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Sydney’s unvaccinated may face social isolation when COVID lockdown ends

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New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned Sydney’s unvaccinated the state might bar them from social events. Berejiklian spoke to Seven News on Tuesday about their bleak futures following the COVID-19 lockdown.

“A lot of businesses have said they will not accept anyone who is unvaccinated,” Berejiklian said. Currently the state has strict COVID-19 restrictions, but plans to lift them December 1st.

After October 11th, pubs, cafes, gyms and hairdressers will reopen to fully vaccinated people in Sydney, and broader New South Wales. Then, more retailers and services will reopen once 80% of the adult population becomes fully vaccinated. Many are expecting Sydney to meet this goal by the end of October. Notably, they reached a first-dose vaccination rate of 80% in mid-September.

According to Seven News, there were 61,231 total cases since January 2020. Strikingly, 387 died of COVID-19 since then. As of Wednesday, there are just over 200 people receiving treatment for COVID-19 in a NSW intensive care unit. Over 1,000 are in a hospital at all.

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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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