The ‘first wave’ of coronavirus isn’t over—and it’s getting worse

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Cases are skyrocketing in multiple states—and epidemiologists worry that Americans are misunderstanding the threat. Last week, in the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal , Vice President Mike Pence made a highly misleading claim: There is no “second wave” of coronavirus in the United States, he wrote, and the Trump administration is winning the war against “the invisible enemy.” Read Full Story

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COVID-19 second wave? Here’s what to know as states brace for rising case counts

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More than three months into the pandemic, coronavirus cases are still rising in many states. Now there’s more bad news from China. As the coronavirus pandemic enters its fourth month, any hopes that we’d see a nationwide dip in cases during the summer months are quickly dissipating. June is already halfway over, and a return to normal feels as far off as ever. You’ll be hearing a lot about a “second wave” of COVID-19 this week. Here are a few things to know: Read Full Story

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Here’s what’s included in the sweeping police reform bill introduced by Democrats

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The Justice in Policing Act would revamp significant aspects of law enforcement and police work in the United States. Two weeks after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police touched off a wave of global protests, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate unveiled sweeping legislation that would revamp significant aspects of police work in the United States. Here are some of the major items in the bill, according to reports by NBC , the AP , and CBS : Read Full Story

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Huawei’s clever new smartphone can take your temperature

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It’s phone design for the COVID-19 era—but parents will love it, too. When the first wave of COVID-19 struck the United States, a few common objects were suddenly in short supply, such as toilet paper, yeast, disinfecting wipes, and the one tool health officials suggested the public keep handy to screen their own health: thermometers. Read Full Story

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Describing a coronavirus ‘war zone,’ nurses sue New York and two hospitals over safety issues

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The nurses’ union alleges a host of dangerous practices and conditions. On the font lines of a pandemic and working in what it described as a “war zone,” the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) has filed three lawsuits against the state and two hospital systems. The union, which alleges a host of dangerous practices and conditions, represents 42,000 nurses and is the largest in the state. Read Full Story

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I’m a tech CEO. Here’s why I’m not taking a salary during COVID-19

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As the founder and CEO of the fintech company Gravity Payments, I’ve decided to prioritize my employees’ and clients’ well-being over my own compensation during the coronavirus crisis. In early March, as the coronavirus arrived in the United States and businesses began shutting down, our company started losing money fast. We’re a credit card processor that works primarily with small and midsize businesses such as restaurants, retails shops, and independent clinics, which means our revenue is directly tied to theirs. By the end of the month, we were down 55% from expectations and losing $30,000 a day. Read Full Story

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People are starting to declare bankruptcy from coronavirus—but it’s often impossible to do while distancing

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Upsolve, a tool that helps people declare bankruptcy, is starting to see its first cases due to the coronavirus crisis. But most states don’t let people file electronically—so they still need to go to the courthouse to get relief. As unemployment claims soar because of the coronavirus—especially in the service industry, and in other jobs where working remotely is impossible— Upsolve , a startup nonprofit that offers a free online tool to help people declare bankruptcy, is beginning to see its first users citing the coronavirus as the reason for their visit. Read Full Story

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