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More than 40 spring breakers who ignored public health advice test positive for coronavirus

April 3rd, 2020
More than 40 spring breakers who ignored public health advice test positive for coronavirus

(CNN) Dozens of spring breakers from Texas boarded a plane for fun and came home with coronavirus. About 70 people in their 20s chartered a plane from Austin, Texas, to Mexico for spring break two weeks ago. They went against the advice of White House offici… Read More  Read More

When a retired janitor died, crowds flocked to his funeral and mourned together. Within weeks, their city was overrun by coronavirus cases

April 3rd, 2020
When a retired janitor died, crowds flocked to his funeral and mourned together. Within weeks, their city was overrun by coronavirus cases

Albany, Georgia (CNN)When a retired janitor suddenly died in southern Georgia, crowds of relatives and friends flocked to a local funeral home and mourned together. Within weeks, their city was overrun by coronavirus cases. That cluster of coronavirus cases was linked to the funerals of 64-year-old Andrew J. Mitchell and another man, held in late February and early March, Dougherty County Council Chairman Chris Cohilas said. Albany, a city of roughly 75,000 people — as well as Cohilas’ county, where Albany is based — is the latest example of how the virus has started disrupting... Read More

Analysis: Coronavirus has already permanently changed our economy and the way we live

April 3rd, 2020
Analysis: Coronavirus has already permanently changed our economy and the way we live

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. (CNN)The US government effectively shut down the US economy in its effort to keep Americans at home and, hopefully, slow the spread of Covid-19. The direct result is that a stupefying number of American workers — nearly 10 million in two weeks — filed for first-time unemployment benefits. But while it is now agonizingly clear the pandemic outbreak is nowhere near finished, the economic crater being dug to deal with the health crisis seems likely to last even longer... Read More

Trump’s Covid-19 reelection strategy

April 3rd, 2020
Trump’s Covid-19 reelection strategy

Joe Lockhart was White House press secretary from 1998-2000 in President Bill Clinton’s administration. He co-hosts the podcast “Words Matter.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)President Donald Trump has received considerable criticism from many quarters — governors, public health officials and doctors and nurses on the frontline — for being unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, and for not having a national plan to deal with it. Much of that criticism is well deserved. What is clear looking over the last two... Read More

‘Contagion’ vs. coronavirus: The film’s connections to a real life pandemic

April 3rd, 2020
‘Contagion’ vs. coronavirus: The film’s connections to a real life pandemic

(CNN)As we live through a developing pandemic, some of us can’t help but compare it to the 2011 American thriller which some claim predicted Covid-19: “Contagion.” Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Scott Z. Burns, the film follows the spread of a virus transmitted when sick humans touch surfaces and leave virus behind that others can catch. Next comes the frantic attempts by public health officials to identify and contain the disease, the anarchy that unfolds amid a pandemic, and the ultimate introduction of a vaccine to stop the spread. Sound like a plot we’re... Read More

Opinion: I’m out of quarantine. But ‘normal’ isn’t normal in China anymore

April 2nd, 2020
Opinion: I’m out of quarantine. But ‘normal’ isn’t normal in China anymore

Devika Koppikar teaches AP Psychology and English at an international Chinese high school program in Wuxi, about 80 miles west of Shanghai. Previously, she was the press secretary to the late US Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and a communications consultant in Washington, DC. The opinions expressed here are her own. Read more opinion at CNN. Wuxi, China (CNN)My Facebook feed bulged with post-lockdown food fantasies. Friends dreamed of a “salted caramel milkshake” or “a cheeseburger topped with feta, fried egg, and avocado with sweet potato french fries.” But if there’s... Read More

Trump administration won’t reopen Obamacare enrollment for uninsured as coronavirus spreads

April 2nd, 2020
Trump administration won’t reopen Obamacare enrollment for uninsured as coronavirus spreads

(CNN)The Trump administration has decided not to reopen enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchanges amid the rising coronavirus pandemic, a senior administration official said Tuesday evening. Pressure had been building on the White House to launch a special enrollment period to allow the uninsured to purchase Obamacare policies. The decision came the same day that President Donald Trump warned of a painful two-week stretch ahead as infections continue to spread. Democratic lawmakers asked administration officials to temporarily reopen the exchanges several weeks ago. Also,... Read More

Gun retailers deemed ‘essential service’ by federal government

April 2nd, 2020
Gun retailers deemed ‘essential service’ by federal government

Washington, DC (CNN)As states around the country issue “stay-at-home” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, firearm and ammunition retailers have been designated an “essential service,” according to updated guidance from the federal government. Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, identified “firearm and ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges” as critical infrastructure in the updated “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory, which was... Read More

Understanding the virus: Iceland lab’s testing suggests 50% of cases have no symptoms

April 2nd, 2020
Understanding the virus: Iceland lab’s testing suggests 50% of cases have no symptoms

(CNN)There’s a lot about Iceland that other countries could envy: Its spectacular natural surroundings, its place among the world’s happiest countries, and, now, its large-scale testing for the novel coronavirus, which could influence how the world understands the outbreak. Experts have said comprehensive testing is key to controlling coronavirus, and creating a more accurate picture of the spread of Covid-19. This island-nation of 360,000 is doing just that. As of Tuesday, Iceland had tested more than 17,900 people for the virus — nearly 5% of its population. And while its... Read More

Police are arresting and fining people for violating social distancing orders

April 2nd, 2020
Police are arresting and fining people for violating social distancing orders

(CNN)Across the nation, people are under strict orders to follow social distancing guidelines in order to lower the risk of coronavirus spreading. To comply with new stay-at-home orders, many people have postponed their planned celebrations, everything from birthdays to weddings. Others have canceled big trips. Theaters have closed their doors, concerts and festivals have been delayed, and restaurants have moved to delivery or takeout only. But, some people have ignored the Trump administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to avoid mass gatherings and... Read More