Try a Dentist’s 10-Second Tip To Fight Mask Breath

No matter how diligent I am about brushing and flossing, I just can’t seem to kick “mask mouth.” Within a few minutes of popping on my PPE, I’m sufficiently grossed out by the smell of my own bad breath. But according to Scott Young, DDS, all I need to do to fix it once and for all is invest in a tongue scraper.

“Tongue scraping can help prevent bad breath by helping remove the odor-causing bacteria that colonizes on the tongue,” he explains. ” Scraping off bacteria from your tongue with a tongue scraper can help remove the sulfur compounds in your mouth and alleviate the foul odors you smell in your mask.” Just as you’d want to keep odor-causing bacteria off of the rest of your body (which, as we all know, is the main point of regular showers), the same goes for your tongue.

Now that mask-wearing has made bad breath our problem (instead of everyone else’s, which on that note: sorry to anyone I’ve ever made out with or close-talked to), stopping it in its tracks is as simple as adding one extra step to your routine. “A tongue scraper can be used daily following a proper brushing and flossing routine,” says Dr. Young. “It should be applied gently from the back of the tongue forward, rinsed, and repeated. It should never be pressed so hard that it is painful or causes bleeding.” Pro tip? Do it while you still have toothpaste on your tongue for added freshness.

And if you want to make your mask smell even sweeter every time you put it on? Try dabbing a few drops of essential oil inside of it. “A dab of an essential oil on your mask can greatly affect your mood,” Amy Galper, former founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, previously told Well+Good. And what’s more? “Scent can powerfully affect our state of mind, and certainly these wild uncertain days are causing everyone a lot of stress.”

While masks aren’t optional, having to sniff your garbage breath underneath them is, so get to scraping for the sake of the cause.

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Dentist Abandons Patient Mid-Surgical Procedure After Hectic Fight with Colleague

Mirna Domínguez went to La Paz Dental Group to get a dental prosthesis and asked for a loan of $8,000 from the Lending Point financial group to pay for the procedure. Her common visit to the dentist office, quickly turned into a nightmare.

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According to Domínguez, the dentist who was removing one of her molars engaged in a heated fight with one of her colleague’s and didn’t finish her surgical procedure.

“My dentist and another doctor started fighting right in the middle of my surgical treatment,” Domínguez said. “The dentist got up and told me that she was done, and she left me with a deep wound and only a cotton pad on my tooth. I asked her for an explanation, but she just said no, no, no, I can’t do the job anymore.”

Dominguez was then forced to leave the dental office with the unfinished procedure and seek help in an emergency room.

“The dentist made a cut to remove a nerve from my tooth, but then she left it open, and when the anesthesia passed, I began to have severe pain,” said Domínguez, who was forced to visit another doctor to “finish the procedure.”

After the unfortunate experience, Dominguez informed La Paz Dental Group that she would no longer return and that she wanted to cancel their services. She requested a refund but the dental office refused.

“They told me that they couldn’t give me anything back because they had already started my procedure.”

Dominguez then sought help from our sister station, Telemundo 52. Telemundo contacted La Paz Dental Group, but the office refused to speak about the incident. The news station then contacted Lending Point, the financial group Dominguez requested a loan from.

After reviewing the case, Lending Point said that La Paz Dental Group never informed them about the incident with Dominguez.

Lending Point also stated that given the circumstances, they did cancel Domínguez’s debt at the dental office and that Dominguez could use the money to pay for the emergency services she had received elsewhere.

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Gov. Mike DeWine pleads for Ohioans to rally to fight ‘common enemy’ as COVID cases surge

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Ohio records a record number of new coronavirus cases on Friday.

Facing an alarming increase in new COVID-19 cases in his state, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine pleaded in an open letter for residents to come together, regardless of political affiliation, to fight a “common enemy” that has claimed nearly 230,000 lives in America.

DeWine released a video Sunday reading a letter he penned to Ohioans stressing the urgency of joining forces to keep the virus at bay until there is a vaccine.

The Republican governor began the video by appearing in a face mask and conceded that his request comes as Americans are “more divided than any of us can ever remember.”

“Today and for some time to come we also share a common enemy, one that cares not whether we vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden, an enemy that is relentless and now clearly on the march,” DeWine said.

He implored Ohioans to immediately pull together and focus on fighting the virus, saying “the stakes could not be higher” and that “time is not on our side.”

PHOTO: Republican Gubernatorial-elect Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gives his victory speech after winning the Ohio gubernatorial race at the Ohio Republican Party's election night party on Nov. 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

DeWine’s call to arms came after Ohio posted a record high 3,845 newly reported cases of coronavirus on Friday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. In the past month, the state has more-than-doubled its number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and seen its positivity rate for cases nearly tripled from 2.7% in mid-September to nearly 7% now.

