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These Newborns Are Getting Baby-Sized Face Shields To Protect Them From COVID-19

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If safety comes first, cuteness definitely comes second when it comes to a few precious photos coming out of Thailand during the coronavirus pandemic.

Several of the nation’s hospitals are sharing photos of newborns being outfitted in tiny face shields to protect them from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

A newborn baby wearing a face shield at a hospital in Bangkok.

Getty images uploaded a few photos by Lillian Suwanrumpha taken at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok on Thursday. The photos, taken in the maternity ward, show nurses in surgical masks cradling newborns wrapped in blankets and sporting itty-bitty plastic visors that make the children look like miniature welders.

Nurses holding newborn babies wearing face shields at Bangkok's Praram 9 Hospital.

In a statement on Facebook, translated by Buzzfeed News, Praram 9 Hospital said that the masks were being used “because safety is what we care about the most.” The statement also noted that the translucent shields are designed to block sneeze and cough droplets from reaching the babies’ faces. 

A snoozing infant wearing the face shield.

Paolo Hospital in the Samut Prakan province also posted adorable photos of babies in their delivery ward decked out in Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). 

“We have extra protection measures for little ones and friends, with face shield for newborns. So cute!” the hospital wrote on its Facebook post, translated by Mashable SE Asia. “Congratulations to all mothers and dads.”

The New York Post also compiled some footage of babies in a hospital in Samut Prakan protected by face shields topped with little crowns (In the video atop this story). 

A baby looking royally sweet in a a hospital in Samut Prakan, Thailand .

The visors are an effort to give new parents at these hospitals “peace of mind,” reports BBC Thailand, as translated by Buzzfeed.

According to the outlet, the masks are meant to help parents transport infants from the hospital to their home. They are not meant to be worn all the time and could become unhygienic for the newborns.

A nurse holding a newborn baby wearing a face shield — perhaps not happily — at Praram 9 Hospital.

As of Friday, Thailand had reported more than 2,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 33 deaths, according to the country’s ministry of public health.

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Boris Johnson Now Able To Do ‘Short Walks’

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Boris Johnson has been able to do “short walks” between periods of rest as part of his care to aid his recovery, Downing Street has said.

The UK prime minister is back on a ward at St Thomas’ Hospital after being discharged from the intensive care unit where he was being treated for Covid-19.

“The prime minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery,” a No.10 spokesperson said.

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“He has spoken to his doctors and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received.

“His thoughts are with those affected by this terrible disease.” 

The number of people who have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen by 980 in 24 hours.

The PM last night returned to a ward after spending three nights in intensive care being treated for coronavirus.

His father, Stanley, said his son “almost took one for the team” and will need a period of rest before he can “pick up the reins” at No.10.

In an interview on Friday, Stanley Johnson said the whole family is “amazingly grateful” for the efforts of the NHS and for the huge outpouring of support for his son.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that his son’s illness had underlined the seriousness of the pandemic.

“To use that American expression, he almost took one for the team. We have got to make sure we play the game properly now,” the PM’s father said.

“This is pretty straightforward now,” he added. “He must rest up. As I understand it, he has moved from the ICU into a recovery unit, but I don’t think you can say this is out of the woods now.

“He has to take time. I cannot believe you can walk away from this and get straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins without a period of readjustment.”

The comments are likely to be taken as a further indication that foreign secretary Dominic Raab will continue to deputise for the PM in the coming days.

Ministers have been at pains to stress that the business of government will continue while Johnson is treated and recovers from his illness. 

Delta Tells Sick Flight Attendants: ‘Do Not Post’ On Social Media Or Notify Fellow Crew

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Delta Air Lines has directed flight attendants who test positive for the coronavirus to “refrain from notifying” fellow crew members or posting about their health on social media, according to an email HuffPost reviewed.

The email, sent Thursday afternoon to more than 25,000 flight attendants, stated that Delta management will “follow an established process” to alert co-workers who recently came in contact with flight attendants who “are symptomatic or diagnosed with COVID-19,” the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. 

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“Please refrain from notifying other crew members on your own,” read the email, which was sent at 2:20 pm Eastern time. “Once you have completed the reporting procedures listed above, leaders will follow the established process to notify any impacted flight attendants.” 

The email provides phone numbers for hotlines to report diagnoses and inform management of plans to take an absence, and urges employees to “please ensure you complete these actions as soon as symptoms occur.”

The near-empty check-in area for Delta Air Lines' terminal in Las Vegas last month. 

But the instructions also warn against sharing any information on social media or the company’s intranet: “Please do not post on social media (including SkyHub) about your health status.” 

“Employees have freedom of speech about their health,” one flight attendant, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being fired, told HuffPost in a text message Thursday night. “No employer can take that away. We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves, our coworkers and everyone we come in contact with.”

At 9 am on Friday, Delta said it posted an update on its employee intranet asking that flight attendants allow management to handle communicating new infections because “we take the responsibility of notifying all of our Delta people seriously and have a strong protocol in place to ensure we get in touch with anyone potentially exposed to provide support.” 

