President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid advisors nix idea of U.S. lockdown to curb pandemic

first_img“I think of this as a dimmer switch, not an on-and-off light switch,” she said. “I think we need to close only those things that really are contributing to the spread, and really try to … as much as possible remain open, like schools, if they’re not contributing to the spread.”A handful of states and cities have started to implement tighter restrictions, including curfews, mask requirements and limits on group gatherings, ahead of the winter as scientists warn that the U.S. is entering what will likely be the “darkest days of the pandemic.”The U.S. has reported three consecutive days of record-breaking daily new Covid-19 cases, reaching a weekly average of 131,445 cases a day, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Many infectious disease experts, including White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, have tried to distance themselves from the term “lockdown,” suggesting the U.S. doesn’t have to resort to the widespread stay-at-home orders it adopted in the spring when the coronavirus first hit U.S. shores.When it comes to lockdowns, Biden has previously said he would listen to suggestions from scientists such as Fauci. The Biden-Harris Covid-19 plan, however, calls for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide communities with evidence-based guidance on when to close some businesses or schools depending on the degree of viral spread.“I don’t think a full lockdown is necessary nor would it be useful,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” on Thursday evening, saying he doesn’t agree with Osterholm’s call for a full lockdown.It would be beneficial to curtail some activities to wrestle coronavirus outbreaks, Jha said. Indoor dining at restaurants, gyms and casinos has become “a real problem,” though other activities, especially if they’re outside and people are wearing masks, can continue, he said.“A full lockdown is not what I would recommend at all,” Jha said. Osterholm later clarified his comments in an interview with NBC News, saying, “It was not a recommendation. I have never made this recommendation to Biden’s group. We’ve never talked about it.”A Biden transition official told NBC News that a shutdown “is not in line with the president-elect’s thinking.”Rather than adopting a comprehensive lockdown approach, Gounder told CNBC that state officials should focus on implementing tighter restrictions in regions of the country where there’s a high risk for the virus to spread, such as restaurants, bars and gyms, and aim to keep their schools open for students.- Advertisement – Two of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisors pushed back Friday on the idea of a national lockdown to suppress the coronavirus pandemic.“As a group, really the consensus is that we need a more nuanced approach,” Dr. Celine Gounder, who sits on the panel and is an infectious disease specialist at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” adding that it was “not the opinion” of the group to institute such widespread restrictions across the U.S. “We can be much more targeted geographically. We can also be more targeted in terms of what we close.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general tapped to help lead the group, said national lockdowns were recommended in the spring when scientists didn’t know as much about how the disease spreads and people were less fatigued from the pandemic.“We’re not in a place where we’re saying, ‘Shut the whole country down,”‘ Murthy said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” advocating for a more targeted approach. “If we don’t do that, what you’re going to find is that people will become even more fatigued, schools won’t be open to children and the economy will be hit harder.”Their comments come after another Covid-19 advisor to Biden, Dr. Michael Osterholm, who serves as director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Yahoo Finance in an interview Wednesday that shuttering businesses for four to six weeks while paying people for lost wages could help suppress cases and hospitalizations to a manageable level.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Two schools added to biodefense research network

first_img See also: At the University of California, Irvine, Alan G. Barbour, MD, will head a consortium that includes four other University of California campuses and 11 other regional universities and research institutions, the NIAID said. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said today that the two schools have been named “Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research (RCE).” Each school will receive about $10 million a year over the next 4 years to lead a regional research consortium. Barry J. Beaty, PhD, of Colorado State will lead a consortium that includes five other universities along with small-business partners. The consortium will also collaborate with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases operates in Fort Collins. The NIAID set up the biodefense research network in 2003 with grants to eight institutions: Duke University, Harvard Medical School, the New York State Department of Health, University of Chicago, University of Maryland, University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston), University of Washington, and Washington University in St. Louis. The network’s mission includes developing and testing vaccines and “therapeutic and diagnostic concepts” and providing facilities and scientific support to first responders in case of a national biodefense emergency, the NIAID said. “The addition of these two new RCEs expands the network’s scientific reach to cover some poorly understood diseases and new research needs,” the NIAID said. “For example, researchers in the new centers have expertise in equine encephalitis and other viral diseases that can be transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The centers also add expertise in hantaviruses, as well as in the development of diagnostics and animal models of disease.” Jun 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A federally funded network of academic centers that do research on bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases has been rounded out with the addition of the University of California, Irvine, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Jun 1 NIAID news releaselast_img read more

