Special Edition: Coronavirus – Social Distancing, How To Prepare, And More – Issue 98

March 13-19, 2020
Edition 98

Coronavirus Around the World

MEXICO CITY — While the coronavirus pandemic has led authorities around the globe to cancel concerts and sporting events, and even shut down daily activities in some places, Mexico City went ahead with Vive Latino — one of the most important (and crowded) music festivals in the country. Some acts backed out, but tens of thousands of music fans flocked on Saturday to the first day of the festival. Concerns about the new COVID-19 illness were evident, though. At the entrance, the usual security checks for such events had a new filter: Each person entering was checked for fever and a strong smell of antibacterial gel permeated in the air. But once past that, the dynamics of the festival were not much changed, which led to some public scrutiny for still holding the event.

Let’s take a look at coronavirus in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has confirmed five cases of coronavirus, but there are at least 17 other suspected cases. Puerto Rico’s governor announced an island-wide curfew and the closings of nonessential businesses to contain the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised press conference Sunday, Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced a strict curfew that allows Puerto Ricans to go out of their homes between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to buy essential items or to go medical appointments, work or to assist children or the elderly.

A Look at Coronavirus

Wondering about social distancing due to coronavirus? In an interview with The New York Times, experts answer to your most common questions about the best practices for stemming the tide of the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against any gatherings of 50 or more people over the next eight weeks, in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Many public schools, libraries, universities, places of worship, and sporting and cultural institutions have also shut down for at least the next few weeks. These measures are an attempt to enforce distance between people, a proven way to slow pandemics. Experts have also been urging people to practice voluntary “social distancing.”

As we prep for the coming weeks, if you’ve recently visited a grocery store or pharmacy, you might have noticed a few empty shelves. While coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, people are stocking up on basic items. This list includes a shortage of toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies in many places, and of course, hand sanitizer. Here’s how you can make your own hand sanitizer at home.

Café Libre

Welcome to Café Libre, a weekly program in Spanish featuring NewPublica’s very own owners: Alberto Monserrate and Melisa Franzen. In this brand new talk show you can keep up with the latest things that are happening in Minnesota including politics, health, immigration and more. Tune in every Saturday at 10am for the latest events at Univision Minnesota, also in collaboration with your online media source New Prensa. Pour a cup and join the conversation! Check out one of the latest episodes here. For all the latest episodes, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

How to Continue your Routine If You’re Home

As millions of children are displaced from their schools due to the coronavirus, a sub-crisis has risen for American parents: What will the kids do all day? The widespread school closures have sent a ripple effect into parent communities as many scramble to find ways to smoothly transition kids into at-home life. It’s one thing to entertain them all day on the weekends. It’s another when you have seven days a week to fill for an indefinite period of time. The secret is one that schools know well: Make a routine. Kids are used to following a schedule, so making a blueprint for the day will help everything fall into place – and it’s a lot easier than you might think.

One idea we have to help keep your little ones busy? Read your children Spanish children’s stories. These well-known children’s stories have been translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English. And for adults? Here are 100 things to do if you find yourself stuck inside during the pandemic.

Speaking of keeping your loved little ones safe and happy during this time of uncertainty, Minneapolis Public Schools is providing students with meals while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 virus. These meals are intended to replace the meals services that students normally receive during the school day. Meals are being given to students at several school locations throughout the city while schools are closed.

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