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As a presidential candidate four years ago, Donald Trump not only railed against the Affordable Care Act; he also made bold promises about the magnificence of his alternative plan. The Republican’s alternative to “Obamacare” would offer everything Americans they could dream of, including better coverage at a lower price. All voters had to do was elect him.
In reality, of course, Trump didn’t know and didn’t care about how to deliver on these promises. He was peddling post-policy nonsense, counting on the electorate to not know the difference.
As a president, when it came time to follow through, Trump was lost without a map, amazed to discover the complexities of an issue he never he even tried to understand. The Republican endorsed plans that did the opposite of what he told voters he’d do, and when it came time to engage in actual negotiations, Trump struggled to keep up —
Fall has fallen into place. The days are getting shorter, temperatures are vacillating and the threat of a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies and COVID-19 are all about to mingle. It’s a lot to contend with, but there are a number of simple things we can do to stay healthy this fall, say public health experts.
TODAY spoke with Lorna Thorpe, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the division of epidemiology in the department of population health at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Dr. S. Patrick Kachur, M.P.H., a professor of population and family health at the Columbia University Medical Center, both in New York City, to find out what we can do to try to stack the odds in our favor. Here are their tips for boosting physical health, mental health and immunity throughout the autumn season.
Both experts emphasize that getting a flu shot this
WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear Democrats tell it, a Supreme Court with President Donald Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett could quickly get rid of the law that gives more than 20 million Americans health insurance coverage.
But that’s not the inevitable outcome of a challenge the court will hear Nov. 10, just one week after the election.
Yes, the Trump administration is asking the high court to throw out the Obama-era healthcare law, and if she is confirmed quickly Barrett could be on the Supreme Court when the court hears the case.
But even if the justices agree that the law’s mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional because Congress repealed the penalties for not complying, they could still leave the rest of the law alone. That would be consistent with other rulings in which the court excised a problematic provision from a law that was otherwise allowed to remain
Health officials say they’re seeing alarming upticks in some COVID-19 numbers, though they’re not sure yet whether North Texas is on its way to a surge in cases.
A COVID-19 forecast from UT Southwestern Medical Center predicts continued increases in hospitalizations in Dallas and Tarrant counties, which have already risen in recent weeks, and also projects 1,000 new infections a day in Dallas County by later this month.
Those numbers show the situation is fragile, so experts urged North Texans not to ease up on coronavirus precautions as society pushes for a return to normal.
The upward trend comes as Texas’ governor allowed counties to reopen bars at half capacity — though some counties, including Dallas, won’t reopen theirs — and as cases are surging elsewhere in the U.S.
Researchers with the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predict the nation could see nearly 2,200 COVID-19 deaths
The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing color, and the average number of new Covid-19 cases being reported across the United States is now double what it was in June, the latest figures showed Friday.
The U.S. is logging an average of more than 45,000 new infections per day and it’s trending upward, according to statistics compiled by NBC News.
The worrisome development comes a month after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, urged the nation to “hunker down” because the number of new coronavirus cases was likely to rise as summer gave way to fall and the flu season started.
And this week, Fauci said he will be celebrating Thanksgiving via Zoom with his three daughters to avoid infection.
“We would love for them to come home for Thanksgiving,” Fauci, who lives in Washington, D.C., said during a webinar. “They have said themselves,
The White House is set to host “Fall Garden Tours” for lawmakers and the public this season to show off the newly renovated Rose Garden.
The tours will be hosted Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, even after more than 20 staffers, journalists, allies of the administration and GOP lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus following contact with the White House.
The tours are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Visitors will be able to tour the South Lawn, First Ladies Garden, White House Kitchen Garden and Rose Garden.
Guest capacity is limited, and visitors are required to wear a face mask. Tickets will be offered to all congressional offices.
President Trump and first lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but White House physician Dr. Sean Conley announced the president will be able to return to public engagements this weekend.
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Once we’ve acknowledged the hardship, “the critical piece is to not stay stuck there,” Dr. Teachman said. “We can recognize that things are hard, without wallowing.” Identify what we have lost (such as socializing), and then find alternatives — maybe online meet-ups, a pod with another family or simply bundling up.
“If you have the opportunity, invest in a really good winter coat,” Dr. Teachman said. “Look into a little heater to put on a patio.”
Planning ahead is important. “Plan now before it gets very cold,” Dr. Teachman said. This is partly for practical reasons — that heater might be on back-order — and partly for psychological ones, as “it’s actually much harder to make and implement plans once you’re already feeling anxious and stressed.” Dr. Dagnew noted that uncertainty is a key reason we feel stress, so “having a plan is the antidote for uncertainty.”
Every therapist emphasized
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Alberta – 1,910 active cases (19,354 total cases, including 281 deaths, 17,163 resolved)
British Columbia – 1,387 active cases (9,956 total cases, 244 deaths, 8,296 resolved)
Manitoba – 803 active cases (2,278 total cases, 27 deaths, 1,448 resolved)
New Brunswick – 22 active cases (222 cases, 2 deaths, 198 resolved)
Newfoundland and Labrador – 4 active case (277 total cases, 4 deaths, 269 resolved)
Northwest Territories – 0 active cases (5 total cases, 5 resolved)
Nova Scotia – 3 active cases (1,089 total cases, 65 deaths 1,021 resolved)
Ontario – 5,344 active cases (55,945 total cases, 2,988
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