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Floyd Mayweather's daughter, Iyanna, arrested for alleged aggravated assault

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Floyd Mayweather's daughter, Iyanna, arrested for alleged aggravated assaultThe 19-year-old was jailed in Harris County, Texas, after a 25-year-old woman was stabbed.


President Trump says US to deploy 1,000 military personnel to New York City to battle coronavirus

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President Trump says US to deploy 1,000 military personnel to New York City to battle coronavirusPresident Donald Trump says the U.S. will send 1,000 military personnel to New York City to help battle the coronavirus epidemic.


New York state virus toll spikes as officials plea for medical volunteers

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New York state virus toll spikes as officials plea for medical volunteersNew York state's coronavirus toll continued rising at a devastating pace Saturday, as authorities issued an emergency plea for volunteers to assist in the crisis plaguing the US pandemic's epicenter. With already strained hospitals scrambling to prepare for a growing influx of patients, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned the worst was yet to come. The death toll in the state was up from 2,935 the previous day; the additional 630 deaths represented the largest 24-hour spike recorded there.


Here's why the depleted cruise line industry will be one of the biggest losers of the new $500 billion corporate bailout program

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Here's why the depleted cruise line industry will be one of the biggest losers of the new $500 billion corporate bailout programThe largest cruise lines are incorporated outside the US. That means they won't be able to get a cut of the bailout money under Trump's stimulus law.


Spain to extend lockdown, as deaths down for second day

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Spain to extend lockdown, as deaths down for second daySpain's prime minister announced Saturday an extension of the country's lockdown to combat the coronavirus, saying the measures are "bearing fruit" as the number of deaths fell for a second day in a row. "The cabinet on Tuesday will again ask for authorisation from parliament to extend for a second time the state of alert until Saturday April 25 at midnight," Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a televised speech. Hospitals, in particular the intensive care units, have been overwhelmed by an influx of coronavirus patients.


Gov. Cuomo Says Chinese Government Delivering 1,000 Ventilators to New York

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Gov. Cuomo Says Chinese Government Delivering 1,000 Ventilators to New YorkHe also announced that the state of Oregon said it will send 140 ventilators


North Korea's official coronavirus count: Zero. Why that claim is hard to believe

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 Zero. Why that claim is hard to believeExperts are skeptical of the no-coronavirus claim from the tightly controlled country so desperate to maintain the status of its border with China.


Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds suffers coronavirus symptoms

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Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds suffers coronavirus symptomsBoris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds has revealed she has "spent the past week in bed" after suffering coronavirus symptoms but is now recovering. The 32-year-old, who is expecting the couple's baby in early summer, falls into the group of vulnerable people urged to avoid contact with those with symptoms of Covid-19. Prime Minister Mr Johnson said last week that he had tested positive for coronavirus and has now spent more than a week in self-isolation in Downing Street. Shortly after his announcement, Ms Symonds - who usually lives with the Prime Minister in the Number 11 flat - shared a photograph of herself self-isolating in Camberwell, south London, with the couple's dog Dilyn. But on Saturday evening she revealed she too has suffered coronavirus symptoms. She tweeted: "I've spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven't needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I'm on the mend. "Being pregnant with Covid-19 is obviously worrying. To other pregnant women, please do read and follow the most up to date guidance which I found to be v reassuring."


Pa. Secretary of Health provides COVID-19 update

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Pa. Secretary of Health provides COVID-19 update
      Pennsylvania residents should wear a cloth mask in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said Friday.


Number of coronavirus intensive care patients in Italy drops for first time

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Number of coronavirus intensive care patients in Italy drops for first timeItaly reported its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths for nearly two weeks on Saturday and said the number of patients in intensive care had fallen for the first time. The Civil Protection department reported 681 deaths, bringing the total to 15,632 since the outbreak of the new coronavirus epidemic in northern Italy on Feb. 21. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 124,632 from 119,827 reported on Friday but for the first time, the number of patients in badly stretched intensive care units fell, with 3,994 patients being treated, down 74 from 4,068 on Friday.


Coral Princess cruise ship with at least a dozen coronavirus cases docks in Miami

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Coral Princess cruise ship with at least a dozen coronavirus cases docks in MiamiA Princess Cruises ship carrying at least a dozen people on board who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be docking at Port Miami Saturday.


