Sore Jaws, Cracked Teeth COVID Collateral Damage

Sept. 18, 2020 — Stella Acosta is one of those patients a dentist loves. Even with a busy schedule, she never missed her every-3-month dental cleaning, a schedule she and her dentist decided was best to prevent problems.

But that was before the pandemic. “I was due to go in when COVID hit,” says Acosta, 61, of Seal Beach, CA, a CPA who also teaches accounting at California State University, Fullerton. Then, in mid-March, the American Dental Association recommended dental offices close for all but emergency and urgent care, and that included Acosta’s dentist.

She was taking it all in stride — or so she thought — until her tooth grinding, which has been a minor issue, suddenly became major. “I noticed more pain in my jaw area,” she says. Then, one by one, as she was eating, three teeth cracked. “Two actually broke in half,”

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Lose a stone in six weeks to beat Covid with the Batch Lady’s recipes and healthy eating plan

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THIS diet plan is for two adults. Any leftover food can be kept and used the following week.

Leftover food from your shopping list can be used the following week


Leftover food from your shopping list can be used the following weekCredit: Getty – Contributor


  • 750g 5% lean minced beef
  • 10 low-fat sausages
  • 10 chicken breasts
  • 4 salmon fillets


  • 40 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 small packs raspberries
  • 2 small packs blueberries
  • 8 small bananas
  • 14 apples
  • 2 satsumas
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 brown onions
  • 2 x 600g pack diced vegetable soup mix
  • 2 x 400g pack Chef’s Base diced vegetables
  • 2 red peppers
  • 200g green beans
  • 4 medium-sized baking potatoes
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 2 large romaine lettuces (used for beef taco boats and lunches)
  • 400g new potatoes


  • 14 eggs
  • 300g pre-grated low-fat cheddar
  • 1 litre skimmed milk
  • 1kg pot, plus another 500g pot,
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COVID magnifies impact of lifestyle choices on oral health

For many people, routine dental care was unavailable during the pandemic, as many dental offices were forced to close. And while most practices today are up and running, clearing patient backlogs has been complicated by staff shortages and the extra time needed for enhanced cleaning between appointments. 

Then there’s the, shall we call it, “lapsing behavior” on the side of patients. In the wake of the pandemic, Americans have increased their intake of tobacco and alcohol and other sugary drinks — often at the expense of their oral health — said Daphne Wilson, hygiene director for Hudec Dental, a regional practice in the Greater Cleveland area.  

“We are seeing an alarming increase in both cavities and periodontal disease during routine care appointments,” Wilson said.

A fraction of that, she confirmed, can be attributed to delays in dental care. Along with appointment backlogs that often limited access to routine checkups, COVID

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Hospitals, Nursing Homes Fail to Separate COVID Patients, Putting Others at Risk

Nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center were on edge as early as March when patients with COVID-19 began to show up in areas of the hospital that were not set aside to care for them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had advised hospitals to isolate COVID patients to limit staff exposure and help conserve high-level personal protective equipment that’s been in short supply.

Yet COVID patients continued to be scattered through the Oakland hospital, according to complaints to California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The concerns included the sixth-floor medical unit where veteran nurse Janine Paiste-Ponder worked.

COVID patients on that floor were not

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‘We don’t have children’: All students at Oakville child care centre inside school in self-isolation and classrooms closed due to multiple COVID cases

At least two cases of COVID-19 at an Oakville elementary school have led to at least a dozen students being told to self-isolate, according to a child care centre connected to the school.

Kyle Barber, president and CEO of YMCA Oakville, said there are 12 students who go to the before and after school program at Sunningdale Public School and they have all been told to self-isolate due to two positive COVID-19 cases at the school. The self-isolation started Sept. 15, he said.

Two classrooms at the school have also been closed, according to the Halton District School Board website.

While Barber fell short of saying the YMCA program at the school is closed, he added that there are currently no parents or children utilizing the program due to the self-isolation requirements.

“We don’t have children currently,” he said in an interview Wednesday, Sept. 23. “I can verify some staff

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UK medical advisor: COVID cases could rise exponentially

Britain’s top medical adviser says the country has, in a “very bad sense,” turned a corner on COVID-19 infection rates, with figures suggesting there will be an exponential growth in the disease unless action is taken

LONDON — Britain’s top medical adviser says the country has, in a “very bad sense,” turned a corner on COVID-19 infection rates, with figures suggesting there will be an exponential growth in the disease unless action is taken.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told the public on Monday that rates are going in the “wrong direction” amid expectations the government is preparing to announce new measures to control the pandemic.

He says “we have in a very bad sense, literally turned a corner,” after weeks of increasing infection rates.

Prime Minister

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COVID vaccine: What happens after coronavirus vaccination is approved in America

WASHINGTON (WTVD) — When a vaccine for COVID-19 gets approval in the United States, it will still take time to inoculate everybody in America.

According to ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will likely release guidelines and details about the vaccine rollout across the country in the coming weeks.

Ashton expects CDC to give a final recommendation sometime in October.

RELATED: US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccine to all Americans — but no quick rollout

But the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has recently released a draft of its proposed guidelines which divide the rollout into five stages:

Stage 1 – Health care workers & first responders (5% of the population)
Stage 2 – People with medical conditions & older adults in dense settings (10% of the population)
Stage 3 – Essential workers, teachers, people in

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Insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID extended for 6 month

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The central government on Tuesday extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19 for another 180 days. It was announced on March 30 for a period of 90 days and was extended further for 90 days.

This Central Sector Scheme provides an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh to health care providers, including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and therefore at risk of being infected. It also includes accidental loss of life on account of contracting COVID-19.

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Don’t restrict supply of medical oxygen: Centre to states as daily Covid cases surge : The Tribune India

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 11

As COVID-19 in the country cases reached 45,62,414 on Friday with a record 96,551 cases in a day, the Centre asked the states not to restrict the movement of medical oxygen needed to save critical patients.

“It has come to the knowledge of the Health Ministry that some states are trying to curb the free inter-state movement of oxygen supplies by exercising provisions under various Acts and also mandating the manufacturers and suppliers located in the state to restrict their oxygen supplies to only the hospitals of the state. In a letter written to the states and Union Territories, the Union Health Secretary has emphasised that the availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen is an important pre-requisite for managing moderate and severe cases of COVID-19,” Centre said as recoveries touched 35,42,663 with 70,880 new recoveries in the past

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Demand on Huddersfield children’s charity was three times higher during Covid peak

The Yorkshire Children’s Centre has revealed it experienced record levels of demand during the first three months of the coronavirus crisis.

The Huddersfield town centre based charity’s services helped almost 6,000 people in the initial 12 weeks of lockdown – three times more than in the whole of the 2019 calendar year.

And staff say demand has remained high as Kirklees’ battle with the pandemic continues.

The charity was set up in the 1970s by Brian Jackson, one of the founders of Childline, and continues to support vulnerable children and families across Kirklees.

During the pandemic managers accelerated the roll out of a community anchor service for Batley and Birstall – soft-launched in January – to help mitigate growing need in North Kirklees.

Initially set up to assist the NHS with “social prescribing” – providing health-related help to the community – the service was implemented to assist with the integration

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