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Could an INJECTION cure hay fever? Top docs reveal all as pollen bomb leaves millions miserable – The Sun

WITH pollen counts soaring, millions of Brits will be facing hay fever hell over the next few days.

And, unfortunately, there's currently no cure for the common allergic condition that affects up to one in five people at some point in their life.

The Met Office has warned of grass pollen levels reaching a "very high risk" today across the south of England and Midlands, with moderate levels in the north.

The most common symptoms reported by those with hay fever are a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and itchy or watery eyes.

Many people manage their symptoms by taking simple steps such as putting Vaseline around the nostrils – or by taking over-the-counter antihistamine drops or tablets, and using a nasal spray.

However, for around ten per cent of people, these medications do not relieve their symptoms and some of them opt for the hay fever jab.

But what is this injection and does it really work?

What is the hay fever jab?

Some hay fever sufferers may opt for a steroid injection marketed as Kenalog.

The injection contains the drug triamcinolone, a corticosteroid that suppresses the body's immune system to prevent allergic reactions to pollen.

It is injected into arteries or muscles.

The 50mg or 100mg doses are ten or 20 times stronger than the oral steroid tablets now offered on the NHS.

Dr Farah Gilani, a Medicspot GP, told Patient Info: "Sufferers of hay fever may consider the hay fever injection, offered by some private clinic.

"This is an injection of a steroid called triamcinolone into a large muscle in the body.

"Once the steroid is injected, it slowly leaks from the muscle for three to eight weeks and travels throughout the body, theoretically offering relief from hay fever symptoms."

What are the pros?

There are many anecdotal accounts by individuals who say the injection has significantly improved their symptoms.

In particular, David Clare from Lincolnshire says he has had positive results from the jab.

He said: "I get the steroid injection for hay fever every year, although my GP only allows one course per year, due to the side effects.

"I find getting it just before the worst month (which is August, for me) is best, and keeps my symptoms at bay for a month. During this time, I feel just as I would in autumn and winter, so it is a quite a relief!"

David still has to take antihistamines either side of the injection, but says that over-the-counter and prescribed medicines have never really worked for him.

He added: "Only the jab does the job.

"For that reason, I find it worth the cost and the potential side effects (of which I've never experienced any)."

What are the cons?

The injection used to be available on the NHS – but it is no longer offered because it is too "toxic".

The treatment is said to trigger a potentially long list of side effects including raised blood pressure, water retention, skin rashes and muscle weakness.

Other unwanted secondary effects include swelling, breathing difficulties, abdominal pain, insomnia and taste disturbance.

Dr Margaret McCartney, a GP from Glasgow, said: "This is not a drug that is suitable for hay fever, because its side effects outweigh dramatically any possible benefits.

"You can get the benefits in far less toxic ways."

Dr James Cave, a GP who edits the Drugs And Therapeutic Bulletin, previously revealed that by suppressing the immune system, Kenalog also leaves people unable to cope with serious illness.

Its side effects outweigh dramatically any possible benefits

He told Radio 4's Inside Health programme: "Let's be clear, it's incredibly effective but just as you can light a barbecue with petrol, you can treat hay fever with Kenalog, and I seriously suggest you don't because of the dangers associated with it.

"Kenalog does not have a place in treating hay fever, due to its significant side effects.

"For three weeks after having the injection your immune system is suppressed, which means you are seriously at risk of infections like chicken pox and measles.

"Likewise if you have a serious illness or a road traffic accident, you may not be able to cope with the stress, with Kenalog suppressing your own stress reactions."

For these reasons, charity Allergy UK does not endorse the injection.

Ways to ease hay fever symptoms

1. Use Vaseline

Dabbing a little bit of petroleum jelly around the edges of your nose works as a barrier to trap pollen before you breathe it in.

2. Dry clothes indoors

If you wash clothes outdoors pollen will cling to your clean washing and cause symptoms to flare when you next pop those clothes on.

3. Wear wraparound sunglasses

This will help prevent pollen from getting in and irritating your eyes.

4. Try nasal spray

They work by reducing the inflammation inside the nose. It’s best to try and use them for a week or two before you think your symptoms will start as they can take a few days to work.

5. Shower more

This will wash away any of the pollen still attached to your skin and hair.

