Vice President Venkaiah Naidu credits physical fitness and ‘desi’ food for his speedy recovery

Venkaiah Naidu wearing a suit and tie: He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.

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He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has credited his speedy recovery from Coronavirus to his physical fitness, mental tenacity and desi food. In a long blog posted from his facebook account, the Vice President said that he firmly believed that it was his physical fitness and strict adherence to traditional food which ensured his recovery from the disease despite his old age and him being a diabetes patient.

“I could overcome COVID-19 infection because of my physical fitness, mental tenacity, regular physical exercise like walking and yoga, apart from eating only desi (traditional) food,” the Vice President wrote in his blog. He also said that he always preferred to eat traditional food and continued the practice during the quarantine period as well.

Naidu also urged his followers to include some form of physical exercise in their daily regimen like walking or Yoga in addition to advising against the consumption of junk food. Being a workaholic, Naidu, who had been under home quarantine for about a fortnight, kept busy with reading loads of books on India’s freedom struggle. A regular writer for a number of India’s dailies, Naidu also posted two articles every week on the same issue on facebook to apprise his followers of the role of many unsung heroes of the independence movement.

VP Naidu had contracted the disease on September 29 after which he went under home quarantine. After conducting the RT-PCR test, the team of doctors attending the Vice President declared him recovered after his report came negative on October 12. Naidu in his blog thanked the team of doctors and other staff members for taking care of him. He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.

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Nicole Chappelle Joins Ametros as Vice President of Settlement Solutions

Ametros welcomes Nicole Chappelle as Vice President of Settlement Solutions, leading the professional administrator’s strategy for comprehensive and innovative settlement initiatives.

“Nicole’s strong background in workers’ compensation, working with insurers, third-party administrators and other stakeholders in the settlement process, makes her well qualified to support our clients and partners and guide injured individuals through the settlement process,” said Mark Doherty, Executive Vice President of Sales.

Chappelle brings 28 years of experience to this newly created position, most recently as Claims Auditor Claims Central Audit for AmTrust Financial Services. She is a former Assistant Vice President for Gallagher Bassett and has served in litigation management, hearing representation, and claims supervision for several insurance companies. She started her career with Travelers Insurance.

Chappelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara and her expertise spans workers’ compensation statutes, regulations, and case law.

“Nicole brings a lot of value, especially right now as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is sharing its concerns with self-administered Medicare Set Asides and as various stakeholders, including payers and attorneys representing injured workers leverage professional administration more in the settlement process,” Doherty added.

In addition to administering MSAs, Ametros helps members navigate the healthcare system and reduce their medical and pharmaceutical costs. Members can receive discounts on office visits, durable medical equipment, home health services, and pharmacy and other healthcare services related to their injuries.


Ametros is the industry leader in post-settlement medical administration and a trusted partner for thousands of members receiving funds from workers’ compensation and liability settlements. Founded in 2010, Ametros provides post-settlement medical management services with significant medical and pharmacy discounts along with automated payment technology and Medicare reporting tools. Headquartered just north of Boston in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Ametros may be reached at 877.275.7415 or via

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President Trump returns to the Oval Office

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has returned to the Oval Office for the first time since he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Spokesman Brian Morgenstern confirmed that the president has returned to the Oval Office. He has been convalescing in the White House residence since he returned from a three-night hospital stay on Monday evening.

Trump is likely still contagious with the virus.

Morgenstern says of the Oval Office return that there are “certainly ways to do it without compromising anyone.”

White House officials say they have put additional safeguards in place to protect staff who may interact with the president, including requiring full personal protective equipment.

Morgenstern says Trump is being briefed on economic stimulus talks and a potentially devastating hurricane heading toward the Gulf Coast.



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— Ethics experts say the special treatment Trump received to access an experimental COVID-19 drug raises fairness issues and public’s right to know about his condition.

— Tennessee will not be returning to the team’s facility after two more players tested positive and New England Patriots have canceled practice through Thursday amid reports that a third player has tested positive for the coronavirus.

— Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at and



PARIS — France set a grim new record on Wednesday, with more than 18,700 new cases of COVID-19 infections detected in the past 24 hours.

Health officials said that more than 80 people died of the virus in 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the coronavirus to 32,445, among the highest counts in Europe.

