Day: November 3, 2020

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‘I Want to Live for My Kids’

Tarek El Moussa On His Two Battles with Cancer and How Men Can Detect ‘Preventable’ Cancer Sooner

The Movember ambassador shares that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and men aged 18-34 are at the highest risk for testicular cancer

Tarek El Moussa is taking part in Movember to help raise awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. The movement encourages men to grow out their mustaches for the month of November to show support.

Speaking to Daryn Carp on an episode of People TV’s Reality Check, the Flip or Flop star — who survived both testicular cancer and thyroid cancer — stressed that men need to pay attention to their bodies.

“Some of the statistics are shocking. One in nine men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and a lot of times it’s preventable. Another statistic that was shocking to me is that the highest occurrence age of testicular cancer in men is 18 to 34,” he said. “Young men have no idea they are at the highest risk.”

El Moussa then spoke about the importance of men also doing self-checks. “With testicular cancer, it’s literally a 3– to 5-second self-check in the shower can save your life,” the HGTV host explained.

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Asked why more he thinks men aren’t aware of the need to do self-checks, he said, “It’s just men being men. We’re raised to keep things in and be quiet and be strong, and a lot of times that’s what we do . . . I haven’t talked to many other men about this, but I never had anyone tell me to check myself, and even they did tell me to check myself, what am I checking for? I don’t even know what to look for.”

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Tarek El Moussa

He encourages others to visit the Movember website to learn the answer. “They’ll teach you how to do a self-check. It’s really important because there are people out there today that are gonna get testicular cancer, like it’s gonna happen. And if they find it sooner, the odds of survival are just so much greater,” he added.

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El Moussa’s personal cancer battle started in 2013 when a Flip or Flop fan who was also a registered nurse noticed a lump on his neck and wrote to the show’s producers to say she thought the HGTV star might have thyroid cancer.

She was right. After being diagnosed, El Moussa decided to go through his old medical records for any other irregularities and found an irregular testicular exam from two years earlier. He decided to get further testing and was also diagnosed with testicular cancer.

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Five female fighter pilots test G-force suits modified for women

Nov. 3 (UPI) — Five female fighter pilots have recently tested G-force suits modified to better fit the frames of women and other body types besides the typical man, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday.

The women pilots tested the modified version of the Advanced Technology Anti-Gravity Suit, from Oct. 26-30, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, according to a U.S. Air Force statement.

The suits have been in use since 2001 to protect pilots from G-force induced loss of consciousness during maneuvers in fighter aircraft, but it was developed primarily for standard men’s body types.

Along with women, pilots with “shorter” or “hard-to-fit” frames often struggled with the suits limited adjustability, according to the statement.

The suits were modified to include wider lacing panels in the waist, thigh and calf, which allow the suit to be easily adjusted for different body proportions.

An option was also added for a “darted,” tailored, custom waist that does not reduce performance of the waist bladder that inflates during high-G maneuvers.

“In the past, some pilots with a shorter torso have had issues with ATAGS that were too large riding up and causing bruising on the rib cases, while pilots who are hard-to-fit may have had one size that fits through the legs, but need a smaller size in the waist,” Charles Cruze, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Human Systems Division engineer, said in a press release.

“Now, the waist can be darted up 3.75 inches, allowing for a more custom and accurate fit, preventing both of those issues,” Cruze said.

The flight testing began with the 46th Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base after the AFLMC successfully conducted endurance testing. The 96th Test Wing provided engineering and test planning expertise.

The 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron executed nearly 20 sorties in F-16 D-model aircraft to test the modified ATAGS.

One of the pilots in each of the sorties wore standard ATAGS in case there was an issue with the modified one. Pilots did low- and high-G maneuvers to evaluate the modified ATAGS.

“These tests are important because they will ultimately increase the lethality of those who no longer have their mask slip down during a sortie, their G-suit crunch under their waist, or the extra fabric of a too big anti-exposure suit get in the way of their movements in the jet,” said Capt. Brittany Trimble, an F-16 Fighting Falcon instructor pilot.

“These don’t seem like big issues, but everything counts in the air, and having gear that fits and works as intended should be the standard,” Trimble said.

Pilots were also asked to evaluate the modified ATAGS “during regular activities like sitting, standing, walking and climbing into and out of the aircraft,” 46th Test Squadron lead test engineer Sharon Rogers said.

Rogers said the squadron will provide test reports once flight testing is finished.

The modified ATAGS are expected to be given to the pilots and aircrew who need it within a year or two.

