ICYMI: COVID-19 headlines

A screengrab from https://airport.westchestergov.com/.

NORWALK, Conn. — With a deluge of information on COVID-19, it’s hard to keep up. Here’s an assortment of headlines for your perusal, starting with political developments and slice of life updates:

  • Few Travelers, Few Flights and Now, a Total Airport Shutdown Westchester County Airport to temporarily close Monday and complete construction ahead of schedule, while other airports delay similar renovation plans due to uncertainty of the future financial landscape (Find the story here.)
  • ‘Pure Hell for Victims’ as Stimulus Programs Draw a Flood of Scammers Thieves are swiping stimulus checks through identity fraud (Find the story here.)
  • We’re facing ‘the worst economic contraction’ in modern history: Economist “I think this is going to have a permanent stain on the way that Americans think, the way they behave, the way they save in this future.” (Find the story here.)
  • A tsunami of bankruptcies are about to wash away America’s retail sector “Some companies are just not going to survive this,” says Michael McGrail, who is the COO of one of the world’s largest asset disposition and valuation firms, Tiger Capital Group. (Find the story here.)
  • Antibody Test, Seen as Key to Reopening Country, Does Not Yet Deliver “The tests, many made in China without F.D.A. approval, are often inaccurate. Some doctors are misusing them. The rollout is nowhere close to the demand.” (Find the story here.)
  • Anti-malarial treatment hailed by Trump has no benefit for coronavirus patients, French researchers find “As well as measuring drug efficacy, researchers found abnormal heartbeat among side effects” (Find the story here.)
  • Toilet Paper Giant Pivots From Scratchy Office Rolls to Battle Home Shortages Kimberly-Clark, maker of Cottonelle and Scott TP, will retool an Alabama plant to manufacture the softer stuff that’s now in high demand (Find the story here.)


Now, some about the disease itself:

  • ‘COVID Toes’: Doctors Identify Newest Symptom Of Coronavirus “Doctors treating COVID-19 now say that purple or blue toe lesions appearing on patients’ toes may be a way to diagnose infection, as these have  appeared in otherwise asymptomatic and severe cases alike”  (Find the story here.)
  • 2 pet cats in New York test positive for COVID-19 “U.S. authorities say that while it appears some animals can get the virus from people, there’s no indication the animals are transmitting it to human beings.” (Find the story here.)
  • 2 died with coronavirus weeks before 1st U.S. virus death CDC tests show two California residents who died had coronavirus in their tissues (Find the story here.)
  • Guillain-Barre Linked to COVID-19 in Italy “This confirms that COVID-19 is associated with neurological complications,” Sabrina Ravaglia, MD, PhD, told MedPage Today. (Find the story here.)



And, an opinion:

  • Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting “Very powerful forces” are going to try to get us to go back to our normal, pre-COVID existence, but the cat is out of the bag and people are waking up to our “deeply disturbing problems,” Julio Vincent Gambuto writes in a column recommended to NancyOnNorwalk by multiple readers. Caution: this one features the most vulgar swear words in existence.  Story is here.



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