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Why Trump Is So Worried About Low Oil Prices—And Why He Should Be
For years, President Trump has touted low oil prices as a win for American consumers and used his position to try to keep them that way. “Good for the consumer, gasoline prices coming down!” he tweeted on March 9. But as the new coronavirus has brought much of the world economy to a halt, it…
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time.com
Opinion: The Coronavirus Crisis Presents An Opportunity To End War In Ukraine
"Especially during a pandemic, it is insanity for Russian-led forces and Ukrainians to be killing each other," write former U.S. envoys to Ukraine William B. Taylor, Steven Pifer and John E. Herbst.
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npr.org
Ford converts auto plant into ventilator factory
The company has promised to deliver 50,000 by July 4, which it admits may be too late for some cities.
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cbsnews.com
Desperate healthcare workers rally for coronavirus gear at Harlem Hospital
Dozens of healthcare workers rallied outside Harlem Hospital Monday, demanding better protection from COVID-19 as the number of patients afflicted by the deadly virus continues to grow. Members of the crowd, which grew to about 80 protesters, stood six feet apart and held up signs pleading for help — with some asking the hospital to...
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nypost.com
Acting U.S. Navy Chief Modly Blasts Removed Captain Crozier For Being '"Too Stupid or Too Naive" to Command in Leaked Audio
The comment was met with jeers and expletives from the military audience aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier once commanded by Captain Brett Crozier.
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newsweek.com
How the Trump campaign is adjusting in the time of coronavirus
This week, Trump campaign supporters can settle in around their computer or phone and choose from a wide-ranging menu of live stream options to stay at home but stay engaged: "Black Voices for Trump Online!" or a "Women for Trump Empower Hour" or the "American Heroes Series," to name a few.
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edition.cnn.com
Matthew McConaughey hosts virtual bingo for seniors
Matthew McConaughey and his family couldn't leave their home during quarantine to visit a local senior living facility, but they did the next best thing – they hosted a virtual bingo game for the residents there. "As Matthew would say, let's turn this red light into a green light," the Texas senior living facility said.
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cbsnews.com
Amid coronavirus, Panama archbishop gives Palm Sunday blessing from helicopter
A Catholic archbishop went to new heights to deliver the traditional Palm Sunday blessing as the coronavirus pandemic forces churches to close their doors.
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foxnews.com
A 7-year-old boy was shot in the face and killed in a drive-by shooting in Pennsylvania
A 7-year-boy was killed after getting caught in a drive by shooting in Chester, Pennsylvania on Sunday evening.
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Tesla's working on making ventilators from car parts
Tesla engineers are working on a ventilator made largely from car parts, according to a YouTube video the automaker posted on Sunday.
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Why the Coronavirus Test Gives So Many False Negatives
A great test is nothing with a bad sample.
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slate.com
ESPN’s awkward Drew Brees chase isn’t stopping after $50 million Saints deal
While ESPN has Drew Brees in its sights after he retires, Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Dan Orlovsky have emerged as top candidates for next season’s “Monday Night Football” booth, The Post has learned. ESPN hasn’t yet fully decided if it will go with Levy, Orlovsky and/or Riddick, but it is trying to sign Brees...
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Jerk spits and licks door handle in angry rant over bank hours
This guy lost his mind at a TD Bank in Prince George, Canada. The unmasked man allegedly spat on and licked the door handle — endangering the lives of the customers waiting — after he found out the bank’s first hour was dedicated to seniors and those in need. He called the decision “unacceptable” and...
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nypost.com
Speeding soars in NYC despite fewer cars on road amid coronavirus
With fewer vehicles on city streets, more drivers are now blowing the speed limit, new data shows. Big Apple speed cameras caught speeding drivers 180,718 on weekdays between March 5 and March 24, Streetsblog first reported Sunday — a 12.3 percent spike compared to a similar period in January. The rubber burning is happening despite...
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Shania Twain performs hits medley with her horse on 'ACM Presents: Our Country'
Shania Twain appeared Sunday night on "ACM Presents: Our Country," a musicians-in-quarantine special, and sang a medley of hits with her horse Meemee.
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latimes.com
New York coronavirus deaths have been ‘effectively flat’ for 2 days, Cuomo says
The number of daily coronavirus deaths in New York has now been “effectively flat for two days," Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced, in a sign that the pandemic may be starting to ease its grasp on America’s hardest-hit state. 
