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COVID-19
 

The NYT Project: Front Page Full of Names

Incalculable Loss: US Coronavirus Death Toll

Thousand Break Social Distancing Rules

Estimate of US Viral Spread

May 20 Update: Highest Single Day of New COVID 19 Cases

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

CDC Situation Updates: What's New

COVID-19: Quotes From Experts

COVID-19: Medical Update

Mental Health Tips for LGBTQ People Under Lockdown

Thank You Frontline Workers

NBC News: COVID-19 Projections

CBS News: What Does COVID-19 Do To The Body?

CDC Advises to Wear Face Masks

Stay Home: Save Lives


"Now is the time to care selflessly about one another."

-Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

"We can think of transmission risk with a simple phrase: time, space, people, place."

-Dr. William Miller, Epidemiologist, Ohio State University

"Always choose outdoors over indoor, always choose masking over not masking, and always choose more space for fewer people over a smaller space."

-Dr. Emily Landon, Epidemiologist, Infectious Diseases Specialist, University of Chicago Medicine

 

 

Coronavirus Update

Statistics as of June 1, 2020
 

LOCATION

CASES

DEATHS

 

BY STATE

CASES

DEATHS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worldwide

6,220,974

372,395

 

New York

379,875

29,910

 

 

 

 

New Jersey

161,499

11,700

BY COUNTRY

 

 

 

Illinois

118,917

5,330

     

 

California

110,038

4,213

USA

1,826,905

105,886

 

Massachusetts

96,301

6,768

Brazil

501,985

28,872

 

Pennsylvania 76,145 5,578

Russia

405,843

4,693

 

Texas

63,416

1,679

Spain

286,509

27,127

 

Michigan

56,884

5,463

England

274,762

38,489

 

Florida

56,163

2,451

Italy

233,019

33,415

 

Maryland

52,778

2,532

India

190,536

5,406

 

Georgia

46,986

2,042

France

188,625

28,771

 

Virginia

44,607

1,375

 

Estimate of US Viral Spread

CNN: State-by-State Reopening Status

World-O-Meter: Coronavirus State-By-State

World-O-Meter: Coronavirus Country-By-Country

 

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new, no cure) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; Most severe illness occurs in adults 65 years and older.

Situation in US: Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic. The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.

CDC and state and local public health laboratories are testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. All 50 states have reported cases of COVID-19 to CDC. US COVID-19 cases include: Imported cases in travelers; Cases among close contacts of a known case; Community-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown. All US states are reporting some community spread of COVID-19.



 

June 2020: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride From a Social Distance

Estimate of US Viral Spread

Thousand Break Social Distancing Rules

COVID-19: Quotes From Experts

Dr. Fauci: 100,00 Deaths and Predictions for the Fall

May 20 Update: Highest Single Day of New COVID 19 Cases

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

I Gotta Wash My Hands: Beatles Parody

CDC Situation Updates: What's New

Bill Gates: What I Hope We Learn From Coronavirus

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Facts Are Facts, COVID-19 is Not a Hoax

Top 100 Countries by Coronavirus Cases

Thank You Frontline Workers

 

100,000 Deaths From COVID-19

 

On May 24, 2020, as the death toll from Covid-19 in the United States approaches 100,000, editors at The New York Times have been planning how to mark this grim milestone. They have been gathering the names of the dead and memories of their lives from obituaries across the country.

The New York Times wanted to represent the number in a way that conveyed both the vastness and the variety of lives lost. Realizing there may be a little bit of a data fatigue among the reading public, the editors were certain that there should be some way to try to reckon with that number.

 

The first thing they did was to use the iconic front page of the New York Times to make an impact. Instead of the articles, photographs or graphics that normally appear on the front page, on Sunday, May 24, 2020 there was just a list: a long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The image of the front page of the newspaper with a list of names certainly was a stark (and bold) move.  But the editors wanted to do more to acknowledge the individual lives lost.

Putting 100,000 dots or stick figures on a page "doesn’t really tell you very much about who these people were, the lives that they lived, what it means for us as a country," one editor said. So, in addition to the list of names, they came up with the idea of compiling obituaries and death notices of Covid-19 victims from newspapers large and small across the country, and culling vivid passages from them. They gleaned phrases that depicted the uniqueness of each life lost.

The New York Times Project: Front Page Full of Names

Incalculable Loss: US Coronavirus Death Toll and Individual Obits

New York Times: See the Actual Front Page

 

 

"When we are no longer able to change a situation,

we are challenged to change ourselves."