6. Use a damp cloth to wipe down dust

Clean dust off surfaces with a damp cloth so it is absorbed instead of being spread around into the air.

7. Cut down on booze

Beer, wine and other spirits all contain histamine – the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms in the body.

8. Take your meds at the right time

For most hay fever sufferers, symptoms are worse around midday when pollen levels peak. So taking the one-a-day anti-allergy tablets first thing in the morning will give you better protection.

Their spokesperson says: "The steroid injection is not recommended as it is a high-dose steroid given by an intramuscular injection and once injected, the amount of steroid cannot be removed and it comes with a high side-effect profile.

"Many patients like it as it does help with their hay fever symptoms and that is why you can get it privately, but it is not given on the NHS in allergy services as the recommendations are to give immunotherapy for severe hay fever."

Chief pharmacist Stuart Gale at Oxford Online Pharmacy adds: "Kenalog is only safe and recommended for use in a small group of people, as intramuscular steroids can exacerbate existing medical conditions.

"The mainstay of treatment is oral antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops."

While it might seem convenient simply to have a single injection rather than having to take tablets every day, GPs and pharmacists instead recommend conventional treatments such as topical and oral antihistamines, nasal steroids and eye drops.

The NHS says that GPs may refer people with severe hay fever symptoms for immunotherapy.

This involved being given small amounts of pollen as an injection or tablet to slowly build up immunity to pollen.

This kind of treatment usually starts in the winter about three months before the hay fever season begins.

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'The Office': Jim and Pam's First Kiss Was Recreated for Season 3 With Small Changes

Season 2 of The Office had a major cliffhanger with Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) having their first kiss. The next season starts with Jim working in the Stamford office, but we revisit what happened that night.

Fischer said their first kiss had to be recreated. Find out about the work that went into filming the scene and what they changed.

Jim and Pam’s first kiss on ‘The Office’ was a surprise

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“Casino Night” showed Jim finally having the courage to tell Pam that he has feelings for her. “I’m in love with you,” he tells her. “I’m really sorry if that’s weird for you to hear but I need you to hear it.” Pam eventually interrupts him and says, “I can’t.”

At first you think things will end there but Jim later catches her in the office when she’s on the phone with her mom. Krasinski and Fischer talked about filming this scene on Office Ladies. Krasinski said that was his first kiss on screen.

Some fans might have wondered what Pam’s mother was saying on the phone because we don’t hear her. Fischer revealed that she created lines for that side of the conversation to co-star Angela Kinsey.

“Well, I’ll tell you this guys, there was no one on the other line,” she said. “I was just pretending.”

She created lines to give better reactions. One of the lines was Pam’s mother asking, “‘Well sweetie, are you in love with him?” Fischer said. “And then I answered, ‘Yeah mom, I think I am.’”

Jim and Pam’s kiss was recreated

RELATED: ‘The Office’: Angela Kinsey Says Creed Would Make John Krasinski ‘Disintegrate’

“Gay Witch Hunt” shows what happened after Jim and Pam kissed. But that wasn’t filmed on the same day as their scene from “Casino Night.”

Fischer and Kinsey talked about how they needed to recreate the scene on Office Ladies. “Guys, we had to recreate it,” Fischer revealed. She said it helped that they had the same director for both episodes.

Photos of all the sides of Fischer’s head were taken to style her hair the same way. They added a new camera angle for the new episode with a spy shot from the kitchen and another was in the conference room.

Kinsey noted that Pam doesn’t seem to be in the same place for the kiss in comparison to where she stood in the finale. “I think in order to get that camera angle through the blinds in the conference room. We had to scoochie scooch just a few inches down the desk,” Fischer replied.

A still frame was also used to remind the actors how they were kissing to recreate it. “We had to like painstakingly recreate the pose and everything so that it would look seamless. But if you watch, we kiss and we pull away and start talking immediately,” she explained.

Chances are most fans didn’t notice a big different between the episodes. But now they know they were filmed on different days and how it was shot was changed.

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Dad creates a toy car track and town – including a football pitch – for his son using nothing but £1 tape

FORGET having to fork out for an expensive toy car track for your kids, as a dad has shown how he made one using £1 tape. 

The savvy parent showed how the DIY track kept his kid occupied for hours during lockdown.

