2 more ships with sick people want to dock at Florida's Port Everglades
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two more cruise ships with sick people aboard are heading to South Florida, joining a string of vessels with plans to dock at Port Everglades amid concerns about the new coronavirus.The Celebrity Silhouette and Caribbean Princess have some crew members who are sick with influenza-like symptoms. Four of the Silhouette’s crew members are sick but in stable condition. They were placed in isolation but haven’t been tested for the coronavirus. The Caribbean Princess reports having at least one crew member in isolation because of an influenza-like illness.The ships’ pending a...
How much diabetes, smoking, and other risk factors worsen your coronavirus odds
Doctors have been warning for months that “underlying conditions” raise your risk of getting hit hard with the coronavirus, based on the experience of other countries. But which conditions, and how much difference does each one make?The first comprehensive U.S. numbers were published Tuesday afternoon, illustrating just how much worse the consequences of an infection can be for those with heart, lung, and kidney problems.Hospitalization status was listed for 7,162 infected patients for whom medical history was available:Among 784 patients with diabetes, half were hospitalized, including 148 (1...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Carrot the cat has won Instagram fame — and a birthday call from Ellen — by letting her 3 favorite kids dress her in costumes and give her 'spa treatments.'
Carrot has always gone the extra mile for her favorite pint-size humans, ages 5, 3 and 1.The outgoing orange tabby has allowed the Merryn sisters of Elgin, Ill., to push her in a stroller and dress her up in an apron.In perhaps her most astonishing feat of feline tolerance, she relaxed and purred during a deluxe spa session with Abigail, 5, and Hannah, 3: A pink robe belted stylishly at her midsection, Carrot allowed the girls to tend her paws with cotton balls, brush her head and cover her eyes with a gel mask.“It’s my goal to make people laugh and smile,” said Carrot’s owner and the girls’ m...
Chicago mayor blasts Trump for 'wildly wrong' statements, says city 'starting to trend in the right direction'
CHICAGO — The number of coronavirus cases in Chicago are “starting to trend in the right direction,” though much more work needs to be done to curb COVID-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday.Lightfoot appeared on NBC’s “Today” show, where she discussed discuss the city of Chicago’s response to coronavirus and talk up her “stay home, save lives” PSAs.“What we’re also seeing is a lengthening of time between the doubling of cases. It’s too soon to make any real predictions but it seems like we’re starting to trend in the right direction. But the truth is, on our modeling, we don’t believe we’r...
University of California system won't use SAT, ACT and grades for admission decisions for next school year
SAN DIEGO — Students applying to the University of California next year will not have to take the SAT or ACT and will not have letter grades factored into their admission applications, the university announced Wednesday.Letter grades for this spring’s and summer’s high school courses also will not be counted for high school seniors who are already admitted to the UC system.The UC made the decision in light of nationwide school closures, the cancellation of SAT and ACT tests this spring and several schools’ announcements that they will grade courses on a pass/fail basis, all due to the COVID-19...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
How to sleep when you can't stop thinking about coronavirus: Experts offer tips
There’s nothing like a dark, quiet bedroom to send a stressed-out mind down a rabbit hole of worry, and the coronavirus is giving us all a new set of possible catastrophes to feast upon.As your head hits the pillow, or maybe when you stir at 2 a.m., you start to wonder: Does that little sore throat mean you’re doomed? What if that guy who stood too close at the grocery store had the virus? Can your father or grandfather — or you — survive this?It goes on and on, and pretty soon you’re worried that you’ll never get to sleep, and you’ll feel horrible the next day. Plus, you need sleep for a stro...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Maria Panaritis: I went to the supermarket and came home shaken
PHILADELPHIA — Part of me made the risky trip out of necessity. Part of me did it because, as a journalist during a COVID-19 lockdown, my job as witness to what is happening is deemed “life sustaining.” None of me, though, expected it to be so eerie.I’m talking about a trip to the grocery store.Unemployment is skyrocketing as the coronavirus pandemic craters our economy, our lives, our psyches. Much of America is on emergency lockdown. But still, we have to try to eat. And not everyone can or does order online. So after a week of isolation at home, I took my frayed journalistic nerves to explo...
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Michigan woman with coronavirus develops rare complication affecting brain
DETROIT — A 58-year-old woman hospitalized in the Henry Ford Health System who has the new coronavirus developed a rare complication: encephalitis.In a case report published online Tuesday in the journal Radiology, a team of doctors say the woman tested positive for the coronavirus, but also developed a case of acute necrotizing encephalitis, or ANE, a central nervous infection that mostly afflicts young children.It is believed to be the first published case linking COVID-19 and acute necrotizing encephalitis. The rare and serious brain disease can develop in people who have a viral infection,...
Detroit Free Press
Out of toilet paper? We've got some solutions and some precautions
TP or not TP?That is the question many of are asking as we contemplate shelves empty of toilet paper.Even though the use of toilet paper hasn’t increased because of the coronavirus crisis, there’s been panic buying, hoarding, empty shelves at the stores and even reports of theft from rest stops and restaurants, when they were still open.There shouldn’t be a shortage.Manufacturers say they’re churning out toilet paper as fast as they can. Yet U.S. sales of toilet paper soared 213% for the one-week period ending March 14 compared with the same week a year ago, according to the Nielsen market tra...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
How to talk to your landlord about rent if coronavirus closures have affected your paycheck
For many out-of-work Americans, the first of the month looms larger now than it did just four short weeks ago.Even if your landlord has announced rent cuts or is helping you cover the rent due, you may be wondering just what to do on the first of the month.You’re not alone. Two weeks ago, a record 3.28 million Americans filed unemployment claims, and the figures for last week are expected to be even higher.That number likely understates, by far, the number of people who have lost income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.It’s hard to pin down just how many tenants won’t be able to make re...
The Seattle Times