Even as DeWine released his video, Ohio reported another 3,303 new cases on Sunday with two additional deaths and 88 more hospitalizations. DeWine said the contagion has killed nearly 5,300 Ohioans.

“Now it’s been said one can find common ground only by moving to higher ground. Now is the time to move to that higher ground,” DeWine said. “We must come together, come together as Ohioans have always done. We must put the past behind us to move forward.”

DeWine also called on Congress to quickly pass a new bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that has been stalled due to a disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over the amount of money needed to prop up the sluggish U.S. economy and fund efforts to slow the virus, which has been raging across the country.

October marked the second-highest month on record for daily cases in the United States with more than 1.8 million new cases, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The nation reported 99,321 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a record-high for single-day new cases, according to the Johns Hopkins data.

Ohio’s seven-day average of new cases is 2,984.

The data from October shows that 30 states and Puerto Rico reported record-high COVID-19 cases, 22

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Austria orders curfew and shuts restaurants to fight ‘exploding’ COVID

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VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria on Saturday announced a nighttime curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants to all but take-away service as a surge in coronavirus infections threatens to overwhelm its hospitals.

The Alpine country had a swift and effective lockdown during its first wave of infections in March but had held off similar action this month to help the economy, even as daily cases rose to several times the spring peak.

With daily infections at a record 5,627 on Friday, however – just short of the 6,000 level at which the government says hospitals will no longer cope – the conservative-led government was forced to act.

“We did not take this decision lightly but it is necessary,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a news conference. The restrictions include an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and will be in effect from Tuesday until the end of November.

Factories, shops, kindergartens and primary schools will remain open, however, while secondary schools and universities will switch to distance learning. Exercise or walks will still be allowed after curfew.

Restaurants, bars and cafes may provide a take-away service only; theatres and museums will shut, as will indoor sports facilities such as gyms; hotels will close to all but a few guests such as business travellers.

Businesses forced to close will receive aid amounting to 80% of their sales a year earlier.


In the past two weeks, Austria had about as many cases as Britain or Italy, relative to its population, data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows. And there has been a rapid acceleration over the past week, with a 26% jump from Thursday to Friday.

“A barely controllable increase has begun,” Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told the news conference, adding that infections were “de facto exploding”.

Austria’s measures closely resemble those being taken by neighbouring Germany, which has less than half its infection rate, according to the ECDC data.

Austria has already limited private indoor gatherings to six people and it is now adding a rule that no more than two households can meet.

“We can’t say how strongly the population will support these measures and how strong their effect will be,” Kurz said, adding that he aimed to start easing the restrictions gradually in December.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Ros Russell)

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Canada says stronger response needed to fight coronavirus, PM hopes to avoid major shutdown

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadians need to do more to tackle a second wave of the coronavirus by slashing the number of personal contacts they have with others, health authorities said on Friday.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said more targeted measures could help avert another major national shutdown of the kind that hammered the economy earlier in the year.

Released modeling updates show the cumulative death toll in the country could range between 10,285 and 10,400 by Nov 8. Cumulative cases could be between 251,800 and 262,200 by the same date.

“(The) long-range forecast indicates that a stronger response is needed now to slow the spread of COVID-19,” chief public health officer Theresa Tam told a briefing.

“If we decrease our current rate of contacts by 25% the epidemic is forecast to come under control in most locations,” she said.

Canada has recorded 10,074 deaths and 228,542 cases so far and is breaking daily records for the number of new cases.

Suncor Energy SU.TO, Canada’s second-biggest oil producer, confirmed 19 infections among workers at its Firebag oil sands site in Alberta, dating back to Oct. 18. All of those affected are in isolation at home or other locations, spokeswoman Erin Rees said.

Suncor shut down part of the site where 17 of the employees worked, but the outbreak has not affected oil production, she said.

Some provinces are reintroducing bans on indoor dining and limiting the size of gatherings.

Manitoba, which has the highest rate of active cases per capita among provinces, said it would tighten restrictions starting on Monday. In Winnipeg, where most cases are located, all restaurants and bars will close to in-person dining.

Trudeau said authorities know more now about the pandemic than they did six months ago.

“There are things we can do to help to control the pandemic, the second wave, without – we hope – having to impose a nationwide shutdown,” he told the briefing.

Additional reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Moira Warburton in Toronto; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Aurora Ellis and Sonya Hepinstall

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Veteran does 176,200 push-ups during blood cancer fight to honor others with disease

One veteran is truly showing what it means to be “Army Strong.”

Former Army Sgt. Nathan Tirey on the last day of his personal push-up challenge.

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Former Army Sgt. Nathan Tirey on the last day of his personal push-up challenge.

When former Army Sgt. Nathan Tirey found out that he had blood cancer in 2019, he was determined to fight the illness alongside his fellow Americans battling the same disease.

