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AMANDA PLATELL: Lovely clap for carers… never take them for granted

AMANDA PLATELL: It was lovely to clap for carers… but never take them for granted again

Like millions I threw open my window on Thursday just before 8pm to join in the ‘clap for carers’.

For a few heart-lifting moments, the whooping and cheering and joyous cacophony transformed the mood in what has become my deathly quiet community in North London.

A friend living in a tower block overlooking the blackened remnants of Grenfell Tower sent me a video, and the din in that neighbourhood — one that has endured more than its share of grief — was overwhelming.

Perhaps those who suffered loss and pain as a result of that terrible fire had an even deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by people we take for granted — the firemen, doctors and nurses, volunteers, care workers and general clearer-uppers.

Staff from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital join in a national applause for the NHS as people across the country showed their appreciation to them

From Edinburgh to Exeter, Birmingham to Bath, Cardiff to Colchester, people on balconies, doorsteps, in gardens and driveways banged pots and pans, rang bells, cheered and, of course, clapped their hands.

None of us wanted to miss out on the chance to express our appreciation — not even the highest in the land, with Kate and William’s children Charlotte, Louis and George clapping excitedly in their garden at Anmer Hall, Norfolk.

Truly it was a moment of national unity, an extraordinary coming together in these perilous times. It was also a monumental rebuttal of those, very often on the Left, who argue we are a selfish society and this is not a caring nation.

Barbara Leigh, 93, (second left) rings a bell for the NHS, with her family who are all staying together throughout the lockdown and are pictured in their front garden across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester

Also remarkable was that the whole thing was so very un-British — we are a country that does not like to make a fuss, people that don’t overly want to express our emotions.

But the selfless dedication of those trying to steer us to a safer future could not go unremarked. We all wanted to pay tribute to selfless individuals like the group of nine care workers in a Sheffield home for the elderly who, as the Mail revealed, have chosen to isolate themselves with 23 dementia patients, rather than risk bringing the virus into the home.

Residents of the Tulse Hill Estate in south London come out on to their balconies to applaud NHS staff who are fighting the deadly virus

As one of them explained: ‘We do the job because we care.’

None of us will ever forget what happened on Thursday, for it was remarkable. But when these dark days pass and the virus is beaten, we should never again take carers for granted.

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It cannot be right that so many of them are paid so little they can hardly keep their family afloat.

Or that while NHS doctors’ salaries have soared into six figures, a nurse with years of experience earns less than a third of that.

There will come a time surely, when all of us who clapped our hands will have to put those hands in our pockets — and properly reward the unsung, underpaid heroes who are shadowing us during the greatest crisis in living memory.

I feel sorry for Mrs Salmond

Alex Salmond was triumphant leaving court having been cleared of 12 charges of sexual assault, while another was found not proven.

In evidence, he admitted a sexual encounter when he was First Minister.

Perhaps we should all spare a thought for his wife of 40 years, Moira.

She accompanied him to court, yet was not present at his victory speech nor even mentioned by name in his thanks.

I feel sorry for Mrs Salmond

Alex Salmond was triumphant leaving court having been cleared of 12 charges of sexual assault, while another was found not proven.

In evidence, he admitted a sexual encounter when he was First Minister.

Perhaps we should all spare a thought for his wife of 40 years, Moira.

She accompanied him to court, yet was not present at his victory speech nor even mentioned by name in his thanks.

Hols snaps don’t help, Kelly

Kelly Brook and her model boyfriend Jeremy Parisi self-isolate on Maldives island

For some, life continues as normal. Buxom model Kelly Brook posts pictures of herself on Instagram to cheer us all up during these bleak times. Snaps of her self-isolating with her model boyfriend on a secluded Maldives island, after she was transported there by private seaplane, and lolling in the surf outside her £1,900-a-night villa, are supposed to be the stuff to gladden the nation’s heart. That woman has a brain the size of her bikini bottoms.

