April 3, 2020

Weekend reads: Is it safe to have a coronavirus 'buddy'?

Daily Briefing

    Ben Palmer's reads

    Lizzo is sending lunch to hospitals nationwide. Singer-songwriter and Grammy-winner Lizzo has been sending meals to medical staff nationwide as a thank you to the health care providers working in the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Lizzo sent meals to Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, along with a message saying, "Thank you, a thousand times thank you, for all of the hard work that you guys have been doing during this pandemic."

    This newspaper delivery man is delivering … groceries. Greg Dailey, a delivery man for the Star-Ledger, a local newspaper in Newark, New Jersey, has been delivering groceries to elderly people who might be afraid to leave their home because of the new coronavirus. After his paper route is over around 7 a.m., Dailey and his family go to two local grocery stores with shopping lists from the community, wipe everything they buy with disinfecting wipes, and make their deliveries.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    US alcohol sales are booming as more states issue stay at home orders. As the new coronavirus epidemic forces U.S. adults indoors, a lot of people are turning to alcohol to ease boredom and de-stress, resulting in a 55% increase in alcohol sales in the United States for the week ending in March 21, according to market research firm Nielsen. But experts warn that Americans should continue to drink in moderation, and note that alcohol may not be the most effective coping mechanism.

    Is it safe to have a 'coronavirus buddy?' As more states issue stay-at-home orders, a lot of people who live alone are beginning to feel lonely in lockdown. To ease the loneliness, some people have started seeing an exclusive, "close circle" of friends in person. However epidemiologists say that the strategy, while born out of good intentions, doesn't eliminate individual or population-level risk.

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