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Covid-19 Vaccine Delays And Lack Of Federal Action Putting US In Deadly Position 

For the past 40 days, the US has surpassed 100,000 hospitalizations relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. While health officials across the country are doing their best to speed up vaccine distribution so that average Americans can begin receiving their dosages, a lack of federal action and planning is once again hindering the nation’s ability to heal from this pandemic. 

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, spoke with the media recently about how America “really needs to get this vaccine out more quickly, because this really is our only tool for beating this pandemic.” Experts have been saying from the beginning that universal mask wearing, social distancing, and widespread vaccination is the only way this pandemic will fully reach its end. However, after ten months of nearly no enforcement of these procedures on a federal level, over 22 million Americans have been infected, and over 370,000 have died.

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So far 22.1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine has been distributed, and 6.7 million people have actually received their first dose, however, the initial plan was to get 20 million people vaccinated with their first dose by the end of 2020. Due to a complete lack of interest from the current president and his administration within the past two months, hundreds of thousands of Americans have continued to suffer while their government watched and made daily claims of a fraudulent and unfair election. The only new aide that the government has provided is a $600 stimulus check to every American, after nearly nine months of no other economic assistance.

The US hit a new record last week and surpassed 4,000 Covid-19 deaths in a single day. California alone is thought to be a major epicenter for the virus, after they added almost 50,000 new cases on Sunday alone, bringing the state total up to more than 2.6 million. 

According to Johns Hopkins University, which has been recording data regarding this pandemic in America since March, within the first 11 days of 2021, 28,400 new Covid-19 deaths have been reported. At this current rate, more individuals could die from Covid-19 in January than any other month of this pandemic due to an extreme influx in holiday travel and lack of policy. 

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“We should expect to set new records for cases, hospitalizations, and deaths over the coming weeks. Policy action is urgently needed to mitigate the worst possible outcome.”

Joe Gerald, an associate professor at the University of Arizona, recently expressed great concern about the “inevitable arrival of the more transmissible” strain of Covid-19 that has appeared in the UK, and is thought to have been in the US since September. “If it gathers a foothold it will accelerate, lengthen, and deepen the outbreaks in Arizona and other states like it.” 

The recent riot at the US Capitol will also likely lead to a “surge event” of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to the fact that a majority of Trump’s supporters are anti-mask, and the footage from the violent event clearly showed a crowd of hundreds of individuals not wearing a mask, mobbed together in a giant crowd. 

Medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen recently shared a statement to the press about this reckless riot that will lead to even more death and infection: “It’s very likely they’re engaging in other risky behaviors there and potentially seeding coronavirus all around the country, wherever they came from. I hope that everyone who participated in those events will go back and quarantine and get tested.”

Many of the rioters who have been identified from images online but have yet to be arrested are being placed on No Fly lists, and local authorities for individuals who came from out of state to participate in the riot have been notified of their citizens involvement in the act of domestic terror that took place last week.

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LA County Ambulance Crews Told Not To Transport Patients With ‘Little Chance Of Survival’ 

Los Angeles County has been a hot spot for Covid-19 within the past six months, and now, it’s the worst it’s ever been. About one in five residents in the county are now testing positive for Covid-19, meaning within one month the county doubled its number of infections; around 40,000 cases on November 30th to more than 800,000 on January 2nd. 

The amount of new infections appearing is causing hospitals to be completely overwhelmed. In fact, all intensive care units throughout the region are now at maximum capacity. 7,600 residents of LA county are currently hospitalized and battling the virus, and 21% of those residents are in the ICU.

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With no hospital beds available, ambulance crews in LA county have been given guidance to not transport patients with little chance of survival, as the patients who are transported often have to wait hours before a bed can be made available. Hospital supervisor Hilda Solis recently spoke with the media about the current situation, calling it a “human disaster.” 

“Hospitals are declaring internal disasters and having to open church gyms to serve as hospital units, we have people dying from this virus every 15 minutes.” 

Officials are also extremely worried because they know it’s about to get so much worse with new cases appearing from the holidays due to an excess in travel that still occurred despite all of the warnings against it. 

