Covid-19 & Several Variants: NBA Plans All-Star Game During Players “short” off Season, Lebron James Reacts

The NBA decided to resume it’s sport during a global pandemic. The 2020 season ended covid-19 free but the players brief break may soon be over due to an All-Star game being announced. Professionals who powered through a non traditional, health threatening season seem non to pleased with the leagues decision and have began to speak out.

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“I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year,” Lebron James said to the press. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game. He continued to detail the dramatically different circumstances players yielded to during a global health crisis adding “Short offseason for myself and my teammates. It was 71 days. And then coming into this season, we were told that we were not having an All-Star Game, so we’d have a nice little break.”

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The 4x NBA champion appeared blindsided by their move sharing “Five days (in March) from the fifth through the 10th, an opportunity for me to kind of recalibrate for the second half of the season–my teammates as well, some of the guys in the league. And then they throw an All-Star Game on us like this and just breaks that all the way up. So um, pretty much kind of a slap in the face.”

“The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street” film producer went on to express how the seemingly last minute decision is affecting his morale and potential health. “Were also still dealing with a pandemic, still dealing with everything that’s been going on. And we’re going to bring the whole league to one city that’s open, so obviously the pandemic has absolutely nothing to do with it at this point when it comes to that weekend. Obviously you guys can see I’m not very happy about it but it’s out of my hands. And I’ll be there if I’m selected. But I’ll be there physically, but not mentally.”

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Giannis Antetokounmpo also spoke out regarding the NBA’s alleged back track saying “I think every player was looking forward to those five days, seven days, whatever the days are. While staying united with James sentiments “We’ve got to all follow the big dog. The big dog says he has zero excitement and zero energy for the All-Star Game and I’m the same way. I really right now don’t care about the All-Star Game. We cannot see our families.” But did affirm his commitment to play despite the international circumstance. “I’m always gonna do my job, I’m always showing up, showing the right example. But at the end of the day inside, deep down, I don’t want to do it. I want to get a break.”

Milwaukee Buck’s player, Giannis Antekokounmpo seen surprising 15 youth from the area Boys & Girls club with autographed jerseys after ranking top ten on Dicks Sporting Goods Jersey Report in 2018. Source: C.T. Kruger/ Now News Group


South African Covid-19 Variant Surfaces in South Carolina & Maryland

The Covid-19 mutation first identified in South African has now surfaced in South Carolina & Maryland. Maryland announced it’s first case on Saturday and has ensured citizens that thorough contact tracing is underway. While South Carolina acknowledged the variants presence on Thursday. Health officials in both states are concerned due to the variation being more contagious and easier to transmit than the original virus.

The CDC released a statement on the South African variant saying the “CDC is aware that the first US documented cases of the B .351 variant of SARS-CoV2, which was first detected in South Africa, have been identified in South Carolina.

“CDC is early in it’s efforts to understand this variant and will continue to provide updates as we learn more. At this time we have no evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease. Like the UK and Brazilian variants, preliminary data suggests this variant may spread more easily and quickly than other variants.”

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Clinical trial results have shown that the mutations are reducing the vaccines potency and fear it will undermine efforts to vastly vaccinate. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke on the Covid-19 variants stating “Clearly, the mutants have a diminishing effect on the efficacy of the vaccines. We can see that we are going to be challenged.”

A researcher for Harvard’s medical school namely “Dr. Dan Barouch said “it’s a different pandemic now.” Pfizer’s Chief Executive said the variants have a “high possibility” of causing the currently crafted doses to be ineffective but did remain optimistic saying “science will prevail” according to the Business Insider.


Subway is Being Sued For Fake Tuna

Something is fishy about Subway according to two California residents but it isn’t the tuna. Plaintiffs Karen Dhanowa & Nilima Amin used their attorney to slam Subway’s tuna sandwich as “anything but tuna.Claiming to have made the discovery while doing an independent lab test that studied “multiple samples” from Subway’s California locations. They went on asserting that the “tuna” is “a mixture of of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by defendants to imitate the appearance of tuna.” They have not divulged what they believe the true recipe is but did express disgust in their filings saying we “were tricked into buying food items that wholly lacked the ingredients they reasonably thought they were purchasing.”

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They also accused Subway of “saving substantial sums of money in manufacturing the products because the fabricated ingredient they use in the place of tuna cost less money.” The duo is hoping to get their complaint approved as a class action in order to welcome other Subway consumers in the state according to The Washington Post.

Their franchises website describes the sandwich as “flaked tuna in brine” a company spokesperson told The Post that the depiction is current.


California Has 2M Covid-19 Cases Los Angeles Has Confirmed 1M

California has surpassed New York as the deadliest state due to covid-19 after a month long increase in cases. It’s health department reported 669 coronavirus deaths on Saturday bringing the states total fatalities to 32, 960. Los Angeles’s spiraling covid-19 infections rates pushed California over the top claiming half of the states totals. LA has one million people who are covid-19 positive. Those numbers make them the first U.S. city to attain the landmark. Scientist are rationalizing how the grim milestone was reached.

Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo is a epidemiologist at the University of California San Francisco and stated “L.A. is a pretty large, complex county with factors like overcrowding, poverty and a large essential workforce. Those things came together at a time in the pandemic where we also see a lot of fatigue and the lessening of adherence to the basic things one has to do to stay safe, like wearing a mask.”

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Public Health officials have credited the ease of restrictions in November as the reason for the rise which included celebrations that ensued when the Dodgers won the World Series @ NBC.

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As of Sunday morning California had confirmed 2.97 million covid-19 cases and 33,393 deaths. Los Angeles slightly upticked with 13,996 new cases and 252 additional deaths.


UK Covid-19 Variant Surfaces In Illinois Could Intensify Pandemic according to CDC

On Friday Gov. J.B. Pritzker lifted some pandemic restrictions in Illinois but that action may be short lived due to the highly contagious virus that’s in town. The “Land of Lincoln” has documented its first case of the UK’s variant of Covid-19 according to Chicago public health officials. The SARS-CoV2 strain B.1.1.7 was first discovered in the United Kingdom during a study of Covid-19 samples by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. This Covid-19 mutation spreads easier but is not currently presumed to be deadlier or more severe. The “B.1.1.7″ strain has the potential to dominate in the United States according to the “CDC” which reported that it had already been found in 12 states and throughout more than 30 countries.

“Modeling data indicate that B.1.1.7 has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months” according to the CDC’s report.

They went on to say “The modeled trajectory of this variant in the U.S. exhibits rapid growth in early 2021, becoming the predominant variant in March.” The CDC is also keeping a close watch on a different variant seen in South Africa (B.1.1.28) acknowledging that these divergents host a “constellation of genetic mutations” @CNN.


Covid-19 Mutation Forces U.K Citizens Back In the House

A new strain of covid-19 will have Britons pulling out the monopoly boards and updating their laptops starting Monday as recent lockdown restrictions reinstate. England’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson released a statement regarding the highly contagious covid-19 variant saying “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic” according to the AP. Despite Britain’s efforts to speed up it’s vaccination program the virus has still managed to pummel London’s healthcare system with 26,626 people currently hospitalized marking a 30% increase from last week. Many people were already under binding restrictions due to the current strain being easier to transmit. The head medical officer warned that without swift action “there is a material risk of the National Health Service in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days.” The U.K.’s covid-19 spinoff has also been detected in Saratoga Springs, New York marking the first case in the state.


Vice President Elect Kamala Harris Receives Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris receiving Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The ceiling shattering Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first antidote of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday morning. Harris decided to receive the dose in an effort to boost public support of the vaccine. She reacted after the process was complete saying “That was easy! Thank you. I just barely felt it. I barely felt it,” she continued saying “I look forward to getting the second vaccine. Literally this is about saving lives. I trust the scientist and it is the scientist who created and approved the vaccine.” While also encouraging “everyone” when it’s “their turn to get vaccinated.”


Covid-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials Starting In Children

Frontline workers began receiving the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine last week now clinical studies have began regarding it’s safety for children. Moderna announced that adolescent participants were administered initial doses earlier this month. In a study that includes kids from ages 12 to 17. Moderna’s CEO, Stephane Bancel stated ” We are pleased to begin this Phase 2/3 study of mRNA-1273 in healthy adolescents in the U.S.. Our goal is to generate data in the spring of 2021 that will support the use of mRNA-1273 in adolescents in advance of the 2021 school year. The pharmaceutical company plans to enroll 3000 children for analysis. The vaccines are being tested in children as two doses with the second being treated as a booster shot.


Hospital Pauses Covid-19 Shots After 4 Staff Members Become Ill

Advocate Condell Medical Center in the Chicagoland area has halted Covid-19 vaccinations after a quartet of it’s staff members experienced adverse reactions to the shots. Four employees reported experiencing tingling and irregular heart rates not long after receiving the vaccine according to the hospital. An Advocate spokesperson released the following statement “These four team members represent fewer than 0.15% of the approximately 3,000 who have received vaccinations across Advocate Aurora Health. At this time, we can share three team members are home and doing well, and one is receiving additional treatment.” The medical center has reportedly paused administering the doses while they further research the cause @ABC.


Pandemic Pounds: Study Suggest over 51% of Americans Gained Wait During Quarantine

A recent study suggest that approximately 51% of Americans packed on quarantine pounds during the coronavirus pandemic. It also revealed that weight loss wasn’t a chief concern of those participants and weighed equally with missing family for the holidays. The survey was lead online by a “biotechnology firm” (Gelesis) between Oct. 26 and Nov 3 and showed that 71% of the examined said their self esteem was affected by the extra weight but they were delaying shedding it until the new year. According to the study “17%” would temporarily trade their social media accounts for a smaller frame. Gelesis “chief scientific officer,” Elaine Chiquette said “While our survey has found Americans have been motivated to develop healthier habits amidst the pandemic, it has brought to light how many Americans who want to lose weight continue to struggle.” Chiquette went on to say “In a year when we’ve already given up so much, our data shows that people would give up even more if it meant being able to lose weight by the end of the year and they remain hopeful about losing weight and feeling healthy in 2021” as reported by Fox.