80% of Pinoys expect COVID-19 vaccine, medicine by 2021

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Eighty percent of adult Filipinos expect a vaccine and medicine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be rolled out in the next 12 months, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey has found.

In a non-commissioned poll conducted from September 17 to 20, the SWS asked 1,249 adult Filipinos whether they think a vaccine and medicine to treat COVID-19 will become available in the next 12 months.

80 percent of the respondents said they expect a vaccine to be rolled out in the next 12 months while 17 percent said they do not see it happening soon.

Similarly, 80 percent of those surveyed said a medicine to treat COVID-19 will likely become available in the next 12 months while 17 percent said they do not expect it to happen.

The proportion of Filipinos who expect a vaccine and treatment for COVID-19 to be out by next year was highest in Metro Manila at 85 percent, followed by Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The expectations for the roll out of a COVID-19 vaccine and medicine are also significantly higher among more educated groups.

Eighty-one percent each of college graduates and high school graduates see a COVID-19 vaccine soon, compared to only 68 percent of non-elementary graduates.

Eighty-two percent of college graduates and 80 percent each of elementary and high school graduates expect a treatment for COVID-19 by next year, while only 70 percent expected the same among non-elementary graduates.

The expectations for a COVID-19 vaccine and medicine by 2021 were also higher among those aged 18 to 44 compared to those 45 years old and above.

Expectations did not vary significantly between men and women.

More Pinoys than Americans see COVID-19 vaccine by 2021

The SWS said its poll questions were patterned after an April-May survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in the United States.

The US poll found that 73 percent of Americans expect a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021, 26 percent do not see it happening, and 3 percent said it will definitely not happen.

However, there was hardly a difference in the number of Americans and Filipinos who said they expect a COVID-19 treatment to be out in the next 12 months.

The US survey found that 83 percent of Americans said a treatment for COVID-19 will likely be out next year, 16 percent do not expect the same to happen, and 2 percent said it will definitely not happen soon.

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the bulk of COVID-19 vaccines will likely become available in the Philippines in the end of 2021 or early 2022. —LDF, GMA News

This article SWS: 80% of Pinoys expect COVID-19 vaccine, medicine by 2021 was originally published in GMA News Online.

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Expect to Save Big on Fitness Gear This Black Friday

Let’s face it, it’s been a challenge to get and stay in shape in 2020. Remember when gyms shuttered, and fitness equipment suddenly sold out in April? Luckily, over the past few months, brands have worked hard to restock fitness favorites that we’ve missed more than we ever thought possible. Since many gym memberships remain in limbo, among the highly-anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are at-home fitness gear and equipment. Retailers aren’t holding back for 2020—expect Black Friday and Cyber Monday fitness deals on everything from gym equipment and activewear to fitness trackers, smartwatches, and other gear.

a man holding a gun: From top-rated fitness trackers to popular home gym equipment, here's everything we know about fitness deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020.

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From top-rated fitness trackers to popular home gym equipment, here’s everything we know about fitness deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020.

It’s time to say goodbye to excuses and usher in a healthier version of yourself.


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What is Black Friday?

Let’s start with the basics. Black Friday—which is observed on the fourth Friday of November—is regarded as the largest shopping event of the year. This year, Black Friday will take place on Friday, November 27. Whether you’re on the market for fitness gear or home gym equipment, the key to a successful Black Friday is to get most, if not all of your shopping done digitally.

While online shopping continues to grow exponentially, expect Black Friday to function differently this year. In addition to newly-implemented in-store crowd restrictions, don’t expect to line up and camp outside retailers as the clock strikes midnight on Black Friday.

What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is traditionally the biggest one-day online shopping event of the year with digital carts overflowing after (the last!) guilty long weekend of eat, sleep, and repeat. But Cyber Monday is also changing with the times. We’re expecting retailers to reveal steep fitness web-exclusive deals earlier than ever before. Due to the increased emphasis on digital shopping, from both retailers and consumers, this year, we expect many deals to last well-beyond Cyber Monday.

Fitness brands and retailers are continuing to extend deals beyond Monday and into the week of November 30, best known as “Cyber Week.” Last year, brand and retailer favorites generously extended deals and discounts to the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, according to Salesforce.

What Type of Fitness Deals Can We Expect on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

There are plenty of great fitness deals to expect for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, whether you’re building out your home gym and on the market for fitness equipment, or you’re looking for activewear, sneakers, fitness trackers, or smartwatches.

