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Category: Informed

Vox: “Shelter in place” is impossible if you can’t afford a home

Reading Time: 8 minutes If people want to do something more immediate and closer to home, call your local homeless shelter and ask them what they need and then do your best to give it to them. Some might need cash. Some might need food. Some may say it again to call your member of Congress but they’ll know best what the local need is, and they could certainly use help right now.

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CNN: How to coronavirus-proof your home

Reading Time: 2 minutes Life under coronavirus means staying at home as much as possible — but you’ll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point. Download or print this tip sheet to make sure you don’t bring the virus back home with you.

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Vox: Lockdowns work against coronavirus. But they take a few weeks to show they’re working.

Reading Time: 6 minutes The thing we’re trying to reduce — new coronavirus infections — is invisible at first. It takes between 2 and 14 days for a newly infected person to start showing symptoms. After symptoms begin to show, it can take more than a week for them to be eligible for testing (many people are not eligible at all). And then, thanks to backlogs in testing availability, it can take days for them to learn they tested positive.

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Vanity Fair: Burning Down the House

Reading Time: 6 minutes There was what Harry called a “ruthless campaign” of “relentless propaganda” against her by the British tabloids, and bald gestures, like Princess Michael of Kent’s blackamoor brooch. “The royal family is ground zero for a history of white supremacy and imperialism that they’ve never acknowledged, let alone apologized for it,” Hirsch said.

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VOX: The WHO just declared the coronavirus a pandemic. Here’s what that means.

Reading Time: 6 minutes “WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that Covid-19 can be characterized by “pandemic,” Tedros said, going on to argue that the designation did not mean the situation was hopeless: “All countries can still change the course of this pandemic.”

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VOX: WHO raises Covid-19 alert to highest level after cases found in nearly 50 countries

Reading Time: 5 minutes “We are on the highest level of alert or highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and in terms of impact,” said Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program. The agency isn’t trying to incite panic, he added. “This is a reality check for every government on the planet: Wake up, get ready, this virus may be on its way and you need to be ready. You have a duty to your citizens, you have a duty to the world to be ready.”

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Vox: Getting an abortion in “the most pro-life state in America”

Reading Time: 18 minutes Even before they sit down, though, patients are confronted with reminders that this place is under threat. A sign on the door reads “internal and external security surveillance: 24 hours a day.” Another, nearby, asks patients not to speak to protesters. Then there is the ominous poster on the waiting room wall: “The coastline of Louisiana is not eroding nearly as fast as a woman’s right to determine her own outcome.”

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