Maj. Shanon Jamison,

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11 best fitness gifts for the person who never skips a workout

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2020 has been stressful enough, but finding great gifts doesn’t have to be. Check out In The Know’s gift guides to make holiday shopping for every person in your life easier than ever.

If you need to holiday shop for someone who wakes up early to run or always posts sweaty selfies on Instagram, then you’re in luck. With gyms closing and people social distancing, there’s been a surge in at-home fitness products this year — and many would make awesome gifts.

Check out these best fitness gifts to get your loved one who never misses a workout. Some of these recommendations are viral sensations, while others have been editor-tested and approved. But all will challenge one’s physical (and mental) strength.

1. Bala Bangles 2 Lb. Weights, $65

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Credit: Bandier

The easiest way to add intensity to any workout is to add resistance. With Bala Bangles, you can add resistance in the form of 2 lb. weights. Wear them on your wrists or ankles for a variety of workouts.

2. Tangram Smart Rope LED, $80

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Credit: Bandier

Jump roping is a great cardiovascular workout, and this smart jump rope makes it a little more fun. The SmartRope LED by Tangram connects to a free mobile app that tracks your jump count, calories burned, workout times and interval training.

3. Colorfulkoala High–Waisted Yoga Pants, $25

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Credit: Amazon

These Amazon best-selling yoga pants went viral on TikTok as a “Lululemon dupe.” Three In The Know editors recently tried them, with all applauding the buttery soft-stretch fabric and seamless high-waistband. And for the price, you can’t beat ’em.

4. Theragun Mini (RED), $199

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Credit: Therabody

A Theragun is a percussive massage device you can use to treat sore muscles. Not only that, but you can use the gadget to warm up before a workout and cool down after. Therabody’s most portable (and cheapest) Theragun is the mini version. Compared to the bigger, more expensive pro models, the mini still packs a big punch with three speeds and 150 minutes of battery life. It comes in black or red.

(Editor’s note: The Theragun mini was a gamechanger in my marathon training. Plus, it’s great for treating stiff muscles caused by sitting on the couch while working from home.)

5. BuildLife 1-Gallon Motivational Water Bottle, $15.96

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Credit: Amazon

Drinking water is essential, especially when it comes to fitness. “Proper hydration is going to lubricate your joints,” Dr. Alok Patel told In The Know on an episode of “Wellness Lab.” “And for you body building types out there, it will help you build muscle and burn fat.” And this water bottle will help anyone keep their hydration on track.

6. Myxfitness Spin Bike, $1,199 (Orig. $1,299)

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Credit: MYXfitness

The MYXfitness bike rivals

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European Dermatologists Unhappy With Pandemic Teledermatology

European dermatologists shifted en masse to teledermatology during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and most of them disliked the videoconferencing experience intensely, according to the findings of a survey presented at the virtual annual congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

“The results of our survey clearly show 7 out of 10 participating dermatologists declared that they were not happy with teledermatology, and most of them declared that they were not at all happy,” according to Mariano Suppa, MD, PhD, of the department of dermatology and venereology, Free University of Brussels.

“It was very interesting: it was not just about the lack of a good quality of consultation, but was also related to some extent to a lack of respect from some patients, and also a lack of empathy. The majority of survey respondents felt [attacked] by their own patients because they were proposing teledermatology. So, yes, we were forced to go to teledermatology, and I think we will be again to some extent, but clearly we’re not happy about it,” he elaborated in response to a question from session chair Brigitte Dreno, MD, professor of dermatology and vice dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Nantes (France).

The survey, conducted by the EADV communication committee, assessed the pandemic’s impact on European dermatologists’ professional practices and personal lives through 30 brief questions, with space at the end for additional open-ended comments. In the comments section, many dermatologists vented about their income loss, the disorganized response to round one of the pandemic, and most of all about teledermatology. Common complaints were that teledermatology required a huge consumption of energy and constituted a major intrusion upon the physicians’ personal lives. And then there was the common theme of unkind treatment by some patients.

The survey was sent twice in June 2020 to more than 4,800 EADV members. It was completed by 490 dermatologists from 39 countries. Suppa attributed the low response rate to physician weariness of the topic due to saturation news media coverage of the pandemic.

Sixty-nine percent of responding dermatologists were women. Fifty-two percent of participants were over age 50, 81% lived in a city, and 53% worked in a university or public hospital or clinic. Twelve percent lived alone.

