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US Ambassador To The UK And State Department Warns Americans: If You Want To Get Home ‘Do It Now’

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United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson warned Americans in the United Kingdom that if they wished to return to the U.S.  to “do it now” as airlines continue to shut down services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Tweet posted Wednesday Ambassador Johnson reaffirmed that Heathrow Airport, in London is still open to flights heading to the United States but that could change. As of Wednesday he said employees at the airport are ready to assist Americans trying to get home.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters he is urging Americans who are still abroad and who want to get home to do so “immediately.” He said commercial and government-chartered flights could soon stop due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Americans who wish to return home from abroad should do so immediately and make arrangements to accomplish that,” said Pompeo.

“If you are a U.S. citizen and want to fly to the U.S. do it now,” said Ambassador Johnson. “Commercial flights are still available but nobody knows how long it will last. The Embassy’s Consular team and the CBP team at Heathrow do incredible work to provide services & assist in repatriating Americans!”

On Tuesday, British Airways announced that it will suspend all flights to and from London’s Gatwick airport amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the BBC. The report came after EasyJet’s suspension of flights when the U.K. government warned citizens to stay put and only travel for essential needs.,

BBC reported that British Airways told its staff members that it was a challenging environment in “unprecedented circumstances.”

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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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