“The increases in cases are likely to continue for weeks to come as a result of holiday and New Year’s Eve parties and returning travelers. We’re likely to experience the worst conditions in January that we’ve faced the entire pandemic, and that’s hard to imagine,” said Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer.

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Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS) specifically directed ambulance crews not to transport patients with little to no chance of survival due to the need to conserve oxygen supplies. Los Angeles hospitals are at a capacity they never thought possible in the past. The county EMS said patients whose hearts have stopped despite efforts of resuscitation should no longer be transported to hospitals. 

“Effective immediately, due to the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on EMS and 9-1-1 Receiving Hospitals, adult patients (18 years of age or older) in blunt traumatic and non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) shall not be transported [if]return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) is not achieved in the field,” the agency said in a memo sent to ambulance workers.

If there are no signs of breathing or a pulse, EMS will continue to perform resuscitation for at least 20 minutes, and if the patient becomes stabilized after that period of resuscitation, they would be taken to the hospital. If a patient is declared dead at the scene or no pulse is able to be restored, paramedics will no longer be able to transport the body to the hospital. 

Some EMT’s told the press that even when they are able to bring patients into the hospitals they can be waiting between two to four hours almost every time. While these ambulances and crew members are waiting at hospitals, there are fewer healthcare employees and resources available to respond to other 911 calls. For now, no further lockdown efforts have been made to curb this spread in LA.

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UK Announces New Lockdown And Mass Vaccinations To End Spread Of Covid-19

Prime minister Boris Johnson announced a national recovery plan this week after the United Kingdom entered another lockdown amid a massive increase in the spread of Covid-19

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How To Maintain An Organic Lifestyle Easily At Home 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in general is the best way to support your body’s overall sense of wellness. This includes not only our physical health, but mental health as well, because when our bodies are functioning the best they can, our minds begin to follow. Leading an organic lifestyle is not only healthy, but fulfilling to the many ecosystems that make this planet so beautiful, so what can you do at home to help benefit yourself and the planet?

Eating organically doesn’t have to be as complicated as some may make it seem. Eating vegetables, fruits, and other fresh produce that hasn’t been touched or cultivated using intense chemicals ensures that your body is receiving all of the nutrients that food item has to offer. Organic eating also includes eating meat that hasn’t been processed with any hormones in a closed factory setting. 

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This is genuinely one of the healthiest ways to eat because chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and more can have an incredibly negative impact on one’s health. If you had your own home garden, and then your lawn was sprayed down with insecticide, would you still want to eat what you grew in that garden?

Speaking of gardens, keeping an organic garden is a great and easy way to ensure that the food you’re bringing into your home is, in fact, organic. Organic farming is nothing new, and is actually much more common in individuals’ personal home gardens now than it was compared to ten years ago. 

In order to create an organic garden you must buy organic seeds, which can likely be found at any local home and garden store, and then through composting you will be able to get all the nutrients that you need to help grow your garden. Be mindful of what plants you’re growing, however, as different produce will need different maintenance. 

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Beyond just your diet, there are plenty of other ways you can lead an organic lifestyle in your day-to-day operations. Using organic beauty and skin care products with eco-conscious packaging will help benefit your local community in a multitude of ways. Using products with organic ingredients guarantees everything you’re applying to your face and body is all natural. 

Luckily, there’s already a ton of brands out there that produce organic shampoos, soaps, creams, makeup products, etc., and most of them can be found at your local drug or grocery store. Don’t hesitate to branch out with your beauty, and check the products your use now; you may already be using some organic products without even knowing because of how common they are now!

“Organic clothing” is another amazing way to implement organic elements into your life. Buying clothes made from recycled materials, thrift shopping, and buying from local retailers who also produce their products locally, are just a few examples of how you can turn your closet into a more organic space that better benefits the planet. The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to climate change due to the consistent distribution of materials via airplane and other transportation services that burn fossil fuels.

As you can see, there are a ton of easy and accessible ways that anyone can start implementing organic elements into their lives, and thus begin leading a healthier lifestyle. Not only will your physical and mental health begin to improve, but the planet will also be a little greener thanks to your efforts.

