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New York City schools won't be using Zoom anymore because of security concerns
Schools in New York City are moving away from using the video conference app Zoom after a review of security concerns.
Queens Pastor Father Gioacchino Basile, 60, succumbs to coronavirus
A second New York City priest has died because of the coronavirus, church officials said. Father Gioacchino Basile, pastor of Saint Gabriel’s in East Elmhurst, Queens, died Saturday. He was 60, church officials said. Basile’s death is the second for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, coming a week after Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, 49, who served...
Gov. Gavin Newsom said he 'owns' coronavirus testing lapses, announces task force
The announcement comes as California continues to see dramatic increases in people hospitalized with the coronavirus, with 2,300 patients in the state. Another 3,267 people hospitalized are suspected of having COVID-19, but are awaiting testing results.
Kobe Bryant Elected To Hall Of Fame In Posthumous 'Peak Of His Career'
The Los Angeles Laker legend, who died shockingly more than two months ago, headlined a star-studded 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class on Saturday that also includes Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
Sports’ finest hour coming during coronavirus fight
The thing to remember is, many of the people who engage in the most profound examples of philanthropy prefer to do it away from the glare, away from the lights. One of the last conversations I ever had with George Steinbrenner was trying to convince him to attach his name to a story detailing an...
2 pols urge de Blasio to oust Health Commissioner Barbot over coronavirus response
Two city lawmakers are demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio oust Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot “before it’s too late,” saying her guidance on coronavirus has been disastrous. Barbot “failed to take decisive actions to not only contain the virus early and flatten the curve, but her inaction has actually led to New York City becoming the...
Rhode Island's top Catholic nixes drive-thru Palm Sunday palm distribution over coronavirus
Catholic churches in Rhode Island are canceling plans to offer "drive-thru" pickup of blessed palms for Palm Sunday because of the state's coronavirus stay-at-home order, according to a report.
Trump says there will be 'a lot of death' in coming weeks
While speaking at a coronavirus task force briefing, President Trump said that this week and next will probably be the toughest in the fight against coronavirus and that "there will be a lot of death."
Billionaire Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai donates ventilators and masks to New York
Joe Tsai, the billionaire co-founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, and his wife Clara Wu Tsai, have donated 2.6 million masks, 170,000 goggles and 2000 ventilators to New York — the US epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
US allies express dismay over US handling of global medical supply chain
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on Covid-19 in Ottawa, Canada, on March 24. | Dave Chan/AFP/Getty Images Other countries complain the US is outbidding them, as a German official accuses its ally of “modern piracy.” As countries across the globe face a shortage of medical supplies needed to combat the spread of Covid-19, some US allies have begun expressing dismay over President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) for the United States. A German official has accused the US of “modern piracy,” calling the country’s efforts to obtain PPE overly aggressive, and officials in Brazil, Spain, and Canada have expressed a frustration shared by numerous US governors — that the Trump administration is aggressively outbidding them, leaving them unable to buy badly needed PPE. These complaints come as Trump invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) — which allows the federal government to dictate the production and delivery schedules of private companies — Friday in order to prevent the export of protective medical gear overseas. In response, Canadian and German leaders have expressed dismay, but say they will not formally retaliate against the United States. “We are not looking at retaliatory measures or measures that are punitive,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during his daily address in Ottawa, while warning there may be some unintended negative consequences nevertheless. “We know it is in both of our interests to work collaboratively and cooperatively to keep our citizens safe.” American manufacturing company 3M, one of the few US-based manufacturers of critical N95 masks, issued a similar warning Friday, arguing that attempts to keep protective equipment within the US could have the opposite effect, depressing trade among allied countries and leading to punitive measures by other nations’ governments. 3M is under a DPA order to prioritize the US in delivering masks, and that order seems as if it may have caused some friction with Germany — a shipment of 200,000 masks ordered by German police was allegedly confiscated by the US, something German officials believe was done under the act. It was this that led German interior minister Andreas Geisel to accuse the US of “an act of modern piracy.” “We are currently assuming that this is related to the US government’s ban on mask exports,” Geisel said in a statement. “This is not how you deal with transatlantic partners. Even in times of global crisis, wild west methods shouldn’t rule.” German press reported that the shipment came from 3M facilities in China; that company has denied that the seized masks came from them. A German official later gave a more measured statement, according to the Washington Post, that made it unclear where the masks eventually ended up. Meanwhile, Brazilian and French officials have accused the White House of outbidding them on equipment purchases, and of leveraging resources they cannot compete with. “The United States has ordered 23 huge airplanes to China to bring back the materials that they’d acquired,” Brazilian health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told reporters this week, as the country has seen its medical stockpile depleted. And a regional official in Paris likewise accused the US of outbidding France