Death Toll Passes 60,000; N.Y. Has Deadliest Day: Virus Update

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 Virus Update(Bloomberg) -- The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 60,000 worldwide and New York State reported its deadliest day. Spain will extend its state of emergency after cases surpassed those in Italy.U.S. deaths rose to more than 7,000 as health officials recommended wearing cloth masks to prevent the virus’s spread. At least a half-dozen cruise ships remain at sea with passengers and crew as companies navigate long trips and struggle to find ports willing to let them dock.Key Developments:Global cases top 1.1 million; deaths exceed 60,000: Johns HopkinsBread lines are forming in Mar-a-Lago’s shadowJobs destroyed worldwide as virus sparks recessionLandlords in peril as retailers withhold rentWhy the Fate of Milan Will Be the Fate of ItalyCruise ships, linked to the early spread, are still sailingNew York’s Deadliest Day (11:40 a.m. NY)New York, the worst-hit U.S. state, recorded its deadliest day as the toll rose to 3,565, including 2,624 deaths in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters. A shipment of 1,000 ventilators from China is arriving the city on Saturday. “This is a big deal and it’s going to make a significant difference for us,” Cuomo said.A Quarter of French Workers on Benefits (11:30 a.m. NY)French Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud said on BFM TV that 5 million workers, about a quarter of the nation’s people on payrolls, have been granted temporary unemployment benefits, a system put in place to help companies reduce operations without laying off staff.NYC Seeks U.S. Doctors, Nurses (11 a.m. NY)Mayor Bill de Blasio repeated calls for a national system to help move doctors and nurses from other states to areas with high need, saying the weeks ahead will be New York City’s “the toughest time.”“This is going to be a reality where you are going to have many cities and states simultaneously in crisis, needing health care professionals, needing ventilators,” de Blasio said on MSNBC, adding that the thinning ranks of health care workers was the city’s biggest challenge.The city on Friday sent an emergency mobile alert pleading for licensed health-care workers to volunteer at its hospitals. The mayor said the city needs 45,000 more medical personnel through April and May. “We need as many health workers as possible right here, right now,” he said.Egypt National Projects Postponed (11:15 a.m. NY)Egypt delayed the start of large national projects including the Grand Egyptian Museum and Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and postponed to 2021 moving the country’s administrative capital city due to the pandemic.Poland Weighs Easter Restrictions (10 a.m. NY)Poland is considering further restrictions ahead of the Easter holiday to keep the coronavirus from spreading via traditional family visits, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said.Poles have already been under a lockdown for three weeks. While the government previously predicted a peak in the outbreak by mid-April, crediting its early restrictions, Szumowski said it’s now expected to keep growing over the coming weeks.Singapore Has Another 75 Cases (9:55 a.m. NY)Singapore’s Ministry of Health confirmed an additional 75 cases of Covid-19 infection, of which six are imported and 69 are local cases who have no recent travel history abroad.Italian Security Officer Dies (9:16 a.m NY)An officer in Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte’s security detail died of coronavirus, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in a Facebook post. The officer, who tested positive for the virus last month, hadn’t had contact with the prime minister in the two weeks before he felt sick. Conte had tested negative at the time, Corriere della Sera reported on its website.Spain Plans to Extend Lockdown (9:14 a.m. NY)Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced plans to extend the country’s lockdown by two weeks until April 25. “I understand it’s difficult to extend the effort and sacrifice two more weeks,” Sanchez said in a televised speech. “These are very difficult days for everyone.” A longer lockdown would be subject to cabinet and legislative approval.U.K. Deaths Increase (9:02 a.m. NY)The U.K. reported its deadliest day yet, with an increase of 708 coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 4,313. According to the Department of Health and Social Care, 41,903 people have tested positive for the virus.Keir Starmer, newly elected as leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said he would have the “courage” to back Prime Minister Boris Johnson where necessary in the national interest to defeat the coronavirus pandemic, while holding him accountable for mistakes.Dubai Expo Delay Considered (8:30 a.m. NY)The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions says it will hold a meeting on April 21 to discuss a postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai, at the request of the United Arab Emirates government. Expo organizers have said they wanted to study a one-year delay to the event.Hungary Funds Crisis Measures (7 a.m. NY)Hungary’s government announced cuts to political party finances and pledged tax increases for banks and retail chains as part of efforts to fund crisis measures. The steps are the latest in contentious measure that have seen Prime Minister Viktor Orban assume powers to rule by decree indefinitely.The cabinet will announce a major economic policy plan amounting to 18-22% of GDP on Tuesday, Gergely Gulyas, the minister in charge of the premier’s office said Saturday. The central bank will also announce measures of its own that day, he said.Herd Immunity Could Take Years (6:39 a.m. NY)Herd immunity against the coronavirus may take years to develop, Jaap Goudsmit, adjunct professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases