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Every day millions of Americans are getting vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the country is still in the midst of one of the biggest surges thus far in the pandemic. On Monday during the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), described the current spread as "extraordinary," revealing why the numbers are drastically increasing despite increased vaccination efforts. Read on to hear what she had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.
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With COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise, people are thinking about traveling more than ever, whether they’re planning to visit family they haven’t seen since the before-times or making up for lost trips with friends. While there’s still a lot to consider — from pandemic safety and general travel anxiety to when you’ll feel comfortable flying […]It’s actually pretty complicated. For starters, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently advises Americans to “delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
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Dr. Walensky Said Deaths are Going Up
Dr. Walensky started off by going over the latest CDC statistics, revealing that the current seven day average is up to over 67,440 per day. "For context, one month ago, our seven day average of cases was just over 53,000 per day," she pointed out. "The seven day average of hospital admissions is about 5,460. And sadly, the seven-day average of daily deaths are now increasing with six consecutive days of increases to about 695 deaths per day. Sunday, we again saw almost 700 deaths in a single day." However, "in good news" 209 million vaccine doses have been administered with an average daily administration of more than 3 million doses. "This brings us to 192.8 million doses in the first 100 days, 96% of our goal in 88 days. This means that almost 40% of the total population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine," she said.
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The CDC chief wWarned that the opening of restaurants and lifting of mask mandates has led to more spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).Although it may seem like the pandemic is nearly over, it is not. “With the most recent seven day average of 62,000 cases per day, we also continue to see deaths hovering around 2,000 deaths per day, with the latest seven-day average of 1,900 deaths per day, the current numbers remain concerning,” said Dr. Walensky. “Cases and deaths are still too high and have now plateaued for more than a week at levels we saw during the late summer surge, following six weeks of sturdy declines.
But despite the vaccination efforts, due to "an interplay between how many people are vaccinated and how much disease is out there," the numbers are surging. "While we're making extraordinary strides in the number of people vaccinated, we still have an extraordinary amount of disease out there," she stated. "And so I think that interplay is one we really need to consider here."
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Dr. Walensky Said the Vaccines "Work" But They Do Take Time, So Use Precautions
And, while she is confident that the vaccines are effective and the recommended fundamentals—including hand washing, social distancing, and mask wearing—work, people aren't giving the cocktail of the two enough time to work. "We know these vaccines work extraordinarily well as prevention interventions. However they take some time to kick in, somewhere in the two to six week mark. And so if we have a lot of circulating virus today, the vaccines will work in a month, but they may not work today," she continued. "So we need to continue to keep the prevention measures up to prevent ongoing cases." So do so, and get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Signs You're Getting One of the
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. The same deadly disease took civil rights leader and Democratic Representative John Lewis and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. So what is pancreatic cancer—and why should you be worried about getting it yourself? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.
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As Americans continue to get vaccinated, the number of daily COVID-19 infections continues to rise. Who is driving this latest coronavirus surge? During Friday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed the answer. Read on to find out who you are most likely to catch COVID from—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these SignsDr. Walensky started off by revealing the latest statistics. On Thursday there were 74,860 new cases of COVID-19 with the seven day average of new cases a little more than 64,000 per day— up about 2 percent from the prior seven day period.
1. What is Pancreatic Cancer?
Your pancreas, tucked away behind your stomach, is an inconspicuous organ tirelessly producing essential enzymes and hormones your body needs for digestion, and to regulate blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the organ, disrupting its necessary functions.
2. How is it Diagnosed?
Justice Ginsberg's cancer was caught during a routine blood test last July. If caught early, pancreatic cancer is treatable. But the vast majority of cases aren't diagnosed until it's too late—in large part because no reliable early screening test exists. And when something goes wrong with it, your pancreas has a tendency to whisper, not shout. This makes pinpointing problems particularly challenging, especially when it comes to pancreatic cancer.
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Most of the world has been shut off to tourists as coronavirus cases continue to spike. These are the destinations where leisure travel is still possible, albeit usually with some Covid-19 testing requirements.In the end, it's up to you to decide whether travel to international destinations is a good idea. The health risks are obvious. Variants of the virus have emerged. Nations might change their rules at any time. You may have to adhere to strict curfews and mask mandates. Violations could involve big fines and even jail time. Local health services may be under strain.