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Researchers Believe New UK Covid-19 Strain Has Already Infected ‘Hundreds’ Of Americans

Researchers studying the new UK strain of the coronavirus believe that it likely already is in the US, and has been since mid-November. It’s important to note that health officials have already determined that the new strain shows no major differences from the Covid-19 virus that we’ve been battling for the past ten months, and the vaccine will still work against this variant. The biggest issue has been that individuals who get infected with this strain are more likely to have a severe case of the virus. 

“If I had to guess, I would say it’s probably hundreds of Americans by now, it’s very possible it’s arrived multiple times in multiple places.”

Michael Worobey is the head of the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona who recently spoke with the media about this new strain’s entrance into the US. Scientists in the UK have traced the new strain’s earliest known appearance to Kent, London on September 20th of this year. 

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“Imagine the amount of infected travelers leaving London — that’s been increasing exponentially,” said Trevor Bedford, associate professor in the vaccine and infectious disease division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Both Worobey and Bedford have estimated that the virus likely made its way to the US in mid-November. 

Scientists in the UK and around the world are now scouring genetic sequences of certain Covid-19 cases in the US to determine if any match up with the UK variant. So far none have been found, but that’s likely due to the fact that the US’s surveillance and tracking system is lacking when compared to other countries. Dr. Anthony Fauci recently discussed this new strain with the press in one of his daily briefings. 

“You really need to assume that it’s here already, it certainly is not the dominant strain, but I would not be surprised if it is already here and we didn’t detect it.” 

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The UK Covid-19 strain has not been identified in the US via genetic sequencing, however, of the 17 million coronavirus cases that the nation has now dealt with, only 51,000 have been sequenced, so there’s really no telling how many of those millions of cases were the UK strain. The CDC released a statement about their tracking efforts this week in response to this strain’s momentum in the UK. 

“Given the small fraction of US infections that have already been sequenced, the variant could already be in the United States without being detected.” 

In order to detect new variants of the virus, scientists must look at samples from infected patients and then sequence the genetics of those samples to look at the specific letter order in the genetic code. Since mid-November, when it’s believed this new strain entered the US, the UK has performed 9,000 genetic sequences while the US has only performed 300. 

Last month, however, the CDC launched a new strain surveillance program that would require states to send in at least 10 samples, two times a week, for analysis; the agency is expecting to have this program fully up and running in January. 

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Nursing Home Residents In The US Are Officially Receiving Their Covid-19 Vaccine’s

Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine has officially begun its initial distribution within the United States this week. Over 50 sites within the nation are expecting to receive their shipments by the end of the week, and while frontline healthcare workers are at the top of the list in terms of vaccination priority, so are vulnerable groups such as nursing home residents, who have been greatly impacted by this pandemic. 

Just days after the initial doses were distributed to the nation’s healthcare workers, nursing homes and other assisted living facilities began receiving their Covid-19 vaccine shipments as well. The US has endured over 306,000 Covid-19-related deaths at this point, and over a third of those deaths came from nursing home residents. 

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Workers in West Virginia and Florida are going to be the first to receive their initial dose of the vaccine, as these areas have been massively impacted by the pandemic. Members of the military are also expected to receive their immunization as the rollouts continue. 

News outlets made sure to be there for the arrival of more than 4,800 Covid-19 vaccine doses at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Once the vaccines got to the center the vials were immediately put in an extremely cold freezer and taken out in small batches to make that transitional process easier. 

Dr. Nate Kupperman was one of the first to receive his initial dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, a moment that he claimed to be extremely freeing. 

“With this immunization, I now know I will not die from this disease.”

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The initial roll-out has come with its fair share of complications, however, including reports of a “glitch” that impacted certain vials in California and Alabama. The vials arrived too cold for the centers to process, so thousands of potential doses will be replaced to ensure that the vaccine remains effective. 

Other complications include some individuals experiencing allergic reactions to the vaccine. A middle-aged healthcare worker in Alaska with no previous history of allergies had an allergic reaction to the vaccine within 10 minutes of the injection. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement this week that encouraged individuals with a history of severe allergic reactions/allergies in general to refrain from being vaccinated at this time. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert recently claimed that he’s hopeful Americans will take the vaccine when it becomes widely available to the general public. Fauci claimed that if a majority of Americans do receive the vaccine, “we will get a veil or an umbrella of herd immunity over the population that would dramatically diminish the dynamics of the outbreaks.” 