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Already Under Strain, Election Offices Falter As Pandemic Worsens
Full-time election workers in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC have fallen will with COVID-19 all while trying to make plans for carrying out upcoming elections under challenging conditions.
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npr.org
10,000 now dead of coronavirus in US, more battlefield fatalities than six wars combined
U.S. officials have repeatedly likened the coronavirus outbreak to a military struggle, and members of the armed forces have joined in the fight.       
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usatoday.com
Why Children Seem To Be Less Affected By the Coronavirus
The data is still sparse, but it seems to suggest that children might have milder cases of COVID-19 infection
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time.com
Protect Your Home With These Top 5 Outdoor Security Cameras
Protecting your home and your family by investing in a home security camera system. Many systems cost a fortune and are complicated to set up. We've hand-picked our top five outdoor security camera systems you can buy now. Bonus, they are easy to set up, too.
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newsweek.com
Join the #AtlanticPoetryChallenge on Instagram
April is National Poetry Month, so we’re celebrating on Instagram with a poetry-writing challenge. Each week, we’ll share a prompt to inspire you; all you have to do is upload an original poem to your Instagram account and tag the #AtlanticPoetryChallenge. At the end of the month, we’ll pick four winners from all the submissions to highlight on our account.Here’s how to enter: Using one of our weekly writing prompts as inspiration, upload a poem to your Instagram account during the month of April and include the hashtag #AtlanticPoetryChallenge in the caption. Your submission can be a photo of a handwritten poem, or it can be typed on an app, as long as it’s legible. Each submission (including poem and any artwork) must be original and previously unpublished. The poem should be no more than 100 words long. The submitted poem must correspond to one (or more if you’d like) of the #AtlanticPoetryChallenge prompts shared. You can submit up to four poems for consideration in the challenge. Make sure to follow us on Instagram to see the weekly prompts. Good luck, and happy writing!Full contest rules can be found below.#AtlanticPoetryChallenge Contest Official Rules:1. No purchase necessary to enter or to win. Subject to applicable federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.2. Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, the #AtlanticPoetryChallenge Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal U.S. residents of the 50 United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older at the time of entry. Employees and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside or those living in the same households, whether or not related) of The Atlantic Monthly Group LLC (“Sponsor”), and its respective parent, affiliates, and subsidiaries are not eligible to enter or win.3. Contest Period. The Contest will begin at 8 a.m. Eastern time (“ET”) on April 6, 2020, and end at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2020 (the “Contest Period”).4. How to Enter. The entry period to submit nominations will begin at 8 a.m. ET on April 6, 2020, and end at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2020 (the “Entry Period”). To enter, during the Entry Period, post an original poem to Instagram that corresponds with one of the challenge writing prompts and include the challenge hashtag #AtlanticPoetryChallenge. You may enter up to four poems into the contest. The authorized account holder of the Instagram account used to submit at time of entry will be considered the entrant. All poems and photos of the poems (including the artwork in any backgrounds, design elements, or images featured therein), must be the sole, original work of the entrant, or the entrant must have permission from the rights owner to enter it in the Contest. Photos of the poem should be at the highest resolution possible. All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Contestants acknowledge and agree that Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, publish, promote, broadcast, or otherwise display or use entries in any way it sees fit without limitation or compensation to entrants. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is alleged to infringe on any third party’s intellectual-property rights, or that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems obscene, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for viewing by a general audience. Sponsor will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries. By entering, you agree to receive emails from Sponsor or those directed by Sponsor. You can opt out of the receipt of such emails by following the directions on the Contest website or in any email received from Sponsor.7. Winner Selection. Four (4) Winners (“Winners”) will be determined on or about May 3, 2020 as described below. Decisions of judges and Sponsor shall be final and binding in all respects.Four (4) Winners will be selected by a panel of judges (who are selected by Sponsor) from among the eligible entries based on the following criteria: (i) Language and word choice (50%), (ii) Style and presentation (20%), and (iii) Interpretation of the prompt (20%), and (iv) Adherence to the rules (10%). The entrant who receives the highest scores during this judging will be selected as the Winner. In the event of a tie, tied entries will be rejudged based entirely on the “quality of writing” judging criteria.8. Prizes. Four winners will receive a one-year digital subscription to The Atlantic. All four Winners will also have their poems recognized on the Atlantic Instagram account. Winners are responsible for any additional options and for all applicable taxes. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.9. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Winners will be notified on or about May 3, 2020 via Instagram direct message. Sponsor will contact during normal business hours. Failure to reach Winner after three tries or return of prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification, and an alternative Winner may be selected from among all remaining eligible entries. Winner may waive his or her right to receive prize. Prizes are nonassignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by Winner. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability, and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility/liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law), which must be returned as directed by Sponsor. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in a Winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute Winner. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes Winner’s consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information, and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, including, without limitation the internet, or further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible Winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.10. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Contest as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering, or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor that corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest. Should the Contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before and/or after the termination date, or in such manner as deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor.11. Release. By entering the Contest (and, if applicable, by receipt of prize), each entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and Instagram and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or, for each Winner, receipt or use or misuse of any prize.12. Limitations of Liability. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors, or any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to, malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, the Instagram service, or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error that may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged, or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property that may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest unless it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance or completion of the Contest. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.13. Copyright. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor a nonexclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable right and license to publish, print, edit, or otherwise use the contestant’s submitted entry, in whole or in part, for any purpose and in any manner or media (including, without limitation, the internet) throughout the world in perpetuity, and to license others to do so, all without limitation or further compensation. Each contestant further agrees that if his or her entry is selected by Sponsor as the winning entry, he or she will sign any additional license or release that Sponsor may require.14. Choice of Law. These rules shall be governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia. Any dispute, controversy, or other claim arising out of these rules shall be resolved in an appropriate court within the District of Columbia.15. Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.16. Sponsor, Winners List, and Official Rules. The #AtlanticPoetryChallenge is sponsored by the Atlantic Monthly Group LLC, 600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037 (“Sponsor”). The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of Winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing, or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Contest. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. For a list of Winners (available after May 5, 2020) or a copy of these Official Rules, visit www.theatlantic.com/letters/archive/1857/11/atlantic-poetry-challenge-instagram or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (Vermont residents need not affix return postage) to “Winners List/Official Rules” (as applicable), #AtlanticPoetryChallenge, 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037. If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact Nesima Aberra at naberra@theatlantic.com or call 202-266-7000.
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Baby hospitalized with coronavirus after dad goes to grocery store
A British baby boy was left hospitalized with the coronavirus — after his dad got the whole family infected with just one quick grocery run. “We have been in isolation for 3 weeks, I brought the virus home after a single short visit to Tesco,” dad Peter Jones wrote on Twitter of breaking his otherwise...
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nypost.com
Regents exams canceled due to coronavirus
This year’s Regents exams, which were scheduled for June, have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns, state education officials said Monday. Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said that districts, including the city’s Department of Education, will soon be receiving fresh guidance on how to determine graduation eligibility. Another set of Regents exams were scheduled...
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nypost.com
Amusing pictures show squirrel 'stockpiling' nuts, 'panic-buying' toilet paper
The coronavirus pandemic has upended nearly every facet of day-to-day life, including causing people to panic-buy groceries and household goods. One photographer has taken hilarious photos of a squirrel replicating the panic-buying, using props he bought online. 
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foxnews.com
Over 250,000 People Sign Petition to Reinstate Fired Navy Captain Who Pleaded to Protect Crew From Coronavirus Spread
The Change.org petition argues that United States Navy Captain Brett Crozier was 'was unjustly relieved of duty' after his letter requesting assistance from superiors amid an onboard COVID-19 outbreak was leaked to news outlets.
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newsweek.com
Andrew Cuomo: New York Deaths 'Effectively Flat' for Two Days
"While none of this is good news, the possible flattening of the curve is better than the increases we have seen," he said.
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breitbart.com
More Than 10,000 People Have Now Died From COVID-19 In The U.S.
The U.S. trails only Italy (16,523 dead) and Spain (13,055 dead) in the number of people lost to the pandemic.
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npr.org
This high-tech water bottle cleans itself with built-in UV sterilization
Did you know that there are more than 1 million bacteria in most reusable bottles? We know, the thought of that is enough to make even someone with an iron stomach recoil. It’s especially gross when you try to remember the last time you washed your water bottle. Even if it was recent, did you...