“Indeed, it was not our intent to cause confusion among flight attendants on this,” Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant told HuffPost by email. He added that “there are no plans to penalize anyone” who violates the protocols. 

At least one flight attendant said they received a call from Delta’s human resources department about social media updates they posted about a colleague who is currently on a ventilator in intensive care, but HuffPost could not independently verify the details of the conversation. 

HuffPost obtained audio of a voicemail received by another flight attendant who came in contact with a colleague who tested positive for the virus. The two-minute voicemail, from an employee in Delta’s Atlanta headquarters, alerts the flight attendant that they “may have been exposed in the last 14 days to a person on your recent rotation who may have had symptoms of COVID-19,” but encourages them to continue working. 

“I’m sharing this information with you for your awareness,” the caller said in the voicemail. “We have evaluated your level of exposure, and because of this, you may continue to fly while self-monitoring for symptoms for 14 days.”

Coronavirus is highly contagious and can be transmitted by individuals who are asymptomatic.

The updated procedure came a week after a leaked video revealed that a Delta executive ordered pilots who test positive for the virus to withhold the diagnosis from crew members. The video drew heated criticism from flight attendants, whose attempts to unionise at the world’s highest-revenue-generating airline have been fiercely opposed by management.

“It’s a sad, sad situation that the flight attendants and other workers at Delta ― groundworkers, ticket agents, ramp services and mechanics ― don’t know if they can trust the company now,” James Carlson ― the assistant airline coordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union with which flight attendants at Delta are seeking representation ― told HuffPost last week. 

Since then, the number of pilots who tested positive nearly doubled to 57, according to figures reported Friday morning on the pilots’ union website

Employees have freedom of speech about their health. No employer can take that away. We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves, our coworkers and everyone we come in contact with.Delta flight attendant

The airline industry is facing dramatic upheaval from the pandemic. Congress approved $50 billion in aid for passenger carriers as part of its $2.2 trillion emergency relief package. But as layoffs mount, analysts say the only hope of averting more job cuts is a swift return to normal air travel, a scenario that looks unlikely in the months ahead as the disease continues to spread and the death toll rises. 

Flight crew unions, meanwhile, have called for additional measures to curtail whatever unnecessary air travel remains scheduled. On Monday, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which is also running a union drive at Delta, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association called for “a halt to all leisure travel.” 

“We’re calling on a coordinated government response, we’re calling on all our airlines, and we’re also calling for leadership from DOT and FAA on advising the public that we do not need any leisure travel right now,” said Sara Nelson, the powerful head of the AFA-CWA, the nation’s largest flight attendants’ union. 



Mum Covers Her ICU Nurse Daughter In A Sheet Just So They Can Hug

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Although they only live 15 minutes away from each another, Cheryl Norton and her daughter Kelsey Kerr had not touched one another in a month — and that was tough for them.

“We’ve always been big huggers,” Kerr, 28, explained to Good Morning America on Wednesday. “And it’s been pretty unusual.”

The mother and daughter have been practicing strict social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic for a few reasons. Norton, 64, and her husband are vulnerable to the virus due to their ages and preexisting medical conditions. Kerr is an ICU nurse and due to her close proximity to patients with the virus, she didn’t want to risk transmitting it to her mom. 

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Due to this, Kerr and Norton have gotten into a strange rhythm the past few weeks.

When Kerr needs to pick something up at her mom’s house in Blue Ash, Ohio, she backs her car into the driveway. Norton then plops whatever her daughter needs into the trunk, and Kerr drives away.

But when Kerr stopped by her mom’s house in last week to pick up prayer squares for her patients, Norton couldn’t suppress her inner snuggle-monster any longer.

In a completely spontaneous move, Norton grabbed a sheet from her laundry basket, draped it over Kerr (who was wearing a face mask) and gave her daughter a hug outside.

Cheryl Norton, of Blue Ash, Ohio, gives her ICU nurse daughter a spontaneous hug by putting a sheet over her.

“It felt like my heart went, ’Ahhh,’” Norton told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It felt so good to hold her for a second.”

Liz Dufour, a family friend and photographer for the Enquirer, just happened to be walking in Norton’s neighborhood during the time of the hug and captured the sweet moment from a comfortable distance.

“The thing that was interesting about the photograph is you could see how tight she was holding me,” Norton said. “It was like she was home again. She was safe in my arms. For that moment, for that split second, she was safe.”

Kerr backed up her mother’s assessment of the moment on GMA.

“It was so nice,” Kerr, who is quarantining with her husband and their dog, told the morning talk show.

Kerr told GMA that in preparation for a possible COVID-19 surge, she’s been working four 12-hour shifts a week at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

“I see on social media that all these health care workers are feeling very isolated and I didn’t want that to happen to her,” Norton said of her reasoning behind taking the risk of giving her daughter some physical affection.

Norton also told the Enquirer: “I did it for me. But that was kind of selfish. I did it for her also because I didn’t want her to feel like she was contaminated.”


