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What we’re learning from online coronavirus screening project – ABC News

April 5th, 2020
What we’re learning from online coronavirus screening project – ABC News

About 20% of people using the tool reported severe symptoms. April 4, 2020, 9:14 AM 6 min read With symptoms of the novel coronavirus overlapping with allergies, the common cold, influenza and asthma exacerbations, many wonder if their symptoms are COVID-19 and warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. To help the public gauge the seriousness of would-be COVID-19 symptoms, one group of doctors from the Emory University School of Medicine in Georgia, created an online tool, the Coronavirus Checker. It helps people decide if their symptoms call for immediate action. Since it... Read More

‘Courageous, resilient’: Detroit police solider on, despite COVID-19 outbreak – ABC News

April 5th, 2020
‘Courageous, resilient’: Detroit police solider on, despite COVID-19 outbreak – ABC News

Behind the NYPD, DPD has some of the highest quarantine numbers in the country. April 4, 2020, 6:54 PM 6 min read At a community event in Detroit in March, where a number of Detroit Police Department officers were present, the moderator of that event later tested positive for COVID-19. Detroit Police Chief, James Craig, advised that it’s uncertain how the disease spread among his members. “I don’t think anybody can definitively say how [this spread],” Craig told ABC News. The Center for Disease Control has said that the organization is “still... Read More

Surprising COVID-19 hot spots: Why coronavirus still threatens rural areas – ABC News

April 5th, 2020
Surprising COVID-19 hot spots: Why coronavirus still threatens rural areas – ABC News

It’s common for viruses to trickle into rural areas after hitting cities first. April 4, 2020, 10:42 PM 6 min read These past several weeks, national attention regarding the COVID-19 pandemic has been focused on known urban hotspots such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. However, a troubling new trend is emerging: outbreaks in rural communities. Dr. Marynia Kolak is the assistant director for Health Informatics at the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago, which recently released a U.S. COVID-19 Atlas, providing county-level data on COVID-19... Read More

South Korea’s COVID-19 test makers in high demand – ABC News

April 5th, 2020
South Korea’s COVID-19 test makers in high demand – ABC News

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has received requests from 121 countries to export or donate coronavirus testing supplies, according to one government official. To meet the sudden surge of demands from foreign countries, Seoul has set up a task force with online updates and contact information of 29 Korean manufacturers and exporters specializing in COVID-19 diagnostic devices. “Forty-five different countries are asking to get our product. They are asking us, sometimes from an embassy or some government or some president. They are sending [requests] directly by email [to me],”... Read More

At least 70 people infected with coronavirus linked to a single church in California, health officials say

April 5th, 2020
At least 70 people infected with coronavirus linked to a single church in California, health officials say

(CNN)A large and influential Russian language church near Sacramento, California, is denying it is at the center of a novel coronavirus outbreak. In an interview with a Sacramento television station on Thursday, Sacramento County Department of Health Services director Dr. Peter Beilenson confirmed at least 70 people at the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church were infected with Covid-19. He said he named the church “not to cast aspersions on anybody but to really hammer home the importance of not congregating, not only in church but also in prayer gatherings in people’s homes.” It... Read More

Some states turn to election security funds to fight COVID-19 – ABC News

April 5th, 2020
Some states turn to election security funds to fight COVID-19 – ABC News

The states include political battlegrounds of Pennsylvania and Ohio. April 4, 2020, 1:55 PM 7 min read With the country in crisis mode responding to the coronavirus, several states are now turning to their election security funds from the massive stimulus package signed by President Trump amid plans to cover unanticipated costs stemming from the virus. ABC News has confirmed that several states— including the political battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as Rhode Island, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Alabama—are either now using or intend to use election security... Read More

A Florida county is reminding people to maintain a distance of at least one alligator between each other

April 5th, 2020
A Florida county is reminding people to maintain a distance of at least one alligator between each other

(CNN)Officials all over the country can’t stop emphasizing the importance of practicing social distancing to slow down the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Now leaders in Leon County, Florida, are giving people an interesting visual to help them maintain the proper distance from others. “This is a reminder that during COVID 19, please remember to keep at least 1 large alligator between you and everyone else at all times,” Leon County said on Facebook. The coronavirus has infected more than 1.1 million people and killed more than 60,000 worldwide. As of Saturday afternoon,... Read More

No COVID-19 tests available for prisoners at center of NY outbreak, court docs show – ABC News

April 5th, 2020
No COVID-19 tests available for prisoners at center of NY outbreak, court docs show – ABC News

A federal detention center at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City has no in-house ability to test sick or high-risk inmates for COVID-19, according to a letter from the jail’s top official in court documents reviewed by ABC News. “MCC New York does not have COVID-19 tests,” M. Licon-Vitale, the recently installed warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, wrote in a letter to a federal judge this week. The warden’s letter came in response to an order from U.S. District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer to test an MCC inmate... Read More

Opinion: What Atlanta’s snowmageddon teaches us about social distancing

April 5th, 2020
Opinion: What Atlanta’s snowmageddon teaches us about social distancing

Dr. Sujit Sharma is a pediatric emergency medicine physician with Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Ann Chahroudi is an associate professor and associate division chief for Basic/Translational Research, Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Gregory Sysyn is an intensive care physician with Pediatrix Medical Group, in Atlanta, Georgia. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the authors. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)On Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced a state-wide order to shelter... Read More

As northern Italy is ravaged by coronavirus, there’s trouble brewing down south

April 5th, 2020
As northern Italy is ravaged by coronavirus, there’s trouble brewing down south

(CNN)Four weeks into a nationwide lockdown, very few Italians are still singing from their balconies or banging pots and pans in solidarity. Instead, flags were lowered to half-staff this week for the nearly 15,000 coronavirus victims including doctors, nurses and health care professionals who have perished since February 23. The lockdown, which was originally scheduled to end Friday, April 3, has now been extended to beyond Easter, and Italians from north to south are nearing a breaking point just as the draconian measures have begun to show signs of stopping the spread of Covid-19. Italy’s... Read More