-Viktor Frankl

 

Dr. Fauci: 100,00 Deaths and Predictions for the Fall

June 2020: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride From a Social Distance

Huffington Post: Dan Levy Seeking to Defuse Tensions Over Wearing Masks

Showdown With Irate Shopper Over Mask Policy

CDC Advises to Wear Face Masks

Customer Calls Store Employee "Pussy Little Bitch" for Being Asked to Wear a Mask

CDC: How to Protect Yourself and Others

COVID-19: Quotes From Experts

Universal Masking is Crucial

Acts of Heroism

 

Thousand Break Social Distancing Rules

Anthony Fauci: Now is the Time to Care Selflessly About One Another

COVID 19 Impact: Serve Economic Hardships for LGBTQ People of Color

Todrick Hall: Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs

COVID 19 Doesn't Discriminate and Neither Should We

UN and WHO: COVID 19 May Caused 500K HIV-Related Deaths

Queer Elders and Lessons Learned: AIDS Crisis and Coronavirus

NBC News: Coronaviris Conspiracy Theories are Frustrating Doctors

Stonewall Gives Back Initiative

Sufi and Anjali: Annoying Each Other During Quarantine

Update: Coronavirus Epidemic News

Fifty Ways to Catch Corona

Coronavirus Hurting LGBTQ Nightspots Around the Globe

Mary Poppins Quarantine Parody

Virtual Town Hall: Pandemic's Impact on LGBTQ Community

If Broadway Songs Were About Quarantine

GLAAD Livestream: Raises $250K for Hard Hit LGBTQ Centers

Leadership and Hypocrisy: Golfing During a Crisis

 

 

The COVID 19 Pandemic Explained in Gay Terms:
You and 10 friends are in your apartment getting ready for the Pride Parade.

One has glitter. How many will end up with glitter on them?

 

I Gotta Wash My Hands: Beatles Parody

Dan Levy Seeking to Defuse Tensions Over Wearing Masks

Dr. Fauci: 100,00 Deaths and Predictions for the Fall

Mental Health Tips for LGBTQ People Under Lockdown

Bill Gates: What I Hope We Learn From Coronavirus

Truly Brave: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Virtual Performance

Everybody Must Stay Home: Bob Dylan Parody

NYC Walking Tour: Broadway From Times Square to Union Square During Pandemic

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Corona

Message From Nurses Treating Coronavirus Patents

Tribute to Nurse in New Orleans

Pandemic Relief Must Include LGBTQ Protections

Fifty Ways to Catch Corona

Virtual Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Why is America's Death Toll So High?

NYC Paramedic: I Haven't Kissed My Partner Since Health Crisis Began

Pete Buttigieg Comments on COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

Dorothy's Song: COVID-19 Version

Waving Through a Window: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Virtual Performance

Do Re Mi: COVID-19 Version

Message From Nurses Treating Coronavirus Patents

Virtual Tours of Queer Art Shows

 

 

“Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.

Now is the time to understand more

so that we may fear less.”

-Marie Curie


Coronavirus Blues

 

With the onset of COVID-19, Americans are finding themselves in the midst of a public health and economic crisis. For many this kind of global emergency is unfamiliar territory and the resultant feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear are unprecedented.

 

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, people all over the world are encountering very challenging circumstances, not least of which are the spreading of illness due to the infections and incidents of deaths.  Along with that grim situation are the devastating consequences of job loss, shuttered businesses, and an economy beset with instability.

 

People are learning the necessary steps to avoid getting sick.  More than is normal, they're washing their hands, covering their mouths, and maintaining social distance.  Many are staying home (and working from home) to limit contact with others.

 

The outbreak has caused many to navigate the realities of restricted activities, unavailable services, and the shortages of goods in stores.  People are certainly being called upon to be adaptable and resilient in the face of great instability.

 

Regarding how we respond to crises and how we solve problems, perhaps this is the best time to begin changing our perspective, to be innovative and creative, and to think outside the box.

 

With the spread of the virus, and the necessary precautionary measures, many people are, for the first time, coping with the challenges of social distancing and self quarantine and trying to find something to do to occupy their time and keep their minds active. Trying to stay safe and sane has been the task of the last several weeks and will be for the weeks ahead.


