Churches prepare for safe services with hymnals, hand sanitizer

Pastor Stacey Midge spent part of Thursday afternoon stocking the pews at Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church with the accouterments of a uniquely 2020 service: Hymnals, Kleenex, hand sanitizer and alcohol hand wipes.

  • Trump offers competing coronavirus messaging, warning of death but lamenting lockdown
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    Trump offers competing coronavirus messaging, warning of death but lamenting lockdown

    President Trump appeared frustrated that the country would not emerge from its coronavirus lockdown in the near future even as he and other officials warned of a rising death toll and a continuance of restrictive measures for weeks and maybe months to come. There will be death,” Trump warned flatly at one point during Saturday's briefing of the White House coronavirus task force. More than 8,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

  • Why does the coronavirus affect people differently? Yahoo News Explains
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    Why does the coronavirus affect people differently? Yahoo News Explains

    Coronavirus patients are showing a wide range of symptoms and the exact reason why is still a mystery — but we do have some clues as to what factors can influence the severity of the disease. While the most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath, there are numerous reports of coronavirus patients experiencing nonrespiratory symptoms. A study of 204 patients in Huabie, China, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that just over half of patients experienced gastrointestinal symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

  • An Illinois man allegedly shot his wife then himself over coronavirus fears
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    An Illinois man allegedly shot his wife then himself over coronavirus fears

    Police say Patrick Jesernik shot his wife Cheryl Jesernik, then himself, on Thursday. Experts predicted the stresses of the pandemic and lockdown could lead to an uptick in domestic violence. On Thursday evening, police responded to a wellbeing check at the couple's home, where they found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, dead, NBC Chicago reported. An autopsy found that each died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

  • Iran will never ask U.S. for coronavirus help: official
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    Iran will never ask U.S. for coronavirus help: official

    Iran will never ask the United States for help in the fight against the new coronavirus, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected offers from Washington of humanitarian assistance for Iran, the Middle Eastern country so far worst-affected by the coronavirus, with 3,739 deaths and 60,500 people infected according to the latest figures on Monday. "Iran has never asked and will not ask America to help Tehran in its fight against the outbreak ... But America should lift all its illegal unilateral sanctions on Iran," Mousavi said in a televised news conference.

  • 'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together.
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    'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together.

    In Italy, new data show that 20 percent of health care workers tested positive for COVID-19. In the U.S., people in my age group, 20 to 44, who test positive for coronavirus have a one in five chance of requiring hospitalization, and about a fifth of those end up in an intensive care unit. If I get infected, my chance of dying is one in 500.

  • Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis
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    Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis

    As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, one fact is increasingly clear: The Chinese Communist Party caused this crisis. From the moment the coronavirus emerged in central China, Beijing has acted in a way that made a pandemic possible and then inevitable. At every stage, the Chinese Communist Party has lied.

  • The Ethics of Wearing (or Not Wearing) a Face Mask During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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    The Ethics of Wearing (or Not Wearing) a Face Mask During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Whether the measure will be widely adopted is uncertain, at least in part because of how mask-wearing is perceived in the U.S. “We look at people wearing a mask as if they're sick and we tend to stigmatize them,” says Jessica Berg, dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a professor of bioethics and public health. In Eastern cultures people wear masks during flu season to protect others and then they come here and it's startling and horrible to them that we don't. It might seem that, if masks are scarce, they should go to the people most at risk of suffering significantly from COVID-19.

  • Britain in crisis: Queen delivers rare rallying cry as prime minister sent to hospital
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    Britain in crisis: Queen delivers rare rallying cry as prime minister sent to hospital

    “Better days will return,” Queen Elizabeth II said, echoing the beloved World War II-era song “We'll Meet Again” that offered hope to many on the front lines. While his Downing Street office said it was a “precautionary step” and Johnson remained in charge of the government, the news nevertheless underscored the deep crisis that Britain is facing as it attempts to control the coronavirus outbreak. The country has recorded 51,608 cases of the new virus, as well as 5,373 deaths, according to statistics released by the Department of Health. As the numbers rise, Johnson's government has been widely criticized for the lack of available tests in Britain — having promised weeks ago to rapidly increase testing.

