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

Student Debt is Keeping Many Americans from Becoming Homeowners—and COVID Didn’t Help
MarketWatch  |  September 19, 2021

Americans with student-loan debt have had little opportunity to move ahead financially during the pandemic, even though the government allowed them to pause payments on their federal student loans. That could have serious ramifications for people’s housing decisions in the years to come.

Most People Don’t Need COVID Vaccine Booster, Scientists Say
Bloomberg  |  September 13, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines work so well that most people don’t yet need a booster, an all-star panel of scientists from around the world said in a review that’s likely to fuel debate over whether to use them. 

Biden Pushes Vaccine Mandates Covering 100 Million U.S. Workers as Part of Broader COVID Fight
CNBC  |  September 9, 2021

President Joe Biden has outlined a broad plan to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. as cases plateau at a high number, pressuring private employers to immunize their workforce as well as mandating the shots for federal workers, contractors and employees of health-care facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding.

400,000 Homeowners Enter Final Month in Forbearance
Mortgage News Daily  |  September 6, 2021

Black Knight estimates that nearly 630,000 forbearance plans, more than one-third of those currently active, are slated for review this month. Of those, 400,000 will have reached the end of their 18 months of forbearance eligibility unless the maximum term is extended again.

Scammers Have Bilked Consumers out of $545 Million in COVID-related Fraud
CNBC  |  August 31, 2021

Scammers have bilked Americans out of $545 million in COVID-related fraud since the beginning of 2020 in a range of schemes from online shopping to travel, according to the FTC.