Justin Timberlake Complains ’24-Hour Parenting Is Just Not Human’ Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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People aren’t thrilled with Justin Timberlake’s comments lamenting the hardships of self-isolating with his wife Jessica Biel and their son at one of their homes in Montana. 

The entertainer appeared on “The Morning Mash Up” on SiriusXM Wednesday and said that while he and Biel are doing fine during the coronavirus pandemic, they might need some space from their five-year-old son Silas. 

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“We’re mostly commiserating over the fact that just 24-hour parenting is just not human,” Timberlake said, adding that the need for space goes both ways, as his son needs a break from him as well. 

“He gets a look,” Timberlake explained as his eyes widened. “I’m like, ’Alright, cool, let’s take a 20.”

As the hosts laughed, he added: “Alright, I got you. You know what I mean? Just a commercial break.” 

It’s unclear whether the family is in isolation with any household staff, though the couple has been open in the past about having a nanny ― Connie Simpson, known as the A-list nanny to the stars.

Some people weren’t exactly thrilled with Timberlake’s parenting complaints:

“You guys have one kid and millions of dollars i’m going to lose it,” GQ columnist Sophia Benoit wrote on Twitter alongside a screenshot of the singer’s comments. 

you guys have one kid and millions of dollars i’m going to lose it pic.twitter.com/3qmkJdKbXu

— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) April 9, 2020

The fact that…24 hour parenting…was new….

— Maddox (@MKPinDC) April 10, 2020

I’m parenting a toddler by myself, trying to simultaneously do that and work from home, and somehow expected to hold it together while my income was cut by 75%. I sincerely want them both punched in the face immediately.

— Kelly Ryan (@KayArePea) April 9, 2020

Hey @jtimberlake, cry me a fucking river about how you’re stuck in a mansion and “24-hour parenting isn’t human.” While I’m working as a nurse, trying to spend time with my kids but hoping I don’t contract this awful virus to spread to my family; you enjoy your life of leisure.

— Cooper (@RunningUnicorns) April 10, 2020

Cry Me A River

— Punchline22 (@Punchline221) April 9, 2020

Timberlake made another gaffe early on in the interview when he said he and Biel wanted to “to kind of do our part” during the pandemic by fleeing to  Montana. 

“To be honest, we thought the best way to kind of do our part was ― we have a place in Montana and so, we came up here,” he said. 

“We feel very lucky and kind of blessed that we’re in a place where — they’re pretty socially distant here anyway where our place is,” Timberlake said. “I mean just being able to kind of walk out into your driveway and maybe go for a little hike is always nice.” 

As people ― especially the wealthy ― escape densely packed urban areas for their vacation homes, rural areas and hospitals can struggle with a lack of resources and hospital beds to accommodate the influx. 

oh my god

“To be honest, we thought the best way to kind of do our part was—we have a place in Montana and so, we came up here” https://t.co/Ohy8PYN76o

— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) April 10, 2020

We have no resources and are currently crowdsourcing medical supplies. So how do we tell these clueless ppl to donate at least $50k towards PPE for our healthcare workers if they want to be “real” Montanans. $100k and I’ll even find them a belt buckle.

— leeanndroid (@leeanndroid) April 10, 2020

We thought the best way to do our part was to potentially spread the virus to rural communities.

— 🐇💭 (@Topdekfireblast) April 10, 2020

Trump Says Answer For When To Reopen US Economy Is In His Head

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President Donald Trump on Friday suggested he would use his own judgment, not any particular economic or health metrics, to decide when to reopen the economy.

Asked by a reporter at his administration’s daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic what metrics he would use to determine when to reopen the economy, Trump pointed to his head. “The metrics right here,” he said. “That’s my metrics. That’s all I can do.”

Trump said he would take the opinions of his medical advisers ― including Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Dr. Anthony Fauci ― into account, but would also listen to the guidance of Vice President Mike Pence and others.

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The coronavirus pandemic has shut down wide swaths of the American economy and has caused 18,000 deaths in the US so far. Some Trump advisers and business leaders have lobbied the president to end the social distancing measures and closures meant to battle the spread of the disease soon in order to start rebuilding the economy and help the president win reelection.

But many medical experts have warned full economic activity won’t be able to resume for a month or more, and fear a second spike in the number of infections and deaths if government officials attempt to rush the reopening of society.

The president also repeated his false assertions that the U.S. is leading the world in testing for the novel coronavirus and that rural areas with few reported cases of the disease don’t need resources to conduct more tests.

“There’s not a lot of issues with testing,” Trump said at the briefing. “You don’t have to test every person in the state of Iowa. You don’t need to test every single person to say let’s open up, and say let’s get the tractors moving, let’s get the corn.”

Medical experts believe the spread of the virus, and potentially the death count, is underestimated because a lack of available coronavirus tests in many parts of the country. Trump, who promised last month that every American who wants a test would soon be able to access one, has lately downplayed the need for a national testing regime before the nation’s economy reopens.

“We’re leading the world now in testing, by far,” Trump said. While the U.S. has conducted more tests than any other country, a smaller portion of the country’s population has been tested than in nations like Switzerland, Germany and Canada.


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