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 2022 2021 2020

Total U.S. Cases of COVID Could More Than Double Late This Year, White House Warns
Fortune  |  May 8, 2022

The U.S. could see 100 million COVID infections this fall and winter—and potentially a sizable wave of deaths, the White House warned this past week. The country has so far seen nearly 82 million cases of COVID since the pandemic's beginning, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control—though the actual case count is undoubtedly much higher, experts say. Regardless, a wave of 100 million would more than double the country's all-time reported total.

Office Demand Comes Roaring Back as Stocks in the Space Play Catch-up
CNBC  |  May 3, 2022

If you’re not back to the office already, you may be soon. After a five-month lull, likely due to the extremely contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus, new demand for office space jumped in March. Barring another major setback in the pandemic, it will likely continue to rise, but offices themselves will undergo a makeover as demands from workers change.

Top FDA Official Says Fully Vaccinated Americans may Need More Covid Shots This Fall
CNBC  |  March 29, 2022

People in the U.S. might need another Covid booster shot this fall as public health experts expect immunity from the vaccines to wane and transmission of the virus to increase during colder months, the Food and Drug Administration’s top vaccine official said.

Rising Number of Families Struggle to Meet Expenses After Expiration of Child Tax Credit
The Hill  |  March 1, 2022

More than a third of families with children, 35 percent, said they are now struggling to cover ordinary costs in late January and early February, after the child tax credit payments ended, according to a new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. That figure is up from 30 percent who were struggling to cover costs last year, when the payments were still being distributed.

Fauci: U.S. Exiting 'Full-blown' Pandemic Phase of Coronavirus Crisis
The Hill  |  February 9, 2022

The U.S. is exiting the “full-blown” pandemic phase of the years-long COVID-19 crisis that began in 2020, the chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said. Fauci said that new developments that limit COVID-19, including vaccinations, medical treatments and prior infection, will alter the pandemic situation significantly in the coming months.