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Study shows knowledge gaps in N-95 respirator use

first_imgApr 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – N-95 respirators are regarded as a key tool for protecting people from airborne influenza viruses in the event of a pandemic, but a recent study suggests that without special instruction, most people are likely to wear the devices incorrectly, limiting their effectiveness.To gauge the public’s current knowledge of how to use N-95 respirators, the researchers randomly questioned 538 people in New Orleans about their experience with the devices during hurricane clean-up and asked them to demonstrate putting on a respirator. Conducted by occupational safety experts from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, the study appears in an early online edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.N-95 respirators, designed to stop at least 95% of small airborne particles, are used, among other purposes, to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases in healthcare settings and to reduce exposure to mold during flood cleanups. Donning a respirator improperly is likely to promote the leakage of unfiltered through gaps between the respirator and the skin, the authors note.Among those interviewed for the study, 42% (233) had used a certified respirator for mold clean-up after Hurricane Katrina and 35% (192) had used N-95 models.The respirators used in the study included written and pictorial instructions, but the volunteers were not given any additional instructions before putting them on, the report says.In watching participants don the respirators, investigators found that only 24% (129 of 538) wore the devices properly. The most common errors were not tightening the nose clip (71%), incorrectly placing the straps (52%), and wearing the respirator upside down (22%).Factors associated with properly wearing an N-95 respirator included male gender, Caucasian race, and being a homeowner. Proper donning technique was also associated with having had previous experience with respirators, including owning them and undergoing fit testing.The researchers concluded that educational efforts, particularly in the workplace, could increase the public’s knowledge of proper N-95 respirator use and that labeling on the respirators (as opposed to separate instructions in the package) could promote proper donning technique.”A unique opportunity exists to enhance protection of the public through interventions, such as educational campaigns, training sessions, and respirator design modifications, aimed at improving the public’s ability to don a respirator correctly,” the authors write.The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stockpiled 20 million N-95 respirators for use during an influenza pandemic and plans to add 87 million more by the end of September, according to information on the HHS Web site.Cummings KJ, Cox-Ganser J, Riggs, MA, et al. Respirator donning in post-hurricane New Orleans. Emerg Infect Dis 2007 May (early online release);13(5): [Full text]last_img read more

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Health officials say antiviral resistance likely in some pandemic flu cases

first_imgJun 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A spokesman for Roche, the maker of oseltamivir (Tamiflu), said yesterday that Denmark’s report of resistance to the drug in a patient with novel H1N1 (swine) influenza, the first reported finding of its kind, wasn’t surprising and that the news underscores the importance of monitoring for any viral changes.David Reddy, who leads Roche’s influenza task force, told Bloomberg News that experts know that during seasonal influenza outbreaks, patients can develop resistance. “We fully expect that this can also occur during treatment with a new flu strain,” he said.He characterized what occurred in the Danish patient as “drug-induced resistance” that developed when a low dose of medication was used, as opposed to the more widespread resistance that occurs when a flu virus acquires new characteristics, which has happened over the past 2 years with the seasonal H1N1 strain.World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Dick Thompson said today that the Danish case is isolated and has no public health implications, Reuters reported. “But we must remain alert as the virus can change at any time and we must not be complacent,” he added.The antiviral resistance finding will not prompt any changes in the WHO antiviral recommendations, Thompson told Reuters.Roche said it is monitoring drug resistance in several countries, and health officials in several nations, including the United States, are also watching for changes in the virus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its most recent surveillance report, released Jun 24, that of 191 novel H1N1 isolates that have been tested for resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors, none showed resistance.The CDC recommends treatment with oseltamivir or zanamivir for all patients who have confirmed, probable, or suspected novel H1N1 infections who are hospitalized or are at high risk for complications.Carolyn Bridges, MD, associate director of epidemiologic science in the CDC’s influenza division, told National Public Radio that though the United States hasn’t detected any antiviral resistance in the new virus, it will likely occur here eventually. She said the novel flu virus has an “N1” gene that is very different than the “N1” of the seasonal H1N1 virus, so perhaps the pandemic virus isn’t as susceptible to the antiviral resistance mutation seen with the seasonal H1N1 strain.See also:CDC influenza surveillance report for week ending Jun 20last_img read more

