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Pregnant woman among 6 killed in Indianapolis "mass murder"
"The city of Indianapolis is in shock over Ramesh shooting that took place early Sunday morning that left six dead. What happened this morning was a mass murder anger coming from Indianapolis Mayor Jo Hogg set as he and police chief Randall Taylor updated people about the deadly shooting. A child was also found shot at the scene in the overnight hours. Was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He's expected to survive what we saw this morning. Was a different kind of evil. What could this morning based on the evidence has been gathered so far. Was a master of the chief Taylor says. Among the dead are a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Investigators say This wasn't a random act.
Video shows Tacoma officer drive into crowd, injuring at least 1
"An investigation has been launched in tacoma washington after video posted online shows a police cruiser striking a group of pedestrians. Wosner saying they were getting calls for possibility of street racing. They say there were folks doing doughnuts around the area but now what officers are saying is a crowd of people circled around one of the cop cars who were telling folks to get out of the area reporter. Aj janna vel with fox. Q thirteen news. Two people were reportedly taken to the hospital. One of them is said to have been released. The police department has turned the over to the pierce county force investigation
Miami Heat to use COVID-sniffing dogs to screen fans at games
"Doses on hand. Which doesn't go far when the state is vaccinating around 80,000 people per day. The MBA's Miami heat are using coronavirus sniffing dogs to screen fans who attend their games more on that from the A. P S. Julie Walker. A video on the heats website explains the process. But 19 detection dog will screen everyone in line by simply walking past and shows the code that sniffing dogs in action. If a dog signals on you by sitting down, you and your group will be directed out of line and denied entry, the Heat's Matthew Jafar Ian says it's just one safety precaution, along with the option of Rapid test as well as a mandatory health questionnaire and mass researchers are finding that especially trained dogs can detect Kogan on humans quickly and accurately. Specific dogs are also used at airports in Dubai and Helsinki.
Investment in climate tech is also economic stimulus
"Climate change is high on president biden agenda last week the president rejoined the paris climate accord on wednesday reuters reports. He's expected to announce a new climate order that will introduce new regulations and make climate change a national security priority and biden his tied economic recovery to climate investment new jobs new infrastructure and new funding. Jayco is managing director of the private equity firm light smith group which is focused on climate adaptation technology. You're gonna have to rebuild the economy for some kind of future. So let's say we did a big infrastructure package which i think potentially incoming secretary good a judge was talking about. Are we gonna build bridges for the sea levels and river levels that we have today. The ones that we think are likely to be around ten twenty or fifty years from now and i would suggest the latter is better idea than the former including many other components that we saw really stark contrast last year. Like how does this impact different types of communities. Where's the equity and justice implications for the kind of future that we're building both from an environmental implication standpoint. And then more broadly speaking in the kind of diversity inclusion universe as well as different distributions of how that impact has occurred economically. There's a big conference on climate adaptation starting this week which is virtual but i wonder what role is the. Us expected to play in that. I think it's expected to play a major role over the course of the entire year and beyond there is a lot of attention being focused on what it means for the us to be back in a leadership position not just re signing onto the perez agreement but taking a leadership position in terms of reductions reels gas emissions kind of where our net zero targeting really going to go in. And we're going to do to do that. But also i think real opportunity to seize a leadership position around adaptation and climate science. What is your sense of. How big a role. Resilience is slated to play. Are there any official announcements on that front. Well i'd say that there are probably three pieces of the puzzle to those pieces seem very
5 Steps to Jump Start Your Diet
"Your diet or what you tend to eat every day can play a major role in how you feel and how you handle the pressures of everyday life so to get you back on track with your nutrition. Our guest today is gonna share five steps to jumpstart your diet and of course our virtual guests today is none other than registered. Dietitian debbie james. Welcome back to the show. Debbie thank you again and what a wonderful time to think about something new in this new year absolutely yes gonna jump. Start those diets for everyone. Okay we had. We just made it through the holidays. So let's get back on track here Like i mentioned a lot of us got off track last year. Probably with our diets. So as we were kinda lamenting this fact. Debbie good idea to come up with some simple steps to right the ship get back on track and create some good eating habits. So you kind of came up with these five steps What's the first step to getting back to a healthy diet. Or you said good eating habits and so i actually put them together in the acronym habit h. A. b. i. T. so the age is for healthy diet. Define what eating healthy means to you. 'cause it's not the same for everybody. It could be smaller portions to be calorie controlled. It could be more plant-based maybe it's low fat to deal with your cholesterol. Maybe it's unprocessed so whatever healthy diet means to you or healthy eating means to you frame it like it out. What does that mean for each type of food group or eating situation or meal so that you're actually defining that healthy diet that h okay so once you define what eating healthy means to you. What would be the next up that you would suggest taking. So you're a your age. Abt your ace step would be ask yourself. What's in the way of you. Achieving that healthy diet so is it. Circumstances is the situation is a bad routine. You can't say the healthy diet is this. And i want to get there. You have to say what ask yourself what is in the way. What are my obstacles. So that i can address those. You know. it's interesting with the obstacle thing. it's kind of like when we write narratives like in the film television world. You're always trying to put obstacles in your characters way so that they have to overcome them which leads to some meaningful narrative arc changing their