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For programs that aim to break the cycle of poverty, the pandemic was the ultimate test

April 18th, 2021
For programs that aim to break the cycle of poverty, the pandemic was the ultimate test

The goal is to help the family get on a strong footing so there’s less chance they will backslide once they leave. “We’re teaching moms to be independent,” said Maureen Kornowa, executive director of Home of Hope. “We’re going to teach you how to navigate life.” (Home of Hope and Jeremiah Program serve only mothers and children; some other two-generation programs work with fathers as well.)With the help of her case manager, Pritchett is working on saving her money and budgeting so she will have a down payment on a house or a security deposit and rent for an apartment when she moves... Read More

Worldwide Covid-19 death toll tops 3 million as crisis deepens Brazil, India and France

April 17th, 2021
Worldwide Covid-19 death toll tops 3 million as crisis deepens Brazil, India and France

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It is bigger than Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.And the true number is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked... Read More

Covid damage leading to ‘completely new category’ of organ transplants

April 12th, 2021
Covid damage leading to ‘completely new category’ of organ transplants

In a year when Covid-19 shattered the pleas of so many who prayed for miracles, a Georgia man with two new lungs is among the fortunate.Mark Buchanan, of Roopville, received a double-lung transplant in October, nearly three months after Covid-19 left him hospitalized and sedated, first on a ventilator and then on the last-resort treatment known as ECMO.“They said that it had ruined my lungs,” said Buchanan, 53, who was a burly power company lineman when he fell ill. “The vent and the covid ruined ’em completely.”Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakAt the time, only a handful of U.S.... Read More

U.K.’s Boris Johnson will not attend Prince Philip’s funeral due to Covid restrictions

April 11th, 2021
U.K.’s Boris Johnson will not attend Prince Philip’s funeral due to Covid restrictions

LONDON — Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend Saturday’s funeral for Prince Philip to allow as many members of the royal family as possible to be present amid coronavirus restrictions, his office said in a statement Saturday.“Only 30 people can attend the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement said. “The prime minister has throughout wanted to act in accordance with what is best for the royal household, and so to allow for as many family members as possible will not be attending the funeral on Saturday.”A message of condolence on... Read More

Kim Jong Un compares North Korea’s economic woes to 1990s famine

April 9th, 2021
Kim Jong Un compares North Korea’s economic woes to 1990s famine

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for waging another “arduous march” to fight severe economic difficulties, for the first time comparing them to a 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands.Kim had previously said his country faces the “worst-ever” situation due to several factors, including the coronavirus pandemic, U.S.-led sanctions and natural disasters last summer. But it’s the first time he publicly drew parallel with the deadly famine.North Korea monitoring groups haven’t detected any signs of mass starvation or a humanitarian disaster. But Kim’s comments still... Read More

Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

April 8th, 2021
Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in checkBy MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated PressApril 9, 2021, 1:30 AM• 5 min readAmbulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.In the United States, Detroit leaders began making a plan to knock on every door to persuade people to... Read More

These viruses are the most likely to trigger the next pandemic, scientists predict

April 8th, 2021
These viruses are the most likely to trigger the next pandemic, scientists predict

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is the latest pathogen to “spill over” from animals to people, but hundreds of thousands of other viruses lurking in animals could pose a similar threat. Now, a new online tool ranks viruses by their potential to hop from animals to people and cause pandemics.The tool, called SpillOver, essentially creates a “watch list” of newly discovered animal viruses that pose the greatest threat to human health. The researchers hope their open-access tool can be used by other scientists, policymakers and public health officials to prioritize viruses... Read More

Collins-led group of GOPers blasts Biden after president says they ‘didn’t move an inch’ on COVID compromise

April 8th, 2021
Collins-led group of GOPers blasts Biden after president says they ‘didn’t move an inch’ on COVID compromise

The group of 10 Republican senators that attempted to negotiate with President Biden on coronavirus relief slammed the president in a biting statement Wednesday night accusing him of misrepresenting their meeting and its fallout. Biden on Wednesday was asked if he will have failed at his promise of bipartisanship if he does not secure any GOP votes for his $2 trillion-plus spending package after no Republicans voted for his coronavirus stimulus either. The president responded that the GOP group he met with before passing the coronavirus stimulus wasn’t acting in good faith. “The... Read More

UK variant has become most dominant COVID strain in US, CDC says

April 7th, 2021
UK variant has become most dominant COVID strain in US, CDC says

All three authorized vaccines work effectively against it. April 7, 2021, 9:42 PM• 5 min readThe more contagious variant of coronavirus that originated in the UK, the B-117 variant, has become the dominant strain in the U.S., CDC director Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday.”Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B-117 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States,” Walensky told reporters at a White House briefing.Walensky’s comment was on schedule with previous predictions that the B-117 variant would become the more dominant strain... Read More

Cuomo signs bill repealing nursing home COVID-19 liability protections

April 7th, 2021
Cuomo signs bill repealing nursing home COVID-19 liability protections

Governor Cuomo repealed a controversial law that shielded nursing homes and other essential businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits Tuesday night.The measure rolled back the “Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act,” which granted health care facilities and workers liability immunity from negligence suits, and comes as Cuomo’s administration is under federal investigation for covering up some 9,000 COVID-19 related nursing home deaths last year.The scandal — exclusively revealed by The Post — weakened Cuomo politically and led to calls for him to resign... Read More