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Italian doctors demand protective supplies as coronavirus deaths climb
At least 50 doctors have died from COVID-19 while trying to help the sick in Italy — having been sent “unarmed” to fight a “war” without essential protective supplies, their association claimed. Italy’s National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists (FNOMCeO) released a list of names of the dead doctors amid a blistering attack...
Louisiana governor calls on feds to send ventilators as coronavirus spreads
Edwards told "Face the Nation" that the state has also reached out to vendors and placed orders for 1,000 more ventilators.
CDC Asks NY, NJ, and Connecticut Residents to “Refrain” From Nonessential Travel
President Trump backtracked from his quarantine threat after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the idea.
Leadership in times of crisis
The present pandemic is not the first time in our history that the nation's governors have stepped up to offer guidance, action and straight talk
Jim Gaffigan: Life in quarantine is like a sitcom
Comedian Jim Gaffigan says holing up with his wife and five kids mirrors a situation comedy – and the episode never ends.
Life under lockdown: Time to catch up on TV
Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg offers new and classic series for those housebound by the pandemic, now that we have more time to binge-watch
Coronavirus claims first federal prisoner; 49-year-old drug offender dies in Louisiana
Coronavirus claims first federal prisoner in Louisiana; 49-year-old drug offender succumbs days after testing positive        
Help wanted: Coronavirus and job prospects for U.S. workers
Jobless claims have skyrocketed in the face of an unprecedented health crisis, but there are job openings at firms accommodating a nation undergoing a pandemic
Pelosi: Trump fiddles as people are dying
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump's response at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic has been deadly.
London taxi driver dies after possibly catching coronavirus from cash fare
The family of a British taxi driver says he has died from coronavirus after they believe he caught the bug from taking cash fares, according to a report. Spencer Kurash, 56, continued to work as a cab driver throughout London even as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, the Mirror reported. But on March 18 he began...
How Purell cleaned up
After years of losses, a family-owned company saw their product that no one wanted – hand sanitizer – turn into a necessity
'Life may change for us all': How we respond to the coronavirus crisis will reshape US history
The coronavirus has quickly become a defining moment for the nation. But whether it is a new 9/11 or a looming Great Depression is partly up to us.       
State data indicates we’re headed for another record unemployment week
Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images From Pennsylvania to Oklahoma, things are getting worse Last Thursday, the US Department of Labor reported a record-shattering surge in unemployment insurance claims for the week ending on March 21 as coronavirus concerns caused the economy to move into shutdown mode at a totally unprecedented pace. And while nobody knows for sure what next week’s reports may show, fragmentary evidence available from state level unemployment offices shows little sign that the situation is improving. Instead of a one-off spurt, last week’s eye-popping initial claims number could be just the leading edge of a larger tsunami that will continue to press forward for several weeks. Many states are reporting no letdown in claims The state of Pennsylvania is unusual in producing timely, publicly available, day-by-day statistics on unemployment claims. They show clearly that next week’s data, for Pennsylvania at least, is on track to break last week’s record. The Pennsylvania data shows the current week’s claims running slightly lower than last week’s claims, but that’s because it only has six days’ worth of claim data for the current week. It’s pretty clear that when Saturday’s numbers are added they’ll smash through last week’s record. Some other states had even bleaker news, albeit in more anecdotal form. Robin Roberson, the executive director of the Oklahoma Employment Service Commission, predicted to local television reporter Emily Collins that “our record here in the state was set back in 1991 with over 9,000 initial claims in one week; of course last week we almost doubled that ... we will double last weeks again this week.” Colorado officials told Aldo Svaldi of The Denver Post to expect claims to triple in the week that ends on March 28 compared to the March 21 week. New Mexico reported 17,187 initial claims in the week that ended on March 21, and is now already at 32,000 initial claims based on the first four days of last week. The crush of claims is so severe that, as Arindrajit Dube and Jesse Rothstein explain in a policy brief for Economists for Inclusive Prosperity, it’s crushing state unemployment offices’ actual ability to process the claims. Dube and Rothstein advocating flipping the normal process and starting to pay benefits before doing the work to verify eligibility. Then officials could claw back and penalize illegitimate claims after the fact, rather than allowing a bottleneck of claims processing to prevent people from getting the help they need. And this massive volume of unemployment claims could only be the beginning. The bigger picture is that while claims are currently piling up because of Covid-19 related business closures, there’s a risk that we’re going to see cascading waves of failures. Job losses can beget job losses Millions of workers in the food service, hospitality, and non-grocery retail sectors are facing job losses because of lockdown measures put in place as an effort to control the spread of coronavirus. Lots of other jobs, however, continue uninterrupted despite the trouble. You can still order furniture handcrafted in Vermont from sustainably harvested North American wood. My psychotherapist friend is offering patients videoconference sessions. Apple just released a new MacBook Air. Farmers are still growing food and truckers are delivering it to grocery stores. Vox Media’s many brands are still publishing. But there’s a broad risk to the economy. The people losing jobs in March are going to have to cut back on their spending. That’s going to mean lost income for people working in other sectors, whether or not their business directly impacted by the virus. And people who are just generally nervous about economic conditions are unlikely to go out and splurge on new furniture or laptops. With sales expectations for pretty much everything pointing downward, the advertising market is drying up, creating problems for media companies who in a literal sense are gaining audience from the crisis rather than losing customers. This is what makes recessions so difficult to cope with. What starts as a discrete, albeit large, problem related to public health measures swiftly ripples out to become a general downturn. And based on the best evidence available, the pace of the economic pain is only increasing.