3. How is it Treated?
There are a variety of effective forms of treatment: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Justice Ginsberg's initial treatment lasted three weeks—and was then ongoing as it flared. Trebek underwent chemotherapy. "Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one," he told GMA. "The thought of passing on doesn't frighten me," he said. "Other things do. The effect it will have on my loved ones—yes, that bothers me. It makes me sad. But the thought of myself moving on? Hey, folks, it comes with the territory."
5. You Experience Nausea and Vomiting, Especially After Eating Fatty Foods
Fatty foods can do a number on you, and others—for proof, just visit a men's room on a Monday morning (or don't). However, if you are repeatedly experiencing nausea and vomiting, especially after eating fatty foods like fries, pizza, or even avocados, it may be a sign that something is wrong with your pancreas. Why? Pancreatic cancer symptoms can arise when pressure from a pancreatic cyst or tumor is growing on the stomach or small intestine, causing a block of the digestive tract. As the growth becomes bigger, it can actually cause a partial block by entwining itself around the far end of the stomach.As well, your pancreas produces digestive enzymes that help your system break down fat, among other things. Diseases that affect the pancreas tend to mess with your body's fat-digesting capabilities, leading to nausea and possible vomiting. A sudden onset of these symptoms, though, is more likely to indicate pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas.The Rx: There are myriad reasons for an upset stomach, so don't quickly jump to conclusions. If nausea or vomiting after eating persists, make sure to see a doctor so you can find out what's going on.
6. Your Skin and Eyes Look Yellow
Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that occurs when bilirubin, a component of bile, builds up in the blood. Bilirubin is made by the liver as a breakdown product of old red blood cells and is usually eliminated from your body when your gallbladder releases bile.Here's how your pancreas is involved: Bile travels from your gallbladder through the common bile duct and passes through the pancreas. But if the bile ducts become blocked—for whatever reason—jaundice may result. Jaundice can be a sign of pancreatic cancer if a tumor is growing in the head of the pancreas, obstructing the bile duct and flow of bile.The Rx: They may be galling, but gallstones are the more likely cause for jaundice in adults than pancreatic cancer. Lower your risk of gallstones by following a healthy eating plan and regularly exercising.
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7. Your Poop. It's Doing Funny Things, like Floating
Oily? Greasy? Gray? Floating? If your poop is playing these tricks on you, it may be a sign of pancreatic disease. It can wreak havoc on your ability to produce the digestive enzymes that break down fats properly. The result can be funky feces. See an oily film in your toilet water after going No. 2—or find your feces floating? That's due to dietary fat that's not getting broken down by your body. And as for the pale poop phenomenon: Bilirubin gives your poop its brown color, but when your bile ducts are blocked, that color goes to monochromatic hues of gray or clay.The Rx: Poop that's a bit "special" every now and then is nothing to freak out about. But if most of your bowel movements start to have these characteristics, call your doctor and get yourself checked out.RELATED: Most COVID Patients Did This Before Getting Sick
8. You Suddenly Get Diabetes
If you eat a healthy diet, your weight is under control, but you become diagnosed with diabetes, it might warrant a closer look at your pancreas. This is true especially if you're over 50 and have a low BMI (body mass index), with no family history of diabetes. Your pancreas produces insulin, which regulates your body's blood sugar. When your pancreas is under attack by a tumor or disease, systems begin to fail, and it can be common for people to suddenly develop type 2 diabetes.The same goes if you've had well-controlled diabetes for a while and suddenly find it difficult to manage the disease. Rapid shifts in diabetes status without a clear-cut rationale may be associated with pancreatic cancer.The Rx: If you have diabetes but experience a sudden change in your blood sugar levels, be sure to let your doctor know so you can rule out a more serious problem with your pancreas.
9. You've Just Unexpectedly Lost Weight
You might be rocking the keto diet, but if you're dropping weight (too) rapidly, it could be due to digestive issues associated with pancreatic cancer or other pancreatic disorders. The weight loss may be caused by incomplete digestion either due to the cancer or as a result of the cancer itself (like when a tumor creates a stomach blockage). Unintended weight loss is a common symptom of pancreatic cancer.The Rx: Many other health conditions can also explain sudden weight loss, like thyroid issues. If you have just unexpectedly lost weight, you should see a doctor.RELATED: The Easiest Way to Avoid a Heart Attack, Say Doctors
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