TL;DR: Though we all may be longing for more normal days soon ahead, Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s chief infectious diseases expert, believes public health measures like mask-wearing and social distancing will continue until the end of 2021 or into 2022. Curious why? Read more here. President Donald Trump has touted his quick recovery from the coronavirus as proof that Americans don’t need to be scared of becoming infected — something doctors and patients say is a dangerous message to send to the public.
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😷 Pennsylvania and New Jersey are now considered high-risk states by Massachusetts and visitors from them are expected to complete a travel form and self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers who don’t follow the state’s rules face a fine of up to $500 per day.
💰 Pa. jobless rate fell to 8.1% last month, down 2.3 percentage points from August.
🏥 After hospital stay, Chris Christie blames White House lapses for ‘false sense of security.’
🧾 Unpaid Pa. utility bills soar 67% in the pandemic, and thousands face shutoffs next month.
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When Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s chief infectious diseases expert, was asked this week during a Zoom meeting with Thomas Jefferson University faculty, staff, and students to predict how long we will all be wearing masks and social distancing, his responses were not very encouraging. Though we all may be longing for more normal days soon ahead, Fauci believes these public health measures will continue until the end of 2021 or into 2022. Curious why? Read more here.
President Donald Trump has touted his quick recovery from the coronavirus as proof that Americans don’t need to be scared of becoming infected — something doctors and patients say is a dangerous message to send to the public. No other patient will have the type of care the president received, said Anne Sutherland, a pulmonary and critical care physician and the director of the medical intensive care unit at Rutgers University Hospital in Newark. "Normal people do not get a helicopter to the hospital, normal people do not have 20 doctors for one patient.” Read more here.
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You got this: Eat outside
The Inquirer’s restaurant critic Craig LaBan writes about seven restaurants with reimagined space for you to eat outside. There are gardens and parklets, sidewalk cubbies, and patio and vacant lot transformations. Check them out here.
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