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The Nonprofits and Companies Helping to Fight the Pandemic

It’s been a tough few weeks for everyone. At times, it can feel like the world is unraveling. Whether you’re dealing with sickness, social distancing, working from home for the first time, and/or trying to homeschool kids, it isn’t easy. We all want to get back to normal. We don’t know when that will be, and what normal will look like, but we wanted to point out a few of the organizations, companies, and brands (big and small) that are chipping in to help. While the government has been struggling…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci Gives Americans Hard Facts on How to Save Themselves from the Coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the Trump administrations coronavirus task force, did thecrowded bars and restaurants across the country this weekend, the infectious diseases expert noted that much of the American public this is ramping up with no real change, so why should the public be confident that this week well see anything different. I think the reason is because we really made somewhat of a sea change here, the doctor responded. Obviously, early on, we werent in…

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Midwives Slam NYC Hospital for Forcing Women to Give Birth Alone

A group of New York City midwives slammed a Manhattan hospitals new policy prohibiting partners in delivery rooms this week, warning that the restrictions to combat COVID-19 could lead to more expectant mothers giving birth at home whether or not that is the best medical decision for them. NYC Midwives calls on the State of New York and all New York hospitals to follow WHO guidelines and affirm their commitment to allowing one essential support person to accompany all laboring people, the group said in a statement. As New York-Presbyterian…

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Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Melania Trump: The Inventor of Social Distancing

Some of our thickest-headed politicians have been passing the time by spreading nonsense about the coronavirus, Jimmy Kimmel said in the argued to Tucker Carlson on Monday that, in Kimmels words old people are willing to go to an early grave in order to help boost the stock market. And that doesnt make me noble or brave or anything like that, Patrick said on Fox News. No, it makes you an idiot, Kimmel replied, before adding, I shouldnt say it makes you an idiot. It reveals to us that you…

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A Straightforward Explanation on Exponential Growth and Epidemics

With Coronavirus at the forefront of global attention, this is a good time for a primer on exponential and logistic growth, which can often seem counterintuitive. An informative video by 3Blue1Brown Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/straightforward-explanation-on-exponential-growth-and-epidemics/

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Congress Wanted Answers From Trump on Coronavirus. He Blew Them Off.

The morning of Feb. 12, members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee filed into their Capitol Hill committee chambers for a scheduled hearing about the rapidly growing outbreak of the novel coronavirus. On that day, the number of total coronavirus cases in the world had crossed 60,000 and more than 1,000 were dead from the disease, nearly all in mainland China. But there were 14 cases in the United States, and top officials from the Centers for Disease Control were warning the coronavirus could gain a foothold. Against that backdrop,…

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While Many Restaurants Struggle, Here’s How One Is Thriving

Driving through eerily quiet Seattle on Friday, I tuned into an widely-echoed sentiment. Making the rush-hour trip in a fraction of the time it normally takes to cross town, I was on my way to see one of the only chefs I know who's offering a bit of hope. When the world is not under siege from a deadly virus, Eric Rivera runs Addo, a busy restaurant with constantly changing offerings, from inexpensive homestyle Puerto Rican to high-end, multi-course meals with wine pairings. Now, though, as despair has seized other…

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Trump Officials Warned of Coronavirus Economic Impact Before Senators Sold Off Their Stock

On Jan. 21, senators gathered in their chamber on Capitol Hill to formally begin a virus spreading throughout China. The administration first learned of the outbreak Jan. 3, officials have now said. But by the time they convened with lawmakers for the briefing, the novel coronavirus had killed 41 people and infected more than 1,200. According to two individuals with knowledge of the briefing, officials stressed to senators that the coronavirus was contagious, deadly, and would eventually spread beyond Chinas borders to the U.S., at which point it would pose…

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The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

The Jacob K. Javits Center occupies over 22 million square feet on the west side of New York City, a block or so down from where the Lincoln Tunnel splashes into the Hudson River. This week, it had been scheduled to host the World Floral Expo until coronavirus fears scuttled those and most other non-essential plans. Instead, thanks to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the convention center is being transformed into four field hospitals with a thousand total beds. And that’s only the beginning. Since its founding in…

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Its Brutal: Man Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Shares The Innocent First Symptoms He Experienced

At first, Michael tried to carry on with his work and family life, but after a long and gruesome fight, COVID-19 finally has him in the hospital. To raise awareness, he shared a detailed story about the living hell he went through, and it vividly shows just how brutal the virus really is. Image credits: Image credits: The United States just went through its deadliest day since the outbreak of the coronavirus, “It’s just going to get worse this week and worse next week,” Dr. Leana Wen, a visiting professor…

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How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

It was about 8:30 pm on December 30, and Marjorie Pollack, a physician and epidemiologist, was working in her home office in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Her email pinged. In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor. The contributor, who speaks and reads Chinese, wanted her to know about a new post that was getting some attention on Weibo, a within-China social media network. The post said that a few hours earlier,…

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WIREDs Video Guide to Extreme Indoor Activities

Though it’s necessary to stay home and minimize person-to-person contact during a pandemic, the inescapable reality of “sheltering in place” is: It’s boring. The trick is to defeat the dullness. At WIRED, we’ve always loved a good indoor activity, and we’ve made lots of videos over the years of master-class practitioners doing everything from building world-record airplanes to Rube Goldberg-style kinetic art projects. Now you can find them all in one place—here! Whether you’re a restless kid, a stretched-thin parent, or just another citizen doing their part to slow the…

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Data Reveals the True Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Something was wrong with Malaysia’s internet. It was March 13, and the more Simon Angus looked at the data, the more he suspected that the country might be in the midst of a Wired UK This story originally appeared on asked Netflix to restrict high-definition streaming until the emergency is over.) Now, Angus’ scanning had detected that Malaysia’s internet had become allowed a religious mass gathering to go ahead in Kuala Lumpur. Once Covid-19 cases linked to the event started to emerge, the government scrambled to find all the attendees,…

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Coronavirus Is Scary Enough for Some People to Risk Deportation

If Brenda, a 30-year-old agricultural worker in Goodyear, Arizona, suddenly comes down with symptoms of the undocumented immigrant, and asked that her last name not be used in the event that the government took an interest in her. This attitudeboth about being identified in general but also about coming forward with health problemsis fairly typical, according to Mariana Magaa Gamero, policy advocate for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles (CHIRLA). People fearand its a very valid fearthat if youre providing your information to any government entity, that…

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