As Philly officials see positive signs on COVID-19, White House fears a Pa. hot spot and may send more aid
PHILADELPHIA — Citing numbers suggesting the growth in Philadelphia’s COVID-19 cases may be slowing, city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley pushed back Wednesday on an assertion by the White House’s coronavirus response director that the city could become a virus hot spot.“I don’t know what numbers she’s looking at,” Farley said in a midday news conference, referring to a television interview hours earlier with Dr. Deborah Birx. “I doubt she’s looking at numbers as updated as we are. So I’m glad that she’s concerned about Philadelphia. We have been hit hard so far, but at the moment, things ar...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Josh Hamilton indicted on charge of injury to a child
Texas Rangers Hall of Fame member Josh Hamilton was indicted Monday on one count of injury to a child with intentional bodily injury, a third-degree felony, stemming from a Sept. 30 incident in which he allegedly injured his oldest daughter.Hamilton pleaded not guilty Oct. 31 after turning himself in on Oct. 30 and was released on a $35,000 bond. But the case will be delayed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Courts aren’t scheduling hearing until after May 11.He was accused of throwing a water bottle at his oldest daughter, 14, and hitting her in the chest, according to an arre...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Gracie Bonds Staples: Why surge in foster care placement will follow COVID-19 pandemic
Sad to say but COVID-19 isn’t leaving any of us or our institutions untouched, and so today, I want to share with you the impact the virus is having on the foster care system.With schools shuttered and mandated reporters like teachers, day care workers, coaches, and Scout leaders no longer able to monitor children’s well-being, it’s anyone’s guess how children are faring. But if history is any indication, child welfare workers say that any drop in referrals is a good indicator of what’s to come.It won’t be pretty, said George Tyndall, senior vice president of operations for Bethany Christian S...
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Rand Paul says he has recovered from COVID-19 and is volunteering at a hospitalWearing a smile, a beard and a doctor’s smock, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul posted on his Twitter page Tuesday that he no longer has the coronavirus and is volunteering at a Bowling Green hospital.“I appreciate all the best wishes I have received. I have been retested and I am negative,” Paul said. “I have started volunteering at a local hospital to assist those in my community who are in need of medical help, including coronavirus patients. Together we will overcome this!”Paul, a Bowling Green Republican and an oph...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and coronavirus: Yet again, we say 'never again'
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said more than he may have intended Sunday when he compared this week’s expected surge in coronavirus deaths to “our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.”Inconveniently for his boss, President Donald Trump, the comparison was to two other disasters that caught our nation similarly unprepared.The failures this time, however, were even more conspicuous and unforgivable.We say failures — in the plural — because of new revelations that Florida, under former Gov. Rick Scott and now under his successor, Gov. Ron DeSantis, has systematically dismembered the state’s ...
They said pets couldn't get the coronavirus, so how did tigers test positive? Vets explain.
Nine lives ago (in February), when the world gawked at photos of Chinese cats wearing masks to ward off the coronavirus, veterinarians elsewhere were quick with reassurance that pets were unlikely to get sick.The vets are still saying that. But with the news Sunday that a Bronx Zoo tiger had tested positive for the virus, the infected-pet scenario no longer seems quite so far-fetched.In addition to Nadia, the 4-year-old Malayan tiger with a confirmed infection, six other big cats at the zoo in New York had dry coughs and were presumed infected — prompting other zoos to reexamine their safety m...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Will Bunch: In Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, Republicans will literally kill you to win an election
It’s become fairly common in the 21st century to talk about “a life-or-death election,” and the performance of President Donald Trump these recent months as the coronavirus crisis came to America proves that’s not always hyperbole. But as I write this on Tuesday morning, Republicans in the great state of Wisconsin are putting a brand new spin on the term. They are forging ahead with an election that could literally kill some of their constituents.Do you think that’s hyperbole? Consider Florida, which — led by its reality-denying Trumpist GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis — plowed forward with its March 17...
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What to do if — or when — you get coronavirus symptoms, or a positive diagnosis
Pay special attention to that cough this spring. It might not be allergies.Experts expect many Americans to catch the new coronavirus over the next few weeks and months. Limiting the spread — and not overwhelming the local hospital system — may hinge, in part, on knowing what symptoms look like, and how to manage your own case.Know the symptomsA first essential step is to know the symptoms most commonly linked to the virus, and to be on high alert for them in yourself and others around you.Symptoms in many people can be tricky to pick up in the initial days of the illness — often including bod...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
HIV, Ebola, SARS and now COVID-19: Why some scientists fear deadly outbreaks are on the rise
The social upheaval and death caused by the new coronavirus has awoken many to what some infectious-disease experts have been warning for more than a decade: Outbreaks of dangerous new diseases with the potential to become pandemics have been on the rise — from HIV to swine flu to SARS to Ebola.Many experts now believe that this surge in new infectious diseases is being driven in part by some of humanity’s most environmentally destructive practices, such as deforestation and poaching, leading to increased contact between highly mobile, urbanized human populations and wild animals.“The evidence...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
New UW analysis lowers coronavirus death projections and suggests hospitalizations may have already peaked in Washington
SEATTLE — After a “massive infusion of new data,” modelers at the University of Washington are painting a much more optimistic picture of the novel coronavirus epidemic in the state, revising sharply downward their estimate of how many people are likely to die and suggesting Washington may have already passed the peak of hospitalizations.The UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) says the state can expect roughly 632 deaths, compared to an estimate 10 days ago of more than 1,400 fatal cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.IHME Director Christopher Murray sai...
The Seattle Times