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Taking to the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group, he said: “Thanks to the person who posted this idea a few weeks ago. £1 spent … hours of fun.”

The creative track featured a car park for his son’s toy cars, a roundabout and a football pitch, all made out of tape stuck on the lounge wooden floor. 

People were highly impressed at his purse-friendly idea. 

One person wrote: “I made this for my twins, they spend a day playing in their room. Great idea if you want some quiet time.”


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Another added: “kids would love this idea.”

Some parents expressed concerns that the tape wouldn’t come off after being stuck to the floor. 

However, the dad confirmed in the comments that it had come up “easy enough.”

We shared the grans who are actually enjoying a break from their grandkids during lockdown.

And parents shared the brutal reality of lockdown with kids – from tangled hair nightmares to tots climbing INTO the loo.

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Every adult is now an organ donor unless they opt out – thanks to two inspiring children – The Sun

PEOPLE waiting for life-saving operations in England have been given fresh hope as a new organ donation law comes into play today.

Most adults in England are now organ donors unless they opt out thanks to two inspiring children.

Max and Keira’s law takes effect today and will lead to 700 additional transplants each year by 2023.

Keira Ball was nine when she passed away three days after she was in a horrific car crash near her home in Devon in July 2017 which left her with serious head injuries.

Her family took the heartbreaking decision to allow her to become an organ donor, motivated by her desire to help others.

At the same time Max Johnson, 10, was fighting for his life at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and needed a transplant to save him.

Max's family later received a phone call saying an organ had been found and was a match.

Little Max campaigned to bring about the new law after Keira’s organs saved four lives in total, including another young boy who received her pancreas and liver.

Max and Keira's law sees a shift to an opt-out system, whereby those aged 18 and over are deemed to have given consent to donate their own organs when they die, unless they explicitly state otherwise or are in an excluded group.

Faizan Awan, one of thousands of people across the UK awaiting a transplant, said: "For many people like me, who are waiting for an organ, the law change is a sign of hope and a transplant would dramatically change my life in a number of ways.


"With the new law coming into effect, it is now more important than ever to talk about organ donation and get the conversation going amongst our family and friends."

Anthony Clarkson, director of organ and tissue donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), said: "We hope this law change will prompt all of us to consider whether or not we would want to donate our organs and encourage us all to register and share our decision with our family and friends."

He added that people should be aware they will still have a choice on whether or not to donate, and reassured the public that families will still be consulted, and faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected.

The change in law has been widely welcomed by charities including the British Heart Foundation and Kidney Care UK.

In 2015 a similar law was introduced in Wales.

Scotland is due to have similar legislation in place by Autumn 2020, whereas Ireland continues to have an opt in system.

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Sarah Ferguson posts an Instagram photo with her family

Sarah Ferguson posts rare Instagram photo of her ‘united, loving family’ – as she self-isolates with ex-husband Prince Andrew amid lockdown

  • Sarah Ferguson, 60, captioned post: ‘I am so proud of our united loving family’
  • Duchess of York posted the snap on Instagram to mark International Family Day
  • She is seen alongside Prince Andrew, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice  

Sarah Ferguson shared a rare Instagram photo with Prince Andrew and their daughters to mark International Family Day on Friday – seeming to confirm that she is self-isolating with her ex-husband amid the coronavirus lockdown.  

In the unseen snap, Fergie, 60, is seen alongside her former husband with each arm wrapped around their two daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. 

The Duchess of York wrote: ‘On International Family Day.. I am so proud of our united loving family.’ 

Fans were quick to praise the family, with one writing: “We love you!” Another added: “Beautiful House of York family.” A third sweetly noted: “Beautiful picture.” 

It is believed Princess Eugenie, 30, and husband Jack Brooksbank are staying at Royal Lodge Windsor with Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York – while Princess Beatrice has been keeping a low profile.  

The Duchess of York (centre, left) posted a picture, above, alongside Prince Andrew (centre, right) and their daughters Princess Eugenie (far right) and Princess Beatrice (far left)

Social media users reacted to the post, with one commenting: ‘Wonderful to see you all together.’

Another wrote: ‘Such a sweet family pic!’, with a third adding: ‘Lovely photo.’