In another high, the rate of positives in the increasing number of tests being conducted is over 9 percent, the public health agency said.

Authorities have been trying to beat back the worrying increase in infections that began after the summer holidays when people let down their guard, but do not want to return the nation to the strict two-month lockdown that ended in mid-May.

A day ago, bars were closed down in the Paris area — placed on a maximum alert level — and restaurants are being forced to comply with strict conditions if they want to remain open, like taking names and phone numbers of each client.

Festive activities were banned. Paris far outpaces other French cities for the number of people hospitalized and treated in ICUs, including Marseille, another trouble spot.

On Monday, the director of the Regional Health Authority, Aurelien Rousseau, said about 3,500 new cases of infection were confirmed on average each day in the Paris region, and 36% of ICU beds in the area were occupied by COVID-19 patients.


Donald Trump, M.D.: How the President Shapes His Treatment

President Donald Trump didn’t want to go to the hospital in the first place. Trump was admitted only after Chief of Staff Mark Meadows insisted he leave the White House when he spiked a fever Friday morning, was coughing and his blood oxygen level threatened to dip dangerously low, say two current White House officials. All along, Trump’s been a challenging patient, insisting on shaping the course of his care as well as stage managing how his health is projected to the public.

After being shuttled to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center by helicopter on Friday evening, Trump pressed to be sent home all weekend. He pushed his doctors to find a way to administer back at the White House the aggressive therapies he’s been receiving. On Monday, he announced his hospital discharge on Twitter hours before it happened, a tactic he’s often used to ram through a decision his staff were slow-walking. It didn’t take long for Trump to spin his return to the White House into a campaign tagline. “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump wrote on Twitter. He later tweeted about the day’s 1.68% stock market gain, a metric he watches closely, and likes to take credit for.

Medical doctors warn Trump could still be a few days away from what can the most dangerous part of the COVID-19 disease cycle, called the cytokine storm, when the body’s immune response rages and can overwhelm its own function. “He’s a high risk individual and he is now entering a potentially unstable part of his clinical course,” says Dr. Howard Koh, a Harvard professor on health policy who was a senior health official in the Obama Administration. “The last thing we want for his health is to be discharged too early and be readmitted.”

During his hospital stay, while peppering doctors with his own ideas for his treatment, Trump has also insisted on projecting an image of working, putting out photos and videos that show him upright and not infirm, despite the severity of his condition that the unusually aggressive cocktail of drugs he is taking would suggest.

On Saturday evening, for example, after he started a steroid treatment used for patients with severe bouts of COVID-19, Trump sat for two photographs taken ten minutes apart of him with what appear to be the same folders and documents on two different tables in two different rooms. Then on Sunday, Trump put his own health and the health of two accompanying Secret Service officers in jeopardy by staging a ride past supporters in his limousine, a move that was “really ill advised,” Koh says.

As Trump moves back into his residence, Trump’s doctors will continue the full-court-press-style therapeutic treatment that, for any other patient who is not the President of the United States, would not be given anywhere but in a hospital. He has one more intravenous drip of the antiviral drug Remdesivir that has been shown to help slow the

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wishes President Trump would wear a mask more

COLUMBUS – President Donald Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis proves frequent testing isn’t a substitute for wearing a mask, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.

“I wish the president would wear the mask more,” DeWine told reporters. “I wish he’d wear it all the time when he was in public. I said that before he had the coronavirus.”

Trump revealed early Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and then spent three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He returned to the White House Monday, tweeting “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

DeWine said Ohioans should not be afraid of the virus, but they should not discount it either.

“Even the leader of our great country can get the virus,” DeWine said. “It can happen to anyone. No one is immune.” 

When DeWine met Trump on Air Force One before a Dayton rally last month, the Republican governor and his wife wore masks while the president did not.

DeWine has encouraged attendees of Trump rallies to wear masks. However, he has not limited attendance or enforced mask requirements there, saying that would violate the First Amendment right to political speech. 

Even frequent coronavirus testing – like Trump receives and all attendees of the Cleveland debate were subject to – cannot substitute for mask-wearing and social distancing, DeWine said.

“They have to go together,” DeWine said.

Bengals allowed 12K fans – but that’s it

Don’t expect more than 12,000 fans in Paul Brown Stadium anytime soon.