Impact on Professional Practice

Many European dermatologists were on the front lines in dealing with the first wave of COVID-19. Twenty-eight percent worked in a COVID-19 unit. Forty-eight percent of dermatologists performed COVID-19 tests, and those who didn’t either had no patient contact or couldn’t get test kits. Thirty-five percent of dermatologists saw patients who presented with skin signs of COVID-19. Four percent of survey respondents became infected.

Seventy percent rescheduled or canceled all or most patient appointments. Clinical care was prioritized: during the peak of the pandemic, 76% of dermatologists saw only urgent cases – mostly potentially serious rashes – and dermato-oncology patients. Seventy-six percent of dermatologists performed teledermatology, although by June 60% of respondents reported seeing at least three-quarters of their

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Women’s Health Fitness Awards 2020

There’s nothing we love more at Women’s Health than a little friendly competition—even if it’s just with ourselves. And this year, for our annual Fitness Awards, we set the bar high: create the ultimate guide to the best exercise equipment to make your home gym feel sweet and complete. (Simple, right?)

Welp, after 12 months of testing and reviewing over a thousand different exercise machines, fitness tools, connected devices, activewear, gear, and virtual workout platforms, we feel truly confident that the 75 winners on this list will take your training up a notch (or several!). Please meet the next-gen of exercise equipment that’ll help you get #WHstrong…without leaving your house. (Peep the products featuring a lightning bolt logo for WH editors’ faves!) Suffice to say we are obsessed and know you will be too.

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game changing activewear

While you don’t ~need~ new sneakers, sports bras, or leggings, you’ll def want these for their cutting-edge upgrades.

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Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside?

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside?

Not really.

The World Health Organization says the coronavirus can be transmitted in any kind of weather and that there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill it.

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The U.N. health agency says the virus is mainly spread between people. Rain and snow might dilute any traces of the virus on benches or other outside objects, but transmission from surfaces is not believed to be a major contributor to the pandemic.

Scientists say the real concern about cold weather is that lower temperatures are more likely to keep people indoors — potentially in more crowded spaces where the virus can spread more easily.

Studies have shown that a significant percentage of spread happens within households when people are sharing common areas like kitchens and bathrooms.

WHO and others have also warned that in indoor spaces with poor ventilation, transmission happens more easily because the virus can be spread in the air and infectious particles might remain suspended in the air for several hours.

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Superspreader events have been traced to nightclubs, gyms and even choir practices. The coronavirus does not transmit as often outdoors because fresh air disperses the virus particles and people are more easily able to keep their distance from others. But experts caution that if people spend extended periods of time outdoors close to others without wearing masks, coronavirus spread is still possible.

Health officials say the best way to stop transmission of the virus is to wear a mask in public, stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from people not in your household and frequently wash your hands.

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Bay Area weighs 2-week quarantine for residents who travel over the holidays

People eat while sitting at a vista point by the Golden Gate Bridge Friday, March 27, 2020, in Sausalito, Calif. The surge of coronavirus cases in California that health officials have warned was coming has arrived and will worsen, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday, while the mayor of Los Angeles warned that by early next week his city could see the kind of crush that has crippled New York.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
People eat while sitting at a vista point by the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, Calif. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

San Francisco Bay Area residents who travel out of state this holiday season to visit family and friends may be met with a 14-day quarantine advisory when they return.

A group of public health officers from across the Bay Area — including the large cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland — are considering implementing the coronavirus quarantine as pandemic fatigue continues to drive travel outside the area, Marin County Public Health Officer Matt Willis said Tuesday.

The proposal will likely be a “strong recommendation,” not an order, Willis said. If adopted widely, the decision could affect the region’s more than 7 million residents, as well as potentially millions more who might travel to the area.

Once a hot spot for coronavirus infections, the Bay Area is now in much better shape than most of the U.S. and has largely avoided the “third wave” plaguing other states. San Francisco’s positive coronavirus test rate was 0.8% at the end of October, making it the lowest rate of the 20 most populous cities across the U.S., according to The Times’ coronavirus tracker. It also has the lowest death rate per capita from COVID-19 of those same 20 cities.

Marin County’s rate of positive coronavirus test results is about 1%, according to the most recent county data. The county is currently in Tier 3, or the orange tier, of the state’s color-coded reopening blueprint, which means prevalence of the virus is moderate. A number of the region’s counties are in either the orange tier or the yellow, which is the least restrictive.

That means there’s a lot to lose, Willis said.