 

"Social distancing will not diminish the human spirit."
-Robert Wyatt

 

June 2020: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride From a Social Distance

May 20 Update: Highest Single Day of New COVID 19 Cases

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

COVID-19: Quotes From Experts

Dr. Fauci: 100,00 Deaths and Predictions for the Fall

Everybody Must Stay Home: Bob Dylan Parody

CDC Updates and Recommendations

World Coronavirus Spread: Time Elapse Map Jan-April

CDC Advice: Preventing Coronavirus
 

Ode to Joy

Acts of Heroism

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Personal Story: Surviving COVID-19

Thousand Break Social Distancing Rules

Sufi and Anjali: Annoying Each Other During Quarantine

Dan Levy Seeking to Defuse Tensions Over Wearing Masks

Anthony Fauci: Now is the Time to Care Selflessly About One Another

UN and WHO: COVID 19 May Caused 500K HIV-Related Deaths

Quarantine is Not Quite Over: Billie Jean Parody

Thank You Frontline Workers

San Francisco Pride Celebration Canceled

COVID 19 Impact: Serve Economic Hardships for LGBTQ People of Color

Universal Masking is Crucial

Manicure Pedicure: Quarantine Version of Matchmaker Matchmaker

 

 

Gay Deputy Sheriff: Died of COVID-19 While Protecting Floridians

Fifty Ways to Catch Corona

Queer Elders and Lessons Learned: AIDS Crisis and Coronavirus

Songs for Social Distancing

Gay San Francisco Nurse Hospitalized with COVID-19

Socially Distant Orchestra: Ode to Joy

Lockdown Waltz: 121 Tracks, 75 People, 11 Countries, 3 Continents

LGBTQ People May Have Higher Risk of Coronavirus

Restaurant Employing Drag Queens to Deliver Food to Customers

Leadership and Hypocrisy: Golfing During a Crisis

Bohemian Virus Rhapsody

Florida Trans Icon Henrietta Robins Dies From COVID-19

Meet the Transgender Doctor Who is Leading the Fight Against COVID-19

Dorothy's Song: COVID-19 Version

 

Coronavirus Situation: Summer Update

 

It has been around two months of quarantine for many of us. The urge to get out and enjoy the summer is real. But what's safe? We asked a panel of infectious disease and public health experts to rate the risk of summer activities, from backyard gatherings to a day at the pool to sharing a vacation house with another household. From camping to dining out.

Your personal risk depends on your age and health, the prevalence of the virus in your area and the precautions you take during any of these activities. Also, many areas continue to restrict the activities described here, so check your local laws. And there's no such thing as a zero-risk outing right now. As states begin allowing businesses and public areas to reopen, decisions about what's safe will be up to individuals. It can help to think through the risks the way the experts do. Here's his rule of thumb: The more time you spend and the closer in space you are to any infected people, the higher your risk. Interacting with more people raises your risk, and indoor places are riskier than outdoors.
 

--A BYOB backyard gathering with one other household: low to medium risk
--Eating indoors at a restaurant: medium to high risk
--Attending a religious service indoors: high risk
--Spending the day at a popular beach or pool: low risk
--An outdoor celebration such as a wedding with more than 10 guests: medium to high risk
--Using a public restroom: low to medium risk
--Letting a friend use your bathroom: low risk
--Going to a vacation house with another family: low risk
--Staying at a hotel: low to medium risk
--Getting a haircut: medium to high risk
--Going shopping at a mall: risk varies
--Going to a nightclub: high risk
--Going camping: low risk
--Exercising outdoors: low risk

[Source: National Public Radio, May 2020]

 

 

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

CDC Updates and Recommendations

COVID-19: Quotes From Experts

World Coronavirus Spread: Time Elapse Map Jan-April

CDC Advice: Preventing Coronavirus

 

Hallelujah

Universal Masking is Crucial

Dr. Fauci: 100,00 Deaths and Predictions for the Fall

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Corona

Pink: Candid Conversation About Contracting COVID-19

Streets of NYC Under Quarantine

Gay Couple Hands Out Free Rainbow Facemasks

Advocate: Quarantined America is Obsessively Googling Gay TV

Hello From the Inside

Mental Health Tips for LGBTQ People Under Lockdown

Daily Life of Gay Couple Who Never Leaves the House

New York City Pride Celebration Caneled

Coping Tips for Coronavirus Fears and Anxiety

Randy Rainbow: A Spoonful of Clorox

My Marriage Was Broken: COVID-19 Lockdown Saved It

Going Viral: Coronavirus Memes

Timeline: Coronvirus Cases by Country

If Broadway Songs Were About Quarantine

Gay Couple Dies of COVID-19 Within a Few Hours of Each Other

Central Park Field Hospital Faces Backlash

US Coronavirus Spread: Time Elapse Map Jan-April
 

 

"If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall,

or the mountains should crumble to the sea,

I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear,

just as long as you stand by me."
-Ben E. King

 

Dan Levy: Masks as an Act of Kindness

"Schitt’s Creek" star and co-creator Dan Levy came up with a beautiful way to get people to wear protective masks. The actor urged people to see wearing a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic as an act of kindness instead of an infringement on their freedom. Dan Levy is seeking to defuse tensions surrounding the wearing of face masks.