DeWine’s administration recently allowed the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns to increase the number of fans in the stands from 6,000 to 12,000. But that’s likely it, the governor said.

DeWine said there’s no magic number, but 12,000 fans seemed to be the right number to practice social distancing and reduce the opportunity for COVID-19 to spread. 

“We have an obligation to provide a safe environment for people who go in there,” said DeWine, adding that games can last several hours in close proximity to many people under normal circumstances. 

DeWine hasn’t yet made a decision about whether to change the 10 p.m. last call order on bars. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has asked DeWine to lift the order, citing unintended consequences of violence in the city.

How to avoid unnecessary student quarantines 

After hearing school administrator concerns about quarantining large numbers of students, Ohio’s leaders hope to deploy rapid testing to find out whether children who came in contact with an infected person get the virus. 

Right now, students might be quarantined and kept home from school if they are in contact with a student who tests positive for COVID-19 even if they didn’t have prolonged exposure. 

DeWine hopes to study the current guidance on student quarantine and come up with recommendations.

However, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released yesterday emphasized that regardless of negative test results, people should self-quarantine for 14 days after exposure.

Rapid antigen tests have been authorized for use only

Fauci warns president may relapse as deaths could double


President Donald Trump returned to the White House after three days at Walter Reed. He removed his mask on the steps of the balcony.


President Donald Trump rolled out of Walter Reed hospital confidently urging the nation not to fear the coronavirus despite experts’ warning that the U.S. death toll, at more than 210,000, could almost double by year’s end.

Experts warned that the commander in chief may not have seen the worst of the virus.

“Don’t be afraid of Covid,” Trump tweeted hours before his release Monday after a three-day hospital stay. “Don’t let it dominate your life.”

Anthony Fauci, an expert on infectious diseases who has exhorted the nation for months to wear masks and maintain social distance, told CNN that although it’s unlikely, Trump could face “a reversal – meaning going in the wrong direction and get into trouble.”

A White House-themed online gift shop may be offering $100 “Trump Beat COVID” commemorative coins too soon. The danger window can easily stretch to 10 days, said Mangala Narasimhan, an intensive care physician in New Hyde Park, New York. 

“Saying that he beat COVID now is extremely premature, especially for someone his age,” Narasimhan told USA TODAY on Tuesday. “He is not out of the woods yet.”

From COVID-19 to voting: Is Trump the nation’s single largest disinformation source?

More: A visual guide to President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 treatment

Trump, 74, tweeted that the United States, under his administration, has developed “some really great drugs & knowledge.” 

Lucy McBride, an internal medicine physician at Foxhall Internists in Washington, said professionals know a lot more about the coronavirus than they did in March but don’t have drugs to prevent hospitalization and severe illness.

“We have a long way to go on therapeutics – drugs,” she said. “The best defense against the virus is our own behavior – masks, distancing, avoiding crowded spaces  and hand washing – as we buy time for drug development.”

White House physician Sean Conley said Trump would continue taking the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone at the White House, where he will receive “24/7 world-class medical care.” The president tweeted that he feels better than “I did 20 years ago!”

“I am very worried that people will take this to mean that ‘if he can beat COVID, I can beat COVID,’” said Narasimhan, senior vice president for critical care services at Northwell Health. “I don’t think that we can take any real lessons (from Trump’s illness) except that he did get sick. Pretending this is not a real disease will not help.”

Much of the nation does not have “world-class” medical care – particularly lower-income Americans and people of color, who are most at risk for poor outcomes from the virus.

Many underinsured Americans get sick but will never seek professional treatment, Narasimhan said. Trump had at least six doctors focusing on his care, she said, and access to medications not available to the public.

“What he got was treatment

Trump campaign says president plans to participate in next debate in person despite uncertainty

President TrumpDonald John TrumpState Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report White House Gift Shop selling ‘Trump Defeats COVID’ commemorative coin Biden says he should not have called Trump a clown in first debate MORE plans to participate in next week’s debate in person, his campaign said Tuesday, despite uncertainty around how he will recover from COVID-19.

“The President intends to participate in the debate in person,” the campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said in a statement to The Hill.

