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CoVID: Smart watches can help warn wearers of potential infections
There is increasing evidence that smart watches and wearable technology may be able to help warn of potential COVID-19 infections before positive test results.
A leading forecasting agency said that by June 1, more than 90,000 Americans may die from COVID-19-related causes. This prediction comes when the United States expects more than 500,000 deaths in the next two days.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) at the University of Washington also warned that the world may never gain herd immunity.
IMHE predicts that by the end of May, 589,197 Americans will die. The research institute predicts that the good news is that the number of deaths per day may fall below 500 by then. If Americans are vigilant about wearing masks, the death toll will be even lower. The United States currently has an average of 2,000 deaths every day.
Now, more than 75% of Americans say they wear masks in public. IHME said that to achieve a lower number of deaths, the percentage should be around 95%.
The Institute pointed out that some political and public health leaders believe that vaccination of 70%-80% of the global population can effectively stop further transmission. However, even countries that are lucky enough to purchase sufficient quantities of vaccines may never obtain herd immunity. In this case, COVID-19 may become an annual seasonal disease.
IHME said: “Although it is possible to achieve cattle immunization before next winter, it seems increasingly unlikely that we can achieve this. In view of this, all of us need to change our expectations.”
►On Monday, British leaders will announce their plan to dissolve one of the strictest COVID-19 lockdowns in the world. US public health officials will pay close attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that by April B.1.1.7, the more transmissible variant of COVID-19 originally discovered in the UK may become the main variant in the United States.
►According to data from the National Student Information Exchange, from the fall of 2019 to the fall of 2020, the enrollment rate of community colleges across the country has dropped by 10%.
►It has been 10 months since Abby Adair Reinhard’s father died of COVID-19. A woman in Rochester, New York, whose death has aroused national sympathy, but she is still struggling with loss.
►Fifteen athletes who were supposed to participate in sports as first-year international students in the U.S. during the 2020-21 academic year are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE, whose policy is to prevent students from entering the United States after entering the school and not offering face-to-face courses.
► Alaska’s public health officials set the gold standard for vaccine distribution. He said that due to a winter storm that swept across the continental United States, 3,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines arrived later than expected
📈 Today’s numbers: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 28 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States and 497,000 deaths. Global total: more than 111 million cases and 2.46 million deaths. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 78.1 million doses of vaccine have been distributed in the United States, and approximately 59.5 million doses of vaccine have been administered.
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The Hawaii Department of Health has temporarily extended the time frame within which inbound passengers must complete a negative coronavirus test.The state stated that as winter storms have swept across the continental United States, travelers can now take pre-boarding coronavirus tests 96 hours (instead of 72 hours) before the flight.
The test must still be performed by a nationally recognized provider. According to the “Hawaii News Now” report, the extension will take effect on Sunday.
There is increasing evidence that smart watches or Fitbit can help wearers warn of possible COVID-19 infection before the test results are positive. Wearable devices such as Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy smart watches, Fitbit and other devices can collect heart and oxygen data as well as sleep and activity levels. Researchers are studying whether the health data of the body may indicate an impending COVID-19 infection.
For people whose heart or activity data indicate a possible infection, it may not be an imminent COVID-19 infection. However, the researchers said that this possibility has increased, and can remind patients to be tested, and possibly even quarantined, which can provide important tools for preventing the spread and tracking of diseases. If these findings are proven, they could lead to telemedicine alerts for other possible viruses, flu, and excessive stress.
– Mike Snider
After mocking parents at a live meeting about the school’s reopening, the principal and all three other members of the California School Board resigned, and they seemed to think it was private. Greg Hetrick, the principal of the Oakley Union Elementary School District in Costa County, announced that board members had submitted their resignations in a letter to the school community on Friday, calling this an “unfortunate situation.” A video of the Wednesday evening meeting has been circulated on social media and appears to have captured board members mocking their parents, who wrote letters during the coronavirus pandemic asking the board to reopen the school.
Lisa Brizendine, chairman of the board, said: “They chose us because they want their nanny to come back.”
The board members also used foul language to mock parents who took medical marijuana. At the end of the recording, the board members seemed shocked and received a message warning them that the live broadcast was public. In the statement, the board members expressed their “most sincere apologies” and expressed their “deep regrets for the comments made during the meeting.”
Contributor: Associated Press