Levy called on people who are “actively not wearing masks because they perceive it to be an infringement of their freedom” to recontextualize it as “the simplest, easiest act of kindness that you can do in a day.” Levy acknowledged “the frustration of being told what to do” but said reframing may save the lives of people with autoimmune issues who could suffer “devastating repercussions” if they contracted the coronavirus.


“See it not as anyone or anything infringing on your freedom, but rather, if you have the freedom to leave your house, if you have the good health to leave your house, why not put on a mask?” Levy asked. “Make it your good deed for the day and do something nice for yourself and other people.”

[Source: Lee Moran, HuffPost, May 2020]

 

Huffington Post: Dan Levy Seeking to Defuse Tensions Over Wearing Masks

Universal Masking is Crucial

Showdown With Irate Shopper Over Mask Policy

CDC Advises to Wear Face Masks

Customer Calls Store Employee "Pussy Little Bitch" for Being Asked to Wear a Mask

CDC: How to Protect Yourself and Others

 


 

NBC News: Coronavirus Update

CDC Updates: Total COVID-19 Cases in US

CNN: State-by-State Reopening Status

Thousand Break Social Distancing Rules

 

Adam Lambert and Queen: You Are the Champions

Beautiful Gay Wedding: Love During the Pandemic

Leftover AIDS Quilt Fabric Being Used to Make Face Masks

Italians Coping Under COVD-19: Making Music From Their Balconies

Husbands Die Two Days Apart From COVID-19 in Texas

Quarantine is Not Quite Over: Billie Jean Parody

Not to Blame: Global Groups Defend LGBTQ People

Love and Compassion: Recognizing LGBTQ Nurses Fighting Coronavirus

NYC Joins Growing List of Cancelled Pride Parades

Coronavirus Quote: Profound Message

Lesbian Couple Holds Pandemic Wedding at Drive-In Movie Theatre

Anthony Fauci Praises LGBTQ People's Strength and Activism

Gay Couple Hands Out Free Rainbow Facemasks

Randy Rainbow: A Spoonful of Clorox

Lean On Me: Straight No Chaser (Quarantine Session)

Sufi and Anjali: Annoying Each Other During Quarantine

CNN: Sheltering in Place

Internet's National Hero: Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan: Just Trying to Get Through the Quarantine (Part1)|

 

 

"Not all heroes wear capes.

Right now, a whole dedicated bunch of them wear scrubs."

 

Heroes of the Pandemic

 

During this challenging time, as the US becomes the number one nation in the world reporting COVID-19 infection cases, people are dealing with quarantine, lost jobs, shuttered businesses, illness, and death. And, during this difficult period, the best and worst of people have been revealed. On the positive side, many celebrities and entertainers have stepped up to offer words of encouragement and acts of kindness.

 

On the negative side, many conservative government officials and preachers have used this crisis as an opportunity to express ignorance and sow hatred. They're playing the blame game and targeting the Asian and LGBTQ communities. The moronic remarks and vitriol have included xenophobic attacks, proclamations about divine retribution, suspicions and denials of the science of the pandemic, and paranoid expressions of partisan politics.

 

Meanwhile, doctors, nurses, and other first responders and health care professionals are focusing on the important priorities of keeping people safe.

 

Who are the real heroes during this pandemic? The politicians? The entertainers? The doctors and nurses? The grocery store operators? Who will we remember when we look back at this time? Dr. Anthony Fauci? Joe Exotic? President Donald Trump? Leslie Jordan? Governor Andrew Cuomo? Jimmy Fallon? 

 

Two gay people who have been prominent during the COVID-19 crisis are the notorious Joe Exotic and the delightful Leslie Jordan. Joe Exotic will be remembered in a not-so-favorable light for his outlandish antics and questionable behavior in the absurd carnival-like empire of the Tiger King. On the other hand, on a more positive note, Leslie Jordan provided comic relief at a time when we needed it most. Leslie Jordan, of Will & Grace fame, offered humor, personal insights, encouragement, and the real-life craziness of a person in quarantine just trying to cope. He made us laugh and forget about our current troubles.

 

We love those heroes who can step up and be positive during trying times. They encourage us and lift our spirits. They spread optimism and make us smile.

 

 

Universal Masking is Crucial

Thank You Frontline Workers

COVID-19: Quotes From Experts

CDC: How to Protect Yourself and Others

Yahoo Video: What Does Shelter in Place Mean?

