Health Highlights: June 12, 2020

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Proposed Trump Rally ‘Extraordinarily Dangerous’ for Coronavirus Spread, Expert Says

U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma next Saturday is “extraordinarily dangerous,” public health experts warned.

Even the Trump campaign appears to recognize the risk of holding the rally during the coronavirus pandemic, and wants attendees to sign a waiver absolving Trump’s team of any responsibility if people get sick, the Associated Press noted.

There’s a danger that coronavirus infection will spread among the attendees, who could spark outbreaks in their communities when they return home, experts say.

The Trump rally is “an extraordinarily dangerous move for the people participating and the people who may know them and love them and see them afterward,” Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, told the AP.

The director of the Tulsa City-County Health Department is among those worried about the rally.

“I’m concerned about our ability to protect anyone who attends a large, indoor event, and I’m also concerned about our ability to ensure the president stays safe as well,” Dr. Bruce Dart told the Tulsa World newspaper, the AP reported.


Nearly 43,000 Lbs. of Ground Beef Products Recalled

Nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef products have been recalled by New Jersey-based Lakeside Refrigerated Services due to possible contamination with potentially deadly E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says.

The products were produced on June 1, 2020 and sold across the U.S. under the labels Marketside Butcher and Thomas Farms.

There haven’t been any confirmed reports of illness due to consumption of these products, according to FSIS.

E. coli O157:H7 can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 28 days (34 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. Most people recover within a week, but some develop kidney failure, FSIS said.

For more information about the recall, consumers can call Lakeside at (856) 832-3881.