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Tips for Americans from afar on how to keep coronavirus in checking holidays this weekend

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Tips for Americans from afar on how to keep coronavirus in checking holidays this weekend

Just a few months ago, a coronavirus outbreak in the US was serious, but that is not a different picture in Europe. Now, European countries that have been struck by disasters such as Italy, Britain, France and Spain have controlled their outbreaks while the situation in the US is still bleak.

There is much to be learned from affected countries that have succeeded in turning things around, and countries that are so fast and organized that they are all but eradicating the virus.

Here are some tips from abroad about how Americans can move forward.

Don’t party like 1999

It might be tempting to spend the Fourth of July with dozens of friends at a bar, or pool, or at a house party. But from what we know about how the virus spreadsmeeting in large groups, especially indoors, can be dangerous.

In South Korea, celebrated for providing a model response to the virus, reopening a nightclub in the capital, Seoul, caused a surge in cases in May. City was forced to close all the bars and clubs soon after.

The difference is that South Korea has a very controlled virus, and has a very smooth test-and-tracking system, so that the authorities can contact most of the people affected and contain many cases.

In the US, a surge in the number of cases has also forced closure, but many states do not have enough contact tracers in place to ensure the same detention.
We also know, even from US experience, that bars and nightclubs can be breeding grounds for viruses to spread. More than 150 cases have been linked to one bar in Michigan.

Plans for reopening vary from country to country, but overall, America has reopened much faster than affected countries in Europe. In England, for example, pubs are only set to start reopening on Saturdays, 15 weeks after they are ordered to close and because the UK curve is clearly flat. You can no longer say that about curves in the US, and blades in many countries have long been opened.

Arizona closed hospitality sites on March 20. But when the restaurant was allowed to reopen on May 11, many bar owners in the Phoenix metro found a gap by serving food so they could reopen too. Basically, there are only seven weeks of closing bars there, compared to England 15. Arizona now has one of the countries the most dramatic spikes in the case.

So delaying visiting indoor places with many people this weekend will no doubt help prevent the spread of the virus. In many states, crowds are limited to under 100, or 50, or even 10, and some have forced bars to close again.

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Wear the mask

There are many mixed messages about whether wearing a mask protects you from transmitting or capturing Covid-19, with the World Health Organization (WHO) initially not recommending using face masks. In the US, this problem has also been politicized—— President Trump was never photographed wearing it and he was reluctant to tell Americans to do it.

But the waves turned around. Health experts now agree that masks are very helpful, especially when the virus is widespread in the community. WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend the use of masks in public spaces.

Several studies have shown that wearing face masks is effective, but this has not been reviewed by colleagues and no data is available on how successful they have been in this pandemic.

Even so, it has been shown repeatedly that several Asian countries are more accustomed to responding for infectious respiratory diseases have the use of masks that are widespread in their population, a practice that is studies show it helps prevent transmission during the SARS outbreak in 2003. SARS is a respiratory disease also caused by a type of coronavirus.

Outside of Asia, Germany is one of the fastest countries to wear mandatory national masks, while much of the world is still debating its efficacy. There are many reasons for Germany’s success in keeping its mortality rate low and slowing infection, but at least part of its success is attributed to wearing face masks.

Even Trump’s most loyal supporters, including Vice President Mike Pence, began wearing face masks. Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered most people in the state to cover themselves in public, because the state’s experience was the worst surge in the number of infections in the country. Other states, such as California, have also issued public service announcements that encourage people to use them.

Even if your country hasn’t made a mandatory wearing mask, if you know there are cases in your community, you can still wear it. There are even easy ways to make it yourself.

Test if you think you should do it

At the start of an outbreak, it is almost impossible to be tested in the US unless you have been hospitalized. That has changed, and despite obstacles, the test is more accessible than ever.

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President Trump has made the argument that the country must reduce testing to maintain the number of cases. WHO has reiterated that testing is the key to keeping the virus under control. The places that have had some of the most successful responses – South Korea, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand and Australia – among others, have all been tested at a high level.

The CDC’s suggestion is that if you have symptoms, you should contact your health practitioner and ask if a test is recommended. Even some people without symptoms must be tested in certain circumstances.

As is the case in Florida, for example, White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx urged all Florida residents who have attended mass meetings in the past four weeks to be tested, even if they have no symptoms.

Quarantine when requested (and sometimes even when not asked)

Extensive testing goes hand in hand with an effective search, track and quarantine system.

The idea is that anyone who has been in contact with an infected person recently will be notified by the authorities and asked to quarantine, usually for 14 days. That means that if you have been infected, even if you have no symptoms, chances are you will not pass it on to anyone outside your home.

How to celebrate the Fourth of July fun at home

The US as a whole is struggling to get enough contact tracers in place to have an effective and working system, as are several other countries, including the United Kingdom. The CDC aims to have 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 people in the country.

According to Nephron Research, an independent health care research company that has monitored contact traces across the state, only six states and the District of Columbia have crossed that threshold. They are: Utah (37), South Dakota (39), New York (49), North Dakota (46), Nebraska (38), Massachusetts (36) and District of Columbia (42). Every other state is under-served, meaning the case might not be detected.

That is particularly concerning for the eight states which are hotspots for Covid-19: Nevada (13), Florida (7), Arizona (5), Idaho (14), Texas (11), Tennessee (9), Georgia (2) and South Carolina (8).

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If your country has not yet created an effective contact tracking system, there is no reason you cannot request a test if you suspect you have made contact with an infected person.

In the meantime, it might make sense to keep your Fourth of July plan simple, and continue to practice keeping social distance until the US has the virus in control.

Jacqueline Howard and Natalie Croker from CNN contributed to this report.

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Open-ended real estate investment fund CA Património Crescente has once again received the MSCI European Property Investment Awards in the Diversified Portfolio category for 2021.

This is the 12th time that the Portuguese fund, established in 2005, has received this award, which distinguishes the national real estate portfolio with the best return. In 2021, CA Património Crescente’s real estate portfolio returned 7.8%, compared to 6.3% in the benchmark.

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Young competes at the National Speed ​​Championship and the FIM GP Junior World Championship.

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Miguel Santiago is thinking about becoming the queen of motorcycle racing.

“In recent years, the FIM Junior GP has attracted many riders to the Moto GP where 20 out of 24 riders [que participam] come from this contest. Participation in Moto GP is considered the greatest school of prodigies, I am proud to be there and so close to the level of Moto GP,” he said.

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