Tracy Anderson live-streaming workouts amid coronavirus pandemic
Anderson plans to go live on Sunday morning.
Transcript: John Bel Edwards on "Face the Nation"
The following is a transcript of an interview with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards that aired Sunday, March 29, 2020, on "Face the Nation."
Chicago infant dies after testing positive for coronavirus, governor says
An infant in Chicago died Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19 – becoming the youngest person in Illinois to die after contracting the novel coronavirus.  
Pelosi: ‘As the president fiddles, people are dying’
She said the White House must further ramp up its efforts.
Trump, Biden neck and neck in 2020 presidential race: new poll
Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump are virtually neck and neck in the 2020 presidential race, a new poll released Sunday found. Registered voters opted for Biden by 49 percent over Trump’s 47 percent, the Washington Post-ABC News poll shows — with the president closing a 7 percentage point gap from February as...
The 2020 Census: How our nation in counting on us
The once-in-a-decade enumeration of everyone in America has been launched – and pandemic or not, the work of the Census Bureau will go on
Ignaz Semmelweis, the pioneering doctor behind hand-washing
The 19th-century Hungarian doctor determined that proper hand hygiene could make all the difference between life and death – and his ideas were rejected
Rhode Island begins door to door checks for New Yorkers fleeing coronavirus
WESTERLY, RI — The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state. Raimondo also ordered residents to...
Here's how to use your $1,200 stimulus check from the government's coronavirus relief package
Millions will receive stimulus checks from the government as part of the coronavirus relief package. Here are tips for using that money wisely.       
Stranded Holland America cruise ship where 4 died amid coronavirus outbreak granted Panama Canal passage
A Holland America cruise ship where four passengers died and at least two travelers tested positive for the coronavirus was finally granted passage through the Panama Canal to sail to Florida after the vessel remained stranded at sea for weeks, officials said Saturday.
Trump's approval rating is rising amid coronavirus crisis. What could it mean for November? | Analysis
The initial boost for Trump might indicate he's not as vulnerable as some first thought.       
La. governor warns state's health care system could be overwhelmed by early April
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards appear on ABC's "This Week" to talk about how their states are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
John Wayne Airport tower reopened after worker cleared for coronavirus infection
After briefly closing over coronavirus concerns, a Los Angeles area airport’s tower has reopened.
Coronavirus crisis puts EU credibility on the line, says France
How the European Union responds to the coronavirus outbreak will determine its future credibility, a French minister said on Sunday, after the bloc failed to agree last week on measures to cushion the economic blow.
How to live AND work at home without going stir crazy
David Pogue offers advice on maintaining productivity and social relationships while observing social-distancing protocols (and yes, cats are allowed!)
Funeral homes face 'heart-wrenching' new normal under coronavirus
"It's much more stressful and more emotional," one funeral director said of virtual memorial services.
Australia bans gatherings of more than 2 even as coronavirus daily infection rate declines by half
Australia has imposed further coronavirus restrictions — including limiting public gatherings to just two people—even as the rate of daily infections has been cut in half in recent days, according to a report Sunday.
Dr. Jon LaPook on the value of antibody tests for past coronavirus infection
With the friction between treating COVID-19 and protecting the populace from infection vs. reopening businesses, testing for immunity to coronavirus is urgently vital
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How businesses are adapting to a pandemic economy
Small acts of resilience as businesses navigate new pressures during a pandemic.
