Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | Kaiser health news


The number of passengers is increasing, but so is the number of recalcitrant mask refusers

Despite the ongoing pandemic situation, US airlines’ passenger numbers are reaching a level that has not been seen since March 2020. Therefore, the FAA will expand its strict policy on unruly passengers, especially those who refuse to wear masks because there are too many.

CNN: The number of unruly passengers on US flights is too high, says the FAA, so it is expanding a strict policy of masking

The Federal Aviation Administration will expand its tougher enforcement against recalcitrant passengers – especially those who fail to adhere to masking guidelines – after receiving more than 500 reports of misbehaving passengers since December, the agency said Monday. “The number of cases we are seeing is still far too high and shows us that urgent action remains,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. (Wallace, Muntean, and Silverman, 3/16)

NPR: Despite COVID-19 risks, more US travelers are flying again

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out in the US, more and more travelers are taking to the skies. Friday was the busiest day for the country’s airports since mid-March 2020 when COVID-19 caused air traffic to collapse. According to the Transportation Security Administration, around 1.36 million passengers passed security checks on Friday. This is the highest volume since March 15, 2020, when checkpoints reported more than 1.5 million passengers. But travel remains well below pre-COVID levels. In March 2019, checkpoint traffic averaged more than 2 million passengers per day. (Hamilton, 3/14)

In other public health news –

The Washington Post: Geno Auriemma of U-Conn. tests positive for coronavirus, will miss the start of the NCAA tournament

University of Connecticut excellent coach Geno Auriemma will miss the start of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament after testing positive for the coronavirus. … U-Konn. (24-1) won the Big East on March 8, cementing his status as a favorite to win the NCAA tournament. The huskies received one of the tournament’s four No. 1 seeds. (Bieler, March 15th)

CNN: Mental health problems plagued nearly half of parents that their teenagers have during the pandemic

Almost half of parents said their teenagers had faced new or worsening mental illnesses since the pandemic began, a new survey found. A survey of 977 parents with children ages 13-18 analyzed teenagers’ mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and aggressive behavior during the pandemic. The nationwide survey, conducted by Ipsos for CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan Medical School, looked at how parents helped teenagers cope and whether they believed their strategies were working. (Marples, 3/16)

KHN: For the spring season, young athletes are returning to the game despite the risk of Covid

This spring, high school student Nathan Kassis will be playing baseball in the shadow of Covid-19 – wearing a neck gaiter under his catcher mask, sitting 6 feet from his teammates in the dugout, trading elbow kicks for hugs after wins. “We’re looking forward to a season,” said the 18-year-old catcher from Dublin Coffman High School outside Columbus, Ohio. “This game is something we really love.” (Hungarian, 3/16)

KHN: How Covid Changed Our Movement As Revealed From Your Mobile Phone

With all of our grumbling about Covid fatigue, some new trends are clear after a year of pandemic. For the first few weeks of 2021, Californians are staying at home a lot more than we did in our pre-pandemic lives. Even so, we shop, eat, and work a lot more now than we did in March 2020 when state officials issued the first comprehensive stay-at-home order, or the dark post-winter break when we settled down when Covid-19 case numbers skyrocketed . And to the extent that we dare, we are using cars instead of resuming commuting in buses and trains before the Corona crisis. (Reese, 3/16)

Likewise –

ABC News and Good Morning America: 5-year-old girl receives a kidney donation from her teacher

A 5-year-old girl in Missouri didn’t have to search far to find a perfect kidney that she needed after more than four years of dialysis. Kayleigh Kulage, 5, of Pacific, Missouri, underwent a successful kidney transplant with her preschool teacher Robin Mach last month. (Kindelan, 3/16)

NPR: According to US doctors, alcoholic liver disease is increasing sharply in young women

Jessica Duenas led a so-called double life for many years. She was the first of her immigrant family to go to college. In 2019, she was named Teacher of the Year in Kentucky. In the same year, Duenas usually drank almost a quart of schnapps every night. When she was 34 years old, she was diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis, a severe inflammation of the liver that doctors warned could soon lead to irreversible scars and even death if she did not stop drinking quickly. “I couldn’t keep any food with me,” says Duenas. “My stomach was super sensitive, as if I were pressing certain areas, it would hurt a lot. My eyes started to turn yellow.” (Noguchi, 3/16)

North Carolina Health News: Marine Veterinarians Filing for a Register for Toxic Water Victims

In the yellowed photo from 1968, a young Lisette Partain is sitting on a hospital bed and cradling her newborn baby. A glass of water and a partially full baby bottle are on a bedside table. Mike Partain, the infant in the picture, believes his misery began with conception. Though it wouldn’t manifest itself for decades, Partain believes the water glass and baby bottle contained toxins that had been seeping into the drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville for years. (Barnes, 3/16)

ABC News: Black Christians Discuss How Faith Affects Their Attitudes About Abortion

For Cherilyn Holloway, her support for Black Lives Matter has everything to do with her stance on abortion. When Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Holloway made it a point to speak to her sons about the tragedy. “Here is a man who was shot in the street, he couldn’t fight back like a baby in the womb can’t fight back,” she said. “Because they are both lives, and both are lives that matter. And the subject that we are currently dealing with in our society is a life issue. We have built a society that does not value life, be it in the physical form or in the womb. ”(Mejia, Yang and Smith, 03/15)

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