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Good Morning. President Trump disbanded his coronavirus task force. More and more children are getting sick. And the lack of meat is getting worse. But let’s start with a virus success story.
No lockdown, little virus
New York Times employees in Hong Kong – like many other employees there – returned to their offices on Monday for the first time in six weeks. They did so after the local government eased some coronavirus restrictions.
To get to the building where the Times office is located, reporters and editors had to wear a mask and go through a thermal scanner that measured their temperature. In the elevator they found a small table with hand disinfectant and handkerchiefs and a trash can. Only half of the staff come to the office.
Subway workers often clean the handrails. The restaurants are open and the tables are two meters apart. Diners often receive a small paper bag in which they can put their mask – so that they do not infect the table or vice versa Adrienne CarterThe Times Asia editor told me.
Entry into Hong Kong is mainly restricted to residents, who are all tested and quarantined, even if the test is negative. And the residents wear masks despite the 90-degree heat. “They are so hot,” says Adrienne. “But it feels natural to me at this point.”
The most important point: Hong Kong’s strategy works very well.
No new case has been reported in more than two weeks. In total only about 1,000 people – out of 7.5 million – have tested positive. Only four have died.
This is a sign that blocking is not the only way to fight the virus. But it also reminds of how different life is the United States will be in a post-opening from life in countries that have most effectively stopped the virus from spreading.
Adrienne has spent most of her life in the United States and I asked her how well she thought that Hong Kong’s strategy could be carried over to the United States today. “I’m not sure if any of it will fly,” she said.
The task force was an integral part of President Trump’s response: he often shared the stage with his medical experts, Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, during television reviews.
Why it matters: “The influence of these health officials has been reassuring for those who believed that doctors and scientists should mix with the group’s more business-minded personalities, ”said Noah Weiland, who covers health care for The Times. “If the task force disintegrates, people like Dr. Fauci may have a less organized role in the White House.”
2. A childhood illness associated with Covid
The number of children affected by a mysterious illness – most likely associated with Covid-19 – is growing. There are currently at least 50 reported cases in New York State and several more in the United States and Europe.
Symptoms include fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea; Although none of the children died, some needed a mechanical ventilator to be able to breathe. The condition indicates that, contrary to early hopes, children are not spared all the serious effects of the virus.
3. A case suggests a new virus timeline
The corona virus appears to have reached Europe in late December, weeks earlier than previously thought. The new evidence came from a sample taken on December 27 and recently tested by doctors of a 42-year-old man near Paris who had not traveled abroad.
If this were checked, the discovery would mean that the virus would spread beyond China for weeks without being recognized.
4. Where’s the beef?
The following table shows why there is a meat shortage in the United States (including Wendy’s more than 1,000 franchises) sold out of burger this week).
Of the 10 metropolitan areas with the most newly confirmed virus cases per capita, half are home to a meat processing plant in which the workers are apparently infected with the virus. The tight working conditions in the factories seem to be a main reason.
5. A McConnell protégé goes to the Senate
A Senate committee will hold a confirmation hearing today 37-year-old Justin WalkerWalker is a protégé of Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate chairman, who has been the youngest candidate for the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington since 1983 called the Senate back to Washington this week partly for today’s hearing.
Nowadays it is a matter of effectively cleaning surfaces – ideally to kill traces of coronavirus or other germs.
Many cleaning products recommend leaving the disinfectant on a surface for a long time – about four minutes or even ten minutes – before you wipe it off. Several readers essentially asked: Really?
The short answer: you probably don’t have to take these times literally. They usually come from laboratory tests with more germs than in most households. And yet probably a lot of us are Clean surfaces too quickly.
“Reporting on this story made it clear to me that I cleaned everything wrong and too quickly,” says Tara. “I just spray and wipe – I never let it sit!”
Fortunately, the new corona virus is pretty easy to kill. Even a little extra cleaning time – an expert suggests about a minute – can do the job. More information can be found here the whole story.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, MEDITATE
“People want a challenge to create dinner with,” a fishmonger told The Times. “They can’t go to a restaurant, so they cause excitement at home.”
… Or maybe eat a few “hornets”?
For extra crispness, they can be roasted on a skewer, stored in glasses or steamed with rice. And their poison gives alcohol a kick.
Thank you for spending part of your morning with The Times. Until tomorrow. – David
P.S. What is the chilli oil like? We hear some morning readers have placed orders.