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The exodus of the wealthy from cities reveals the problems with individualism
New York’s gilded Upper East Side has been rendered a ghost town. The tourists are at home; the shops are shuttered, with their shelves bereft. Many of its residents, meanwhile, are as far away from the new center of a global pandemic as their wealth can take them—in the country, by the shore, on a hilltop, virtually anywhere else.
It’s the same story all over the world: The wealthy are experiencing coronavirus differently. Some have gone to their second or third homes or to visit family members in more remote locations. (In the interests of full transparency, I have spent the past two weeks staying with my mother at her home in rural Connecticut.) Others have paid thousands for short-term rentals: In France and the UK, sleepy country towns are overrun with weekenders hunkering down for the long haul, while entire hotels in Ireland have been bought out by families fleeing cities. In the US, Airbnb saw year-on-year revenue in rural areas increased by $280 million in March 2020, or almost 30%, while revenue in urban areas fell by $75 million, according to data from AirDNA. In the same period, bookings in Manhattan and New Jersey fell by 66%, while bookings in some Cape Cod towns have soared by as much as 600%.
Commentators widely agree that this is selfish, unfair, and in some cases actively dangerous. Writing in the Atlantic, travel journalist Nathan Thornburgh warns prospective emigrants that by leaving now, “you are nakedly prioritizing your comfort and peace of mind over the physical health of others.” Even tourism officials have asked would-be visitors to stay home: “This is something I thought I’d never have to say throughout my tourism career, but please stay home at this time,” Carol Chaplin, CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, said in a press release.
A man was showing symptoms of coronavirus, but came to the hospital to see his partner give birth
10 charged at Lakewood engagement party in violation of coronavirus lockdown, cops say
MAN ALLEGEDLY OPENS FIRE AFTER BEING CONFRONTED FOR COUGHING WITHOUT COVERING HIS MOUTH AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC
LGBT community raided in Uganda over social distancing
Man accused of ordering hit on dad in McDonald’s can’t have corona-pass: judge
Area Hobby Lobby stores have been shut down as nonessential businesses
Perv in a face mask sought for groping Brooklyn subway rider
Philadelphia hospital to remain closed amid coronavirus pandemic after owner demands big fee: report
I’m Having a Lifesaving Affair, but Social Distancing Is Keeping Us Apart
Dear How to Do It,
I’m having a wonderful affair with a man. We’re both married, but we’re careful and responsible—it’s what we both need to survive in our marriages, and it’s what’s best for both of us. (Without saying too much, in our situation, divorce would destroy our big, happy, extended immigrant families. I’m not looking for judgment on that.)
The problem is social distancing because of the coronavirus. Our spouses and kids are now both home full time, and getting away to see each other has been impossible. I’m miserable without the sex and companionship, and so is the man I’m seeing. At one point, he suggested meeting in our cars by the grocery store. I obviously declined. Then today, he called me and said to go to my window and waved to me from his car (we live about two neighborhoods apart). I was moved by the gesture, but it worried me. I feel like I am on the verge of doing something risky, and all this time with my husband, who is a kind man, is making me want to lash out and tell him I don’t love him.
What can I do to keep my head on straight here? I would be cast out of my family if this came out, but this whole situation is making me feel out of control.
—Swelter in Place
EXCLUSIVE: Ritzy celebrity enclaves like Beverly Hills and Bel Air are hit hardest by coronavirus with number of cases higher than most other neighborhoods in LA county
The mansion-lined celebrity hotspots of Los Angeles have been hit hard by coronavirus, the latest figures reveal.
Data published by LA County Public Health shows the wealthy enclaves in LA County have hundreds of cases, higher than most other neighborhoods in the area.
In total LA County has recorded 2,.474 cases, 44 deaths and 492 hospitalized
And the figures show celebrity filled areas like Beverly Hills, Brentwood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills all have a high number of cases.
Anti-LGBTQ hate group will defend megachurch pastor arrested for defying coronavirus measures
The anti-LGBTQ hate group Liberty Counsel has announced they will represent Florida pastor Rodney Howard-Browne after he was arrested for refusing to abide by a government order limiting public gatherings. The group serves as the legal arm of the religious right movement.
The organization also represented disgraced Kentucky former county clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to follow a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses after same-sex marriage was legalized. They are also arguing cases before the Supreme Court to allow discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Liberty Counsel claims that Howard-Browne’s church observed social distancing guidelines and kept congregants apart by six feet, but video from the services clearly shows dozens of people crowded together for hours.