at Harvard, said in an interview with Dutch daily De Telegraaf.The number of deaths in the Netherlands rose by 164, or 11%, to 1,651, according to a daily update from the RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. The tally of confirmed virus cases increased by 6% to 16,627, slightly below the growth rate seen in the beginning of the week. The amount of people hospitalized with the virus rose by 336 to 6,622.Spain Cases Pass Italy (5:50 p.m. HK)A slower pace of fatalities and new cases though is offering hope that Spain’s outbreak may be edging toward a peak.Spain said the number of confirmed cases increased to 124,736, from 117,710 a day earlier, according to Health Ministry data. In Italy, total cases stood at 119,827. In what could be a sign of hope, the number of new deaths in Spain declined for a second day, with an additional 809 fatalities in the past 24 hours for a total of 11,744.Swedish Deaths Seen in Thousands (5:48 p.m. HK)Sweden must expect to count its dead from the coronavirus in the “thousands,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in an interview in Dagens Nyheter. The biggest Nordic economy, which has opted for less restrictive measures than many countries in the fight against the pandemic, has had more than 330 deaths after confirmed cases topped 6,000 this week. Lofven also said the country will need to contend with the pandemic and its economic impact for “months, not weeks.”Sweden’s government is preparing to seek extraordinary powers, allowing it to bypass Parliament for certain regulations, Expressen reported late Friday. The proposal, which has been sent to opposition lawmakers, suggests the coalition led by the Social Democrats might be planning to tighten its response to the pandemic.Iran Fatalities Increase (5:40 p.m. HK)Iran’s coronavirus fatalities jumped to 3,452 with 158 deaths since Friday. Total cases rose to 55,743 as 2,560 tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours. A deputy health minister raised concerns about the spread of coronavirus in Tehran as the capital’s streets and highways were clogged with traffic on Saturday following the end of the Persian New Year holidays.Russia Following ‘Optimistic Scenario’ (5:30 p.m. HK)The outbreak in Russia so far is following the “optimistic scenario, in large part because in the previous two months of contact with this virus, Russia took all the necessary measures,” Anna Popova, the country’s top public-health official, told state television.The government reported the second straight day of declines in new cases on Saturday. The latest figures showed 582 additional infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 4,731, with 43 deaths.Heathrow to Close Runway (4:10 p.m. HK)Heathrow Airport will move to single-runway operations from April 6. It will temporarily shift operations out of terminals 3 and 4 into 2 and 5 in the coming weeks, the airport said in a tweet on Saturday.France Extends Tax Delay (4:05 p.m. HK)France will allow companies to postpone their tax and social security payments again for the month of April, Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin said in an interview with Ouest France newspaper. The government will decide later whether those taxes will eventually be canceled entirely, he said. On Twitter, Darmanin said 450,000 small businesses have applied for a 1,500-euro ($1,620) payment from the government’s “solidarity fund.”Senegal Warns on Economy (4 p.m. HK)Senegal cut its economic growth forecast by half on the impact of the outbreak, ending six years of steady growth in the West African nation. Expansion will slow to 3%, from an initial forecast of 6.8%, President Macky Sall said in a televised address on Friday. Sectors vital to the economy including transport, trade, tourism and construction risked being “badly hit.”Gabon’s President Ali Bongo on Friday announced a social and economic plan to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic, including emergency financing to respond to the “urgent cash needs” facing companies.More Countries Oppose Euro Bonds: Hoekstra (3:40 p.m. HK)Many more countries besides Germany and the Netherlands are against the use of euro bonds to help the European Union to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported, citing an interview with Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra.Debt mutualization means a move toward a debt union and that is not sensible as there is enough liquidity and all member states are still able to borrow money on the financial markets, Hoekstra said.German Cases Climb (3:18 p.m. HK)Deaths in Germany rose by 168 to 1,275 on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Some 91,159 people are infected, the third highest in Europe after Italy and Spain, and 6,365 more than on Friday.Turkish Airlines’ domestic flights will be halted until April 20, Chief Executive Officer Bilal Eksi said in a Twitter post. The country’s flag carrier had already suspended all international flights until May 1 and limited services to 14 of the nation’s cities.World Bank Approves Bangladesh Loans (2:21 p.m. HK)The World Bank approved $100 million in funds to help Bangladesh respond to the pandemic and strengthen the South Asian nation’s public health system as positive cases surged to 70 with eight people dead.The project will equip designated laboratories with Covid-19 trained staff, diagnostic equipment and test kits, the World Bank said in an emailed statement Saturday.Mumbai May Extend Lockdown (1:15 p.m. HK)A decision to end the lockdown in Mumbai and a few other urban centers in the state has to be taken “cautiously and after due deliberation,” the newspaper said, citing Rajesh Tope, the health minister of Maharashtra state.Thailand has banned all incoming passenger flights for the next three days to prevent the spread of the virus, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. Cases in the country rose to 2,067 after 89 new reports. The