  • Japan PM proposes state of emergency over virus, $1-trillion stimulus
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    Japan PM proposes state of emergency over virus, $1-trillion stimulus

    Japan's prime minister Monday proposed a state of emergency for several major regions seeing a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, as well as a stimulus package worth $1 trillion to cushion the impact on the world's third-biggest economy. The official declaration of the state of emergency would likely come as soon as Tuesday, Shinzo Abe told reporters, as the country grapples with a recent spike in coronavirus cases, especially in the capital Tokyo. "Currently, we are seeing rapid increases of new infections particularly in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka," said Abe.

  • Is Trump leading a 'war' against the coronavirus?
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    Is Trump leading a 'war' against the coronavirus?

    Regular viewers of the White House coronavirus task force briefings have probably noticed certain recurring themes in President Trump's remarks: congratulating himself for acting swiftly to cut entry to the U.S. from China; praise for “the incredible people” on the podium with him and working behind the scenes; and an almost palpable yearning for a quick end to the pandemic and a resumption of “the greatest economy the world has ever seen.” Waging war on a disease is such a familiar trope it passes almost without notice: the “fight” against AIDS; the “struggle” to “conquer” smallpox, malaria, tuberculosis; health care workers on the “front lines” against Ebola, Zika, coronavirus.

  • Trump: U.S. approaching period ‘that is going to be very horrendous’
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    Trump: U.S. approaching period ‘that is going to be very horrendous’

    President Trump on Saturday said that the United States is approaching a time that will be “very horrendous” for the nation amid the growing coronavirus outbreak across the country.

  • Fired US Navy captain reportedly emailed his coronavirus warning because he believed his boss would have prevented it
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    Fired US Navy captain reportedly emailed his coronavirus warning because he believed his boss would have prevented it

    US Navy Capt. Brett Crozier of the USS Theodore Roosevelt reportedly believed his dire letter warning of the coronavirus outbreak aboard his ship would not be allowed to be sent by his superiors. The acting Navy secretary, Thomas Modly, said that Crozier was "panicking" and was flabbergasted by him being "so out of character," he said to the Washington Post. Modly claimed that he eventually fired Crozier because he "didn't want to get into a decision where the president would feel that he had to intervene."

  • Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world
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    Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

    * Residents in Lombardy, Italy's worst-hit region, scrambled for scarce protective face masks and makeshift alternatives after authorities ordered anyone moving outside to cover up. * Switzerland said it was too early to ease measures that restrict the spread of the new coronavirus, as neighbouring Austria sketched out plans to start loosening a national lockdown. * The Czech Republic reported its slowest daily percentage rise in confirmed cases as the country entered a fourth week of restrictions.

  • Supreme Court rejects church challenge to ban on bus ads
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    Supreme Court rejects church challenge to ban on bus ads

    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Catholic church in Washington, D.C., that sought to place religious-themed ads on public buses. The justices are leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling that found no fault with the Washington transit agency policy that banned all issue-oriented advertisements on the region's rail and bus system. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington sought to place an ad on the outside of public buses in the fall of 2017.

  • Health experts say official U.S. coronavirus death toll is understated
    The Week

    Health experts say official U.S. coronavirus death toll is understated

    Public health experts and government officials agree that the U.S. government's coronavirus death toll almost certainly understates how many Americans have actually died from the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only counts deaths where the presence of the coronavirus is confirmed in a lab test, The Washington Post reports, and "we know that it is an underestimation," CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said. The official death count is based on reports sent by states, and as of Sunday night, the CDC reports 304,826 confirmed U.S. cases and 7,616 deaths.

  • Spain’s New Virus Infections Fall as Austria Eases Lockdown
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    Spain’s New Virus Infections Fall as Austria Eases Lockdown

    Spain reported the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in more than two weeks and German infections were the fewest in six days, tentative signs that the spread of the deadly disease is slowing in Europe's worst-hit countries. The most recent figures from Spain, Italy, Germany and France suggest containment measures that have idled millions of workers are having an effect. While most leaders pleaded for patience, Austria became the first country in Europe to ease restrictions and Denmark may follow later.

  • U.S. coronavirus deaths near 10,000 as medical officials warn worst is yet to come
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    U.S. coronavirus deaths near 10,000 as medical officials warn worst is yet to come

    With the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the United States nearing 10,000 on Monday, the country's top medical officials warned the worst was yet to come. The number of cases has ballooned to 337,752 — nearly three times higher than the second-worst hit country, Spain — with 9,619 people killed as of 5:10 am ET, according to NBC News' tracker. At the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said critical medical supplies and staff have been secured but warned the magnitude of the crisis equals that of the Spanish flu and Great Depression.

