How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus

A dense population of vulnerable citizens set the stage for a frightening epidemic.

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Seeking Connection in a New Normal

With vaccines for all on the horizon, we will have to find our way back from grief and loneliness.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fauci-anthony-s, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Unmasked: When Identity Politics Turns Deadly

Will Republican politicians kill some Texans to own the libs?

#conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #mississippi, #quarantines, #republican-party, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A College President Worried About the Risks of Dorm Isolation. So He Moved In.

Col. Mark Anarumo, the president of Norwich University, had been through suicides of students during in-room lockdown. He thought he could help by moving into the dorm.

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Pope’s Planned Visit to Iraq, Amid Pandemic, Raises Questions of Timing

Pope Francis has said he is determined to visit the war-torn country. But some worry that the visit will become a superspreader event in a land where the virus still rages.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #francis, #iraq, #pilgrimages, #quarantines, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vatican

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Japan’s Travel Ban Has American Baseball Players in Limbo

With the Nippon league’s spring training already under way, U.S.-based players are trying to stay ready despite being barred from entering the country.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cron-kevin, #japan, #nippon-professional-baseball, #quarantines, #rea-colin-1990, #thames-eric-1986, #travel-warnings, #yomiuri-giants

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Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages

At a federal compound in Connecticut, inmates in precarious health “are like sitting ducks,” one lawyer said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #danbury-conn, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #long-justin, #prison-policy-initiative, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #your-feed-science

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How the Pandemic Nearly Tore Israel Apart

Lockdowns brought tensions between secular and ultra-Orthodox communities to the boiling point. The political consequences could be felt for years to come.

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Travel Quarantines: Enduring the Mundane, One Day at a Time

Running a half-marathon in your hotel room. Hearing the sea, but not seeing it. Fixating on food. Here’s how some travelers passed the time during their mandatory quarantines.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations

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Australian Open Offered Unexpected Lessons About Pandemic Sports

The goal was to hold a major international sports event without putting public health at risk. Mission accomplished, but pulling it off presented major, unforeseen challenges and many sleepless nights.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #melbourne-australia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd

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Positive Coronavirus Test? Canadians Worry Their Neighbors Will Find Out

The fear of public shaming is becoming so prevalent in some Canadian provinces that doctors worry it is driving virus cases underground.

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Hurt by Lockdowns, California’s Small Businesses Push to Recall Newsom

The pain for such enterprises been particularly acute in the state, leading some to back an effort to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Von Trapped: The Family Is Stuck Inside, So Why Not Sing Parodies?

The Marshes, an ordinary English family, have gained extraordinary fame for their musical spoofs of lockdown life. And no, they are not trying to be the von Trapps.

#england, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization, #youtube-com

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As Israel Reopens, ‘Whoever Does Not Get Vaccinated Will Be Left Behind’

New government and business initiatives are moving in the direction of a two-tier system for the vaccinated and unvaccinated, raising legal, moral and ethical questions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Dismal Spring Awaits Unless We Slow the Spread of Covid-19

How soon life returns to normal depends on what we do now.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #food-and-drug-administration, #quarantines, #small-business, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘Right Now Feels So Long and Without Any End in Sight’

More than 700 people have been keeping digital diaries as part of Pandemic Journaling Project. It may be the most complete record of our shifting moods in this isolating year.

#anxiety-and-stress, #black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diaries, #grief-emotion, #mexico, #north-america, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantines, #university-of-connecticut, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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How a ‘Hard Quarantine’ Benefited a Player at the Australian Open

While some players blamed strict virus measures for their troubles at the event, Jennifer Brady of the United States thinks it might have helped her advance.

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Under Pressure, California Church Postpones Conference for Thousands

Grace Community Church reversed course after Los Angeles County health officials warned that indoor conferences were prohibited and that the event could worsen the spread of the coronavirus.

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This Valentine’s Day, Take Love Lessons From the Astronauts

Accept your ‘full reality,’ keep little rituals alive and remember you’re still — yes, still — in it together.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #families-and-family-life, #marriages, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #space-shuttles, #valentines-day

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Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios Trade Shots Off the Court

A squabble at the Australian Open between stars with different styles.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #djokovic-novak, #kyrgios-nick, #quarantines, #tennis

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As the Australian Open plays on, Victoria officials order a ‘circuit breaker’ Covid lockdown.

The tournament will continue without spectators because professional athletes are considered essential workers under the new restrictions in Victoria state.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #quarantines, #victoria-australia

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Half the Team Had the Coronavirus. The Wizards Are Still Recovering.

An N.B.A. outbreak in January swept up the Washington Wizards, sending one player scrambling to the pharmacy and another off to a hotel for 11 days of video gaming to protect his pregnant wife.

#basketball, #beal-bradley, #bertans-davis-1992, #brooks-scott-1965, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantines, #sheppard-tommy-1969, #smith-ish, #washington-wizards

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What Can We Learn From Where the Schools Stayed Open?

As districts across the country wrestle with when to return to in-person instruction, the story of Providence, R.I., offers a lesson in what it takes to do so.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #quarantines, #raimondo-gina-m, #rhode-island, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Anti-Vaccine Activists Emboldened in California

For months, far-right activists have rallied against masks and lockdowns imposed during the coronavirus pandemic. Now some protesters have shifted their focus to the Covid-19 vaccine.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #dodger-stadium, #masks, #quarantines, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Behind the Scenes at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Putting on a Super Bowl halftime show is always a mammoth undertaking. The pandemic introduces many more logistical puzzles.

