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Polio and Coronavirus: When the Victims Were Children

Although polio is only a memory in the United States, the current pandemic is stirring up feelings analogous to when this insidious crippler terrified a nation. Like the Great Influenza of 1918, polio offers historical perspective. Both the poliovirus and the coronavirus rely on “silent carriers”—those showing no immediate symptoms—to spread the disease, inciting a fearful sense of uncertainty. Both target specific, if dramatically different, age groups: COVID-19 seems especially lethal for the elderly, polio for the young.

In San Angelo, some businesses remained open, simply hoping to survive. The local cleaning establishment vowed to disinfect its equipment before each pressing and wash. The Sherwin-Williams Paint and Hardware Company promised its loyal customers toxic bug spray free of charge. (“Bring your own container,” it advised.) Agents hawked special “polio insurance,” while the town chiropractor boasted that he could prevent the disease by “keeping your

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Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

A federal judge in California is weighing whether to grant an emergency order to release unaccompanied minors in government custody to protect them from contracting COVID-19.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California said on Friday she wants migrant children who were apprehended crossing into the United States alone to be “released to suitable sponsors in an orderly fashion,” the Associated Press reported. But Gee stopped short of mandating their immediate release.

She also questioned why children are still being held as the number of U.S. coronavirus cases leads the global outbreak.

The motion for the temporary restraining order limiting the Trump administration’s ability to detain minors for no more than seven days was filed on Thursday, and is the latest legal battle in a long-running class action lawsuit.

Lawyers argued the week-long period provides ample time for officials to release the minors. It’s an argument

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Stressed about seeing family for the holidays? Here are 6 tips to help you cope.

Whether it’s the fear of another political argument with your uncle or feeling the absence of a loved one who passed — family holiday parties can be a stressful experience. To help you tackle some of these tough situations, Leigh Miller, LCSW, a therapist and social worker at Kaiser Permanente, shares tips on how to cope with 6 difficult — but common — family stressors during the holidays.

1. Political disagreements

In some families, political discussions can lead to major family disagreements or blowouts.

How to prepare: Make the topic off limits. Miller suggests reaching out to your family before your holiday gathering to let them know you’d prefer not to talk about politics. Instead, make it clear that you’d rather hear about what’s going on in their lives.

Day-of tactics: If politics still come up, don’t participate in the conversation. You can acknowledge that you didn’t want

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How Do You Campaign During a Pandemic?

Lori Feagan’s campaign buttons came in three weeks ago. The Democrat running for the state legislative seat in Washington’s Fourth District was looking forward to handing them out at the full slate of events she had scheduled—fundraisers, conventions, door-knocking. By the next week, she had canceled all that. Washington was the first state in the country to report a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. And despite the warnings from overseas—China, Italy—Washington is where the deadly severity of the virus first came into view for millions of Americans. As other candidates began strategizing on how to move campaign events online, Feagan, a nurse practitioner who specializes in internal medicine, threw herself back into the work of treating patients.

“We had to refocus,” Feagan told me when I called her on Monday evening. She had just returned home from another 10-hour day of telehealth medicine in the Spokane Valley—triaging patients over … Read More

Retired Doctors And Medical Students Step Up To Fight COVID-19 : Shots

Doctors test a hospital staffer Tuesday for coronavirus, in a triage tent that’s been set up outside the E.R. at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx. Hospital workers are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, and public health experts fear a staffing shortage in the U.S. is coming.

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Doctors test a hospital staffer Tuesday for coronavirus, in a triage tent that’s been set up outside the E.R. at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx. Hospital workers are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, and public health experts fear a staffing shortage in the U.S. is coming.

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When Dr. Judy Salerno, who is in her 60s, got word that the New York State health department was looking for retired physicians to volunteer in the coronavirus crisis, she didn’t hesitate.

“As I look to what’s ahead for New

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