Hurricane Category 1 Isaias Hits the Carolinas

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Isaias Hits the Carolinas and East Coast.

Category 1 hurricane Isaias narrowly passed by Florida, but its slight shift east now puts both South and North Carolinas at its path for landfall.

Its wind is expected to hit somewhere up to 70 mph, with flood warnings in effect up to Maine.

DC metro area including Northern Virginia and Maryland can expect rainfall of anywhere from 2-6 inches. People are being told to evacuate the Carolinas while mindful of the dangers of COVID-19 by wearing masks and carrying hand sanitizers.

This hurricane will downgrade to a tropical storm as it passes up the northeast coast to Maine, according to Weather.com.

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Covid-19’s Real Problem: Organ damage

As US sees 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, some of those who are for quick reopening tout the relatively low death percentage rate as an argument against the severity of COVID-19. However, those who are recovering from COVID-19 show something more sinister from coronavirus infection: organ damage.

Two German studies found that many patients recovering from COVID-19 had heart abnormalities that didn’t exist before. The study included 100 patients from the University of Hospital Frankfurt COVID-19 Registry.

1/3 on the registry recovered at the hospital, while the other 2/3 recovered at home; however, in the 78 of the original 100, there were now heart abnormalities, with 60 of them showing inflammation in the heart muscle from COVID-19.

This abnormality would not be found on the echograms more frequently used to detect heart abnormalities.

Such results are quite damaging; those who have this weakness will likely require more extensive treatments and be at risk for abnormal heart beats and other heart problems.

So yes, maybe COVID-19 only kills around 1 percent of those infected; however, the true harm of COVID-19 isn’t necessarily the fast death, but the lasting impact on the majority of those that recover from the disease; mostly, the weakening of the organs in the rest of the body.

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Pickling: Prepping Greens During Pandemic Winter

(양배추 피클)

오는 겨울은 다른 해의 겨울보다 더 가혹한 겨울이 올 지도 모른다는 생각이 든다. 코로나바이러스 백신이 개발 되고 있다고 하지만 서민들에게 공급될 때까지 그 기간을 우리는 알 수 없기 때문이다. 올 겨울이 오기 전에 미리 준비를 해 두어야 할 것들을 언급해 보자.

1.독감 예방, 폐렴 예방 주사를 미리 맞자.

2. 비상 식량, 쌀, 밀가루, 콩을 비롯한 각종 잡곡을 미리 준비해 두자.

3. 만약을 대비해 항상 비상 준비금을 확보해 두자.

4.생필품을 지금부터 하나씩 사서  넉넉하게 준비해 두자.

5.마스크를 한 사람당 10개씩 만들어서 준비해 두자.

6.평상시에 아스마 ( 천식) 이 있는 사람은 인해일러(호흡보조기구)을 넉넉히 준비해 두자.

7. 가정 상비약 중 (마늘+꿀), 생강조청, 흑마늘과 흑도라지 등을 준비해 두자.

10. 손 세정제를 사서 준비해 두자. 집에서 만들어 보는 것도 하나의 지혜다.

11.소금, 설탕, 이스트, 간장, 된장, 고추장 등도 넉넉하게 준비해 두자.

여기에서 우선 비상용 음식을 열거하지 않은 것 같아 첨언 하자면, 김치를 담아서 김치 냉장고에 담아 놓고 내년 봄 까지 먹을 수 있게 준비해 두는 것도 좋을 듯 하다.

마늘, 오이, 양파, 양배추, 고추, 케일, 브로컬리, 시금치 등을 피클을 만들어 저장해 두는 방법이 있다. 콩은 노란 콩, 검정콩, 완두콩, 녹두콩등 다양하게 구입해서 김치 냉장고에 보관해 놓았다가 때로는 콩나물도 길러서 해 먹고, 또 때로는 두부도 만들어 먹을 수 있다. 물론 콩장은 기본이다.

아무리 세상이 전염병으로 살기 흉흉하다고 할 지라도 미리 준비하고 미리 대비하면, 위험에 노출될 확률이 그만큼 낮아질 수있다고 생각한다.

유비면 무환이라! 항상 미리미리 준비하고 예비하면 환란이 닥친다 하더라고 걱정하지 않고 유연하게 대처할 수 있다고 우리는 그렇게 믿어왔고 또 그렇게 믿고 있다. 누구 말대로, 당근이기 때문이다.

위기를 잘 극복하여 이 기간이 지나면 우리 모두 새 해 2021의 봄, 화안한 봄, 맞이하길 바래본다.

