33% of Big Ten athletes with Covid-19 has heart inflammation

Big Ten conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States with athletes in just about every athletic field for college students. Unfortunately, up to 35% of the Big Ten athletes (not isolated to football players) who had Covid-19 are showing signs of inflammation of the heart muscle called myocarditis.

It is unclear how myocarditis could affect the long term health of the athletes.

The Big Ten conference has been pressured to play, with some athletes, coaches, and even Pres. Trump urging the team to play. However, the kind of effect the myocarditis has on the athletes are worrying; the athletes who performed at their peak one week are found to be struggling like a normal individual, due to this heart inflammation.

If there is an overload of impact on the heart, the person could suffer many complications, including death.

If there is an overload of impact on the heart, the person could suffer many complications, including death.

As schools and colleges begin to return their students home, Big Ten has a real problem on their hands, and it is always important to remember that before they are athletes, they are students, and young people, some just recently turned 18. It is a cruel fate to bestow, and one that these student athletes may have to take with them for the rest of their lives.

Big Ten should take this into account in determining whether the conference plays this season.

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Sleep Experts Band Together Against Daylight Savings Time

Every March and November, Americans turn their clocks backwards and forwards to deal with daylight saving time, which was widely instituted in 1966 with a claim that it would benefit society by extending sunlight hours and saving energy costs.

Last week, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine presented an argument that seasonal time changes had shown abundance of evidence of harm, including significant public health and safety risks, such as increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, mood disorders, and motor vehicle accidents.

In March when Americans lost an hour of sleep, the fatal car crashes were much higher. Without DST, more than 600 fatal accidents could have been prevented in a 22-year period. Furthermore, permanent standard time fits closer to circadian sleep-wake cycle, preventing sleep disorders, rather than the Daylight Savings Time, which results in darker mornings and lighter evenings, disrupting our natural sleep cycle for sleep.

The AASM stated that while this may not be true for every single person, as a general policy, keeping to a standard time cycle would be the healthiest solution.

In May 2019, the EU abolished the DST. In March 2020, 32 states proposed to make DST permanent and eliminate the clock change and preserving the hour of sleep needed in the spring. It is currently pending Congress’ approval.

Many people’s hope for extra hour of sleep lies on this legislation.

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BTS Hits Billboard 100 with a Dynamite #1

After landing with Billboard #4 with the last single “On,” in March, K-Pop boy band BTS debuted with an all-English single, “Dynamite” at the top of the Billboard’s Hot 100.

BTS is the first K-Pop group to lead the Hot 100. Released on August 21, 2020, showed a result of 33.9 million US stream, 300,000 sold, and drew 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions the week ending August 30.

BTS’ “Dynamite” made the best digital sales since One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” 5 years ago, and marks BigHit entertainment’s first #1 on the Billboard chart. Consultations to BTS!

Of course, much of BTS’ success comes from BTS’ use of technology (mainly YouTube and V Live) to gain followers, interact with them, and establish themselves as serious brands. Many analysts tout that the globalization of Broadband access has made not only information flow throughout the world, but also allow easier means for fans to gain access to their favorite bands’ music and show clips.

 

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Frenchwoman posts nude video for her business, gets arrested by Indian police

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27-year old Frenchwoman, identified only as Marie-Helene was arrested on August 27 by the local Indian police in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, after her Indian social media followers recognized the background of her nude video as the holy bridge.

The Ganges is a sacred river to Hinduism, and it is known that at the location of where the holy bridge is, is where Hindu deity Lakshmana crossed the river on jute ropes.

According to the Indian police, the woman filmed the material to promote her jewelry business. In the video, she originally begins by wearing a shawl, but drops it midway through filming, appearing nude.

She is currently on bail but has been charged with obscenity in a public place and with publishing obscene content online.

Marie-Helene stated that she’d chosen to become nude on the holy bridge because each time she crossed the bridge, she felt she was being harassed, and that she felt other Indian women and her “fellow female travelers” surely have experienced the same.

She apologized for her insensitivity to the local culture.

Public nudity is an issue in France as well, with the interior minister defending the right to sunbathe topless, while the localities might impose different rules, to include fines in association with topless or nude sunbathing.

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Large Companies Enforce Gag Orders for Positive Coronavirus cases

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Cheesecake Factory, Amazon.com, Cargill, McDonald’s, Target have given instructions to their employees not to talk about Coronavirus positive cases at work places.

As the countries start to reopen, with many businesses closing or being sluggish, big corporations noted to be important were able to make up some of the financial losses, but in doing so, they’ve also forced their employees to hide the true nature of the positive coronavirus cases occurring at these locations.

According to Bloomberg, Workers at Amazon.com, Cargill, McDonald’s, and Target say they were told to keep coronavirus cases quiet. The same sort of gagging has been alleged in OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) complaint against Smithfield Foods, Urban Outfitters, and General Electric.

At Recreational Equipment Inc., an employee texted colleagues to say he’d tested positive and that “I was told not to tell anybody” and “to not post or say anything on social media.”

These are just on the surfaces, but there is no doubt that many companies are keeping their employees quiet even where positive coronavirus cases are appearing. It is quite saddening that even in times of crises, what is most important are profit margins for these large corporations.

As of August 27, coronavirus positive cases are 5.8 million+ and deaths are 180,635 in US. With nearly 1,000 people dying every day, these behaviors aren’t helping the problem, only worsening it.

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17-year-old boy kills 2 people and injures 1 before arrest

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Tuesday night about at about 11:45pm, Kyle Rittenhouse (17), a high school student shot his long gun at protesters, killing 2 people and injuring 1 on the intersection of 63rd street and Sheridan Rd in Kenosha, Illinois.