The royal also shared a picture of her reading the children’s book ‘In Wibbly’s Garden’ earlier today, as part of her daily Youtube channel ‘Storytime with Fergie and Friends’, to encourage little ones to read while in lockdown.

In another snap posted yesterday, Fergie donned a flower crown while holding up a copy of Judith Kerr’s ‘Mog the Forgetful Cat’.

Despite being at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, she has had no shortage of famous faces joining her, with Michael Whitehall recently reading a story in a video shared to the page. 

The photograph of her family comes as Prince Andrew faces further controversy, after £355,297 paid to his private secretary was branded an ‘unauthorised trustee benefit’.

Amanda Thirsk, the Duke of York’s long-standing private secretary who resigned shortly after his BBC Newsnight interview last year, was given the money as payment for her work as trustee of the Prince Andrew Charitable Trust (PACT). 

Ms Thirsk was a trustee for PACT and director of its profit-making subsidies including [email protected] – an organisation that matches entrepreneurs with investors.

In a snap posted yesterday, Fergie donned a flower crown while holding up a copy of ‘Mog the Forgetful Cat’, as part of her daily Youtube channel to encourage children to read

She was paid £355,297 in instalments over a five-year period and there has been no suggestion of wrongdoing on her part, reported the Financial Times.

According to a note on PACT’s annual report ‘the Charity Commission raised concern about remuneration paid to one of the Trustees (who has since resigned) in their role as a Director of the subsidiaries’. 

Charity trustees cannot be paid solely for being a trustee, but might receive payment for carrying out building work, providing a specialist service, providing premises such as a meeting room or for any administerial and secretarial work, according to Government guidance.

The payments to Ms Thirsk were ‘considered to be an unauthorised trustee benefit’ and had to be paid back by the Duke Of York’s household.

A statement from PACT’s trustees revealed the payments were made to Ms Thirsk for her role as a director of the PACT subsidiaries.

It added: ‘In correspondence initiated by the current Trustees, the Charity Commission raised a concern about the remuneration paid to Amanda Thirsk, which the Commission considered to be an unauthorised Trustee benefit.

‘Having considered the matter in light of the Commission’s concern, the Trustees concluded that the best interests of the Trust would be served by securing full reimbursement, which was agreed to and paid by HRH The Duke of York’s office.’

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‘Perfectionist’ mum uses an old sock to paint all her window sills and skirting and raves it’s a complete game-changer

A MUM is raving about how effective a sock is to paint your house with – calling it a "game changer".

The woman revealed that despite being a perfectionist, she turned to an unusual tool to give her doors and skirting boards a refresh.

She claimed that putting a sock on your hand and using that to paint the wood was the most effective method – leaving no drips.

The crafty mum also said she managed to get her painting done a fraction of the time it usually took.

Sharing her unusual method on Facebook group DIY On A Budget, she said: “Who ever invented the sock and gloss method… I actually would snog you right now!!

“I'm a complete perfectionist and come from a family of painter decorators and I was so dubious but I've got an entire house to paint so tried it.

“I honestly hand on heart think it's a complete game changer.

“There's not one drip and the entire skirting boards/door/ windows took about half an hour to do.”

She added that she put a Marigold glove on under the sock to stop paint getting on her hands.

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And she confirmed it was “proper gloss” not satin, sharing a snap of the tin of Wilko non-drip gloss, costing £8.

Her unusual advice has gone down well online, with her post racking up more than 4,500 likes.

People vowed to give her way of painting a go, with one person saying: “Might give this a try.”

Another person added: “We were doing it all wrong.”

A third wrote: “Excellent! You have sold it to me now. I’m in the middle of decorating and I’m definitely going to do this.”

Meanwhile, this woman saved money on wallpaper by creating her own patterned wall using a sponge.

And these parents are raving about a 3D felt Christmas tree which they say keeps kids entertained for hours.

Plus this mum created an incredible star-shaped wreath – out of Poundland coat hangers.

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Muslims Who Fast: An artist sends out Ramadan care packages with her family

In today’s Muslims Who Fast, we speak to Almass Badat, an artist who works across film, music and the arts. 

Almass is spending Ramadan with her mum Safirah, two brothers Junaed and Aamir, their guardian Martin, and Musu, her newlywed sister-in-law.

Together they enjoy cross-cultural iftars, inspired by their Indian and Sierra Leonean heritages.

