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Denver fitness companies working hard to keep up with demand after gyms forced to close down – The Denver Channel

Posted: March 21, 2020 at 1:42 am

DENVER Right off of I-25 in North Denver, a line of cars sat idling outside of a warehouse this week. One by one, the drivers pull up to a garage door and wait for warehouse employees to load heavy cardboard boxes into their cars.

Rep Fitness has been busy over the past few days trying to fill the orders of customers trying to get their hands on some workout equipment.

The company, which was started in 2012, is owned by two brothers, Ryan and Shane McGrotty. Their home gym supplies run the gambit from a few dollars to a few thousand depending on what youre looking for.

We all know Colorado is the fittest state in the country and so people really do enjoy coming into the store, Ryan McGrotty said.

The mad dash for home gym equipment started after Governor Jared Polis announced that he was forcing gyms across the state to close down.

Its been pretty crazy, said Ryan McGrotty. We basically had a nonstop line of cars in the back waiting to load up.

Balancing the new demand with the need to keep employees safe and healthy can be difficult for any company, as the state tells people to work from home and practice social distancing in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates across the state

For now, Rep Fitness has some employees working from home, closed off its showroom to the public, is cleaning more frequently and even installed door kicks around the warehouse so employees wont have to use their hands as often to open doors. Its also not making customers sign off on their orders to minimize contact and bringing the orders right out to the clients car.

Its definitely a unique situation but we try to adapt. Our team has really been coming together to try to support the community, said Shane McGrotty.

The brothers say they are doing whatever they can to keep their business going and fill orders because they understand how important it is for people to be able to work out to keep their immune systems healthy.

However, exercise is also important for mental health, particularly during stressful times like the one we're all experiencing right now.

In order to kind of cope with that new stress and those changes, its a good idea to keep up with a healthy living routine through some sort of physical exercise, said Brian Gearity, the director of the Masters in the Arts Sports Coaching Program at the University of Denver. Theres more and more research studies looking at how physical exercise reduces anxiety and depression.

Gearity said hes never seen anything as wide-reaching as these closures, and its causing a lot of people to try to find other ways to stay active.

Not only are big gyms like Planet Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and others closed down, but even apartments and neighborhoods are closing off access to their equipment.

Its pretty frustrating when youre trying to be active and fit and youre supposed to take care of yourself, but the options to take care of yourself are pretty limited right now, he said.

But as thousands of Coloradans face reduced work hours or layoffs, not everyone can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on new gym equipment.

Gearity worries that people facing financial hardship will not be able to take care of their physical health as easily as those with a more stable income.

Still, hes encouraging people to try to get 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity a day and to make sure that they are not overconsuming calories when they are working from home and anxious about everything thats happening.

The Denver-based Gibson Athletic/Rage Fitness, meanwhile, announced that it is giving away $70,000 worth of workout equipment at its Denver location Wednesday and Thursday to help people stay fit.

Online, there are hundreds of videos on everything from yoga to Zumba to cycling to give people ideas on how to get a good workout without breaking the bank.

Other activities like walking, hiking or climbing stairs are also good ways to get in some cardio without requiring expensive equipment.

However, some outdoor activities like the Manitou Incline have been temporarily closed due to coronavirus concerns.

Back at Rep Fitness, Shane McGrotty, said you dont have to spend a lot of money to stay active.

You dont need to have the best home gym or garage gym on the block to get a good workout in. Its just a matter of having a sandbag, a jump rope and a couple dumbbells and you can do a ton of workouts, he said.

In the end, Shane McGrotty, who majored in psychology, believes the most important thing for people to do is to stay motivated and keep moving for their physical and mental health.

During these times when theres a lot of anxiety going on and people are just anxious physical fitness at home really makes it so that your mental health is in a lot better position, he said.

Denver fitness companies working hard to keep up with demand after gyms forced to close down - The Denver Channel

Where to stream fitness classes online – NBCSports.com

Posted: at 1:42 am

Chicago, IL (March 17, 2020) NBC Sports Chicago has announced its primetime pro game replacement programming as the network will be re-airing all 16 Stanley Cup Playoffs wins from the Chicago Blackhawks 2010 championship season, with this year marking the teams 10th anniversary of their first NHL championship since 1961, along with all 15 victories from the Chicago Bulls incredible NBA Playoffs title run from 1996. NBC Sports Chicago is currently scheduled to carry a Classic Blackhawks or Bulls telecast every evening at 7:00 PM CT starting tonight through Thursday, April 16. Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also stream every Classic match-up online via NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive. NOTE: Game replays will only be made available to viewers within NBC Sports Chicagos designated viewing territory.

Please note NBC Sports Chicagos Blackhawks & Bulls nightly 7:00 PM Classic game schedule beginning this evening:

Tuesday, March 17

Round 1-Game 2: Nashville at Blackhawks (From 4/18/10 -- 2-0 Blackhawks win; Niemi 23 saves, first playoff shutout since Belfour in 96)

Wednesday, March 18

Round 1-Game 1: Miami at Bulls (From 4/26/96 -- 102-85 Bulls win; Jordan gets championship run in motion with 35 points)

Thursday, March 19

Round 1-Game 4: Blackhawks at Nashville (From 4/22/10 -- 3-0 Blackhawks win; Niemi 33 saves, two goals from Sharp)

Friday, March 20

Round 1-Game 2: Miami at Bulls (From 4/28/96 -- 106-75 Bulls win; Pippen w/24 pts, 8 rebounds and 8 assists)

Saturday, March 21

Round 1-Game 5: Nashville at Blackhawks (From 4/24/10 -- 5-4 OT Blackhawks win; Kane game-tying SHG w/:14 left in reg., Hossa OT goal)

Sunday, March 22

Round 1-Game 3: Bulls at Miami (From 5/1/96 -- 112-91 Bulls win; Pippen triple-double propels Bulls to series sweep)

Monday, March 23

Round 2-Game 1: New York at Bulls (From 5/5/96 -- 91-84 Bulls win; MJ tears it up with 44 points in series opener)

Tuesday, March 24

Round 1-Game 6: Blackhawks at Nashville (From 4/26/10 -- 5-3 Blackhawks win; Toews go-ahead goal in 1st period caps opening round series clincher)

Wednesday, March 25

Round 1-Game 2: New York at Bulls (From 5/7/96 -- 91-80 Bulls win; Rodman dominates the boards with 19 rebounds)

Thursday, March 26

Round 2-Game 2: Vancouver at Blackhawks (From 5/3/10 -- 4-2 Blackhawks win; Versteeg goal w/1:30 left in reg. proves to be GW)

Friday, March 27

Round 1-Game 4: Bulls at New York (From 5/12/96 94-91 Bulls win; Bulls hold on to key road victory thanks in part to a solid offense outpourings via Jordan and Harper, along with the usual stellar defense provided by Rodman)