Another Pastor Charged With Defying Coronavirus Orders Against Large Gatherings
HIV patients left vulnerable amid pandemic, experts say
The Trump administration’s goal of halting HIV transmission by 2030 is being swamped by the coronavirus crisis, with many sexual health clinics closing their doors and local health departments' infectious disease staff being redeployed to emergency response roles.
That's raising concern about the large population of people living with undiagnosed and untreated HIV, whose compromised immune systems could put them at higher risk of succumbing to coronavirus.
“Those individuals are going to be susceptible to opportunistic infections and would be at considerable risk if they are exposed to Covid-19,” said Christopher Hall, an infectious disease physician in San Francisco and the chairman of the clinical advisory council for the National Coalition of STD Directors.
It's an especially vulnerable population, Hall said. Nearly half of people living with HIV in the U.S. are over 50 years old. Up to half smoke cigarettes, potentially worsening their outcomes from respiratory infections like the coronavirus. And many have preexisting health conditions like diabetes and hypertension that dramatically increase the odds of mortality.
New York woman punched, robbed for wearing respirator mask at store, authorities say
HILTON, N.Y. – Four teens are accused of punching and robbing a woman at a Hilton, New York, business because she was wearing a respirator mask, authorities announced Tuesday.
Deputies responded to a Family Dollar on March 23 for the report of a robbery.
A woman said a group of people confronted her because she was "wearing a respirator mask" inside the store, officials with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said. "The victim was being harassed by the group of people who were stating she was infected with the coronavirus."
As she exited the store, the woman was punched in the face by multiple people and her keys and wallet were stolen, deputies said. The victim sustained minor injuries.
CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public
Should we all be wearing masks? That simple question is under review by officials in the U.S. government and has sparked a grass-roots pro-mask movement. But there’s still no consensus on whether widespread use of facial coverings would make a significant difference, and some infectious disease experts worry that masks could lull people into a false sense of security and make them less disciplined about social distancing.
In recent days, more people have taken to covering their faces, although it remains a scattershot strategy driven by personal choice. The government does not recommend it.
That may change. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering altering the official guidance to encourage people to take measures to cover their faces amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing matter of internal discussion and nothing has been finalized.
This ‘mostly straight’ guy is falling for his bisexual roommate while they’re trapped together in coronavirus lockdown
He wrote: “Jake’s a pretty casually physically affectionate guy in general… I’m not as much that way as he is because I was kinda raised in ‘men don’t hug’ kinda household where physical affection was rarely given, if it was given at all, but I’m cool with him being like that and actually kinda appreciate it.”
The two men are currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, and have only had each other for company.
The original poster (OP) said he has a condition which causes extreme fatigue and so he needs to take naps during the day, and used to do this on the sofa when his roommate was out.
He said: “Since quarantine, he’s obviously been here every time. He’s been very accommodating and sweet about it.
Malaysia urges women to wear make-up and 'stop nagging' their husbands in 'sexist' ad campaign on how to avoid domestic disputes during coronavirus lockdown
Malaysian authorities have advised women to wear make-up and avoid nagging their husbands during the coronavirus lockdown, sparking accusations of sexism.
The south-east Asian nation has ordered its 32million people to stay at home to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 2,700 people there.
One showed a picture of a couple hanging up clothes together next to a caption that advised women to 'avoid nagging' their husbands.
Another post said women should imitate the squeaky voice of Doraemon, a cartoon robot cat from Japan that is popular across Asia.
The internet is under huge strain because of the coronavirus. Experts say it can cope — for now
With daily life changing for many around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, a huge surge in internet traffic has led to worries over the resilience of the infrastructure that keeps things humming.
As the COVID-19 disease spreads, authorities in many countries — from the U.K. to India — have implemented nationwide lockdowns, forcing people to work remotely while children are sent home from schools.
In Britain, internet service providers have seen double-digit increases in broadband usage, with BT claiming traffic on its fixed network climbed as much as 60% compared to normal weekdays, while Vodafone says it’s seen mobile data traffic increase by 50% in some markets.
“This is an increase we would normally expect to see in a year,” Chintan Patel, Cisco’s chief technologist in the U.K., told CNBC. “We’re now obviously seeing that in a matter of days and weeks.”
The big uncertainty going forward, he says, is not knowing how long the pandemic — and the nationwide shutdowns it has caused — will last.
If engineers are required to self-isolate, for instance, this may make it harder for telecommunications companies to maintain the copper and fiber cables and other equipment needed to deliver broadband.
“With physical networks, you still need to do a certain amount of maintenance,” Thillien told CNBC. “Whether or not this continues for longer time is the main uncertainty.”
