in 3 parents won’t get flu shots for their child during Covid-19, study finds – CNN

(CNN)One-third of American parents have no plans to get their children vaccinated for the flu this year, according to the National Poll on Children’s Health released Monday, despite the very real possibility their child could also catch the deadly Covid-19.

In addition, two-thirds of parents don’t believe getting a flu shot for their child is more important this year, despite advice to the contrary from major government organizations and pediatricians.
“Children younger than 5 years old — especially those younger than 2 — are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, adding that getting a flu shot during the pandemic — for all ages — is more important than ever.
“We may see peaks of flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could overwhelm the health care system, strain testing capacity and potentially reduce our ability to catch and treat both respiratory illnesses effectively,” said Sarah Clark, associate director of the poll done by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Michigan Medicine, in a statement.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, once again stressed the importance of getting a flu shot this year, while speaking during the CITIZEN by CNN Conference on Tuesday.
“You should get it no later than the end of October,” he told the moderator, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “If it’s available now, you should get it now.”
“Don’t wait until any time beyond October,” he added.

Flu is deadly

Children die from the flu every year — last year there were 188 pediatric flu deaths reported during the 2019-2020 flu season. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, according to the CDC, because many deaths from flu are not reported.
For example, the same number of children — 188 — died from the flu during 2017-2018, but based on statistical modeling, the CDC believes 600 children died.
Illness from influenza is much more serious than that of a cold, the CDC warns, saying that many children need to be hospitalized. Between 7,000 and 26,000 children under 5 in the United States are hospitalized from flu-related illness each year.
Besides death, the CDC says serious complications from flu include:
  • Swelling of the brain, called encephalopathy
  • Dehydration, where the child loses too much water and salts, which can also be deadly
  • Pneumonia, which kills a child every 39 seconds around the world, according to UNICEF
  • Making existing medical problems worse, such as asthma or heart disease
  • Increasing incidence of ear infections and sinus problems
Symptoms for influenza and Covid-19 are similar — a cough that gets worse, fever, body aches, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose — making it hard for doctors to know which to treat.
“We may see peaks of flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could overwhelm the health care system, strain testing capacity and potentially reduce our ability to catch and treat both respiratory illnesses effectively,” Clark said.
While few children have died from Covid-19 — so far — there have been tragic cases: A baby died in China early in the pandemic, followed by another infant in the US in March. Nine-year-old Kimora “Kimmie” Lynum died in Florida in July, followed in August by a 6-year-old. Also in August, a 1-year-old with medical issues died in Georgia.
The numbers of cases of Covid-19 are rising, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that is updated weekly.
There were 74,553 new cases of Covid-19 in children between September 3 and 17 — a 15% increase in just over two weeks — for a total of 587,948 cases of coronavirus in children in the United States, the AAP data showed.

Vaccine wary

Families who didn’t get their child vaccinated against the flu last year were also the least likely to plan to get their kids children vaccinated this year. Those parents expressed concerns about side effects of the flu vaccine or said they believed the flu shot isn’t necessary or effective.
“There is a lot of misinformation about the flu vaccine, but it is the best defense for children against serious health consequences of influenza and the risk of spreading it to others,” Clark said.
In comparison, 96% of parents who did obtain a flu shot for their child in 2019 said they intended to do the same this year.
“A key challenge for public health officials is how to reach parents who do not routinely seek seasonal flu vaccination for their child,” she said. “When getting a yearly flu vaccine is not a pattern, parents need to be prompted to think about why it’s essential for their child to get vaccinated.”
About 14% of parents said they were keeping their child away from a doctor’s office due to fears of catching Covid-19. However, Clark said, most health care practitioners have implemented safety procedures.
“Parents who are concerned about COVID exposure should contact their child’s provider to learn about what types of precautions have been put in place,” she said in the statement.

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Cowboys Won’t Pursue Earl Thomas? –

August 23rd, 2020 at 7:11pm CST by Zach Links

The Cowboys have been connected with Earl Thomas for years, but there’s “nothing” brewing on that front right now, a source tells Mike Florio of PFT. Thomas, of course, is newly available following his release from the Ravens. 

[RELATED: Ravens Release Earl Thomas]

The Cowboys tried to pry Thomas away from the Seahawks two years ago when he was entangled in a contractual dispute with the team. Thomas, meanwhile, added fuel to the fire by repeatedly expressing his love for the Cowboys. The multiple-time Pro Bowler bowed to the Dallas bench after an interception, cut plans short to catch the Cowboys on TV, and leaked further word of his interest to the press through backchannels.