Tirey decided to complete one push-up for each American diagnosed with blood cancer annually. This October, Tirey completed his 176,200th push-up.

a person standing posing for the camera: Former Army Sgt. Nathan Tirey was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2019 and decided to complete 176,200 push-ups while going through treatment.

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Former Army Sgt. Nathan Tirey was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2019 and decided to complete 176,200 push-ups while going through treatment.

Tirey documented the personal challenge on his YouTube channel, Pushing Through Cancer, which he used to raise awareness about his mission and those affected by blood cancer.

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Even on the days he received treatment, Tirey would average around 484 push-ups a day.

“I’m in treatment right now, so I’m doing it while I’m getting treated,” Tirey shared on YouTube.

Tiery’s children, Nathan Tirey Jr. and Victoria Tirey, joined him on his last day of push-ups nearly a year after he was diagnosed.

After the final push, his wife, Megan Tirey, gave him a kiss. Nathan Tirey was overcome with gratitude for all of the support.

Former Army Sgt. Nathan Tirey on the last day of his personal push-up challenge.

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Former Army Sgt. Nathan Tirey on the last day of his personal push-up challenge.

“Dealing with the treatment and everything this year… This helped me [with] mentallybeing able to withstand that,” Tirey said in a YouTube video.

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Tirey told “World News Tonight” on Wednesday that fighting through hard times is what brings Americans together.

“It’s always a grind to go through hard times and I want America to remember that we all have hard times. That’s something that bonds us together,” Tirey said. “We all go through hardships and hard times, but we can get through it if we just push through and put one foot in front of the other.”

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Hibs cup hero Lewis Stevenson in desperate fight for fitness ahead of Hearts clash

Hibernian’s Lewis Stevenson is in a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final derby. Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group
Hibernian’s Lewis Stevenson is in a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final derby. Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group

Lewis Stevenson, who was part of the League Cup winning side in 2007 and one of the men who will go down in history after he helped end the Leith side’s 114-year Scottish Cup drought, in 2016, hobbled away from Rugby Park in a protective boot after he rolled his ankle in the 1-0 triumph over Kilmarnock last weekend.

Jack Ross, who won one and lost one of his first two derbies as Hibs manager, had hoped that the injury would improve in time for the trip to Hampden, but the prognosis is not looking good and the 32-year-old left-back looks set to miss out on the Capital derby.

Overshadowed by young Josh Doig when the Premiership season got under way, the veteran defender had forced his way back into the starting line-up at the beginning of October.

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But, in what could be the only derby of the season against Championship Hearts, Scotland U-19 starlet Doig now looks likely to step back in.

In more positive news, the Hibs boss is hoping to have at least one of his wingers back to bolster his attacking options.

Drey Wright and Jamie Murphy, who are recovering from groin and hamstring niggles respectively, came close to being in contention for the game with Kilmarnock, but it was decided not to risk them due to the plastic pitch. Their rehabilitation remains on track, though, and there is an expectation that at least one of them will feature against Robbie Neilson’s Hearts side.

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How Europe’s Fight Against Covid-19 Went Awry Over the Summer

In the battle against Covid-19, Europe is looking back at a summer of squandered opportunities.

With the virus suppressed following months of intensive social restrictions last spring, European leaders quickly moved to accelerate the reopening of society to try to spur an economic recovery. But pockets of infection persisted, and few countries had put in place adequate systems to track and lock down local outbreaks. Making matters worse, in several regions infection rates never fell to a level where such systems could work effectively.

The result: A second wave of infections washing across the continent that is proving difficult to manage and poses the risk that Europe will have to live with high infection rates well into next year.

“People assumed the situation was under control but it wasn’t,” said Rafael Bengoa, the co-director of the Institute for Health and Strategy in Bilbao, Spain. “The fire was out but the embers weren’t.”

European nations are trying to strike a middle path, neither fully repressing the virus nor fully opening up their economies, a vast experiment in how to manage a pandemic without infringing too extensively on civil liberties or destroying livelihoods.

Most are now experimenting with localized restrictions in virus hot spots. But the balancing act is set to be sorely tested as public compliance with rules frays and the death toll again climbs. Already some leaders are abandoning the lighter-touch strategy. Ireland’s government recently announced a six-week lockdown.

“It is just very difficult,” said Lawrence Freedman, a professor at King’s College London. “People talk as if there is an obvious policy to follow but there isn’t.”

The race to return to a form of normality fanned the virus. Across the continent universities welcomed back students, the U.K. government subsidized millions of restaurant meals to get people to eat out, newly reopened borders saw tourists flock to night clubs in Spain and beaches in France. With the virus out of sight, people’s behavior relaxed.

