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Peru seemed to do everything right. So how did it become a Covid-19 hotspot?

May 26th, 2020
Peru seemed to do everything right. So how did it become a Covid-19 hotspot?

(CNN)Peru was one of the first nations in the Americas to take strict preventative coronavirus measures, like stay-at-home orders, curfews and border closings. So how did it become one of the hardest hit? As of Monday, Peru had more than 123,900 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,600 deaths — putting it second only to Brazil both in number of cases and deaths in Latin America. The two countries had handled the epidemic entirely differently: While Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed the dangers posed by the coronavirus, Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra declared on March 15... Read More

Canada wants national sick leave plan in place for second wave of pandemic

May 26th, 2020
Canada wants national sick leave plan in place for second wave of pandemic

Ottawa, Canada (CNN)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is trying to give all workers a minimum of 10 days paid sick leave per year as Canada starts to prepare for a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Nobody should have to choose between taking a day off work due to illness or being able to pay their bills. Just like nobody should have to choose between staying home with Covid-19 symptoms or being able to afford rent or groceries,” Trudeau said during a news conference in Ottawa Monday. As of Monday, Canada has reported more than 85,000 cases of coronavirus... Read More

Distress in seniors surges amid coronavirus pandemic

May 25th, 2020
Distress in seniors surges amid coronavirus pandemic

(Kaiser Health News)As states relax coronavirus restrictions, older adults are advised, in most cases, to keep sheltering in place. But for some, the burden of isolation and uncertainty is becoming hard to bear. This “stay at home awhile longer” advice recognizes that older adults are more likely to become critically ill and die if infected with the virus. At highest risk are seniors with underlying medical conditions such as heart, lung or autoimmune diseases. Yet after two months at home, many want to go out into the world again. It is discouraging for them to see people of other... Read More

What you need to know about coronavirus today

May 25th, 2020
What you need to know about coronavirus today

A version of this story appeared in the May 25 edition of CNN’s Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday. (CNN)The message from Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, could not have been any clearer. Wearing a face mask is critical to reducing the spread of coronavirus, especially since many carriers don’t even know they’re contagious, she said yesterday. Masks are becoming even more important now that restrictions are starting to lift in many US states. Public health officials are... Read More

Two hairstylists with Covid-19 served 140 clients while symptomatic, officials say

May 24th, 2020
Two hairstylists with Covid-19 served 140 clients while symptomatic, officials say

(CNN)Two Missouri hairstylists potentially exposed 140 clients to coronavirus when they worked for up to eight days this month while symptomatic, health officials said. The Springfield-Greene Health Department announced Saturday that a second hairstylist tested positive for coronavirus, and may have exposed 56 clients at the same Great Clips salon. A day earlier, officials had said another hairstylist with coronavirus at the same salon potentially exposed 84 customers and seven coworkers. Both stylists had symptoms while at work, officials said. They did not provide details on their conditions... Read More

Pool party at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri draws a packed crowd

May 24th, 2020
Pool party at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri draws a packed crowd

(CNN)Video posted by a reporter shows partiers crowded together in a pool at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, this Memorial Day weekend. Scott Pasmore, an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK, shot the video at Backwater Jacks Bar & Grill in Osage Beach on Saturday. The gathering violates social distancing measures intended to limit the spread of Covid-19. As part of Missouri’s reopening plan announced earlier this month, state officials said restaurants may offer dining-in services but must adhere to social distancing and other precautionary public health measures. Jodi Akins, from Blue... Read More

Trump isn’t masking his denial

May 24th, 2020
Trump isn’t masking his denial

Sign up to get our new weekly column as a newsletter. We’re looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN)The week began with (apologies to my beloved 1980s pop queens, The Bangles) a Manic Monday — only more so. During a round table event with restaurant leaders and executives, President Donald Trump spilled it to reporters: “I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. ‘Cause I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories.” Even Fox News host... Read More

Gatorland has a social distancing scheme that is so very Florida

May 24th, 2020
Gatorland has a social distancing scheme that is so very Florida

(CNN) Leave it to a Florida destination to come up with one of the weirdest — and most joyous ways — to help people keep their social distance. The folks at Gatorland have introduced Skunk Ape. An… Read More  Read More

Can the world’s oldest profession survive the age of social distancing?

May 24th, 2020
Can the world’s oldest profession survive the age of social distancing?

Several sex workers interviewed for this story spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of legal repercussion and social stigma. (CNN)Don’t kiss. Tell clients to wash their hands before they touch you. Wear a mask. Avoid face-to-face positions. And even: Put on a nurse costume and pull out a thermometer — if his temperature is normal, make it part of the game. If he has a fever, end the session. These are real tips that advocacy groups and health authorities around the world are sharing in the age of coronavirus, hoping to protect workers in the vast and often overlooked sex... Read More

Opinion: For many, the first line of defense against Covid-19 is out of reach

May 23rd, 2020
Opinion: For many, the first line of defense against Covid-19 is out of reach

Henk Ovink is Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Sherpa to the United Nations High Level Panel on Water. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)Washing your hands frequently, with plenty of water and soap, is one of the simplest and most effective measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Yet due to a lack of water supply and indoor plumbing, three-quarters of households in the developing world won’t be able to follow this advice, Tim Wainwright of the nonprofit WaterAid told The Guardian, because... Read More