on a mask order, an allegation which the US government has denied. Every country needs PPE right now — and ramping up production will take time These exchanges underscore the challenges that world leaders are facing in trying to both keep their citizens supplied with necessary equipment and comply with international trade deals and longstanding alliances. Germany and France have both attempted to crack down on exports of their own manufactured goods, according to the Financial Times, and nearly every country with a major outbreak — including the US — faces a shortage of PPE and other medical supplies. But increasingly, the US is being warned that restrictive policies could lead to widespread consequences. In a statement Friday, 3M warned the Trump administration’s use of the DPA to limit exports could both snarl the US supply chain and create humanitarian disasters in countries that could not otherwise readily access equipment. And earlier on Friday, Trudeau warned about trade interruptions during a global emergency. “It would be a mistake to create blockages or reduce the amount of back-and-forth trade of essential goods and services, including medical goods, across our border,” he said. Although Canada is not a leading producer of PPE and other medical goods, thousands of health care professionals go back and forth between Canada and American hospitals — particularly in the hard-hit city of Detroit. Should the Canadian government want to retaliate, it could limit this travel. Trudeau said Saturday, however, that he would not halt those workers. Instead, Trudeau said, his nation is working to ensure it does not have to look beyond its borders for goods: that it is ramping up domestic production of PPE including gowns, gloves, and masks, and is anticipating a shipment of several million masks within the next two days. In response to criticism about the new use of the DPA, Trump said that in-process orders would not be halted, and that large shipments to countries with especially bad outbreaks could continue to go forward. However, given the international scale of the pandemic, international cooperation will be increasingly necessary to ensure equipment — the production of which often relies on a global supply chain — is available to everyone who needs it.
NBA 'angling' alternative plans to 'shut the season down' amid coronavirus threat: report
The NBA suspended the season more than three weeks ago in the hope that play would resume over the course of the next few weeks, but as time passes by and the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 continues to worsen, the league appears to be making plans to cancel the season altogether, according to reports.
Astros’ Justin Verlander donating MLB paychecks to coronavirus relief
This is one reason to cheer one specific Astro. Star pitcher Justin Verlander announced in a video on Instagram with supermodel wife Kate Hudson that he will be donating his paychecks to different organizations every week helping families deal with losses caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation. MLB recently announced...
A Florida fire crew use a ladder to surprise a firefighter with coronavirus at his hospital window
A Florida firefighter received a heartwarming surprise from his crew while hospitalized with the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump after call with Dana White, other sports heads: 'They've got to get back'
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Should You Wear a Mask?
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans wear face coverings when venturing out in public. The new guidelines come a month after the surgeon general urged people to stop buying masks, tweeting that they are “NOT effective” in preventing the general public from contracting COVID-19. So, what exactly should people wear now and when should they wear them?On this episode of the podcast Social Distance, James Hamblin answers Katherine Wells’s basic questions about the coronavirus. What is a virus? Why is this one so bad? And what should be done to avoid catching it?Listen to the episode here:Subscribe to Social Distance on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or another podcast platform to receive new episodes as soon as they’re published.What follows is an edited and condensed transcript of their conversation.Katherine Wells: What even is a virus?James Hamblin: It's just a strand of nucleic acids, DNA or RNA, wrapped in some little coating or shell capsule that can keep it alive for a small period of time.Wells: Are viruses like early life forms?Hamblin: This is a fundamental question of biology and beyond even: “Is a virus alive?” It depends on how you define alive. A virus requires a living being in order to reproduce. It cannot reproduce on its own. But in much subtler ways, most living things require other living things in order to continue living. Human beings can't reproduce on their own, if you take one human being and leave them in the middle of nowhere. So, there are kind of existential questions about where you draw that line of what defines life.Wells: What's the evolutionary incentive of a virus? If it could, it would just kill everything and be everywhere?Hamblin: I might think of it more like a tide when you take down a dam. It's not like the water wants anything. If there's a town below that dam, the water doesn't want to destroy anything. It doesn't even have an evolutionary instinct. It's just a physical force. It's just, this is what it does. It finds that receptor and invades the cell and makes more.Wells: Is it adaptive for the virus to kill us?Hamblin: That's part of what caused me initially to raise these alarm bells and get really concerned myself in February, is the basic science of it. I initially wrote this story, “You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus,” and it made the point that there are a lot of mild cases out there—mild in terms of COVID-19, which is not a mild disease—and that there are asymptomatic carriers. There’s a long period of incubation when you can be asymptomatic. And that is what’s so scary about it.Wells: Like, if it was a worse disease, it wouldn’t be so dangerous?Hamblin: Let’s talk about it as if it were a human. There are some people who are just really genuine and good and you want to be around them and work with them and have them be in your life. And there are people who are clearly malicious and terrible, and you can immediately