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ABC News 19 Nov 2020

Dad has emotional reunion with wife after 8 weeks in hospital with COVID-19


David Kachadourian spent two months in the hospital without his wife, Janine, and three kids, until Janine surprised him.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris promises she will be transparent with voters about her health after two people associated with her campaign tested positive for COVID-19. CBS News campaign reporter Tim Perry joined CBSN to discuss what we know so far.
Celebrating the holidays during COVID-19 will be tough for many of us this year. The CDC has already said people should avoid getting together with anyone outside their household. And potential "stay-at home" orders could make things even more difficult as people are separated from loved ones. Mental Health America President and CEO Paul Gionfriddo joins CBSN to discuss.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivered remarks and answered reporters' questions after wrapping a virtual meeting with bipartisan governors across the country on COVID-19.
"COVID-19 has had a profound effect on people living with HIV," said the head of the WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus at the press briefing in Geneva on Monday, adding that the increased risk from COVID-19 for people living with HIV is "compounded by disruptions in treatment."

"In a WHO survey of 127 countries earlier this year, more than a quarter reported partial disruption to antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO. "However, with support from WHO and the work of health and community workers, the number of countries reporting disruptions in HIV services has declined by almost 75 percent since June."

"What we've seen in at least HIV services is that early on, we saw some dipping in terms of the number of people getting tested, the number of people getting put onto treatment, and that can have effects over the long-term of increased deaths, increased new infections. But we've seen over since June, up until November, sort of a rebound whereas the cases are lower, systems have been able to regroup and put more people back onto therapy, shore up their ARV stocks, make sure that they have adequate supplies. ensure that the healthcare workers are doing multiple tests," said Dr Meg Doherty, Director of Global HIV, Hepatitis, STIs Programme.

With the approaching holiday season, Dr Tedros warned "this is no time for complacency."

"We all want to be together with the people we love during festive periods," he said. "But being with family and friends is not worth putting them or yourself at risk. We all need to consider whose life we might be gambling with in the decisions we make."

Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme said "WHO does not "hold a position on whether something should be canceled or not canceled because the circumstances change in each and every jurisdiction. So, we would advise that all countries look at their ski season and other reasons for mass gatherings."

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