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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What You Should Know

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

The Public-shaming Pandemic
September 25, 2020  |  The New Yorker
Around the world, people who accidentally spread the coronavirus must face both a dangerous illness and an onslaught of online condemnation.
National Roundup: U.S. Should be Prepared for 'Challenge' of Fall and Winter; All the Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates in Final Trials; Fed Policymakers Vow to Keep Interest Rates Near Zero
September 25, 2020
  • The U.S. remains in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic since cases never declined significantly to a good baseline, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert.
  • Pharmaceutical companies are racing to roll out vaccines to halt the coronavirus pandemic. Here are five vaccine candidates now in Phase 3 trials.

  • The Federal Reserve plans to leave interest rates near zero until at least 2023 as it tries to revive the nation’s labor market and economy. 
House Democrats Prepare New $2.4 Trillion Stimulus Plan
CNBC  |  September 25, 2020

The bill would include enhanced unemployment insurance, direct payments to Americans, Paycheck Protection Program small-business loan funding and aid to airlines, among other provisions, the person said. To reach the price tag, Democrats would chop roughly $1 trillion from their previous proposal for a fifth pandemic aid plan. The chamber could vote on the legislation, which would include unemployment benefits, direct payments, small business loans and airline aid, as soon as next week. 

State Roundup: Arizona to Invest Additional $14M in Universities for COVID-19; Ohio Governor Signs Civil Immunity Bill; N.J. Updates Quarantine Advisory
September 25, 2020
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state will spend an additional $14 million on their collective efforts toward controlling the spread and developing research to help the state and nation respond. That includes $8 million for additional testing and surveillance at universities, and $6 million for ASU to help it continue developing its "point in need" test.
  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill to ensure civil immunity for individuals, schools, health care providers, businesses, and other entities from lawsuits arising from exposure, transmission, or contraction of COVID-19, as long as they were not showing reckless, intentional, or willful misconduct.
  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes five additional states—Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island and Wyoming—bringing the total to 35 states and territories.
Pandemic Halloween Will be a Mixed Bag
Associated Press  |  September 25, 2020

Adults tossing candy to kids. Trunk-to-trunk trick-or-treating. Families and local officials are looking at a different kind of Halloween mid the pandemic.