Ultimately, those trade talks were not fruitful. Last year, the Cowboys stood pat as Thomas made the rounds in free agency, but that likely had more to do with his asking price than anything else.

Historically, the Cowboys have been willing to take chances on players with red flags, but Thomas’ rocky year with Baltimore may have dulled their interest. It’s also possible that the Cowboys are finally comfortable with their safety situation after adding Ha Ha Clinton-Dix earlier in the offseason.

As Thomas looks for his next opportunity, he’ll likely have his reps battle things out with the Ravens. The Ravens’ official announcement of the release cited “personal conduct that has adversely affected” the team. As Adam Schefter of (Twitter link) notes, that wording indicates that the Ravens will come after Thomas for money.

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Trump: Feds won’t leave Portland until governor clamps down on protesters | TheHill – The Hill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGovernors’ approval ratings drop as COVID-19 cases mount Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment Virginia governor, senators request CDC aid with coronavirus outbreak at immigrant detention facility MORE insisted Thursday that federal agents would not leave Portland until Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) “clear[s] out” protesters from the city, a day after Brown announced an agreement with the federal government to begin withdrawing federal tactical teams from the area.

Trump in a tweet accused Brown of not “doing her job” and lambasted protesters in Portland as “anarchists” and “agitators.”

“She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland,” Trump tweeted of Brown. “If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!”

Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, isn’t doing her job. She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland. If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020

In her own tweet, Brown accused Trump of “political grandstanding” and said that federal agents were preparing to leave downtown Portland on Thursday.

“I think we’ve had enough political grandstanding from DC. The President’s plan to ‘dominate’ the streets of American cities has failed,” she wrote. “We will protect free speech and the right to protest peacefully.”

Brown had said in a statement on Wednesday that she reached an agreement for federal agents to begin a phased withdrawal on Thursday from Portland after discussions with Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence. She said state and local police would secure the exterior of a U.S. courthouse being protected by federal personnel and that a “limited contingent of federal officers” focused on building security would remain inside the courthouse.

Administration officials, however, were not as definitive on the timeline. Pence said at a “Cops for Trump” campaign event later Thursday that “federal law enforcement officers are not leaving Portland until the federal courthouse is secure and law abiding citizens are safe.”

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfOregon governor says some federal officers are leaving Portland Trump blasts Oregon officials over Portland protests Warren calls for pledge of no deployment of federal agents on protesters if Trump refuses to leave office MORE said Thursday that he and Brown had reached a joint plan to end the violence in the city and that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials would maintain their presence until officials are sure that the federal courthouse in downtown Portland “will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure.”

Asked an interview on ABC News later Wednesday whether DHS had gone back on their word, Brown said that the agreement between both sides was “very, very clear” that said DHS officials would begin leaving the city on Thursday afternoon.

“This is definitely a step-by-step, gradual process, but we know how it ends. They will be out of the city of Portland and Oregonians will be in charge,” Brown said on ABC.

Portland has been the site of violent clashes between protesters and officers for several weeks. The Trump administration early in July sent DHS agents to the city in order to protect the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, despite opposition from local leaders.

Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) have repeatedly urged the federal government to remove its agents, arguing they are worsening and not improving the situation. But Trump has insisted on the need for federal presence, attacking the state’s Democratic leaders and accusing them of losing control of the city.

—Updated at 1:39 p.m.

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NFL likely won’t force Dan Snyder to sell Washington football team – New York Post

July 18, 2020 | 10:48am | Updated July 18, 2020 | 11:06am

Embattled Washington football owner Dan Snyder isn’t expected to lose hold of his team after 15 former employees — and two journalists — said they were sexually harassed during their time with the organization.

While the NFL will consider fining the football team and taking action against those accused, the Washington Post eported it is unlikely for the league and fellow owners to try and force Snyder into selling the club he has owned since 1999.

The 55-year-old Snyder was not accused of sexual harassment, although the report painted a picture of a toxic culture within the organization that may have perpetuated the alleged misconduct.

In a statement Friday, Snyder said the Washington Post report “strengthened my commitment to setting a new culture and standard for our team, a process that began with the hiring of Coach [Ron] Rivera” over the offseason.

NFL bylaws permit the league and team owners “the right to attempt to force the sale of a team if an owner is deemed to have engaged in conduct detrimental to the welfare of the league,” according to the Washington Post.

The league and team owners may have taken such a step three years ago against then-Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who at the time had become the subject of allegations involving sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur against a team employee.