tell, like: Get that person away from me. And even though you might think, Oh that person is straight up dangerous; they immediately threatened to kill me, the actual probably most dangerous person is the one who is what we’d call a psychopath. Someone who seems intuitive and smart and thoughtful and caring, but actually has all these devious plans and is actually able to carry them out because they aren’t out there threatening people and throwing off signals that they’re a dangerous person. That’s what this virus is, and that’s why people fell along a spectrum of how scared they were by this. Some people were like: “Oh, it looks like these other coronaviruses, where it causes a lot of mild cases where people don’t die, so it’s not that dangerous.” And other people were like: “No, it’s because it’s so good at spreading and doesn’t kill everyone that it is so dangerous.”Wells: To the extent that I’m going to get what the virus is, I get it. But one of the things that’s been sort of paralyzing recently is, I don’t know where it is. If I walk outside, is it in the air? Is it on surfaces?Hamblin: The main way that people get it is from touching things and then touching their face. That continues to be the main way. That’s why hand-washing is so important. That’s why not touching your face is so important. Masks have very specific uses, which are absolutely necessary in some cases. We should define mask. When you say mask, what do you think of?Wells: Well, I understand there's the N95. I understand there’s the surgical mask. And then I understand there’s what I did this morning, which is take a scarf and loop it three times around my face, which I wouldn’t call a mask, but it is an attempt at some sort of barrier.Hamblin: It’s like defining life. So that’s part of the thing we need to talk about, is you can’t say masks are good or bad. A respirator is also sometimes referred to as a mask or an N95 mask. Those are these tightly woven things that are rigid and they look like a dog’s snout, and they are supposed to seal perfectly around your face. These are medical devices, not something you would wear all day, every day. That’s what we definitely have a shortage of. We’ve exhausted our national strategic stockpile as of this week, which was supposed to last us for a long time.Wells: Okay, so, I don’t have an N95, I assume I couldn’t get one if I tried. The doctors need them anyway. We’re not talking about it N95s for the average person.Hamblin: No. Apart from very specific cases.Wells: Unless you’re living with someone who has it?Hamblin: Even then, [not] unless you had to go administer nebulizer treatment to them, or an inhaler.Wells: And is that because the virus just can’t travel that far in the air?Hamblin: That’s what we’re understanding. There were some initial concerning studies about what appeared to be airborne spread in experimental cases. They could make the virus go airborne in a confined space with no airflow. Does it actually in the world become airborne? No, to the best of our knowledge. The two types of viral transmission that we’ve long thought about are droplets or airborne, as in: Is it just in these gooey little drops that come out when you sneeze or cough? Some of them are tiny, and they might fly up to six feet, but ultimately, they’re going to fall down and hit the ground, versus: Do you mist this out and does it just hang in the air like oxygen or carbon dioxide and then sort of dissipates?It turns out there’s not a black-and-white line between those two things. That dichotomy was false. This one appears to be almost entirely droplets. Occasionally, you can detect some lingering in the air for longer periods, but not clearly enough that it could infect someone unless someone is very sick, coughing and sneezing, and you were in close contact with them in a place with no airflow. So, you could be more than six feet away, but say we’re sharing a cruise-ship cabin and I'm just coughing and sneezing stuff into the air. It’s shooting out, and you're on the bed eight feet away, but we’re constantly just using the same air. There is a possibility that could happen.Wells: So, it’s not impossible that I could walk outside and just breathe it in accidentally, even though there’s no one around?Hamblin: No, that’s impossible. I want to say that’s impossible. I don’t think anyone should be worrying at that level, because we have to be able to say we can move about the world, not in states of constant fear. And walking is important, especially if we’re going to need to be doing this distancing stuff for a year. If people feel like they can’t go outside and can’t move their bodies, we are going to see compounding of all sorts of other health issues and worsening cases of this disease, because if you are worn down and not exercising and not sleeping and depressed and not eating well, you’re not priming yourself to be in good condition when you do get sick.The only instances where we believe the air would be a problem is in a constant exposure. And it would have to be a long-term thing. If you briefly shared an elevator with someone who didn’t even sneeze or cough and you were as far away from that person as you could be in an elevator, there is as close to zero percent chance of anything happening in that situation as possible.Wells: Okay. So I don’t need to be terrified of going outside and of other people. That blanket terror is not rational. In what situations am I supposed to wear a mask, and what constitutes a “mask,” given that I don't actually have a mask?Hamblin: The CDC is now telling people: Cover your face with something. If you’re sick, if you’re coughing and sneezing, just do not go out. When you are feeling okay and you need to go out, the recommendation now is that you wear something to cover your mouth. If you were practicing appropriate social distancing, that would be of no use, no value.Wells: Yeah, but realistically, in a dense city or in crowded homes or apartment buildings, you can’t, so wear something.Hamblin: If it really is physically impossible for you to isolate yourself, then it’s unlikely to hurt unless you end up touching your face more because you’re adjusting this thing. Touching your face is definitely bad. We want to minimize that in every way. A mask is a tool. It is like a hammer. There are times when a hammer is incredibly valuable to you. You could not have driven that nail without it. But if you’re trying to fix a window, that is not of any value to you.
