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Coronavirus Update: Over 2 Million Have Recovered from Virus, Expect Air Travel to be ‘Somewhat Strange’

Coronavirus Update: Over 2 Million Have Recovered from Virus, Expect Air Travel to be ‘Somewhat Strange’

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Those taking to the skies will find travel somewhat strange this Memorial Day Weekend. They will find signs and floor markings reminding them of the need for social distancing, and everyone will be wearing face coverings.  Airlines will board passengers in smaller groups, many from back to front, and service on board flights will be limited.
New studies show that hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted and taken by President Trump, may …

Coronavirus Update: CDC Releases More Guidelines, N.Y. ‘Back to Where We Started,’ Says Gov. Cuomo

Coronavirus Update: CDC Releases More Guidelines, N.Y. ‘Back to Where We Started,’ Says Gov. Cuomo

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promulgated guidance for schools, businesses, and mass transit systems as opposed to what was released last week, this document provides specific guidance and instructions for different sectors to detect and trace the virus based on exposure and risk after the pandemic.
The language in the document is somewhat watered down from what was in the original document. Language that tells schools to “ensure social …

Britain to Quarantine Most Travelers Arriving by Plane to Combat the Coronavirus

Britain to Quarantine Most Travelers Arriving by Plane to Combat the Coronavirus

Following his evening address to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a document outlining specifics of a new plan to tackle the novel coronavirus.
In addition to advising those who cannot work from home to return to work if possible and to wear face coverings in public, the prime minister introduced a self-quarantine requirement for most visitors.
“The government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions …

Coronavirus Update: New Cases and Deaths Fall in N.Y. and N.J., Johnson’s New Roadmap for U.K.

Coronavirus Update: New Cases and Deaths Fall in N.Y. and N.J., Johnson’s New Roadmap for U.K.

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As the total number of coronavirus infections worldwide surpassed the four million mark and the death toll in the United States hit 80,000, the virus itself is spreading through the top ranks of the White House. Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary and a spokeswoman for the White House coronavirusefforts, tested positive for the virus, as did a valet to President Trump.
Two of the nation’s top public health …

Coronavirus Update: EU Expects Major Contraction, New Infections Rise in Germany, UK Could Lift Some Restrictions

Coronavirus Update: EU Expects Major Contraction, New Infections Rise in Germany, UK Could Lift Some Restrictions

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The European Union’s economy, which had been set to expand by 1.2% this year, will instead shrink by 7.4%, the European Commission said Monday.  During the 2009 recession amidst the financial crisis, the economy shrank by only 4.5%.  “The danger of a deeper and more protracted recession is very real,” wrote Maarten Verwey, who heads commission’s economic unit, in a foreword to its forecast.
In Germany, the number of new …

Coronavirus Update: Virus Reached France in December, Norwegian Cruise Line May Fail, Pfizer Begins Vaccine Trial

Coronavirus Update: Virus Reached France in December, Norwegian Cruise Line May Fail, Pfizer Begins Vaccine Trial

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As the death toll across the globe passed the 250,000 mark, doctors in France said they believe a patient had the novel Coronavirus in late December after retesting samples taken at the time. The patient was originally diagnosed with a case of pneumonia.  The diagnosis was days before China reported what was then an unknown ailment to the World Health Organization and a month before the virus was originally …

Coronavirus Update: Georgia Shops Reopen, Worldwide Death Toll Nears 200,000, FDA and Lysol Warn Against Trump Touted Cures

Coronavirus Update: Georgia Shops Reopen, Worldwide Death Toll Nears 200,000, FDA and Lysol Warn Against Trump Touted Cures

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to take hydroxchloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that President Trump repeatedly touted as a cure for the coronavirus outside of a hospital-type setting.  Meanwhile, the manufacturers of Lysol and other such disinfectants issued a warning against using the products improperly after the president touted them as a means of killing the virus.
Meanwhile, Congress passed the $484 billion aid bill and …