CNN: Covering the weirdest basketball season ever from inside the NBA bubble. “Shortly before Joe Vardon started covering last year’s NBA playoffs, the sports journalist took his family to Walt Disney World. Now, more than a year later, Vardon is back in Orlando, Florida — staying at the same Disney (DIS) hotel, in fact — but it’s a whole new world. Everyone is wearing masks. There are temperature checks at the entrances. And oh yes, there’s a deadly pandemic tearing across Florida, one of the country’s coronavirus hotspots.”
BBC: Coronavirus: Virus isolation period extended from seven to 10 days. “People who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms in the UK must now self-isolate for at least 10 days, rather than seven. The change, announced by the UK’s chief medical officers, comes as ministers try to avoid a resurgence of the virus.”
NBC News: CDC changes COVID-19 guidance on how long patients need to be isolated. “People who have been confirmed with mild to moderate COVID-19 can leave their isolation without receiving a negative test, according to recently revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increasing evidence shows that most people are no longer infectious 10 days after they begin having symptoms of COVID-19. As a result, the CDC is discouraging people from getting tested a second time after they recover.”
Neowin: Apple Maps now asks you to self-quarantine if you’ve recently traveled internationally. “If you have recently made a trip to other countries or states, Apple’s mapping app has a piece of advice for you. Apple Maps now reminds you to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days when it detects you have traveled internationally.”
BBC: Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge. “Spain is fighting to save its embattled tourism industry after the UK government imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from the country. Government officials insist the virus is under control and want certain areas to be exempt from the UK self-isolation order, including the Balearic Islands.”
WBZ: New Travel Order Requires Quarantine Upon Entering Massachusetts, Includes $500 Fine. “Individuals who fail to comply with a new travel order in Massachusetts could be fined $500 per day, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Friday. Visitors and in-state residents returning home must fill out a ‘Massachusetts Travel Form’ and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from an exempt, lower-risk state or can provide a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours.”
Los Angeles Times: Shotgunning and social justice: Twitter account highlights life in NBA bubble. “The basketball world was treated to a video of New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick shotgunning a beer while inside the NBA bubble because of a dare on a tweet. Drew Ruiz, 29, was the man behind the tweet on the account @NBABubbleLife. He is one-fourth of a ‘Wealth’ group chat, the name serving as an inside joke between friends.” There’s one for the WNBA too.
Reuters: D.C. mayor says visitors coming from coronavirus hot spots must quarantine for 14 days. “Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday said anyone coming into the District of Columbia from a coronavirus hot spot who was not traveling for essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The order, which goes into effect on Monday, excludes neighboring Maryland and Virginia, Bowser said on Twitter.”
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: Screening Tool Helps COVID-19 Patients Isolate. “The Office of Population Health at UAMS created a screening tool that would help identify people who may not have a safe place to isolate once testing positive for COVID-19. Kristie Hadden, Ph.D., is director of population health, an office created to address the needs of vulnerable groups. In the early days of the pandemic, one of the directors in the homeless shelter network approached Hadden’s office for assistance in identifying and helping COVID-19 positive individuals who were unable to quarantine.”
ABC News Australia: ‘I am alone with this unfathomable grief’: Victorian woman stuck in coronavirus quarantine in Perth after father’s death. “The daughter of a Perth man who died in hospital overnight has been told she must remain in mandatory isolation in a hotel after flying in from Melbourne to be with her family. After an initial request for an exemption to enter WA was rejected on Monday, Natalia Southern was allowed to fly to Perth on Tuesday under strict new border rules that require her to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine at her own expense.”
Phys .org: Women, college graduates, Democrats more likely to self-isolate to reduce coronavirus risks. “Women, older Americans, Democrats and people with more education are more likely to try to isolate themselves from contact with other people to reduce COVID-19 transmission risks, according to a new Tufts University national survey.”
Polygon: This website turns your browser into a view through someone else’s window. “Their new website WindowSwap invites users to ‘open a new window somewhere in the world.’ When you click on the button on the site, it opens a new browser window (ha) that takes up the width of the computer screen and is filled with a video of a user-submitted view from their window.” Super-neat and a much-needed reminder that the world is beautiful.
BBC: The women who can’t get an abortion in lockdown. “India’s grinding national coronavirus lockdown complicated life for women trying to access safe abortions, and now cities are bringing back restrictions, reports Menaka Rao.”
Axios: Coronavirus testing czar: Lockdowns in hotspots “should be on the table”. “The Trump administration’s coronavirus testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir said on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that ‘everything’ — including the ‘stringent lockdowns’ that many governors implemented in March and April — should be ‘on the table’ in states where new infections are skyrocketing.”
WSB-TV: Mayor rolls back Atlanta’s reopening plan from Phase 2 to Phase 1. “Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has rolled back the city’s reopening plans from Phase 2 back to Phase 1 effective immediately as coronavirus cases surge, she announced Friday night. In Phase 1, residents are asked to stay home except for essential trips and restaurants and business are asked to only serve to-go and curbside orders.”