Coronavirus live updates: Controversial White House pandemic adviser Scott Atlas resigns
cott Atlas resigned Monday as the Trump administration’s coronavirus adviser. Atlas, who embraced a controversial “herd immunity” strategy, lacked any background in public health and had become widely disliked in the White House, even among aides who shared his views.
Here are some significant developments:
- Private gatherings between members of different households are now banned in Los Angeles County. In New York, officials are weighing the prospects of another shutdown, while directing hospitals to begin implementing emergency measures.
- Biotechnology company Moderna requested emergency authorization of its experimental coronavirus vaccine, which means the U.S. government potentially could start distributing two vaccines in the next few weeks.
- The U.S. stock market had a record-breaking November, driven in part by promising vaccine news.
- More than 13.5 million cases and 267,000 fatalities have been reported in the United States since February.
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Britons consumed more alcohol and junk food in lockdown than other Europeans, study reveals
In this April 13, 2020 file photo, a sign above an underpass in London advises drivers to stay at home, as the country is in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
LONDON — People in Britain consumed more convenience food, tasty treats and alcohol than those living anywhere else in Europe during the coronavirus lockdowns, a study published Tuesday revealed.
The report, which was led by Aarhus University in Denmark and funded in part by EIT Food, explored how the global health crisis has impacted consumer food behavior across Europe and focused on Britain, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden.
Researchers behind the report noted that 2020 had “brought disruption on an unprecedented scale,” directly impacting how people around the world “live, work, shop and eat.”
Of the 10 European countries surveyed, the highest rise in alcohol and fast-food consumption came from Britons, with a recorded increase of 29 percent for both. Snacking was also on the rise in the country, with a 27 percent rise recorded — higher than anywhere else.
Those in Britain did, however, spend more time cooking meals from scratch, with 42 percent saying they had tried new recipes during the extra time spent at home.
Of the 5,000 people surveyed, a total of 34 percent said they had lost part or all of their income as a result of the coronavirus crisis, with almost a third saying they have become more conscious of spending habits and now check prices on items before purchasing.
“The fragility of our food system was brought into stark relief during the pandemic. European consumers changed how they shopped and consumed food almost overnight, and there are no signs of going back to business as usual after lockdown measures lift,” Saskia Nuijten, the director of communication and public engagement at EIT Food, said.
The research also found that there had been a noticeable trend across the continent of people supporting local businesses, with more than a third of people sourcing food from nearby sellers — a change in habit that 87 percent said they would continue to uphold.
Heartbreaking photo shows doctor comforting lonely, elderly patient
An elderly man in a hospital gown buried his head in the arms of a doctor who, fully clad in protective equipment, hugged and consoled the patient. The doctor’s fixed, disturbed gaze can be seen through the plastic face shield.
“I want to be with my wife,” the frail patient, battling covid-19, had told Joseph Varon, chief of staff at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. Varon had found the man out of his hospital bed, crying and seeking help.
The emotional moment was captured on Thanksgiving Day by photographer Go Nakamura, who was in the covid ward documenting the pandemic for Getty Images.
The image circulated widely online over the weekend after Nakamura posted it on Facebook, resonating with the pain and struggle of millions of Americans, patients and health workers alike as the country reels from soaring coronavirus infections and hospitali