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Growth of passenger traffic at airports

first_imgIn November 2017, Croatian airports recorded 304 thousand passengers or 15,6% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).The largest passenger traffic was realized by Zagreb Airport with 222 thousand passengers (an increase of 12,6% compared to November 2016), followed by Split Airport with 37 thousand passengers (an increase of 21,7% compared to November 2016) and Dubrovnik Airport with 34 thousand passengers (an increase of 39,9% compared to November 2016).The increase in passengers compared to November 2016 was also recorded by Osijek Airport (214,2%), Pula Airport (56,2%), Rijeka Airport (47,5%), Mali Lošinj Airport (12,5%) ) and Brač Airport (80,0%), and the decline was recorded at Zadar Airport (41,1%).Najznatniji međunarodni putnički promet ostvaren je sa zračnim lukama Njemačke, 79 tisuća putnika, što je porast od 24,8% u odnosu na isto razdoblje prošle godine. Ukupan broj slijetanja i polijetanja zrakoplova u zračnim lukama u studenome 2017. iznosio je 4 781, što je u usporedbi sa studenim 2016. porast od 3,6%.Photo: CBSlast_img read more

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ECTAA: Communication on better passenger protection in air transport

first_imgThe European Association of National Associations of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators (ECTAA) calls on EU regulators to more effectively protect EU passengers from the consequences of airline insolvency.Kako iz ECTAA-e  ističu u svojem priopćenju, slijedom rekordnog broja propusta u zračnom prometu u 2017. godini, ECTAA poziva Europsku komisiju da uvede adekvatan mehanizam zaštite EU putnika od posljedica prekida u radu zrakoplovnih kompanija.”The recent collapse of several airlines, including Europe’s 10th largest carrier, is a stark reminder that airlines are fragile. With further consolidation expected in the European aviation market, it is time for airlines to offer guarantees in the event of financial difficulties, as travel agencies and tour operators are already doing.” ističe Predsjednica ECTAA-e Merike Hallik.In the last three months, three major European airlines, Air Berlin, Monarch Airlines and NIKI, have ceased operations, leaving behind many dislocated passengers with unusable tickets without the possibility of complaint:– Monarch Airlines – više od 110.000 putnika nalazilo se u inozemstvu, dok je 750.000 putnika s plaćenim kartama ostalo bez mogućnosti da ih iskoriste– Air Berlin – Najmanje 180.000 kupaca s rezervacijama na otkazanim letovima neće dobiti povrat uplaćenih sredstava-NIKI – Over 400.000 reservations have been canceled.European Commission reports from 2011 and 2013 underlined that the share of passengers affected by airline bankruptcies is negligible, but it was pointed out that such crises can cause significant damage to these passengers. Following the publication of these reports, the Commission concluded that legal protection for passengers was not necessary as Regulation 1/261 already provides an appropriate legal framework for airline insolvency assistance. and plan and establish passenger protection measures.Three recent airline collapses have proven otherwise. Passengers with seat-only tickets on flights of Monarch Airlines and NIKI could not receive a refund under Regulation 261/2004. In the case of Air Berlin, there was a progressive cessation of operations, but with a large number of canceled flights for which passengers were not entitled to request a refund.In the context of these shortcomings, ECTAA calls on decision-makers to establish a separate binding legal framework within which airlines would bear the cost of protecting passengers in the event of their own collapse. This protection mechanism should apply to all European airlines, but in the near future to non-EU carriers flying to European Union countries.last_img read more

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Education for holders and organizers of tourist contents in nature

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&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt; On Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27, in the Zadar County Chamber, there will be a training for holders and organizers of tourist facilities in nature, organized by the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.The training is part of a series of workshops held in Zagreb, Rijeka, Požega, Osijek, Split, Otočac, Zadar and Dubrovnik, which the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce have been holding since 2004. The training program for holders and organizers of tourist contents in nature in Croatia has so far been completed by approximately 1000 participants, and certainly as adventure tourism activities are an important factor in extending the tourist season.The Croatian Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, has been holding workshops for training holders and organizers of outdoor tourist facilities since 2004. Adventure activities are often organized in inaccessible terrain, so the expertise of guides is essential to ensure a high level of safety for tourists. Although the offer of adventure tourism in Croatia is still not at a satisfactory level, a significant increase in interest in this segment of tourism is noticeable.Adventure tourism in the world is one of the fastest growing segments, so it is important to offer the best and safest service and provide tourists with a complete experience of Croatia as a safe and attractive destination for adventure tourism.You can find the program with the lecture schedule at the link PROGRAM,and you can sign up here – APPLY.Related news:LIST OF TOURIST SERVICES OF ACTIVE AND ADVENTURE TOURISM PUBLISHEDDUBROVNIK OUTDOOR FESTIVAL IS MUCH MORE THAN A FESTIVAL, IT IS A PLATFORM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVENTURE TOURISM IN CROATIAlast_img read more

