Coronavirus debate: Could blood pressure meds make COVID-19 less — or more — deadly?

The medicines tamp down a hormone that contributes to inflammation. But they also increase activity of a protective enzyme that may help the coronavirus gain entry to cells in the lung and other organs.

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U.S. judge orders release of 13 immigrants in Pennsylvania, calling ICE incapable of protecting them from coronavirus behind bars
“It would be heartless and inhumane not to recognize [the] petitioner’s plight,” U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III wrote.

Trump has a coronavirus polling bounce. How meaningful is it?
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After Joel Embiid embarrassed ownership, can the Sixers and their star center remain together? | Bob Ford

Embiid showed up team ownership when it tried to cut employees' pay. This relationship between the organization and Embiid has always been fractious.

To avert ‘enormous’ deficit, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians take 20% pay cut as special fund-raising begins

After coronavirus canceled performances, players voted to approve the cuts, which start April 1 and last through mid-September. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin will give up at least 20% of his paycheck, too.

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As Zoom meetings invade our homes, we’re spending more time than ever with our coworkers — and their prying eyes

The firewall between our work selves and our home selves is coming down as we're forced to communicate using video conferencing apps.

‘It looks like hell.’ Coronavirus has Philly businesses boarding up as if bracing for a hurricane

Large swaths of Philadelphia’s business districts are battening the hatches, throwing up three-quarter-inch plywood to protect their enterprises from whatever social unrest may come with the pandemic.

Emergency coronavirus loan not approved yet? SBA will now advance $10,000 to small businesses

Whether you've been approved for an SBA loan or not, you can still get a $10,000 advance.

Mayor Jim Kenney calls out DA Larry Krasner after gunman shoots five people, including 1-year-old boy, at North Philadelphia rowhouse

Kenney’s remarks represented a marked change from his previous statements on Krasner. The shooting just after 10 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Harold Street also injured three women and a 14-year-old girl.

What the coronavirus pandemic could mean for health insurance premiums

We should not use this extraordinary event to try to advance causes or views on the perennial problems that will be present even after it goes away.
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