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But Richardson abruptly announced he would be selling the team following a Sports Illustrated report that laid out the allegations, financial settlements nondisclosure agreements.

The NFL later fined Richardson $2.75 million after it conducted an investigation.

Snyder has not given any indication he would sell his team.

The NFL called the Washington accusations “disturbing.” Before taking any potential action, the league said it will review the findings of a team-hired attorney called on by Snyder to look into the club’s culture.

The allegations involving the Washington football team, which spanned from 2006 to 2019, were made against Larry Michael, the team’s former senior vice president of content and radio play-by-play announcer; Alex Santos, the former director of pro personnel; Richard Mann II, the former assistant director of pro personnel; Dennis Greene, the former president of business operations; and Mitch Gershman, the former chief operating officer.

Michael retired Wednesday, a day before the report was published, while Santos and Mann were fired last weekend.

The explosive Washington Post came on the heels of Snyder agreeing to change the team’s nickname many considered to be racist, a decision made only after facing financial pressure from team sponsors.

Minority ownership partners of the team, including Frederick W. Smith, Dwight Schar and Robert Rothman, also are in the process of selling their combined 40 percent stake in the team.

On the field, Washington has had just two playoff wins under Snyder.

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Most NBC Stations Won’t Air the ’30 Rock’ Reunion – Vulture

If you can watch the 30 Rock reunion on TV this Thursday, you’re one of the lucky ones.
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In a plot twist right out of 30 Rock, NBC’s biggest local affiliate groups have decided not to broadcast the network’s upcoming 30 Rock reunion special, meaning at least half the country won’t be able to see it when it debuts Thursday night. Vulture has learned that Gray Television, Hearst, Nexstar, Tegna, and Sinclair Broadcast Group — huge TV-station groups whose NBC affiliates reach about half the country’s TV homes — have told NBC that they are planning to preempt Thursday’s remotely filmed hour.

The apparent reason for the decision, per sources familiar with the matter: The station owners think the 30 Rock reunion, which was produced by the NBCUniversal ad-sales division as a replacement for the usual upfront presentation, is too much of a promotion for the company’s new Peacock streaming platform. Station owners are understandably worried about Peacock siphoning viewers from linear TV, particularly since the new platform will offer next-day reruns of NBC shows on its premium tier (and week-late access to reruns on its free level). Reps for station groups contacted by Vulture, including Gray and Sinclair, did not respond to requests for comment. An NBC rep confirmed the preemptions but declined further comment.

This last-second revolt doesn’t mean audiences won’t be able to see Liz Lemon and the gang back in action. NBC owns its own stations in the nation’s ten biggest TV markets, including New York and L.A., so viewers in about 40 percent of the country can still tune in as scheduled on Thursday at 8 p.m. In addition, NBC will post the full special to its website, cable video on demand platforms, and, yes, Peacock on Friday morning. The special will also air on NBCU cable networks USA, SyFy, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, and CNBC that Friday. (Hulu users take note: The special will not stream there.) But Lemonheads living in Las Vegas or South Bend, Indiana (where Gray runs the NBC affiliate), will have to wait a few hours to see what’s up with the Girlie Show gang.

It’s not unprecedented for TV-station affiliates to preempt programming from the network; individual stations do it all the time for sports or news coverage, and every once in a while if a local station thinks the content of a program is too controversial for that city or town. Stations have also at times pulled very low-rated shows from prime time and replaced them with local or syndicated content due to financial considerations, i.e., they think they can make more money with nonnetwork programming. But a boycott of a prime-time special across multiple major station groups is not common at all, and is possibly a symptom of station groups’ unhappiness with NBCU’s Peacock plans.

Earlier this year, station owners pushed back at a decision to have Peacock stream episodes of The Tonight Show and Late Night a few hours before broadcast, though NBCU Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus recently told Vulture that he had been working to address affiliate concerns of Peacock. “The affiliates, they definitely had a reaction to that,” Lazarus said late last month, referring to the late-night early kerfuffle. “We’ve subsequently had many, many meetings and conversations around what Peacock is going to be. They have economic interest in our current season programming and we respect that economic interest. So we’re working with them to make sure their contribution … is recognized. I feel very confident in that.”

As big as this 30 Rock preemption is, NBC won’t feel any direct financial sting from the affiliate decision. For one, the 30 Rock special won’t have any traditional commercials from advertisers: It’s basically an infomercial for all things NBCUniversal — which, again, is why local stations appear to have decided to drop it, even if it means denying die-hard 30 Rock stans immediate gratification over a reunion of characters from the show. The boycott does deny NBC a broad platform on which to promote its non-NBC networks and new streaming platform, which is surely a bit of a loss to the company. On the other hand, by making it tougher for their viewers to watch on TV, the local affiliate groups will, ironically, be encouraging audiences to engage with the very same platforms they’re upset about — including Peacock.

