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19 hours ago

The pandemic is a global crisis, a national emergency and a local nightmare. The U.S., unlike South Korea and now Italy, has yet to show signs of bringing the runaway spread of the virus under control. However, while no single state is yet showing strong signs of bending the curve, some are faring much worse than others. How quickly is #coronavirus spreading in your state? Find out at the link in bio. In this photograph: a traffic message board encourages drivers to #flattenthecurve on a highway outside Albany, N.Y., last month. Photograph by Hilary Swift ( @hlswift )

22 hours ago

While practicing #socialdistancing , people watch cellist Jodi Beder perform a daily concert on her front porch in Mount Rainier, Md., near Washington, D.C. on March 30. Beder—a member of A Musical Heart, which provides live #music for hospice patients—started the performances to help people passing by and her neighbors cope during the #coronavirus pandemic. Photograph by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds ( @andrewcr1 )— @afpphoto / @gettyimages

23 hours ago

Kim Alter, chef and owner of the restaurant @nightbirdsf in #SanFrancisco , packs roasted potatoes into boxes to be delivered to hospital workers on March 27. A group of tech-savvy, entrepreneurial friends wanted to help two groups devastated by the #coronavirus : restaurants that needed customers, and #health care workers who needed #food during their shifts on the frontline of the pandemic. They came up with a plan that involved soliciting donations, tapping friends in the restaurant world and getting hospitals in the area to accept free food cooked up by some of the city's top chefs. Over two weeks, the Associated Press reports, they have raised more than $350,000 and delivered about 5,000 meals. Photograph by Jeff Chiu— @apnews

2 days ago

Most evenings for more than a month, Americans have tuned in to watch President Trump give his regular #coronavirus briefing. Trump typically spends more than an hour standing behind the podium in the White House briefing room or the Rose Garden, praising his Administration's response to the pandemic, highlighting the news of the day and sparring with reporters. And he's plainly thrilled with the viewership he's bringing in. In some ways, Trump's coronavirus briefings have become his new rallies. With weeks to go before the predicted peak of the spread, no strong evidence yet that the United States has successfully begun to "flatten the curve" and eight months until the election, it’s a political risk for #Trump to continue to own the response. "He's walking the tightrope, but so far so good," says Republican pollster Frank Luntz. "He is also capable of falling off that tightrope at any moment." In this photograph: Trump is seen from behind the press briefing room backdrop on April 1. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @tom_brenner@reuters

2 days ago

Ground crews work on the field at an empty PNC Park in #Pittsburgh on April 2. The @pittsburghpirates ' home-opener had been scheduled for Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds before the season was delayed by the #coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the Pirates announced a $1 million committment to assist employees of PNC Park who were affected by the delayed start of the MLB season. Photograph by @arushphoto@pittsburghpg / @apnews

2 days ago

When she walked into the large cell deep inside #Venezuela ’s most notorious prison in July 2018, Dennysse Vadell could not find her husband. She frantically scanned the faces of the men until one raised his arms and called her name: “Dennysse, I’m here.” It had been less than nine months since masked security agents had stormed a conference room in #Caracas and arrested Tomeu Vadell and five other Citgo executives. The usually robust, 6-ft. 1-in. Louisiana businessman had lost 60 lb., and his skin was tinged with gray after months without sun. “I couldn’t believe it,” says Dennysse, who wears both her and her husband’s wedding rings. “When I hugged him, he was all bones.” Nearly two years later, the six men, five of them #American citizens, face a danger graver even than their continuing imprisonment: COVID-19. “This is life or death,” says Vadell's daughter, Cristina. With their court hearings postponed at least 18 times but no date set for their trial on charges of embezzlement, the families are left with the hope, and the fear, that the #coronavirus pandemic could bring the saga of the Citgo Six to an end, one way or another. In these photographs: the Vadell family in Lake Charles, La., in October. Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by @genitempo for TIME

2 days ago

Italy was the first country in #Europe  to witness a widespread outbreak of the #coronavirus , which, as of April 2, has globally infected more than a million people. It has the second highest number of confirmed cases worldwide, with some 115,000, trailing only the United States. #Italy has also seen the most COVID-19 deaths of any country, with over 13,000. And since March 9, its more than 60 million residents have been under lockdown; normally bustling cities like #Venice , photographed last month, have nearly ground to a halt. The latest figures suggest Italy appears to be "flattening the curve," but some public health experts there are reluctant to celebrate. "We are seeing some hope, some light," says Lorenzo Casani, the health director of a clinic for elderly people in the hard-hit northern region of Lombardy. "But the tunnel is very, very long." Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @lorenzo .meloni— @magnumphotos for TIME

