Trump's ban on WeChat threatens a vital network for Chinese community in Philadelphia area
PHILADELPHIA — For many local Chinese Americans and immigrants from China, the social media app WeChat is a lifeline to government services, community events, friends, and family living on the other side of the Pacific.If the Trump administration has its way, it’ll be taken away.“We are so disappointed, not just because he’s making this hateful language as calling it (the coronavirus) the Chinese flu or the China virus,” said Wei Chen, president of Asian Americans United, a Philadelphia organization focused on fighting discrimination against the Asian community, “but banning WeChat is a hatefu...
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Balancing Act: 5-year-old Alabama girl is in Chicago for life-saving surgery. COVID-19 has complicated every step of the way
CHICAGO — Anne Marie Calligas was born fighting.She arrived two months early, after a complicated pregnancy, and spent her first months of life battling congenital heart defects, hypertension, problems with her kidneys and bleeding in her young brain.Her parents, Catherine and Louis Calligas, and her older sister, Isabel, grew quickly accustomed to the noises and smells and routines of hospitals. Even as Anne Marie aged past infancy and toddlerhood, a common cold could land her in the hospital with breathing problems.In June, a gastrointestinal specialist diagnosed Anne Marie, now 5 years old,...
Colleges are already canceling spring break due to COVID-19
A growing number of colleges and universities are canceling spring break six months in advance, due to concerns about students’ anticipated travel activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The University of Michigan is the latest institutions to amend its 2021 academic calendar, removing the traditional spring break period, which it did at a Board of Regents meeting Sept. 17, according to ABC News.In doing so, the University of Michigan joins other Big Ten universities that have eliminated spring break for the coming semester, including Ohio State University; Purdue University; University of Iowa ...
Yankees take a moment to reflect on reaching the finish line of this coronavirus season
Sitting in a Philadelphia hotel during the first week of the season waiting to find out if they were playing the Phillies, heading home or moving on to Baltimore, the thought crossed Aaron Hicks’ mind. For the next few weeks, as there were COVID-19 outbreaks across baseball postponing games and reworking schedules, the Yankees outfielder was never sure they would get to this point.“I doubted that in the first three weeks or whenever it was that happened with the Marlins and the Phillies and just seemed like more teams were just coming out of nowhere with the COVID,” Hicks said. “I mean there’s...
New York Daily News
COVID-19 response, health-care costs, pre-existing conditions top health concerns for voters
The coronavirus pandemic, health-care costs, and insurance protections for preexisting conditions are top health-care concerns for voters in Pennsylvania and other battleground states — and ones they believe Vice President Joe Biden is more likely to address, according to a new survey by the Commonwealth Fund.Health care is consistently a top concern for voters and has become an even more pressing issue for many during the pandemic. Thousands of people lost their employer-sponsored health plans due to a layoff, while others may be struggling to cover routine health costs, such as premiums and ...
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Herd immunity could protect us from COVID-19 — in theory. Infectious disease experts explain
As the United States surpassed 200,000 coronavirus deaths recently, many are asking one simple question: When will it end?Politicians and public health experts have touted herd immunity as one way to stop COVID-19 without a vaccine. The scientific concept explains that a virus will die out after a high percentage of a population is infected and survives the disease, developing immunity. Vaccines speed this process much more safely, but experts think we will be well into 2021 before most Americans can get immunized.Most epidemiologists believe that if 50% to 70% of the population becomes immune...
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What to know before traveling to the Caribbean this fall
Many of the Caribbean’s 33 tourism-reliant nations remain closed to international travelers. However, several destinations across the region are now accepting visitors as they attempt to rebuild tourism activity during the critical fall period.Yet to resume some semblance of the millions of visitors the region previously attracted annually prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, destinations need not only to reopen, but travelers must also feel comfortable returning to the region.To do that, vacationers must access, understand and prepare for required COVID-19 protocols in the Caribbean country they i...
Florida's reported COVID-19 cases surpass 700,000
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Newly reported cases of coronavirus infection in Florida were down on Sunday, just two days after the state moved into the third and final phase of its reopening.Since the pandemic began, Florida has tallied 700,564 COVID-19 cases. Most people have recovered, but 14,202 have died — including 170 nonresidents.Florida’s health officials reported 1,882 new coronavirus cases Sunday and another 12 deaths. That’s a sharp decline from the day before, when the state reported 2,795 new cases and 107 deaths.Most of these deaths happened weeks ago, but were just confirmed as virus...
Wildfire, climate, virus pose triple-threat to key California tourism, wine industries
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In San Diego, tourism industry watchers are bracing for a bleak fall after a shut-in summer that has crushed that city’s businesses. Up the coast in Monterey County, once-optimistic wine growers now must contend with the smoky fallout of nearby wildfires and its effect on that county’s multi-million dollar industry.And in the desert resorts of Southern California’s Coachella Valley, researchers say climate change will devastate that region’s lucrative tourist industry in the decades to come.Across California, two of the state’s signature industries — tourism and wine — are...
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Airlines say flying is safe in COVID-19 era, but study reveals potential for superspreader disaster
SAN JOSE, Calif. — How risky is it to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?For clues, consider the travel histories of two of the country’s top infectious disease experts, each with parents on the other side of the country. One hasn’t flown since January when the new coronavirus was just emerging as a global threat.The other just flew back to San Francisco after visiting his 90-year-old father in Florida last month — wearing a face shield and removing his medical-grade N-95 respirator mask for just 30 seconds to chug some water and pretzels — and “felt pretty safe” to see everyone else wearing ...
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