“Authorities prioritized the economy over health, thinking that during the summer nothing would happen,” said Saúl Ares, researcher at the National Center for Biotechnology of Spain’s National Research Council.

Today that has left leaders with little option but to reimpose restrictions to slow the virus’s spread. A state of emergency has been declared in France and Spain. Paris is under nightly curfew and Madrid is locked down. People living in Wales are advised to leave the house only for exercise. Face masks have been made compulsory in Italy, even outdoors. Though these restrictions aren’t yet as stringent as the total closures seen earlier this year, they are likely to both dent economic growth and test the morale of populations in the winter months, experts say.

On the whole, European countries are in a better place to handle the pandemic than in March. Testing capacity has vastly expanded and hospitals are better able to treat the sick. Europeans are now accustomed to social distancing and wearing masks in public.

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Inside One Nursing Home’s Fight to Keep COVID-19 Out

Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle is a large senior community for older adults. Known as “the Mount,” it is home to more than 400 adults who need some type of help with their daily living activities or require 24-hour care. The Mount has 215 skilled nursing beds and 109 assisted living apartments. It also has a transitional care unit for people discharged from a hospital who need rehabilitation services and/or additional nursing care before going home. There is also an on-site preschool for 125 children. Before the pandemic, the Mount provided inter-generational art, music and other programs that older residents and children participated in together. The pandemic has prompted a temporary suspension of the inter-generational programs.

Each of the Mount’s 500 caregivers has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis in different ways. Here, U.S. News profiles two of them: The nursing assistant who was inspired to care for residents infected with COVID-19 after his father suddenly died of the disease, and the clinical director who developed safety protocols under pressure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Dorin Dobresenciuc, a certified nursing assistant at Providence Mount St. Vincent, was inspired to provide care for COVID-19 patients after his father died suddenly of the disease.(Courtesy of Providence Mount St. Vincent)

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Losing his father suddenly to COVID-19 in April threw Dorin Dobresenciuc into a well of sorrow – and inspired him to care for nursing home residents suffering from the deadly disease.

In early April, as the COVID-19 pandemic slammed the U.S., Dobresenciuc worked as a caregiver at a nursing home in Seattle while worrying about his ailing father more than 5,300 miles away in Italy.

The elder Dobresenciuc had fallen ill, afflicted by a bad cough. His wife – Dobresenciuc’s mother – and other family members urged him to go to the hospital. But at the time, hospitals in Italy were in crisis mode, overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Believing that his condition wasn’t so bad, his father decided to ride out his illness at home. Within 48 hours, his condition worsened, and he was admitted to a hospital.

The elder Dobresenciuc never left. Two days after he entered the hospital, he died of COVID-19.

“His poor body just gave out,” Dobresenciuc says. “I knew he’d died, but I couldn’t believe it.” He was in his mid-60s.

As soon as he learned his father had died, Dobresenciuc tried to take a leave of absence from his job as a nursing assistant at the Mount. He made three separate flight reservations, but was unable to travel because the Italian government had virtually shut down air travel as part of its effort to blunt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

His inability to mourn with his family deepened his sense of helplessness.

An outpouring of support from his colleagues at the Mount helped buoy his spirits. Seemingly every coworker – some of whom he didn’t know and

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The Latest: UN chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed.

The result, he says, is every country is taking its own sometimes contradictory actions, and the virus is moving “from east to west, north to south,” with second waves of infections now affecting many countries.

Ahead of the Group of 20 summit next month, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with The Associated Press that he hopes the international community now understands “they need to be much more coordinated in fighting the virus.”

Guterres says the United Nations also will be “strongly advocating” during the G-20 summit for a guarantee that when a vaccine is available, “it becomes indeed available and affordable for everyone, everywhere.”



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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 155 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, its highest daily jump in more than 40 days as officials struggle to stem transmissions at hospitals and nursing homes.

The figures announced Friday brought the national caseload to 25,698, including 455 deaths. Officials say most of the new cases were local transmissions and primarily in the Seoul region, where hundreds of infections have been tied to a handful of hospitals and nursing homes.

A nursing home in Namyangju, east of Seoul, has emerged as the latest cluster of infections, with officials putting the facility under isolation after more than 30 workers and residents tested positive. Around 120 infections have been linked to a hospital in nearby Gwangju.

Friday’s daily jump was the highest since Sept. 11 when 176 new infections were reported.


BOISE, Idaho — A regional health board in northern Idaho has voted narrowly to repeal a local mask mandate, acting moments after hearing how the region’s hospital has been overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and is looking at sending people as far away as Seattle for care.

The board heard Thursday that the hospital in Coeur d’Alene reached 99% capacity the previous day, even after doubling up patients in rooms and buying more beds. The board in Kootenai County then voted 4-3 to end the mask mandate. Kootenai is the third most populous county in conservative Idaho.

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