3 days ago

If you believe the Chinese authorities, the country’s battle against the #coronavirus is all but won. But that claim is clouded by a fog of skewed data, political imperatives—and unreported cases and possibly deaths. After several days of trumpeting just a handful of new COVID-19 cases, #China once again switched up exactly what that means and, on April 1, included asymptomatic infections in its official statistics for the first time. The move follows criticism from #health experts and the U.S. and other governments that it risked a resurgence of the deadly pandemic by downplaying the number of cases within its borders. Critics argue that the lack of clarity has made it harder for other nations to adequately prepare for the disease. In this photograph from March 4, a man walks a dog by a makeshift barricade wall intended to control the entry and exit of outsiders at a residential compound in Wuhan. Photograph by @gettyimages

3 days ago

Young doctors in #Italy are responding to the calls put out by local administrations to meet the shortage of medical staff in hospitals experiencing unprecedented levels of pressure due to the #coronavirus outbreak. Ornella Calderone, 32, has a degree in biology and one in medicine. Until recently, she was studying for the entrance exam to specialize as a surgeon while working several temporary jobs. After applying to help at the worst-hit hospitals, she received a call within two hours. “It was an unknown number and I realized immediately that my life was about to change.” She is now in the pulmonology ward, one of the hospital’s most critical. "I can't say that I felt prepared to set off immediately," she adds, "but since I arrived in Cremona there hasn’t been a single second when I’ve felt I was in the wrong place." Read the full report by Francesca Berardi ( @torrebert ) and watch the full video at the link in bio. Video by @francescatrianni for TIME

4 days ago

As known U.S. #coronavirus cases skyrocketed from 98 to 177,300 over the last four weeks, President Trump has made vocal public shows of action that in several cases have yielded few real results. On March 13, he declared Google was building a website to help people find local coronavirus testing sites. Thus far, it has ended up being little more than a bare-bones, aggregational site with a series of links. That same day, he promised big box retailers—Walgreens, Walmart and CVS—would roll out drive-thru testing sites in their parking lots, a notion that also hasn’t fully materialized. Aides of #Trump —photographed arriving to a White House briefing behind Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on March 31—claim that his efforts are spurring action and setting a positive tone at the top. But Republican and Democratic critics say his approach appears to be less focused on solving the life and death problems that COVID-19 are imposing on Americans, than on the political challenges the disease is presenting to him. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @tom_brenner@reuters

4 days ago

From the living room window of her #Brooklyn apartment, Alix Monteleone watched the team of workers assemble the morgue in stages over the weekend. First they parked the refrigerated trailer along the curb, a white box about the size of a large shipping container. Then, they built a wooden ramp to allow hospital staff to wheel the bodies inside. Finally, on March 30, the workers erected a wall of panels, thin and white, to stop passersby from staring or getting too close to the dead. After that, the gawkers mostly went away, as it was no longer easy to snap a photo of this scene from the sidewalk. But Monteleone, 28, kept up her vigil from the third-floor window. "I spend my entire day like this," she says, propping her elbows onto the back of her couch and looking out toward the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, the hospital across the street. "I still can’t believe what I’m seeing." Read more about what it's like to live across the street from a temporary morgue during the #coronavirus outbreak at the link in bio. Photograph by @benjaminnorman for TIME

4 days ago

The deployment of temporary morgues across New York City—like this one outside Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in #Brooklyn , photographed this week—marks a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic for New Yorkers. Until now, it had been largely possible for residents to shut out the worst of this calamity that has claimed more than 900 deaths in #nyc , retreat into their homes and only go out for short trips around the neighborhood, all without confronting anything more grim than empty streets and people wearing face masks. The arrival of the morgues and makeshift hospitals in public spaces has thrust the pandemic into full view, making this escapism difficult. That has especially been the case for some of this hospital's neighbors. Read more about what it's like to live across the street from a temporary morgue during the #coronavirus outbreak at the link in bio. Photographs by @benjaminnorman for TIME

4 days ago

Short of a miracle cure, the only way to halt this pandemic, experts say, is to starve it. And nations around the world are attempting to do just that, by essentially cutting off life support to the virus that causes COVID-19. That means enforcing #socialdistancing and shelter-in-place policies designed to limit the virus’s access to us—the human bodies that host and enable the microorganism to spread. In #NYC —where, as of March 31, the state said 43,139 people had tested positive for #coronavirus —the energy, the traffic, the crowds are gone. The vacant streets remain. In this photograph from a week earlier, a carriage driver exercises a ​horse on West 38th Street in M​anhattan. Read more about whether the U.S. is "flattening the curve" at the link in bio. Photograph by Bryan Derballa ( @lovebryan )— @nytimes / @reduxpictures