Saturday, March 28

Round 2-Game 3: Blackhawks at Vancouver (From 5/5/10 -- 5-2 Blackhawks win; Byfuglien scores hat trick)

Sunday, March 29

Round 2-Game 4: Blackhawks at Vancouver (From 5/7/10 -- 7-2 Blackhawks win; Toews hat trick and two assists)

Monday, March 30

Round 1-Game 5: New York at Bulls (From 5/14/96 -- 94-81 Bulls win; MJ pumps in 35 sending Bulls to conference finals)

Tuesday, March 31

Round 2-Game 6: Blackhawks at Vancouver (From 5/11/10 -- 5-1 Blackhawks win; Brouwer & Versteeg score :36 apart in series clincher)

Wednesday, April 1

Conference Finals-Game 1: Orlando at Bulls (From 5/19/96 121-83 Bulls win; Bulls dominate 4th quarter 40-24 to offset solid road performances by Orlandos ONeal and Hardaway)

Thursday, April 2

Conference Finals-Game 1: Blackhawks at San Jose (From 5/16/10 -- 2-1 Blackhawks win; Niemi 44 saves; goals from Sharp & Byfuglien)

Friday, April 3

Conference Finals-Game 2: Orlando at Bulls (From 5/21/96 -- 93-88 Bulls win; Shaq outscores MJ 36-35, but Bulls take 2-0 series lead to ORL)

Saturday, April 4

Conference Finals-Game 2: Blackhawks at San Jose (From 5/18/10 -- 4-2 Blackhawks win; goals from Ladd, Byfuglien & Toews)

Sunday, April 5

Conference Finals-Game 3: Bulls at Orlando (From 5/25/96 -- 86-67 Bulls win; Bulls hold host Magic to just 10 points in 4th quarter, Rodman w/16 boards)

Monday, April 6

Conference Finals-Game 4: Bulls at Orlando (From 5/27/96 -- 106-101 Bulls win; Jordans dominant 45-point performance completes series sweep and sends Bulls back to the NBA Finals)

Tuesday, April 7

Conference Finals-Game 3: San Jose at Blackhawks (From 5/21/10 -- 3-2 OT Blackhawks win; Byfuglien game-winner in OT)

Wednesday, April 8

NBA Finals-Game 1: Seattle at Bulls (From 6/5/96 -- 107-90 Bulls win; MJ and Pip pace Bulls with 28 and 21 points respectively, but Kukoc comes through with some key 4th quarter scoring to help Bulls take a 1-0 series lead)

Thursday, April 9

Conference Finals-Game 4: San Jose at Blackhawks (From 5/23/10 -- 4-2 Blackhawks win; Hawks reach Stanley Cup Final for first time since 92)

Friday, April 10

NBA Finals-Game 2: Seattle at Bulls (From 6/7/96 -- 92-88 Bulls win; a superior game by Rodman, who grabbed 20 rebounds, including an NBA Finals record 11 from the offensive end, puts the Bulls up 2-0 and sends the series to SEA)

Saturday, April 11

Stanley Cup Final-Game 1: Philadelphia at Blackhawks (From 5/29/10 -- 6-5 Blackhawks win; Kopecky GW in third period)

Sunday, April 12

Stanley Cup Final-Game 2: Philadelphia at Blackhawks (From 5/31/10 -- 2-1 Blackhawks win; Hossa & Eager score :28 apart)

Monday, April 13

NBA Finals-Game 3: Bulls at Seattle (From 6/9/96 -- 108-86 Bulls win; Jordans 36 points, along with a solid offensive effort from Longley w/19 pts gives Bulls a commanding 3-0 series lead)

Tuesday, April 14

Stanley Cup Final-Game 5: Philadelphia at Blackhawks (From 6/6/10 -- 7-4 Blackhawks win; pivotal victory featuring three 1st period goals)

Wednesday, April 15

NBA Finals-Game 6: Seattle at Bulls (From 6/16/96 -- 87-75 Bulls win; after dropping Games 4 & 5 in Seattle, the Bulls returned to the United Center on Fathers Day as NBA Finals MVP Michael Jordan pumps in 22 points, Rodman ties his own NBA Finals record with 11 offensive boards, and the Bulls conclude their historic 1995-96 season with their 4th NBA title)

Thursday, April 16

Stanley Cup Final-Game 6: Blackhawks at Philadelphia (4-3 OT Blackhawks win; Kane with memorable OT GWBlackhawks earn first Stanley Cup Championship since 1961)

All games are 7:00 PM Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

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Isolation-friendly fitness classes are now available to all – News & Star

Posted: at 1:42 am

During this time of isolation and concern, one fitness fanatic is doing her bit to help.

Shameem Arnold, founder of MokyFit, usually runs weekly fitness classes across Cumbria, and she doesnt want the coronavirus lockdown to get people feeling isolated.

So the caring business owner has a plan in-place to keep her customers in a healthy mindset, offering her fun and lively classes online.

During hard times like this, now more than ever we should all be looking for things to make us smile and feel good about, Shameem said.

Were facing such uncertain times at the moment, and it is more important than ever that we look after our mental health as well as our physical health.

Exercise is proven to help mental health by releasing endorphins and serotonin. Add into that happy, motivating music like we use at Moky and youre on to a winner!

And the classes arent just for spring chickens, with over-70s getting free access and a more relaxed workout.

She continued: The hardest part when we are feeling low is motivating yourself, so Ive opted to do live online workouts so people who usually come to class can still keep to their usual time of working out and have me live in their living rooms.

Feeling part of a community of people is also really important for our mental health. We need the feeling of belonging and I struggle to exercise myself if it wasnt for doing it with other people.

The live workouts allow you to keep going even when were not able to socialise and be together in person.

I fully intend to keep on top of my mental health during this challenging time and I hope I can reach as many other people as possible so they can manage theirs too.

Also excited about the new web-based workout is regular customer, Heather Anderson, who said: I cant express enough how much I have come to love Moky for fitness, therapy, friendship and family.

"I just know we are going to get each other through these difficult uncertain times.

A no-contract subscription costs 20 a month, and includes four different workouts which are regularly updated.

For more details, visit Shameems Facebook page or http://www.shameem.fit.

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Are Options Traders Betting on a Big Move in Planet Fitness (PLNT) Stock? – Yahoo Finance

Posted: at 1:42 am

Investors in Planet Fitness, Inc. PLNT need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the Apr 17, 2020 $22.50 Put had some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options today.

What is Implied Volatility?

Implied volatility shows how much movement the market is expecting in the future. Options with high levels of implied volatility suggest that investors in the underlying stocks are expecting a big move in one direction or the other. It could also mean there is an event coming up soon that may cause a big rally or a huge sell-off. However, implied volatility is only one piece of the puzzle when putting together an options trading strategy.

What do the Analysts Think?