characters. So i suppose in this way you just need to you know kind of creative writer and discover in your own life. What are those obstacles that right. Like a speed bump Sort of yeah. You need to self reflect. Basically this is your assessment. The a could also be assessment Right agree so once you've honestly assessed what your pitfalls are. What do you think you do next to avoid those. So then the b of the h. a. b. It is behaviors so rather than thinking about the individual foods. You actually have to look. Habit is behavior. it's a matter of choices of what we do. So what behaviors. What actions do you need to change. What are the ones that you're doing poorly or that you're willing to shift. And then you have to identify the alternatives of what it is you want to do. So there's a behavior change specialist. Bj fog he's a phd from stanford and he's author of tiny habits. He says that you have to identify the ones that you want to do. You can do. That are impactful to be effective because it wouldn't make sense. Let's say if i just said oh. A healthy diet means eating more fiber. And i don't get enough salad so therefore i'm going to eat more coleslaw right. Why would i choose that. If i don't like cabbage that would be that would be like making myself. Gag it down. It's not one i want to do. You have to identify the ones that you're willing to do the our chief -able that you can do and that are live as a replacement. It's not enough just to say. I need to stop doing acts. You need to identify what actions you are going to do to to implement. So what what what. What would an example of that be perhaps like in. Maybe someone that you've done this with or someone you know that's gone through this with the behavior change. What's an example of that okay so first. Let's say that someone is looking at getting more calorie control diet so a healthy diet to them energy balance and they've identified They've asked themselves what's in the way that eat too big large portion. They drink sweetened beverages. Maybe they're mindlessly eating between meals so that mindlessly eating between meals are going to address and their behavior instead of randomly grabbing something from the kitchen to snack on instead they're going to choose to drink water or chew gum if they're not really hungry so they've said this is what i'm going to do instead. This is the behavior the alternative. I'm willing to implement so. Is that like when you think when you catch yourself doing that behavior that you want to get rid of you catch yourself doing that and then you go okay. Here's what i'm going to do instead of you try and build that in your mind your mind so exactly. That's the that's the eye of the of the habit is the implementing that change. And it's deliberate choice that you consciously have to make repeatedly like practice makes perfect until it's it becomes unconscious. I was trying to explain it as a brand new drive like a brand new student driver. You have to tell them. Okay you're gonna pull into the parking space and that your foot got to be depressed on the brake pedal all the way then. You're going to shift the car into park. Then you can turn off the ignition right and so there's like this process and they have to think about it because they're not used to it and for me to do that. It's like half a second. I can do all of those and i haven't even thought about it. I've done it so so so many times. So making those alternative actions is a deliberate choice repeatedly until it becomes second nature interesting all right well before we get too much further into the final steps here we just remind people that they can subscribe. If they aren't already subscriber always got a break in here with us subscribe message. You know me But it's the best way to get new episodes delivered straight to your phone as soon as they come out which is every other monday. We always bring on nutrition. Experts fitness expert general health experts to talk about variety of topics. That will keep you motivated. Keep you healthy so hit. That subscribe button. Not really sure if it's bud and it might be a drop down whatever it is. Whatever the case subscribe to the show if you like what you hear and join the living healthy army. Do you think that brittany. That's a little thing. I'm trying to get going here. Got a name our podcast listeners. Living healthy army. You you you with that or dig it way if you the la che all right cool. I like our army living army. All right well great. Well welcome to the platoon. everyone Thank you for subscribing. Now let's get back to the so so we covered the ha be but now we need to find out about it. The it right so you kind of touched on the i a little bit. You said that was implementation. Is that right. Yeah implementing change so the swapping of the when. Poor behavior for the improved. Okay so real quick just to recap so we'd first of all you got to define what health healthy diet means to you because it's it's different for everyone. It probably shouldn't be ep pizza. All the time probably shouldn't be Then you gotta ask yourself. What's in your way of achieving. That kind of diet you know. What are your obstacles. Be honest about that. And then he got to address those obstacles by figuring out what behaviors you need. A change can or what actions he needed to take So you know that you've got to implement it. What are some of the most. I guess i think you mentioned. Maybe that there's with implementations you deal with triggers. But what are some of the more common triggers. You know that gives us the urge to eat Like you mentioned mindless eating for example. Like you just kind of get up and you want to the kitchen and now that you there you open the fridge and grab a snack you know. So how do we kind of some of the most common triggers that lead to that kind of stuff. Oh man we're we're so easily tempted to eat. It could be the smell of something it could be that you. You hear the little chime of the ice cream truck. It could be a sound on serious. What so true britain. Let's let's let's do a quick one brittany. What do you think is a trigger for you like do you do. Have you identified any triggers for you. I can tell you you think of one. I'll tell you what. I think i think of mine. One of mine is definitely like just watching television. Which is i assume. Maybe a big one for people but watching tv like in the evening. If i like just put on family guy or something where it's like. I don't even really have to be paying attention. I literally sometimes like turn the show on started. And i will walk. Divide kitchen to go. Get a snack while the show plays. It's like what am i doing. Not even watching it. So is it the act of watching tv and at the same time. You're by the tv. No it's not because fans guys like a snack now. I don't see something delicious. And you're like oh i wanna go eat that like no no no. I don't think it's that it's not so you've already paired those two associated them. From