In the meantime, it’s imperative that everyone does their own part in keeping themselves, and their loved ones safe. Stay home as often as possible, wear a facial covering and social distance every time you need to go out.

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DJ Khaled Announces Collaboration With Major CBD Lifestyle Brand

Music mogul and Grammy award winning artist DJ Khaled has announced that he’s stepping into the CBD industry. Khaled has been keeping his fans updated with his own personal wellness journey throughout the past few months, and as a part of that he’s now partnered with Endexx, a leading producer and manufacturer of CBD wellness products. 

For those who don’t know, CBD is a chemical compound that is found in marijuana and hemp plants. However, unlike marijuana, CBD is fully legal due to the fact that it’s not psychoactive; meaning it won’t get you high. Instead it has a multitude of health benefits and is mainly known for being an amazing relaxer for individuals. 

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Khaled and Endexx claim that their new collaboration company and products will debut its first collection in 2021. While the DJ is most well-known for his major contributions to the music industry as a producer, writer, performer, etc. Khaled has taken his time in quarantine to focus on his family and his own health; a journey he obviously is keeping his followers updated on through his iconic Instagram.

CBD has become a part of my daily routine and allows me to focus myself and my energies, while striving to better myself every day.”

Khaled continued on that “as a father, an entrepreneur, a music exec and visionary I am blessed with daily inspiration, a drive to work hard and a passion for success. I was drawn to Endexx Corporation because they’re an innovative company that has proven they have the keys to deliver consistent, top of the line, high-quality products.”

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Todd Davis is the CEO of Endexx Corporation, and he recently spoke with the media about the upcoming collaboration with Khaled and how excited the company is as a whole to have such a prominent public figure interested in diving into the CBD lifestyle and wellness sector. 

“We are excited to announce our partnership with DJ Khaled. Khaled’s knowledge and passion for CBD is bountiful and we realized we are aligned in our approach towards product quality and business acumen. We understand and share the values that a brand goes beyond physical products; it needs to help people feel good about themselves and be part of a day-to-day lifestyle.”

IMPACT Brokers is a Miami based third party investor involved in the collaboration, and they will focus on spearheading sales and working on marketing strategy on behalf of the brand. It’s expected that Khaled himself will be the face of the company considering his following and notable personality. 

“We are committed to accelerating innovation and diversity throughout this developing industry while offering strategic guidance to best-in-class CBD suppliers. IMPACT Brokers sits at the forefront of culture and has the ability to predict industry trends. We look forward to taking this newest business nationwide,” says Ryan Stender, CEO of IMPACT Brokers.The CBD collaboration between Endexx and DJ Khaled is expected to launch in early 2021, keep up with the music mogul on his Instagram for any further updates!

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CDC Report Claims Systemic Racism Has Made Covid-19 Deadlier For Black Americans

According to an internal agency report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black Americans are at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus due to issues of fundamental racism.

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US Covid-19 Update: Vaccine To Be Approved Soon As Daily Death Rates Soar

The United States is likely to be celebrating a major milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic very soon, as the vaccine will likely be getting approved for emergency use very soon, and distribution can begin. The approval couldn’t come at a better time as the daily coronavirus death toll reached a record high of 3,124 this past Wednesday; surpassing the amount of American deaths that occurred on 9/11, and experts hear this is just the beginning of a massive final wave of infections. 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a composite forecast that projects the US hitting up to 362,000 Covid-19 deaths by January 2nd. Hospitalizations reached a record high this week as well with over 106,000 Covid-related cases. More than 221,000 infections were also reported in a single day, which according to former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is just the beginning. 

“We are in a totally unprecedented health crisis in this country. The disease is everywhere — Midwest, West Coast, East Coast, North, South. Health care workers are exhausted. Hospitals are totally full.”

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Vaccine advisers working for the US Food and Drug Administration are currently meeting to discuss the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine and will hopefully grant emergency use authorization by the end of the week so that Americans can start being vaccinated by the end of the month. 