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Yankees mailbag: Fans minds on Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge
You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Yankees. Can we expect Gleyber Torres to continue his ascent this year? Any chance the Yankees consider locking...
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Why are some Native Americans fighting efforts to decriminalize peyote?
Some Native Americans are deeply offended by a movement to decriminalize peyote along with other psychedelic plants.
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NFL mock draft: Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa will go early
Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa are all expected to be first-round picks in the NFL draft. The question is: When will they be off the board?
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This is what it's like to deliver food during a pandemic
A day in the life of a food delivery courier is difficult — it's even more taxing during a pandemic.
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Rabbi Noam Marans: Coronavirus will be unwelcome guest as Jews celebrate Passover while social distancing
The coronavirus, like an unwelcome and uninvited guest reminiscent of the biblical plagues of the Exodus, will force the most-observed annual Jewish ritual experience, the Passover Seder, to be practiced very differently in April..
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Single Guys Are Really Going for It Right Now
If the world is ending, why not?
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How Not to Tank Your Relationship in Quarantine
Humans have evolved with a drive to share life with a partner—just not all day long. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors on the savanna formed pair-bonds, but they parted in the morning to go about their separate tasks. So did our ancestors on the farm. For hundreds of thousands of years, even the most devoted couples have been uttering some version of that basic romantic principle: “I married you for better or for worse, but not for lunch.”So what happens now that spouses are staying home all day, and many unmarried couples suddenly find themselves quarantined together? The peril facing relationships quickly became obvious to the pioneers of this new intimacy on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where couples were cooped up for two weeks in their cabin during the ship’s quarantine. Ellis Vincent, a retired airline executive from Australia, told a reporter that he and his wife, Kimberly, were passing the time by having long conversations during which she displayed a remarkable memory.“She is able to bring up every transgression I’ve ever had,” he said. “I believe she is not finished.”[Read: I prepared for everything, but not coronavirus on a cruise ship]That is not the way for a relationship to survive the COVID-19 quarantine. The Vincents were succumbing to the negativity effect, which even in ordinary circumstances is the chief threat to couples—and can be an absolute relationship killer in these troubled times. The negativity effect is the brain’s tendency to respond more strongly to negative events and emotions than to positive ones. In short: Bad is stronger than good.Research has shown that a negative event (such as your partner rehashing an old fight) typically has at least three times the impact of a comparable positive event (such as your partner recalling one of your past kindnesses). To keep love alive, bear a rough guideline in mind that we call the Rule of Four: Four good things are necessary to overcome one bad thing. Given the nonstop negativity in the news, people will need lots of positivity in their personal lives to compensate. Finding good things to focus on takes some creativity in quarantine, but there’s an obvious opportunity at home: that trove of photos and videos of vacations, outings, and celebrations that you’d never had time to go through. Now you do. These can be a source of positivity at any time, and couples stuck at home together can use them to happily “nostalgize”—a verb coined by social psychologists who have discovered remarkable benefits in reliving the past.[Read: How negativity can kill a relationship]Nostalgia was long considered a sign of unhappiness with the present (and was once even seen as a disorder). But in recent years, Constantine Sedikides and his colleagues at the University of Southampton in England have shown that nostalgia isn’t just an exercise in relishing the past. If indulged in the right way, it makes us more satisfied with the present and more optimistic about the future.Nostalgia has the potential to lift people’s spirits, make them feel more connected to others, and heighten the sense that life has continuity and meaning. It can counteract boredom and anxiety, can motivate people to work toward goals, and is linked to increased generosity and tolerance. Experiments have shown that people who nostalgize in a cool room actually feel physically warmer.Other studies have shown that couples look happier and feel closer when they share memories—at least when they’re not recalling each other’s transgressions or lamenting what has been lost. The healthiest way to nostalgize is not to pine for the past—“Those were better days”—but rather to savor those memories as a treasure that can’t be taken away. So when you look at a photo of yourself with friends at a favorite restaurant, focus on your enduring friendship instead of the fact that the restaurant has shut down during the pandemic.In most relationships, fortunately, the multitude of small good moments make up for the more powerful bad ones. And you can always create more good moments. You can try to regularly make a list of your partner’s traits for which you’re grateful, and also make a point of telling your partner what you admire about them.