the moment you click the remote. Exactly it's literally. Yeah its relationship with food. i know it does. a little bit are true. They're all kind of connected. But that is one that i've discovered i'm like i need to like stay active and not watching television because it like it literally is so paired. Now that i it's hard for me to fight it. It's very sold so so. Yeah we're talking about that. That few pairing. Oh britney came up with one. Okay go ahead. No i could just think of a few like naturally. When i'm at the movie theaters popcorn i mean you smell it everywhere and instinctively when i'm there i just feel like okay. It's time treat yourself. Get some candidates and popcorn. Enjoy you know. Enjoy the show that guy taking a. That's a silver lining for me. When you're you have. Hey when you're at home. And i'm sitting on instagram. I follow a lot of food accounts. And whenever i'm looking at it long enough it always causes need to go downstairs and get a snack or makes them eat. I'm always hungry after. I mean i guess that's and looking at food. Obviously so then you'll have to pare. Pare the action that you want to do something. So in the example. I gave before of the person that's mindlessly eating between meals and they said okay instead of my Wandering into the kitchen that they're going to drink water gum instead will. They're they're triggered. wanna pair. That with is every time they change room. So if i get up from the desk and i'm leaving my home office i'm gonna grab my water bottle to take with me. It's already in my hand and easy. You know to get up to my mouth or pull the chewing gum out of my pocket or something. so that's an example of pairing it with an action so andrew. I'm gonna ask you in yours of turning the tv on and wondering to the kitchen for some people that staying on the sofa all night because you said be more active instead. So are you in your. I'll say comfy clothes kind of your house pants pajamas. Whatever when you watch tv or you wearing workout gear. I that's rapidly in lounge. Wear it's i now. I've done more. My workouts are now more in the morning so yeah probably lounge. Yes that is that is true accent. Why do you break that me. Very comfy chair lazy blades. Put your feet up. It has yeah. I know about that thing. As long as it doesn't have like a food tray. That would the food trade. That i do not have that but yeah that is interesting so i wonder i do need to figure out like i've also found like i almost like if i just don't go in my kitchen i can get over it but like if i go in my kitchen it's all over and so i'm like just don't go in my kitchen. Sometimes we need a distraction. That's actually helps get in the way so for example if this is an after dinner time that you're talking about and brush teeth. Maybe than if you did teeth whitener or you did your dental rants or you put on your retainer or any of those things that really you know your mouth has to be fresh and pure clean for all the things to work so if if you do those as an interruption before you sit down that might help you break that association. That's interesting do have a night guard. So maybe i get in bed do yeah. That's not a bad idea. Yeah that's that's bright. That's that's really interesting Yeah maybe. I will definitely have to try that. That's definitely one that stood out to me that i'm like. This is a trigger for me. That i don't even almost realize it just creates this like urge and i almost feel like you know if children sit down and eat a meal in front of the tv. They start to develop that kind of Connection you know to where it becomes like this like you said paired thing and it's you've got to really work a little bit hard to break that perisher or like or like the expectation of dessert like since when since when did we have a desert following every single meal like excuse me it's supposed to be a precious treat to enjoy not okay lunches over piece of cake. Dinners over ice cream lunch over cookies. Dinners over pot now. That was awesome. that was almost. I feel like that's like a song. That's getting ready to start to there. You go that's awesome okay. This is a little bit of a side note on dessert. But i thought about it. And i thought i now when we order food and bring it back home. We eat the desert. If we get it we eat the desert. I hear me okay. And the reason is as it's like Nutrition is probably tear body but it has ice cream so it's like a position okay. Love that so we eat a first because my thinking is look that thing's gonna it's gonna melt. It's not gonna last. You can't really save it. It's not going to be the same so eat it now and the food your main dish you can save half of it for tomorrow or the next day so like i've kind of restructured my eating hierarchy. I guess when it comes to take just totally random. I'd desert i i. We don't have a dessert after every meal. Or here's my question. Would you do that with every type of dessert. Or is it only because ice. Cream's going to melt as i was saying i was thinking about that. I think it's just all about. Will it be okay if i save it for tomorrow. If i can't right the ki won't be the same hours you put it in the freezer for an hour while you eat the cookie cookies. Not warm anymore zelina. Reheat it all of a. You're using like energy. You know you gotta like pay. Your bill. And i don't know goes into making having that desert. Yeah but this side because we need to get back to habit but as there there is some justification to At least children to have whatever we would consider the dessert item to be served with dinner. So that it's not regarded separately. It's not a reward. it's not You have to eat your vegetables in order to get axed that when i worked for head start and that's a preschool program It was it was done at the same time. So if you serve the tacos and you serve the orange slices and you serve the little sugar cookies and you had the milk out and you did it all at the same time family style. The kids didn't down all the cookies before they ate the rest of you know. They chose the tacos and they had some carrots and they really places. Yeah hi brian. I'm sorry but i'm going through. This live right now and i cannot stand by listen to this perfect world situation. I honestly that's amazing for those kids. And maybe kid is just wild but because because they they knew that it was there that it was available that it was part of the meal and they would each get one well that i think that was in no matter. What exactly they just didn't put it on either. Played a few right. I've seen my niece and nephew. Though were they know they're going to get dessert at the end but half to finished their meal too. I mean i guess that's not quite sent them all at once but but here. Here's why i think we've gone to the desert comes after you finish your meal because you put it on theoretically it makes sense to me but in practice you put everything there and the kid eats the desert right off the bat and then they