Amanda Holden returns to Heart radio

Hold on Amanda

Amanda Holden bravely returns to her £1.5 million job at Heart radio following a brief home lockdown, posting a coquettish picture in spectacles. The woman who’s already worth £6 million looks like she’s signed up for Specsavers. Perhaps she should have — then at least she might have noticed she’d forgotten to wear her skirt.

 

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Harry and Meghan posted to their followers from their millionaires’ retreat in Canada before relocating to Los Angeles by private jet. ‘Now more than ever, we need each other,’ they said, before urging people to be supportive. Well, as the Queen and Prince Charles carry on working —even though he’s tested positive for the virus — the Sussexes are certainly supportive of themselves.

Westminster wars…

+ In Boris’s epic lockdown speech before he succumbed to Covid-19, many compared him to Churchill. Yet while the wartime PM vowed to ‘fight on the beaches’, today the enemy within is idiot Brits ignoring warnings and picnicking on beaches from Brighton to Blackpool.

+ Boris has not been the only star of the 5pm TV briefings to the nation. We now have Dishy Rishi Sunak (Chancellor), Modest Matt Hancock (Health), and Reassuring Robert Jenrick (Housing), all deployed for their intellect and soothing bedside manners. Odd though, for a PM who prides himself on his love of women, that not a single female Secretary of State has been given a speaking part.

+ So farewell to the leek-loving Labour leader. When Parliament resumes he will no longer be in situ. How hollow the chants by his Momentum thugs of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn’ now sound. He left office not with the banging chants of his hitherto supporters, but a whimper.

In his long-awaited memoir, film-maker Woody Allen reveals how he seduced 21-year-old Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his then partner Mia Farrow. ‘We couldn’t keep our hands off each other. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat,’ he writes.

Not so much a loving tribute to his now wife Soon-Yi, but in this #MeToo age, the longest suicide note in movie history.

Woody Allen on Set of Untitled Woody Allen Summer Project in New York, U.S, September 2017

++ CORONAVIRUS WATCH ++ 

+ scientists have created a loo paper calculator. Each person should only need one roll every 5.3 days. So to the neighbour who lives alone and unloaded enough toilet paper to serve the Army for a week, please desist.

+ A woman called Brenda rang Ulster radio and told of the pain of not being with her mother when she died. No farewell kiss, no tender caress, no last words of ‘I love you’. Truly heartbreaking but, as my own Mum said before she departed: ‘It’s not the ending that matters, Mandy, but the lifetime of love.’

+ And a sad sign of our times now there are restrictions on how many can attend a funeral. Watching a procession on my empty street, there was one hearse — no flowers as florists have closed and a solitary car with one occupant, weeping.

+ Meanwhile, any advice from readers please on a trivial matters. My cat Ted has turned into a needy pest. He’s nudging me as I’m writing. Is he picking up on the stress I feel about Covid- 19? He’s scratched his tummy and left ear raw. Are your cats turning into scaredy cats and psychocats?

Spare a thought for Boris’s fiancee Carrie Symonds, 32, expecting her first child only to learn he has been tested positive for Covid-19 and both of them are now self-isolating. It is hard enough for Carrie that, as a mum-to-be, she is one of the groups who must take extra precautions.

But now she will have to spend many precious moments, as her bump grows, on her own.

Even those of us loyal to Marina, Boris’s estranged wife and the mother of their four children, sincerely wish Carrie well. 

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Evangeline Lilly Apologizes for Coronavirus Comments, Has Social-Distanced

Changing her tune. Evangeline Lilly apologized for criticizing the response to the coronavirus pandemic and revealed that she has been social-distancing, despite her initial refusal to quarantine.

“I am writing you from my home where I have been social distancing since Mar 18th – when social distancing was instituted in the small community where I am currently living,” the Lost alum, 40, wrote via Instagram on Thursday, March 26. “At the time of my Mar 16th post, the directives from the authorities here were that we not congregate in groups of more than 250ppl and that we wash our hands regularly, which we were doing. Two days later, those directives changed and, despite my intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions of this course of action, PLEASE KNOW I AM DOING MY PART TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME WITH MY FAMILY.”

