‘Right now I’m scared’: Fears of a fourth virus wave grow as states ease restrictions

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Across the country, governors and mayors are loosening safety restrictions, while a pandemic weary populace throws off its collective mask and behaves as if the crisis is over. It isn’t. The novel coronavirus that we know as COVID-19 reached the U.S. on both coasts when it entered the country in January of last year. The first recorded case was reported in Snohomish County in Washington state, where a man presented symptoms after returning from a visit to his family in Wuhan, China. Read Full Story

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States reopening: 4 maps that show when, where, and how COVID-19 lockdowns will end

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Some states have already begun the process of reopening from coronavirus lockdowns. These resources will help you track restrictions on a state-by-state basis. The friction between health officials, business interests, local governments, and an increasingly virus-weary public will be felt across the country in the coming days and weeks as states prepare to gradually reopen their economies. Read Full Story

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Europe may ban American travelers: Here’s what to know

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The EU is reportedly considering a move that would essentially bar travelers from the United States. Well, if you were counting on finally taking that trip to Europe once travel restrictions begin to ease, you may need to rethink your plans yet again. With new coronavirus cases continuing to rise on our side of the Atlantic, the European Union is considering a move that would list the United States among the countries whose residents are unwelcome, according to The New York Times . Here’s what to know: Read Full Story

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California’s strict air quality regulations don’t just make clean air—they make more productive farms

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Ground ozone lowers crop yields. As it’s been cleaned up in California, farms have produced hundreds of millions of dollars more fruits and nuts. California’s strict environmental regulations have long concerned some farmers, who say that restrictions around things such as water use are at odds with the agricultural industry. The state’s air pollution standards, though, which are among the strictest in the country, are a boon to farmers: The reductions in ground ozone resulted in $600 million worth of increased crop production annually. Read Full Story

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The European Union will begin lifting travel restrictions from these 14 countries, but not the U.S.

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The Council of the European Union’s list was determined primarily by each country’s “epidemiological situation and containment measures.” The European Union will begin lifting restrictions on nonessential travel into the EU from residents of up to 15 countries, starting July 1. Per recommendation by the Council of the European Union, the countries included are: Read Full Story

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Expedia’s Travel Advisor dashboards show international COVID-19 restrictions for almost every destination

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A simple tool reveals all the restrictions and safety measures in place that are required for your trip. Now that people are being vaccinated in greater numbers, many are thinking of traveling once again. But before you get on a plane, it’s important to check what travel restrictions are in place by your origin and destination countries. Do you need to be vaccinated to travel? Do you need to quarantine on arrival? Are there restrictions on the countries you have traveled to before you continue onwards? Read Full Story

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