It was the third night of protest for justice for the police shooting of 29 year old Jacob Blake, as hundreds of people gathered at the scene. Then an armed young man began to shoot.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Facebook shows him with a long gun. He apparently had been in a program for kids who were considering a career in law enforcement.

One of the victim identified was a 26-year-old Anthony Huber.

Kenosha County authorities issued an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, on Wednesday morning, charging him with first-degree intentional homicide.

Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday morning in Antioch, and he was taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center near Vernon Hills.

An extradition hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

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Catching Coronavirus Twice

A 33-year old Hong Kong resident contracted the COVID-19 twice this year. He was infected once in March, recovered from it, only to become re-infected in August.

The first time, his symptoms were mild; second time, they were asymptomatic. They are 142 days apart in terms of infection.

The second time, he was returning from a trip to Spain via the United Kingdom. The study noted that the Coronavirus involved between the first time and the second time were unrelated strains, showing that acquired immunity may not be as strongly counted upon to keep the population safe, even if a significant number recover from the infection.

Given the variety of COVID-19 mutations, experts advise that people should take the vaccine when it becomes available to minimize the continued spread of the number of COVID-19 viruses.

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Novel Coronavirus is in every US county

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As Coronavirus cases continue to rise every day, Government officials now claim that the novel coronavirus has spread to nearly every state and territory in the United States.

With 675,276 cases and 12,234 deaths, California has the highest cases, overtaking Florida, Texas, and New York.

These numbers, however, aren’t shown to be giving the whole picture because mild or asymptomatic infections have not been diagnosed.

Every state shows a different pattern, with many states still not having seen its peak. As such, unlike countries like South Korea where one-size-fits-all approach can be enforced, the US cannot rely on such system, says Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The three-step guidelines issued by the White House is seen as vague, and there are no standards which the states must meet before it can reopen. All that must be guaranteed, is that the states show robust testing programs for at-risk health care workers, and a downward trend in symptoms.

While many good news of vaccines continue to bombard our news feed every once in a while, this is still a very real and developing disease, and now, no US county is safe from it.

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Coronavirus Vaccine Possible by Winter 2020, Likely by 2021

(President Trump announced “Operation Warp Speed” in May)

Harvard University vaccine researcher Dr. Dan Barouch reported that a coronavirus vaccine was likely to be possible by end of 2020, but that it will likely be available in 2021. There are currently 32 vaccines undergoing human trials, with Barouch directing the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research in collaboration with John & Johnson.

Last month, Moderna and Pfizer announced starting phase three trials on the vaccine candidate.

Pres. Trump was optimistically hoping for a vaccine to be prepared by November 3; however, Barouch stated the best possible deadline would be end of 2020.

And of course… that is IF everything goes to plan.

US Human and Health Services (HHS) has funded the development of vaccines through a program called Operation Warp Speed, with the backing of the CARES Act.

Approximately $10 billion is directed to obtaining at least 300 million doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by January 2021.

Johnson & Johnson, Barouch’s collaborating partner, is also a recipient of the OWS funds and has received $456 million so far for Phase 1 clinical trials this summer.

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MANASSAS HELPING RESIDENTS GET BACK TO WORK

(press release)

City Takes Innovative Approach to Using CARES Act Funds

Manassas, VA –August 19, 2020 –The City of Manassas is dedicating $400,000 to expanding its long-standing partnerships with SkillSource and Northern Virginia Community College. The funds will directly help residents who have been furloughed or are unemployed as a result of the pandemic. “We will be using CARES Act funds to help people get the skills and support services they need to land the jobs they want,” said City Manager Pat Pate. “Manassas has a resilient and diversified economy. Almost all of our businesses will weather this storm, but too many of our residents are out of work and we need to address that.”

Using SkillSource as the lead agency, the City is working with NOVA and its own Department of Social Services to provide jobseeker and employer services focused on the needs of individuals. The $400,000 will go towards occupational training, subsidized work experiences, job fairs and worker training. The money will also fund much needed supportive services like transportation, child care, and providing work-related equipment. The Jobseeker Services programs run

by SkillSource and the training provided by NOVA already receive federal or state funding that reduces these costs. The City is allocating additional funding of up to $5,000 per participant that, in most cases, eliminates the cost altogether. “By removing cost as a barrier and adding supportive services, the City can best help residents get jobs,” said Economic Development Director Patrick Small. “By helping people get jobs we help businesses meet their workforce needs.

Like most local governments, Manassas initially used CARES Act funds to make small business grants. The City awarded 140 small businesses $2,500 each to help offset the loss of revenues caused by having to close or curtail operations to meet social distancing guidelines; mostly personal service providers and restaurants. The grant programs were anticipated to have a much broader appeal, and City leaders were surprised by the low number of applicants who actually qualified to receive grants despite a significant advertising campaign. “Many of the businesses that didn’t qualify or didn’t apply simply didn’t have the revenue losses we expected,” said Small. “That doesn’t mean all of our businesses haven’t been hurt in one way or another.”

The City has also dedicated CARES Act funds to George Mason’s Small Business Development Centers to provide counseling and support services as a way to further help businesses. “Manassas relies heavily on partners in education and workforce development to meet the needs of residents and employers,” said Economic Development Assistant Director Nicole Smith.

For more information, visit choosemanassas.org/business-resources-covid19/. About the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development

The City of Manassas fosters economic development through collaborative partnerships, sustainable fiscal management and supportive City services. The Department of Economic Development (DED) is directly responsible for business attraction, retention, expansion and tourism initiatives in the City. As a resourceful and collaborative organization, we work in partnership with our key stakeholders to ensure that we have what businesses need; including a highly educated and technical workforce with access to major universities and first-class training providers. We take an active leadership role in all that we do, serving as a community builder, collaborator and agent of economic growth. For help with your business needs please visit: https://choosemanassas.org/ or call 703.257.8882.

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