don't finish the important protein on their dish. And then you're in this big battle like you need to finish all of it. I give you the option you went there. I fine because we're trying to be all good like everything's available and then but then you didn't finish and now you didn't eat which you needed to announce a big argument about it and now you don't sleep well. Something's going on here time. Did it take time for the kids to create a behavior like that or was it something that they initially did the first time that you put it all out there also key also keeping cookie end of this is this is a a small portion controlled item. It's not like an eighth of a cheesecake. That has like a whopping five hundred calories than just plays the meal. I'm talking about the size of an oriole. i'm talking right. It's something modest. I can see that over time. Okay if i eat my food. It'll still be there. So i'll do both or or not but yet battling to finish the plate. Have you ever seen the little psychology films where they put kids in room with a secret camera and they left them with a slice of chocolate cake or and they said if you don't touch it you can have twice as much after ten minutes and the patients chance right. Yes watch all the mom. And dad's go through during quarantine with can't some of these kids amazed me others them going back to the habit thing that wasn't so much an intervention that that or behavior that the children chose but that was presented to them and like we talk about getting kids to eat right role modeling presenting it to them in a very neutral way but repeated multiple times. And that's what i was talking about the the implementing. The new behavior is repeated multiple times so that it becomes that becomes the second nature. It becomes the expectation of not sitting down and stuffing your face when you watch tv but maybe popping in that that night guard right right. Yeah exactly yeah and that's where it takes. I think practice with these things. Implementation is okay. Now you have to exert some discipline in sticking to your plan of how you created the plan with hiv. Basically you're implementing the plan and that's where it takes that discipline to follow your plan and not deviate too much from that. I imagine exactly okay. So that's that's h we gotta get to the t. Step five and the last step in the process t is tailoring the plan so that means you can tweak What triggered youth parented with or the alternate behavior to overcome. Whatever obstacles might come in the and so you have to monitor and evaluate to get there. So i'm going to give an example of Another h t a whole nother scenario. So let's say the healthy diet. This person says okay. I need something high in fiber and low in saturated fat to help lower cholesterol. that's their healthy diets. There a is. Why can't i get that done. Well i'm asking myself i'm assessing. I don't have time to cook. I end up eating out and frozen meals etc. So be they say. Okay the behaviors. I'm going to do instead of fried foods and heavily cheesy items instead of ordering those a water you know salad and vegetable side dishes and things without dairy so they plan that intervention. They said okay so now. I'm trying to order those things and i find myself when i'm scanning the menu trying to get lean select us leaner selections and get more fruits and veggies I'm out of time. it's. I'm i'm actually getting to my meal so late that i'm ordering quickly can't find them blah blah blah so then they have to tweak their plan and say okay well if the menus too overwhelming alternate now they need to maybe download apps that they can save favorites on the. You know the preorder menu or identify the pdf menus for sit down restaurants of of what they're going to get once they get there and so maybe it's not at the moment of ordering but they're making their decisions ahead of time and that's their tweak is they have to be able to do something a little different but still follow the same Objectives
Moderna Is Working on Vaccine Booster for New Variant Of CoronaVirus
"Today. Vaccine maker Moderna says its current vaccine appears to be effective against the new variants of the coronavirus that have emerged in Britain and also in South Africa. But It appears to be less protective against the South African variant soul. The company says. It's developing a new form of the vaccine that could be used as a booster shot against to that particular strain
US officials express concern over possible shortage of COVID-19 vaccine
"More more than than 3000 3000 people people dying dying from from Corona Corona virus virus every every day day here here in in this this country. country. There There is is a a sign sign of progress. Though the number of new cases is declining significantly, vaccines are the key to making sure that trend continues. But getting the vaccines where they need to go has been problematic. NPR's Allison Aubrey joins us now. Hi, Allison. Good morning, Rachel. All right. We're gonna start with some numbers about 22 million shots have been given which is good. That's about half of the total doses that have been distributed across the country, though. So you've got 20 million other doses available. And yet some cities in hospitals say they're running out of the vaccine. How is this disconnect? Explain this, right? Okay, so I know it sounds counterintuitive, but they're actually two things happening at once. Right? Okay. So manufacturing is accelerating. Visor and Madonna have distributed more than 40 million doses around the country to every county, every state. But many more people are now eligible to get the shot at a time when states are just figuring out logistically Rachel how to scale this up, and that's creating a bottleneck. I mean, some places they're doing better than others. I spoke to Dr Mark Boom, he's CEO of Houston Methodist, part of the colossal Texas Medical Center system. Now they're using doses as fast as they can receive them. But it's not enough. Each week. We run out waiting for our next shipment. It's really a supply constraints issue. We coordinate across our city's about doing this as quickly as possible. So we're confident we can do this. As a community. It's just a matter of getting more supplied more quickly. Yeah. So at this moment, the vaccines are still think of them as a scarce resource, and that creates anxiety. It creates confusion right and this helps account for all these stories. We're hearing about people who get an appointment to get the vaccine, and then they get a phone call or an email saying your appointment's been canceled or postponed. So, I mean, can the vaccine makers just produce market they produce enough to help meet the demand and the Biden administration's goal of 100 million doses in 100 days? Well, you know, administration officials think so and look to be fair, even as the new administration came in last week about a million doses a day were already being administered, which is what's