‘He Was So Very Sweet and Caring’

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A 13-year-old boy in Missouri has died after he was hospitalized for complications related to the novel coronavirus.

Peyton Baumgarth died on Saturday from COVID-19 complications at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up to pay for his medical expenses and funeral costs.

“Peyton was a wonderful young man, who always had a smile to share with you. He was so very sweet and caring and FUN,” a description for the fundraiser reads. “Peyton is the youngest person in the state of Missouri to pass away from Covid19. This is a devastating loss that leaves a tremendous hole in the heart of every person that knew Peyton.”

The eighth grader was described as a young boy who “loved Christmas, video games, and enjoyed making YouTube videos, playing Pokemon GO, playing football and being with his family.”

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“Peyton, buddy, you are forever in our hearts,” the page’s organizer added. “We love you endlessly and we will never forget you.”

Peyton’s death was confirmed in a email sent to parents and staff by school officials, KMOV reported.

In the letter, school officials said Peyton last attended school on Oct. 22 before entering quarantine four days later.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family,” the statement read, according to KMOV. “The family also asks that we all remember to wear masks, wash hands frequently and follow guidelines. COVID-19 is real and they want to remind students and parents to take these precautions in and outside of school.”

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According to data from Missouri’s COVID-19 dashboard, at least 17,185 people under the age of 18 have contracted COVID-19. The state reports that there have been at least 188,186 coronavirus cases among its residents to date.

As of Monday, there have been more than 9,330,500 cases of COVID-19 and 231,100 deaths from coronavirus-related illnesses in the United States, according to a New York Times database.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

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Trump Gambles on Voters Not Caring About Coronavirus | America 2020

President Donald Trump contends that interest in the coronavirus is fading, even as cases are skyrocketing in the United States, a notion he hopes will play out for him at the polls next week.

“People are tired of COVID,” Trump said last week on a campaign call that was obtained by several news outlets. “Yup, there’s going to be spikes, there’s going to be no spikes, there’s going to be vaccines. With or without vaccines, people are tired of COVID.”

Trump pointed to his rallies, where social distancing and mask wearing are rarely observed, as evidence that people are over it.

“I have the biggest rallies I have ever had and we have COVID,” Trump said. “People are saying whatever, just leave us alone. They’re tired of it.”

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But cases are surging in the U.S. The nation hit a record number of daily new cases last week and health officials report more than 8.7 million cases and 225,000 deaths. And Democratic nominee Joe Biden is taking a starkly different tone.

“The way [Trump is] handling COVID is just absolutely totally irresponsible,” Biden said on “60 Minutes.” “He’s telling people that we’ve turned the bend in one of his recent rallies. … I mean, we are in real trouble.”

Biden is not likely to let up on the Trump administration’s handling on the coronavirus. When asked what is the biggest domestic issue facing Americans, Biden said it’s the public’s health.

A recent poll from Pew Research Center shows that the differing strategies might align with the candidates’ bases.

Among registered Republicans, 24% said that the coronavirus will be very important to their vote. That’s compared to 82% of Democrats. Trump supporters who report the coronavirus as very important dropped 15 percentage points since August, while there hasn’t been a change among Biden supporters.

Meanwhile, almost every swing state is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases, according to Axios.

Despite Trump’s repeated messaging that the U.S. has “turned the corner” on the outbreak, public health experts believe the county is in a bad spot.

Leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said the surge is still technically a first wave because the U.S. never brought cases down far enough to a good baseline, though he added that it is “kind of semantics.”

“I look at it more as an elongated and an exacerbation of the original first wave,” Fauci told Yahoo Finance.

Whether it’s called a third wave or extended first wave, Fauci said: “No matter how you look at it, it’s not good news.”

But Trump has tried to blame testing for the increase – seeking to find a familiar scapegoat in the media.

“Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. A Fake News Media Conspiracy,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Many young people who heal very fast. 99.9%. Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high. On November 4th., topic will totally change. VOTE!”

While testing has increased significantly since the start of the pandemic, it is

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Avoid the sprain and strain while caring for your loved ones

Avoid the sprain and strain while caring for your loved ones

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ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 26, 2020

Orthopaedic surgeons share lifting techniques for home caregivers

ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — November is Family Caregiver Month and although caring for a loved one can be a very rewarding job, it also can be cause for physical and mental strain.

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“Properly lifting your loved one is important to avoid back, neck and shoulder strains and injuries,” explains Charla Fischer, MD, FAAOS orthopaedic spine surgeon and spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). “Pulling a person into a seated position in bed is a common activity that may cause muscle strain, as well as transferring a person from a bed to a wheelchair and leaning over a person for extended periods of time. Understand your risk of injury, so you can avoid getting hurt, and use proper lifting techniques to help prevent these injuries.”

According to the National Alliance for Family Care, family caregivers spend an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care1. Whether assisting with daily living activities or more demanding medical and nursing tasks, Dr. Fischer stresses the importance of using proper lifting techniques to help keep bones and joints healthy.

To avoid injury when helping a person move to a wheelchair from laying down in bed, first, put the chair close to the bed and ensure the wheels are locked. Place one arm under the person’s legs and your other arm under their back. Move the person’s legs over the edge of the bed while pivoting their body and keep a strong stance with your feet shoulder-width apart, your knees bent and your back in a natural straight position.

“Never lift more than you can handle,” added Dr. Fischer. “Do not twist when lifting to avoid back strain. Face the person and hold them close to you, lean back and shift your weight or pivot direction if necessary. Take your time and don’t rush. Lifting belts can help for these types of movements.”

Many communities and local hospitals provide training to help caregivers properly care for a family member at home. AAOS offers resources on patient education through OrthoInfo.org and its Prevent Injuries America!® campaign, and the AAOS recommends the following lifting techniques for home caregivers:

  • Keep your head and neck in proper alignment with your spine; your head, neck, and back should be as straight as possible.

  • Maintain the natural curve of your spine; bend with your hips and knees, rather than from your back.

  • Avoid twisting your body when carrying a person.

  • Always keep the person who is being moved close to your body.

  • Keep your feet shoulder-width apart to maintain your balance.

  • Use the muscles in your legs to lift and/or pull.

For more lifting techniques for home caregivers, visit OrthoInfo.org. To schedule an interview with an AAOS orthopaedic expert, email [email protected]

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With more than 39,000 members, the 

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