“Twinks for Trump” founder held a “corona potluck” to spread the virus
“Twink for Trump” Lucian Wintrich talked to the New York Post about a “corona potluck” – a get-together he organized where he discouraged people from washing their hands – that he organized earlier this month.
Wintrich, who parlayed his notoriety from the group Twinks for Trump into a paid gig at the far-right website Gateway Pundit, said that the idea was inspired by “chickenpox parties” – where parents take their kids to deliberately infect them with the disease.
Rodney Howard-Browne, Megachurch Pastor Who Flouted Virus Rules, Arrested
University that punishes students for being gay told kids to go to class during coronavirus. Now they’re really ill
‘Sick experiment’: Arizona not implementing coronavirus lockdown measures
Crowds ignore social distancing rules to watch USNS Comfort
Feds: Price-Gouging Suspect Coughed on FBI Agents, Said He Had Coronavirus
THE HAMPTONS BEACHES FILLING UP ... Social Distancing Struggle Is Real!!!
Be a good Samaritan: N.Y. lawmaker calls out minister for anti-LGBTQ remarks
Woman Charged With Terrorist Threat After Coughing On $35,000 Worth Of Groceries
Who’s the biggest COVIDIOT of them all — you be the judge
Crime Drops in Lockdown, Domestic Violence Risk Climbs
With more than two-thirds of the U.S. population ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s tougher for burglars to find an empty house to target. But the cooped-up residents seem more likely to fight each other.
That’s what crime statistics show in major U.S. cities where residents are spending almost all their time inside.
In Los Angeles, property crime was down 18% in the four weeks that ended March 21 from the previous four weeks. Calls for police services in Chicago have declined 30% for the month and crime in New York City fell almost 25% in the week ended March 22, compared with the week before.
But with people stuck indoors enduring the stress of an unprecedented public-health crisis and worrying about jobs disappearing, domestic squabbles are rising.
In Seattle, police got 614 domestic violence calls in the first two weeks of March, a 22% increase from a year earlier.
Anti-LGBTQ hate groups on the rise in U.S., report warns
The number of anti-LGBTQ hate groups soared 43 percent last year, rising from 49 groups in 2018 to 70 in 2019, according to a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Groups that vilify the LGBTQ community, in fact, represented the fastest-growing sector among hate groups in 2019,” the report states. The SPLC found the surge in anti-LGBTQ groups occurred amid an overall decrease in hate groups last year, which dropped to 940 from an all-time high of 1,020 in 2018.
The report said the surge was “possibly fueled by continued anti-LGBTQ sentiment and policy emanating from government officials,” largely attributing it to the Trump administration.
Man with 75 convictions is released once again after threatening to stab two gay men with a syringe
Horrific propaganda campaign claims coronavirus is spread by talking to transgender people
Iraqis accuse religious leader of ‘weaponising’ coronavirus by blaming the pandemic on same-sex marriage
Guy in an open relationship has the absolute worst reaction to his wife getting a girlfriend
Writing anonymously on Reddit, the woman said she is “confused and hurt” by her husband’s hostile response to her new partner.
She explained that she has been with her husband for seven years. For around six of those years, they were in a monogamous relationship, but last year her husband suggested they open up their marriage to include other people.
The woman was scared about the prospect of an open relationship, and not entirely comfortable with the idea, but her husband said he would leave her if she didn’t agree as it was what he wanted.
But the man apparently got more than he bargained for when his wife introduced a female partner into the mix.
Initially, the couple encountered stumbling blocks when her husband’s partners did not want to have threesomes, which left the woman feeling “dejected and upset”.
Church that thinks homosexuality is ‘destructive’ stays open during coronavirus because it’s a ‘divine institution’
The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has announced that it is “not of the view” that services need to stop to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
This statement was issued two days ago, in the wake of UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s March 16 briefing that said everyone must avoid both “mass gatherings” and “pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues”.
The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland said: “Although many have interpreted UK government advice and remarks [about coronavirus] as meaning that all services in church buildings should cease, and have stopped meeting, the Church Interests Committee is not of that view.”
Extremist pastor claims the death of an LGBT+ lawyer from coronavirus was ‘God’s judgement’
Churchgoers all over world ignore physical distancing advice
Trump wants 'packed churches' on Easter. Pastors expect their doors to be shut.
At least 40,000 quarantined in India after single priest spread coronavirus
Blaze engulfs historic Baltimore church, topples its steeple
Bishop hits out at 'selfish' parishioners putting pressure on priests to hold mass
Evangelist who mocked coronavirus response as anti-Trump “mass hysteria” dies from COVID-19