needed to meet that goal if we stay on track, but there are now lots of head winds to keep this going, White House Chief Chief of Staff Ron Clean said on NBC yesterday. There are multiple challenges. It's a very complex process that needs help on all fronts. We need more vaccine. We need more vaccinate whores. We need more vaccination sites. So he's saying there's a lot of challenges there, including the need to produce more vaccines, huh? That's right. We got to go back to that. I mean Fizer of modern it need to deliver millions of more doses per week. Rachel to stay on track, and this is tricky. These companies have to scale up factory capacity deal with supply chain issues. And remember this is brand new. It's the first time I am already technology has been used at this massive scale. I spoke to Dr Josh Sharfstein of Johns Hopkins University. He's been being considered for the top posted the FDA, he says. Given how complicated this is the urgency, Majorino, Fizer and other companies may need help, including maybe the use of the Defense production act to boost shortfalls. Just hoping that the company's alone will come through may not be enough. And so one of the key aspects of the Biden plan is to roll up the government sleeves and say, How can we make sure you have the supplies? You need the machines you need and potentially even expand your production capacity. So big picture here, Rachel, this is going to take some time. Many months. I mean, another potential challenge occurs to me. What about folks who've gotten their first dose? Right? This is a two does vaccine So they've gotten the first shot. But what if they can't get the second shot on time? Is that okay? What? Mm. The CDC says the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended intervals possible, which is three weeks for the fire, Sir vaccine four weeks for the Madonna vaccine. However, if this isn't feasible, that agency says the second dose can be delayed administered up to 42 days after the first toast. I spoke to physician Gabe Kelen at Johns Hopkins University about this. He's overseeing the vaccine distribution there at the university. So in their preliminary studies, you know when they looked at what is the shortest reasonable time to give a booster turned out to be three weeks and four weeks? That doesn't mean giving the booster at six weeks isn't justice affected for longer term? Community. You know, he says there is limited data here, so no one knows exactly how long this gonna extend out. But it makes good sense that there's legal room here.
Chicago teachers vote against order to resume in-person learning
"More students in Chicago were planning to return to classrooms for in person learning today until teachers said they would not. CBS is Wendy Gillette around 10,000 kindergarten through eighth grade teachers and staff were set to head back to Chicago schools today to prepare for the part time return of students next week. But the teachers union says the district safety plan is inadequate. Both parents and students are disappointed, though they actually all are failing right now. I need a break from my mom, the teachers union. And district are still
New Strains Of CoronaVirus Are Breaking Out Worldwide
"Now anybody who has had any experience of life on this earth the last year or so. We'll be firmly of the belief that one strain of covid nineteen is more than enough as it spreads itself around the world however new variations keep being detected including one in the uk which appeared more readily transmissible a south african one which might be might be rather somewhat resistant to vaccines and brazilian one. Ditto small numbers of both of the latter have already been identified in the uk and dot dallas present elsewhere or on route. One joined with more. By dr chris smith monocle twenty fours health and correspondent also a virologist at cambridge university. Chris as we have discussed many times before all viruses mutate. What they do. Is this one doing so unusually quickly an door. Dramatically hello andrew. We don't think so in some respects. This is to be expected for the reason. You've outlined that the that all viruses mutate and change this one's no exception and therefore we're going to see a gentle drift or evolution of the virus specifically. We're going to see that happening. Most often. in parts of the world where the prevalence of the disease is highest in other words. Where you've got lots of people being infected. I'm passing the virus to lots of other people. That's loss of the roles of the genetic dice that the virus can take in order to accrue changes and optimize itself because at the end of the day viruses optimize themselves in order to spread most efficiently in their particular host and this is a new infection humans therefore it was pretty well adapted to us but not perfect. There's some room to maneuver and that's what the virus is doing. Its adjusting its behavior and its biology. A bit in order to spread most optimally among us. Humans the different variations though in different places those responses by the virus to local conditions. I guess whether it's it's climate or something else yes. Any kind of organism on earth is going to adapt itself in response to selective pressure applied by the environment in which it lives. These corona is a living in a human environment and therefore all behavior to a certain extent affects the behavior of the virus as we apply more selective pressure to it by making his job harder to spread between us for instance by social distancing through various other public health measures and spread control infection control. You'll going to select for viruses that all reproductive fitter in other words. They're better at doing what they do. And and in that way you'll get something that is usually more transmissible. That's what we saw the slight surprise here. Is this question about whether it is causing more severe illness or not now. Obviously the jury is a little bit out on this. At the moment we do have some directional data than that may be the case but it is early days of only just begun to take this trend. So we're not entirely sure whether this is a statistical artifact just a product to the fact there are lots of numbers and so the viruses is producing lots of infections. So we're seeing more severe infections or whether the genuine is evidence for higher talapity rate in each of the cases. So that figure we've been given by the uk government that suggests that the uk variant might be thirty percent More deadly which is an alarming sounding figure. Is it possible that figure is either less alarming than it sounds or actually not entirely accurate. Will the government put this across a downing street. Press briefing country balance-sheet presenting numbers in terms of deaths per thousand. And he said if you look at say a sixty year old man the risk with the parent strain of corona virus of that person passing away. If you had ten people with a