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Hello everyone.I am writing you from my home where I have been social distancing since Mar 18th – when social distancing was instituted in the small community where I am currently living.At the time of my Mar 16th post, the directives from the authorities here were that we not congregate in groups of more than 250ppl and that we wash our hands regularly, which we were doing.Two days later, those directives changed and, despite my intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions of this course of action, PLEASE KNOW I AM DOING MY PART TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME WITH MY FAMILY.I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19. Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message.My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation.I am grieved by the ongoing loss of life, and the impossible decisions medical workers around the world must make as they treat those affected. I am concerned for our communities – small businesses and families living paycheck-to-paycheck – and I am trying to follow responsible recommendations for how to help. Like many of you, I fear for the political aftermath of this pandemic, and I am praying for us all.At the same time, I am heartened by the beauty and humanity I see so many people demonstrating toward one another in this vulnerable time. When I was grappling with my own fears over social distancing, one kind, wise and gracious person said to me “do it out of love, not fear” and it helped me to realize my place in all of this.Sending love to all of you, even if you can’t return it right now. EL

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Lilly then expressed remorse for her earlier remarks. “I want to offer sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19,” she continued. “Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message. My direct and sincere apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you.”

The Ant-Man and the Wasp star noted that she “thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria” when she wrote the post. However, she now acknowledges “I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation.”

Lilly shared her concern for medical workers, small businesses and families that are financially strained, adding: “I am praying for us all.”

Meanwhile, the actress is “heartened by the beauty and humanity” displayed in the world. “When I was grappling with my own fears over social distancing, one kind, wise and gracious person said to me ‘do it out of love, not fear’ and it helped me to realize my place in all of this,” she recalled. “Sending love to all of you, even if you can’t return it right now.”

Lilly outraged some earlier this month when she refused to self-quarantine and deemed COVID-19 a type of “respiratory flu.” She told one Instagram user at the time, “Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.”

Maggie Grace urged her former Lost costar to “rethink” her stance after Daniel Dae Kim tested positive. “Daniel said he is doing a lot better btw,” the Fear the Walking Dead star, 36, replied via Instagram. “I don’t know, Maybe you guys want to chat?”

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Kim Kardashian’s kids build fort to protect dolls from coronavirus as they stay home – The Sun

KIM Kardashian has revealed her eldest child North West has created a quarantine house for her dolls amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Kim, 39, took to social media to share a video of the six-year-old's self-made home for her dolls which resembled her mom and 42-year-old dad Kanye West.

The house, which looked like it was made out of Amazon cardboard boxes, featured flowers, books, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and a tiny pillow inside.

As she panned over North's house, Kim said: "North and her houses. She made a quarantined section for Kim and Kanye."

The cardboard house even had windows as Kim described “so we can look out”, whilst laughing to herself.

She later took to her Instagram story to reveal the dolls had moved to "the ultimate fort" that her children had built in order to keep themselves occupied at home.


"Oh, I see you hanging out there," Kim told daughter Chicago, two, as she emerged from one side of the fort.

North then called with excitement: "Mommy's coming inside!" as Kim lifted a sheet and looked in.

"What is in here guys? This one goes all the way through," she exclaimed, as her children ran around excitedly.

"Come on mommy, look at it," replied her four-year-old son Saint, as Kim filmed, while holding baby Psalm.

Kim is taking the coronavirus outbreak very seriously and also took to social media to share a video with her doctor Caesar as they went over some precautions to take amid the pandemic.

After thoroughly washing their hands, they demonstrated alternate greeting techniques, including taping each other's feet and taking a bow.

She also pulled out a container of Clorox wipes to disinfect a gift given to her by sister Khloé Kardashian.

As she wiped down the box, she said: "OK guys, so this is the new jam of what I'm doing every time someone even hands me something."

After thoroughly wiping down the entire makeup box, Kim exhaled, "Ok, now I can give it to my daughter."

There have been more than 2,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US, and the deadly virus has spread to 49 states.

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Lieutenant in NYPD HQ tests for coronavirus, Bronx cop in self-quarantine

An NYPD supervisor in police headquarters was tested for COVID-19 Saturday and a Bronx cop has been in self-quarantine after both are believed to have come in contact with people who were confirmed to have coronavirus, The Post has learned. 