But it’s unclear if the president will be healthy enough to attend the debate, or whether he would be exposing other attendees to a contagious virus that has killed roughly 210,000 people in the U.S. to date.

Trump himself signaled earlier in the day that he would take part in the debate, though he did not specify whether he might do so virtually.

“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!” Trump tweeted.

Trump first revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 early last Friday morning, and he has had symptoms since at least then. But the White House has refused to say when Trump last tested negative or fill in the timeline around his diagnosis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines state that adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 can be around others 10 days after symptoms first appeared so long as they have gone 24 hours without a fever and other symptoms are improving.

The debate is scheduled to take place on Oct. 15, which would be 13 days from when Trump first revealed his diagnosis.

The president was on oxygen as recently as last Saturday, but he was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening after doctors said his vitals had improved and he passed clinical evaluations. But they acknowledged he is not out of the woods yet, citing next Monday as the point at which they will breathe a sigh of relief.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenState Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report Biden says he should not have called Trump a clown in first debate Biden inquired about calling Trump after coronavirus diagnosis MORE has said he would take part in next week’s town hall style debate if medical experts deem it safe.

“If the scientists say that it’s safe, that the distances are safe, then I think that’s fine,” Biden said Monday. “I’ll do whatever the experts say is appropriate thing to do.”

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President Trump’s grotesque coronavirus theater

President Donald Trump has reminded the world why the country is in such dire straits under his leadership.

a man wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump takes off his facemask as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19, in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

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US President Donald Trump takes off his facemask as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19, in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Returning to the White House while still infected with a potentially deadly virus, he ostentatiously turned to the cameras and removed his facemask before walking in, making his every breath inside the building a threat to the health of the people working there. It was one more grotesque piece of Trump’s coronavirus theater of the past few days, which for some reason he thinks will boost his political prospects, but more likely horrified those increasingly appalled by his behavior.

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If you thought that after coming face to face with his mortality the President would experience a life-changing moment of deep introspection, you were wrong. On the contrary, Trump’s illness appears to have solidified his unwavering faith in the catastrophic policies that left not only him and his staff unprotected from a pandemic, but encouraged Americans to take deadly risks and pay with their lives.

Three days after the Marine One helicopter performed a medical evacuation of the President of the United States from the White House lawn, Trump tweeted a startling message; startling, because it shows an utter inability to learn from experience. After announcing he would leave the hospital on Monday, he tweeted to tens of millions of followers:

“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

It’s a message that will cost more lives.

Most people, after enduring a jolting, potentially life-threatening event, emerge changed, even if only temporarily. There was a chance Trump would realize he had not warned Americans enough about the virus; a chance he would recognize that his nonchalance had resulted in deep suffering among those who ended up sick or who lost a loved one who followed his advice about masks and social distancing not being essential. There was a slim hope that after enduring Covid-19 he might say, or at least think, “I was wrong. I should be more careful and tell the American people that we should all take the disease seriously.”

Not him. Nothing has changed.

It’s all theater. It’s all show. Who else puts on a suit and tie for an emergency helicopter ride to the hospital? It’s all about creating an image and benefiting from it.

That has been his tactical approach to the pandemic all along. Tell Americans the virus is no big deal, get on with your lives, so that he can continue claiming that he’s doing a great job as President. It’s the strategy that has left the United States with the highest number of infections and deaths in the world — 4%

President Donald Trump discharged from hospital, returns to White House

Oct. 5 (UPI) — President Donald Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House Monday night after being treated for COVID-19 for three days.

Trump walked out of the hospital in Bethesda, Md., at around 6:40 p.m. Monday evening, wearing a mask, while flashing a thumbs up and a balled fist to cameras before entering a motorcade for a brief drive to board a Marine One flight back to Washington, D.C.

Upon leaving the hospital, Trump ignored a reporter asking how many members of his staff had been infected and whether he was a “superspreader.”

“Thank you very much everybody,” Trump said as he walked down the hospital steps.

Marine One landed at the White House at 6:54 p.m. and upon climbing the White House stairs removed his mask and saluted as he posed for photographs.

Before emerging from the hospital, the president tweeted that he would “be back on the campaign trail soon!”

In a video message shared to his Twitter account Monday night, Trump thanked the staff at Walter Reed and again urged Americans not to fear the virus.

