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The Day – Health officials make final pleas for holiday caution as coronavirus cases spike

WASHINGTON – With nationwide coronavirus hospitalizations topping 80,000 and case counts on the cusp of 200,000 a day, officials and experts are giving their final pleas for caution in the days before Thanksgiving. 

Average cases reported each day in the United States have jumped nearly 15% in a week, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. Deaths are also on the rise, with some communities overwhelmed by the bodies – in El Paso County, Texas, the National Guard was called in to help the morgues. With the holiday travel rush underway, public health leaders warned this weekend that “herd immunity” from promising vaccines remains months away and that every American’s choices this week will shape the country’s virus trajectory.

In an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said he understands that many Americans are experiencing “COVID fatigue” after months of pandemic

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  • November 23, 2020
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National Espresso Day Deals From Tim Hortons, Caribou Coffee and More

National Espresso Day is today, November 23, making it the perfect day to indulge in some coffee.

Major coffee chains including Caribou Coffee and Tim Hortons have ongoing offers for free and discounted coffee—and when better to make the most of these deals than National Espresso Day?

Alternatively, if you prefer your coffee at home, there are also deals to be had on coffee machines and equipment, with brands like Illy and Nespresso offering free shipping.

If you can’t make it out to a coffee shop this National Espresso Day, plenty of online coffee stores like Cafe Vita and Crazy Mocha are offering customers deals on coffee, mugs, merchandise, shipping, and more, with the discounts and promo codes listed below.

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A couple enjoys cups of caffe’ macchiato, sometimes called espresso macchiato, at a sidewalk cafe in Florence, Italy. Today is National Espresso Day and there are plenty of deals and
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  • November 23, 2020
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Your Monday Briefing – The New York Times

The latest wave of the coronavirus in Europe appears to have crested in recent days, but not before setting records that prompted another series of shutdowns.

The rate of new cases reported across the continent quintupled between September and November to about 300,000 a day, before declining a bit. Deaths have shot up from about 700 a day to almost 5,000, and a clear pattern of receding has yet to emerge. Hospitalization numbers have begun to flatten, but at a level that is nearly as high as the spring peak.

As more countries return to shutdowns, governments are straining to find ways to support furloughed and unemployed workers, and to keep restaurants and other businesses from going bankrupt. This week, in an extraordinary move, the European Central Bank all but promised to unleash new relief measures by December at the latest.

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  • November 23, 2020
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COVID-19 testing wait times have increased in Spokane County, here’s why

Here’s a hint: Thanksgiving travel.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash — Spokane medical professionals say they are swamped with COVID-19 testing, which would make sense since the cases keep rising. However, the people coming in for testing are not always sick.

Many people without symptoms are trying to get tested for travel purposes, according to health providers. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, urgent care sites are having to shut down early due to the massive influx of people.

The Department of Health is discouraging certain people from getting tested, and for good reason. Travelers without symptoms seeking tests are clogging up testing sites, according to four separate clinics in Spokane County. 

The health providers say healthy people are coming in to get clearance to travel for their Thanksgiving plans.

It is “insane” right now, according to an employee at the Providence Urgent Care in Downtown Spokane. The increase of people over

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  • November 23, 2020
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Fauci urges Americans to conduct ‘risk-benefit assessment’ before holiday travel

Top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Pressure rises for rapid COVID-19 testing White House largely silent on health precautions for Thanksgiving MORE urged Americans on Sunday to conduct a “risk-benefit assessment” before traveling for the holidays as Thanksgiving approaches this week.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that families need to consider the risks of gathering indoors. He said families especially need to take into account if their gatherings plan to include those who are elderly or have underlying conditions affecting their immune system.

“I think the people in this country need to realistically do a risk-benefit assessment,” he said. “Every family is different. Everyone has a different level of risk that they want to tolerate.”