On the equipment front, Rogue Fitness typically holds their Matte Black Friday sale throughout the month of November. We expect that some sales this year will be limited due to higher-than-usual demand. Referencing previous years, we also expect deals from equipment brands like Precor, TRX, Titan Fitness, FringeSport and XD Fitness, among others. Like many of you, we’re also keeping our eye out for offers from interactive home gym favorites including Mirror and Peloton.


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Your Next Dentist Visit May Look Different — What To Expect and Why

Sponsored – Dentist Offices have reopened to see patients for routine visits but with changes due to COVID19 your next stop may feel anything but routine.

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“A lot of things have changed as far as the COVID19 virus,” said Dr. Dave Ducommun of Madison No Fear Dentistry where new protocols are in place to protect both patients and their team. “We want to make sure that we keep people at a six foot distance at a minimum. If we get closer than that we want to certainly make sure that we have self protective equipment on because we have to treat everybody as if they have COVID19 — an active infection — as if they’re walking around and they are asymptomatic yet they are shedding viruses. So, we treat pretty much every patient and each other in the office like that.”

From the moment you drive into the parking lot you will begin to see the changes in place.

“It used to be when you got to your dental office you would walk in and check in at the front desk. That doesn’t happen any more,” Dr. Ducommun explained. “We have a big sign on the outside of the building that says please text us to let us know you’re here and then in response we text them back a survey to make sure they’re pre-screened and don’t have any symptoms at this time and a little consent form. It works really well and now we know who’s waiting in their car and who’s healthy and can come in.”

“Once we’re ready for them and we want to do all the front desk things we call them in As they get in they go straight to the sink and wash their hands. We want to make sure everybody’s got clean hands. We’ve blocked all the doors open in the building so there’s minimum surfaces to touch.”

“Once they wash their hands they come to the front desk and they can check in and do all their insurance things that they need to do and we take their forehead temperature to make sure that they actually don’t have a temperature at that time.”

No Fear Dentistry even installed plexiglass to help keep the front desk team and patients socially distanced.

“Then they are ready to go back and their provider is ready for them so they walk 6 feet away from each other, they go into the room and they’re asked to use a peroxide switch for 60 seconds. That actually is really effective against the virus and it kills the virus. So again one more time they wash their hands, sit in the chair to minimize touching of anything and then our team members get on their PPE and they are now protected and they can come within 6 feet of the patient.”

No Fear Dentistry is also limiting the use of ultrasonic dental equipment to prevent aerosols in the air and adding

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Knowing What to Expect May Help After Sexual Assault | Health News

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SATURDAY, Oct. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Sexual assault is common in America, with an attack occurring every 73 seconds. But having supportive care at the emergency department and afterwards can help heal the trauma, Penn State doctors say.

One in five women is raped during their lifetime, yet only 25% report it, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. The closer the relationship is between the victim and the offender, the more likely it won’t be reported, says the U.S. Department of Justice. Even when attackers aren’t known, more than half the victims do not report their assaults.

“It’s a very traumatic event,” said Debbie Medley, an assistant nurse manager in the emergency department at Penn State Health Medical Center. “It takes quite a bit of emotional strength for somebody to decide that they want to report it and seek help,” she added in a Penn State news release.

If you are in immediate danger, you should call 911 to request assistance, Medley said. “But there are ways to report the assault other than just picking up the phone and calling 911 or your local police department,” she noted.

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network’s national hotline can connect you with trained staff from a local sexual assault service. Victims of sexual assault can also go directly to any local emergency room for treatment.

Medley stressed that in the emergency room it’s important to provide patients with as much control as possible during the forensic exam.

“Among the equipment in our dedicated exam room, we have a clicker that enables the patient to take their own photograph, should they agree to have photographs taken during the exam,” Medley said.

Sexual assault examiners should know the state’s regulations and required documentation and how to report the assault to the police — if that’s what the victim wants.

“Even though the assault will be documented by us, it doesn’t mean that a report must be filed with the police,” Medley said. Pennsylvania law, for example, allows victims to have the sexual assault evidence kit collected and tested anonymously — without their name attached to it, she added.

“They can have that reassurance that they’ll get the medical treatment they need, when they need it. They’ll get connected to support services to help them navigate the emotional trauma of their assault. And they’ll have the peace of mind that while they might not want to report the crime yet, we have the evidence kit if they ever change their mind,” Medley said.

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Expect to live with virus at least till mid-2021

PARIS (Reuters) – France will have to live with the coronavirus at least until next summer, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.

Macron, who was speaking during a visit to a hospital in Pointoise, near Paris, said there were no plans at this stage to reduce curfews aimed at preventing the virus spreading but that curfews could even be extended.