As of Saturday afternoon, no members of the NYPD were infected with the virus that has brought New York City life to a grinding halt — but city cops have been on edge about the department’s recent response to the outbreak and what they believe is the inevitable spread to officers.

A police source told The Post a lieutenant in the Office of Management Analysis and Planning, or OMAP, which serves as the department’s “think-tank” inside One Police Plaza, had been tested after their significant other was hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms.

The supervisor’s test results are expected to come back Monday, the source said.

On Thursday, a cop in the Bronx was ordered to stay home and self-quarantine after the department found out his wife had tested positive for the virus, another police source said. He had been showing up for work for days despite his wife’s positive test, the source said. It’s unclear if the Bronx officer was also tested.

The area where the officer worked in the precinct was being cleaned Saturday, according to a police spokesman.

“The NYPD is paying close attention to the health of our officers and when we feel there is a potential for exposure, we will do what best medical practices require,” the spokesman said.

New York reported its first two deaths from the virus Saturday and 524 total positive cases — with Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying he expects that number to grow by at least 1,000 next week as testing ramps up.

The news of potential infection and community spread in NYPD units comes a day after the city’s largest police union complained of a lack of supplies being provided to its members to prevent cops from getting sick.

The department responded quickly by shipping out face masks, gloves and bottles of hand sanitizer to precincts — but sources said supplies were still limited and some of the bottles of sanitizers were either expired or half-empty.

Cops were given one mask each — with one source saying he had to sign out the mask, ensuring only one was taken and documented.

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St David’s Day greetings and messages: How to celebrate St David’s Day

St David’s Day falls on March 1 every year, a day when Welsh folk around the world will honour the Patron Saint of Wales, St David. The hero, who is credited as defeating the Saxons in battle, is thought to have died on March 1, either in 601AD or 589AD.

How to celebrate St David’s Day

With spring in the air, why not pop to the shops and pick up a bunch of daffodils.

Or maybe sample some of Wales’ finest cuisine – Welsh rarebit, leek soup, tintern cheese, Welsh cakes or crempog (Welsh pancakes with salt and vinegar).

Try a nice sing-song along to Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

Or maybe you’d like to send your friends and family a nice message by saying Happy St David’s Day in Welsh.

How to say Happy St David’s Day in Welsh

To celebrate today’s festivities, you can say Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus, or Happy Saint David’s Day.

How do you pronounce that you may ask?

It’s: deethe goo-eel Dewi happiss

Other St David’s Day greetings or poems

Former Welsh National Poet Gillian Clarke’s poem ‘Miracle On St David’s Day’:

An afternoon yellow and open-mouthed 

with daffodils. The sun treads the path 

among cedars and enormous oaks. 

It might be a country house, guests strolling,

the rumps of gardeners between nursery shrubs. 

I am reading poetry to the insane. 

An old woman, interrupting, offers 

as many buckets of coal as I need. 

A beautiful chestnut-haired boy listens 

entirely absorbed. A schizophrenic 

on a good day, they tell me later. 

In a cage of first March sun a woman 

sits not listening, not feeling. 

In her neat clothes the woman is absent. 

A big, mild man is tenderly led 

to his chair. He has never spoken. 

His labourer’s hands on his knees, he rocks 

gently to the rhythms of the poems. 

I read to their presences, absences, 

to the big, dumb labouring man as he rocks. 

He is suddenly standing, silently, 

huge and mild, but I feel afraid. Like slow 

movement of spring water or the first bird 

of the year in the breaking darkness, 

the labourer’s voice recites ‘The Daffodils’. 

The nurses are frozen, alert; the patients 

seem to listen. He is hoarse but word-perfect. 

Outside the daffodils are still as wax, 

a thousand, ten thousand, their syllables 

unspoken, their creams and yellows still. 

Forty years ago, in a Valleys school, 

the class recited poetry by rote. 

Since the dumbness of misery fell 

he has remembered there was a music 

of speech and that once he had something to say. 

