NC not doing enough to protect immigrant farmworkers from coronavirus, advocates say

Reported coronavirus cases are rising among seasonal farmworkers living in migrant worker housing, a group setting like nursing homes that the state is watching.

On Tuesday, 128 new COVID-19 cases across four farms were reported through June, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

That was more than double the 49 cases previously reported by The News & Observer. They bring the total number of infected farmworkers living in the camps to 177.

Six farms had active outbreaks in June compared to five active outbreaks reported in May. DHHS defines an outbreak as more than two cases but is only reporting them at facilities with at least 10 residents.

The cases reported are among seasonal immigrant farmworkers from Mexico who come to work in the United States on a temporary visa and live in grower-provided housing. Other infected workers who live in private residences not on farm

Read More

Telehealth called a ‘silver lining’ of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, it might stick

Telehealth use surged from 8% of Americans in December to 29% in May as primary care, mental health and specialists turned to remote care out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a UnitedHealth Group report.

Telehealth evangelists long have touted using high-speed Internet connections and a range of devices to link providers and patients for remote care. But regulatory hurdles and medicine’s conservative culture limited virtual checkups to largely minor conditions like sinus infections or unique circumstances such as connecting neurologists to rural hospitals that lack specialized care.

The pandemic lockdowns closed doctors offices and delayed non-emergency care for millions of Americans. Some clinics scrambled to acquire technology platforms to deliver remote care. Others began employing rarely used video programs to reach patients in their homes.

Remote visits among Medicare patients surged through the end of March, prompting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director Seema Verma to

Read More

How to treat head lice effectively with combs and medication

You can get rid of lice with combs, shampoos, creams, or medication.
You can get rid of lice with combs, shampoos, creams, or medication.

Eric Audras/Getty Images

  • To treat head lice, you can physically remove the lice with a special comb for lice treatment. 

  • While combing is effective, it can also be time-consuming, and other medications may also help you get rid of lice fast.

  • For example, there are specific shampoos, topical creams, and oral medications that can also help you treat head lice. 

  • This article was medically reviewed by Sharleen St. Surin-Lord, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Visage Dermatology and assistant professor of dermatology at Howard University.

  • This story is part of Insider’s complete guide to Bug Bites. 

Head lice can quickly spread through a school, family, or group of friends. Though irritating, lice isn’t harmful to your health, and fortunately, it’s treatable with the right combs, topical treatments, and medications. 

Here’s what you need to know to treat lice effectively. 

Read More

‘Anti-maskers’ say medical conditions prevent them from wearing masks, but doctors say that’s not a legitimate excuse

medical coronavirus flu virus nyc street face mask gloves covid19 stores shut down closed restaurants social distancing delivery cox 14
medical coronavirus flu virus nyc street face mask gloves covid19 stores shut down closed restaurants social distancing delivery cox 14

Crystal Cox/Business Insider

  • Some people are claiming they’re “exempt” from mask wearing due to medical conditions they won’t disclose, according to one doctor on Twitter

  • Doctors say that even people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should wear masks in public, and that there are ways to make the practice safer and more comfortable. 

  • Other arguments against wearing masks have been more about politics and choice than health conditions. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Face masks are currently recommended, if not required, in many public settings throughout the US in order to can help protect wearers from contracting or spreading the novel coronavirus. 

That’s because they work. A recent study out of the UK, for example, showed that mandates to wear masks could be enough to

Read More

E-commerce boom doubles demand for DS Smith cardboard boxes

Amazon package
Amazon package

Online shopping during lockdowns has given a massive boost to cardboard box manufacturer DS Smith as demand for its packaging rockets.

Miles Roberts, chief executive of the FTSE 100 company that supplies customers across Europe and the US, said: “Every week for the past eight weeks has been busier than in the run up to Christmas despite the massive wider economic damage from coronavirus.”

In the UK, demand for DS Smith’s food and flower packaging has more than doubled, while clothes and leisure products packaging has been up more than 60pc.

Another growth area is medicine packaging, where demand has doubled.

“This is a long-term trend which is not going to go away,” Mr Roberts said. “People are staying out of A&E, doctors are sending out prescriptions and people are ordering medicine online.”

