Thursday, April 7, 2022 | Kaiser Health News

Covid Outbreak Hits DC Elites After Gridiron Dinner

Those who tested positive following the event — where high-profile government players and journalists mixed indoors, unmasked — include the U.S. attorney general, commerce secretary, the vice president’s communications director, congressional lawmakers, and others. President Joe Biden did not attend.


The Hill:
COVID-19 Cases Among Key DC Players Jump After Gridiron Dinner


At least five high-profile Washington players have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the star-studded Gridiron Club dinner last weekend, one of whom is considered a close contact of Vice President Harris. Harris’ Communications Director Jamal Simmons, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) have all tested positive for breakthrough COVID-19 cases after attending Saturday night’s event. (Schnell, 4/6)


The Washington Post:
After Gridiron Dinner, A Covid Outbreak Among Washington A-List Guests 


A-list guests were asked to show proof of vaccination but not negative tests, and many mingled freely without masks at the dinner at the downtown Renaissance Washington Hotel. … The Washington Post has learned of about a half-dozen journalists as well as members of the White House and National Security Council staffs who said they tested positive after the event. Their names are being withheld because they have not announced their status publicly. Tom DeFrank, a contributing columnist for National Journal and president of the Gridiron Club, said that as of Wednesday afternoon, the group knew of 14 guests who had tested positive. (Farhi, Roberts and Abutaleb, 4/6)


Los Angeles Times:
Vice President’s Staffer, Others Test Positive For The Coronavirus


Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, the second close contact of the vice president to become infected in less than a month. Harris’ office did not announce test results for the vice president, but a statement from her press secretary, Kirsten Allen, said she was following official guidance and “plans to continue with her public schedule,” implying that she is not ill. Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, tested positive last month for the coronavirus. (Bierman, 4/6)


The New York Times:
An Invisible Party Crasher Has Washington Feeling Uneasy


President Biden did not attend the Gridiron, but he has appeared, mask-free, at several events this week, even as cases rise inside his administration, among lawmakers, in the news media and throughout the capital. His maskless appearance also calls into question the safety protocols that stand between a 79-year-old president and a wily virus that is adept at evading even stringent safety measures. (Rogers, 4/6)

Health Workers Experiencing Moral Trauma From War Against Covid

Many health care workers report trauma-like symptoms similar to combat veterans such as depression or a lower-quality of life, a study finds. NPR also reports on how people particularly vulnerable to covid are also traumatized.

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Monday, March 28, 2022 | Kaiser Health and fitness Information

Research Reveals Ache Notion Can Be Lessened By Nostalgia

In the course of a study about feelings of suffering, scientists have identified that emotions of nostalgia can actually direct to weaker pain sensations. Meanwhile a report in Bangor Day by day Information states no one is familiar with just how a lot chemical air pollution from “forever” substances is located in Maine rivers.


CNN:
Nostalgia Can Reduce Perception Of Soreness, Analyze Demonstrates


The upcoming time you sense soreness, you may well take into account skipping the ibuprofen and achieving as a substitute for an old picture. Nostalgia — that sentimental experience of longing for the earlier — can lessen soreness notion, according to new exploration printed in the journal JNeurosci. Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Liaoning Regular University requested research participants to level their degree of agony from heat stimulation though seeking at shots that were being nostalgic — depicting old cartoons, childhood online games or retro candy — in contrast with a lot more contemporary photos. In the course of the tasks, an MRI equipment also scanned the 34 individuals. Researchers discovered that observing pictures that activated childhood recollections was connected to participants reporting weaker thoughts of ache. (Kent, 3/28)

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Bangor Daily News:
No 1 Is familiar with How Numerous Gallons Of ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Flowing In Maine’s Waters


Therapy vegetation launch millions of gallons of wastewater into Maine’s waterways just about every day that could include elevated ranges of so-termed for good substances that are used in a extensive selection of client products and solutions and have been linked to long-phrase wellbeing and environmental threats. But as Maine races to improved understand how widespread its PFAS contamination trouble is, particularly on farms and in landfills, there is tiny recognized about the level of contamination in the wastewater these plants are releasing, nor about the concentration of forever chemical compounds constructing up in the Maine rivers on to which it is introduced. (Loftus, 3/28)


AP:
Vermont Officials Request Extra Time To Exam Schools For PCBs 


Vermont condition officials have questioned the legislature for a lot more time to take a look at more mature colleges for PCBs, a unsafe team of chemical compounds usually made use of in building resources and electrical equipment just before 1980.The PCB screening application is component of a law passed by the Legislature last 12 months. It necessitates each faculty created or renovated prior to 1980 to examination their indoor air for PCBs by July 1, 2024. The laws arrived soon after the closure of Burlington Large College two decades in the past mainly because of the discovery of PCB contamination in air samples. (3/27)

KHN:
Local weather Alter May possibly Press The US Towards The ‘Goldilocks Zone’ For West Nile Virus 

Michael Keasling of Lakewood, Colorado, was an electrician who cherished large trucks, fast autos, and Harley-Davidsons. He’d struggled with diabetic issues since he was a teen, needing a kidney transplant from his sister to continue

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