5 days ago

"It's not easy being a patient, especially in your own hospital." Dr. Laura Mulvey, photographed in the ICU at Maimonides Medical Center in #Brooklyn , practices emergency medicine there. After spending six days receiving treatment, the 33-year-old is recovering at home from what is presumed to be COVID-19, though her #coronavirus test was inconclusive. "In a way, I had it a lot better than your average patient, because I saw familiar faces every day," she writes. "The hardest part is not being able to breathe. But also, the unknown." In these photographs: Mulvey rests in her room on March 26; a COVID-19 patient rests with an air-purifying unit; the ICU team holds a meeting near her unit; and a technician walks in through the ambulance bay after a break. Read her full account at the link in bio. Photographs by @benjaminnorman for TIME

6 days ago

@chefjoseandres is charismatic, impulsive, fun, blunt and driven, an idealist who feeds thousands and a competitor who will knock you out of the lane on the basketball court, writes @sgregory31 . He is also among #America ’s best-known cooks. But in recent years, Andrés has attracted more attention with his humanitarian work. His charity World Central Kitchen ( @wckitchen ) prepared nearly 4 million meals for residents of #PuertoRico  in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. The organization has launched feeding missions in 13 countries, serving some 15 million meals and corralling more than 45,000 volunteers. “What we’ve been able to do,” says Andrés, “is weaponize empathy. Without empathy, nothing works.” Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @martinschoeller for TIME

1 weeks ago

A few years ago, the actor Chris Evans was watching pundits debate when he realized that he didn’t actually know that much about the policy being discussed. “When I went to try and educate myself a bit,” he tells @samlansky , “I thought it was shockingly difficult to find a simple way in.” What he realized he wanted was a place to hear directly from elected officials on what they believe—not mediated through think pieces or filtered by talking heads on cable news. He tapped a friend, actor and director Mark Kassen, to develop it with him; they brought in Joe Kiani, a tech entrepreneur well networked in Washington. Together, the three fleshed out their vision for a hub where politicians could speak, in brief videos, about where they stood on issues from immigration to trade. When A Starting Point launches later this year, users will discover that it is a well-organized inventory of information untangling arcane issues in plain language. The utility of a project like this is clear, especially amid a public-health crisis with a critical election looming. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @ryanpfluger for TIME

1 weeks ago

At midnight on March 26, all of #SouthAfrica went into lockdown. For the next 21 days, no one is to leave their homes unless they are going to the grocery store, the pharmacy or to seek medical help. Only essential workers are exempt, and that list is small. When President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on March 23, there were only 402 confirmed COVID-19 cases. But it was essential, he said, to “flatten the curve” before outbreaks overwhelmed the country’s fragile medical system. By the time the lockdown went into effect, the number of cases had more than doubled. For most South Africans living paycheck to paycheck (if they have one at all ) in small, multi-generational homes, the lockdown is a brutal, but necessary, blow. For the nation’s elites, insulated by yards, well-stocked pantries, and live-in staff, it is an inconvenience. For @arynebaker , the #stayhome order is a relief. "I've seen wars and epidemics unfold," writes our Africa Bureau Chief, based in Cape Town. "But now that I have an immunocompromised partner, the #coronavirus makes me truly scared." Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @gabezim for TIME

1 weeks ago

Alyssa Roye—the principal of a #Brooklyn elementary school, many of whose students live in public housing—expects it could take weeks for its roughly 100 students to get the equipment they need to fully participate in online learning. In the days leading up to the remote-learning transition, she called every family with a child in her #school to ask if the home had computers and Internet access. Only a handful did. For everyone else, she filled out an online form for them to request an iPad from the city's department of #education . Her own family’s situation highlights the disparities that exist not only between affluent and low-income school districts but also between schools in the same district, where funding is unevenly distributed and some neighborhoods might benefit from generous parent donations. In these photographs by their father: Roye’s two sons, Mosijah, 15, and 11-year-old Iyeoshujah (left, on couch ) follow online classes on their home devices. They attend public schools in #NYC that were already well equipped for online learning, and have been able to log on at the required times and participate in video chats with teachers and classmates. The #coronavirus pandemic, she says, has made the digital divide "more glaring than ever." Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by @ruddyroye for TIME

