Coronavirus

Nation’s largest school system ‘in an impossible situation’ amid the coronavirus pandemic

This post has been updated with information from a New York City Department of Education employee.

It’s been a rough week for the millions of children, parents, educators, and city officials involved in the reopening of New York City schools. 

After grappling with a shortage of teachers and buildings that are not ventilated well enough to deter transmission of coronavirus, the nation’s largest school district again delayed the start of in-person learning.

“The [New York City] Department of Education has put P.S. 125 and many other schools in the city in an impossible situation,” Tamara Tucker, president of the parents association at P.S. 125 in Morningside Heights, which serves students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, told Yahoo Finance. “And I don’t want to penalize the schools for being hamstrung like that.” 

The city provided parents with three main options for students starting the fall school year: in-person, fully virtual, or

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Pilots face layoffs and an uncertain future as coronavirus hammers the airline industry

Thousands of pilots across the country are facing pink slips in a matter of weeks unless the airline industry receives more financial aid from the federal government. For many of them, flying has been their dream since they were kids, and the crisis in the industry has left pilots young and old stuck in a holding pattern — either hoping for a miracle or eyeing the exit.

On Thursday, executives from the major U.S. airlines met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in an attempt to secure more emergency funding. The meeting included CEOs Doug Parker of American Airlines, Scott Kirby of United and Southwest’s Gary Kelly.

TSA passenger checkpoint numbers fell from nearly 2.3 million on March 1 to just 90,000 by mid-April, amid pandemic lockdowns and public health concerns. Passenger travel has since recovered somewhat, but at its best has been no more than half of

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Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats forced to hold e-conferences due to coronavirus pandemic

It’s party conference time – but not as we know and love it (and often hated it, too).

Gone are the three weeks of plotting and posturing in big halls, whispered briefings over tepid food, grazing on sausage rolls at fringes and rounding each day with liver-destroying receptions.

This year, thanks to coronavirus, it’s all online. Welcome to the e-conferences, an event that everyone can attend but, frankly, may prove tame since the best action usually takes place not on stage but in bars, corridors and nearby kebab houses.

For the control freaks at No 10 or Victoria Street it is a dream come true – a chance for ultimate message discipline without MPs or members. No chance of it being derailed by an unauthorised 3am reshuffle briefing in the Radisson Hotel bar.

They’re doing their best to recreate some of the fun.

Labour is staging a quiz night on

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Post online misstates Sturgis Rally’s coronavirus cases

The claim: A post online attributes 88 positive tests to Sturgis Rally, 0.02% infection rate of attendees

Motorcyclists from around the country converged on Sturgis, South Dakota, for the town’s annual motorcycle rally in August — most unmasked and ignoring social distancing guidelines. Some on social media are claiming the event had little effect on the spread of COVID-19.

“Mass testing of Sturgis workers, residents result in no more positive results % than the rest of the state average,” a screenshot of a post reads. “Actually on the low end of the scale. All positive cases were asymptomatic.”

The post goes on to say the South Dakota Department of Health is allegedly attributing 88 positive tests to the rally, and that with 450,000 rally attendees, that’s a 0.02% infection rate.

The screenshot has been shared by Facebook group Bikers for Trump and multiple individuals. That group did not respond to

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Polish retailers seek eastern promise closer to home as coronavirus bites

By Anna Koper and Michael Kahn

WARSAW/PRAGUE (Reuters) – Poland’s big clothing and footwear retailers LPP <LPPP.WA> and CCC <CCCP.WA> are switching focus back to eastern Europe, sizing opportunities to add brick-and-mortar stores as international rivals concentrate on online sales during the pandemic.

LPP – eastern Europe’s answer to H&M <HMb.ST> and Inditex’s <ITX.MC> Zara – has expressed ambitions to emulate its two rivals as a top five global fashion brand.

Those plans have stalled as the pandemic has hit consumer spending, but with eastern Europe weathering the crisis better than Western economies, the retailer sees better prospects in its home region.

“Our approach to expansion has changed due to the epidemic,” LPP’s Deputy Chief Executive Przemyslaw Lutkiewicz told Reuters. “We hope that from the next year we will return to the expansion of new stores, but mainly in the eastern markets.”