When he’s done, before the applause, we observe 

the flowers’ silence. A thrush sings 

and the daffodils are flame.

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Humorous and profound: H is for Happiness wins Berlin special mention

Australian film H is for Happiness has won special mention at the Berlin Film Festival, reviewed by a children's jury as both humorous and profound.

Director John Sheedy's film was named in the Crystal Bear awards for films shown in the Generations section for young people.

H is for Happiness.

The jury described the story of a year seven girl who tries to repair her fractured family as “a
motivating film from start to finish … a humorous and at the same time profound film".

The accolade followed a rave review from the festival in trade magazine Variety.

H is for Happiness … provides feel-good entertainment for the entire family without pandering — and definitely without sacrificing style or substance,” wrote critic Alissa Simon.

“In his feature-helming debut, Aussie theatre director John Sheedy proves a talent to watch. Imagine a cross between John Hughes and Wes Anderson with a soupcon of Pedro Almodovar, and you get an idea of the film’s playful stylisation and witty direction.”

The award came on the last day of the Berlin Film Festival, which, under its new artistic director,
Carlo Chatrian, has taken a turn towards the arthouse and adventurous, featuring very few names
known outside the festival circuit.

Richard Roxburgh, Daisy Axon and Emma Booth in H is for Happiness.Credit:David Dare Parker

The Golden Bear for the best film in the main competition went to Iranian film There is No Evil  by Mohammad Rasoulof, a compendium of four stories dealing with personal moral responsibility under a despotic regime.

Jury prizes went to a film about a teenage girl who has to leave her home in rural Pennsylvania for New York to get an abortion, Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and to Korean regular Hong Sang-soo for The Woman who Ran.

Among the Silver Bears, the D’Innocenzo brothers’ film about life on the Roman outskirts, Bad Tales, won a script prize; German favourite Paula Beer won best actress for her performance as a spurned lover in Christian Petzold’s sparkling Undine, while best actor went to Elio Germano for his energetic portrayal of “outsider” artist Antonio Ligabue in Italian director Giorgio Diritti’s Hidden Away. Germano also starred in Bad Tales.

Political controversy is always part and parcel of the Berlinale experience; its 70th edition was no
exception.

Even before the festival began, there was a flurry to replace the longstanding Alfred Bauer prize, named for the festival’s first director, when evidence of his involvement with Nazi film politics came to light.

Replacement prize Silver Bear: 70th Berlinale went to French mischief-makers Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern for their hilarious Delete History, about three social media victims who hit back at the tech giants.

During the festival, there was a small storm of controversy around Natasha Dau, a two-hour excerpt of the seven-hour DAU project set on a secret military weapons research station in the Ukraine during the '50s.

The DAU project was filmed over a period of years, during which the largely amateur cast lived as their characters, whether or not cameras were rolling.

The Natasha section won a Silver Bear for Jurgen Jurge’s black and white cinematography.

Before the awards were announced, a delegation of Russian journalists wrote an open letter to the festival accusing the filmmakers of psychological and physical brutality, especially towards the women required to have sex, endure physical humiliation and get dangerously drunk on camera.

How does this square, the letter asks, with a post-Weinstein era of “struggle against the culture of violence and abuse in the film industry?”

In a press conference, co-director Ilya Khrzhanovsky dismissed similar accusations as “a bit fashionable”, thus adding fuel to the flames.

The festival has yet to respond.

Of course, a festival of 300 films extends well beyond its 18-film competition.

Showstoppers such as a Hillary Clinton documentary series and the Australian film High Ground were shown under the banner “Berlinale Special”, while the most popular film among critics was indisputably Victor Kossakovsky’s Gunda, a rich black-and-white documentary portrait of a sow and her piglets.

Quite why Gunda’s piggy world was so riveting remains a puzzle, but it seemed like a harbinger of surprises to come.

H is for Happiness is currently in Australian cinemas.

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8 Credible Sources To Check For Coronavirus Updates

Since the beginning of the outbreak in December 2019, news pertaining to the spread of the coronavirus has dominated headlines and now, misinformation is spreading with it. The virus has affected every continent on the globe, save Antarctica, and was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Jan. 30. Because fear of the virus continues to fuel myths about it, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting coronavirus updates from credible sources.