2 weeks ago

President Trump signed a historic $2.2 trillion package into law on March 27 that, once implemented, is expected to provide relief for the millions of Americans, businesses and hospitals suffering after the #coronavirus pandemic simultaneously ravaged the country’s #health care and economic systems. The bill—the biggest economic stimulus package in U.S. #history —was passed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday and by voice vote with near-universal support in the House on Friday. It includes direct $1,200 cash payments to many Americans; $150 billion to help the health care industry; and $350 billion in loans and assistance for small businesses. While the process ultimately yielded a bipartisan outcome—rare in today’s Congress—it was not without hiccups along the way. Read more about at the link in bio. Photograph by @evanvucci@apnews

2 weeks ago

Pope Francis, center, delivers the Urbi et Orbi ("To the City and to the World" ) blessing before an empty St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on March 27. During the hour-long ceremony from a covered platform on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, @apnews reports, @franciscus labeled the #coronavirus pandemic an "unexpected, turbulent storm" spreading around the world. “We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented," he said, "but at the same time important and needed, all of us now called to row together, each of us in need of comforting each other." Photograph by @lorenzo .meloni— @magnumphotos for TIME

2 weeks ago

Roberto Tonelli was busy planning his September wedding when the #coronavirus pandemic hit his town of Modena, in northern #Italy . Soon, he and his fiancée, Ivana Castaniere, were discussing ventilation parameters instead of flower arrangements. “We first met in the hospital,” Tonelli, 31, tells TIME at the end of a shift. “She was my boss!” These days, they work as pulmonologists at the same hospital side by side, six days a week, at least 14 hours a day. As the weeks go on, doctors and nurses are increasingly bearing the brunt of the country’s fight against the spread of the virus. In Italy, more than 4,000 of them have been infected, representing almost 8% of cases there, according to the Italian National Institute of Health. "The worst part of this," Tonelli says, "is that you don’t want the person you love to see what you’re seeing." Watch more at the link in bio. Video by @francescatrianni for TIME

2 weeks ago

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake in January brought @chefjoseandres back to Puerto Rico. In San Juan, a car was waiting to take him to the south, where the tremors damaged homes and left hungry people sleeping under tents. In 36 hours, Andrés pinballed to some half dozen sites to assist with the feeding efforts, at baseball fields, a track-and-field facility and a smaller indoor kitchen in the city of Ponce. In Guayanilla, he handed out solar lights to residents sleeping outside in the dark. In Yauco, he stirred meat sauce in one of @wckitchen 's signature giant paella pans. The second image shows an evangelical congregation holding worship in a public park there. Within days, writes @sgregory31 , Andrés’ operation was serving 12,000 meals a day in #PuertoRico . Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by @cgregoryphoto for TIME

2 weeks ago

@chefjoseandres ' charity World Central Kitchen is as prepared as anyone for this moment of unprecedented global crisis. The nonprofit stands up field kitchens to feed thousands of people fresh, nourishing, often hot meals as soon as possible at the scene of a hurricane, earthquake, tornado or flood. As a global public-health emergency, COVID-19 hasn’t been limited to any one place. But it pulverizes the economy as it rolls across the world, and people need money to eat. @wckitchen already is distributing meals in low-income neighborhoods in big cities like New York, and monitoring the globe for #food shortages elsewhere, some sure to be acute. Andrés, writes @sgregory31 , is a lesson of leadership in crisis. Watch more, and read this week's cover story, at the link in bio. Video by @arpane , @e_who_wanders , @rosepwn and @raywhitehouse  for TIME

2 weeks ago

It was during Hurricane Maria that @chefjoseandres learned to cut through government bureaucracy to fill a leadership vacuum and feed the masses. From a niche nonprofit supporting sustainable-food and clean-cooking initiatives in underdeveloped countries, his rapidly expanding charity World Central Kitchen ( @wckitchen ) has become the world’s most prominent first responder for #food , writes @sgregory31 . In some ways, the face of global disaster relief is a burly man fond of shouting “Boom!” when he hears something he likes, and leaning his body into yours when he wants to make a point. Andrés, 50, and his field workers flock to disaster sites across the world. They’ve deployed to wildfires in California and Australia, hurricane and earthquake aftermath in Puerto Rico, and a volcanic eruption in Guatemala. (“No one told me I’m in charge of feeding the Bahamas," Andrés says, recalling Hurricane Dorian last September, when his team commandeered helicopters and seaplanes to take meals to the Abaco Islands, which lay in rubble. "I said I’m in charge of feeding the Bahamas.” ) It was not caught flat-footed by the coronavirus. In a catastrophe in which the response of the U.S. government has been slow, muddled and unsure, his kitchen models the behavior—nimble, confident, proactive—the general public needs in a crisis. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @martinschoeller for TIME