But a group of prominent Japanese academics, businesspeople and other figures has called on the government to take a much bolder step: build a capacity of 10 million tests a day and offer testing to anyone who wants it. Consecutive negative results, the group argues, could allow people to fully resume social and economic activities. … [Read more...] about Testing is key to beating coronavirus, right? Japan has other ideas
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When our body contracts an infection, it automatically produces antibodies to fight off that infection. Otherwise, vaccines, which often carry the disease-causing microorganism in a dormant or inactive state, help the body produce those antibodies so as to protect an individual from catching the infection, making him/her immune to it. Besides, if an individual is immune to a disease, he/she cannot pass it on to others. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
"Only for exceptional and compelling reasons such as cases of human distress, pregnancy, death in the family, serious illness and parent(s) accompanied by children below 10 years, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days," the order states, adding that the use of Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory in such cases. … [Read more...] about Govt issues guidelines for international arrivals, 7-day paid institutional quarantine mandatory
In the U.S., state governments have largely carried the burden of responsibility for finding and allocating medical resources and determining mitigation policies. This has led to a patchwork response to COVID-19, with governors taking varying approaches to the outbreak. Alabama governor Kay Ivey, for example, didn’t call for residents to shelter-in-place until April 4 and allowed businesses to begin reopening on April 30 with some social distancing rules. New York, by contrast, established its stay-at-home order on March 22. It has begun reopening business in phases but has extended its stay-at-home order until June 13. Donovan says the success of these diverging tactics—New York’s more cautious rules versus Alabama’s aggressive push to reopen— will be judged along political party lines. … [Read more...] about As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice
After Cortese introduced the bill, it passed unanimously among the county’s five supervisors. After moving through various committees to confirm the details of the program—and expediting it because of increased urgency during the pandemic—it was approved on April 21, 2020. The county has allocated $900,000 to the fund, comprising $1,000 per month for the foster youths and $36,000 for program evaluation. Mentors will meet with recipients at 3-, 6-, and 12-month points, to track progress and to engage in financial literacy coaching. The pilot will serve 72 out of 131 individuals who turned 24 between January 1 and April 29—because “county services available to former foster youth reduce steeply after age 24,” according to the county numbers. … [Read more...] about This $1000-a-month universal basic income program is designed to help foster youth survive