According to the BBC, false information ranging from suggested medical care to conspiracy theories have been seen widely around the web, shared, and reposted by the thousands of people on social media. One example the BBC reported on was a Facebook post shared over 16,000 times that advises people in the Philippines to "keep your throat moist," not eat spicy food, and "load up on vitamin C" to prevent the disease. The post has since been labeled on Facebook as "false information, checked by independent fact-checkers," but other inaccurate posts continue to be shared. Misinformation might sound like an innocuous annoyance, but in reality there is danger in sharing and consuming stories that are not imperviously factual.

For the record, keeping your throat moist and avoiding spicy foods won’t help you fight coronavirus, but apparently some vitamins could help boost your immunity in high doses. Dr. Steven Gundry, MD tells Bustle, "I recommend that my patients up their vitamin D3 intake to get levels to about 120 nanograms per milliliter," as vitamin D3 can help regulate the immune system’s response to viral infections. Additionally, Dr. Gundry suggests taking "timed release vitamin C 1,000 milligrams twice a day, or chewing 500 milligram tabs four times a day.”

Note that increasing vitamin intake only has the potential to work if you also follow other basic precautions, like keeping your hands clean, and avoiding touching your face or being around people who are sick.

Aside from prioritizing your own health, Dr. Gundry has additional advice for limiting engagement with false information and harmful myths. "Pease stay off the internet, trolling [unreliable] sites, because they can have a lot of disinformation that promotes hysteria," Dr. Gundry tells Bustle. On top of non-governmental organizations and public health groups, you can count on reputable news media outlets to provide straightforward reporting on the outbreak.

The Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)

The CDC is the leading public health institute in nation, and has been very closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak from the start. The site features the standard of reliable information for situational updates regarding the epidemic, and other resources for staying healthy and informed. On the landing page, there is a disclaimer that states "this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance," which proves to be typically faster than many news outlets as it’s a primary source.

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is a specialized agency that is solely dedicated to international health concerns. On its emergency page, it has an ever-updating scroll of coronavirus news. With more than 7,000 people working in 150 different countries, it’s a well-rounded source of information.

Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere)

Project HOPE is an organization that helps provide local health care workers with the resources they need to do their job, especially in the middle of a health crisis. While the coronavirus updates are not live, the organization’s site is a reliable source for basic information on the virus, how to spot symptoms, and what you need to know about donating and staying informed. Check out its facts page for reliable stats and figures.

Save The Children

Save the Children, the non-profit organization that provides health and emergency aid to children, has a "facts and figures" coronavirus informational page which covers the virus and its effects extensively. The page is updated daily, so all of the data will reflect the current sick rate, death toll, and the number of people infected in each country. You can also learn more about how to make a safe donation and what work the organization is doing to help.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA has a "Get Ready Factsheet" that features a condensed breakdown of facts and figures pertaining to the virus. If you’re looking for a straightforward one-sheet of current information on the virus, you’ll find it here. The fact sheet can be downloaded as a PDF and is printer-friendly so that you can easily share it with your office or family.

The New York Times

This publication has a "Live Updates" tab on its homepage that’s continuously added to throughout the day. Almost every time you refresh the page, the information is updated with stats that are constantly edited to reflect the current rates.

CNN

CNN’s home page has a tab that reads "Live Updates: Coronavirus," which features real-time information throughout the day. You can choose to view all global updates, just updates from Europe, the US, Asia, or Italy. The update feed includes everything from breaking news to press conference coverage, to Q&A’s that address reader’s questions.

Aljazeera

The network’s home page has a link to a coronavirus update feed that’s refreshed with new information every few minutes. On the right hand side of the page you’ll find a "fast facts" feature that states the current stats for fast references.

Experts:

Dr. Steven Gundry, MD, founder of the International Heart & Lung Institute.

Study Cited:

Beard, J. A., Bearden, A., & Striker, R. (2011, March). Vitamin D and the anti-viral state. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3308600/

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