World Health Organization: Advice for the Public on COVID-19

 

Bill Gates: What I Hope We Learn From Coronavirus

Adam Lambert and Queen: You Are the Champions

Dr. Fauci: 100,00 Deaths and Predictions for the Fall

Together We Will Rise Up

Advocate: COVID-19 Crisis Affecting Work of LGBTQ Organizations

Anthony Fauci: Now is the Time to Care Selflessly About One Another

Lifting Our Spirits: Acts of Kindness

Lessons Learned From the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Rhapsody

Mental Health Tips for LGBTQ People Under Lockdown

Mary Poppins Quarantine Parody

Restaurant Offers "Dragside" Pick Up During Quarantine

Coronavirus Quote: Serious Message

Lean On Me: Straight No Chaser (Quarantine Session)

Anthony Fauci Praises Courage and Dignity of LGBTQ People

Queer Elders and Lessons Learned: AIDS Crisis and Coronavirus

Cute Lesbian Couple: Daily Life in Quarantine

Coronavirus Cases Timeline

Socially Distant Orchestra: Ode to Joy

Fans Write Coronavirus-Inspired "The Office" Episodes

Leadership and Hypocrisy: Golfing During a Crisis

Germs: Weird Al Yankovich

Leslie Jordan: Just Trying to Get Through the Quarantine (Part 2)

 

 

"Often when you think you're at the end of something,
you're at the beginning of something else."

-Fred Rogers


Top 30 Infected Countries
 
Statistics as of June 1, 2020

 

1  -  United States
2  -  Brazil
3  -  Russia
4 -   Spain
5  -  England
6  -  Italy
7  -  India
8  -  France
9  -  Germany
10 - Turkey
11 - Peru
12 - Iran
13 - Chile
14 - Canada
15 - Mexico
16 - Saudi Arabia
17 - China
18 - Pakistan
19 - Belgium
20 - Qatar
21 - Bangladesh
22 - Netherlands
23 - Belarus
24 - Ecuador
25 - Sweden
26 - Singapore
27 - UAE
28 - Portugal
29 - South Africa
30 - Switzerland


Coping Tips for Coronavirus Fears and Anxiety

Netflix and Chill: Lesbian Shows to Watch While Quarantined

Truly Brave: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Virtual Performance

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Coronavirus Symptoms

My Favorite Things: COVID-19 Version

Coronavirus Field Hospital in Central Park Operated by Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham Compares Homosexuality to Drug Addiction

Dancers Unite: Coronavirus Virtual Flash Mob

Gay USA: Mourning Losses in the LGBTQ Community

What the World Looks Like When Everyone Stays Home

Lessons Learned From the Coronavirus Pandemic

If Broadway Songs Were About Quarantine

Coping Tips for Coronavirus Fears and Anxiety

 


 

"We have the freedom to choose our attitude

in any given set of circumstances."

-Viktor Frankl

 

Day in the Life: Quarantined Couple

Coronavirus Symptoms

Dr. Fauci: 100,00 Deaths and Predictions for the Fall

How Can I Protect Myself

Fifty Ways to Catch Corona

New Jersey Doctor Dies of COVID-19 in His Husband's Arms

Riot Jazz Brass Band: Mardi Gras in Quarantine

Lifting Our Spirits: Acts of Kindness

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

Personal Story: Surviving COVID-19

World Health Organization: Advice for the Public on COVID-19

Social Distancing in Film

Italians Coping Under COVD-19: Making Music From Their Balconies

Randy Rainbow: A Spoonful of Clorox

Going Viral: Coronavirus Memes

 

 

Universal Masking is Crucial

Coronavirus Quote: Profound Message

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Corona

Love in Lockdown

Yahoo Video: What Does Shelter in Place Mean?

Manicure Pedicure: Quarantine Version of Matchmaker Matchmaker

Songs for Social Distancing

CDC Advice: Preventing Coronavirus

Lockdown Waltz: 121 Tracks, 75 People, 11 Countries, 3 Continents

Timeline: Coronvirus Cases by Country
Leslie Jordan: Just Trying to Get Through the Quarantine (Part3)

 

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,

you gotta put up with the rain."
-Dolly Parton


Overview of the Situation
 

This is the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.

 

--Gas price is $1.55.
--Schools cancelled.
--Self-distancing measures in place.
--Tape on the floors at grocery stores (and other stores) to help distance shoppers (6ft) from each other.
--Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.
--Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed.
--Parks, trails, entire cities locked up.
--Entire sports seasons cancelled.
--Concerts, tours, festivals, and entertainment events cancelled.
--Weddings, family celebrations, and holiday gatherings cancelled.
--No church services, churches are closed.
--No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now 5 or more.
--Don't socialize with anyone outside of your home.
--Children's outdoor play parks are closed.
--We are to distance ourselves from each other.
--Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.
--Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.