As the month is a great time for reflection and charity, the family is also sending out Ramadan care packages to the community while maintaining social distancing rules.

Almass says she’s had a fluctuating relationship with religion but is once again embracing her faith.

While Ramadan under a lockdown has been an unprecedented time for Muslims around the world, many have enjoyed the opportunity for extra worship.

Almass and her family say the holy month has been beneficial for their spirituality and connection to God.

Let’s find out more from the family and see what they had to eat.

What are you having for iftar?

Today we are having dates and water to break fast with, chicken samosas and potato pakoras (like fritters) to start, rainbow salad, and fruit to help with hydration, biriyani (chicken and veggie options) with raita (yoghurt, cucumber and masala dip) on the side.

To end, we’re having a solid falooda – a creamy caramel pudding with hints of rose and cardamom. As you can imagine, it’ll all be polished off in no time! 

How are you spending this Ramadan?

We are excited this Ramadan as my brother Junaed got married to Musu in February and there’s a massive learning of cultures, which means new conversations and traditions, open attitudes, and gorgeous food!

Do you have any particular rituals?

While we’ve been in lockdown, mum and I heard about Instagram’s #monthofgood challenge, so we handmade and delivered (with social distancing!) Ramadan care packages as a nice gesture to our close friends and family.

The #monthofgood challenge is a small act of kindness or way to care for your community online or in real life, and seeing our family’s faces as we delivered dates, Zam Zam water (holy water), handmade cards and Ramadan journals was totally worth it! 

What has Ramadan under lockdown been like?

I welcome the time for reflection as being in a global pandemic is scary.

It is quite a challenge to be Muslim in this day. I feel reservations with expressing this side of me because many people are not kind to Muslim people, and so this Ramadan has been a massive step in being vulnerable through openness.

In many ways, Ramadan has been easier as we’re winding down and taking everything slower.

Being in our living spaces has invited challenging conversations and opportunities for getting to know new versions of each other. Our day-to-day calendars are pretty in sync now so we can break fast together, which has helped strengthen our family unit. 

What are typical Ramadan staples for you?

Aamir: Sharing meals together! I love it. Going to the mosque with my brother and visiting the cemetery to see my granddad. 

Musu: My family is Sierra-Leonean and in the spirit of sharing food and caring for our community, we partake in a tradition called Sunnah Kati. Sunnah means ‘the way of the prophet’ and the term points to the kind ways of Prophet Muhammed.

I love the exchange of food because the gesture is an affectionate sign of growth and respect and makes me feel acknowledged as a Muslim.

Are there any things you miss during the month?

Almass: I don’t tend to miss much. Everything that I abstain from feels like a healthy choice for my wellbeing, and I end up discovering new parts of myself! This time around, I am so proud of myself for being consistent with fasting.

Musu: I don’t really miss anything. I’m happier during Ramadan in general and I think it’s because I feel peaceful, everyone is more mindful and we’re focused on family time, which I love because I’m around people I’m comfortable with!

Any fond memories of previous Ramadans?

Almass: As a child I definitely snuck in the odd biscuit during the day when I was fasting!

If we wanted to fast when we were little, mum encouraged us to do half days. I always enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day!

As I got older, fasting felt like a right of passage into adulthood.

I stopped fasting for a while because I didn’t feel connected to myself, my identity and my religion, but over the years I’ve found new ways to approach the month and welcome different elements like health benefits, opportunities for stillness and moments where I can extend my kindness even further.

One of my favourite memories is experiencing Ramadan in San Francisco, during a time when I felt I could only be Muslim in one way.

I met a dear friend who is queer and was fasting. It was at that moment that I thought ‘of course you can practice your religion if you want to, you just have to love yourself first and then accept exactly who you are’.

If you’d like to get involved in Muslims Who Fast, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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Scientists building an app that could detect COVID-19 with a phone

How you could be diagnosed with coronavirus by your own PHONE: Scientists are developing an app that uses the device’s microphone to ‘measure changes in airway sounds linked to COVID-19’

  • The app would work by listening to breathing sounds and comparing it to others
  • The team have to create new waveforms to remove ‘normal breathing sounds’
  • It’s in early stages of planning so developers can’t say when it will be available 
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A smartphone app may be able to diagnose coronavirus by using the microphone in the device to measure changes in breathing sounds, the developers claim.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania say, if successful, their work would provide a ‘low cost solution’ to testing an entire population quickly.