Clearly, options traders are pricing in a big move for Planet Fitness shares, but what is the fundamental picture for the company? Currently, Planet Fitness is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) in the Leisure and Recreation Services industry that ranks in the Top 44% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Over the last 30 days, no analyst has increased the earnings estimate for the current quarter, while five have revised the estimates downward. The net effect has taken our Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter from 42 cents per share to 41 cents in that period.

Given the way analysts feel about Planet Fitness right now, this huge implied volatility could mean theres a trade developing. Oftentimes, options traders look for options with high levels of implied volatility to sell premium. This is a strategy many seasoned traders use because it captures decay. At expiration, the hope for these traders is that the underlying stock does not move as much as originally expected.

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Keeping up with fitness routines while gyms are closed and members stay home – WSAW

Posted: at 1:42 am

WAUSAU, Wis. (WZAW) -- As area gyms scale down the number of people allowed in or close all together for the time being amid the COVID-19 outbreak, some facilities are making sure people are keeping up with their fitness routines from home.

Shannon Ramsey, the health and wellness director for the Woodson YMCA in Wausau joined NewsChannel 7 at 4 live, to share some suggestions.

She said the YMCA has taken safety precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, by closing down their building.

As far as being a Y employee, we are just going to town cleaning and sanitizing and doing a lot of research on how to keep our members busy.

Theyre doing so by sharing YouTube videos, suggesting what members at home can do, using tools right there at their disposal.

Well probably do some Facebook live events.

For kids who are currently out of school, Ramsey suggested using laundry as a way to keep active.

What I mean by that is if you have a laundry room thats downstairs, have the kids go down and change it over for you and have them run it upstairs. When the laundrys all being done, have them basically bring one article up at a time, fold it, put it back to where it needs to go. Go back downstairs or wherever your laundry room is at, fold it and put it away one article at a time, just to get some more movement in their activity.

Ramsey demonstrated an exercise people can do at home. Click on the video above to watch.

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Down Dog is Offering Free Access to All Its Health and Fitness Apps to Students and Teachers Until July 1, 2020 – Yahoo Finance

Posted: at 1:42 am

Following COVID-19 outbreak, over 300,000 people have claimed a free membership

SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Down Dog, the highest-rated app for practicing yoga at home, announced that it is offering free and total access to all its health and fitness apps to students and teachers until July 1, 2020.

The company is currently working hand in hand with teachers, schools, and communities to provide educational materials designed for students of all ages and looks forward to working with more organizations to foster free access to health and wellness through its set of apps.

"With the recent shutdown of schools and physical workout spaces, we've seen a huge increase in usage of our apps. We've already provided over 300,000 free membershipsand we are planning to continue as long as we can," said Carlos Ormachea, co-founder of Down Dog.

Over 30,000 students and teachers signed up for the school program in the first two days, with over 4,300 individual schools registered. Students and teachers from all around the world (K-12 and universities) are eligible. To receive the free membership, please register your school's domain athttp://downdogapp.com/schools.

About Down Dog

Down Dog is the highest-rated app for practicing yoga at home. Headquartered in San Francisco, Down Dog offers a suite of fitness apps, where you'll never get the same workout twice. More info atwww.downdogapp.com.

ContactCarlos Ormacheacontact@downdogapp.com

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How to maintain marathon fitness when your race has been postponed – Runner’s World (UK)

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If your spring marathon has now become an autumn marathon, you may be worried that your hard-earned fitness will now slip away. However, Lewis Moses of New Levels Coaching says that, with the right attitude and a little imagination, the coming months can help you to become an even better runner.

First off, respect the guidelines set out by Public Health England. Fortunately for runners, one of these guidelines is that we should stay active, so were in quite a privileged position. Staying fit and health for body and mind is essential. Right now, running is one thing you can control, so hold on to that.

Its about maintaining the work youve done without overdoing it. Its about continuing to work quite hard without putting yourself in a hole research suggests that over-training can suppress the immune system.

Keep the long run, but drop the volume of it. If you keep knocking out 20-22-mile runs, you risk overdoing things. If youre the type who does an interval session, a tempo run and a long run, consider dropping either the interval or tempo session. Think about doing just one tough workout a week, alongside easy running and a long run.

This is a good time to work on your weaknesses. During your marathon training, where werent you quite as strong as you hoped youd be? Did you pick up any niggles? Now is the perfect time to address those to come back stronger in the autumn.

When people have to rest, most find they come out of that period feeling better than when they went in. The evidence suggests you dont lose any fitness after a 10-day lay-off. People are getting anxious, understandably. But ask yourself this question: have you ever met anyone who became unfit by easy running? You will maintain fitness if youre running.

If we go into lockdown, you must adapt your training. Running conditions the heart and lungs, of course, but they dont know what type of exercise youre doing theyre just getting a workout. So you have to think about how you can work your heart and lungs, and there are loads of ways to do it from skipping to body-weight sessions. These other exercises will also benefit your muscles, bones and tendons.

If you were training for a spring marathon, you were going to taper into the marathon. Actually, you were going to have a very easy spell of training. In effect, you have just been forced into that a little earlier than you wanted.

If you manage to run regularly over the next few months, dont become obsessed with following your previous marathon schedule to the letter. About 12-16 weeks out, think about making your training more marathon-specific. When it comes to the long run, you don't have to go back to the beginning, either. Youve already trained your body to handle longer runs, and that training hasnt been lost.

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Axsome Therapeutics Accelerates Completion of the ADVANCE-1 Phase 2/3 Trial of AXS-05 in Alzheimer’s Disease Agitation – BioSpace

Posted: March 20, 2020 at 12:45 pm

NEW YORK, March 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced that it is accelerating the completion of the ADVANCE-1 Phase 2/3 trial of AXS-05 in patients with Alzheimers disease (AD) agitation to ensure the safety of this vulnerable patient population during the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the integrity of the clinical trial. AXS-05 (dextromethorphan/bupropion modulated delivery tablet) is a novel, oral, investigational NMDA receptor antagonist with multimodal activity. Randomizations into the study have concluded and patient participation is concluding. With the acceleration of trial completion, topline results from ADVANCE-1 are now expected in early second quarter of 2020, versus previous guidance of the third quarter of 2020.

The decision to accelerate the completion of this trial was made in light of the newly issued U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic, which discusses the potential impact of the pandemic on the conduct of clinical trials and on the resulting need to ensure the safety of trial participants. The ADVANCE-1 trial is enrolling only patients 65 years of age or older, the demographic at highest risk for COVID-19 related fatalities. The conclusion of patient randomization and participation in the ADVANCE-1 trial enables patient compliance with recent and evolving COVID-19 related national, state and local government directives and executive orders that persons 65 years and older isolate at home.