“Everyone has worked really hard to reduce the transmission and lower case rates,” he said, “and the question is, how do we hold on to those gains.”

With colder weather moving activities indoors and more businesses reopening, and with the upcoming holiday season and the election, “there’s a lot coming together that makes us vulnerable in the remainder of the year,” Willis said, “and the last thing we need is for people to be importing the virus from outside.”

Once a traveler quarantines for the specified time and shows no symptoms, they can resume regular activities, Willis said. There’s a possibility that a traveler could take a coronavirus test within a shorter time frame, perhaps five to seven days after a trip, but he said the science was still out on whether the person would need to quarantine for an additional week.

A decision on a quarantine advisory for travelers could come as early as Thursday, Willis said. That day, the Assn. of Bay Area Health Officers — made up of health officials from San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and Marin counties, as well as the city of Berkeley, which has its own health department —

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Proinflammatory Dietary Pattern Linked to Higher CV Risk

Dietary patterns with higher inflammatory potential were significantly associated with a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke in a new pooled analysis of three prospective cohort studies.

The analysis included 210,145 US women and men followed for up to 32 years in the Nurses’ Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

After adjustment for use of anti-inflammatory medications and CVD risk factors, those whose dietary pattern ranked in the highest quintile of inflammatory potential had a 38% higher risk of CVD (hazard ratio comparing highest to lowest quintiles, 1.38), a 46% higher risk of coronary heart disease (HR, 1.46), and a 28% higher risk of stroke (HR, 1.28), all P for trend < .001.

Jun Li, MD, PhD, and colleagues at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts, published the findings of their study in the November 10 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The inflammatory potential of a diet was assessed using a food-based, dietary index called the “empirical dietary inflammatory pattern” or EDIP.

In an interview, Li explained that the EDIP was developed 4 years ago by many of the same authors involved with this study, including nutrition heavyweights Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH, and Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD, both from Harvard.

“We summarized all the foods people eat into 39 defined food groups and did a reduced-rank regression analysis that looked at these 39 food groups and three inflammatory markers — interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP), and tumor necrosis factor alpha receptor 2. We found 18 food groups that are most predictive of these biomarkers, and the EDIP was calculated as the weighted sum of these 18 food groups.”

Individuals who had higher intakes of green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, arugula), dark yellow vegetables (pumpkin, yellow peppers, carrots), whole grains, fruits, tea, coffee and wine had lower long-term CVD risk than those with higher intakes of red meat, processed meat, organ meat, refined carbohydrates, and sweetened beverages. 

The associations were consistent across cohorts and between sexes and remained significant in multiple sensitivity analysis that adjusted for alcohol consumption, smoking pack-years, use of lipid-lowering and antihypertensive medications, sodium intake, and blood pressure.

In a secondary analysis, diets with higher inflammatory potential were also associated with significantly higher biomarker levels indicative of more systemic, vascular, and metabolic inflammation, as well as less favorable lipid profiles.

“We wanted to be able to provide guidance on dietary patterns and food combinations,” said Li. “If you tell people to eat more polyunsaturated fats instead of saturated fat or trans fat, most people don’t know what foods are higher and lower in those nutrients. Also, many foods have different nutrients — some of which are good and some of which are bad — so we wanted to help people find the foods with the higher proportion of healthy nutrients rather than point out specific nutrients to avoid.”

Researchers used prospectively gathered data from the Nurses’

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Neanderthal children grew and were weaned much like modern humans, new study says

Much like we do, Neanderthals introduced their babies to solid foods around 5 to 6 months of age, a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal revealed.

Through both geochemical and histological analyses of three baby teeth that belonged to Neanderthal children, researchers have shed more light on the weaning and growth pace of Neanderthal babies. The children lived in a small area of northeastern Italy between 70,000 and 45,000 years ago.

The energy demands of Neanderthal children were similar to those of humans, the scientists argued. In fact, Neanderthal and human newborns were likely to be of similar weight and have similar gestational histories.

These findings debunk the theory that a longer breastfeeding process for Neanderthals, which would cause longer periods of postpartum infertility for mothers, could have been a contributing factor to their extinction, co-senior author Stefano Benazzi, a professor in physical anthropology at the University of Bologna in Italy, told CNN.

Inbreeding may have helped cause Neanderthals to go extinct, study says

“In this hypothesis, Homo sapiens, who had a shorter breastfeeding period, were able to have larger populations, effectively outnumbering Neanderthals,” Benazzi explained.

