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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.

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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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Tripadvisor warns users about Thai hotel after American jailed over critical review

The resort is rated 4.5 stars out of five. It’s located on a beautiful island off the coast of Thailand. Oh, and you might get arrested for posting a negative review.

Tripadvisor took the unusual step of posting a warning on its website about a Thai hotel, Sea View Resort & Spa Koh Chang, after it said an American guest there faced criminal charges and spent time in jail over his one-star review he posted on the travel-booking website.

“The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans,” the website’s warning states.

The resort had accused the Tripadvisor user of posting slanderous reviews. 

The resort had accused the Tripadvisor user of posting slanderous reviews. 
(Sea View Koh Chang)

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A Tripadvisor spokesperson told Fox News that this was the first case of a traveler going to jail for sharing their opinion that the company was aware of.

“Tripadvisor believes in the right of every traveler to write about their first-hand traveling experiences – good or bad,” the spokesperson said in an email. “Travelers love to share good news about their travel and dining experiences on our platform.

“Most negative reviews posted are valuable customer service and learning experiences for businesses who choose to constructively engage this feedback,” they continued. “However, Tripadvisor strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion. This extraordinary action is why we have taken steps to issue an alert to other travelers, in the form of a notification on the hotel’s listing page on Tripadvisor.”

The AFP previously identified the traveler as Wesley Barnes, an American who was working in Thailand. Immigration police arrested Barnes in September and briefly brought him back to the island, Koh Chang, after the resort’s owner filed a complaint about a review Barnes had posted in July.

“Unfriendly staff, no one ever smiles,” Barnes wrote in the review, which is still posted on Tripadvisor. “They act like they don’t want anyone there. The restaurant manager was the worst. He is from the Czech Republic. He is extremely rude and impolite to guests.”

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The resort’s response is also still posted on the website under the review. It alleged that Barnes and his group had brought their own liquor into the resort’s restaurant against its rules and then “used abusive language” and caused “disruption” while refusing to pay the $16 corkage fee.

“We think it is very unfair for that you have chosen to try to give a very negative image of our wonderful resort and our very friendly staff so we would like to shed some light on what made you go this far,” the resort wrote in response.

The resort previously told Fox News that it was suing

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1 in critical condition after shootout outside Midtown hotel

Investigators believe the victims were shooting at each other outside the Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown on 14th Street, according to Atlanta police. Officers responding to the hotel about 6:30 a.m. found one person shot in the chest.

He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition. An update on his condition was not provided Monday morning.

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The Critical Significance Of Recreation For Senior Residents

Although it may not seem so, in reality, Leisure and Recreation is the most important industry in the world. Match play began in the early 1980’s in Houston, Texas with the formation of the first skilled league, The Houston Air Hockey Affiliation. The air hockey recreation rose to popularity in the 1970’s, as an arcade toy sensation, a university dorm rec room staple and as an newbie sport with match play.

Some solitary examples of recreational activities embrace studying a guide, or taking a trip to the library. Sports activities activities improve giant motor skill development and social abilities. Group sports activities are well-known for selling social support, networking, and developing friendships.

There are after all some obvious solutions to what is sports and physical recreation. The individuals labored laborious, the Church forbade many types of leisure, however there were nonetheless leisure pastimes to assist develop the rising historical past of leisure and recreation.

Thus, individuals who had labored from dawn to nightfall on farms in rural England, moved to the large metropolis, bought jobs in factories, and had leisure time away from their jobs. Some surfaces are merely clean surfaces without holes, and the air is generated by a battery-operated air hockey recreation puck that generates its personal cushion of air.

USAA-authorized tables shall be suited for two player games only, although 4-participant game tables do exist for novice and recreational use. Video games are a solitary recreational activity and lately there aren’t just “shoot em up” video games on the market however academic ones as effectively.…

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