In the original design of the trial, approximately 435 patients were to be randomized in a 1:1:1 ratio to receive AXS-05, bupropion, or placebo for 5 weeks (approximately 145 patients per treatment arm). The AXS-05 and placebo arms are fully enrolled and more than 90% of patients in these arms are estimated to have completed the study. In December 2018, an independent data monitoring committee (IDMC) performed an unblinded, pre-specified interim analysis for futility on the first approximately 30% of the targeted number of patients. The IDMC recommended continuation of the AXS-05 and placebo treatment arms and no further randomization of patients to the bupropion treatment arm. Subsequently, patients were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to receive AXS-05 or placebo.

About the ADVANCE-1 Trial

ADVANCE-1 (Addressing Dementia Via Agitation-Centered Evaluation 1) is a Phase 2/3 multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of AXS-05 in patients with agitation associated with Alzheimers disease. The primary efficacy measure is the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI).

About Alzheimers Disease (AD) Agitation

Alzheimers disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that manifests initially as forgetfulness advancing to severe cognitive impairment and memory loss. It afflicts an estimated 5 million individuals in the United States, a number that is anticipated to increase to approximately 14 million by 2050. In addition to cognitive decline, individuals diagnosed with AD frequently experience behavioral and psychological symptoms including agitation which is reported in approximately 45% of patients. Agitation is characterized by emotional distress, aggressive behaviors, disruptive irritability, and disinhibition. Agitation in patients with AD has been associated with increased caregiver burden, decreased functioning, earlier nursing home placement, and increased mortality. There are currently no therapies approved by the FDA for the treatment of agitation in patients with AD.

About AXS-05

AXS-05 is a novel, oral, patent-protected, investigational NMDA receptor antagonist with multimodal activity under development for the treatment of major depressive disorder and other central nervous system (CNS) disorders. AXS-05 consists of a proprietary formulation and dose of dextromethorphan and bupropion and utilizes Axsomes metabolic inhibition technology. The dextromethorphan component of AXS-05 is a non-competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, also known as a glutamate receptor modulator, which is a novel mechanism of action, meaning it works differently than currently approved therapies for major depressive disorder. The dextromethorphan component of AXS-05 is also a sigma-1 receptor agonist, nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist, and inhibitor of the serotonin and norepinephrine transporters. The bupropion component of AXS-05 serves to increase the bioavailability of dextromethorphan, and is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor, and a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist. AXS-05 is covered by more than 40 issued U.S. and international patents which provide protection out to 2034. AXS-05 has been granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of MDD as well as Fast Track designations for the treatment of treatment resistant depression and for the treatment of Alzheimers disease agitation. AXS-05 is not approved by the FDA.

About Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders for which there are limited treatment options. Axsomes core CNS product candidate portfolio includes five clinical-stage candidates, AXS-05, AXS-07, AXS-09, AXS-12, and AXS-14. AXS-05 is currently in a Phase 3 trial in treatment resistant depression (TRD), a Phase 2/3 trial in agitation associated with Alzheimers disease (AD), and is being developed for major depressive disorder (MDD). AXS-05 is also being developed for smoking cessation treatment. AXS-07 is currently in a Phase 3 trial for the acute treatment of migraine. AXS-12 is being developed for the treatment of narcolepsy. AXS-14 is being developed for the treatment of fibromyalgia. AXS-05, AXS-07, AXS-09, AXS-12, and AXS-14 are investigational drug products not approved by the FDA. For more information, please visit the Companys website at axsome.com. The Company may occasionally disseminate material, nonpublic information on the company website.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements. We may, in some cases, use terms such as predicts, believes, potential, continue, estimates, anticipates, expects, plans, intends, may, could, might, will, should or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. In particular, the Companys statements regarding trends and potential future results are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the success, timing and cost of our ongoing clinical trials and anticipated clinical trials for our current product candidates, including statements regarding the timing of initiation, pace of enrollment and completion of the trials (including our ability to fully fund our disclosed clinical trials, which assumes no material changes to our currently projected expenses), futility analyses and receipt of interim results, which are not necessarily indicative of the final results of our ongoing clinical trials, and the number or type of studies or nature of results necessary to support the filing of a new drug application (NDA) for any of our current product candidates; our ability to fund additional clinical trials to continue the advancement of our product candidates; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other regulatory authority approval of, or other action with respect to, our product candidates (including, but not limited to, FDAs agreement with the Companys plan to discontinue the bupropion treatment arm of the ADVANCE-1 study in accordance with the independent data monitoring committees recommendations); the potential for the MOMENTUM clinical trial to provide a basis for approval of AXS-07 for the acute treatment of migraine in adults with or without aura, pursuant to our special protocol assessment; the potential for the ASCEND clinical trial, combined with the GEMINI clinical trial results, to provide a basis for approval of AXS-05 for the treatment of major depressive disorder and accelerate its development timeline and commercial path to patients; the Companys ability to successfully defend its intellectual property or obtain the necessary licenses at a cost acceptable to the Company, if at all; the successful implementation of the Companys research and development programs and collaborations; the success of the Companys license agreements; the acceptance by the market of the Companys product candidates, if approved; the Companys anticipated capital requirements, including the Companys anticipated cash runway; unforeseen circumstances or other disruptions to normal business operations arising from or related to COVID-19; and other factors, including general economic conditions and regulatory developments, not within the Companys control. The factors discussed herein could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstance.

Axsome Contact: Mark JacobsonChief Operating OfficerAxsome Therapeutics, Inc.200 Broadway, 3rd FloorNew York, NY 10038Tel: 212-332-3243Email: mjacobson@axsome.comwww.axsome.com

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Cardax Releases White Paper on the Potential Role of Astaxanthin in the Treatment of Coronavirus Disease – BioSpace

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HONOLULU, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Cardax Inc. (OTCQB:CDXI) today released a white paper outlining the potential role of astaxanthin in the treatment of coronavirus disease and is seeking strategic collaborations to further develop astaxanthin for COVID-19. The paper focuses on the scientific rationale of boosting the immune system and reducing the extreme inflammatory response that may lead to severe respiratory complications in subjects with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The paper is entitled "Astaxanthin: A safe, natural, and multi-faceted anti-inflammatory for maintaining lung health and possibly minimizing SARS-CoV-2 effects" and can be found at http://www.cardaxpharma.com/COVID-19. The paper was authored by Timothy J. King, Ph.D., M.S., Vice President, Research, Cardax, Inc. Astaxanthin is the exceptionally safe anti-inflammatory delivered by Cardax's lead pharmaceutical candidate, CDX-101, a proprietary astaxanthin prodrug.


Scientific Rationale: Immune Response, Inflammation, and COVID-19. The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)infection can induce COVID-19, an extreme immune response characterized by the overproduction of immune cells and the uncontrolled release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Exceedingly high levels of the cytokines IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-, and CRP result in overt inflammatory symptoms that include mild to severe respiratory disease, high fever, and cough. In progressed disease this "cytokine storm" will circulate throughout the body to trigger a surge of active immune cells into the lungs resulting in acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and may be particularly severe in immune compromised subjects such as the elderly, diabetics, and those with cardiovascular disease.