thousand people with krona vars you might get ten people with die with this new variant that ten rises to thirteen or fourteen hence a forty or thirty percent increase in the mortality rate so they are nevertheless odds to emphasize the case fatality rate remains very low so in other words we haven't got something that's killing thirty percent people what we've got something that appears to based on the data that initially have been analyzed. Be a little bit more lethal as in not for the person. Obviously if you die but it's on average killing slightly more people than before but we don't know for sure if that's the case i mean. We have got a number of studies that present this london school hygiene tropical medicine of showing that the the risk ratio is about one point three five times greater with the new variant than the over one point three five. That's a thirty five percent increase. Imperial college of donna. Study then numbers range somewhere between high twenties to mid thirties. In terms of percentage increase in risk ecstasy university They did a smaller study. One point nine one was there multiple in other words. It's ninety percent worse. A public health england cited figure one and a half or so so therefore all of them seem to be centering on there being an increase in risk. But we don't know exactly how big that risk is but we think there is one but we need to reassure ourselves. This is real finding. it's not just a product of the fat. We're seeing lots of infections with this new air. It might be that. We're there foreseeing because of the disguise of the the problem more people who are at risk of having a severe infection. Cropping up with this very factional. They are trying to control for that so it doesn't like it might be real
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with record 143 satellites aboard
"Several times. The space X transporter one has launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Mm one. Yeah. Big nations like that. It's the first dedicated rideshare mission for Space X carrying 133, assorted small satellites and 10. Of the company's StarLink Internet satellites. The mission sets a record carrying the most satellites deployed from a single rocket. Price
Century-old Michigan home produces more energy than it uses
"Dr anthony leiserowitz and this is climate connections in two thousand. Six macro coffee bought a century old house. In ann arbor michigan. It had a south facing roof big windows and heart pine floors dream house but it lacked insulation the windows lead and a fifty year old furnace. Chugged away all winter long. We had to put buckwheat pillows heated up in the microwave. Stuff down at the bottom of the bed to stay warm at night and then we would get the utility bill and it was like three hundred and fifty bucks a month grow. Cough was determined to reduce energy waste and cut carbon pollution. He installed a geothermal heating and cooling system and rooftop solar panels and replaced appliances added insulation and installed storm windows all while preserving the homes original character and meeting historic preservation standards in twenty fifteen the international living future institute certified grow costs home as net zero energy meaning it produces as much energy as it uses. Its the oldest house in the country to that certification. And we're looking forward to giving up that crown because he says to limit climate change. It's necessary to cut carbon pollution from all homes including the ones that have been around for generations.
Why Nursing Homes' COVID-19 Legal Shields May Interfere With Other Cases
"You listen to podcasts. In twenty seven states nursing homes have gotten special legal protections during the covid nineteen pandemic that means in most cases families can't sue if someone they love got sick or died at one the nursing home say they're doing the best they can and they need those legal shields but that also may stop people whose injuries have nothing to do with covid from seeking justice in the courts. Noel talked with. Npr's jaffe been looking into this. Why were these laws passed in the first place. You remember that. The corona virus outbreak started as far as most people were aware in a nursing home and currently long term care facilities account for more than a third of all deaths from covid nineteen nursing homes were caught scrambling for personal protective equipment. They were shifting recommendations of how contagious disease was and the industry made a case that they shouldn't be held responsible for dealing with this moving target. Are there any lawsuits pending against nursing homes relating to covid or did these immunity laws. Basically finish them off. While there is one in durham north carolina. It's questioned whether it's related to covid. Possibly it's the first of its kind involves the death of a woman named palestine house. Her daughter lisa set her. Mother's death had nothing to do with corona virus. Her mother had a pressure ulcer or bedsores there commonly known she'd had it since december of twenty eighteen and it just got worse. It became infected. Lisa how said she begged traber and rehabilitation center. Send her mother to the emergency room but they assured us that they could handle it. Lisa house and her three sisters had their doubts and their experience traber and rehabilitation center. Didn't seem to be able to handle much on a scale of one to five stars. The federal government gives traber and just one it also gets below average ratings on the ratio of nurses to residence. The government has find traber. Almost one hundred ninety thousand dollars in the past three years. We were there a lot and we found ourselves having to bathe her just general things they were supposed to do. We'd come in several times when she hadn't been fed her just sitting there. The house sisters hadn't had a lot of luck with nursing homes. In general trae burn was the third one they tried. It was close to where they live so the sisters could visit often but it hardly mattered. One families were locked out of nursing homes in march. Everything got harder and took longer. Palestine house needed specialists in wound care and iv antibiotics. Lisa house had her mother's power of attorney again. She begged trae burn rehabilitation to send her mother to the emergency room where they could find the specialists. She needed again. She was turned down their excuses. Were well the hospitals not taking new patients because of covert and she would be safer she stayed here and the facility is equipped to take care of your mother and none of those things turned out to be true. Palestine house died a train rehabilitation center on april fourteenth. Twenty twenty one month later. North carolina passed a sweeping liability shield for long term care facilities. The nursing homes with rare exceptions were immune from lawsuits. The measure was made retroactive to march tenth. Lisa house and her sisters decided to suit rayburn. Anyway