자전거 타는 여자/김병규

자전거를 타고 출근하는 여자가 있다

살이 잘 발려진 생선 가시처럼 가냘프다

등 지느러미는 벌써 컴퓨터 자판이 일렁이고

두 페달로 달려드는 거친 물살

고객 명단처럼 빼곡하다

전화를 한다

하얗게 얇아진 고객

여보세요 고객님 이 상품은……

전화는 끊어지고

양쪽 지느러미로 확산하는

영업부장 목소리

출근길 소음같이 투명하다

어머니가 그랬다

할머니가 그랬다

사무실 실적표 앞 그녀

맨 위쪽에 가고 싶은 것이다

영업부장 앞 최후진술처럼

연어가 거슬러 모천을 찾아가듯

역세권 아파트에 오르고 싶은 유혹에

출근하는 그녀가

자전거 두 바퀴로

아침 해를 끌어 올리며 간다.

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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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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts votes in favor of Women’s Rights

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court voted to keep abortion clinics legally open in the state of Louisiana. This has led to great outrage in the conservative groups while the liberal groups have celebrated the win.

In the 5-4 opinion, Chief Justice Roberts voted to strike down the law that forbid doctors from abortions unless they had local hospital admitting rights, which if affirmed as legal, would have left Louisiana with just one abortion clinic in the entire state.

Women’s right to abortion and choice regarding their own sexual health has been on the chopping block for every major election cycle, with the Republicans yelling to end all abortions or any access to contraceptives, and the Democrats yelling for the opposite.

Most of the South and Midwest have restricted abortion by law, and Louisiana’s abortion law is identical to Texas’ abortion law, in that it attempts to prevent surgery by abortion by restricting doctors from being able to perform the surgery through legal means.

Many red states have banned abortion at the point when fetal heartbeat could be detected, which some have interpreted to be as early as six weeks of pregnancy.

As certain states continue to beat down on women’s right to sexual healthcare, this decision was a much needed strengthening of Casey v. Planned Parenthood, and preventing states from imposing even further “undue burden” on the women’s reproductive freedom.

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Texas Finally Halts Reopening Amidst Coronavirus Panic

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abott of Texas finally halted any further effort to reopen the state, instead focusing on obtaining extra hospital beds and ventilators for the incoming COVID-19 patients. Texas is one of three states currently seeing record number of positive coronavirus infections, the other two being California and Florida.

Head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US has only counted about 10 percent of coronavirus infections, meaning up to nearly 20 million Americans could have been infected so far.

Official numbers show an infection of 20 million people with 122,481 deaths.

Florida and Texas recorded a new high of 5,000 new cases on Tuesday, while California reported more than 7,000.

This is a concerning trend, as those three states count for 27.4% of the total population of the people living in the US.

At the moment, all elective surgeries are put on hold to deal with the influx of covid-19 patients.

Meanwhile, New York, one of the earliest hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic, has been seeing continued decrease in the reported number of hospitalizations for COVID-19, falling to less than 1,000.

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Travelers from Coronavirus Hotspots Heading to NY, NJ, CT Subject to 2Wks Quarantine

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said travelers from coronavirus hotspots: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas to New York will be imposed for two weeks quarantines due to these states’ coronavirus cases are surging sharply. New Jersey and Connecticut joined New York in enforcing 2Wks Quarantine.

Major Airlines are cooperating with their decisions, and American Airlines is waving charge fees for travelers who want to fly on different dates until Sept.30. Although airline travelers have increased recently, the restriction will cause minor hindrances in peoples’ decisions to travel.

All airlines’ shares drop slightly in light of this news. Airlines have reduced services to certain destinations and some bases have closed since pandemic has started. Air travel is especially sensitive in New York City, state of New Jersey, and Connecticut, as they suffered a huge infection rate and death rates initially and are working to control Coronavirus rates.

As states reopen, west coast, south, midwest, and southeastern regions are all seeing a heightened rate of people testing positive for coronavirus, with Arizona, Florida, and Texas seeing some of the highest rates.

American Airlines said, ”For those traveling domestically, we strongly encourage all of our customers to check with state and local governments in the places they are traveling to so they fully understand and are able to comply with any requirements upon their arrival,”

“We will continue to evaluate our schedule and adjust as needed based on demand, government travel restrictions and federal health guidelines,” Delta airline said in a statement.

Airlines Industry is struggling with this pandemic and compared to same time of the last year, is operating with at least 80% reduced service in both domestic and international lines.