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Poreč hosts Ironman 5150 triathlon races 2019 and 2020.

first_imgPlava Laguna will be fully responsible for the organization and promotion of this mega event, while the public sector by signing a letter of intent committed to support through infrastructure, technical and financial assistance, as this event will greatly contribute to the promotion of Porec, Funtana and Istria as desirable sports and entertainment destinations. Plava Laguna, Istria County, the City of Poreč, the Municipality of Funtana, and the tourist boards of cities and counties have signed a letter of intent to support the new top event that will arrive in Poreč in the spring of 2019. “The common goal is for this event to become a traditional promoter of tourism, sports, health, diversity and entertainment in Istria” they pointed out from the Blue Lagoon. “We are thrilled to bring the 5150 Triathlon Series competition to this beautiful corner of Croatia, and we are convinced that athletes from the entire EMEA region will have not only a great race experience, but also a wonderful weekend in Poreč ‘, said Stefan Petschnig, Director for IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa, adding that for many athletes, the idea of ​​competing in the IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race can be extremely daunting, but that the 5150 is available to many athletes of all abilities. Namely, Plava Laguna has signed a contract with the World Triathlon Corporation, the owner of the license for Ironman, for the 5150 race, which will be held in 2019 and 2020 in Poreč. It is a 5150 race, or Olympic triathlon, which means 1.5-km swimming, 40-km cycling and 10-km running, which will be held on May 5, 2019 on the stretch from Funtana to Porec. This TOP sports event will gather over 500 participants, and another 1500 visitors are expected, said race director Goran Vrus, adding that the Ironman 5150 race itself will be held on May 05, 2019. In addition to the Blue Lagoon 5150 Triathlon Poreč, the race, which is official name, IRONKIDS and IRON GIRL races are planned for August 6, 2019. Starting with one race in 1978, IRONMAN has become a global sports sensation with more than 230 events in 53 countries.last_img read more

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Published summer flight schedules of Croatian airports

first_imgU Rijeka is the summer flight schedule also announced from March 31, 2019. Last year, Rijeka Airport recorded a record number of over 183 thousand passengers, thus achieving a traffic growth of 30 percent compared to 2017. In this summer season, three new airlines are coming to Rijeka – Volotea, Lufthansa and Air Serbia, which will fly to two new destinations – Marseille and Belgrade. One of the largest charter carriers, TUI group, is also coming to Rijeka. The summer flight schedule is usually introduced before the Easter holidays, and new, seasonal routes will gradually be introduced that will connect emitting tourist markets with Croatia. Aircraft owned by Croatia Airlines in the regular traffic of the summer tourist season fly to 24 European countries, ie to 38 destinations, and only Zagreb is directly connected to 24 destinations in 22 countries. Croatian airline Croatia Airlines has announced a new, summer flight schedule for 2019. According to Croatia Airlines, there are an average of 105 flights a day. This year, the number of passengers is expected to increase by 5 percent compared to last year, when as many as 2,17 million were transported. This year’s seasonal lines take effect from yesterday, March 31, and are valid until October 28, 2019. Zadar Airport it also announced its summer flight schedule which took effect on March 31, 2019. Zadar Airport enters the new season with four new companies and 15 new routes. Significant increase in traffic is expected to exceed 700 thousand passengers, or 15 percent more than last year. Only Ryanair has announced 8 new lines from Zadar, namely Hamburg, Cologne, Prague, Nuremberg, Milan (Bergamo), Poznan, Krakow and Eindhoven. Zadar Airport / Facebookcenter_img Osijek Airport also informed passengers about the summer flight schedule valid from March 31 to October 26, 2019, just like Split Airport. This year, Croatia Airlines continues to fly to all European destinations it has introduced in the past three years. These are the cities of Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Lisbon, Milan, Prague, St. Petersburg, Dublin and Mostar, as well as the Dubrovnik-Munich and Split-Copenhagen routes. Also, flights to many other destinations such as Athens, Barcelona and Venice are available again. As for the new flight schedules, it is worth mentioning the new routes from Pula – the airline introduces the Birmingham route, and EasyJet Amsterdam and Geneva. See the summer flight schedule of Dubrovnik Airport HERE You can see the complete flight schedule of Croatia Airlines HERE. Cover photo: Humphrey Muleba, Pexelslast_img read more

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