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CDC warns of second coronavirus wave as states lift lockdowns

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CDC warns of second coronavirus wave as states lift lockdowns

States might have to implement lockdown yet again if COVID-19 cases increase, warns the CDC.

As per Jay Butler, Deputy Director, CDC, if the cases of COVID-19 start shooting up again, especially if they rise dramatically, it is significant to realize that enhanced mitigation efforts like what were imposed in March might be required again. But, the second lockdown wave could be achieved on local level instead of state-wide lockdown, said Butler.

Presently, communities are facing varied transmission levels, as they eventually ease up and get used to the mitigation efforts, added Butler.

The fear of COVID-19 infection resurgence as well as the new lockdown have led to a fall in the stock market on Thursday, post the cases of coronavirus in the US increased a few days ago post 5 weeks of decline.

Notably, as of June 14, there were over 2.8mn coronavirus cases in the US, with around 115,400 deaths, according to a database by New York Times. This database indicates where the no. of new COVID-19 cases is increasing as well as where it’s falling in last fourteen days. North Carolina, Arkansas, Utah and Texas all had record no. of patients entering the hospitals over the weekend.

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California Man Died From Coronavirus 1 Day After Posting Regret For Attending Party

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California Man Died From Coronavirus 1 Day After Posting Regret For Attending Party

A family in California is grieving over the death of a man who passed away after contracting coronavirus at one barbeque party last month.

The 51-year-old man named Thomas ‘Tommy’ Macais from California’s Lake Elsinore region died on 21 June, 3 days after he tested positive for COVID-19. Just a day prior to his death, Thomas put up an emotional message on his Facebook handle wherein he urged people to take social distancing seriously and protect themselves from the deadly disease.

Thomas’s niece, Danielle Lopez said that her uncle, who was a diabetic patient, took the coronavirus pandemic very seriously since his diagnosis. He took the decision to attend a barbeque that took place few days before his post on 20 June as he thought the coronavirus’ threat was lessening, she added.

As per Lopez, the guests who attended the barbeque did not wear masks. He later decided to go and get himself tested after he got to know that one of the other party attendee had contracted the virus. It is not clear if the other guests have been tested positive or not.

Notably, the news of Thomas’s death comes in as the Governor of California Gavin Newsom presently is reversing the state’s decision for reopening due to the troubling increase in the coronavirus cases.

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Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1,000 In Marin County

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Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1,000 In Marin County

Marin County has reported over 1000 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health officials have reported thirty new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, which brings the county’s overall cases to 1,014. Meanwhile, the death toll due to coronavirus cases stood at 18.

With the restrictions imposed by the government loosening now, business is now returning to normal slowly in Marin. But, the no. of local coronavirus cases reported continues to increase.

This week, around thirty new cases have been reported each day until now. On Tuesday, there were around 984 cases and about 946 cases and 913 cases on Monday and Sunday respectively.

The San Rafeal region, which is located close to the county, has reported the most no. of cases, with 455 in 94901 Zip code and 88 in 94903 Zip code.

In total, 60 individuals have been admitted to hospitals because of coronavirus since the first case of the virus was reported in the county on 8 March. As of Wednesday, 10 individuals remained hospitalized.

Till date, most confirmed coronavirus cases as well as hospitalizations were among people above 50 years, as per the Marin County data. All the reported death cases have been people 65 and above.

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Covid-19 pandemic: Depression and anxiety rise among new moms

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Covid-19 pandemic- Depression and anxiety rise among new moms

The chances of maternal anxiety and depression have increased considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic, as per a new study.

Co-author of the study, Dr Margie Davenport from Canada’s University of Alberta, said that the social and physical isolation parameters that are needed critically to lower the spread of coronavirus are affecting the mental and physical health of several of us.

Experiencing anxiety and depression during pregnancy as well as the postpartum time frame can pose a detrimental effect on the physical and mental health of the mother as well as the baby and can go on for years, continued Davenport.

The effects could include premature birth of the baby, reduced mother-baby bonding as well as development issues in the infants.

For the study, the researchers analyzed 900 women of which 520 women were pregnant while 380 had delivered babies last year. They questioned about their anxiety and depression symptoms before as well as during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to the coronavirus crisis, 29% of these women witnessed average to high symptoms of anxiety while 15% witnessed depressive symptoms. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, these figures increased- 72% witnessed anxiety while 41% witnessed depression.

Though the study was majorly focused on the impact coronavirus has on new mothers, Davenport says that maternal physical and mental health is a crucial problem no matter what the time is.

The study appears in the journal Frontiers in Global Women’s Health.

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