Coronavirus Live Blog 5.5.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 5.4 can be found here


The essential worker trap – It’s hard to get unemployment benefits if you’ve been deemed “essential.”

Covid-19 is way, way worse than the flu – It’s more contagious, deadlier, sneakier, and more likely to cause chaos.

90% of the people who tested positive in the Mission District in SF had to report to work during the lockdown.

10% of the Smithfield workers at Monday mass testing event had covid symptoms

Trump gives an unusually delusional interview to the NY Post about the pandemic

Most US health insurance companies say they are waiving out of pocket costs for covid treatment but of course, there is a loophole

French doctors say they found a Covid-19 patient from December

Coronavirus can infect intestine as well as lungs, says study

Can you get the Covid-19 coronavirus twice?

Coronavirus: from ‘Covid toe’ to brain death, blood clots could be the real Covid-19 killer

Italy baffled by unexplained surge in deaths during coronavirus crisis

Three Russian doctors fall from hospital windows, raising questions amid coronavirus pandemic

Kentucky woman cuts hole in middle of face mask to make it easier to breathe 

Man wipes his face on store clerk when stopped for not wearing a mask 

Guy wears clan hood to go grocery shopping in So Cal

What travel will look like for the next year or two – Fasten your seatbelts, travelers. We are in for a rough ride.

NFL team unveils plans for bringing back fans, including timed entrances, attendance limits

Why your N95 mask could endanger others – A feature that makes breathing easier increases infection risk

3000 LA county health care workers have been infected

Hundreds of health care workers and first responders in WA are infected. 

JBS to reopen Worthington pork plant, Smithfield opening in Sioux Falls

Survey testing in the Mission district showed that Latino residents had a significant percentage of the infections, and at a much higher rate than their portion of the population

This research shows how the subtle details of cities set them up for virus transmission and what factors matter.


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