FPHNYC’s picks for the top COVID-19 news from last week. Have a tip or a story to share? Contact us.
Another unfortunate consequence in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic has been an increase of racist attacks and discrimination. The hotline, which started March 23 and will continue indefinitely, will help provide resources to victims and could lead to civil investigations. [via NBC News]
What lessons can we learn from the response of other European countries who put measures like tracking and testing into place early? [via The New York Times]
Last week the Senate passed a historic $2 trillion relief package for those impacted by COVID-19, including individuals, families, and small businesses. [via CBS News]
Though there is no direct evidence of a connection between smoking and severe coronavirus cases, smoking and vaping are linked to lung inflammation and reduced immune function. [via Scientific American]
Although the White House says otherwise, health officials advise that it is unlikely things will “return to normal” by Easter. [via Politico]
For too long, America’s response to COVID-19 lacked what could be called rational panic; people did not take the threat seriously. But as the country starts to realize the major impact of this epidemic, there is a call now for rational hope. [via The New York Times]