“This study demonstrates that the way Neanderthals and Homo sapiens raised their children are actually similar, so this hypothesis has to be rejected,” he said. “We need to find the explanation somewhere else.”

Teeth are like trees

The Neanderthal-era baby teeth were found in caves between the provinces of Vicenza and Verona in northeastern Italy. The teeth belonged to three separate children, who lost them naturally as part of the process of growing up, according to the scientists.

This is a 3D reconstruction of the three Neanderthal milk teeth analyzed in the study. Shown are (from left) the tooth found in the Fumane Cave; the one found in the Broion Cave; and the tooth found in the De Nadale Cave.

Much like a tree trunk has growth rings for each year of life, teeth present growth lines, forming on a daily basis until the enamel is fully developed, the researchers explained.

“It’s a fitting comparison,” said co-first author Federico Lugli, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bologna’s department of cultural heritage. “These lines can be studied with noninvasive techniques or through histology, cutting thin sections of the teeth.”

Co-senior study author Stefano Benazzi, a professor at the University of Bologna, is shown here studying Neanderthal remains.

Combined with chemical analysis looking at the strontium concentration in the teeth, information from these growth lines provided important information about the chronology of weaning in our evolutionary cousins.

To corroborate their data, scientists also compared information from the baby teeth of contemporary children with documented eating and weaning histories to their findings on the weaning of Neanderthal children.

What baby teeth tell us about Neanderthal moms

Even if teething happens later in a baby’s life, primary teeth form before birth, and the growth lines associated with the moment of birth have a specific, recognizable shape, Benazzi said.

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That also allowed scientists to broaden the scope of study from the children to their mothers.

“Since baby teeth mostly form in utero, what we see in the chemistry in these specimens is partly connected to the behaviors and dietary habits of their mothers,” Lugli explained.

Building on the body of evidence from previous studies, Lugli explained that the diet of Neanderthals examined was high in protein.

It’s possible that pre-chewed meat

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Revealing Prince William’s coronavirus illness would have been a public service

The news that Britain’s Prince William battled covid-19 in April but didn’t publicly disclose his illness is a blow to more than royal credibility. By remaining silent when England was in a pandemic lockdown, William passed up an opportunity to play a positive role during a public health crisis — possibly to his future subjects’ detriment.



a man wearing a suit and hat standing next to a woman: Britain's Prince William looks on as Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to officially open the new Energetics Analysis Centre at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, England, on Oct. 15. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)


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Britain’s Prince William looks on as Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to officially open the new Energetics Analysis Centre at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, England, on Oct. 15. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)

At one point while he was sick, the prince “struggled to breathe,“ according to the Sun, the British tabloid that broke the story. William, second in line to the throne, was stricken shortly after his father, Prince Charles, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted the virus in late March. William, now 38, isolated at his country home, in Norfolk, England, and was treated by palace doctors.

William’s illness became public after he reportedly told an observer about it at a recent event, saying, “There were important things going on, and I didn’t want to worry anyone.“

There is a logic to some arguments against disclosure: Kensington Palace wanted to avoid further public anxiety when the immediate heir to the throne and prime minister were also known to be sick. The royal family might not have wanted to steal thunder from the queen’s rare broadcast in early April thanking front-line workers and reassuring Britons in lockdown that “better days will return.“ And many royal medical procedures and illnesses have been made public only after having been addressed.

It makes no sense, however, to have kept William’s illness a secret in the spring, when disclosing it might have profoundly affected people’s understanding of the pandemic threat.

Coronavirus infections have risen sharply in Britain, where the Office for National Statistics estimated last week that 1 in 100 people in England have covid-19, up from 1 in 200 about a month ago. In July, the share was 1 in 2,300.

With the number of covid cases on course to overtake the National Health Service’s capacity, the prime minister recently announced a four-week lockdown — to begin Thursday — and the closure of nonessential businesses. Criticism of this second lockdown (the government is “giving in to the scientific advisers,” opined a former leader of Johnson’s own Conservative Party) is itself an argument for telling the public about William’s experience.

The United Kingdom has recorded more than 1 million covid cases and more than 46,000 deaths. In April, when Johnson was moved to intensive care, Britain had recorded some 48,000 confirmed cases and about 4,900 deaths.

Knowing that the virus had sickened William, an athletic former helicopter pilot with three young children, might have influenced people’s understanding of the pandemic threat. The share of Britons wearing face masks in public didn’t climb above 50 percent until the first week of July, according to U.K. government data. It was

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