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A fresh lockdown coming into force within days will have left many frantically cancelling appointments.

But a date with the dentist is a vital service – and many will be concerned they will lose their appointments as businesses are forced to shut down once again.

Dentists were closed to all but emergency appointments during the early stages of the first lockdown. 

But there will be different rules in place for the second national lockdown, which comes into force from Thursday, October 5, until at least Wednesday, December 2.

People will be allowed to leave their homes for medical appointments

Dentists will remain open during the fresh coronavirus lockdown that kicks in on Thursday, it has been confirmed.

They will remain open for appointments, including regular check-ups during England’s second major shut-down.

Businesses including non-essential shops will be forced to closed once again in the government’s latest bid to curb spread of Covid-19.

But the British Association of Private Dentistry assured dental practices were considered essential.

The association tweeted: “Despite an impending lockdown private practices will remain OPEN.

“It’s safe and essential to attend the dentist.

“We remain open to all, for both routine and emergency treatments. #DentalCare”.

One of the reasons people are permitted to leave their home is for “medical reasons, appointments or to escape injury”.


Boris Johnson urged people to continue to use the NHS for treatment during his speech on Saturday, in which he outlined the new rules.

He said: “So please – this is really important – unless your clinicians tell you otherwise, you should continue to use the NHS, get your scans, turn up for your appointments and pick up your treatments.

“If at all possible, we want you to continue to access these services, now and through the winter.

“Indeed it’s only by taking this action that we can protect the NHS for you.”

Under the new rules, people are allowed to leave the house for a limited number of reasons.

There will be no time limit on how long people can go out for exercise.

People can also go outdoors for recreation with their own household, or on their own with one person from another household.

People will not be allowed to meet in homes and gardens, except for with members of their household ‘bubble’.

People can also leave home to shop for food and essentials and to provide care for vulnerable people or volunteering work.

Overnight stays outside of the home will only be allowed for work purposes, the new rules state.

Click here for a list of reasons you are allowed to leave the house under the new coronavirus lockdown rules.

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Slovakia tested most of the country in two days. Here’s how they did it and what they found

The European country decided to embark on the gargantuan quest to test everyone over the age of 10 after Covid-19 cases started spiking last month. Dubbed operation “Joint responsibility,” the program was the first attempt at large-scale blanket testing in Europe.

Just over 1% of those taking part tested positive, about 38,359 people in total, according to the official website of the program.

The program was first piloted on October 23 in Orava and Bardejov, two regions with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country. Nearly 141,000 people, 91% of those who were eligible, got tested in the two regions over the three days of the pilot.

In the rest of the country, the testing took place simultaneously on Saturday and Sunday. The government encouraged everyone older than 10 to take part in the voluntary program. People older than 65 years who spend most of their time at home, people with disabilities, cancer patients, immunocompromised people and other vulnerable groups were exempt.

Mike Tildesley, an infectious disease modeling expert at the University Warwick and a UK government scientific adviser, said that effective mass testing could be used in the long term as an alternative to lockdown to control the spread of disease.

“However, it is important to realize that just because someone tests negative it does not mean that they will necessarily be free from infection a few days later,” he said. “So any mass testing strategy needs to be carried out at regular intervals (every few days) in order to be an effective strategy and to allow some lockdown measures to be relaxed.”

The government said it was considering running a second round of the mass testing later this month, but no decision has been made yet.

The Slovak program used rapid antigen tests which provide results in minutes. Unlike the molecular diagnostic (PCR) tests, antigen tests don’t have to be processed in a lab, so they are faster and cheaper. But they can also be less reliable. While the PCR tests look for the virus’ genetic material, the antigen test looks for pieces of protein from the virus.

The Slovak military has been in charge of the testing campaign which required the deployment of 40,463 staff, including 14,500 health workers and 6,319 soldiers, to nearly 5,000 testing locations across the country.

The testing was voluntary, but those who decided to skip it will have to continue comply with stricter coronavirus restrictions and will not be allowed to leave their homes unless they are carrying out one of a few narrowly-defined exempt activities until Sunday.
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Those who tested negative no longer have to comply with the strictest restrictions as long as they can prove their negative status with an official certificate. People who tested positive now have to quarantine — either at home, or in one of dozens of designated hotels across the country.

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Igor Matovic on Sunday praised those who were involved in the program. “Village and city mayors, civil servants, village or

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As Covid cases climb, testing options grow. Here’s a look at what’s new.

If you are exposed to someone with Covid-19 and want to know if you caught it, your choices are much better than just a few months ago. You can go to urgent cares, retail pharmacies, doctors’ offices and private laboratories for a variety of tests and rapid results – a critical expansion of choices at a time when new cases are spiking in Florida and the U.S.

The state has ditched the slow-processing labs, secured quicker tests and cut wait times from the early months of the pandemic. Floridians will now find a range of choices on places to go, types of tests, and turnaround speed.

Earlier this week, Alex Morton found out at 5 p.m. his roommate had tested positive for the virus, and wanted to know if he could go to work the next day. Morton rushed to a nearby Fort Lauderdale urgent clinic open until 9 p.m., took a coronavirus test and learned he was negative the next morning. “It was a relief,” he said.

No appointment required

Many urgent care centers in South Florida offer evening hours for testing. Holy Cross Hospital operates urgent care centers in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs and says patients can get results with 8 to 10 hours.

If you’d rather test yourself at home, Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp, two of the nation’s biggest laboratories, will deliver collection kits to take a sample and send it back for processing. Quest charges $119 for the test.

Costco offers its members do-it-yourself Covid-19 tests that involve spitting into a small tube and sending it to a lab. For $129.99, you’ll get results 24-72 hours after the lab gets the test. For $10 more, you can get results 24-48 hours after the test arrives at the lab.