LPP’s push comes as some big Western brands

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Black, Hispanic and American Indian Children Make Up 78 Percent of All Youth Coronavirus Deaths

Black, Hispanic and American Indian children are dying due to COVID-19 at a disproportionally higher rate than their white peers, a new Centers for Disease Control study found.

While children are significantly less likely than adults to die from COVID-19, minority youth represent 78 percent of current fatalities.

For this study, the CDC tracked all known pediatric COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. for the first time and found that between February and July, there have been at least 391,814 cases and 121 deaths in people under 21 years old.

Of those 121 deaths, Black, Hispanic and American Indian children accounted for over three-quarters, despite making up just 41 percent of the U.S. population under 21. Hispanic children had the highest rate of death, at 44 percent, followed by Black children at 29 percent and 4 percent for both American Indian and Asian or Pacific Islander children. White children

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Anne Arundel Teases Hybrid School Plan At Coronavirus Town Hall

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Hybrid schooling may be closer than previously thought. At a Thursday evening town hall, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman announced the framework for what a partial return to school could look like.

The duo understands some parents’ urge to get back in schools as soon as possible. They know that distance learning is hard on everybody, but they notice a heavier toll on younger students.

“The younger they are, the more important it is to get them back,” Kalyanaraman said.
“As the father of a second-grader, I can assure you I know what you’re talking about.”

That’s why Anne Arundel County is examining a phased reopening of school buildings. Under this option, elementary schoolers would adopt a hybrid model sooner than older students.

Kalyanaraman says this idea is rooted in recent findings that explain how coronavirus acts

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Black women again turn to midwives, some fearing coronavirus in hospitals

Midwife Kiki Jordan examines TaNefer Camara during a routine postnatal visit about a week after the birth of her son Esangu. In centuries past, Black midwives often functioned as spiritual advisers and parenting teachers as well as birth attendants. <span class="copyright">(Rachel Scheier / California Healthline)</span>
Midwife Kiki Jordan examines TaNefer Camara during a routine postnatal visit about a week after the birth of her son Esangu. In centuries past, Black midwives often functioned as spiritual advisers and parenting teachers as well as birth attendants. (Rachel Scheier / California Healthline)

From the moment she learned she was pregnant late last year, TaNefer Camara knew she didn’t want to have her baby in a hospital bed.

A mother of three and part-time lactation consultant at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Camara already knew a bit about childbirth. She wanted to deliver at home, surrounded by her family, into the hands of an experienced female birth worker, as her female ancestors once did. And she wanted a Black midwife.

It took the COVID-19 pandemic to get her husband onboard.

“Up until then, he was like, ‘You’re crazy. We’re going to the hospital,’” she said.

As the pandemic has laid

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Patient First In Gloucester Township Now Testing For Coronavirus

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ — Patient First in Gloucester Township now offers testing for the coronavirus, the health system announced on Monday. It is the third Patient First facility in Camden County to offer coronavirus testing.

Virus testing is available only at designated Patient First testing centers and is by appointment only. Patient First in Gloucester Township is located at 606 Cross Keys Road in the Sicklerville section of the township.

The test that is offered is the RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase — Polymerase Chain Reaction) molecular diagnostic test. The test sample is collected at Patient First and is sent to a reference lab for testing.

Coronavirus testing is also available at the Patient First centers in Hamilton, Cherry Hill and Voorhees. Testing appointments can be made online at https://www.patientfirst.com/covid-19/covid-19-testing.

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The Porn Industry Is Headed for a Major Coronavirus Outbreak

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

It is the best of times and the worst of times for sex workers. OnlyFans, Modetize, and other new platforms allow adult entertainers like myself to film, edit, and distribute our content. For the first time in porn history, girls are earning most of the profits. Simultaneously, FOSTA-SESTA is endangering sex workers, and congressman Mark Meadows and his fellow Republicans are begging Attorney General Bill Barr to enforce ancient obscenity laws that imprisoned pornographers like Larry Flynt. Other hypocritical conservatives are once again painting porn as a “public health crisis.” (Never mind that President Donald Trump allegedly cheated on a pregnant Melania with Stormy Daniels.)

But if porn stars’ greatest fears come true, COVID-19 could lead to an STI outbreak in our beloved but controversial adult community.

Let me explain. As long as I have shot girl/boy porn and reigned as the internet’s favorite

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