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nypost.com
Army Ranger veteran: Save someone's life amid coronavirus pandemic
Fox Nation's Abby Hornacek and Army Ranger veteran and entrepreneur Mat Best came together to raise awareness about a severe shortage of blood donations in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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foxnews.com
French man rescued trying to cross the Pyrenees to buy cheap cigarettes during coronavirus lockdown
A French man required a helicopter rescue after he broke coronavirus lockdown orders and tried walking through the Pyrenees mountains so he could buy cheap cigarettes in Spain, according to reports.
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foxnews.com
What the 2020 Tax Day deadline extension means for you
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the IRS and Treasury Department extended the tax filing and payment deadline from April 15 to July 15. Tax attorney Sahang-Hee Hahn joins CBSN to discuss the implications of the delay and how it could also impact the anticipated stimulus check.
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cbsnews.com
Miracle in Plymouth: UAW worker celebrates Ford making 1M face shields in 13 days
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praises Ford for helping protect first responders as Ford-UAW workers build around the clock a million face shields.       
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usatoday.com
China Floods Facebook with Ads Blaming Trump for Chinese Virus
Chinese state media has been flooding Facebook and Instagram with undisclosed political ads blaming President Donald Trump for the Wuhan coronavirus. Facebook said in a statement that it was an "error" that the ads were not classified as political and is correcting them.
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breitbart.com
John Turturro on 'The Plot Against America,' 'Big Lebowski' spinoff and raunchy fan mail
John Turturro plays the ostensible villain in HBO's alternative history drama "The Plot Against America," and returns to his "The Big Lebowski" roots.        
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usatoday.com
Supreme Court Hands Federal Worker Partial Win In Age-Discrimination Case
In a separate case, the court upheld a warrantless traffic stop by a sheriff's deputy in Kansas.
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npr.org
Giants’ Joe Judge introduction comes through remote playbook
Nearly one year ago, Eli Manning returned to the Giants facility for the start of the offseason workout program. “You come in, had a good offseason, worked hard, excited to be back with the team and the coaches,’’ Manning said at the time. “Going into that second year you always have an advantage, you know...
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nypost.com
Coronavirus Live Updates: Hospitals Run Low on Supplies as the U.S. Death Toll Nears 10,000
A government report found medical facilities stretched to capacity and in need of everything from ventilators to thermometers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain was in the hospital. Japan will declare a state of emergency.
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nytimes.com
Florida couple relives nightmare on coronavirus-infected Costa Luminosa cruise ship
After being stuck on a coronavirus-infected ship and enduring a harrowing journey home, an elderly couple feels like "prisoners" in their home.        
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usatoday.com
Is it ethical to hire babysitters, delivery services, and cleaners right now?
Getty Images Many service employees are still at work. If you need help, maintaining their safety and yours is tricky, but this is what experts and workers’ rights representatives suggest. Individuals may be doing the best they can to follow the rules of social distancing, but if anything has become clear a few weeks into quarantine, it’s just how many gray areas exist. After all, it’s impossible to completely limit interactions with front-line workers such as grocery store employees or delivery people. And the ethical implications of using services have also become increasingly clear in recent weeks. Tensions and safety concerns among gig and front-line workers are rising; in recent days, strikes by employees of Amazon, Instacart, and Whole Foods over working conditions are leading consumers to question whether it’s ethical to even use such services. “Doctors and nurses have a moral obligation to show up to work, even with the understanding they may get exposed to a virus. But grocery store clerks or delivery people have never bargained for this. If they don’t show up, they get fired or don’t get paid,” says Leonard Fleck, a medical ethicist and the acting director of the Center for Ethics at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. So, what personal services can— or should — you use right now? Here’s what six infectious disease specialists and workers’ representatives suggest for making safe and moral choices as you weigh interacting with concierge staff in a high-rise building, using delivery services, or hiring babysitting or pet care support so you can keep up with your job. I can’t concentrate and need child care to help me effectively work from home. Can I get a babysitter? “In general, I would say, don’t have the babysitter come over,” says David Cennimo, a physician and assistant professor of medicine specializing in pediatric infectious diseases at Rutgers University. “But that said, I am working with many wonderful parents in health care who