Premature end to US state lockdowns could cause needless death, Fauci tells senators

first_imgHe mentioned a slowing in the growth of cases in hotspots such as New York, even as other areas of the country were seeing spikes.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily briefing that his state alone needed $61 billion in federal stimulus to help reopen its economy. He called on Congress and Trump to support legislation that would address funding gaps, a problem he stressed was dogging Republican and Democratic governors.”This economy has been damaged through no fault of anyone,” said Cuomo, a Democrat. “But to get this economy back up again and running, we are going to need an intelligent stimulus bill from Washington.”Some states already have begun reopening their economies and others have announced plans to phase that in beginning in mid-May, even as opinion polls show most Americans are concerned about resuming such operations too soon.New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Tuesday that he intended to announce some tentative moves toward reopening even thought his state, by some measures, is currently the most serious coronavirus danger zone in the United States.Restrictions currently in place allow only essential services to operate. Murphy said any changes would be incremental and determined by progress in curbing the spread of the virus.Cordial Tuesday’s Senate hearing was more cordial than many of Congress’s undertakings in recent years, with members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee addressing the non-partisan health experts politely.Democrats on the committee largely concentrated on the risks of opening the US economy now, while Republicans downplayed that notion, saying a prolonged shutdown could have serious negative impacts on human health and the health of the economy.Asked whether college students can feel safe if classes resume on campuses in August or September, Fauci said that expecting a treatment or vaccine to be in place by then would be “a bridge too far.”Instead, schools and students would have to depend upon expanded testing for coronavirus, tracing of those who have been in contact with infected people and safe hygiene practices, witnesses said.The COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus has infected more than 1.3 million Americans and killed more than 80,600.Fauci, 79, testified remotely in a room lined with books as he self-quarantines after he may have come into contact with either of two members of the White House staff who were diagnosed with COVID-19.Medical researchers have been scrambling to find not only an effective vaccine for coronavirus but also drugs to treat it until a vaccine comes to market.Fauci noted only “modest” results in tests of Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir drug on hospitalized patients.”All roads back to work and back to school run through testing and that what our country has done so far on testing is impressive, but not nearly enough,” Lamar Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate committee, told the hearing.Alexander, who is self-quarantining in his home state of Tennessee for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive, chaired the hearing virtually.Trump, who previously made the strength of the economy central to his pitch for his November re-election, has encouraged states to reopen businesses that had been deemed non-essential amid the pandemic.Senator Patty Murray, the senior committee Democrat, criticizing aspects of the administration’s response to the pandemic, said Americans “need leadership, they need a plan, they need honesty and they need it now, before we reopen.”Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who has clashed with Trump in the past, did so again on Tuesday, when he said during the hearing, “I find our testing record nothing to celebrate whatsoever.” He urged states to follow health experts’ recommendations to wait for signs, including a declining number of new infections, before reopening.President Donald Trump has been encouraging states to end a weeks-long shuttering of major components of their economies. But senators heard a sobering assessment from Fauci, when asked by Democrats about a premature opening of the economy.”There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control and, in fact paradoxically, will set you back, not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided, but could even set you back on the road to try to get economic recovery,” Fauci said of premature steps.The veteran doctor, who has worked under Republican and Democratic administrations and is a coronavirus adviser to the current White House, noted progress some in the fight against a virus that the medical world is still trying to understand. Topics :center_img Leading US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Tuesday warned Congress that a premature lifting of lockdowns could lead to additional outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed 80,000 Americans and brought the economy to its knees.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a US Senate panel that the virus epidemic is not yet under control in areas of the nation.”I think we’re going in the right direction, but the right direction does not mean we have by any means total control of this outbreak,” Fauci said during the 3-1/2-hour hearing.last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN JOHN NAMED IRISH AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

first_imgLeft to right Cuisle Mc Namara – Secretary AIWB, MaggieBradley (John’s Wife), John Rodden, Eamon Naughton – President AIWBA BIG-hearted Donegal man has picked up a prestigious award Down Under – after being named The Irish Australian of the Year.Kilmacrennan native John Rodden works tirelessly for his community in Melbourne and was part of the team which helped take the Sam Maguire around Australia earlier this year.“The Irish Community has a reputation for looking after it’s own, the culture was set by those that arrived in the late 1940’s they all cared for each other, welcoming new arrivals with information re digs and work. Each generation since has continued the tradition,” said Marion O’Hagan from the Australian Irish Welfare Bureau “John has served the Australian Irish Community and the broader community admirably. Not everyone is community minded.“The generosity of this years’ recipient is well known only to those who have been fortunate enough to be assisted through difficult times.“The uncertainty of travelling to a new land is dispelled with the knowledge that on arrival they will be welcomed and looked after. John is one of the first people I met at the Bureau when I started there 15 years ago. The way in which he goes about his volunteering not only at the Bureau but also the broader community is inspiring to those around him.“No matter what the situation, and believe me I have presented him with some rare situations, he manages at all times to take it in his stride with good humour and most definitely in a quiet, unassuming manner not expecting reward or favour.” She said John has a passion for assisting those less fortunate, has a respectful and caring attitude toward the elderly and a welcoming and patient demeanor with children.As an active member of the Donegal Association which was formed in 1977 he has given many hours along with other dedicated committee members in the organisation of the Mary from Dungloe Ball and selection of the Melbourne Mary, the annual community picnic and the Yea race day.“Melbourne was abuzz recently with the visit of the “The Sam Maguire”. Believe me, the time and effort involved in making it all happen was astronomical,” said Marion.“I believe the visit of the Sam ticked all the boxes, but for me to see so many people overjoyed at it’s presence at a function and hundreds of people having their photo taken holding the Sam was brilliant. That such a massive job was done by a handful of people; John being one of them was brilliant.”John said he was delighted to lift the award. “Beside every good man there is a great woman. My wife Maggie is brilliant. She supports me in all I do,” he said.“She was Secretary of the Donegal Association for many years. When Maggie says she is gong to do something you can bet your life it gets done,” he said.Local people here will get a chance to congratulate John in person shortly.He arrives back home in Donegal on September 16 with children Aoife and Eoin for a month long holiday!. Award presented by Eamon Naughton…President A.I.W.B. &Cuisle Mc Namara…. Secretary A.I.W.B.Announcement…Marion O’Hagan Administrator A.I.W.B.DONEGAL MAN JOHN NAMED IRISH AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalIrish Australian of the YearJohn Roddenkilmacrennanlast_img read more

2 dogs saved from apartment fire in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two small dogs are now safe after being trapped in an apartment fire in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded just before 11:30 a.m. to the scene of the fire near Northeast 18th Court and Dixie Highway, Thursday.No people were inside the apartment at the time of the fire.The dogs are now being cared for by the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more