Show typical British resolve, Queen to tell nation amid coronavirus outbreak
Queen Elizabeth will call on Britons to show the same resolve as their forebears and take on the challenge and disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak with good-humoured resolve when she makes an extremely rare address to rally the nation on Sunday.
Trump tweets Little Leaguers 'will be playing baseball soon': In meantime, 'take care of mom and dad'
What’s on deck for benched Little Leaguers once the country pulls through the coronavirus crisis? A return to the field, President Trump tweeted Saturday.
Trump, GOP challenge efforts to make voting easier amid coronavirus pandemic
The public-health crisis has intensified a long-running partisan fight over ballot access, now an escalating battle in multiple states.
Benjamin Gibbard honors late rocker Adam Schlesinger
Gibbard gave a moving tribute to late Fountains of Wayne rocker Adam Schlesinger on his “Live From Home” show.
Muslim firefighter gets coronavirus after teen allegedly sneezed into his face
A Muslim FDNY firefighter tested positive for coronavirus nine days after three Hasidic teens in Borough Park deliberately sneezed on him, it is alleged.
Coronavirus Has Now Killed More New Jersey Residents Than 9/11 Attacks
In a press conference Saturday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced 200 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 846.
UN chief calls for 'large-scale' coronavirus response of 10 percent of global GDP
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres this week called for a “large-scale” and co-ordinated response to the global coronavirus crisis, consisting of 10 percent of global GDP -- and promising that the U.N. is “fully mobilized” to support such an effort.
Trump says thousands of military to be sent to help states battle coronavirus
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday the U.S. government would be deploying thousands military personnel to states to help them deal with the coronavirus epidemic.
President Trump says US to deploy 1,000 military personnel to New York City to battle coronavirus
President Donald Trump says the U.S. will send 1,000 military personnel to New York City to help battle the coronavirus epidemic.        
More young people are dying of coronavirus, WHO warns
More young people are dying of the coronavirus, according to a new warning issued by the World Health Organization. “What we are seeing in some countries is that there are individuals in their 30s, who are in their 40s and 50s who are in the ICU and who have died,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, head...
NYC real estate broker losing $250,000 because of coronavirus pandemic
This was set to be a big year for real estate broker Michael Fabbri of Nest Seekers. But the 33-year-old Gramercy Park resident is instead losing out on as much as $250,000 in commissions for spring because he can’t show homes to buyers during the coronavirus shutdown. Last year had been soft because buyers and...
USPS employees are demanding hazard pay
A petition says postal employees carry "blood, sweat, and tears" every day at the expense of their health and time with families.
This dominatrix is in a financial bind because of the coronavirus
Aviva Diamond, 33, has worked as a dominatrix in New York City for more than six years, specializing in slave training, humiliation, foot fetishes and more. But after pivoting to online sessions only, she now finds herself in a bind. I started getting concerned messages from clients in mid-March as the coronavirus became more of...
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Joe Rogan Says 'I'd Rather Vote for Trump' Than Joe Biden, President Not 'Aging At All' in Office
The podcast host said he would rather vote for Trump than Biden, arguing Friday that Trump has held up well to the pressure of the office versus the former vice president.
