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‘Any Type Of Travel Needs To Stop,’ Says Top Critical Care Pulmonologist

With 157,000 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States is in the midst of an enormous surge that is not expected to peak until mid-January.

But, despite the CDC’s recommendation not to travel for Thanksgiving, millions of Americans did it anyway. In fact, air travel broke a pandemic record over the holiday weekend, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) data.

Now one of the country’s top Covid-19 experts is urging folks to cancel upcoming trips for the immediate future. “Any type of travel needs to stop for all Americans. We need to stay put for the next few weeks,” said Dr. Vin Gupta on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.

A noted critical care pulmonologist, Dr. Gupta is an assistant professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, whose much-cited Covid-19 death-projection model is now estimating that the disease will claim over 470,000 American lives by March 1, 2021.

MORE FROM FORBESState-By-State Guide To Quarantining After Thanksgiving Travel

While vaccine news provides a light at the end of the dark pandemic tunnel, Dr. Gupta said Americans should hunker down through the holidays and curtail travel until those vaccines become widely available to the general population.

“This is a really dangerous time before relief is on the near horizon,” he said. “Come March and into the summertime we will have relief.”

Most people don’t appreciate how easily the virus transmits itself, according to Dr. Gupta. “Any type of travel, given the transmission dynamics, is dangerous. So please stay home. It’s too dangerous right now.”

He added that this is “a really, really, really challenging time” due to widespread staff shortages at hospitals around the country. “The big killer here is not going to be a lack of ventilators,” said Dr. Gupta. “It’s going to be [a lack of] human personnel, adequately trained personnel.”

For most families, it comes as a shock to see a loved one land in the ICU infected with Covid-19. “They didn’t know that somebody unwittingly passed it to a family member on holiday, for example, when they were traveling to see them,” said Dr. Gupta. “They didn’t know that that family member who was vulnerable because of a pre-existing condition then got Covid-19 and then ended up seeing me or my colleagues in the ICU a few days later.”

Asked what other behaviors people should modify before a vaccine rolls out, Dr. Gupta replied, “Let’s be mindful of indoor dining. Do outdoor dining to the extent possible in the wintertime, and take out of course.”

“But indoor dining just can’t happen,” he said. “You just can’t have curfews. Covid-19 doesn’t just transmit itself after 11 pm at night. We need to think about a full stop to indoor dining as community transmission rates increase and hospitalization rates increase as well.”



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MVP Health Care to provide free flu shots at the Miller Community Recreation Center

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Saturday, November 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Miller Community Recreation Center

Monday, November 9 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Enosburg Fire Station

Monday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Martha’s Kitchen

Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Sheldon Food Distribution Center

Wednesday, November 11 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Northwestern Medical Center

Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Enosburg Fire Station

Thursday, November 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ St. Albans City Hall


Miller Community Recreation Center

130 Gosse Court

Burlington, VT 05408

Enosburg Fire Station

83 Sampsonville Road

Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

Martha’s Kitchen

139 Lake Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

Sheldon Food Distribution Center

45 Church Street

Sheldon, VT 05483

Northwestern Medical Center

133 Fairfield Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

St. Albans City Hall

100 North Main Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

You do not need to make a reservation, but you will be asked to register upon arrival.


Many doctors say that having the flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the same time could be very dangerous, even for healthy adults. That’s why this flu season, the best ways to stay healthy are to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get a flu shot.

Getting a flu shot reduces your risk of flu, hospitalizations, and even death. The flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19. However, it will protect you (and your loved ones) from the many serious complications the flu can cause.

The good news is that flu shots are free for most MVP Health Care members*, no matter where you get one. And, if you get a flu shot at one of MVP Health Care’s flu shot clinics, it’s free for everyone. That means MVP Health Care members, members of other insurance companies, and even those with no insurance at all.

Visit mvphealthcare.com to learn more about how to Manage Your Health.


Danielle Ruckert

RH Strategic for MVP Health Care
[email protected]



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Winnipeg woman isolating in hotel to be allowed to help ailing father at embattled care home

A Winnipeg woman is taking it upon herself to help her ailing father at a city long-term care home that is most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Maples Personal Care Home

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Maples Personal Care Home

Eddie Calisto-Tavares told 680 CJOB that her dad is a resident at the embattled Maples Personal Care Home, which recently saw a large outbreak, with dozens of residents — including her father — testing positive for the coronavirus.

She’s now isolating at a hotel in order to be allowed into the care home to care for him.

“He’s very weak. I found him on the floor when I arrived at the home,” she said. He was “very confused, very weak, he couldn’t get up, and very, very cold,” she said.

“One of the symptoms of COVID I’ve noticed on him is that he doesn’t have a fever but he’s very cold — his body is like ice.”

Calisto-Tavares said leaving him abandoned wasn’t an option, as her father has severe dementia and no longer remembers how to speak English.

“This is the third time he’s been isolated from family throughout (the pandemic),” she said.

“In his world, if he doesn’t see anyone that he either recognizes (by) the voice, or potentially the face, then he feels very abandoned.”

Read more: 69 residents at Maples Personal Care Home test positive for COVID-19

Calisto-Tavares said the staff at the care home are trying their best to manage with the resources they have, and she has no intention of shaming or blaming them for any part of the situation — but she needed to do something to help her father.

“I wrote to management, I told them exactly what I would do. I’d move into a hotel, I have a car, I don’t go into society. I just go between the hotel and the home and I’m there to check and see what his needs are, to hold him, to tell him we love him, and just to translate for him,” she said.

The government, she said, needs to make a greater effort to get the virus under control — and should have been ready for this months ago.

“In the next two weeks, how many more of my fathers will be happening all over Manitoba, not just at the Maples?”

Global News has reached out to Revera Living, the company that owns Maples Personal Care Home (as well as Parkview Place, which has also seen an outbreak with a high number of cases) for comment.

Read more: Red Cross called in to help at Winnipeg personal care homes as coronavirus cases mount

According to the latest outbreak numbers, Maples Personal Care Home has seen 166 positive cases, 120 of which are residents.

Eight people have died at the home due to the virus.

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