The NIAID director acknowledged that holiday gatherings “have been such joyous

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  • November 22, 2020
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Health experts urge against Thanksgiving gatherings as coronavirus cases explode nationwide

“If you look at the map of spread across the country, you can see the risk; it’s very visible. And moving through airports or travel hubs, I think that will increase people’s risk,” Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Even if they’re driving from point to point, unfortunately, we don’t know if we’re infected when we walk into a gathering.”

He referred to recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said most infections are spread by people with no symptoms. The CDC, during its first news briefing in months on Thursday, recommended against traveling and gathering for Thanksgiving and said people should instead celebrate in their own households.

“The message for everyone is: You can’t assume you don’t have the virus, and you can’t assume the people whose homes you’re about to enter don’t have

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  • November 22, 2020
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Nick Grigg a surprise inclusion in Glasgow team to face Munster

After being released from the Scotland squad to make way for Duncan Taylor, who started on the bench against France after being drafted in, centre Nick Grigg is a surprise inclusion in the Glasgow Warriors team to play Munster at Scotstoun tomorrow for the first time since October 2018.

The 28-year-old will be joined in the Glasgow centres by Robbie Fergusson, whose appearance against Ulster a fortnight ago, was his first full 15-a-side game for four years.

With Stafford McDowall unavailable through injury and Grigg starting at 13, Fergusson moves to inside centre.

Grigg’s inclusion is one of four changes from the Glasgow side which was well-beaten in Belfast, that 40-15 defeat coming on the back of a home loss to Leinster.

Having won just one of their five Pro14 games this season, Glasgow are ahead of Conference A’s bottom two teams, Dragons and Zebre, on points difference.

With undefeated

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  • November 22, 2020
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You need to play this classic flight sim for free on Nintendo Switch ASAP

“Make it crash or something,” Bart tells Milhouse of his remote-control plane in the classic Simpsons episode “Bart After Dark.”

Milhouse responds, “perfectly level flying is the supreme challenge of the scale model pilot.”

While that answer doesn’t sit well with Bart, Milhouse is absolutely correct. It is hard to get a plane to fly level, and the feeling of accomplishment that you get when you can finally do it is more rewarding than any spectacular crash. It’s this spirit that the original 1990 Pilotwings for SNES captures perfectly.

If you’re a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber, you can play Pilotwings right now for free by downloading the Super Nintendo Entertainment System app.

The game’s opening screenNintendo

A small plot reveals itself in Pilotwings, but the game is mostly concerned with the player passing various flight certifications of increasing difficulty. There are five modes of flight in the game—a

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  • November 22, 2020
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Make sports the next frontier for climate action | Opinion

By Shoa Moosavi

“Mars.”

“Jimi Hendrix’s ‘The Sky is Crying.’ ”

“The apocalypse.”

These are a few of the comments made by Oakland Athletics’ players and staff about the eerie skies that resulted from the wildfires that devastated the team’s home state of California in September. During one stretch of the baseball season, the A’s ended up playing several games with a fiery orange backdrop behind the Oakland Coliseum, and two others with the Mariners had to be moved to Seattle because of the smoke.

Science suggests that the frequency and severity of these wildfires are a consequence of climate change. As we continue to face these consequences, sports will be negatively impacted. Heat waves, rising sea levels and natural disasters threaten the viability of stadiums and venues. In addition to baseball games, horse races, cricket matches and more have been delayed or canceled due to rising temperatures and air

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  • November 22, 2020
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Should You Get A Dog Or Cat? Stories Of Pet Ownership In The Pandemic : Shots

Karen McCullough never wanted a dog. “It would have tied me down, and I had a great, very busy life,” she says.

Her career as a keynote speaker at conferences has taken her across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. “My job is to get everybody engaged, excited and ready to network,” she says.

McCullough loved the travel — “cool hotels and not worrying about having anything at home,” she says. “I don’t even have any live plants in the house.” As she sailed into 2020, she expected her best year yet.

Then “BOOM” — everything stopped, including conventions and conferences. The pandemic “took my life away,” she says.

Karen McCullough found a way to alleviate the loneliness that was starting to sink in. “Rosie has been like this magnet; she’s attracting me to people and it’s good.”

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  • November 22, 2020