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“When I listen to scientists I see that projections are for at best until next Summer,” he said, adding it was too early to say if France was headed towards new full or partial lockdowns.

The coronavirus is spreading through France faster than at the peak of the first wave in spring, a government scientific advisor said earlier on Friday.

France reported 41,622 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily record, and will break through the 1,000,000 cumulative tally on Friday – a grim milestone for the government as it and other European capitals battle to keep their economies open.

France has announced plans to extend a curfew to 38 more administrative departments from midnight on Friday. In all, two thirds of the country’s 67 million population will be confined indoors each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until early December.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Chizu Nomiyama)

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Newsom tells Calif. to not expect ‘mass availability’ of vaccine until 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday under the best-case scenario, an extremely limited supply of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be available by November or December, countering President Donald Trump’s repeated assurance to the American people that a vaccine could be widely available before the year’s end.

Newsom expects California to receive 1 to 2 million doses in the first vaccine delivery, and this would be the amount needed to inoculate people working in the health care system.

A major inoculation effort — where anyone could go to their local pharmacy for a vaccine — is highly unlikely until next year, he said.

“It is simply unrealistic,” said Newsom. “We don’t anticipate mass availability until 2021.”

The governor said the big question now is whether vaccines will be widely available in the first, second or third quarter of 2021.

Newsom also announced at his regular Monday press briefing the state has created a task force made up of 11 scientists to conduct an independent medical review of the safety of any FDA-approved vaccine before administering it to Californians.

“We don’t take anyone’s word for it,” said Newsom, noting that experts on the review committee hail from top universities such as UC Berkeley and Stanford.

The state is 1 of 5 jurisdictions to submit an advance plan for vaccine distribution and as a result received $29 million from the federal government, the governor said. Under the state plan, the first phase of vaccine distribution would prioritize high-risk individuals including health care workers, seniors age 65-plus and long-term care, essential workers, those with disabilities, racial and ethnic minority groups, rural populations and incarcerated and detained individuals.

The state is also preparing to procure and distribute vaccine supplies such as syringes, alcohol pads and bandages. Other pieces of the plan look at vaccine storage that requires cold conditions, data management and public education.

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What to Expect at the Dentist during COVID-19

What to Expect at the Dentist during COVID-19

The world is still a
very different place than it was at the beginning of 2020. Despite having to
adapt to our new normal, many health services, like dental care, are available
to us again. A few months ago we answered some important dental health questions
in our article Keeping Your Teeth Healthy During COVID-19. As we all adjust to living long-term with
COVID-19, we’d like to revisit this topic to help support your overall health.

Dental offices are back open! Is it business as usual?

Yes, as of the end
of May, the governors of Vermont and New York declared that dental offices
could reopen. There are very stringent guidelines in place for dental offices,
all with an effort to help keep the staff, patients, and greater community
safe. Here at UVM Medical Center Dental and Oral Health we opened up slowly so we could closely monitor the
viral case loads and trends within the state. We have altered our schedule to
allow for added cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Some of our appointments
have been altered to reduce producing any unnecessary aerosols, or airborne

What should I expect for my first appointment back?

Some processes are a
little different. First, we ask that people call our office when they’ve
arrived in the parking lot. This allows our staff to ask some COVID-19
screening questions prior to being permitted in the building. Plus, this helps
to reduce cross traffic from individuals checking in and out at the same time.

Upon entering our
office, everyone’s temperatures are taken and recorded. Also, our patients are
asked to wear masks when entering the building and to keep them on until they
are safely seated in their treatment room and our staff asks them to remove it.
The dental healthcare professionals are wearing all of the recommended personal
protective equipment to keep them and the patients safe. Once the procedure is
finished, the patient puts their mask back on. Then, insurance info, payments
and future appointment scheduling are now completed in the treatment room, so
our patients can head straight to the exit when they are finished.

How is dental health connected to overall health/immunity?

The mouth is the
“gateway” to the rest of the body and has a huge connection to our overall
health. Our body functions through many intricate systems of checks and
balances. If our immune system is suppressed due to a sickness or health
condition, then it’s not working at full capacity in other areas. Since our
mouth is connected to our body, the goal is to keep the bacterial load within
normal to help maintain a healthy balance. Just as washing our hands keeps
bacteria at bay, so does brushing and flossing.

Why is oral bacteria a concern for the rest of our body?

There is evidence of
a specific link between oral health and heart disease. Recent studies show that
if you have gum disease in a moderate or

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