Coronavirus Today: A weekend at home

Around the nation and the world
The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to restrict all nonessential travel across their shared border, President Trump said Friday. But even a partial closure of the border is likely to affect Mexico’s struggling economy, which appears headed for a recession.

Activists are pleading with officials to take preventive measures to protect incarcerated people, saying prison and jail overcrowding is a life-or-death issue. The American Civil Liberties Union has called for the immediate release of inmates who are over the age of 65 or have an underlying medical condition and whose sentences would be completed within the next two years.

Miami Beach usually swarmed this time of year with budget-minded students seeking cheap hotel rooms and plentiful booze, has been shut down, leaving the city almost unrecognizable. “Spring break is cancelled,” Mayor Dan Gelber said.

Celebrities are taking to social media to denounce racism toward Asian  Los Angeles News Americans. “Please, please stop the prejudice and senseless violence against Asian people,” said “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim. In a video, he called out “certain political leaders,” such as President Trump, who have falsely dubbed the coronavirus the “Chinese virus.”

To Asian nations that have largely corralled their outbreaks, the shambolic U.S. response to the pandemic has elicited confusion, horror and even a measure of pity. This week, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma sent a shipment of 1 million masks and 500,000 coronavirus test kits to “our friends in America.” One American in Singapore said, “It feels very strange to say that I feel safer here than in my home country.”

Your questions answered
Today’s reader question comes from Renata Ooms, who wants to know: What extra precautions should pregnant women in the first and second trimesters be taking? Reporter and expectant mother Hannah Frye interviewed doctors and health experts for this first-person column.

There is little data available on how the coronavirus affects pregnant women. But so far, doctors said that researchers have not seen early signals suggesting an increased risk of Press Release Distribution Services In Los Angeles complications or birth defects associated with pregnant women and fetuses exposed to the coronavirus.

“These are scary times, and I think a lot of people, including pregnant women, are afraid,” said Dr Denise Jamieson, chair of the department of gynaecology and obstetrics at the Emory University School of Medicine in Georgia. “Luckily this is not a virus that seems to disproportionately affect pregnant women. They can take solace in that.”

In any case, health officials are urging pregnant women, along with the elderly and others with weakened immune systems, to do their best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus. Doctors suggest staying home as much as possible, avoiding crowds — including long lines at supermarkets and other stores — and staying away from emergency rooms. And, of course, frequent hand washing.
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