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June 19, 2021
Whitmer responds to Atlas suggestion that Michigan should 'rise up'

What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, December 7

About 85% of the state’s 39 million residents are affected. The measures were triggered after the intensive care unit capacity in Southern California and San Joaquin Valley fell below 15% — a new requirement issued by Governor Gavin Newsom last week. Six Bay Area governments decided not to wait for ICU capacity to fall below that threshold, placing almost 6 million people under lockdown.

“Our hospitals are already at the brink,” said CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen, a former Baltimore City health commissioner. “And they are just at the brink of becoming so overwhelmed that patients are going to get less than ideal care.”

The epidemic is still growing exponentially in the US. It took almost 100 days for the US to reach 1 million infections after the first cases were confirmed on January 20. But in the first five days of this month, from Tuesday to Saturday, 1,000,882 cases were reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.

And while the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is expected as soon as this week, it will likely take a long time for life to return to normal. The first shipments of the vaccine won’t cover even the small number of people designated to be in the first group to be immunized, states are learning.

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Giuliani tests positive after crisscrossing the country

Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Trump announced Sunday. Giuliani later appeared to confirm his diagnosis by posting on Twitter that he’s “getting great care and feeling good.”

Giuliani was admitted to Georgetown University Hospital on Sunday, a source familiar confirmed to CNN.

The former mayor of New York has been crisscrossing the country, leading the President’s legal battle to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani has repeatedly disregarded public health guidelines, appearing maskless, shaking hands, hugging and taking pictures with people while not wearing a mask.

Meanwhile, Trump himself held a maskless rally in Georgia, once again flaunting guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Europe’s social safety net is considered the gold standard. Coronavirus has exposed its holes

While many European countries introduced support programs for workers affected by the pandemic, people are falling through the cracks. Most often, those who were already suffering the effects of inequality have been hit the hardest — lower-income workers, those in insecure jobs, young people, women and minority ethnic groups, Emma Reynolds reports.

Gupta: Science cannot rescue us from ourselves

Our human spirit has made us innovative, creative, resourceful and tenacious enough to see this dream of a vaccine bear fruit. But it’s our human behavior and biological reflexes that will dictate how deep our wounds ultimately go. No amount of science can rescue us from ourselves, CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta writes.

How to do effective contact tracing in immigrant communities

Contact tracing for Covid-19 in a Latino immigrant community has some unique challenges. But as public health officials in Telluride, Colorado, are showing, using resources from inside those communities can help track and contain the coronavirus.

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How to keep hope in bleak circumstances

Holding realism and idealism together is key to surviving any severe situation, whether that be imprisonment, depression or a pandemic, according to author and management consultant Jim Collins.

For many, that means acknowledging how widespread and deadly the pandemic is, while also believing that vaccines will eventually be widely available and we will get through it.

One of the best ways to seek perspectives, Collins explained, is by grounding yourself in reading about past crises, and contextualizing this moment as just part of the arc of a longer lifetime.

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“The quicker you get the overwhelming majority of people vaccinated, the quicker you’re gonna have an umbrella of herd immunity.” — Dr. Anthony Fauci

When and where can you get the vaccine? Can you choose which one you get? Dr. Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, answers all your questions about the vaccine at a CNN Town Hall. Listen Now.