elizabeth todd is their attorney. Palestine house did not have to die in that way or at that time and for the legislature to say that the nursing homes need protection in the middle of a pandemic not the nursing. Home patients is outrageous and it's unjust north carolina's immunity law lasts until the pandemic is over. Todd is especially worried that the law gives the free past nursing homes with low staffing trayvon and so literally the nursing homes can take their own understaffing their chronic understaffing and use it as a shield to prevent any liability at all during the covid pandemic through their attorneys train. Rehabilitation center declined comment but for many in the long term care industry. These immunity measures are welcome. Relief says dave voelpel. Ceo of the zona healthcare association. Arizona governor doug ducey was among the first to sign an executive order granting nursing homes and assisted living facilities legal immunity and for that we apart him. Because that just takes a little bit of pressure off. Though paul says it allows facilities to focus on what's most important we need to worry about. Keeping covert out of the building that sometimes that cuts into the bottom line says bubble take for instance one hundred bed building and they really have fifty rooms two beds per room that to keep infection from spreading those double rooms may have to be converted to private rooms. So revenue is cut in half. It really takes its toll on the business side of the ledger. Long term care facilities face a crisis if existential proportions says mark reagan the attorney for the california association of health facilities that's because liability insurance are excluding things covert when they renew policies which would mean that any claims made regarding covert infection would be subject to exclusion and no insurance coverage congressional. Republicans wanted a national immunity law but dropped as part of the deal for the latest coronavirus. Relief package reagan. Still has hopes what we're merely asking for is stats caregivers. And their employers. Don't get punished for doing the best that they could. Under the circumstances. I imagine that the family of palestine house doesn't in fact the nursing home was doing the best it could for their mother. Well right there attorney. Elizabeth todd points out that one of north carolina's immunity criteria is that facility must be acting in good faith and she doesn't see how can argue that they did that. So where does
Video shows Tacoma, Washington, officer driving into crowd
"Of a crowd gathered for a so called Khar sideshow appears to show a Tacoma police officer running over at least one person is the officer tried to escape from the crowd. You all the police are leading the investigation, And they say two people were taken to the hospital with injuries, they say are not life threatening Call most Cole Miller has more Saturday night sideshow in downtown Tacoma. And when a police officer shows up that crowd moving moving in, in, and and the the cop cop backing backing up up a a massive massive police police response response soon soon followed, followed, all all right right through through them them full full force. force. Junior Junior Ruiz Ruiz was was heading heading back back home home when when he he stumbled stumbled upon it. Watching it play out here like a pretty big I want to see like a group of 20 people in a release. Tacoma Police say that officer was fearing for his safety. And while trying to extricate himself from an unsafe position, he drove forward and then called for medical aid, the interim chief saying, quote, I am deeply concerned that our department is experiencing another use of deadly force incident. I send my thoughts to anyone injured have been reaching out to become a police try to get some clarification as to what the interim chief meant in that statement, saying that he's disappointed that there's been another use of deadly force incident will continue to push for those answers. Whole. Miller come on News. The
Glenn Jackson on Optical Communications
"Today. Sending a map of mars to earth might take nine years with current radio systems but as little as nine weeks with laser. Communications here's glen. Jackson payload manager for the laser communications relay demo had nasr's goddard space flight center to explain why optical communication systems are more efficient. The wavelength of light is much smaller than the wavelength of radio frequencies and the small the wavelengths the more information you can condense in a small period of time so we get greater bandwidth with optical communication as the wavelength get smaller. This technology would allow us to move. Large amounts of data and high definition video in shorter amounts of time we could communicate with rovers or astronauts on mars. Actually seeing and hearing more of their adventures on the red planet and laser communication systems on earth could provide high bandwidth in remote areas bridging the digital divide and bringing high speed communications to the world for innovation. Now i'm jennifer pulling
White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief
"To take a number of executive actions this week on issues including criminal justice and climate change. NPR's Ayesha Roscoe, reports Bind has been issuing executive orders since he's taken office. But he says he will need Congress to act on his coronavirus relief package. President Biden is planning to focus much of this week on measures aimed at helping underserved communities and people of color. Biden's chief of staff, RAHM claim set in a memo outlining the president's 1st 10 days in office that Biden would also take action to expand health care access for low income women. The White House is expected to roll out new policies every day this week. As part of his push to respond to the coronavirus. Biden has already mandated mask wearing on off federal property. Biden is pushing a $1.9 trillion relief package to Congress. But he's faced some resistance from moderate lawmakers concerned about the price tag. I SHALL Roscoe NPR news, the White House Chicago
U.S. works to get more COVID-19 vaccine doses amid concerns over new variant
"Nation. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are scrambling to get more covert vaccines as supplies dwindle in some cities. The nationwide shortfall comes as concerns grow over a new, more contagious Corona virus variant from the UK, which has been detected in at least 22 states, including ours, CBS News correspondent Daniel Bacchus. Has more. New York's governor warned against covert fatigue is he announced another 144 deaths across the state in one day. Don't get cocky with covert. Like so many states. New York is struggling with a shortfall in vaccine Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York gets 240,000 doses each week and has seven million eligible essential workers and seniors. This is going to take us 15 16 17 weeks.