It is still at the planning stage so it could be some time before it is available in app stores – the team say they first have to design new ‘acoustic waveforms’.

The technology will use artificial intelligence to examine the sound coming from human airways and determine if it matches those from COVID-19 patients.  

When developed the app will use existing hardware and computing power of normal smartphones to provide ‘non-invasive at-home testing’, developers claim.  

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The idea behind the new technology is to create a ‘cheap and simple’ system that allows people to be tested for the virus from their own home

Current testing to see if someone has COVID-19 requires taking a swab of the nose and back of the throat, which is then tested in a lab. The swab can be done from home but has to be sent through the post for testing. 

‘In this project, we will develop new mobile sensing and artificial intelligence techniques for in-home evaluation of COVID-19 in an effort to quickly and effectively identify viral disease carriers,’ said Wei Gao, lead researcher. 

‘We hope this work will also help identify negative cases caused by other diseases with similar symptoms, and therefore, help eliminate unnecessary hospital visits during this pandemic,’ he said.

Gao and his team will use smartphones’ microphones and speakers to develop acoustic sensing technology that can measure changes in human airway mechanics.  

Users will need to use an adapter as a mouthpiece so that the phone’s microphone and speaker can record and transmit acoustic signals from human airways. 

‘We will then develop new signal processing techniques for accurate measurements and eventually apply deep learning techniques to create generic models that depict the core characteristics of airway mechanics,’ said Gao.

If successful, the researchers say it will allow them to identify cases of COVID-19 without requiring a hospital visit – which could help contain the virus.

This isn’t the only project looking to use smartphones to detect signs of coronavirus, a team of researchers in Switzerland are collecting cough sounds.

The AI researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne are working on a similar system to the Pennsylvania team.

They are looking at cough sounds from healthy and confirmed COVID-19 patients in a project called Coughvid.

Developers hope that if the app works it will stop people having to go out and queue up or visit hospitals for a test

‘It seems clear that a high proportion [of coronavirus patients] have this type of dry cough that’s different from the flu or allergies,’ lead researcher Tomas Teijeiro told the Wall Street Journal. 

He said it is uncertain just how definite the diagnose will be but hopes through further research they will be able to make it more accurate.  

‘It seems clear that a high proportion have this type of dry cough that’s different from the flu or allergies,’ said Teijeiro.

A new continuous cough is one of the main symptoms of the COVID-19 virus along with a high temperature. People with either are asked to isolate. 

There is concern that using audio to diagnose coronavirus could be unreliable and offer up false positives – potentially sending healthy people to hospitals.

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It Cost Disney an Insane Amount of Money for 'Hamilton' to Stream on Disney+

From the moment it debuted on Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Tony-award winning musical Hamilton has been a global sensation. The play was the hottest ticket in town with high profile figures and celebrities clamoring over each other in an effort to snag a ticket.

Though the show premiered back in 2015, five years later, the ticket prices are still wildly expensive and shows are sold out months in advance. Therefore, when Disney announced they had purchased the theatrical rights for the play, fans were ecstatic. This meant that people without access to Broadway would be able to take part in the iconic hip-hop musical.

Now, Disney has switched gears when it comes to their Hamilton release, the story of Alexander Hamilton will no longer premiere in theaters on October 15, 2021.

‘Hamilton’ debuts on Disney+ July 3, 2020

Disney just announced that they will be debuting the iconic musical on their streaming service just in time for Independence Day 2020. “I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought ‘Hamilton’ to the screen,” Miranda said in a statement. “He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house. I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

Disney chose to move ‘Hamilton’s release date up because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Broadway in New York City will be closed through Labor Day, and many movie theaters are still closed with movie studios pushing back highly anticipated releases until next year.

“No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of Hamilton—an inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way,” Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company said in a statement. “In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love, and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful. We are thrilled to bring this phenomenon to Disney+ on the eve of Independence Day, and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind Hamilton to thank for allowing us to do so more than a year before planned.”

