More Posts On: Health and Environment

14 Reasons Why Anyone Would Want to Wear a Mask

“And how about 14 reason why WEAR a mask? I do not recall any country in the world which made such a fuss about mask. Americans pay the price. Unfortunately the one who wear a mask for those jerks who do not.”

That paragraph you just read was written by…

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New York to Enact Random Checkpoints Throughout the City

To comply with the travel restrictions of the state of New York pertaining to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, the city of New York is enacting random checkpoints throughout the city in order to catch any individual — regardless of whether the individual is staying in the city or simply passing through; and this includes legal residents of the city of New York who have traveled to those other states — who has spent greater than 24 hours in any of the 34 states and Puerto Rico which is on the restricted list of the state of New York within the last 14 days.

The specific locations of exactly where the checkpoints will be located — as well as whether they will remain in static locations versus being moved to different locations around the city — have not been publicly revealed at the time this article was written.

State law in New York requires anyone entering the state who has spent greater than 24 hours in any state on the aforementioned restricted list to…

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Two Additional Passport Agencies Reopen August 2020

Since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020 — along with the staggered reopening of 18 passport agencies and passport centers as part of the first phase, with six of them in the second phase as of Monday, July 27, 2020 — at least 1,694,000 passports have been issued, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States.

The number of passports currently awaiting issuance is still steadily decreasing compared to what the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States has awaiting issuance in normal circumstances.

The table shown above reflects each week — from Thursdays through Wednesdays — since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020; and the backlog of…

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2019 Novel Coronavirus Going Away Anytime Soon? Forget About It.

If you are hoping that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus will go away anytime soon, forget about it, according to the acknowledgements of both the current director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States and the current Director-General of the World Health Organization.

One acknowledgement occurred during…

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Update August 4 2020: Face Masks Required at These Rental Car Facilities in the United States

First, airlines started to require that passengers and employees wear masks or cloth coverings for their faces in response to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Then, lodging companies started following the lead of the American Hotel and Lodging Association — which is an organization that represents the lodging industry in the United States — which released a checklist of guidelines for the standardization of the safety experience of both guests and employees of hotel and resort properties throughout the United States on Thursday, July 16, 2020…

…and now, additional rental car companies are requiring that masks or cloth coverings for the face be worn in their facilities effective as of Tuesday, August 4, 2020 since this original article was posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

For example…

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“Perverse”: Economic Incentive to Inflate Death Count of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acknowledged at Official Hearing

Robert R. Redfield — who is the current director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — acknowledged in a hearing last week that an economic incentive may have contributed to how physicians and hospitals attributed the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to the number of deaths in the United States.

That acknowledgement occurred during a hearing called…

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Editorial: Is Freedom of Speech in Danger?

I did not expect the number of responses I received in such a short period of time since I posted this article pertaining to whether the Comments section of The Gate should remain open or be closed — and frankly, I was heartened with the general response overall from you.

The good news is that…

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Face Mask Policies Further Restricted by Marriott and Delta Air Lines

Masks or coverings for the nose and mouth are already required by most airlines and lodging companies — as well as many rental car companies — for both employees and customers; but two companies in particular have further restricted the policies pertaining to wearing them.

In order to promote the health and safety of its communities, face coverings are now required for guests and associates in all indoor public areas of the hotel and resort properties of…

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