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 2021 2020

Here are the 10 Executive Orders Biden’s Signing to Combat the COVID Pandemic
CNBC  |  January 22, 2021

On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden announced 10 executive orders to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, mandating masks on public transportation and directing agencies to use wartime powers to require U.S. companies to make N95 masks, swabs and other equipment. This article reviews the executive orders Biden plans to sign in his first two days in office to tackle the pandemic.

Study Finds 60% of Americans Don't Know Where or When to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
CNN  |  January 22, 2021

About six in 10 Americans don't know when or where to get a coronavirus vaccine, according a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report suggests Americans are experiencing a range of emotions from the vaccine rollout. Half of the people surveyed said they are "frustrated," a third said they felt "confused" and nearly a quarter are "angry."

Almost 3 Million People Fell Off the Unemployment Benefits Cliff
CNBC  |  January 22, 2021

Nearly 3 million Americans appear to have fallen off the unemployment benefits cliff after Christmas, a scenario many had feared amid delays in pushing through another COVID relief bill. Legislators passed a $900 billion package on Dec. 21, but former President Donald Trump delayed signing the bill until Dec. 27, after the deadline had passed to avert a cliff. U.S. Labor Department data issued Thursday provides the first glimpse of how delays from Congress and the president affected benefits.

A COVID-19 Peak? Variants Muddy Forecasts for Coming Months
NBC News  |  January 22, 2021

As new, potentially more contagious variants of the virus circulate, coronavirus modelers warn that the U.S. is by no means out of the woods yet. The emergence of new variants isn't altogether surprising, but experts say that without a better understanding of how these strains affect things like transmissibility and the effectiveness of existing vaccines, it's difficult to know how the pandemic may play out.

Dr. Fauci Says COVID Vaccines Appear to be Less Effective Against Some New Strains
CNBC  |  January 22, 2021

New data shows that the COVID-19 vaccines currently on the market may not be as effective in guarding against new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said. While it’s no surprise the virus is mutating, researchers are quickly trying to determine what the changes might mean for recently developed lifesaving vaccines and therapeutics against the disease.