• Business
    The Conversation

    How coronavirus is changing the market for illegal drugs

    Prices are surging amid shortages and panic-buying – and we could soon be facing a public health disaster.

  • U.S.
    Reuters

    Coronavirus could kill 81,000 in U.S., subside in June - Washington University analysis

    The analysis, using data from governments, hospitals and other sources, predicts that the number of U.S. deaths could vary widely, ranging from as low as around 38,000 to as high as around 162,000. The variance is due in part to disparate rates of the spread of the virus in different regions, which experts are still struggling to explain, said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who led the study. The duration of the virus means there may be a need for social distancing measures for longer than initially expected, although the country may eventually be able relax restrictions if it can more effectively test and quarantine the sick, Murray said.

  • U.S.
    The Daily Beast

    Trump Says He Told Pence to Ignore Governors in Hard-Hit Areas If They Are ‘Not Appreciative’

    Shortly after the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 1,500 on Friday, President Donald Trump took to the podium at a White House press briefing and complained that certain state’s governors  are not “appreciative” enough of the federal government’s help—so much so that he said he’d told Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the coronavirus task force, to skip calling governors of some hard-hit areas.  Trump singled out the Democratic leaders of Washington and Michigan, noting that he had advised Pence not to call them as the healthcare crisis plagues their states and people fall sick and die. “He calls all the governors,” Trump said. “I tell him, I mean, I’m a different type of person. I say Mike, don’t call the governor of Washington, you’re wasting your time with him. Don’t call the woman in Michigan.” “If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call,” Trump said. Michigan’s health department is reporting 3,657 COVID-19 cases and 92 deaths. In Washington, there have been 3,700 cases, according to the state, and 175 deaths. “We have done a hell of a job,” Trump said. “The federal government has really stepped up.”Trump’s message to governors was that he wants “them to be appreciative.” The president’s comments Friday come as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shut down American life and states across the nation show a lack of uniformity on aggressive public health measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. Earlier this week, Trump began to push on an Easter timeline to re-open the country, despite warnings that such a timeline was unwise. Even some Republican governors have pushed back. Despite his earlier emphasis on Easter, he hedged when asked about the topic Friday. “I certainly want to get it open as soon as possible, I don’t want it to be long,” Trump said. “But we also want it to open safe, otherwise, what did we do?”These Republicans Think Trump’s Easter Deadline Doesn’t ‘Make Sense’At the start of the coronavirus task force briefing Trump said the nation’s governors “have been very gracious, for the most part.”“A couple that aren’t appreciative of the incredible job,” Trump said. “They have to do a better job themselves, that’s part of the problem.”He continued to praise his administration’s work, while scorning Washington Gov. Jay Inslee as “a failed presidential candidate.”“He leveled out at zero in the polls,” Trump said. “He’s constantly chirping and I guess complaining would be a nice way of saying it.”He then jumped to attacking another Democratic governor, Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan, all she does is, she has no idea what’s going on,” he said. “And all she does is say, ‘Oh, it’s the federal government’s fault.’ And we’ve taken such great care of Michigan.”Before long, Gov. Phil Murphy in New Jersey and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York were mentioned as Democrats who have been kinder. If New Jersey’s governor were asked how the federal government is doing, Trump mused, “I think he’d say great. I think. He’s a Democrat.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • World
    Storyful

    Saudi Nurse Breaks Down as He's Forced to Refuse Son's Hug After Work

    The emotional toll of the coronavirus on health care workers was captured in a heartbreaking video recorded in Saudi Arabia recently, showing a nurse having to refuse a hug from his little son after returning from work.In the video, Naser Ali Al-Shahrani, a nurse in Riyadh, becomes upset after he says “No, no!” to his son Mohamed as the little boy runs towards him with open arms.Al-Shahrani told Storyful that this scene occurs every day when he gets home from the hospital.“No matter what, we should never let our emotions prevail in order to preserve the safety of our children and to limit the spread of this epidemic,” he said.Al-Shahrani hoped that by sharing the video he could “touch the hearts of the people who do not follow coronavirus lockdown rules or other precautions, such as avoiding shaking hands.”The World Health Organization said Saudi Arabia had reported 1,012 cases of COVID-19 by March 26, with three deaths. Credit: Mohamed Ali Al-Shahrani via Storyful