If you prefer drive-thru testing, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS, have it available at certain South Florida locations.

CVS Minute Clinics have begun to offer rapid tests with 30-minute results, but so far the nine Florida locations are in the central area of the state and the pharmacy hasn’t announced when they will be available in South Florida.

The state continues to run numerous walk-up and drive-thru testing sites in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Many are open seven days a week, but all close by 6 p.m. and some much earlier. Appointments are not required but some locations make them available.

Currently, the Hard Rock Stadium in North Miami-Dade County is the busiest, but not nearly as bad as the early days. “Anyone who wants a test can get one. We are not seeing the challenges of when we first started,” said Mike Jachle, chair of the Florida Association of Public Information Officers, which supports the state at the test sites.

Some cities like Miramar also have opened their own free test sites. Miramar’s self-administered saliva test given at Miramar Regional Park has a 48 hour turnaround time.

Anyone can get tested, for free

In most cases, you do not have to pay for a

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Here’s how the FDA is advising hospitals to prepare for future public-health emergencies

While the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over — and not even close to slowing down — the Food and Drug Administration is already looking toward the next public health emergency.

The FDA has released a list of essential medications that hospitals should stock up on in the event of a public-health emergency. (Getty Images)
The FDA has released a list of essential medications that hospitals should stock up on in the event of a public-health emergency. (Getty Images)

On Friday, the FDA released a list of essential medications and “medical countermeasures” — which include drugs and devices for “a potential public health emergency stemming from a terrorist attack with a biological, chemical, or radiological/nuclear material, or a naturally occurring emerging disease” — that are needed to help combat future threats to public health.

The list, which contains 223 drug and biological product essential medicines and medical countermeasures, along with 96 medical devices, features items that the FDA has deemed “medically necessary to have available at all times in an amount adequate to serve patient needs and in the appropriate dosage forms,” according to a press release issued by the agency.

“Basically, it’s a list of meds and devices to cover many conditions so that hospitals will be fully prepared in the event that there are mass shortages,” Jamie Alan, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, explains to Yahoo Life. “This would be something the pharmacy could cross-check to make sure they were stocked up on everything they need.”

The list was created on the prompting of an executive order issued in early August.

“The goal of this work is to ensure the American public is protected against outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, as well as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats,” the release says. “To accomplish this goal, the executive order seeks to ensure sufficient and reliable, long-term domestic production of these products, and to minimize potential shortages by reducing our dependence on foreign manufacturers of these products.”

Ventilators were among the nearly 100 essential medical devices included on the FDA's list, which largely covered medications. (Getty Images)
Ventilators were among the nearly 100 essential medical devices included on the FDA’s list, which largely covered medications. (Getty Images)

The medications identified are ones that are “most needed for patients in U.S. acute care medical facilities, which specialize in short-term treatment for severe injuries or illnesses, and urgent medical conditions,” the release says. The devices include diagnostic testing kits, supplies for rapid test development and processing, personal protective equipment, active vital-sign monitoring devices, devices for vaccine delivery and medical devices like ventilators.

According to the FDA, the items that made the list are what the agency anticipates “will be needed to respond to future pandemics, epidemics, and chemical, biological and radiological/nuclear threats.”

“When identifying essential medicines and medical countermeasures, we focused on including those that are medically necessary to have available in adequate supply which can be used for the widest populations to have the greatest potential impact on public health,” the release says.

The list will be used by federal partners to “carry out directives in the executive order, such as facilitating domestic production and increasing the domestic procurement of items on the

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Solano County could move back to purple tier soon: Here’s why

Solano is currently in the red tier in the state of California’s reopening plan, but officials said case rates are increasing and the county could be moved back to the more restrictive purple tier indicating widespread infection.

The county is urging residents to wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of distance and avoid large gatherings.

Dr. Bela Matyas, the county’s health officer, told KCBS Radio that county residents have recently held several large gatherings, including a funeral with more than 300 people, a wedding and an event at a private ranch attended by dozens.

“In all these situations people were in close contact and not social distancing,” Matyas said.


Gov. Gavin Newsom’s system sorts counties into four tiers — “purple” (widespread), “red” (substantial), “orange” (moderate) or “yellow” (minimal) — that measure the spread of COVID-19 and dictate what types of businesses and activities are allowed to open. The structure allows counties to be more restrictive and move more slowly than the state in its reopening if they wish.

The county tier status is based on the number of new cases per 100,000 residents and the adjusted positivity rate. This month, the state announced it’s now also taking into account an equity metric to address the fact that low-income, Latino, Black and Pacific Islander communities have been disproportionately impacted.

Each county is assigned its tier every Tuesday, and a county must remain in a tier for 21 consecutive days before moving to the next one. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for 14 consecutive days. A county can move backward by failing to meet the criteria for two consecutive weeks, or if state officials see a rapid rise in hospitalizations.

If Solano were to fall back into the purple tier, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and places of worship would no longer be able to host people indoors.

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state: Here's a look at the color-coded tier sytem with criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state: Here’s a look at the color-coded tier sytem with criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

As cases rise in the Solano County, the Department of Health and Social Services reported the first flu and COVID-19 co-infection in a person in the county.

The infected individual is under the age of 65 and Bela told CBS this person works in the healthcare sector though transmission didn’t occur at work.

“This person, to the best of our knowledge, didn’t acquire it in the workplace. They did what so many other people did all over the country: they got together with family and friends and let their guard down,” Matyas said.

The incident is a reminder for residents to get their flu shots, he said.

“With the likelihood of both COVID-19 and seasonal flu activity this winter, contracting either disease may weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to the other disease,” said Matyas said in a statement. “Getting a flu vaccine this year is more important than ever, and flu vaccines are the best way to

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