This association between infection and progression of disease with inflammation suggests a strategy that would partner anti-infective agents, such as anti-virals and vaccines, with anti-inflammatory agents. An anti-inflammatory agent would be expected to mitigate symptoms including fever, pain, and swelling. Furthermore, an anti-inflammatory regimen initiated at a relatively early stage in disease progression might be expected to stem the immune over-response and to slow or even prevent progression of symptoms leading to lung injury and ARDS. Importantly, an appropriate anti-inflammatory intervention should not result in abnormal immune suppression but should target healthy immune homeostasis.

An anti-inflammatory treatment that resulted in the decrease of inflammatory cytokine signaling would seem a promising approach. Chinese researchers have identified IL-6 as a main driver of immune overreaction in COVID-19 patients and have already included elevated IL-6 levels as a biomarker of disease worsening. China's National Health Commission has updated its treatment guidelines for COVID-19 to include Roche's injected biologic, Actemra(tocilizumab), an inhibitor of the IL-6 receptor. Actemra, first approved by the U.S. FDA in 2010 for rheumatoid arthritis, can now be used in China to treat serious coronavirus patients with lung damage.

The Potential Role of Astaxanthin.In pre-clinical and clinical studies, astaxanthin has demonstrated the ability to decrease levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1, IL-6, TNF-, and CRP in multiple models of disease and in several patient populations. Furthermore, astaxanthin does not lead to abnormal immune suppression even at high doses and acts to restore healthy immune homeostasis. Astaxanthin has also demonstrated exceptional safety in multiple animal models, has been used extensively in humans for two decades as a dietary supplement, and is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe), according to FDA regulations.

Coronaviruses have been shown to induce lung damage by increasing inflammatory signaling pathways and cytokine production leading to elevated immune cell infiltration and macrophagic polarization shifts (M2 to M1). Astaxanthin has been shown to (i) significantly attenuate pathological elevation of critical inflammatory cell signaling pathways (NF-B), (ii) decrease the resulting elevated proinflammatory cytokine levels, (iii) reduce immune cell infiltration of the lung, and (iv) positively influence macrophage polarization in humans and animal models of disease.(Further discussion and references are provided in the white paper.)

Results from the pre-specified interim review of the Company's ongoing CHASE (Cardiovascular Health Astaxanthin Supplement Evaluation) clinical trial demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in CRP (C-Reactive Protein, a measure of inflammatory health) in diabetics and a strong trend of CRP reduction in cardiovascular subjects. The CHASE clinical trial is a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial evaluating the effect of the Company's synthetic astaxanthin dietary supplement ZanthoSyn, on cardiovascular health, as measured by CRP levels over 12 weeks in up to 120 subjects with documented cardiovascular risk factors. Pre-specified secondary cardiovascular/inflammatoryhealth markers, safety parameters, exploratory endpoints, and pre-specified sub-groups are also being assessed. The trial includes an optional open-label extension through 48 weeks.

Next Steps. Cardax is seeking strategic collaborations with appropriate academic, governmental, and/or commercial organizations to further develop astaxanthin for COVID-19. In addition, the Company filed a patent application yesterday related to the potential role of astaxanthin in the treatment of COVID-19.

About CardaxCardax is a development stage biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development of pharmaceuticals for chronic diseases driven by inflammation. The Company also has a commercial business unit that markets ZanthoSyn, a physician recommended astaxanthin dietary supplement for inflammatory health.* CDX-101, the Company's astaxanthin pharmaceutical candidate, is being developed for cardiovascular inflammation and dyslipidemia, with a target initial indication of severe hypertriglyceridemia. CDX-301, the Company's zeaxanthin pharmaceutical candidate, is being developed for macular degeneration, with a target initial indication of Stargardt disease. The Company's pharmaceutical candidates are currently in pre-clinical development, including the planning of IND enabling studies. The safety and efficacy of the Company's pharmaceutical candidates have not been directly evaluated in clinical trials or confirmed by the FDA.

Media and InvestorsJanice Kam1-808-457-1400press@cardaxpharma.com

Safe HarborThis release may contain certain forward-looking statements regarding our prospective performance and strategies within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are including this statement for purposes of said safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies, and expectations of our company, are generally identified by use of words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "seek," "strive," "try," or future or conditional verbs such as "could," "may," "should," "will," "would," or similar expressions. Our ability to predict results or the actual effects of our plans or strategies, including the scientific rationale for the potential role of astaxanthin in the treatment of COVID-19, is inherently uncertain. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from anticipated results. Some of the factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our expectations or beliefs include, without limitation, the risks discussed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, we undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which such statements were made.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Stanford Health Expert Agrees Coronavirus Is Spreading Fast But Questions Governor’s Projections – CBS San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a statewide shelter-in-place order to combat the spread of COVID-19 but one local health expert wondered how the governor came up with the numbers he quoted in his projections.

There may be a difference of opinion on some of the numbers Gov. Newsom has released but theres broad agreement on one thing: the novel coronavirus is spreading fast and Californians should prepare for the worst.

Its time for all of us to recognize as individuals and as a community we need to do more to meet this moment, Gov. Newsom said Thursday evening in a video address from Sacramento. Newsom ordered Californians to stay at home beginning immediately and announced he had asked President Trump for federal resources to help treat those infected by COVID-19.

In a letter he sent to President Trump Thursday, Newsom said Californias infection rates are doubling every four days in some areas and that 56 percent of the states population could contract the virus in the next eight weeks, which would be more than 22 million people. He later said the overwhelming majority wont have symptoms but that up to 20,000 could be hospitalized.

Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, with Stanford Medicine, is trying to figure out where the governor got those numbers.

That would be a worst-case scenario, Dr. Maldonado said. And if I was governor, trying to plan out what I would need, I would want to think about what the worst-case scenario would be.

Dr. Maldonado said health experts are learning more about the virus daily. There are seven different kinds of coronavirus, four of them have been around a long time causing the common cold. All of them come from bats but virus behind COVID-19 has some unique characteristics. It lives mainly in the nose and throat and has a higher mortality rate.

Dr. Maldonado said, You have a one-in-a-hundred chance of not surviving that infection. Now of course that risk is higher if you are in a high-risk group but do you really want to expose yourself to a one percent chance of dying from this virus?

In contrast to other epidemics such as the SARS outbreak, which went away after a few months, the novel coronavirus may return within months. Maldonado hopes a vaccine will be out in about a year but, until then, the best weapon against the virus is isolation.

As the governor said Thursday night, the point of the stay-at-home order is to make those numbers moot. To bend that curve. And, when we say bend the curve, that means the projection no longer becomes a reality because we changed our behavior.

Dr. Maldonado says many of those infected will not show symptoms. That makes it important for all to self-isolate so they dont unwittingly transmit the virus to others.