Markets Hub - DS Smith PLC
Markets Hub – DS Smith PLC

While online shopping has delivered a boost, DS Smith’s

Read More

Inside One Teen Girl’s Struggle to Manage Anxiety During the Pandemic

Kaylie Rosen was wrapping up a spring break internship in the field of her career dreams — pediatric physical therapy — and ready to return to boarding school in New Hampshire for the homestretch of her junior year. It was March, and the 17-year-old was already looking forward to summer break and a grand trip — part-tourist, part-volunteer — that would take her from Thailand to Laos to Ethiopia, where she was to work with orphans in the Selamta Family Project.

“Two days before we were supposed to come back to school, they were like, ‘Uh, don’t,’ ” Kaylie recalls in an interview with PEOPLE. “I had my heart set on these trips I had planned. Now it’s lots of Netflix and Hulu.”

But for Kaylie, the stakes are much higher than dashed college visits and canceled plane tickets. Having to self-isolate at home is a special challenge for her

Read More

Spain counts losses in tourism from outbreak

MADRID — New statistics in Spain show the coronavirus outbreak cost the country’s key tourism sector more than 15 billion euros ($17 billion) in two months.

Figures published Thursday by Spain’s official statistics agency showed that in May, the number of tourist arrivals was zero. It was the same in April, as Spain closed its borders from mid-March until June 21 to fight the spread of COVID-19.

In April and May last year, 15 million tourists on average spent more than 1,000 euros ($1,130) each.

Tourism is one of Spain’s economic mainstays, and authorities are hoping to salvage some of the summer season by encouraging foreign visitors to come.



— A predicted surge in U.S. job growth for June might not last

— Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

— Trump says he’ll now wear

Read More

Atlantic City casinos reopen after 108 days

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — For the first time in 108 days, slot machines will beep, dice will tumble and cards will be dealt at Atlantic City’s casinos as they reopen amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Gamblers will not be allowed to smoke, drink or eat anything inside the casinos. They will have to wear masks while in public areas of the casino, and have their temperatures checked upon entering.

Five of the nine casinos — Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, Tropicana and Golden Nugget — will open their doors Thursday morning, the first day New Jersey allows them to.

Three others, Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s, will reopen Friday, after allowing their highest rollers a one-day head start on Thursday.

Only the Borgata, the city’s top-performing casino, will remain shut. It quickly decided to scrap its planned reopening after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy canceled permission for indoor dining in the state, and

Read More

How Joe Rogan Made Trans MMA Fighter Fallon Fox’s Life a Living Hell

Sally Ryan/The New York Times via Redux
Sally Ryan/The New York Times via Redux

Fallon Fox hasn’t forgiven Joe Rogan. She can’t forgive Joe Rogan. Seven years ago, the now-retired Fox became the first mixed martial arts fighter to publicly come out as trans—an act of bravery that was met with a torrent of abuse and groaning bigotry. Not just from Rogan, now an exceedingly wealthy and influential podcaster, but across the sport, including UFC President Dana White, ex-champ turned WWE wrestler Ronda Rousey, her fellow MMA fighters, and the extremely vocal fans who went after her. 

The hostility and prejudice persists to this day. She’d stepped away from social media for a few years, but has started making her voice heard again of late. 

<div class="inline-image__credit"> Twitter </div>


Whenever she does so, the harassment rears its ugly head once again, Fox told The Daily Beast. Despite all of her efforts to explain why none of their spittle-flecked insults or

Read More

American Airlines flights are about to get busier, but will they be safe?

Boarding a flight at Miami International Airport was a breeze March through June, with waiting times at security checkpoints as low as two minutes, mostly empty hallways and half a dozen rows of free seating at many terminals.

But that’s about to change, as American Airlines — the airport’s largest carrier — pushes to satisfy flight demand and fill up the airport.

American Airlines is set to increase its flight schedule by 10 percent in July by reversing its previous policy of keeping half of all economy middle seats empty for social distancing purposes.

Juan Carlos Liscano, the vice president of American Airlines’ hub operations in Miami, said the airline is confident that safety measures such as pre-flight COVID questionnaires, contactless check-ins, mandatory face masks, and deep cleans and hospital-standard ventilation in aircraft cabins could make up for the increased capacity on planes.

“One of the things that allows us

Read More