Public health experts have expressed the need for Americans to practice social distancing. Those who don’t understand the message – or believe it – might start to face the wrath of those who respect it. Meanwhile, experts talk about why the flattening of the curve is so important, as they try to figure out what America will look like when the country emerges from the crisis.
The Associated Press: “The Shame of Forties”: US Navigates Radical New Social Norms
‘The shame of quarantine’ – denouncing those who violate social distancing rules – is part of a new and surprising reality for Americans who must navigate a world of rapidly changing social norms in the age of COVID -19. As schools close and shelter-in-place orders sweep across the United States, the gap between those who rigorously practice self-isolation and those who still try to lead a semblance of normal life has never been greater. clear. To complicate matters: What was socially acceptable just 48 hours ago may now be taboo, as government officials rush to contain the virus with ever-expanding circles of social isolation. (Flaccus, 03/19 /)
The Washington Post: Operation cancels spring break: Floridians worry about coronavirus as young revelers try to keep the party going
In a state plagued by deadly storms, dog-eating pythons and ‘Florida man’ click-bait tales, the coronavirus has put the fate of Floridians at least in part in the hands of teenagers and 20 years and over. Authorities are telling the tens of thousands of young revelers who regularly descend here this time of year to do the right thing: follow national guidelines and emergency laws to limit gatherings, social contact and wash them down. . Hands. A statewide edict forced bars and nightclubs to close. Miami-Dade County on Thursday ordered the closure of all beaches and parks in the county. The mayors told boisterous visitors in no uncertain terms: come home. (Faiola, Mekhennet, Strickland and Rozsa, 3/19)
The New York Times: You Can Help Break the Chain of Transmission
After studying infectious disease, epidemiologists like Helen Jenkins of Boston University and Bill Hanage of Harvard, who are married, generally go two ways. âEither they become completely and totally aware of the infection,â Dr. Hanage said, âor they’re the type of person who drops toast and picks it up, wipes it and eats it.â “We would be mostly in the second category, but that pushed us quite visibly into the first category,” he continued, adding, “when the facts change, I update my priorities” – a statistician’s term for what we believe and expect. (Robert, 03/19 /)
The Washington Post: Coronavirus Projections: What Will America Look Like In The Coming Months?
Experts across the country have produced model after model – bringing together all the tools of math, medicine, science and history – to try and predict the coming chaos unleashed by the novel coronavirus and to prepare. powering truth: What happens next is largely up to us – our government, our politicians, our healthcare facilities and, in particular, 328 million people in this country – all making small decisions every day with disproportionate consequences for our collective future. (Wan, Achenbach, Johnson and Guarino, 3/19)
ABC News: Coronavirus turns nation upside down as lives of three in four Americans changed by pandemic: SURVEY
As a worsening public health crisis shakes the country, a new ABC News / Ipsos poll released on Friday shows a picture of a country that is far different from that of just a week ago, when nearly three In four Americans now say their lives have been turned upside down in one way or another. by the new coronavirus and President Donald Trump’s approval for his handling of the epidemic is on the rise. In the new poll, 55% of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the crisis, compared to 43% who disapprove. Trump’s approval on this issue is up from last week, when the numbers were nearly reversed. (Karson, 3/20)
ABC News: Coronavirus Isolation of Families Raises Concerns Over Domestic Violence
As schools across the country close and employees are encouraged to work from home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, some experts worry about an increase in domestic violence … “But in this time of year Particularly, with COVID-19, the home can be quite intense for victims and survivors of domestic violence, due to the abusers’ ability to control more, âsaid Ruth Glenn, President and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). (Carrega, 3/20)
The New York Times: Deciding how far to go
When Dr Asaf Bitton recently looked out his window in Boston, he was shocked by the scene. Although schools, offices and businesses had already closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the park was packed. âI saw people from my window outside playing together in the park and I was like, ‘This is crazy,’ said Dr Bitton, executive director of Ariadne Labs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. âWhy have we closed the schools if we want to move the social contact from the schools to the playground? “(Parker-Pape, 3/19)
Philadelphia Investigator: Social distancing can strain mental health. Here’s how you can protect yourself.
To avoid overwhelming the U.S. healthcare system by spreading the coronavirus to vulnerable groups, public officials across the country have asked people to practice social distancing – avoiding large crowds and close contact with others. President Donald Trump has called on Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that no events with 50 or more people take place in the next eight weeks. (Ao, 03/19 /)
The New York Times: Complacency, not panic, is the real danger
The sight of empty grocery shelves – shared widely on social media – combined with fear of an unseen threat seems a perfect recipe for widespread hysteria. But, so far, despite mixed messages from government officials and shortages of testing and hospital capacity, there is little evidence of widespread panic. (Carey, 03/19 /)
The New York Times: His Facebook friends asked him if anyone was really sick. She had an answer.
Crises are only political as long as they are not personal. As word of Mr. Frilot’s diagnosis spread, his story was no longer just that of a healthy young person who had contracted a virus that young, healthy people had been told they were told. weren’t supposed to catch. It was a revelation for the conservative suburbs of New Orleans, where many had called the pandemic liberal alarmist. Mr Frilot, a registered Republican, and his family are generally apolitical and didn’t think much about the virus – whether as fictional or anything else – until they got sick. But many in their community had opinions about it from the start. (Plott, 03/19 /)
The Associated Press: Parents, police fight to bring young people together amid virus outbreak
Teenager: âI can’t stay here all day. And my friends !?” Parent: “Are you kidding? This is serious! âTeenage brains are definitely on the line as authorities around the world struggle to keep young people from coming together, while parents at home worry about what they are doing as the coronavirus is spreading. (3/20)
The New York Times: Young adults face health risks from coronavirus
Until a few days ago, some bars and restaurants were still packed for St. Patrick’s Day. The beaches were full. And it appeared that many young adults were slow to take action to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “I kept hearing, ‘Eighty percent of cases are mild,'” said Christian Heuer, 32, of Los Angeles, who tested positive for the virus last week and suffers from a slight fever for six days. âBut it’s not just a runny nose. This is the real deal. You are really sick. (Rabin, 3/20)
CNN: Immunocompromised people take social distances to save their lives
While there are fears that older people may catch the coronavirus, there is another high-risk group that has nothing to do with age. People with underlying health conditions are also more likely to get seriously ill if they do. Some of them are young and most may not look sick at all. Millions of them live with weakened immune systems. (Zdanowicz, 03/19 /)
The New York Times: Can I jog outside? Is this water cooler safe? Playing sports in the time of the coronavirus
While almost all of us are spending a lot of time at home because of the coronavirus pandemic and some are under orders to take shelter in place and avoid going out at all, those of us who are used to working out are Exercising regularly naturally have pressing questions and concerns about how best to stay in shape. (Reynolds, 3/19)
The Associated Press: In the event of a pandemic, word definitions change and a new lexicon emerges
The TV news announces “hot zones” and “lockouts”. Conversations are littered with discussions of âquarantinesâ and âisolationâ. Leaders are calling for “social distancing” and “sheltering in place” and “flattening the curve”. In an instant, our vocabulary changed, like everything else. (Sedensky, 3/20)
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