  • Whale sharks: Atomic tests solve age puzzle of world's largest fish
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    Whale sharks: Atomic tests solve age puzzle of world's largest fish

    Data from atomic bomb tests conducted during the Cold War have helped scientists accurately age the world's biggest fish. Whale sharks are large, slow moving and docile creatures that mainly inhabit tropical waters. They are long-lived but scientists have struggled to work out the exact ages of these endangered creatures.

  • Face masks: How the Trump administration went from 'no need' to 'put one on' to fight coronavirus
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    Face masks: How the Trump administration went from 'no need' to 'put one on' to fight coronavirus

    Testifying on Capitol Hill on Feb. 28, Dr. Robert Redfield could not be more clear. “There is no need for these masks in the community,” Dr. Redfield said of the N95 masks that were then becoming the subject of intense focus, with the coronavirus outbreak having arrived on the West Coast of the United States. Coming from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this pronouncement had the weight of an official directive.

  • Monster storm strengthens in Pacific, lashing Vanuatu
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    Monster storm strengthens in Pacific, lashing Vanuatu

    A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu on Monday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished Pacific nation's battle to remain coronavirus-free. Tropical Cyclone Harold, which claimed 27 lives when it swept through the Solomon Islands last week, strengthened to a scale-topping category five superstorm overnight, Vanuatu's meteorology service said. It made landfall on the remote east coast of Espiritu Santo island on Monday morning and was heading directly for Vanuatu's second-largest town Luganville, which has a population of 16,500.

  • China is trying to relax its severe coronavirus lockdown, but a series of forced re-closures shows how hard it is to get back to normal
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    China is trying to relax its severe coronavirus lockdown, but a series of forced re-closures shows how hard it is to get back to normal

    China has been trying to gradually roll back its severe coronavirus lockdown in recent weeks. China is further into its coronavirus response than any other nation — and seems to be demonstrating that getting out of lockdown is a difficult and uneven process. In the last two weeks, authorities in China have tentatively rolled back parts of a lockdown that curtailed the movements and activities of close to a billion people from as early as January 23.

  • Biden says coronavirus may force Democrats to hold 'virtual' presidential convention
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    Biden says coronavirus may force Democrats to hold 'virtual' presidential convention

    After a series of victories in March, Biden has opened up a commanding lead in the number of delegates needed to secure the party's nomination to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November's general election. Though Biden is not holding in-person campaign events, he said he would follow new federal guidelines calling for people to cover their faces in public. Trump announced the revised recommendation on Friday but said he personally did not plan on wearing a mask.

  • Philippine police reportedly shot a man dead under Duterte's orders to kill any lockdown troublemakers
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    Philippine police reportedly shot a man dead under Duterte's orders to kill any lockdown troublemakers

    Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto / Getty Philippine police reportedly killed a man for disobeying President Rodrigo Duterte's strict quarantine rules. The man, 63, threatened local officials with a scythe after they told him to wear a face mask, a local police report said, according to Al Jazeera. This appears to be the first reported case of someone being shot dead in the Philippines for disobeying lockdown rules.

  • Trump's fervor for an unproven COVID-19 drug is reportedly fueled by Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Oz
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    Trump's fervor for an unproven COVID-19 drug is reportedly fueled by Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Oz

    President Trump is very excited about hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, frequently touting it as a "game changer," and he isn't alone in his enthusiasm. His economic adviser Peter Navarro, who reportedly sparred with top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci about hydroxychloroquine, told Fox & Friends on Monday morning he would "bet on President Trump's intuition on this." Other boosters Trump is apparently listening to include his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the controversial television personality.

  • Europe sees more signs of hope as Italy's virus curve falls
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    Europe sees more signs of hope as Italy's virus curve falls

    Europe saw further signs of hope in the coronavirus outbreak Sunday as Italy's daily death toll was at its lowest in more than two weeks and its infection curve was finally on a downward slope. Angelo Borrelli, the head of Italy's Civil Protection agency on Sunday, said there were 525 deaths in the 24-hour period since Saturday evening. Italy now has a total of 15,887 deaths and nearly 129,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.