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Will County health official: COVID-19 outbreak is a moving target, getting worse – The Herald-News

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The executive director of the Will County Health Department gave an update to county board members Thursday about local efforts to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Sue Olenek spoke via teleconference to the Will County Board about the growing number of cases. She said that as of Thursday morning there were nine confirmed cases in Will County, a number that could increase rapidly.

Its a moving target and its getting worse, Olenek said.

She also informed board members about how the health department is curbing its services to the public, limiting them to residents by appointment only starting Friday. She said her staff was on the front lines of responding to the pandemic within Will County.

One board member asked about how residents can be informed on where the virus was spreading with public health officials not releasing specific demographic information on patients. Olenek said all resident should take precautions such as social distancing regardless of where they are.

She added Will County is seeing community-wide transmission. The health departments epidemiology team is contacting the families and coworkers of those who test positive for COVID-19, she said.

In other words, its everywhere, Olenek said.

County board meetings

The Will County Board made its own adjustments for its meeting Thursday. About 18 of the 26 members were able to teleconference to vote and make comments.

This is really interesting today, said Jackie Traynere, D-Bolingbrook, one of the members who showed up in person.

After the board quickly got through most of its business, Speaker Denise Winfrey, D-Joliet, announced most of the boards committee meetings next month would take place April 9, when the executive committee is scheduled to meet. The Legislative & Policy and Land Use Committees will still meet at their previously scheduled times April 14.

Moreover, county officials asked any residents needing county services to call ahead to reduce the need for in-person contact.

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What Should We Know About the Presidents Health? – The Atlantic

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It is true that the public deserves a sense of a candidates physical and mental fitness, and that candidates have a moral responsibility to disclose serious conditions that could impair their ability to serve. Its just not clear that indiscriminate release of medical records gets us there.

If genuine concern persists about candidates health, we could consider creating an independent panel of doctors to perform a physical examination and offer impartial assessments of candidates ability to serve. Such a panel has been proposed by Jimmy Carter, among others, and could vet not only candidates health, but also when and whether the Twenty-Fifth Amendment should be invoked for an incapacitated president.

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Indeed, a more important concern about whether a president can effectively govern is declining mental acuity over timesubtle cognitive changes due to nascent dementia or other neurological conditions. Unlike cholesterol levels and colonoscopieswhich are objective, diagnostic, and widely usedno single test determines whether a person has the mental or emotional deficits we might worry about with presidential candidates.

While screening exams exist, such as the one President Trump took in 2018, diagnoses of cognitive decline are made based on comprehensive assessments of in-depth interviews, laboratory data, and imaging tests. But a candidate who runs an effective presidential campaign is unlikely to arouse sufficient clinical suspicion for a doctor to actually pursue and document any significant cognitive impairment.

Moreover, not all patientsleast of all the powerful, high-performing patients running for presidentroutinely receive this type of cognitive evaluation. Doctors calibrate neurocognitive testing and treatment to the individual patient in front of themand even with the same patient, different doctors may consider different diagnoses and record different data. Doctors notes, then, are more like journal entries than tax returnsand thus dont allow for objective, meaningful comparisons of mental fitness across candidates.

And so, annual nonpartisan health evaluations, ones that include cognitive assessments, would be far more helpful than old medical records or letters from longtime doctors. This is partly because, as Carter notes, unlike candidates personal physicians, an independent panel wouldnt have to balance patient confidentiality and personal interest vis--vis the nations interest. But its also because most neurocognitive tests are more valuable as repeated measurements used to track trends in cognitive and behavioral functioning over timeas could be performed by annual evaluationsthan as snapshots of mental acuity available through old medical records.

Ultimately, however, no medical stamp of approval exists for presidential fitness. The best test of whether a candidate is fit to serve is their performance during the campaign (that is, if we ever get back to a normal campaign). Just as impeachment is a political processnot a legal onedetermining whether someone is fit for the highest office requires the publics judgment, not the doctors note.

Aside from a few rumors, Grover Clevelands maritime operation remained largely secret for nearly a quarter century, until the missions last surviving surgeon finally revealed what had happened. Cleveland, a cancer survivor who weighed 260 pounds, recovered swiftly and completed his second term without incident. He went on to enjoy more than a decade of post-presidency life, and died, according to one report, a perfectly natural death.

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Snap rolling out Here For You mental health tool early with focus on coronavirus – The Verge

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Snap is rolling out its Here For You search tool a bit earlier than planned to help users who may be feeling anxious or stressed over the coronavirus pandemic, the company says. The Here For You tool was first announced in February, and its designed to surface safety resources from mental health experts when users search for topics like anxiety, depression, suicide, or bullying.

The company has now added a coronavirus-specific section to the tool that will provide Snapchatters from the Ad Council, World Health Organization, the CDC, Crisis Text Line, NHS, and other partners who are creating content on anxiety specifically related to coronavirus, the company says.

Originally slated for an April release, Snap expects the search tool to be available to all Snapchat users next week.

Here For You was informed by studies that show that connecting with friends, whether in person or online is often the best defense against feelings of loneliness and anxiety, a Snap spokesperson said in an email to The Verge. We also know that Snapchatters are deeply interested in understanding these issues, and how they can support friends who are struggling with them.

Snapchat has one of the youngest audiences of any social media platform. It reaches 90 percent of 13- to 24-year-olds, a group especially vulnerable to bullying or suggestive content.

Snap rolling out Here For You mental health tool early with focus on coronavirus - The Verge

Donald Trumps Cult of Personality Did This – The Atlantic

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Its true that the media often make mistakes; they are, after all, made up of human beings. Media conventions can be subverted, facts can be misunderstood or misreported, sources can mislead, reporters can succumb to confirmation bias, and editors can fail to see the big picture. For the most part, though, these outlets are trying their best to inform the public.

Trumpist media outlets, by contrast, have created a bubble of unreality where nothing but the most effusive praise of Trump is acceptable, where anyone who disagrees with or criticizes the president is part of a grand conspiracy to destroy him, and where the only facts that exist are those that reflect well on the president. Many conservatives dont distrust the mainstream media because they are biased; they distrust the media because the media do not tell them what they want to hear, and their own outlets have trained them to believe that the truth can only be exactly what they want to hear.

Nor can mainstream media bias explain why many Trumpist media outlets, supposedly so much more committed to the truth than their mainstream counterparts, consciously endangered their audience by disregarding and dismissing public-health warnings. Fox News told its audience that the coronavirus was a minor problem their heroic leader was quickly resolving, while quietly having its staff follow the very precautions its hosts were ridiculing on air. The mainstream press didnt force Fox News to do that.

The coronavirus pandemic provides a rigorous case study in the priorities of most of the conservative press: Faced with a choice between informing their own audiences about dire threats to public health and propping up a Republican president, they chose the latter, because informing the public is not their job. The job of outlets like Fox News is to ensure that the conservative masses believe that their leader is infallible, even if it causes them tremendous personal harm.

