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People From Around The World Are Responding To A Billboard Asking For A Kidney To Help Save A Young Man’s Life

On the corners of Barrington and Mississippi avenues in West Los Angeles, you can find a billboard of a man looking for a kidney. That man, Antonio Calderon, 31, suffers from a kidney disease known as FSGS, or Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. So when his friend, Ilya Polyakov, wasn’t a match, he stepped up in the only way he could, buying a billboard to help find a matching donor.

Antonio Calderon has been on the kidney donor waiting list for about two years. He hopes this billboard will help find a match.

Calderon was diagnosed with the rare kidney disease back in 2009 and has been on dialysis for the last two years. This means every night he’s hooked up to a catheter machine to remove excess waste from his body.

The 31-year-old is now in desperate need for a kidney transplant. “I just got bum kidneys. It’s not a hereditary thing, it’s just bad luck,” he told CBS2.

Polyakov, with the help of about 30 others, stepped up and raised $5,000 through a GoFundMe to purchase the billboard in West LA. He hopes it will catch someone’s attention and help find a kidney match for his dear friend.

“I tried to be a donor for Antonio two years ago and unfortunately due to my own health I was not a compatible match,” Polyakov said. “I couldn’t really think of a more visible way than a 48 x 14-foot billboard that is there for the city to see.”

“You can’t (legally) buy a kidney, so we bought this billboard to save our friend’s life,” the billboard reads. “Find out if you are his donor match.”

The billboard has already caught the attention of people from around the world trying to help.

The billboard, in addition to posts across social media and the GoFundMe page, has resulted in about 200 inquiries. Calderon has been blown away from the quick responses from complete strangers willing to help.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Calderon told LA Magazine. “It’s surreal and then it’s just cool to know that there are that many people that seem to genuinely be good people and be caring. You know, none of them know me, but at the same time, they’re touched by the gesture that my friend has done.”

Calderon has been sharing some of the feedback and support he’s received since the billboard went up. He said on Twitter that a person from as far as Turkey contacted him about the billboard.

While the billboard has gotten a lot of attention, Calderon is still looking for a matching donor.

Calderon is blood type O+ and can get a kidney from those with blood types O+ and O-. He is still currently looking for a matching donor with those specific blood types.

Despite all the hardships Calderon has gone through the last few years, he’s grateful to have the support he’s received from his good friend and complete strangers.

“To know that there’s this many people that care about me to donate and then to actually see the billboard to get a bunch of eyes to give me a kidney is like so awesome,” Calderon told FOX11. “I’m personally prepared to live on dialysis for as long as it takes on the deceased donor list but this will get it much quicker and it’s incredible.”

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Covid-19 Cases Surge In Meat-Processing Plants As COVID-19 Spreads In Rural America

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Covid-19 Cases Surge In Meat-Processing Plants As COVID-19 Spreads In Rural America

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Meat processing plants have been at the center of the COVID-19 response conversation. The plants, many located in the Midwest, are crucial to the food supply chain to feed the country but outbreaks at these facilities have threatened that supply chain. Some closed to save the health of their employees but an executive order, with limited power, allowed for these plants to stay open.

The meat-processing industry is surprisingly small with 4 plants providing 80 percent of the meat in the U.S.

Workers at meat-processing plants have been testing positive for COVID-19 in April. The spread was quick and some plants began to shut down in late April and early May to avoid massive outbreaks in their plants. In early May, several plants closed to handle the outbreaks, including Tyson Foods, one of the largest pork-processing companies in the U.S.

New data shows that coronavirus cases are increasing in the U.S. meat processing plants. The numbers have tripled to 15,000 with 63 meat plant workers dying from the virus. Within a month, Tyson Foods, the country’s largest meat processing company, saw its number of coronavirus cases jump from 1,600 to 7,000.

The number of cases has spiked within meat-processing plants that have reopened.

In late April, President Trump signed an executive order that some people misinterpreted as ordering meatpacking and processing plants to remain open. What President Trump did was to order that meat and poultry plants are essential according to the Defense Protection Act of 1950. The DPA is used to compel manufactures to create “scarce and critical material essential to the national defense.”

The second thing the order did was to give the authority to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Perdue is responsible for keeping the meat processing and packing plants running during the pandemic. He has to adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

As with some states, there are discrepancies showing in the data being released by the meat plants.

In North Carolina, the Smithfield meat-packing plant in Tar Heel is being elusive with their number of positive coronavirus cases. They are being assisted in the lack of transparency by state and local officials, according to The New York Times.

“There has been a stigma associated with the virus,” Teresa Duncan, the director of the health department in Bladen County, where the Smithfield plant is located, told The New York Times. “So we’re trying to protect privacy.”

A poultry plant in Arkansas was the cause of an outbreak in a Latino community.

In Arkansas, a community saw a spike in cases within the Latino community. The cases were coming from employees, their families, and their social circles. The one poultry plant resulted in 151 new cases in the Latino community of Dardanelle, Arkansas.

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Chrissy Teigen Gets Tested For Covid As Pre-Surgery Protocol

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Chrissy Teigen Gets Tested For Covid As Pre-Surgery Protocol

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Chrissy Teigen is known for her social media presence. The model is one of the most famous social media users because of her unfiltered voice. Teigen is honest about her life and outspoken when she sees wrongs online. One of Teigen’s latest posts on Instagram is another example of Teigen’s willingness to share all parts of her life.

Chrissy Teigen is getting ready for surgery and people just had to know why.

Teigen shared herself getting a Covid-19 test recently in preparation for surgery and people on social media began to ask questions. Of course, everyone would want to know what surgery she was having. Maybe people were concerned about her health. Maybe they just wanted to be nosey. Well, now we know what is happening.

Turns out that Teigen is getting her breast implants removed to start a new journey in her life.

The model stated on Instagram that she is simply done with having her implants and wants them removed. It is a trend we have seen with several celebrities, including “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Michelle Visage. Visage had her implants removed because of her Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid glands.

Some people saw Teigen’s original tweet and allegedly got upset that she was being tested for Covid-19.

Teigen lives in Los Angeles. Los Angeles was the first major city in the U.S. to expand free Covid-19 testing to all residents as a result of a county order expanding free testing to all residents of the county. There are steps to get the testing but all residents are allowed to receive free testing.

According to the LA County Covid-19 website, all people who want a test should contact their healthcare providers first to see if they are able to get the test there. If it is not possible to be tested there or you cannot make contact, you can register for an appointment for free Covid-19 testing through the city and county.

Patients who are undergoing elective surgeries are one group being tested before the procedure. Residents who are symptomatic, over 65, have chronic medical conditions, or are essential workers are prioritized for the Covid-19 tested provided by the county and city governments. Essential workers include janitorial, security, airport, government, health care, food and grocery, and more.

The Twitter user deleted the tweet and responded in the thread.

Looks like Teigen was able to get through to someone on social media. Covid-19 testing is a hot button issue with the federal government leaving testing up to the states. The lack of a federal plan means that states are handling their own testing and data. According to a report by Vox, only three states meet the threshold for a safe reopening. Those states are Alaska, Kentucky, and New York.

Women are celebrating Teigen’s honesty and transparency about her surgery.

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Teigen is known for being unfiltered and giving her followers what they want. She does not hold back and he has let people into some intimate moments in her life. The news of getting her breast implants removed is just another chapter in her open book life.

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