Earlier in the day, Trump’s medical team said he had met the requirements for discharge, while his physician Dr. Sean Conley acknowledged that the president “may not entirely be out of the woods yet,” adding that the world-class team at the White House medical unit could handle his ongoing treatment.

Conley said Trump hadn’t had a fever for 72 hours and that there was no evidence of the presence of live coronavirus.

Conley deflected questions about the safety of the White House work environment, where several people have contracted the virus. He also declined to say when the president had received his last negative COVID-19 test result, citing HIPAA regulations.

Trump’s temperature was reported at 98.1 degrees Monday morning. Trump’s blood pressure was measured at 134/78 and oxygen levels were at 97% said Col. Sean Dooley, a physician at Walter Reed.

The president has received three doses so far of FDA-approved experimental COVID-19 drug remdesivir and would be taking a total of five doses, said Dr. Brian Garibaldi of Walter Reed. Trump’s kidney and liver function continued normally, Garibaldi said. In addition, Trump has received the powerful steroid dexamethasone.

Trump has received “medical management that is within national, clinical and societal guidelines,” said Jayson Blaylock, head doctor at Walter Reed.

Trump will return to the White House, where he will be cared for by the on-site medical team. The team will determine when the president is no longer shedding the virus and not considered contagious, which could be “seven to 10 days,” Conley said.

“We’re in a bit of uncharted territory where we have a patient who’s received the therapies he has so early in the course,” Conley said. “If we can get through the weekend to Monday with him staying the same or improving … then we will all take that deep sigh of relief.”

Trump said in a tweet

President Trump Is Getting an ‘Unprecedented’ Mix of COVID-19 Treatments. That Puts Him On the Cutting Edge of Coronavirus Care

President Trump waves from the back of an SUV in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed in Bethesda, Md., on Oct. 4, 2020.
President Trump waves from the back of an SUV in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed in Bethesda, Md., on Oct. 4, 2020.

President Trump waves from the back of an SUV in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed in Bethesda, Md., on Oct. 4, 2020. Credit – Alex Edelman—AFP/Getty Images

With each day since U.S. President Donald Trump reported that he tested positive for COVID-19, his doctors have added a new major therapy to treat the disease, for a total of three at this point.

On Friday—the same day that Trump said he tested positive—the President received an experimental combination of two monoclonal antibodies to help his immune system fight the coronavirus infection, according to his physician, Sean Conley. The next day—after he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center—he received the drug remdesivir, which blocks the coronavirus’s ability to make more copies of itself. Remdesivir is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but has received emergency use authorization for treating COVID-19. On Sunday—day three—Trump’s doctors revealed he’s also taking dexamethasone, a corticosteroid typically administered to control the inflammatory response common in more advanced stages of the disease.

While the monoclonal antibodies are designed to be used in non-hospitalized patients early in their infection—as the President apparently was when he received them—remdesivir was originally only authorized for hospitalized patients who are moderately to severely ill and in intensive care. That authorization has only recently been expanded, on Aug. 28, to include any hospitalized patient. Still, even hospitalized patients who may not need intensive care and receive remdesivir are generally further along in their disease than the President appears to be. Furthermore, patients who receive the drug are generally enrolled in trials, so researchers can learn more about its safety and effectiveness. In rare exceptions, doctors can apply for compassionate use outside of these studies, which is presumably what Trump received. (In the early months of the pandemic, many doctors applied for this special dispensation until larger studies were established to increase access to the medication after it showed encouraging results.)

“The thing that is odd is that in most trials people usually have symptoms eight, nine or 10 days before they are enrolled in the trial,” says Dr. Walid Gellad, director of the center for pharmaceutical policy and prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh, about remdesivir. “From that standpoint, it’s a little unprecedented that anyone so early [in their disease] would be receiving it.”

Similarly, dexamethasone, a steroid approved to reduce inflammation and suppress overactive immune reactions triggered by autoimmune diseases, is also recommended for patients long into their battle with COVID-19 and who are showing more severe symptoms. The steroid seems to reduce the inflammation that can compromise respiratory tissues and ultimately make it difficult for patients to breathe. But both the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization recommend dexamethasone only for hospitalized patients who need supplemental oxygen or are on a ventilator. The NIH guidance specifically