 

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US Colleges Decide Online or In-Class Cancellations for 2020 Fall Semester

With the Coronavirus on re-surge as states began reopening and with only a month before colleges are set to reopen, US colleges have decided to open only through online courses and cancelling in-class instructions. For example, Miami University in Ohio announced it would only hold classes online until September 21, and West Virginia University announced a delayed re-opening of August 21, a week later an original return date for students.

Higher ranking schools such as Harvard, George Washington, and California State Universities have also decided to hold mostly online undergraduate and graduate level courses.

Out of about 1,260 higher learning institutions in the US, only 49 percent will offer in-person instructions, 14 percent will offer full online coursework, and the rest, a mix.

Of course, this also affects out-of-state and international students heavily. Ithaca College in New York, for example, has decided that any student from states currently on prohibition list under New York state would be prohibited from returning for fall 2020. Online courses are already deemed ineligible for the student visa, so many students are forced to return home as well.

Education continues to be a topic of contention within US politics, and unfortunately, while coronavirus’ effect was abated to a limited extent thanks to the development of technology, remains a hot topic based on the safety needed for students to be healthy versus the declining academic aptitude due to lack of social interactions amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing.

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Trump’s Republicans – Too dangerous to go mask-free, but too cheap to keep people out of danger

Next economic rescue package, as proposed by the senate Republicans will see $600 unemployment benefits decrease to $400, and again, forcing states to take charge of the unemployment benefits.

This proposal is part of another $1 trillion relief bill to handle the continued economic decline affected by the novel coronavirus.  Senate republicans want to reduce $600 to $200 until states can implement new approach in states that pays unemployed up the 70 percent of the income collected before the loss of their jobs, while the House Democrats wish to extend it until January due to high unemployment rates.

This isn’t just about survival however; Trump Republicans argue that people are unfairly using taxpayer dollars to sit at home rather than working or looking for jobs.

This is inaccurate portrayal of current events: there are 15 million fewer jobs. 11 percent of the population is unemployed.

The assumption behind the policy however, it something more selfish: it’s a Republican assumption that people want to resume economic activities at the level of pre-pandemic levels regardless of whether the coronavirus is controlled and removed. This is wrong.

As states reopened in May and June with decrease in coronavirus outbreaks, people went back to economic activity. Coronavirus numbers soared, and many states are being forced to close down again, or to impose the 14-day quarantines on people.

As people have seen the negative results of opening too quickly, if the coronavirus is not completely controlled, there will be no economic recovery; no normal return to work or the kind of shopping necessary to create jobs. While Trump and Republicans choose to not believe this, instead wanting to convince people to return to work.

Unfortunately however, Trump’s move to open too quickly may have shown Americans exactly why he shouldn’t be believed.

As total coronavirus infections in America surpasses 4 million people, it’s not belief of normalcy that Trump Republicans should convince people of; it is truth and good statesmanship, keeping people safe under this unforeseen crisis, that will benefit him come November.

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$1,200 Second Round Stimulus Checks for Americans?

Second Stimulus Check will be introduced by Senate Republicans today according to Associated Press (AP).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mentioned second stimulus checks will arrive to Americans soon, but that it is in the negotiation table in between White House, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

However, despite the disbursement of the first stimulus check to American families, unemployment rate is high, and unemployment benefits will end this weekend. Many Republicans believe stimulus checks and unemployment benefits have only slowed the rate in which Americans have been willing to return to work, affecting unemployment rates.

Republicans propose $105 billion ($70 billion to K-12, $30 billion to colleges and Universities, $5 billion for governors to spend at their discretion) to open schools and $15 billion for child care centers, according to AP.

Democrats want approximately $1 trillion for state and local aid, and $430 billion to re-open schools.

President Donald Trump said he would consider vetoing the stimulus package if it does not include a payroll tax cut, but many Republicans opposed against it.

PPP (Payroll Protection Program) is expected to extend so that the unspent $134 billion may be disbursed.

Senate Republicans also have plans to propose $25 billion to improve coronavirus testing and contract tracing.

Senate will decide on the fate of new set of stimulus checks, and the President will have the chance to review and decide what will best improve his odds for the upcoming November election.

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SBA Aid went to Congress members, and private-equity-backed chains

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released data on the main recipients of the SBA Disaster Loan: businesses of those associated with the Congress, law firms that represented Pres. Donald Trump.

Nearly 90,000 companies took part of the $660 billion small business relief program funds without promising on their applications that they would rehire workers or create jobs.

The SBA Disaster Loan showed first-come first-serve program that did not evaluate actual needs of the recipients, rather; there was no filter in place to prevent those with political interest from obtaining those funds.