Blerg, Most NBC Stations Won’t Air the 30 Rock Reunion

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How to See a Comet That Won’t Be Visible for Another 6,000 Years – Lifehacker

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Thanks to COVID-19, you may not get to take your kids to the planetarium any time soon. But if they’re into astronomy, you’re in luck, because we should be able to see a comet starting tonight. Known as Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) for science reasons, it’s been visible at dawn a few times this month, but will be making the switch to dusk this week. Here’s how to see it.

How to see the NEOWISE comet

According to Earth Sky, starting around July 12-15 (so, today), the comet will become visible at dusk (just after sunset). It will be low in the northwest horizon. If the comet stays somewhat bright, we might be able to see it towards the end of the month during evening dusk, and will appear a little higher in the sky.

Use binoculars for a better shot at seeing it—though some people have reported that once you spot the comet with binoculars, you may be able to see it without them when you know where to look. But, if you want to see the comet’s split tail, binoculars are your best bet.

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So how big is this comet? “From its infrared signature, we can tell (its nucleus) is about 5 km [3 miles] across… and is covered with sooty, dark particles left over from its formation near the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago,” Joseph Masiero, NEOWISE deputy principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory told Earth Sky.

But that’s not it! The comet will be closest to Earth on July 22-23. Here’s what Earth Sky says about that:

It will pass at some 64 million miles (103 million km) from our planet. The good news is that—if the comet continues looking great—the view during the night of closest approach should be nice. Although binoculars might be required for the celestial visitor, it will be visible at the same time we see a beautiful crescent (not too bright) moon.

If you’re interested in seeing NEOWISE, this month is your best chance: the next time this comet might be visible again from Earth will be arou

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Fauci says he won’t appear in Senate after coronavirus exposure – New York Daily News

New York Daily News

May 10, 2020 2:43 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci plans to skip the strict coronavirus quarantine despite being exposed to a top White House staffer who has tested positive for the virus. The top pandemic doctor told CBS News he will bend the rules by showing up in person for a Senate hearing set for Tuesday on the government’s response to the pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci plans to skip the strict coronavirus quarantine despite being exposed to a top White House staffer who has tested positive for the virus. The top pandemic doctor told CBS News he will bend the rules by showing up in person for a Senate hearing set for Tuesday on the government’s response to the pandemic.(Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Dr. Anthony Fauci won’t show up in person in the Senate after all.

The top pandemic doctor decided not to bend the rules by showing up in person for a Senate hearing set for Tuesday on the government’s response to the pandemic.

He changed his mind after initially vowing to appear in person despite being exposed to a top White House staffer who has tested positive for the virus.

“Fauci … will appear by videoconference,” along with other officials, CNN reported.

News – It’s not just Hahn and Redfield who will testify remotely at the Senate HELP hearing on Tuesday. Fauci and Giroir will appear by videoconference as well, per source

— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) May 10, 2020

Fauci, who says he is observing a previously unknown “modified quarantine” regimen, has said he would wear a face mask and observe social distancing requirements when he answers questions from senators.

He admits having what he calls “low risk” contact with Katie Miller, the spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence who tested positive on Friday.

Fauci, who has tested negative for COVID-19 so far, says he will mostly work from home for the next two weeks and will only go into work at the National Institutes for Health if he is alone in the office.

The heads of the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are both staying home due to the same supposedly low-risk contact with Katie Miller.

Katie Miller’s husband, controversial White House aide Stephen MIller, will stay out of the White House until his coronavirus infection status can be determined.

A military officer who works as a valet to President Trump has also tested positive for the deadly virus.

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Pence decided to self-isolate on Sunday. However, he insisted on going ahead with a trip to Iowa on Friday even after hearing of Katie Miller’s infection.

Trump himself has not taken a similar action despite having met with Pence.

Some health experts question if it is wise for the two most powerful men in the nation to have extensive contact with one another during the pandemic.

Fauci’s appearance will mark the first time he has been seen by the vast majority of Americans since Trump effectively scrapped his daily nationally televised press conferences.

The White House wants to focus more on reopening the economy and hopes to distract attention from the sharply rising death toll from the still-spreading pandemic, which has already killed more than 80,000 Americans and counting.

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