are juggling their family and work responsibilities.” If you do need a sitter, think of it as “expanding the circle.” This, Cennimo says, means considering your babysitter and their family part of your family — even if you live in separate homes. This means you may ask that he or she does not see other clients (and pay extra for that privilege) and that you make sure to keep each other apprised of symptoms or risk factors for coronavirus. For example, does your sitter’s son drive for a ride-sharing service? That increases your risk of exposure. Bottom line: You need to know each other’s comings and goings, which may mean having conversations about each family’s routines, habits, and social distancing efforts, says Cennimo. If your child is old enough, consider having them Zoom during your important conference calls “We don’t have formal guidelines or recommendations, since the job is so personal,” says Laura Schroeder, co-president of the International Nanny Association. “What we are advocating is that our nannies have conversations with their employers about their situation, their health, and make sure that any what-if scenarios are covered.” For example, would a babysitter or nanny consider sheltering in place with a family? Will a nanny still get paid even if she is ill or has been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 and can no longer work while quarantined? Is it possible for the family to provide a ride or rental car to minimize the nanny using public transportation? “We’re advising people to pay their nannies, even if they’re not coming in, if they can,” adds Schroeder. One workaround: If you already have a babysitter and your child is old enough to pay sustained attention to a video chat for 30 minutes, consider having them Zoom for short periods during your important conference calls or meetings so your child can be entertained and occupied playing cards, coloring, or playing games with their sitter, says Schroeder. How do I interact with doormen and delivery people? If you live in a major city, you’re going to have more interactions than if you were in a small town, says Laila Woc-Colburn, medical director of the infectious disease section at Baylor College of Medicine. “Follow the general rules: Maintain a 6-foot distance. Wear a mask, make sure they’re wearing a mask, get your package yourself rather than have someone else touch it and deliver it.” If that protocol isn’t being followed, it may be worth reaching out to your building management and asking about their policy for worker protection and, Woc-Colburn says, request an alternative way of receiving packages. If packages are stored in a room where the concierge must retrieve it for you, ask whether it’s possible to enter the room yourself or have the delivery person drop items directly outside your door. Waiting three days to open it is the ultimate safety measure after you receive a package, but if that’s not possible, Woc-Colburn recommends thoroughly washing your hands before and after handling a package, and keeping package opening to one area of your house, such as the entryway, which you then make a point to sanitize each day. As for delivery workers, economic consequences may mean that they may show up even if they feel ill. While this issue demands societal change, in the interim, you can help protect yourself and workers by using services that allow for sick leave. Retailers such as Safeway, Kroger, and Walmart now offer sick leave for employees with a confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis (which watchdog groups say is not adequate, given the dearth of tests available); but local businesses may offer a more all-encompassing umbrella policy for sick leave to protect workers. Companies should also provide adequate personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Due to public pressure and the possibility of strikes, for example, Instacart now provides face masks, hand sanitizer, and thermometers to workers. Unions have different rules and guidelines regarding employees and the coronavirus. For example, 32BJ-SEIU, the largest property services union in the country (representing doormen, cleaners, and airport employees, among others), makes it clear that union members can’t refuse to work if they are asked to clean a space where someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 has been, although their employers are required to provide personal protective equipment. But familiarizing yourself with workers’ conditions — asking about sick leave policies, protective supplies, and proactive actions companies are taking on behalf of workers — may be helpful as you assess the services you will need to use, says Fleck. And if you can tip workers — concierges, delivery people — generously during this time, that’s helpful as well, says Fleck. After all, they’re out there so you don’t have to be. Can I hire a personal trainer? At first glance, training outside, 6 feet apart, seems like a smart way to practice social distancing, provide continuous employment for a trainer, and get a much-needed mental and physical break. But experts say sticking to virtual sessions is smarter, especially when many trainers and boutique studios are offering them. (Some to consider: Orangetheory’s 30-minute workouts, Barry’s Bootcamp free live IGTV workouts, and Rumble’s live boxing workouts; there is also a slew of apps offering at-home exercise plans.) “People have difficulty with keeping distance while interacting. They may touch things they don’t realize, and doing a workout isn’t a time when we are regularly washing our hands or focusing on cleanliness,” says Matthew