PF Change, Legal Sea Foods, Silver Diner, all major chain restaurants received funds from the SBA. Dozens of publicly-traded companies returned the money, but not all.

At least 8 members of Congress and their spouses received loans, including Elaine Chao (Transportation Secretary), who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. KTAK corporation owned by Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma was yet another recipient.

KTAK reported receiving $1-2 million to support 220 jobs.

Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania received between $450,000 to $1.05 million for 95 jobs, Republican Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma received $350,000 and $1 million per plumbing business affiliated with him, and of course, Pres. Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi were not an exception.

Triomphe Restaurant Corp. operating Jean-Georges Restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Central Park West, received $2 million to $5 million. Sushi Nakazawa in Trump DC hotel received between $150,000 and $350,000 for 22 jobs. There is of course, the law firm, Kasowitz, Benson & Torres, receiving $5 million to $10 million for 400 employees.

Many watchdogs and citizen rights advocates are demanding that lawmakers not create and then benefit, from the program that takes money from the taxpayers.

Even Korean Air received a loan of $5 to $10 million to support its “small operation of about 500 employees.”

It is unclear however, exactly how much job retention actually happened and the benefits remain to be seen.

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California Man’s Facebook Coronavirus Post becomes Last Words

On June 20, Thomas Macias, a truck driver in Riverside County in California wrote a post on Facebook stating that he had contracted the coronavirus while attending a party during one of the days when California had begun its reopening. Mr. Macia had been social distancing from March to early June, going out only as necessary, as he was overweight and had diabetes, and wanted to protect himself.

Sometime in early June, however, with the loosening of social distancing restrictions, Mr. Macias attended a party in Lake Elsinore. Afterwards, his friend contacted Mr. Macias, telling him that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The friend had attended the party despite knowing of the diagnosis as he was not showing any symptoms and did not believe he could infect anyone. Nonetheless, the friend contacted everyone to get tested.

Unfortunately for Mr. Macias, he had contracted the disease, and soon began to feel sick. He tested positive for COVID-19 on June 18. On June 20, he posted on Facebook, telling people to take coronavirus seriously, and to properly wear masks and engage in social distancing.

On June 21, around 11 AM, he was rushed to the hospital, put on a ventilator sometime around 6 PM, and died by 9 PM.

California has restarted the shutdown in 19 counties, including Los Angeles, as US sees even higher surge in coronavirus outbreak.

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Pres Trump Finally Endorses Face Masks

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On Wednesday, Pres. Trump declared that “masks are good”, after months of resisting to wear one or promote them, and finally decided to publicly endorse wearing face masks as COVID-19 rages on.

He refused to make it a mandate, as he claimed that in many places, Americans simply were not close enough to need one.

That being said, he said, “I

*That being said, he said, “I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” at a show on Wednesday, as even the Republicans have urged its constituents to wear masks.

Due to the relaxed stance on social distancing, masks, and reopening, the US is seeing record high infection rates and a much longer pandemic than initially predicted.

He also said, “if I were in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away, …” He would have worn a mask, but clarified that he didn’t wear masks because everyone around him were “tested.”

Pres. Trump even went as far to say that he’d tried a mask on and liked the way it looked.

Some people wonder if it’s a little too late, as some states in the light of recent coronavirus outbreak, have closed back down, such as in Texas or California. Nonetheless, it is now official: even the President endorses wearing face masks in public.

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Fauci: Face Covering, Social Distancing, and More Testings Needed

The White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that “The U.S. is not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee during a hearing.

Dr. Fauci said “I can’t make an accurate prediction but it’s going to be very disturbing,” and “We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”

When Sen. Warren asked him as to whether the U.S. is heading in the right direction in terms of controlling the outbreak, Dr. Fauci answered, “Well I think the numbers speak for themselves,” and “I am very concerned and I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we really have got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly.”

Dr. Fauci emphasized surging numbers of coronavirus in some states could indicate that the public is disregarding public health precautions such as mask wearing and physical distancing.

He added, “we saw visually in clips and in photographs of individuals in the community doing an all-or-none phenomenon, which is dangerous,” and “By all-or-none I mean, either be locked down or open up in a way where you see people at bars not wearing masks, not abiding crowds, not paying attention to physical distancing.”

He said “I think the attitude of pushing back from authority and pushing back on scientific data is very concerning.” and “We are in the middle of catastrophic outbreak and we really do need to be guided by scientific principles.”

He is seeking for heightened measures to keep people safe, which includes tougher reinforcements on face mask wearing, social distancing, and more testing.

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