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Tampa Bay Times (April 5)

2021/ 04/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Physical distancing and masks are being credited for a decline in common viruses.” Pediatric hospitalizations for respiratory illness are down 62% while only a single child has died of the flu, an illness that usually claims the lives of 100 – 200 children per season in the U.S. Beyond masks and physical distancing, other pandemic factors also play a role. “It’s become a serious societal faux pas to go anywhere with a fever – so parents don’t send their ailing kids to school.”


Houston Chronicle (March 2)

2021/ 03/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Houston is the nation’s first city to record every major variant of the novel coronavirus—many of which are more contagious than the original strain.” This unwelcome milestone “comes barely a week after the ever-evolving virus’ death toll in the United States passed the half-million mark, a grim figure that…experts believe will continue to increase unless Americans double-down on social distancing, masks and vaccination efforts.”


Tampa Bay Times (March 1)

2021/ 03/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Tourism businesses have struggled mightily during the pandemic. Last year’s spring break—normally their most lucrative time of year—was interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent business shutdowns and beach restrictions.” This year, they are “hoping that tourists with a pent-up desire to travel will turn this year’s spring break into a financial boon. They’re also counting on people using masks, socially distancing and washing their hands to help keep festivities safe.”


Washington Post (October 16)

2020/ 10/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Europe set a record this week for new coronavirus infections, overtaking the United States in cases per capita.” With the new surge, Covid-19 has become “Europe’s fifth-leading cause of death” and there is now the potential that “death rates on the continent this winter could be five times as bad as the April peak if people are not strict about masks and social distancing.”


New York Times (June 25)

2020/ 06/ 26 by jd in Global News

“On Wednesday it was as if the country had found itself back in March — at the start of the pandemic, in the early days of the lockdown, when masks were in short supply and when the death toll was skyrocketing.” The U.S. “reached another grim milestone on Wednesday as it reported 36,880 new cases,” breaking the previous high set on April 24. Instead of containment, new cases “have roared back in recent weeks.”


The Economist (February 8)

2020/ 02/ 10 by jd in Global News

Production of masks, “sadly, is one of the few economic ventures that is still expanding in this thrice-struck city.” Hong Kong’s “GDP shrank last year for the first time in a decade, thanks to the trade war and anti-government protests. The coronavirus now poses a third threat. Some economists have slashed their growth forecasts for Hong Kong by more than for the mainland.”