Doctors say a small number of COVID-19 patients who have never had mental health problems are developing these symptoms weeks after contracting the virus.
Many of them did not have severe coronavirus cases.
Experts say it could be another example of the virus impacting neurological and cognitive abilities.
Here are more of today’s headlines:
Cuomo announces updated quarantine guidelines
Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced updated quarantine guidelines for New York which are consistent with the latest CDC guidance.
Under the new guidelines, individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. After day 10 is reached, individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14 and if any develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare provider to report this change and determine if they should seek testing.
Vaccinations at veterans’ care homes begin in New Jersey
New Jersey officials have started coronavirus vaccinations at three veterans’ care homes, and a state agency approved the use of the Atlantic City Convention Center as a vaccination site.
Residents and staff of the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home began receiving vaccinations on Monday, and vaccinations are due to begin over the next week at the Menlo Park and Vineland Veterans Memorial Homes, state officials said Tuesday.
“Our veterans were there for us in our time of greatest need,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “Now it is our turn to protect them with the distribution of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines. While this pandemic is far from over, these vaccines will undoubtedly reduce the risk of severe illness or death among the residents of our veterans memorial homes.”
NYC extends Open Storefronts program
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the extension of the Open Storefronts program that aims to help New York City small businesses amid the COVID pandemic. The extension will go through September 30, 2021. The program allows retail stores and restaurants to use sidewalk to sell pre-packed food, expand number of restaurants that can use sidewalk for take-out and is part of NYC’s economic recovery plan.
FDNY receives COVID-19 vaccine, but NYPD will have to wait
New York City firefighters began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday, but some confusion remains over when doses will be made available to NYPD officers. The availability comes a few days after the department starting vaccinating EMTs and paramedics using the Moderna vaccine. Earlier this month, a survey showed more than half of firefighters were reluctant to even take it, so the department issued a memo in an effort to instill confidence in the shot. The FDNY employs nearly 11,000 firefighters, one of the largest fire departments in the world.
Fired boss says COVID-19 bet at Tyson plant was ‘morale boost’
One of the Tyson Foods managers fired for betting on how many workers would contract COVID-19 at an Iowa pork plant said the office pool was spontaneous fun and intended to boost morale. Don Merschbrock, a former night manager at the plant in Waterloo, Iowa, said he was speaking in an attempt to show that the seven fired supervisors are “not the evil people” that Tyson has portrayed.
“We really want to clear our names,” he told The Associated Press. “We actually worked very hard and took care of our team members well.”
McConnell blocks House bill for $2K checks
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Democrats’ push to immediately bring President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks up for a vote, saying the chamber would “begin a process” to address the issue. Pressure is mounting on the Republican-led Senate to follow the House, which voted overwhelmingly on Monday to meet the president’s demand to increase the checks from $600 as the virus crisis worsens. A growing number of Republicans, including two senators in runoff elections on Jan. 5 in Georgia, have said they will support the larger amount. But most GOP senators oppose more spending, even if they are also wary of bucking Trump. The outcome is highly uncertain heading into the rare holiday-week session.
COVID-19 ‘ate her through,’ say parents of 18-year-old killed within days of contracting virus
A Chicago family is mourning the loss of their 18-year-old daughter to COVID-19. Sarah Simental’s parents said she had no other health problems, and still, the virus took her life at such a young age. COVID-19 killed the high school senior in a matter of days.
“She called me up crying to say that, you know, ‘Mom, I’m going to miss Christmas.’ And I had to reassure her that it’s just a day on the calendar and when she comes home, ‘We’ll do Christmas with you.’ …unfortunately she didn’t,” said her mother, Deborah Simental.
Picking your nose isn’t just gross — it’s dangerous in the time of coronavirus
We teach kids not to do it. It’s unsanitary. It’s just plain gross to see. Let’s be real, though. Most of us pick our noses – some 91% according to the only (small and old) study that seems to have ever been done on the subject, perhaps revealing how little even scientists want to think about it. Looking around the world, however, it’s not exactly uncommon to see someone with a finger up their nose, either discreetly or not so much, like Queen Elizabeth. Jokes aside, nose picking is deadly serious.
Kamala Harris receives COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. The vice president-elect’s vaccination comes just over one week after President-elect Joe Biden received his live on national television. After getting the shot, Biden reassured Americans of the vaccine’s safety and urged them to get vaccinated as soon as the shots became available to them.
FTC warns of scams ahead of 2nd round of payments
The FTC is warning people expecting a second stimulus check to be on the lookout for scams. With the timing and amount of a second round of stimulus checks still being worked out, the federal government has again issued a warning to be on the lookout for scammers. The Federal Trade Commission has issued the following recommendations:
1. The government won’t ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. Anyone who does is a scammer.
2. The government won’t call, text, email, or contact you on social media to ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number.
3. There’s no such thing as getting your money early, or faster. Anyone who says they can hook you up now (or soon) is both lying and a scammer.
Trump’s hesitation on COVID-19 relief bill will delay stimulus payments for unemployed
The $900 billion economic relief package that President Donald Trump signed over the weekend will deliver vital aid to millions of struggling households and businesses. Yet his nearly one-week delay in signing the bill means that it will take that much longer for the financial support to arrive. The package that Trump signed at his private club in Florida on Sunday will extend two unemployment benefit programs providing aid to 14 million people that expired last week. It will also provide small business loans and up to $600 in cash payments to most individuals. In addition, it extends a moratorium on evictions for one month. The measure does not include aid for states and localities that are being forced to turn to layoffs and service cuts as their tax revenue dries up – a potential long-run drag on the economy. The legislation extends the two federal jobless aid programs until mid-March and adds a $300 supplemental weekly payment. But because Trump signed the bill on Sunday, a day after the two programs lapsed, that could cost the unemployed a week of benefits, with payments not restarting until next week.
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