NewsNet 21 Oct 2020

COVID-Safe Holidays: Not All Families Can Gather the Same Way


COVID-Safe Holidays: Not All Families Can Gather the Same Way

Sen. Mitch McConnell said he had not been to the White House since August, saying "I personally didn't feel that they were approaching the protection from this illness in the same way that I thought was appropriate for the Senate."
Dr. Bob Lahita, a professor of medicine at New York Medical College and the chairman of medicine at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, said Friday that deaths due to COVID-19 aren't being seen at the same rates witnessed earlier this year. But he warned that anyone can die from the virus.
Families will be able to spend Christmas together after a plan for the whole of the UK was agreed.

Restrictions will be relaxed for just 5 days - from 23rd to 27th December.

Up to three households will be able to mix in each others homes - but not go to pubs or restaurants.

People will be allowed to travel to visit families anywhere in the UK

The Prime Minister stressed that Christmas would be different this year and he warned that families would need to make a personal judgement about visiting elderly relatives and the vulnerable.

The government's scientific advisers are warning that transmission of the virus is most likely when people meet indoors - and the Christmas easing of the rules will lead to a rise in infections.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by deputy political editor Vicki Young and science editor David Shukman.
As winter approaches, we will have a mixture of COVID-19 and flu season. How can we prepare for flu season in the time of coronavirus?

CGTN spoke to Dr. Richard Webby about the difference between flu and coronavirus symptoms and why the flu vaccine is more important this year.

Dr. Webby is a member of the faculty in the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds.

Dr. Webby said: "Technically, the flu can turn into COVID-19. There have been a number of reports of people that have actually been infected with both influenza and COVID."

He also added: "This year, I think it's incredibly important for people to go out and get the flu shot even if they've never had it before."

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