A CoronaVirus (COVID-19) resource for the Lake Chapala area

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (May 20, 2020)

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Location: Mexico
Event: Mexico COVID-19 Update (May 20, 2020)

The number of confirmed and suspected cases is still increasing daily in several regions of Mexico. Mexico City, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Yucatan, and Baja California currently report the highest incident rates of active cases (incident rate is the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days). Hospital occupancy rates are also increasing, with the highest levels in Mexico City, Mexico State, Guerrero, Baja California, and Veracruz. Mexican health authorities have reiterated calls for people to stay home during this time. Read more

U.S. Extends Non-Essential Travel Restrictions on Canada, Mexico Through June 22

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday extended non-essential travel restrictions at U.S. land borders with Mexico and Canada through June 22 that were set to expire on Wednesday.

"Non-essential travel will not be permitted until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe and secure," Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement. "We have been in contact with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts and they also agree that extending these restrictions is prudent at this time." Read more

Along the Border, the Population Is High Risk for Coronavirus, but Testing Is In Short Supply

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promised that all those who need a coronavirus test “will get one,” but near the border tests are scarce, and the death toll is beginning to rise.

On Monday afternoon, paramedic Theresa Fitzpatrick inched her Dodge Dart through a brand new drive-in testing center for COVID-19 in the small South Texas border city of Edinburg, a dozen miles from the Rio Grande. She had been wracked for a week with a dry, hacking cough ever since picking up a patient who had just crossed the international bridge with similar symptoms. Read more

What We Need to Understand About Asymptomatic Carriers if We’re Going to Beat Coronavirus

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ProPublica’s health reporter Caroline Chen explains what the conversation around asymptomatic coronavirus carriers is missing, and what we need to understand if we’re going to beat this nefarious virus together.

In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., around the last week of February, I joked to a colleague that maybe now, finally, people would learn how to wash their hands properly. My remark revealed a naive assumption I had at the time, which was that all we needed to do to keep the novel coronavirus contained was follow a few simple guidelines: stay home when symptomatic and maintain good personal hygiene. The problem, I thought, was that nobody was following the rules. Read more

US government officials using mobile ad location data to study coronavirus spread

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US government officials using mobile ad location data to study coronavirus spread

US government officials are using cellphone location data from the mobile ad industry —not data from the carriers themselves— to track Americans’ movements during the coronavirus outbreak, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state and local governments have received cell phone data about people in areas of “geographic interest,” the WSJ reports. Read more

US Headlines March 28, 2020

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U.S. Now the Global Epicenter of Coronavirus Pandemic
(Foreign Policy) The United States can now claim the unwelcome title as the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic. It is the first country to overtake China in the total number of infections since the outbreak began. Just under 15,000 new infections were reported yesterday, the majority in the state of New York. Italy, which has suffered the highest death toll of the pandemic and recorded over 6,000 cases yesterday, is set to overtake China’s infection rate by the end of today. It was a day of grim records for the world’s largest economy, as the number of unemployment claims exploded to a record high of 3.3 million. The previous record was set in 1982, when 695,000 people filed unemployment claims. The number of Americans out of work may well be higher, as many U.S. states do not allow the self-employed and so-called gig workers to file claims. Read more

US Headlines March 27, 2020

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The sinking price of oil
(Eurointelligence, The New York Times)​ The Covid-19 crisis acted as a trigger for an oil price war that has seen benchmarks drop to a third of where they were three months ago, from the $60-75/bbl range to the low twenties. The prospect of $10 oil is not far-fetched. Those with storage capacity are taking advantage of increased Saudi oil production and lower prices to build up inventories, and that is actually keeping up demand and so propping up prices. But inventories will max out soon and then demand for oil will fall as people are still not driving or flying due to lock-downs, and so the price of oil could drop further.​ Read more

The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors

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An online furor over whether it’s safe to use the fever reducer reveals how people are sharing incomplete—and sometimes bad—information.

