The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus crossed 100,000 on Wednesday, the highest number of any country.
But for the first responders, health workers, the victims' friends and families - and even those who've witnessed the devastation from their apartment windows - Wednesday's grim milestone is more than just a number.
"We stopped counting how many bodies came out." Alix Monteleone's Brooklyn apartment in the U.S. epicenter of New York overlooks a medical center's parking lot that - at the height of the crisis - was full of refrigerated trucks that house the dead.
"We see it and we're like, 'this is very serious.
This is very real.'
And we're seeing so much chaos manifest outside of our home that we can't imagine how bad it is inside." Tiffany Fare, a nurse at a Maryland hospital, has seen what goes on inside.
"One of the hardest moments was having to see a family member of a COVID patient, say goodbye over an iPad rooms away." "I don't know if any of us will ever be the same after this..." Anthony Almojera is a New York Fire Department paramedic.
"There is going to be a lot of trauma from this for the medics and EMTs who have seen this all, you know, unfold, you know, firsthand." 18-year-old student Minnoli Aya lost her mother, a physician's assistant who had treated COVID-19 patients and became a patient herself.
"...and she's like, you know, 'I promise I'll come home and I love you,' and that was the last time I ever talked to her... Even a few days after her passing.
I kept texting her, wanting to believe that it wasn't true that she had passed away." Elderly individuals and people with underlying health conditions have been the most vulnerable, and almost one-third of the reported U.S. deaths linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Robert Holmberg lost his 77-year-old father - one of more than a dozen residents at his assisted living center who died from the virus.
"I think about it every night.
I think about, you know, me telling him I'm going to get him out of there, I'm going to get him out of there and not being able to do it in time." African-Americans in the United States have suffered a disproportionately high rate of coronavirus fatalities.
Dr. Nana Afoh-Manin, an emergency room physician in Los Angeles, organized a free pop-up testing facility for poorer and underinsured Americans.
"You know the old saying, you know, when America catches a cold, black America catches the flu.
And this is an issue of our social determinants of health.
It's an issue of our healthcare inequality." President Donald Trump acknowledged the 100,000 deaths in a morning tweet this week, saying the U.S. would have lost 1 and a 1/2 to 2 million people "if I hadn’t done my job well, & early." The president's guesses as to the impact of the coronavirus have varied since it hit the United States.
FEBRUARY 10: "Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer it miraculously goes away.
I hope that's true." MARCH 23: "It's looking like it's heading to 50,000 or more deaths." APRIL 27: "We're probably heading to 60,000... 70,000." MAY 1: "Hopefully we're going to come in below that 100,000 lives lost." It's taken the United States less than three months after recording its first fatality on February 29th to reach 100,000 deaths.
Trump has been eager to promote the idea that the United States is returning to normal, and all 50 states have now at least partially reopened.
But as of May 24th, 20 of those states have reported an increase in new coronavirus cases, up from 13 states the week before.
The increase in cases could be due to more testing.
Still, health officials fear that reopening too fast could result in a second wave of outbreaks.
US President Donald Trump abruptly escorted out of the White House briefing room by a Secret Service agent while he addressing reporters on Monday afternoon. Trump, however, returned minutes later, saying there was a 'shooting' outside the White House. "There was a shooting outside the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I would like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work. But there was an actual shooting and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know about the condition of the person. Seems like the person was shot at by the Secret Service," he said. Trump said he was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent. He also praised work of of the Secret Service personnel. Law enforcement officials are trying to determine the suspect's motive. The suspect was transferred to a local hospital. District of Columbia fire dept said the man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries. Authorities are investigating whether the individual has a history of mental illness. White House was placed on lockdown following the incident. The shooting reportedly took place near 17th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks from the White House.
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For what seems like forever, the hair of African American women has been considered inherently unprofessional. In fact, the persistent practice of workplaces banning certain textures and styles associated with Black hair has led to hair-centric anti-discrimination laws. Now, Allure reports television reporter Treasure Robert's tweet about the issue has gone viral. The tweet has been liked more than 100,000 times in less than 48 hours, and the replies are full of support and similar sentiments. Roberts says she's in awe of the response. Representation is important and I hope that other journalists and Black women, in general, are motivated to be unapologetically themselves. Treasure Roberts, Television Journalist Illinois CBS affiliate WBMD
A new study reveals a high body mass index raises the risk for severe COVID-19 and admission to intensive care units among African Americans. According to UPI, BMI is a calculation based on a person's height and weight and identifies whether they are overweight or obese. Novel coronavirus COVID-19 intensive care unit patients had a higher average body mass index than those who weren't admitted to the ICU.
Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, commented on the progress of research to stop the Covid-19 pandemic. Commenting on the race to develop a vaccine, he said that many companies are close to creating a successful one. He also announced a $2 billion deal with Sanofi and GSX for clinical trials and mass production of 10 crore doses of a vaccine. The US military is prepared to carry out distribution of a vaccine once it gets requisite clearance, said Trump. He also said that 'tremendous work' is being done on therapeutics, or non-vaccine treatment. The US government is looking at such methods 'very, very strongly'. The nation's Covid case tally has crossed 45 lakh, the highest in the world, with over 1.52 lakh deaths so far. The pandemic is set to be the biggest issue, apart from alleged discrimination against African-Americans, in the upcoming Presidential polls in the US. Elections are slated to be held in November 2020, although Trump has called for a postponement which was met with stern opposition. Watch the full video for more.
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CNN reports new research reveals a record number of people are giving up their US citizenship. Bambridge Accountants is a New York-based firm specializing in US expatriate tax, UK expatriates, actors, and other creatives in the US and the UK. The firm says more than 5,800 Americans gave up their citizenship in the first six months of 2020. That's compared to the 2,072 Americans who renounced their citizenship in all of 2019.
Embassy of Israel on August 11 contributed state-of-the-art artificial intelligence based technologies and high-end equipment to the AIIMS, Delhi. Contribution was made as a part of Israel-India cooperation to fight ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "It is the most advanced medical equipment that we developed in Israel especially for fighting COVID-19. Some of it was contributed by companies, they just love India and some of it was purchased with special fund allocated by our Foreign Minister," said Israel's Envoy to India Ron Malka.
Russia claimed to have developed vaccine for COVID-19. Speaking on it, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said, "If Russia's vaccine is successful, then we will have to see critically whether it is safe and effective. India has the capacity for mass production of vaccine." Russia became the first country to register for COVID-19 vaccine on August 11. One of President Putin's daughters has been given a shot of vaccination.
[NFA] Tropical Storm Isaias raced up the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday, generating tornadoes and knocking out power, and a twister in North Carolina killed at least one person when it obliterated a mobile home park. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
Maryland-based biotechnology company, Novavax, said on Tuesday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced antibodies against the novel coronavirus and appears to be safe, according to an early-stage study. President of Research and Development, Dr. Gregory Glenn told Reuters the experimental vaccine “looked good in animals. Now it looks really good in people."
The school attended by President Donald Trump and Melania Trump's youngest son, Barron, has ended on-campus learning. The news comes as the president demands a return to in-person classes around the country. On Friday, CNN reports Montgomery County, Maryland, ordered that private schools not conduct in-person learning until October 1st. Barron Trump is slated to enter 9th grade in the fall. He attends St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Maryland has had more than 85,000 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and more than 3,000 deaths. Now, HuffPost reports the disease has taken the life of a cherished Maryland ICU doctor. 56-year-old Dr. Joseph Costa was the intensive care unit chief at Mercy Medical Center. He had worked there for 23 years. He dedicated his life and career to caring for the sickest patients. Board of Trustees Head Sister Helen Amos and President/CEO David Maine Mercy Medical Center, Maryland joint statement. Dr. Costa's medical school classmate Dr. Amy Zimmerman said her friend’s death should serve as a reminder of the severity of the virus. This is real. This was a 56-year-old healthy man. He knew how to be careful. He knew how to take good care of himself, and he still passed away from this disease. This could happen to anybody. Dr. Amy Zimmerman, M.D.
Seth Rogen has explained the challenge of playing two characters who actopposite each other in his new movie. The actor takes on dual roles in thecomedy An American Pickle, about a factory worker in 1919 who falls into a vatof pickles and is accidentally brined for 100 years before he is discoveredand emerges in present-day Brooklyn to find his great-grandson is his onlysurviving relative.
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David and Victoria Beckham's son, Brooklyn will be walking down the aisle. Brooklyn Beckham asked Nicola Peltz to marry him, and she said yes. Beckham popped the question two weeks ago, but the happy couple announced the news on Saturday. According to CNN, 21-year-old Brooklyn and 25-year-old Peltz began dating at the end of 2019. No word yet on a date for the big day.
For the first time ever, Oprah Winfrey put someone other than herself on the cover of her O magazine. This month, the late Breonna Taylor graced the cover. The 26-year-old EMT was shot to death by police executing a no-knock warrant. They were not looking for her. Despite calls for the officers involved in Taylor's death to be arrested and charged, only one officer has been fired, and no charges have been filed.
Ambulance drivers associated with 102 and 108 and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) staff went on hunger strike in UP's Prayagraj. They are on hunger strike since June 29 alleging that their salaries were deducted amid COVID-19 pandemic. Employees have stopped their services over deduction in their monthly wages.
An 18-year-old biracial woman was set on fire in Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday morning. CNN reports Madison police and the FBI have launched a hate crime investigation of the incident. The assault took place when the woman was driving. When she stopped at a red light, police say she heard someone yell a racial epithet.' She was identified as Althea Bernstein, a college student and a volunteer EMT. Bernstein said she saw four white men. One sprayed liquid on her face and neck.
The Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at Ghaziabad will be sealed once again in view of the sudden spike in coronavirus cases. On Sunday, 10 people tested positive in the district, which earlier was among the..