What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify this outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Anyone experiencing emergency signs such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or bluish lips or face should immediately seek medical attention.

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Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC urges citizens to monitor your health and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

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Recent 2020

Economists are Calling for More Stimulus Checks. Here’s Where Assistance Plans Stand
CNBC  |  November 23, 2020

For Americans who have had a tough year financially amid COVID-19, a second set of $1,200 stimulus checks would provide some much welcome relief. But lawmakers on Capitol Hill still need to work out their differences before they can approve another coronavirus stimulus package that will trigger those payments.

Don't Travel For Thanksgiving, CDC Warns
NPR  |  November 19, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strongly recommending that people stay home for Thanksgiving to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. With the holiday just one week away, the agency issued a statement that taking a trip to see loved ones is simply inadvisable right now. "Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19," the CDC explained. "Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year."

Business Owners Expecting Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness Can’t Deduct Expenses
CNBC  |  November 19, 2020

Entrepreneurs who took a forgivable loan this year can’t write off certain expenses on their taxes if they expect the debt will be forgiven, according to the IRS and Treasury Department. The two agencies issued guidance this week on the Paycheck Protection Program.

12 Million Americans Set to Lose Unemployment Benefits by Year’s End
CNBC  |  November 19, 2020

About 12 million Americans will lose unemployment benefits in December when CARES Act provisions lapse, absent an extension, according to a new analysis. Unemployment benefits will terminate for more than half of current recipients at the end of the year, coinciding with a lapse in federal protections for renters and a resumption in student loan payments.

'This Will get Worse.' A Top U.S. Official Says COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Deaths Will Keep Climbing
CNN  |  November 19, 2020

It is what experts have repeatedly warned in the past weeks: Things will get worse before they get better. "We have had 1 million (COVID-19) cases documented over the past week, our rate of rise is higher than it even was in the summer, we have hospitalizations going up 25% week over week," Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said.