Southeast Asian nation also reported one new death, bringing total to 20.Trump Names Virus Bailout Watchdog (11:30 a.m. HK)In a statement Friday night, the White House said President Donald Trump has chosen Brian Miller for the job.Miller is now a “special assistant to the president and a senior associate counsel in the the White House Counsel’s office.” Before that, he “was an independent corporate monitor and an expert witness.”Singapore Waives Foreign Worker Levy (9:45 a.m. HK)Health authorities said an 88-year-old man with no recent travel history to affected countries died early Saturday, marking the sixth fatality for the city-state.Singapore will waive foreign worker levies for the month of April after the government said it will shut down most workplaces from Tuesday.China Has New Asymptomatic Cases (9:25 a.m. HK)China reported 64 new asymptomatic cases for April 3, 26 of which were imported. The nation reported 19 new virus cases in total, and four deaths, all of which were in Hubei. The number of remaining cases in hospitals stands at 1,562.South Korea reported 94 more cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, bringing the total to 10,156, according to a statement from the health ministry.U.S. Deaths Top 7,000: Johns Hopkins (7:21 a.m. HK)U.S. deaths from the coronavirus have surpassed 7,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. The New York City area has the most fatalities, at more than 1,500, the university’s data show.The U.S. has the world’s largest outbreak of the virus, with more than 275,000 infections. Italy, the next most hard-hit country, has about 120,000.Trump Invokes Act to Prevent Exports of Medical Gear (6:52 a.m. HK)President Donald Trump said he invoked the Defense Production Act to prevent crucial medical supplies from being exported to other countries. The Department of Health and Human Services has seized nearly 200,000 N95 respirators, 130,000 surgical masks, 600,000 gloves, as well as “many, many, many bottles and disinfectant sprays that were being hoarded,” Trump said.The president has been in a public shouting match with 3M Co. over its export commitments. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Thursday that the administration has had concerns about whether the company’s production around the world is being delivered to the U.S.3M responded Friday that there would be “significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to health-care workers in Canada and Latin America.”Read the full story hereAlabama, Missouri Issue Stay-at-Home Orders (6:25 a.m. HK)The governors of Alabama and Missouri, two holdout states on placing strict limitations on residents, said they will adopt stay-at-home orders.Alabama’s rules take effect at 5 p.m. Saturday. Governor Kay Ivey said in a tweet that she had done everything possible to avoid the step, but “late yesterday, it became obvious that more had to be done.”In Missouri, Governor Mike Parson said his order will begin Monday and last through April 24.Trump Says CDC Suggests Use of Cloth Masks (5:49 p.m. NY)The CDC recommended the use of non-surgical grade cloth masks as a voluntary measure to prevent the spread of the virus. The announcement marks a reversal for health officials, who’d previously said that those without symptoms didn’t need to wear face coverings.“It’s only a recommendation,” President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, adding that he won’t wear one and that the suggestion doesn’t replace guidance on social distancing. “It’s voluntary.”Masks have already been recommended by local officials in areas including New York City, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.Read the full story hereGoogle Joins With Researchers to Track Cases (4:48 p.m. NY)Google is working with researchers in Europe to track the virus’s spread using troves of location data gathered from smartphones, according to several people involved in the project. The data can’t be used to track an individual person; rather, it shows broad patterns of movement across entire countries over periods of time, the people said.The data is helping researchers analyze the relationship between travel patterns and transmission rates of the virus within different countries, according to the people, while also providing insight into the effectiveness of lockdowns in European countries.Read the full story hereNew York, New Jersey Seize Ventilators (3:55 p.m. NY)The governors of New York and New Jersey have ordered unused ventilators and other equipment to be commandeered from medical facilities and redistributed to hospitals treating coronavirus patients, aggressive measures highlighting increasingly dire conditions.The move came as New York officials began to warn that the health system was possibly just days away from hitting its capacity to handle the waves of patients. New Jersey, which has the second-highest rate of infections, is trying to get ahead of the curve and avoid the dire fate of its neighbor.WHO Urges Countries to Keep Lockdowns (2 p.m. NY)Lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a resurgence of the disease and the economic impact could be even more severe and prolonged, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing in Geneva.“We don’t want to end up in a cycle of lockdown followed by release, followed by another lockdown followed by release,” said Mike Ryan, head of health emergencies at the WHO. Countries need to make a massive investment in testing and contact tracing because the only way to get rid of the disease truly is to hunt it down, he said.The WHO also conceded slightly on its guidelines for wearing masks, saying homemade mouth coverings may help slow transmission in some places. However, medical masks and N95s should be reserved for front-line health workers who are putting their lives in danger, Ryan said.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Meteorologists warn winter may return to the Northeast

