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White House coronavirus taskforce warns of ‘unrelenting’ spread | US news | The Guardian

“We are on a very difficult trajectory. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr Anthony Fauci, the lead public health official on the taskforce and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the US.

“If things do not change, if they continue on the course we’re on, there’s going to be a whole lot of pain in this country with regard to additional cases and hospitalizations, and deaths,” Fauci said in an interview with CNBC Wednesday night.

Source: White House coronavirus taskforce warns of ‘unrelenting’ spread | US news | The Guardian

Taiwan goes 200 days without domestic COVID-19 case | TheHill

Taiwan, an island of more than 23 million people, has gone 200 days without a locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. Taiwan achieved this impressive record through early border shutdowns, intensive contact tracing, enforced quarantines and loyal mask use by its residents, according to a Bloomberg report.

Source: Taiwan goes 200 days without domestic COVID-19 case | TheHill

Coronavirus: DeWine calls on counties to create COVID Defense Team as Ohio breaks daily record

Gov. Mike DeWine called on counties to create a COVID Defense Team as the Ohio reported 3,590 cases in the last day, breaking the state’s previous record of 2,858. The COVID Defense Team will assess each county’s situation, inventory assets and focus on what each community can do to fight the virus. Source: Coronavirus: DeWine calls on counties to create COVID Defense Team as Ohio breaks daily record

In The Eye Of The Corona

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It's like living in a submarine
Torpedoed in quarantine.

Bacillus becomes a biometric
A wake-up call going ballistic.

Defying mother nature's laws
Showcasing our human flaws.

Binge buying panicky stockpiling
All in all, my appetite is dying.

Eating right,  fighting fit
Our system needs a health permit.

Looks like an apocalyptic virus
Giving man the price of being lifeless.

A pandemic becoming a tragedy
Epiphany for man's fragility.



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We Escaped a War 40 Years Ago. Now We Might Be Sent Back. – Mother Jones

My family came fleeing the civil war in Nicaragua in 1979, because they served in the military and they had to seek refuge here in the United States. We saw this country as a defender of human rights, so we felt safe here.

Since I came to this country, I integrated and saw it as my second home. I haven’t gone back to Nicaragua once. I would feel like a foreigner there, and I wouldn’t feel safe, because I know that people who go back after living here so long are seen differently, and it could end really badly. My life is here; this is my community.

I work doing housekeeping at a university, cleaning offices, and I’m also a representative for our union, where we’re mostly Latinos. We work hard cleaning, especially in this pandemic. We’re keeping the university clean so that students can be safe. Every day, we face uncertainty and fear of getting the virus and passing it on to our families, but we’re considered essential workers.

Back in 2018, Trump said TPS was over—but then it was appealed and instead it got expanded by a year, which would mean it ends January 5, 2021. So all this uncertainty continued. Then, not that long ago, we were told that it was revoked again, but it’s being appealed again. All that keeps us unstable, because we don’t know what’s going on in the courts.

This year my brother, his wife, and I were thinking of buying a house together. I’m divorced, and I live with them, so we wanted to buy a house to live more comfortably. But with this situation, we didn’t do it because of this uncertainty that TPS might end in January.

Sometimes I watch the news and I see how disparagingly immigrants and Latinos are talked about, and I feel terrible. At the same time, I get strength because I know there are a lot of people who support us and who recognize the work we do. We’re not living here for free: We’re working, we’re contributing with our taxes and our culture. If we’re doing good here, why can’t we keep doing so in peace here? I’ll respect whoever the next president is, but the respect has to be mutual.

Source: We Escaped a War 40 Years Ago. Now We Might Be Sent Back. – Mother Jones

Stricter Covid-19 recommendations introduced in several Swedish regions – Radio Sweden | Sveriges Radio

From October 29th the public is recommended to avoid indoor environments like shops, shopping malls, museums, libraries, swimming pools and gyms, as well as meetings, concerts, exhibitions, sports training, matches and competitions. Businesses have also been told to take measures to make sure recommendations can be followed, including shops and shopping centres reducing the number of people they let in, and making it easier for staff to work from home. Similar local restrictions have already been introduced in Uppsala and Skåne.

Source: Stricter Covid-19 recommendations introduced in several Swedish regions – Radio Sweden | Sveriges Radio