 


--Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no bleach, no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer.
--Shelves in grocery stores are bare.
--Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.
--Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.
--Fines are established for breaking the rules.
--Stadiums and recreation facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.
--Field hospitals set up in hotels, civic centers, and public parks.

--Press conferences daily from the President.

--Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.
--Government mandates to stay home.
--Barely anyone on the roads.
--People wearing masks and gloves outside.
--Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.
--Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.

 



"The world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled.
But there are moments when we can reconcile and embrace the whole mess.
And that is what I mean by hallelujah."

-Leonard Cohen

 

What World Needs Now

Thank You Frontline Workers

Dr. Fauci: 100,00 Deaths and Predictions for the Fall

Mental Health Tips for LGBTQ People Under Lockdown

Top 100 Countries by Coronavirus Cases

Do Re Mi: COVID-19 Version

Love and Compassion: Recognizing LGBTQ Nurses Fighting Coronavirus

Personal Story: Surviving COVID-19

CNN: Sheltering in Place

Lean On Me: Straight No Chaser (Quarantine Session)

Songs for Social Distancing

CDC Updates and Recommendations

Couples Quarantine Self Care: LGBTQ Relationship Series

Socially Distant Orchestra: Ode to Joy

LGBTQ People May Have Higher Risk of Coronavirus

Bohemian Virus Rhapsody

Universal Masking is Crucial

 

 

Coping Tips for Coronavirus Fears and Anxiety

Queer Elders and Lessons Learned: AIDS Crisis and Coronavirus

World Coronavirus Spread: Time Elapse Map Jan-April

Leadership and Hypocrisy: Golfing During a Crisis

CDC Advice: Preventing Coronavirus

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Corona

Timeline: Coronvirus Cases by Country

Lesbian Couple: At Home During Quarantine

If Broadway Songs Were About Quarantine

World Health Organization: Advice for the Public on COVID-19

COVID-19: Come On Eileen

Riot Jazz Brass Band: Mardi Gras in Quarantine

Central Park Field Hospital Faces Backlash

US Coronavirus Spread: Time Elapse Map Jan-April

Spread of Coronavirus: Base Lab Map

Leslie Jordan: Just Trying to Get Through the Quarantine (Part 4)



"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

-Vivien Greene

 

Ode to Joy

Iylana Vanzant: COVID 19 is Here to Teach Us
Bill Gates: What I Hope We Learn From Coronavirus

Dan Levy: Seeking to Defuse Tensions Over Wearing Masks

Anthony Fauci: Now is the Time to Care Selflessly About One Another

Malcolm Gladwell: Adapting to Radical Disruption


Inspiration and Introspection
 

This time of the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to think bigger, to see beyond yourself, and to take a world view. As we are globally counting people and watching statistics rising, as new numbers are released hourly of those infected by the coronavirus, we begin to realize how interconnected we all are. It is not a time right now to be thinking just how this pandemic is affecting me and my life, it is a time to be thinking bigger than ourselves, about how we fit into society and our role within humanity.

Here are some tips and daily practices to get you through this crisis:
 

--Meditate daily to focus your mind and raise your consciousness.
--Work with fears as they arise but don’t let them overwhelm you.

--Try to sleep at least eight hours every night.
--Get regular exercise, outdoors if possible, but if you are in quarantine the stairs will have to do. Stay active!
--Eat a balanced and healthy diet, including fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water.
--Keep remembering to wash hands and follow the guidelines from the health authorities.
--Look for the opportunities of what can be done at home.
--Learn something new. Keep stimulated!
--Gardening is a tranquil activity and connecting to the earth is grounding. If you can be outside, walk barefoot on the grass, or even better the beach.

 


 

--Try and stay away from victim mentality, which has negative effects on our health. Instead, focus on opportunities, not end of the world scenarios: Ask yourself, “How can this situation cause positive changes that we and the world might need anyway?”
 

--Think how you can be a positive example and support to others, today with access to the internet we have a choice of thousands of inspirational platforms to join. When we feel inspired we will have a ripple effect on those we are spending time with. Think of small acts of kindness you can do for others out there. Be creative!

 

--Take time in retreat if your commitments allow. I like to think of this as a ‘spiritual quarantine.’ A time where we can introspect about conscious living, about stuff and our actual ‘boundaries’. When we spend time within contemplating, it can help us to emerge more peaceful and clear about our purpose not just in our own lives but our role within humanity and inhabitants of our beautiful planet as well.