TWO WEEKS AGO, national and world health authorities—and armchair experts and worried well-meaning people—were warning anyone concerned about Covid-19 to avoid ibuprofen. Now, facing contradictory evidence, they’ve backed off that claim. Read more

CDC Creates Coronavirus Chatbot Called Clara to Check Your Symptoms

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's chatbot will assess symptoms and risk factors, suggest what actions people should take, and provide information on how to safely manage at home.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a chatbot that will talk to you about the symptoms of coronavirus, and whether or not you should seek medical assistance. Read more

75 million Americans told to stay home as testing reveals more coronavirus cases

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(CNN) More than a fifth of Americans were under orders Saturday to stay home and public gathering places largely remained shuttered as US health officials issued stark warnings about the spread of the coronavirus.

About 75 million residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York and California have been directed to sequester, with only essential workers allowed away from home. The extreme measure is necessary to "avoid the loss of potentially tens of thousands of lives," Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. Read more

Staying Cyber Resilient During a Pandemic

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We’re all thinking about it, so let’s call it out by name right away. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a big deal. For many of us, the structure of our lives is changing daily; and those of us who are capable of doing our work remotely are likely doing so more than we ever have before. Read more

Younger Adults Make Up Big Portion of Coronavirus Hospitalizations in U.S.

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New C.D.C. data shows that nearly 40 percent of patients sick enough to be hospitalized were age 20 to 54. But the risk of dying was significantly higher in older people.

American adults of all ages — not just those in their 70s, 80s and 90s — are being seriously sickened by the coronavirus, according to a report on nearly 2,500 of the first recorded cases in the United States. Read more

Study: Coronavirus Can Survive for Up to 24 Hours on Cardboard, 3 Days on Plastics

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The study also found the coronavirus strain, COVID-19, can survive on steel for up to 48 hours, and on copper for up to four hours. So it's a good idea to clean your electronics, and to wash your hands after opening up packages.

A new study has found the coronavirus can survive on plastic-made electronics, such as a keyboard or mouse, for up to three days, and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. Read more

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

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These are our in-depth best practices for keeping yourself (and just about everything else) clean and virus-free.

There’s something deeply unsettling about stepping out of the home-from-work boredom of self-isolation into the tense, ambient panic of grocery shopping during a pandemic. Normal is a double-sided coin now. At home things feel hyperreal, and outside they feel entirely surreal—two steps removed from the flashback scenes in a post-apocalyptic movie. You may feel a tension between helping yourself, and helping your community. Daily life during the novel coronavirus pandemic is all about disorienting contrasts like these. Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Coronavirus Testing

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How it works, why we need it, and why it's taking so damn long for the US to get people diagnosed.

The state of Ohio has, as of this writing, five confirmed cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. If you ask Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health, that’s the tip of the tip of a very dangerous iceberg. “We know now, just the fact of community spread says that at least 1 percent, at the very least 1 percent, of our population is carrying this virus in Ohio today," Acton said at a press conference on Thursday. "We have 11.7 million people." In other words, Acton was implying: 117,000 cases in Ohio alone. Read more

How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

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Researchers looked at how long the virus can survive on cardboard, plastic, and stainless steel, as well as after being aerosolized and suspended in midair.

By now, let’s hope you’re safely ensconced at home—going a little stir-crazy, perhaps, but doing your part to “flatten the curve.” But let’s say you’re one of those people who can’t stay in. Maybe you deliver Amazon boxes all day long, or you still need to drive a city bus. Or maybe you’re treating sick people in a hospital while trying not to get sick yourself. Or, for that matter, maybe you just have to go to the grocery store. In that case, you might want to know: How long does SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, last on surfaces we touch every day? Read more

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

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No Purell? No problem! When disinfecting gel sells out everywhere, you can just make some yourself with stuff you (maybe) already have at home.

Properly scrubbing your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses, and to ensure you don’t get sick yourself. But if you don't have access to soap and clean water, or if you're out and about and nowhere near a sink, you should carry hand sanitizer to protect your health. Read more

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