[Read: What you lose when you gain a spouse]However, accentuating the positive will only do so much. Because of the greater power of bad—that 4-to-1 ratio we mentioned—you can have a bigger impact by eliminating the negative, both negative actions and negative thoughts about your partner.Instead of striving to be a perfect partner, concentrate on avoiding elementary mistakes. Studies have shown that people get relatively little credit for delivering more than they had promised, but they pay a stiff price for doing less. Before you make a commitment, beware what psychologists call the “planning fallacy,” our tendency to underestimate how long a project will take. Better to promise less and make sure you deliver on it than promise too much and fall short.Another way to keep the peace is by fighting your own negative reactions to conflict. If your partner gets upset at what seems, to you, to be a trivial offense, remember that bad is in the eye of the beholder. You have to deal with their reaction no matter how irrational it seems—and the power of bad can bring out the irrationality in all of us. One critical word or careless affront looms much larger than any goodwill, and it will linger for longer, especially if you’re together 24/7.When your partner does something that bothers you, don’t go with your gut reaction. Think before you blame, and be especially wary of what psychologists call the “fundamental attribution error.” When we do something wrong ourselves, we often blame it on temporary external circumstances: Yes, I lost my temper a couple of times today, but that’s just because of all the stress from the quarantine. But when our partner does something wrong, we’re inclined to wrongly attribute it to permanent internal flaws: He lost his temper because he has lousy self-control and doesn’t care about how I feel.In 2000, researchers tracked couples’ “attributional styles” and found that attributing partners’ wrongdoings to internal flaws led to greater marital dissatisfaction and a higher likelihood of divorce. Before blaming your partner’s behavior on an inherent character trait, force yourself to consider a charitable excuse for what they did. And then give your partner the benefit of the doubt.A friend of ours keeps his wife’s faults in perspective by taping a message to his bathroom mirror: You’re no bargain either. Being able to overlook your partner’s sins—to maintain what psychologists call “positive illusions”—is one of the surest ways to sustain a relationship. Some people seem to do it automatically, as demonstrated in couples’ brain scans. When shown a picture of their beloved, some people displayed less activity in the brain region associated with making negative judgments—and their relationships proved more likely to endure. But even if you can’t help spotting your partner’s offenses, you can at least pretend not to notice. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mother-in-law once advised her, “In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.”If the affront is one you can’t endure, then say something, but do it calmly without retaliating, because the negativity effect can quickly turn a small disagreement into a raging battle. This dynamic was observed in experiments at the University of Chicago in which people took turns playing a game that gave them the option of either cooperating with their partner or acting selfishly. When a player acted benevolently, the partner typically reciprocated in kind. But when a player acted selfishly, the partner didn’t merely reciprocate—they tended to escalate the conflict by acting even more selfishly themselves. The Chicago psychologists summarized the participants’ reactions: “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, but if you take my eye, I’ll take both of yours.”That’s not the spirit that will get your relationship through the pandemic. There’s enough angst in the world right now without adding to it at home. You can suppress your visceral negativity bias by consciously looking for the upsides of your relationship—and even the upsides to being quarantined. After all, it’s giving you an unprecedented opportunity to get to know your partner.“This is going to be a period of great growth for relationships,” says the anthropologist Helen Fisher, who has studied romance around the world. “Couples are either going to grow together or grow apart.” Therapists love to advise couples to create quality time for themselves, and now we have more of it than ever. Use it wisely—and positively.
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Maryland nursing home hit with 'tragic' coronavirus outbreak, as 66 test positive, 11 hospitalized, governor says
Dozens of people have tested positive for coronavirus at a nursing home in the suburbs west of Baltimore, Maryland's governor announced late Saturday.
Trump Supporters Are Significantly More Enthusiastic Than Biden Backers, New Poll Shows
Nearly twice as many supporters of the president said they are "very enthusiastic" about their candidate, compared to those backing the former vice president.
Video: UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards breaks down signature moves
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Country singer Jan Howard, the Grand Ole Opry's senior member, dies at 91
Country singer Jan Howard, a beloved member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1971, died Saturday at age 91. The news broke during Saturday's show.
More sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt test positive for coronavirus, officials say
More U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier currently in the Western Pacific have tested positive for coronavirus and officials fear the number will continue to rise.
NJ pizzeria keeps employees working and feeds ERs
NJ pizzeria keeps employees working and feeds ERs
Federal prisons mark first virus death
An inmate in Louisiana succumbs nine days after transfer to a hospital.
Donald Trump's special day
The President talked of reopening the country by Easter, which he called a "very special day." But public health officials stressed that America was in for a longer period of enforced isolation, saying the April 12 target was "aspirational."