 


 

--Have deeper, longer conversations with people you love. We are forced to be in our homes, so let’s use the opportunity as a time for rebuilding relationships and not as a confinement. It’s all about our attitude.  Be positive!
 

Out of struggle and tragedy something new can be born. What will your role in this rebirth be? Lets look at this coronavirus pandemic as a wake-up call as we unite to better serve each other and our planet. My daughter has a poster on her wall which says, “I never knew how strong I was until being strong was my only option.” Now is our time to be strong and to actualize that which is hidden within us and bring it to its potential.

[Source: Devorah Kur]

 

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"Everything will be okay in the end.

If it's not okay, it's not the end."

-John Lennon

 

Courageous Leadership in Hard Times
 

With the United States now at the center of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, how do Americans find encouragement and support to get them through these difficult times? 

 

Americans can look to great thinkers for words of comfort during the COVID-19 crisis. The wise counsel of history’s great authors and thinkers can provide fertile ground for thinking about the current challenges we face. And there are nuggets of wisdom that might provide us with some solace during this fearful time of confronting COVID-19. Sometimes the most important thing a leader can do in difficult times is to say that everything will we okay.

Ernest Hemingway noted that the best leaders possess “the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth and the capacity for sacrifice.” His words truly resonate during this moment in time, a moment when we need strong guidance in our country during the coronavirus pandemic.

American patriot Thomas Paine could have easily been talking about today when he wrote this in 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

And Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, long ago gave us the succinct wisdom of scientists (the very people we rely on now in the battle against COVID-19) when she wrote: “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.”

 



Meanwhile, Martin Luther King Jr’s declaration that "courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear” is just as powerful during today’s turmoil as it was when he made that statement decades ago amid America’s civil rights movement.

And we can also look to the words of authors and statesmen as we seek and define the leaders we need for these times.

Chekhov, for example, told us that true leaders “respect human beings as individuals and are therefore always tolerant, gentle, courteous and amenable. They are not devious, and they fear lies as they fear fire.”

The legendary poet Robert Frost noted that there “never was any heart of a leader truly great that was not also tender and compassionate. " And the novelist Robert Louis Stevenson observed that a leader “keeps his fears to himself but shares his courage with others.”

Now if all this advice from literary figures is not enough, you can also find plenty of wisdom in the words of former presidents.

Take, for example, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s assessment that the “opportunist thinks of me and today. The statesman thinks of us and tomorrow.” Or consider Franklin D. Roosevelt’s much-quoted rallying cry that “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

 

Our history tells us that America’s genuine greatness comes from our intelligent strength, our open-mindedness, our courage to support those in need and our willingness to protect those around us. And our greatest leaders have upheld these values.

Abraham Lincoln preached that we must “have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

And Thomas Jefferson expressed the view that the “care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” In this time of a global pandemic, no one could have said it better.

[Source: Sherry Beasley, English Professor, March 2020]

 

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"Don't worry about a thing, because

every little thing is gonna be alright."

-Bob Marley

 

Handling Your Stress During This Pandemic
 

As more cases of COVID-19 are announced across the country daily, experts say anxiety and fear will continue to spread as well.

According to psychologists, the unfortunate thing about fear is it also is contagious and when we see other people responding with fear and anxiety, we tend to respond the same way. Most mental health experts agree that anxiety and fear occur when society is faced with uncertainties and threats, including situations such as COVID-19.

Staying strong, remaining positive, and maintaining good mental health while isolated at home can be a real challenge.  It can be helpful to engage in a variety of worthwhile activities, instead of binging for hours on a solitary activity that eventually numbs your mind and makes you feel lethargic and lazy. A good mix of activities is advisable: reading books, watching movies, talking on the phone, doing yoga, playing board games, building or repairing something, watching television, putting a puzzle together, playing video games, cleaning the house, playing cards, listening to music, scanning social media. 

 

 

Here is some sage advice for those feeling their anxiety increase as the virus continues to spread:

 

--Utilize reliable, empirical, scientific, research-based (non-ideological) sources of information
--Trust decision makers and the tactics and strategies they're advising us to follow
--Practice social distancing and other measures to protect yourself from infection

--Stay healthy by getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising
--Keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues by telephone, e-mail, text messaging, and social media

--Look for opportunities to help, assist, and support others

--Find projects to occupy your time and make you feel productive

--Do not over-indulge in mindless time-wasting activities

--Keep your mind active by engaging in a variety of creative and intellectually stimulating activities

--Don't get too overwhelmed with news reports

 

One psychologist observed that it is important for all of us to stay informed about COVID19 and to tune into the daily news updates, but we also need to take a break from that.