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In Hong Kong, Easing the Pain of Covid With the Kindness of Strangers

Members of a Hong Kong Facebook group help people they’ve never met cope with quarantine and virus testing, whether that means saving an 8-year-old’s birthday or keeping an eye on an octogenarian.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #hong-kong, #quarantines

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Power, Patriotism and 1.4 Billion People:How China Beat the Virus and Roared Back

The Chinese Communist Party reached deep into private business and the broader population to drive a recovery, an authoritarian approach that has emboldened its top leader, Xi Jinping.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #xi-jinping

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As the Tennis Party in Australia Begins, an Uncertain Year Awaits

Officials in Australia moved mountains to make the country’s annual professional tennis swing happen. That will be far more difficult after the tour leaves this isolated island nation.

#assn-of-tennis-professionals, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #nadal-rafael, #osaka-naomi-1997, #quarantines, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd, #williams-serena, #womens-tennis-assn

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One Coronavirus Case, Total Lockdown: Australia’s Lessons for the World

The country’s short, sharp responses have repeatedly subdued the virus and allowed a return to near normalcy. Now its model is being applied to Perth, its fourth-largest city.

#australia, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #perth-australia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines

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The Australian Open will allow up to 30,000 spectators a day.

Such numbers would make the tennis tournament a sports rarity during the pandemic, though attendance would still be down by about half from a normal year.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #quarantines, #tennis

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He Is Israel’s ‘Prince of Torah.’ But to Some, He Is the King of Covid.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky is the spiritual authority for hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews. But his pronouncements on the virus have made him a villain to many.

#bnei-brak-israel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #quarantines, #rabbis, #torah

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Britain Passes a Grim Milestone of 100,000 Coronavirus Deaths

Mandatory hotel quarantines for travelers entering the country are being weighed as fatality rates soar despite a national lockdown.

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Hong Kong’s First Covid-19 Lockdown Exposes Deep-Rooted Inequality

The city’s notorious tenement apartments are potential hotbeds of transmission, with their cramped quarters, faulty piping and poor ventilation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #hong-kong, #income-inequality, #quarantines, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Flaming Lips Use of Plastic Bubbles at Concerts Leave Covid-19 Experts Unsure

Medical professionals questioned how well the individual plastic bubbles protected band members and concertgoers from the coronavirus.

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Britain’s Alarm Over Virus Variant Bolsters Case for Lockdown

A warning that the variant could be deadlier is a powerful argument that Britain could be entering a severe new phase of the pandemic and that easing lockdown rules could be calamitous.

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Ahead of the Australian Open, 2 Wild Weeks of Practice

The organizers of the Australian Open promised local residents that the tournament would not set off a coronavirus outbreak. Making good on that promise is very complex.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #melbourne-australia, #quarantines, #tennis-australia-ltd

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Australian Open: See How Tennis Players Train in Quarantine

The athletes waiting in quarantine for the Australian Open are figuring out creative ways to stay busy (and swing a tennis racket) before they can hit the court.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #tennis

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The Board Voted to Keep Schools Closed. Parents Revolted.

While districts around it opened, a small Wisconsin city chose to start the school year remotely. Public pressure forced a return, just as virus cases were surging.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wausau-wis

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A School District Vowed to Stay Open, Until Its Staffing Ran Out

Nearly 11,000 people were forced to quarantine this fall in a suburban Atlanta district that didn’t mandate masks, but it stayed the course, until a staffing shortage shut the doors.

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Iraqis Flout Coronavirus Precautions Amid Belief in Immunity

Even some Iraqi health officials are promoting the false idea that Iraq has acquired herd immunity. Scientists say that Iraq could be in for a major new outbreak.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #iraq, #quarantines, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Skylar Mack Apologizes for Breaking Quarantine in Cayman Islands

Skylar Mack, an American college student, was released last week after spending more than a month behind bars. She said, “I deserved it.”

#cayman-islands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mack-skylar, #quarantines

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Rash of Coronavirus Cases Poses Early Challenge for the Australian Open

With several positive tests among people arriving from abroad, and a strict quarantine, the Australian Open is not going the way organizers expected it would.

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With Positive Tests, the Rules Change for Some Players in Australia

After three people on two charter flights tested positive for the coronavirus, 47 players will not be allowed to practice for two weeks.

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Australia Decides Not to Kill Joe the Pigeon

A racing pigeon named after the president-elect appeared to have traveled from Oregon to Melbourne, breaching quarantine rules.

#melbourne-australia, #oregon, #pigeons, #quarantines

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Why Does Australia Want to Kill a Bird Named Joe (Biden)?

A racing pigeon that appeared to have traveled from Oregon to a backyard in Melbourne faces death. But there’s a twist.

#melbourne-australia, #oregon, #pigeons, #quarantines

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China Places Over 22 Million on Lockdown Amid New Covid Wave

The country is experiencing its worst coronavirus flare-up since last summer, testing the government’s success in subduing the disease.

#beijing-china, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #lunar-new-year, #quarantines

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How Singapore Has Kept the Coronavirus Off Campus

Singapore’s three major universities have reported zero cases. Their secret: technology, tough penalties and students willing to comply.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #mobile-applications, #nanyang-technological-university, #national-university-of-singapore, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #singapore, #singapore-management-university

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As Coronavirus Mutates, the World Stumbles Again to Respond

A South African tip led to the discovery of mutations around the world. With infections skyrocketing, “it’s a race against time.”

#brazil, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durban-south-africa, #great-britain, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Hong Kong’s Three Week Quarantine Frustrates Travelers

Hong Kong’s abrupt new entry requirement — which has shaken travelers, domestic workers, airlines and hotels alike — stands out for its length and has been questioned by scientists.

#domestic-service, #hong-kong, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

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Fight Over Closing Schools Reignites as N.Y.C. Positive Rate Tops 9%

The teachers’ union wants schools to shut again if the rate of positive virus tests keeps rising. The city is determined to keep them open.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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