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White House advises cloth face masks

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/04/20, 12:38 pm

The Trump administration urges all Americans, but especially those in hard-hit coronavirus hotspots, to cover their faces when they go out. In guidance issued Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the general public should wear homemade cloth masks and save medical-grade supplies for healthcare workers.

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Shifting stances on face masks

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/03/20, 12:15 pm

People in COVID-19 hotspots likely should wear masks in public. The Trump administration is working on new guidelines encouraging the use of masks to slow the spread of the disease—a change in tone from earlier advice from global health officials. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio on Thursday asked residents to wear face coverings when they go outside.

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Democrats postpone convention

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/03/20, 11:41 am

So far, 15 states have delayed their primaries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And now the Democratic National Committee is bumping its presidential convention from mid-July to the week of Aug. 17. Party rules penalize states that hold primaries after June 9 by halving their delegate count. But most states rescheduled their votes to just before the cutoff. New York, however, pushed its primary back until June 23.

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