 

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Here are some additional insights for those who have difficulty slowing down:

 

--Even in the chaos of things, you are free to slow down and just be.
 

--There are a lot of questions concerning the pressure to feel productive during COVID19. This is a gentle reminder that this is not a productivity challenge, it’s a pandemic. Give yourself permission to take it slow and find moments to be still during these uncertain times.
 

--It's okay is you felt hopeful last week, but feel afraid this week. Neither emotion invalidates the other, and neither makes you weak or foolish.
 

--It's okay to fall apart sometimes. Tacos fall apart and we still love them.
 

--For the first time in history we can save the human race by lying in front of the tv and doing nothing. Let's not screw this up.

 

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"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."

-Les Miserables

 

Gays Caused Coronavirus Pandemic According to Religious Fanatics
 

LGBTQ people have been blamed for hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and other disasters. It was suggested that the AIDS epidemic was God's punishment for gay sinfulness. And now they’re being blamed for the coronavirus outbreak.

Steven Andrew, pastor of the USA Christian Church has declared March 2020 to be Repent of LGBTQ Sin Month, and one of the reasons is the emergence of the coronavirus strain that’s so far infected 100,000 people around the world. Andrew said in a press release, “God’s love shows it is urgent to repent, because the Bible teaches homosexuals lose their souls and God destroys LGBTQ societies. Obeying God protects the USA from diseases, such as the coronavirus. Our safety is at stake, since national disobedience of God’s laws brings danger and diseases, such as coronavirus, but obeying God brings covenant protection. God protects the USA from danger as the country repents of LGBTQ, false gods, abortion and other sins.”

 

Other Christian right extremists have invoked anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in response to the coronavirus epidemic. In January 2020, Rick Wiles, a Florida minister and founder of a media outlet called TruNews, said the virus is a “plague” sent by God to wipe out LGBTQ people and other sinners.

 

 

Right-wing pastor EW Jackson told listeners of his radio show that the “homovirus” has infected America. Jackson was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013 and he ran in the Republican primary for US Senate in 2012 and 2018. He lost all three races. “The last thing in the world the black community needs is more destruction of the family, more attacks on the family, and that’s all this whole homosexual movement amounts to,” Jackson said. “It is a virulent, violent attack."

An Orthodox rabbi in Israel is blaming the outbreak of coronavirus strain COVID-19 on LGBTQ Pride. Rabbi Meir Mazuz delivered a screed against the celebration of LGBTQ identity at Kiseh Rahamim yeshiva in Bnei Brak, which he heads up. In the remarks, the prominent Sephardic religious leader called Pride "a parade against nature, and when someone goes against nature, the one who created nature takes revenge on him."

“It is regrettable that in times like these when the whole world comes together to eradicate coronavirus, Rabbi Mazuz finds it appropriate to blame the virus’s outbreak on the LGBTQ community," ADL said in a statement. "We harshly condemn his statements and urge him to apologize." In recent years, Mazuz has blamed Pride for various acts of terrorism and violence. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem both host major parades annually in Israel, which is considered the most LGBTQ-friendly nation in the Middle East.

 

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Atmosphere of Hatred and Ignorance
 

This is a challenging time (March 2020), as the US becomes the number one nation in the world reporting COVID-19 infection cases. People are dealing with quarantine, lost jobs, shuttered businesses, illness, and death. During this difficult time of crisis, the best and worst of people have been revealed. On the positive side, many celebrities and entertainers have stepped up to offer words of encouragement and acts of kindness. On the negative side, many conservative government officials and preachers have used this crisis as an opportunity to express ignorance and sow hatred. The moronic remarks and vitriol have included proclamations about divine retribution, suspicions and denials of the science of the pandemic, and paranoid expressions of partisan politics.

 

Meanwhile, doctors and other health care professionals are focusing on the important priorities of keeping people safe. Regrettably, there are those who are resorting to shameful scapegoating and are blaming the crisis on LGBTQ people, marriage equality, pride marches, and the gay agenda. All manner of misinformation is being disseminated in an effort to advance an agenda of hatred and division. Among those spewing toxic messages of bigotry and misinformation are the likes of Evangelist Franklin Graham, Idaho Governor Brad Little, DC Pastor Ralph Drollinger, Talk Show Host Rush Limbaugh, Evangelist Pat Robertson, Former Judge Roy Moore, Evangelist Jerry Falwell Jr, and President Donald Trump.

 

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