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Cuomo appears to deflect scandals, gives away state park passes to vaccinated families

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference Monday on Jones Beach not to address his many scandals, but to announce the state will be giving vaccinated families free two-day passes to state parks. This comes after 14 people in the state passed away of COVID-19 complications Sunday.

Cuomo made no mention of the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Instead, he talked about New York’s positivity rate, which recently dropped to 1.09%. Previously, the state had the highest infection rate globally. Now, it’s at a 10-month low. The national average positivity rate is currently 2.6%. Infection rates were particularly high across nursing homes, another controversy that has plagued Cuomo’s term. Cuomo’s previous order forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients is allegedly responsible for over 1,000 elderly deaths in the state.

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Already, there have been 10 million vaccinations statewide, 8 million of those from New York City alone.

“Its not over,” Cuomo said. “It’s managed but it’s not over.”

Instead of showing concern for the ongoing investigation into his failure to protect the elderly or his sexual harassment, he expressed concern for the decreasing rate of vaccinations. “The number of vaccination is dropping off dramatically,” he said, “less than 100,000 per day.” Compared to previous vaccination rates, that’s a 55% decline.

The New York Governor’s avoidance of the topic of his allegations could be construed as confidence. He has said in the past that he welcomes an investigation. However, Cuomo’s office stands accused of interfering with the investigation.

This latest incentive is one of many, including lottery tickets, free metro passes and extra seating at baseball games. Now, families that get vaccinated this week can visit any one of New York’s 16 parks for free. Not only can they receive a two-day pass, but some of these parks will also become vaccination sites themselves.

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Cuomo did not take any questions following the event. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are posturing to impeach him over his scandals.

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands

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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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