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^Paul Manafort released to home confinement over virus fears<
^MANAFORT:BLO—<Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump who was convicted of financial crimes and illegal lobbying, was released from prison to home confinement, according to his lawyer, Kevin Downing.
Manafort, 71, was released from a low-security prison in Loretto, Pa., after requesting that the Bureau of Prisons move him to his home in northern Virginia for the remainder of his 7 1/2 year sentence, or at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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^As deaths mount, coronavirus testing remains wildly inconsistent in long-term care<
^CORONAVIRUS-NURSINGHOMES-TESTING:KHN—<Mary Lanham's assisted living complex in Florida tested all residents for COVID-19 — once in March and again in April — even though no one showed symptoms.
The preventive measure put her daughter's mind at ease, since testing can detect the invisible enemy before it sickens, kills and spreads.
"We're all struggling with this virus right now," said Paula Lanham Hahn, whose 80-year-old mom lives at Dayspring Senior Living in Hilliard, a town near the Georgia border. "I'm sure families would feel a lot better if the residents were being tested everywhere."
But they're not.
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^Nigerian immigrant working as CNA dies of COVID-19 months before becoming nurse, citizen<
CORONAVIRUS-IMMIGRANT-DEATH:TB — Nearly five years after emigrating from Nigeria, Ijeoma Afuke was within reach of realizing two major goals.
The certified nursing assistant was studying to become a nurse in the United States. Afuke's exam was scheduled in June.
She also had completed the requirements to become a United States citizen and had an important interview in April that was postponed due to the emergence of the coronavirus.
Before she could reschedule it, the 35-year-old Chicago woman became another casualty working on the pandemic's front line in the health care sector.
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^Coronavirus overshadows another dangerous viral outbreak<
CORONAVIRUS-DENGUE-FEVER:LA — The first of Yuli Irma's children to fall ill with a fever was her 6-year-old girl. The next day it was her 13-year-old daughter, followed by her 12-year-old son.
Living on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Irma feared her children were stricken with the coronavirus. But blood tests revealed they had dengue fever, another viral disease that's in the throes of an outbreak but has been overshadowed by COVID-19.
After a record number of cases last year, the illness is relentlessly spreading across Southeast Asia, a hot zone where the mosquitoes that transmit the virus flourish. The painful disease kills thousands each year and infects hundreds of millions within a band of tropical territory spanning the globe.
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^Millions stuck at home with no plumbing, kitchen or space to stay safe<
CORONAVIRUS-DWELLINGS:KHN — In nearly half a million American homes, washing hands to prevent COVID-19 isn't as simple as soaping up and singing "Happy Birthday" twice while scrubbing.
In many of those homes, people can't even turn on a faucet. There's no running water.
In 470,000 dwellings in the United States — spread across every state and in most counties — inadequate plumbing is a problem, the starkest of several challenges that make it tougher for people to avoid infection.
That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of data from the Census Bureau and the Housing Assistance Council. The analysis reveals other ways that inadequate housing in the United States puts people at risk during this pandemic. Nearly a million homes scattered across almost all counties don't have complete kitchens, raising the risk of hunger and vulnerability to illness, even as people have been expected to eat all meals there amid stay-at-home orders. And more than 4 million homes are overcrowded, with more than a person per room, making it nearly impossible to isolate the sick.
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^Fear, isolation, depression: The mental health fallout of a worldwide pandemic<
CORONAVIRUS-MENTALHEALTH:SH — At Provident Behavioral Health in St. Louis, people who called the helpline at the beginning of the pandemic were fearful, even panicked.
"Nearly everyone expressed fear. Fear of catching the virus, fear of the future, fear of the unknown and fear of not knowing how to cope with their feelings," said Jessica Vance, who manages the Disaster Distress Helpline at Provident.
Now people's calls and texts, which have leveled off in the past couple of weeks, are more about their isolation and depression.
Nationwide, mental health call and text centers, the first lines of defense for many people feeling jittery during a crisis, offer an early picture of how Americans are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
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