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Why the second Covid-19 shutdown might be worse than the first – and how to prevent it



Why the second Covid-19 shutdown might be worse than the first - and how to prevent it

“We must face the harsh reality in some countries that we may need to be closed again,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

And the second wave of state closure could be more damaging than the first.

“Due to quarantine fatigue, due to the economic effects of quarantine, other rounds of shutdowns may have a greater effect on businesses that might be on the edge of not being able to remain solvent,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Metrics and Health Evaluation at the University of Washington.

Economic casualties from one closing round have been shocking. More than 44 million people in the United States have applied for initial jobless benefits since mid-March.
But the pandemic is far from over. More than 115,000 Americans die from the corona virus, and hundreds more die from the virus every day.

“Covid doesn’t take summer vacations,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert and professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“This actually has a new opportunity to spread.”

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Murray said the “biggest and most difficult choice” the country could face in the coming months was to manage a potential second closure.

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And the consequences of other closures will be broad, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

“We cannot shut down the economy again,” Mnuchin said CNBC. “I think we have learned that if you shut down the economy, you will do more damage. And not only economic damage, but … medical problems and everything that is delayed.”

But the federal government has not controlled the closure and reopening. That has become the policy of each country.

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“If you run out of hospital beds, and you run out of ICU beds … (the state) must be closed,” Reiner said.

That had happened before

The second shutdown is not only possible – they have already taken place in several parts of the world during this pandemic.

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Hong Kong and Singapore seem to have the coronavirus under control and begin to reduce restrictions – only to have a major revival that leads to tighter rules.

The second largest island in Japan, Hokkaido, was also closed to control the spread of the corona virus. “But they opened too fast,” Reiner said, leading to Covid’s 19th comeback.

“They closed again. And that’s how they put out the virus.”

How Americans can prevent another round of shutdown

While the state is trying to revive the economy, the fate of this pandemic depends to a large extent on individuals.

“People must obey safety guidelines,” said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

“Social distance must be considered. Face covering in key places must be considered.”

Wearing a face mask is very important to slow the spread of coronavirus because of how easy it is to infect others – even without any symptoms.
“We must take action now so we avoid closing in the future,” said Lina Hidalgo, head of government in Harris County, Texas – the third most populous county in the United States.
Like many parts of the country, Harris County has seen a surge in Covid-19 hospitals since Memorial Day weekend.

“It just continues to grow,” Hidalgo said on Friday.

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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said “the best thing to do is to avoid crowded areas.”

“But if you don’t want to do that,” he said, “please wear a mask.”

Amanda Watts from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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