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Meteorologists warn winter may return to the NortheastAfter late-spring warmth surges into parts of the East through the middle of next week, winter looks to return ahead of Easter weekend.A surge of warmth is set to spread from the center of the country to the Northeast through the weekend and early next week.Temperature will top out near 70 in parts of the Ohio Valley by Tuesday, and Washington, D.C. may near 80 degrees F by Wednesday."A sharp change in temperature is in store for the eastern half of the country late next week," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Nicole LoBiondo.A cold front will sweep across the country from Wednesday through Friday, bringing the perception that winter has returned.Temperatures will fall as much as 10 to 20 degrees in just 24 hours. Afternoon high temperatures will be in the upper 40s or lower 50s by Thursday in cities like Detroit and Cleveland, near or slightly below normal for early April.The cooldown will wait to settle into the I-95 cities until Friday and Saturday.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APPThe dramatic clash of warm and cold air will bring the chance for some thunderstorms to erupt from the Ohio Valley to the I-95 corridor as the cold front swings through.Areas from the Hudson Valley to the mid-Atlantic could be susceptible for having thunder and heavier downpours.Behind the rain will be the push of colder air, and the potential for wintry precipitation."As has been the case for much of the winter and early spring snow storms this season, the best chance for snow will be across northern New England," said AccuWeather Chief Video Meteorologist Bernie Rayno. How long precipitation lingers behind the front and how quickly the cold air filters in behind the front, will determine if snow falls in places like central New York and western Pennsylvania. Should the precipitation move through quickly, areas in these states may miss out on snow entirely.Roads and even non-paved surfaces will be quite warm the days leading up to the storm, making it difficult for larger accumulations outside of New England. The exception will be in higher elevations.In northern New England, those going to the grocery store could run into slippery road conditions. In southern New England, temperatures at night may drop far enough to freeze up some standing puddles.Behind the cold front, there is the potential for stiff, cold winds to sweep across the Great Lakes. This may generate lake-effect rain or snow showers Friday and perhaps even into Saturday.Colder-than normal conditions are likely to linger across the Northeast through Easter weekend, as well as across the Midwest and Southeast.Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.