Biden to impose travel restrictions on South Africa, U.K. and Brazil to mitigate new Covid strains
"Reinstate coronavirus travel restrictions rescinded by the previous administration. Former president Trump rolled back restrictions on travelers from Europe, the United Kingdom in Brazil in the days before he left office. But Biden will reverse that tomorrow. He'll also add South Africa to the travel ban list because of a concerning Corona virus strain. Health officials worried the South African variant could be resistant against the vaccines currently being dispensed
Florida state officials want to put a stop to COVID "vaccine tourism"
"Getting covered 19 vaccines because they cannot prove their state residency. That's a full time job now between my wife's chemo appointments down here and all that stuff. It's like I'm back to work. Royce Minsky spoke to Wink TV and Fort Myers. The state implemented the residency requirement last week to limit so called vaccine tourism people who travel to Florida just to get inoculated. Seasonal residents who don't have a Florida driver's license can use a rental agreement to show they live here. Should another
A Year Later, Wuhan, the First Post Coronavirus Pandemic City
"Been a year since the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, government officials announced the lockdown of the city in central China on the morning of January 23rd 2020, but the virus spread to the entire province, affecting some 56 million people. When the lockdown was lifted in April, city leaders said they had officially recorded over 50,000. Infections with fewer than 3900 deaths. A team from the World Health Organization's now in Wuhan to investigate the origins of the virus that caused the global pandemic.
Massachusetts coronavirus cases up 4,330, deaths rise by 75
"Taking a look now at the latest Covad numbers for Massachusetts, the state reporting 4330 new cases along with 75 deaths, the total death toll now closing in on 14,000. It's estimated there are 92,000 more than that active cases here in the state. More than 2000. People in the hospital 418 patients in ICUs
U.K. COVID Strain Is Now in 20 States
"In the state. Newer strain of the Corona virus, first found in the U. K has now been identified in at least 20 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dr. Anthony Fauci says that strain and the new variant discovered in South Africa arm or transmissible, but they may not be deadlier. CBS News Medical contributor. Dr David Egas says the current vaccine has proven effective against this train from England. But there's still a lot to worry about South African very is the real worry someone. Many of the monoclonal antibodies, which Dyinto a tiny part of the spy protein aren't finding And what we're seeing with some of the people who've been vaccinated. We've been exposed to the prior versions of the virus is that their antibodies aren't barn binding. Well, so we don't know The true answer yet will be some immunity. Probably not 100% immunity like we see with the vaccines with the other strains, Dr Egas says. It's very common for viruses to change. And he says the plateau we're seeing now in cases could take off as the new U. K vary, it becomes dominant across the
Vaccine distribution more concentrated in areas of higher wealth, data shows
"Early data suggests that vaccine distribution is more concentrated in areas of higher wealth. President Joe Biden, surgeon general designate. The vet, birthday says. Not only will the vaccine rates rise, but they also widen as well. Murthy appeared on ABC sis Week Or, he said the goal here isn't getting the vaccine to all corners of the nation. Also get it set up kind of distribution channels like mobile unit like strategically placed committee vaccination centers that can reach people who traditionally are hard to reach and don't have access to
Prince George’s Co. tightens vaccinations to restrict non-residents
"Prince George's County is cracking down on the large number of people from Montgomery and other counties who have been getting their covert shots in Prince George's. That's Prince George's Enters Preregistration Monday for phase one sea of vaccinations. It says the registrations will be limited to those who live and work in the county. One see includes people 65 older health and public safety workers, essential employees, including food and agriculture, Public transit and the Postal Service. The county says it will require proof of residency or proof of employment and points George's County at the time of the appointment.
Biden administration vows to improve coronavirus response
"Staff, Ron claim is pledging to ramp up covert 19 vaccine distribution, the process of getting that vaccine into arms. That's the hard process. That's where we're behind as a country and that's where we're focused in the Biden administration on getting that ramped up, speaking this morning on NBC's meet the press claims, said the administration is not necessarily starting from scratch. That the Trump White House did not have a distribution plan, especially outside of nursing homes and hospitals, A top
U.S. Sees 174k New Virus Cases
"Covet 19 cases dropped again. On Saturday. The coded tracking project reported nearly 174,000 new infections in the past 24 hours. The peak of new cases came on January 8th when there were 292,000 in a single day. More than 113,000 Americans are hospitalized with the virus over 408,000 Americans have died. Texas