COVID-19 General News and Resources

COVID-19 Safety Tips
  • Cover. Cover your face to prevent you from spreading an infection to others.
  • Distance. Keep a distance of 6-feet or greater when interacting with others.
  • Elevators. Take the stairs and avoid elevators or other small spaces where people may be or may have been coughing and sneezing. You are sharing small spaces with everyone else who has been there in the past 3 -24 hours, because that’s how long the virus can live in the air (3 hours) and on many surfaces (9 hours or longer).
  • Public Restrooms. Avoid public restrooms whenever possible because the air may contain contageons from those who used the facility over the past 3 hours or more, and the virus can live on surfaces for 9 hours or longer.
  • Reduce. Limit the frequency and duration of outings and interactions. This reduces your exposure and potential risks.
  • Wash. Thoroughly clean your hands and wash your face after any trips outside where you have been in close proximity with others. Taking a shower at night will remove any pathogens, contageons, or contaminants, and prevent them from entering your bedroom where you will sleep with them all night.
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Deutsche Welle (7 Jul 2020 at 10:45)

Anti-Maskers and the face mask debate. Experts say wearing face masks is imperative when trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But as the coronavirus pandemic wears on, many are experiencing fatigue with masks and social distancing rules. But nowhere is the discussion around mask wearing as polarized as in the United States. From anti-mask wearing rallies to rage-filled tantrums in shops requiring face coverings for shoppers, the evidence points to compliance still being an issue. Far from being merely tired of masks, many simply have never wanted to wear them in the first place. So is the recommended approach still the way to go?

Deutsche Welle (5 Jul 2020)

Coronavirus update: The latest news from around the world. Authorities in the Australian city of Melbourne have reimposed strict lockdown measures in some areas in an attempt to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections. Residents of nine inner-city public housing blocks have been placed under strict quarantine for five days. The move caught many tenants by surprise.

Spanish authorities have reimposed lockdown restrictions on nearly 200 thousand people after a spike in coronavirus cases. The measures affect a region in the northeast of the country where nearly 4 thousand people have been infected. In an effort to contain the outbreak, residents of Lleida are not allowed to leave the city – and people outside cannot enter.

Pubs in England and Northern Ireland are welcoming patrons again after a four-month coronavirus shutdown. Restaurants and hair salons are also back in business. The changes don’t apply to Wales or Scotland, which have been setting their own timetables for easing restrictions. As people hit the pubs, the UK government is urging them not to get carried away – warning that irresponsible drinkers could face harsh punishment.

Deutsche Welle (3 Jul 2020)

Researching coronavirus: What are the findings? COVID-19 can have devastating consequences for the lungs. But doctors and nurses are discovering new damaging effects every day, from cardiac arrest to kidney failure and even unexplained tissue growth. A new, more holistic understanding of the disease is emerging. Researchers turn to describe Covid-19 as less of a lung affliction, and much more a vascular illness. A severely ill coronavirus patient develops embolisms, or blockages, in blood vessels. On top of that, within hours uncontrolled excess tissue growth can set in. Aas our understanding increases, so does our ability to fight Covid-19.

Coronavirus is Straining Hospitals. Here’s How Innovators Are Helping. Health care workers are facing a serious shortage of critical equipment needed to treat the coronavirus. We spoke to the makers who are building innovative protective gear and ventilators for them. (The New York Times, 25 Mar 2020 at ~ 12:30 PM CT)

 

Huffington Post (20 Mar 2020 at 10:35)

The Economist (20 Mar 2020)

The new coronavirus: how should the world respond? The new coronavirus is shutting down planet Earth. What lessons can the rest of the world learn from China, Singapore and South Korea?

The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus Event Cancellations

Major tech conferences around the world are scrapping their events due to coronavirus. As of early March, the economic impact of these cancellations had surpassed $1.1 billion and since that time, the number has only increased as more events are scrapped everyday. Major cities from San Francisco to New York have banned large gatherings, as diagnoses in the U.S. have soared. It’s undoubtedly a smart move for public safety. But all these cancellations, particularly of major conferences, are taking a huge financial toll. (CNBC, 19 Mar 2020)

 

COVID-19 Political News

In general, political news divides and detracts people from the task of helping others and uniting around a common goal. So, only limited political COVID-19 news will be provied here. There is no intention to have bias in the stories listed below, but they may shed light on how governments and agencies can do better.

NPR (19 Mar 2020 at 4:08 AM CT)

Weeks Before Virus Panic, Intelligence Chairman Privately Raised Alarm, Sold Stocks. “The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR. The remarks from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr were more stark than any he had delivered in more public forums.”