As a result, Disney wanted to give us all something to smile about. Disney always intended for Hamilton to eventually land on Disney+, just not quite this soon. However, with over 50 million subscribers on their platform, this is a great time for us all to be diving right back into the iconic songs.

It cost Disney $75 million for ‘Hamilton’ to land on Disney+

Getting Hamilton to Disney+ came at a hefty price for the studio. They paid $75 million for the acquisition, the largest sum paid in history for a finished film.

Directed by Tommy Kail, the Hamilton film was shot at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016 with the original cast. It is a combined three live performances as well as some shots without an audience so that every viewer will get a front-row seat.

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Lockdown to be extended for another 3 weeks with only minor tweaks after Boris Johnson orders 'maximum caution'

BRITAIN'S lockdown is to be formally extended for three weeks today – after Boris Johnson urged "maximum caution".

The PM will address the nation on Sunday and is expected to relax some small measures, but the lockdown will carry on in most forms.

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The PM held a key Cabinet meeting today for the Government to examine the coronavirus measures.

By law they have to be looked at every three weeks – and they are set to run for another three from today.

Dominic Raab is set to confirm the news that the measures will carry on at tonight's press conference.

No10 said this afternoon that Boris had told the Cabinet: "We are not going to do anything that risks a second peak.

"We will advance with maximum caution in order to protect the NHS and to save lives.

"We will be guided at every step by the science and the data.

"And we will closely track the impact of any easing of the social distancing measures and we will not hesitate to tighten the rules if required."

However, Scotland and Wales look set to have different rules to England from next week, who have both appeared more cautious in the last few days.

The news came as:

  • It was confirmed Boris Johnson would give an address to the nation on Sunday evening at 7pm
  • The Bank of England warned 1.5m jobs could be lost as UK faces its worst ever recession
  • Piers Morgan accused the Government of being "pathetic" cowards for "banning" ministers from Good Morning Britain
  • It was revealed black Brits are four times more likely to die from coronavirus than white people
  • The Government admitted PPE gowns flown in from Turkey were "useless"
  • Professor Neil Ferguson was defended by his mother-in-law after breaking lockdown to meet his married lover behind his wife’s back

What could be eased in this week's lockdown speech from Boris Johnson?

  • Brits may be told to wear masks on public transport and at work
  • People may be able to exercise more than once a day
  • Brits may be permitted to go outside into open spaces like parks, not just for exercise
  • The PM could confirm when schools could finally reopen
  • He is likely to discuss which type of workplace can open first
  • And Bris will also discuss jow we'll keep the "R rate" – or rate of transmission – low
  • A financial update on how the lockdown is affecting the economy could be on the cards
  • And what the future of shopping could look like may be discussed

Downing Street warned that any changing of lockdown measures next week would be "very limited" – in an attempt to dampen hopes of the nation they will free to act how they wish.

Mr Raab will tip the public to watch Boris Johnson's address to the nation on Sunday for more new information.

No major changes to the nationwide lockdown are expected, and Brits will still have to stay in their homes and avoid seeing pals up close.

This afternoon Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the controls will continue to stay strict north of the border.

She said: “The other possible changes reported in the media today – such as encouraging more people back to work now or opening beer gardens or encouraging more use of public transport – would not, in my judgement, be safe for us to make yet.

"And I believe that for us to drop the clear, well understood ‘Stay at Home’ message right now could be a potentially catastrophic mistake."

The Sun earlier revealed Brits will be set free to enjoy unlimited exercise from Monday.

Cafes could re-open and outdoor spaces soon after, and park picnics may also be on again, as long as people stay two metres apart.

The Scottish leader today insisted all the evidence pointed towards having to continue with the same rules.

She explained: “Our assessment of the evidence leads me to conclude that the lockdown must be extended at this stage.

“We know that progress remains fragile, our estimates suggest there are still significant amounts of people in Scotland infected with this virus.

"Any significant easing of restrictions at this stage would be very very risky indeed."

The PM held talks with Sturgeon and the other devolved administration leaders this afternoon.

Ahead of the meeting, the SNP leader insisted she will "not be pressured" into lifting restrictions early.

She said: If the PM wants to decide to move at a faster rate than Scotland that is his right.

"I hope you understand and agree that I must make judgements informed by the evidence that are right and safe for Scotland.

"I will not be pressured into lifting restrictions prematurely."

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