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Jill Zarin supports medical workers with ‘Noshes for Nurses’ program
The 'RHONY' star has launched a program called “Noshes for Nurses” to help feed medical workers and others fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
The best star snaps of the week: The Rock, Selena Gomez and more
Two kids hospitalized after eating pot gummies from Utah food bank
Two children have been hospitalized after eating marijuana gummies they got at a food bank. “An 11-year-old and a 5-year-old were taken to a hospital Friday night after consuming ‘Medicated Nerds Rope’ candy given to their families as part of a food distribution effort from a church working with the Utah Food Bank,” according to...
Researchers may have found coronavirus’ Achilles heel
The research shows a specific area of the virus could be “targeted with drugs and other therapies, a finding that also could help with the development of a vaccine,” according to the San Diego Tribune.
Civil rights icon Joseph Lowery honored at private funeral 
Family members of the Rev. Joseph Lowery gathered Saturday in Atlanta for a small but moving funeral for the civil rights icon who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Men in black suits and top hats attended a horse-drawn caisson carrying Lowery’s casket, the Associated Press reported. The black wagon, with the driver holding reins...
‘There will be death’: Trump warns of ‘toughest week’ ahead
The president told the country to brace for the coming apex of the coronavirus outbreak.
‘I lost not one but three jobs because of the coronavirus’
Brooklynite Hannah Kaplan, 29, was working three jobs to make ends meet — and she's lost all of them during the coronavirus shutdown.
Cops bust boozy Bronx party ignoring coronavirus social distancing rules
More than a dozen partygoers were busted when cops broke up a boozy Bronx shindig that was flouting social distancing rules, police and sources said Saturday. Police were called to a loud party at Mango Jamaican Cuisine restaurant in Wakefield at about 7 p.m. Friday, where several dozen people were drinking and celebrating, ignoring coronavirus...
NBA, along with Knicks, Nets, contribute 1 million surgical masks to New York
The NBA, along with the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, are donating 1 million surgical masks, necessary PPE as medical workers fight coronavirus.
Airbnb host went from making $3,800 a month to $0 amid coronavirus
Lee Thomas, a 60-year-old retiree, charges $85 a night via Airbnb to rent out a one-bedroom apartment in his Ozone Park home. But now he is living solely on his pension as bookings have dried up. Because I’m so close to the airport, people from all over the country and the world stay at my...
Some of hospitals' first coronavirus patients are returning home after recovery
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, hospitals' first patients who tested positive are beginning to return home after recovery.
Trump warns of rough week ahead: 'There will be death'
President Trump on Saturday warned the nation of a deadly week ahead in the fight against the coronavirus.
Staten Island car dealer still has to pay $500K in interest while lot closed
Marcello Sciarrino, 48, lives on Staten Island and co-owns 21 automobile dealerships in the New York area. A principal of Island Auto Group, he told The Post the coronavirus is bringing his inventory-heavy enterprise to the edge of ruin and forcing him to lay off hundreds of employees. On March 16, I locked our dealerships’...
A gender reveal party ignited a 10-acre brush fire Florida, fire officials say
A gender reveal party in Brevard County, Florida, went wrong and sparked a 10-acre brush fire, CNN affiliate WESH reports.
Caterer spent $20,000 on expanding business — then coronavirus hit
New Yorker Kinyarda Wright is the owner of Around the Clock Craft Services, which provides catering for TV shows that film in the city. But she's losing money as there are no sets to cater to during the coronavirus.
Dog walker asks clients to pay him half-salary during coronavirus
Manhattan dog walker Jim Olmstead has seen his business plummet by 80 percent since the Coronavirus outbreak.
Cuomo says China and Oregon will be sending ventilators to New York
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that as the state faces what could be the peak of the coronavirus crisis, China and Oregon have both said they will send ventilators. Watch his remarks.
Trump’s pick for coronavirus inspector general wins praise from some oversight experts as Democrats slam pick
President Trump's pick as the new special inspector general overseeing the $500 billion coronavirus bailout fund won praise from some oversight experts on Saturday, but Democrats expressed immediate skepticism.
NYC church has a unique way of lifting the city’s spirits
It’s music to anxious New Yorkers’ ears. Although St. George’s Episcopal in Gramercy Park closed its doors three weeks ago in the wake of the coronavirus, the church is still lifting the spirits of the neighborhood with pealing chimes. “Church bells are historically rung to call people to prayer, in times of celebration, and in...