Fox, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health at Boston University. “And for many of us — at least this is true for me — sweating is a time when we touch our faces a fair bit, even if just to push sweat out of our eyes or deal with itching.” The other issue, says Fox, is a mental one. “If you convince yourself it’s okay for the trainer, you are likely to say it’s okay for a friend and so on. Minimize the risk to what is essential.” What about employing a contractor or mover? A toilet overflows. The roof is leaking. Your lease is up. But epidemiologists are clear: The less you interact with people, the better. “The good rule of thumb right now is to assume everyone has Covid-19 right now. With that in mind, it’s best practice to have nothing unnecessary going in or coming out of [your] residence,” says Emily Ricotta, a research fellow in the epidemiology unit at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. “It’s best practice to have nothing unnecessary going in or coming out of [your] residence” If a service call is truly urgent, limit interaction with workers and be specific about which work surfaces will be touched. “Anything that is touched by someone who is infected could contain the virus,” says Fox, while a debate continues about whether the virus may be carried in the air. If you can, sanitize the room that needs work, then avoid the room for a minimum of 24 hours. After the work is done, avoid contact with the room for 72 hours if you can — at least one study has suggested that the novel coronavirus can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days — and then wipe down surfaces. If you’re using a mover, call around and ask about the company’s sick leave and personal protective equipment policies, suggests Fleck. Pack as much as you can yourself (or use a service, like a pod, that minimizes person-to-person contact); try to be outside the residence while the movers pack the rest. Use new boxes instead of recycled ones. Once the move is complete, wait several days if possible before unpacking, and sanitize as you unpack, suggests Woc-Coburn. Can I book a cleaning service? Hygiene has created a paradox during the coronavirus crisis: While it’s critical to keep spaces as sanitized as possible, commercial and residential clients are laying off cleaners. Right now, a petition with nearly 100,000 signatures from the American House Cleaners Association is asking local and national leaders, as well as the CDC, for clarity regarding the role of house cleaners and requesting clarification of commercial and residential cleaning as an essential trade in all 50 states. But many epidemiologists Vox spoke with say that professional cleaning of a personal residence is not an essential service. “If you can delay a service, you should,” says Ricotta. But if cleaning is essential — for example, if you’re allowing a health care worker to stay in a second home, or there’s one in your household — then it’s smart to let the house cleaner in the home without anyone else inside and encourage them to wear gloves and a mask, and use products already in the home, to avoid spreading the virus via a supply caddy, says Ricotta. Once the cleaning is done, the space should ideally be left unoccupied for a few days. But even if you cancel a cleaning service, make a point to pay your cleaner if you are in a position to do so. Can I continue using my dog walker? It seems contact-free, but epidemiologists say there are risks involved in hiring a dog-walker. For example, the virus could potentially spread through surfaces, including the leash, collar, or your dog’s fur, says Woc-Coburn. The circle of clients your dog walker interacts with regularly may also be a source of concern, especially if clients may be ill even if they’re not showing any symptoms of Covid-19. (Per the CDC, there is no current evidence that pets themselves can contract or spread Covid-19.) Okay, I’ll minimize professional services. But can a friend help me out? It doesn’t come down to whether your friend is sick or not, says Ricotta. It’s all about who your friend has come into contact with. Let’s say you live with four people. So does your friend. Add that together, and suddenly, instead of being exposed to four people — and whatever they may have picked up on their run or at the grocery store — you’re exposed to eight people. You’re also potentially bringing those eight people’s germs with you when you go out. “But I also think it’s important to place importance on your mental health, too,” says Ricotta. “If you live alone, that can be really hard. But your risk goes up if you add other people to your group, and it’s not recommended. While it’s probably okay to have limited contact with a person you trust, and with safety routines in place, it still elevates personal and community risk.” In other words, having a coronavirus buddy (who could double as a babysitter, hairstylist, or general contractor in a pinch) can be safe. But that’s provided you’re both following protocol, keeping a line of communication open, and minimizing contact with the greater outside world. The hard truth is that, if you’re questioning whether or not it’s okay, it’s probably not. “We all have to play the same game,” says Ricotta. “It sucks and we’re bored and frustrated, but if we relax too early, then everything we’ve done so far is for nothing.”
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China sold nearly 4 billion masks to other countries over past month
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This Passover is not like other Passovers
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