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To Mask or Not to Mask? In COVID-19, That Is the Question

April 2, 2020 by · Comments Off on To Mask or Not to Mask? In COVID-19, That Is the Question 

VOA – WASHINGTON – Experts seem to agree: If you are not a health care worker, do not buy  N95 masks, long considered the Cadillac of protective masks.They will not help you much, and they are in extremely short supply for the people who need them most: front-line health care workers trying to protect themselves from COVID-19 while they save lives. That said, there is still debate over whether everyone should wear some kind of face covering when they go outside. Staying home and limiting contact with groups of people remains the best way to stop the pandemic.

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Coronavirus Patients Share Their Trials and Tribulations

March 29, 2020 by · Comments Off on Coronavirus Patients Share Their Trials and Tribulations 

VOA – WASHINGTON – Much has been written of the warning signs, symptoms and dangers of COVID-19. But what is it like to live through an active infection? Three sufferers agreed to share their stories, day-by-day medical conditions, thoughts and observations with VOA in this first installment of a bi-weekly series chronicling life with the coronavirus.

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Trump Signs Into Law $2T Coronavirus Relief Package

March 28, 2020 by · Comments Off on Trump Signs Into Law $2T Coronavirus Relief Package 

VOA- WHITE HOUSE – Within hours of the U.S. House’s overwhelming approval of a $2 trillion bill to blunt the economic destruction caused by the coronavirus, President Donald Trump signed the legislation into law. The rare and speedy bipartisan consensus in Congress to back the bill, the largest emergency aid package in American history, underscored the price of the pandemic. “I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first,” Trump said as he signed the bill, adding, “I’ve never signed anything with a T [for trillion].”

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In Iran, False Belief a Poison Fights Virus Kills Hundreds

March 27, 2020 by · Comments Off on In Iran, False Belief a Poison Fights Virus Kills Hundreds 

VOA – TEHRAN, IRAN – Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus. The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus, is just one of hundreds of victims of an epidemic inside the pandemic now gripping Iran. Iranian media report nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. An Iranian doctor helping the country’s Health Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday the problem was even greater, giving a death toll of around 480 with 2,850 people sickened.

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Iran Fears Second Wave of Coronavirus as Death Toll Rises to 2,077

March 25, 2020 by · Comments Off on Iran Fears Second Wave of Coronavirus as Death Toll Rises to 2,077 

VOA – DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Iran may face a second outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, as the Islamic Republic banned internal travel and traditional gatherings in parks during the Persian New Year holiday period. “Unfortunately some Iranians have ignored advice from health ministry officials and traveled during the New Year holidays … This could cause a second wave of the coronavirus,” spokesman Ali Rabiei said, according to state TV. President Hassan Rouhani has banned any new trips between cities, Rabiei said, and “violators will be confronted legally.”

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Iran Leader Refuses US Help, Citing Virus Conspiracy Theory

March 23, 2020 by · Comments Off on Iran Leader Refuses US Help, Citing Virus Conspiracy Theory 

VOA – DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Iran’s supreme leader refused U.S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be man-made by America.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments come as Iran faces crushing U.S. sanctions blocking the country from selling its crude oil and accessing international financial markets.  But while Iranian civilian officials in recent days have increasingly criticized those sanctions, 80-year-old Khamenei instead chose to traffic in the same conspiracy theory increasingly used by Chinese officials about the new virus to deflect blame for the pandemic.

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Iran Leader Refuses US Help, Citing Virus Conspiracy Theory

March 22, 2020 by · Comments Off on Iran Leader Refuses US Help, Citing Virus Conspiracy Theory 

VOA – DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Iran’s supreme leader refused U.S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be man-made by America.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments come as Iran faces crushing U.S. sanctions blocking the country from selling its crude oil and accessing international financial markets.  But while Iranian civilian officials in recent days have increasingly criticized those sanctions, 80-year-old Khamenei instead chose to traffic in the same conspiracy theory increasingly used by Chinese officials about the new virus to deflect blame for the pandemic.

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Nearly 1 Billion People Confined to Homes Globally Due to Coronavirus

March 21, 2020 by · Comments Off on Nearly 1 Billion People Confined to Homes Globally Due to Coronavirus 

NEW YORK – Close to one billion people worldwide were confined to their homes on Saturday as the global coronavirus death toll shot past 11,000 and U.S. states rolled out lockdown measures already imposed across swathes of Europe.   The pandemic has completely upended lives across the planet, restricting movement, shutting schools and forcing millions to work from home. While President Donald Trump insisted the United States was “winning” the war against the virus, individual states dramatically ramped up restrictions, with New York and Illinois joining California in ordering residents to stay home.

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Iran Reports Largest Spike in Coronavirus as 147 More Die

March 19, 2020 by · Comments Off on Iran Reports Largest Spike in Coronavirus as 147 More Die 

VOA – TEHRAN – Iran reported its single biggest jump in deaths from the new coronavirus on Wednesday as another 147 people died, raising the country’s overall death toll to 1,135. The nearly 15% spike in deaths — amid a total of 17,361 confirmed cases in Iran — marks the biggest 24-hour rise in fatalities since officials first acknowledged cases of the virus in Iran in mid-February. Even as the number of cases continues to grow each day, food markets were still packed with shoppers Wednesday and highways were crowded with traffic as families traveled between cities ahead of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on Friday.  Iran’s deputy health minister, Alireza Raisi, urged the public to avoid travel and crowded places. In a statement on state TV, Raisi told Iranians the coming period represented two “golden weeks” to try curb the virus from spreading further.

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First Human Vaccine Trial for Coronavirus Begins in Seattle

March 17, 2020 by · Comments Off on First Human Vaccine Trial for Coronavirus Begins in Seattle 

VOA – U.S. health officials say the first human trial has begun to test an experimental coronavirus vaccine, as scientists race to find treatments for the pandemic.  Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle gave the first shots Monday to a small group of healthy people.  The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said the trial would involve 45 healthy adult volunteers ages 18 to 55 years old who would be given the experimental vaccine over a six-week period.   One of the test subjects, Jennifer Haller, 43, of Seattle, told the Associated Press, “This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something.” She said her two teenage children “think it’s cool” that she is taking part in the trial.

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