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Anxiety, tears and empty streets: How coronavirus exploded among Latinx residents in Oakland’s Fruitvale district (mercurynews.com)

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OAKLAND — Amador Angel Luna knows his Oakland neighborhood is at the heart of one of the Bay Area’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, so he does everything he can to protect himself. But as an essential worker living in a crowded apartment, there are some risks he can’t avoid.

Submitted by mo2 on Sun, 08/09/2020 - 18:52

How the Pandemic Defeated America (theatlantic.com)

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How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation. America has failed to protect its people, leaving them with illness and financial ruin. It has lost its status as a global leader. It has careened between inaction and ineptitude. The breadth and magnitude of its errors are difficult, in the moment, to truly fathom.

Submitted by mo2 on Tue, 08/04/2020 - 18:35

Ardern dances for joy after New Zealand eliminates coronavirus (reuters.com)

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls after declaring on Monday it was free of the coronavirus, one of the first countries in the world to return to pre-pandemic normality.

Public and private events, the retail and hospitality industries and all public transport were allowed to resume without the distancing rules still in place across much of the world.

Submitted by mo2 on Mon, 06/08/2020 - 13:08

Coronavirus: Kenyan boy who made hand-washing machine awarded (bbc.com)

bbc.com

A 9-year-old boy in Kenya has received a prestigious award for building a hand-washing machine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Stephen Wamukota was named by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta as a recipient of the Uzalendo Award alongside dozens of others who have helped contribute to the country's anti-COVID-19 fight.

Wamukota's invention allows people to clean their hands without touching anything, therefore minimizing any possible contact with the virus during the process.

Submitted by mo2 on Tue, 06/02/2020 - 20:46