According to Sebelius, Covid-19 vaccines are a “really significant light at the end of the tunnel, but in the coming months it’s crucial that Americans stay vigilant and follow safety guidelines, like wearing face masks, social distancing and hunkering down in their social bubbles. We’ve got to take what we’ve learned in the last eight months and really put it into practice, so we don’t continue to have this unthinkable death toll and disease too.”

“Let’s say we get 80% of the population vaccinated. I believe if we do it efficiently enough, by the time we get to the end of the summer we may actually have enough herd immunity protecting our society through the end of 2021.”

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One big challenge that the US could face, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, is getting everyone to take the vaccine. As of right now there’s an underlying level of trust that a majority of the American people have seen the destruction and devastation this virus, and lack of political action, has taken on the country within the past year, which will then prompt them to take the vaccine. 

Federal, state, and local leaders are all doubling down on enforcing health and safety measures in their communities and will continue to do so even as the vaccine begins distribution. Another major fear that experts are concerned with is citizens thinking that just because they themselves are vaccinated, or the fact that people are being vaccinated in general, is enough for life to automatically return to normal. 

The reality is, we will likely have to be wearing masks and social distancing well into the end of 2021 based on how long it will take for enough of a herd immunity to be built in the US for all of us to be living our lives in close proximity without fear again. Within the next few weeks, it’s projected that about 20 million Americans will receive the PFizer vaccine. These individuals will likely all be healthcare industry workers or elderly people who are especially vulnerable to contracting Covid-19. 

In the UK thousands of individuals have already received the initial dose of the Pfizer vaccination, and Canada just approved it as well for emergency use authorization. The FDA is “not cutting any corners,” according to Fauci, before giving Pfizer the seal of approval, so for now, continue to listen to your healthcare providers and abide by all health and safety measures.

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NBA Players Receive New Covid-19 Safety Protocols For 2021 Season

NBA players and staffers received a new set of health and safety protocols for the 2020-2021 season amid growing Covid-19 pandemic concerns. The NBA was successfully able to carry out the remainder of the 2019-2020 season using a bubble method in which all players and staffers were isolated from the rest of the world at a singular location in Disney, Florida. 

The sporting league was able to finish the season without one coronavirus case appearing thanks to this method.  Now, the new set of procedures is relatively similar to what they faced for the previous season, however, now that the country has been enduring the pandemic for a while longer, the procedures are more specified and strictly written. 

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Players and staff members are prohibited from visiting any bars or clubs under the new guidelines, which before was more of a universally understood practice.  While players, coaches, and other staff are at home and awaiting future games they are prohibited from entering into any bars, clubs, live entertainment venues, public gyms, spas, or indoor gatherings of 15 or more people, according to the memo sent out. 

These procedures seem like they should just be common sense at this point, however, in a country where health and safety measures vary in every state, it’s important to strictly enforce the policies that will help curb the spread of this deadly virus. While on the road players can only eat outside of their hotel if it’s at a location approved by the league. 

The memo stated that any team that violates these safety protocols could face penalties like “fines, suspensions, adjustment or loss of draft choices, and/or game forfeiture.” Players who miss games will be asked to quarantine and could be subject to pay adjustments if their quarantining is a result of breaking the rules. 

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While the NBA was extremely successful in their bubble method for the 2019-2020 season, the next season will look differently. The season begins on December 22nd with teams playing games in their home arenas and traveling as well. Many teams have already committed to playing without any fans in the stands until further notice. 

The memo itself, which was sent out this past week, was 158 pages long, and states that “it is likely that some staff, players and other participants in the 2020-21 season nonetheless will test positive or contract COVID-19 particularly as the virus remains prevalent in particular team markets and surrounding communities. However, the occurrence of independent cases (cases not spread among players or team staff) or a small or otherwise expected number of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the 2020-21 season.”

The memo also went into what the future of the season would look like should a vaccine be distributed in the spring to the general public; as currently projected. The NBA and NBA Players Association, in that case, will then meet and decide whether or not it will require its players and staffers to receive a Covid-19 vaccination when it becomes available. 

If the vaccination is not made to be mandatory, the NBA claimed that further health and safety procedures will be implemented until a greater herd immunity is met in the US. Players will also be consistently tested before and after every game, practice, or any other situation in which they’re interacting with others working for the league.