Reactions to a pandemic, then and now

Coronavirus | Initially different, then similarly protective
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/28/20, 02:00 pm

Oh, those good old days. R. R. Reno, editor of First Things, wrote this week, “More than one hundred years ago, Americans were struck by a terrible flu pandemic that affected the entire world. Their reaction was vastly different from ours. They continued to worship, go to musical performances, clash on football fields, and gather with friends.” 

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‘Wash your hands, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo’

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/27/20, 01:20 pm

“Baby Shark” has a new purpose, in addition to entertaining children and annoying parents. Pinkfong has reworked the tune to promote hygiene during the coronavirus pandemic. The #BabySharkHandWashChallenge encourages parents to upload videos of their children washing their hands to the song.

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U.S. has most coronavirus infections

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/27/20, 11:12 am

In New York City, 13 people died of COVID-19 at one Queens hospital in a single day. Some hospitals have so many dying patients the city brought in refrigerated truck trailers to hold bodies as a precaution, while EMT workers responded to nearly 5,800 calls on Thursday alone. Mardi Gras took place a month ago, before most gathering bans took effect, making New Orleans a hot spot for the disease. Now, more than 2,300 people have tested positive in Louisiana. “In the last two weeks our growth rate has been faster than any state or country in the world,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

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