Where to buy the materials to make masks at home

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Where to buy the materials to make masks at homeSome experts are recommending wearing masks out in public during the coronavirus outbreak. Here's where you can get materials to make them.


Coronavirus kills some people and hardly affects others: How is that possible?

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 How is that possible?How can the new coronavirus affect people so differently — killing some while leaving others blissfully unaware that they have been infected at all?


Photos show China coming to a standstill to mourn everyone who died of coronavirus, including whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang

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Photos show China coming to a standstill to mourn everyone who died of coronavirus, including whistleblower doctor Li WenliangAll of China observed a three-minute silence on Saturday, which coincided with Qingming Festival, when people traditionally visit ancestors' graves.


Sleeping in the attic: How a NYC nurse is trying to keep her family safe from the coronavirus as she works on the front lines

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 How a NYC nurse is trying to keep her family safe from the coronavirus as she works on the front linesDiana Torres, a nurse who works in Manhattan, moved into her attic to avoid exposing her family to the coronavirus when she comes home after shifts.


The noble lie about masks and coronavirus should never have been told

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The noble lie about masks and coronavirus should never have been toldThose of you of a certain age will doubtless remember a time when it was universally acknowledged that wearing masks would not protect you or anyone else from the coronavirus pandemic. By "certain age" here I mean all living Americans born on or before April 1, 2020, which according to my notes is when it became possible to express a contrary position in polite society.This was always nonsense. The White House is now suggesting that all of us should wear masks whenever we leave our houses. We are even stealing vast stockpiles of them from the Germans, who have been wearing them in public for around a month on the rather more numerous occasions when their leaders exempt them from house arrest. People who can't get proper masks (apparently the kind people wear when they spray for bugs) are being encouraged to make their own. If nothing else, this has given tedious DIY addicts something else to be self satisfied about. No one cares how quaint and interesting you think the piece of cloth meant to protect you from a disease is, okay?Whether the journalists and other apparent experts who enthusiastically spread this apparent lie about masks knew it was false is very much an open question. Some of us found it odd that the same people were also saying that masks should be reserved for use by medical professionals. If masks don't do anything, why do doctors and nurses need them? Are they an ornamental part of a dress uniform? The mind reels.Regardless of the personal honesty of those involved in it, this propaganda campaign should never have been conducted in the first place. It is one thing to debate what should be empirical questions, such as the efficacy of wearing protective equipment in an attempt to forestall the spread of viral infections; it is another for people to bang on about whatever the latest current corona wisdom is with the same tedious certainty that not long ago made us a nation of Logan Act scholars and experts on the non-existent criminal law implications of the emoluments clause. These manias do roughly as much for public health as those kids — there was at least one in every first-grade class — who relentlessly ssshh everyone else in line do to improve schoolyard behavior.The 180-degree shift in acceptable public opinion about masks is in line with how the rest of this crisis has unfolded. Masks won't help. Everyone needs a mask. It's not worth shutting down travel to and from China over the virus, and Trump is just being a xenophobe here. Trump should have done more to prevent the virus from coming to these shores. It's less dangerous than the flu; calling it less dangerous than the flu is a right-wing meme, perhaps even (one shudders) "misinformation." Human beings can't even transmit the virus directly to one another; it originated with animals in Chinese open-air "wet" food markets. Talking about the wet markets is racist, except when Dr. Fauci does it.Can we please stop talking this way? As I write this our paper of record is all but publicly rooting for the failure of anti-malarial drugs that appear to have been successful in treating some coronavirus patients. It is not against "science," whatever that may be, for the president or anyone else to observe that certain medicines or treatments have worked. It is not for science, either. It's just a fact that may or may not have limited application depending upon what happens over the next few months. A bit more epistemic humility would be welcome all around.As would more of I will bluntly call adult behavior. We must put an end to the idea that the best way to get through this crisis is to say things we know are not true in the hope of getting people to behave a certain way. This means not saying masks are useless when what you really mean is, "Masks are in short supply, please consider before you start hoarding them whether you really need them at present and if so how many." Ditto the painfully relentless attempts to give young people the impression that they are horribly likely to die from the new virus. Even in Italy, the country with the worst measured fatality rate so far, around 86 percent of all the deceased have been aged 70 or older, and 50 percent were at least 80. We do not need to zero in on statistical anomalies or otherwise engage in scaremongering. It should be enough to say, "Even though you are very unlikely to die from coronavirus, remember that you could contract the disease and spread it to more vulnerable people without even experiencing symptoms, so please don't revel with 5000 strangers at the beach and then run home to give Grandma a hug."This is how grown-ups talk to one another.More stories from theweek.com Social distancing is going to get darker Donald Trump is playing with revolutionary fire 5 brutally funny cartoons about Trump's TV ratings boast


Airline refutes Mexican authority's account of spring break coronavirus outbreak

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Airline refutes Mexican authority's account of spring break coronavirus outbreakCollege students from Texas who tested positive for the novel coronavirus after spring break in Los Cabos traveled to the Mexican beach resort on Viva Aerobus, the airline said, and were there a week later than reported by the local tourist board. At least part of the Texas group stayed at the luxury Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos hotel, two people familiar with the arrangements told Reuters.


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