As cases began flooding into hospitals and medical facilities all over the country, the president shifted his tone, finally recognizing the reality of the pandemic and the economic catastrophe that threatens both the health and livelihoods of millions of Americans. On Tuesday, Trump declared that this is a pandemic, and that I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. Having denied that the coronavirus was a major issue for months, the president sought to recast himself as an oracle, and conservative media followed suit, shifting their tone from downplaying the severity of the pandemic to praising the heroic efforts of the president to address it.

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Predictably, Trump drew praise from some cable-news personalities for doing a passable job of portraying a president on television, even as the administrations failures continued to exacerbate the personal and economic toll of the pandemic. This is somewhat understandable; Americans want to believe that their leaders are competent, engaged, and concerned about their well-being. Recognizing that the presidency is occupied by an incompetent narcissist whose major life accomplishment is parlaying an inherited fortune into reality-show celebrity is rather less comforting, but it is the world we live in.

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What recovering from COVID-19 looks like from a healthcare worker going through it – 9News.com KUSA

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CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. More than four weeks after Lisa Merck says she first experienced symptoms, the advanced practice nurse tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

As a healthcare worker herself, Merck has a unique perspective.

We asked her a series of questions about her experience and thoughts on best practices to protect healthcare workers and the public.

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9NEWS: We're speaking via FaceTime. Where are you now?

Merck: Im in my house. Weve been here since March 8th.Weve just been kind of staying in our confined little space.

Are you feeling stir crazy yet?

Merck:Not really. Im just more scared about things. Im doing a lot of research. Im doing paperwork that I havent done for a while. Now, with these new rules from President Donald Trump, I'm trying to set up telehealth at my house.

What are you afraid of at this point in time?

Merck:Im just scared because I dont know how long Im going to be a carrier for. Theres a lot of fear right now. Fear of the unknown. A lot of my friends are nurses and I have a lot of doctor friends. They say, I dont know if Im going to come home and expose my family after working in the emergency room or whats going to happen.

How did your symptoms evolve?

Merck: It started out with a runny nose. Then my body started aching, I had joint pain. Then it progressed into a fever. Once I got a fever, my husband got a fever as well. That was the first, second and third of March.

Then during that week, I started getting short of breath. I started getting really clammy and diaphoretic. I got really sweaty every time I stood up. Lots of nausea. No vomiting but just lots of nausea. I didnt really want to eat anything.

I started to have lower back pain. That's what brought me to the hospital on March 8th, the lower back pain and shortness of breath. I was just feeling really crummy like I wanted to collapse when I stood up.

What treatment did you receive at the hospital?

Merck: They did a workup on me. They tested for influenza. The influenza A & B were negative. Then they did a chest x-ray on me. They noticed some pneumonia in the lower lobes of my lungs. They also did blood work on me and noted that I had a low white blood count. Then they did the COVID-19 test on me. They started an IV and gave me Toradol for some relief. Then sent me home. I got my test results back on March 11.

When will you return to work and what requirements will you need to meet before that's possible?

Merck: If you went to my website, it says that Im not seeing patients until further notice. I will return to my patients when I get a COVID19 test that is negative. Until then I will just do telehealth.

I received conflicting information. Initially, it was that I had to have two negative COVID-19 tests that were 24 hours apart. A few days later, the public health department said I just need to quarantine for 14 days and don't need to be retested. As a healthcare provider, I want to get retested just to make sure Im not a carrier.

(The Colorado Department of Public Health told 9NEWS "currently, Colorado health care workers who test positive or who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 are excluded from work for 14 days, following CDC guidance.")

What is your concern level for healthcare workers in Colorado?

Merck:I am concerned for all the healthcare workers out there, not just in Colorado but everywhere around the world. I think were faced with a massive crisis and not enough supply. It all boils down to supply and demand and right now, we don't have enough supply. It's a scary situation. I have friends of mine that are nurses and theyre just super scared. They dont know if theyre exposing their family every time they go into the hospital.

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Live coronavirus updates for Friday, March 20: Here’s what Utah health officials say is the right way to isolate it is stricter than you think – Salt…

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Editors note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here. To support journalism like this, please consider donating or become a subscriber.

Its Friday, March 20. Well provide the latest coronavirus updates involving Utah throughout the day.

[Read complete coronavirus coverage here.]

9:36 a.m. Utah County Sheriffs Office will not issue citations to gatherings of 10 or more people

Recent media coverage has highlighted that a violation of this Health Department Order is a Class B misdemeanor, the sheriffs office posted in a statement. This information is true; however, Sheriff Smith has stated that he will not be instructing deputies to enforce this order through issuing citations at this time. He stresses this is a community problem and it is his desire to combat this as a community and asks for your support in this effort.

8:32 a.m.: Health officials issue strict guidelines for in-home isolation including no contact with pets

Unsurprisingly, patients are asked to separate themselves from the rest of their families if they have symptoms and have had contact with a known COVID-19 patient or have traveled to an affected area.

But health officials now also advise isolation within the home for people who have symptoms fever, cough and shortness of breath even if they have no other risk factors for exposures.

And people with no symptoms at all need to isolate themselves from their families, if they have had contact with a known COVID-19 patient or traveled to an affected area, the chart recommends.

The guidelines call for affected residents to isolate themselves not only from human family members, but also from any pets that have contact with the rest of the household.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home, the chart recommends.

However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, its always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, county health officials wrote.

People who are affected should not share household objects, use good hygiene, and stay home except for medical care, the chart recommends. If symptoms are severe, patients should contact their health provider by phone or online.

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Shelter-in-place policy not necessary to avoid coronavirus, Portland area health officials say – OregonLive

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Health officials representing Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties say social distancing is enough to safeguard people from coronavirus and that government-mandated orders to stay home shouldnt be necessary.

Shelter-in-place policies are typically used in crises that last a few days, not weeks or months, and are difficult to enforce, the officials said during a joint news conference Thursday. Instead they urged people to take all voluntary measures to limit trips and contact with other people.

I think everyone is worried and rightfully so, said Dr. Jennifer Vines, lead health officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. Im worried too and right now the best thing everyone can do is use common sense, take care of your needs but please, please limit your contact with others as much as you possibly can.

She urged people to consider a staycation this spring break, staying close to home and with people they typically interact with.

The five-county public health message comes after Portland drafted a shelter-in-place policy within city limits that would ban non-essential travel from home. Gov. Kate Brown told reporters Thursday morning that she doesnt plan to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order.

Its unclear what a shelter-in-place policy would mean for people without stable housing.


Vines said she understood why Portland would draft such a policy but reiterated that forcing people to stay home should be a last resort. She said she believes the citys and counties stance on the topic align in all except the terminology and the mandatory versus highly recommended nature of the guidance.

