COVID19 🦠 Newsbites
Miami Beach Issues Curfew To Curb Spring Break
Just as tens of thousands of revelers were dreaming of dancing the night away in Miami Beach on Saturday, the city abruptly declared a state of emergency. Local officials shutdown traffic on the causeways leading into the beach mecca, ordered outdoor restaurants to suspend outdoor dining starting at 7 p.m. and banned strolling on the city's iconic Ocean Drive after 8 p.m. The announcement came after cheap flights, discounted hotel rooms and new rules rolling back state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions led to a surge of visitors into Miami Beach and other Florida hotspots just as U.S. colleges pause for spring break.

"Too many people are coming here right now," Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said on Saturday as he proclaimed the state of emergency. "And too many people are coming here with bad intentions," Gelber said about large crowds that trashed outdoor seating areas at several restaurants on Friday night in the Art Deco section of the city adjacent to the beach.

"At night there is no question that it becomes a place that feels a little out of control or a lot out of control," the mayor said as he announced the 72 hour lockdown. "At times you see things that shouldn't happen and no community should have to endure."
Read the full article: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/03/21/979725701/miami-beach-issues-curfew-to-curb-spring-break-virus-knocks-vcu-from-march-madne

Police Break Up Spring Break Crowds in Miami Beach

The police fired pepper balls to disperse crowds after an 8 p.m. curfew went into effect on Saturday. Local Miami officials said people had flocked to the city because of its relatively few coronavirus restrictions.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000007666083/miami-police-break-up-spring-break-crowds.html

'Don't mess with us': history-making Korean American congresswomen fight back against racial bias
"This should not have to be said, but I want to be very clear. No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus does not discriminate, it affects everyone," Kim testified.

"Combating hate is not a partisan issue. We can all agree that violence against any community should never be tolerated," Steel later added.


Kim and Steel are the first Republican Korean American women to ever serve in Congress, sworn in along with history-making Rep. Marilyn Strickland of Washington state, a Democrat of Korean descent, in January.

"We are tough cookies. We're tiger moms. Don't mess with us," Kim said with a smile during an interview alongside Steel on Capitol Hill ahead of the hearing.

... Dealing with racial bias is par for the course for both Kim and Steel, especially since entering politics.

Steel said she's been on the receiving end of ugly racism since she won a seat on the California State Board of Equalization in 2006, which oversees several state taxes.

"The worst one was 'we don't eat dogs like you do,'" recalled Steel. She cleaned up another slur as "racist bitch" and said -- tongue in cheek -- that her "favorite" attack was someone calling her "Chairman Mao."

"You just ignore it. You do the better job. You have more enemies out there. Especially if these people are not really enemies, but they try to find somebody that they can blame," Steel said.
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/politics/badass-women-young-kim-michelle-steel-asian-american-women/index.html

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are variable, but often include fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste. Symptoms begin one to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. Most people (81%) develop mild to moderate symptoms (up to mild pneumonia), while 14% develop severe symptoms (dyspnea, hypoxia, or more than 50% lung involvement on imaging) and 5% of patients suffer critical symptoms (respiratory failure, shock, or multiorgan dysfunction). At least a third of the people who are infected with the virus remain asymptomatic and do not develop noticeable symptoms at any point in time, but can spread the disease. Some patients continue to experience a range of effects—known as long COVID—for months after recovery and damage to organs has been observed. Multi-year studies are underway to further investigate the long term effects of the disease.

Source: Coronavirus disease 2019 - Wikipedia