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Massive Saharan Air Layer To Hit US Soon

Caribbean is suffering from one of the worst dust storms in recent history, from of all places, The Sahara. Sahara Air Layer is a massive dust storm that forms in early spring, summer, and late fall, and it crosses the North Atlantic every three to five days, occupying a 2 to 2.5-mile thick layer of the Earth’s atmosphere with the base about 1 mile above surface.

Over the weekend, the blue skies of the Caribbean were dusty brown gray with the Saharan dust. Along with the horrible sky, the Caribbean is seeing one of the worst air quality in recent history.

The dust storm is expected to hit Texas by Thursday, and spread across other parts of the country, to include the mid-Atlantic. While this dry air is likely to weaken tropical storms and hurricane developments, it could cause allergic issues for those who are sensitive.

However, the dust storm will also bring beautiful sunsets and sunrises, so those who aren’t sensitive may want to document the event with the cameras.

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Social Distancing and Presidential Rallies

More than 119,923 Americans have died from the Coronavirus according to CDC as of June 22, 2020. Infection rates are climbing in areas previously marked as low: Florida, Texas, and Arizona. As the temperature climbs, many people are opting out of using masks or face coverings, going to the beach, or even the bars in many of these states.

It is true that compared with infection rates, deaths aren’t as many. But what about organ issues? On June 22, 2020, The Hill reported that about 40 percent of those infected by the Coronavirus (exclusive of fatal cases) were often left with life altering kidney failures necessitating the need for dialysis. This is known to affect people of all ages, and even those without preexisting kidney conditions. However, with high diabetes patients in the US, this is likely to have a terrible after-effect on the general population.

Last Saturday night, Trump campaign had a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Trump campaign expected a large turnout and was disappointed. That being said, the empty seats could have served as a good example of social distancing measure, spreading the crowd out and showing an effective approach by the Trump administration on handling public events while maintaining appropriate government-promoting social distancing measures.

As re-election approaches in November, we are all aware that there is little time left for his promotion, particularly due to COVID-19. However, blaming test frequency, other side, or any number of factors only serve to make him look less attractive to the population that might have thought him more suitable than the alternate option, Mr. Biden.

Mr. Trump needs to remember that he is not in the same position as he was in 2016, when he was running as the President for the first time. He is an incumbent, and the current President of the United States. As the current leader of the country, he needs to juggle the responsibilities of the office while also promoting his chances for a second term. These rash justifications and rationalizations only serve to make him look unprepared and weak against those opposing him.

Most importantly, thinking twice and saying it once may be the solution for 2020.

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Passenger Refusing Face Mask Kicked off of Plane

American Airlines refused to fly with a passenger who refused to wear face mask. Brandon Straka sought to fly from New York to Dallas on Wednesday but refused to wear a mask. Thus, American Airlines deplaned him and flew without him.

This is the first known incident involving passenger being kicked off for not wearing a face mask associated with coronavirus pandemic.

While wearing a face mask is not the law, airlines have instituted their own mask requirements for crew, engineers, and passengers to maximize safety while still operating at limited capacity.

As more employees test positive for coronavirus and reopening has led to alarming incline of coronavirus infections in various parts of the country, several major airlines have pledged to take a harder stance on enforcing face mask policies. This is also partially for customer safety, airlines have stated.

American Airlines says the incident happened at Flight 1263 from New York’s LaGuardia to Dallas’s Fort Worth. The customer, Mr. Straka, declined to wear a face covering.

American Airlines says, “After he refused to comply with the instructions provided by the flight crew, our team members asked him to deplane. He deplaned and the flight departed the gate four minutes late at 12:34 p.m., eastern time.”

Straka was rebooked on a later flight after he agreed to comply with company policies, AA said.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in congressional testimony Wednesday, “for their own protection and the protection of those around them, face coverings are especially important in situations where social distancing is not feasible.” Passengers are expected to wear masks when directed by flight attendants, as they are in a space where social distancing is not only impossible, but due to the circulation inside airplane cabins, the risk can be heightened.

It is important to note that while some states are seeing a decline in infections, other states are not, and the coronavirus is now showing up with vengeance in areas not formally a hotspot. Therefore, it is especially important to keep oneself as safe as possible during this uncertain times. This could be more dangerous than the first wave, as most people have become somewhat accustomed to the existence of coronavirus and take a lackadaisical attitude toward safety. Be more vigilant, and stay safe, even if that means having to wear a face mask on a plane.

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