If a hurricane bears down on Florida this summer, residents likely won’t be told to evacuate to the safety of a high school gymnasium or large civic building. Instead, they may be asked to download an app that assigns them to an open hotel room — a shelter from both the storm and the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak.State officials have mapped out all of Florida’s 5,000 hotels, along with the wind rating of each facility and whether it has a generator on hand. So far, they’ve persuaded 200 hotels to sign up to serve as shelters; they’re aiming to reach 1,000.Meanwhile, the state plans to work wit…
France locks down, Germany closes down, as virus cases hit record
France announced a new month-long national lockdown and Germany imposed drastic new curbs on people's daily lives as the EU's biggest countries admitted that hospitals would soon be overwhelmed by patients suffering from coronavirus.
The dramatic lockdown decision from French President Emmanuel Macron came after weeks of exponentially rising new infections across Europe that have forced governments across the continent to contemplate reinstating the punishing stay-at-home orders seen during the first wave in March and April.
Ireland had already locked down again last week, and France's move will likely lead to pressure on other governments to follow suit, including Britain's.
Masks and COVID-19: In the US, a patchwork of policies persist
As the United States' Covid-19 infection rate hits an all-time high, calls are growing for a nationwide mask mandate to replace the current patchwork of state regulations.
One person who's yet to be convinced, however, is President Donald Trump, who has consistently stressed treatments and future vaccines as the means to end the pandemic.
Trump also mocks his rival in next week's presidential election, Joe Biden, for favoring nationwide masking, and accuses the Democrat of wanting to return Americans to lockdown.
To date, 33 of the 50 US states, as well as the capital Washington and island of Puerto Rico, have imposed mandates.
Trump’s latest ludicrous lie isn’t even part of his campaign strategy — it’s just pathetic ego-fluffing
Donald Trump's stalwart belief that he can make the coronavirus pandemic disappear through the magic of bullshit has permeated all levels of his administration. Even so, it was a bit of a shock to see the White House Office of Science and Technology put out a press release on Tuesday giving credit to Trump for "ending the COVID-19 pandemic."