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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These Coronavirus Benefits are Ending Before July 31. Make Sure You're Prepared
CNet  |  July 9, 2020

Several benefits were developed in March to help ease the financial strains on Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Those are set to come to an end before July 31, which could impact 20 million Americans. The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, provided benefits like enhanced unemployment payments to supplement lost income from layoffs. It also includes a clause to delay evictions for 120 days. But now this assistance is dissolving, the $600 unemployment benefit stopping days sooner than was commonly thought

Fauci Says U.S. is not 'Doing Great' on Coronavirus Compared to Other Countries
CBS News  |  July 9, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the nation's leading voices on the coronavirus pandemic, said that the U.S. is not "doing great" in its response to the virus compared to other countries. "As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don't think you can say we're doing great. I mean, we're just not," Fauci said. Fauci attributed COVID-19 surges in states to their decisions to reopen too quickly. 

Federal Update: Congress Created Virus Aid and then Reaped the Benefits, Pelosi Rejects White House's $1T Price Tag for Relief, WHO Warns Pandemic is ‘Getting Worse’
July 9, 2020

At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history. Under pressure from Congress and outside groups, the Trump administration this week disclosed the names of some loan recipients in the $659 billion Paycheck Protection Program, launched in April to help smaller businesses keep Americans employed during the pandemic. Connections to lawmakers, and the organizations that work to influence them, were quickly apparent.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the Trump administration’s calls to limit the next coronavirus relief package to $1 trillion, arguing that Congress will need to approve at least double that amount amid a surge in cases. "A trillion dollars is OK, that’s an interesting starting point. But that doesn’t come anywhere near," Pelosi said. Congressional leaders, including Pelosi, are in the early stages of drafting a fifth mammoth aid bill to stave off a total collapse of the U.S. economy while infusing cash in health efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic. But Democratic and Republican leaders remain fiercely at odds over the size and scope of the package.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to accelerate globally as the virus reaches new communities and countries struggle to get their outbreaks under control, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “The virus can be brought under control,” Tedros said in his opening remarks to a member states mission briefing in Geneva. “But in most of the world, the virus is not under control; it’s getting worse.” Tedros also announced the formation of a new independent panel to evaluate the global coronavirus pandemic response, including the WHO’s actions. 

State Update: U.S. Reports Record Single-day Spike of 63,200 New Cases, California and Florida Hit Record for Average Daily Cases, 'Stop Getting Tested' Ohio Politician Says
July 9, 2020

The United States reported a daily record of 63,247 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. It’s the second time this week the U.S. topped its record for new infections reported in a 24-hour period as outbreaks expand across a number of states, mostly across the American South and West.

California and Florida were among 12 states that hit a record-breaking, seven-day average for daily new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Across the U.S. as of Wednesday, coronavirus cases grew in 40 states, based on a seven-day moving average, according to the analysis. Nationally, cases grew by more than 20% from a week ago. 

Ohio state Rep. Nino Vitale is urging his constituents not to get tested for the coronavirus, flouting advice from health officials — and from another Republican lawmaker, Gov. Mike DeWine. "This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested," Vitale wrote on Facebook this week. "STOP GETTING TESTED!" Vitale was evidently incensed by an order from DeWine and state health officials that people in seven Ohio counties with severe outbreaks must wear face coverings when out in public.

Poll Shows Trump’s Coronavirus Approval at All-time Low
Politico  |  July 9, 2020

Support for President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has hit an all-time low, according to a new survey. An ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday reports that a record 67 percent of respondents now disapprove of “the way Donald Trump is handling the response to the coronavirus,” while only 33 percent approve — the widest gulf in public sentiment since ABC News and Ipsos began surveying on the pandemic in March.