Clackamas County Health Officer Dr. Sarah Present said defining what are essential and non-essential activities to everyone can be difficult and insisting people remain indoors could negatively affect peoples mental and physical health. She also said the likelihood of coronavirus transmission is lower outside than in.

Social isolation can also seriously hamper rural communities, communities with immigrants and people of color as well as elderly and young residents.

We do not want to risk people feeling trapped indoors or afraid to fulfill their essential needs, Present said. As long as people stay at least six feet from each other, they should be free to enjoy the sunshine, she said.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said earlier Thursday the city drafted a shelter in place policy to try to prevent a massive spike of coronavirus cases in the city. Wheeler said city officials are in touch with Multnomah County and state authorities, but ultimately he wants Portland to stay ahead of the virus.

Wheeler said activities that would be allowed if the city were to enact its draft order include going to the grocery store, the doctor or the veterinarians office; traveling to care for a family member or a pet in another household; or picking up food from a restaurant. Social distancing guidelines would still apply.

Wheelers office declined comment regarding the county health officers news conference.

Also Thursday, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems said it would support a shelter-in-place order.

Molly Harbarger of The Oregonian/OregonLive contributed to this report.

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LIVE: Health officials say testing limited in Indian River County; more test kits on their way – TCPalm

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VERO BEACH Health Department officials held anews conference at the Indian River County Administration Building to address the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indian River County residents.

The case reported Friday morning is a man, 69, who recently traveled internationally, said Stacey Brock, spokeswoman for Indian River County. Thursday's case is a woman, 77, who did not travel recently.

We fully anticipated there would be a positive case. We are at that point, said GregRosencrance, president ofCleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

Health officials plan to start drive-thru testing near Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital this weekend.

County Administrator Jason Brown said the county's Emergency Operations Center will go to a Level 2 activation beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. The County Administration Building is now closed, and Sandridge golf course will be closed at the end of the business Friday.

Martin County also announced a case Thursday, a45-year-old Martin County womanwho recently traveled to Brazil. That case was announced duringa news conference at the Martin County Emergency Operations Center.

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Retailers setting aside special hours for senior shoppers, others with health concerns – 13abc Action News

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MAUMEE (WTVG) - Several local and national retailers are taking extra steps to make sure vulnerable portions of the population are safely served during the coronavirus pandemic.

Walt Churchill's Market in Maumee and Perrysburg has announced it will reserve the first two hours of shopping -- 7 a.m.-9 a.m. -- each day for seniors and anyone with underlying health issues.

They're asking if a shopper is below the age of 55 or does not have concerns about their health to wait until after 9 a.m. to begin your shopping run.

"We are reaching out to specifically people that this is their only chance to get stuff throughout the day," Payton Miller, with Walt Churchill's, said. "We've definitely changed our hours in terms of being able to accommodate those, specifically our elderly."

Walmart also announced it will host a senior shopping hour for those ages 60 and older from 6 a.m.-7 a.m. every Tuesday.

Target is reserving the first hour every Wednesday for seniors and anyone with underlying health concerns as well.

Dollar General previously announced it's setting aside the first hour of every shopping day for the senior population as well.

Meijer is setting aside time for seniors and shoppers with chronic health conditions to shop from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while essential service workers and Meijer team associates are invited to shop from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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I have helped control health epidemics for 25 years. There is a way to stop coronavirus – The Guardian

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Right now in Australia we face a pandemic unlike anything we have seen before.

It is the first time anything like this has happened in most of our lives, and many of us are scared. A lot of that fear comes from not knowing what to expect.

Ive spent most of the last 25 years working on controlling multiple epidemics such as Ebola, Lassa fever and avian flu. I know that we can control them by working together and using evidence.

Australia is in the position to go in early to help control coronavirus. But social distancing is key.

It will work much better than having to go in hard after the virus is widespread in the community, which is what we have seen in Europe.

Communities are the ones that stop outbreaks be it Ebola, Lassa fever or Sars and we can stop coronavirus.

We as individuals must do two things now strict social distancing and practising good hygiene.

A virus needs contact between people to spread, so strict social distancing staying away from other people is the most powerful weapon against coronavirus we have as a community. The main way to do this is by staying at home.

When we reduce our contact with each other, we dramatically decrease the potential for this virus to spread. Full stop.

We have the power to stop the spread of this virus by limiting contact with others, by taking children out of school if it is safe to do that, avoiding crowds and gatherings, such as church and sporting events, by avoiding going to the gym, and by not attending that function you were invited to last month.

Social distancing is not something we have to practice forever, but it is something we must practice right now to slow the spread of this virus.

It is the first time anything like this has happened for most Australians and many people are scared. A lot of that fear comes from not knowing what to expect.

Some of our worries about with this outbreak have come from our experiences in the recent bushfires. It seems like that crisis only just finished and now we are being hit with coronavirus.

However, coronavirus is completely different to the bushfires. It will not affect the infrastructure we rely on. It wont destroy our house and our supply systems wont be impacted. Essentials for daily life, including electricity and particularly food, will be maintained.

People should be reassured our water will still come out of our taps. Our lights will still turn on. Food will still be available.

We can learn from the experiences around the world about what effective control for Covid-19 looks like.

Places that have controlled the spread of the virus have used strict containment and social distancing, with a framework of other actions, as early as possible in the epidemic.

We must listen to and do what the experts tell us in terms of hand hygiene and social distancing, no matter how burdensome this may feel right now.

These are the most important things we can do right now to make sure that those who are likely to get very sick or die, which is our grandmothers and grandfathers, dont get infected with coronavirus.

The other thing we can do is not overwhelm the health system. If we get a lot of infections at once, our health system will be under pressure and grandmothers and grandfathers who need care wont get it. It also means looking after our nurses and doctors. They take care of us when we are sick. It is time to take care of them.

I do not believe we are doing enough testing to know for certain if there is or isnt spread in the community, and so we will only identify it through deaths in older people.

If we wait until then to take strong action then we risk overwhelming our health system as we have seen happen in Italy, and is now happening in other parts of Europe and the United States, and that risks many thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people dying unnecessarily.

If we act early, when numbers in the community are low, we buy ourselves time to establish strong health and epidemiological systems, and the best chance of returning in a few months to life without these measures.

Every single member of the community has an important part to play, including doing everything we can to make sure we protect the most vulnerable people who are likely to get very sick or die.

The community has the solutions to coronavirus in our hands and together can stop its spread sooner rather than later.

Dr Kamalini Lokuge is a medical doctor and epidemiologist who has spent the last 25 years controlling high-risk epidemics, including Ebola, Lassa fever and avian flu. Dr Lokuge was identified by the New York Times as the first epidemiologist to alert the world to the scale of the 2014 west African Ebola outbreak, as well as contributing to its resolution

I have helped control health epidemics for 25 years. There is a way to stop coronavirus - The Guardian

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