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U.S. parents begin to ask: Should my child get a COVID-19 shot?

U.S. parents begin to ask: Should my child get a COVID-19 shot?

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.The Sweeten children, Kaden, Jackson and Emily, are seen at their home in Layton, Utah, U.S., November 8, 2020. Picture taken November 8, 2020. Tristen Sweeten/Handout via REUTERS Tristen Sweeten, a 34-year-old nurse in Utah, hopes her three children will receive Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine through its pediatric clinical trial. The sooner the better, she said, for their safety and the greater goal of ending the pandemic.Angie Ankoma, a 45-year-old Black mother of four who works in...

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U.S. COVID deaths top 250,000 as New York City schools halt in-person classes

U.S. COVID deaths top 250,000 as New York City schools halt in-person classes

By , NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed a grim new milestone of 250,000 lives lost on Wednesday, as New York City’s public school system, the nation’s largest, called a halt to in-classroom instruction, citing a jump in coronavirus infection rates.The decision to shutter schools and revert exclusively to at-home learning, starting on Thursday, came as state and local officials nationwide imposed restrictions on social and economic life to tamp down a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations heading into winter.But eight months after New York City emerged as...

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November 18, 2020
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'You are no longer my mother': A divided America will struggle to heal after Trump era

'You are no longer my mother': A divided America will struggle to heal after Trump era

By , , LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When lifelong Democrat Mayra Gomez told her 21-year-old son five months ago that she was voting for Donald Trump in Tuesday’s presidential election, he cut her out of his life.“He specifically told me, ‘You are no longer my mother, because you are voting for Trump’,” Gomez, 41, a personal care worker in Milwaukee, told Reuters. Their last conversation was so bitter that she is not sure they can reconcile, even if Trump loses his re-election bid.“The damage is done. In people’s minds, Trump is a monster. It’s sad. There are people not talking to me anymore, and...

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November 2, 2020
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'You are no longer my mother': A divided America will struggle to heal after Trump era

'You are no longer my mother': A divided America will struggle to heal after Trump era

By , , LOS ANGELES, Nov 2 (Reuters) - When lifelong Democrat Mayra Gomez told her 21-year-old son five months ago that she was voting for Donald Trump in Tuesday’s presidential election, he cut her out of his life.“He specifically told me, ‘You are no longer my mother, because you are voting for Trump’,” Gomez, 41, a personal care worker in Milwaukee, told Reuters. Their last conversation was so bitter that she is not sure they can reconcile, even if Trump loses his re-election bid.“The damage is done. In people’s minds, Trump is a monster. It’s sad. There are people not talking to me...

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November 2, 2020
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Healthcare workers, high-risk people will get priority for COVID-19 vaccine in New York: governor

Healthcare workers, high-risk people will get priority for COVID-19 vaccine in New York: governor

By NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that healthcare workers and high-risk populations, including some long-term care residents, would get priority in his state to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is approved and available.According to the five-phase preliminary plan for New York’s vaccine administration program, some details of which Cuomo announced at a news briefing, healthcare workers in patient-care settings, long-term care facility workers and some long-term care residents would be among the first to receive a vaccine.In the second phase of vaccine...

October 18, 2020
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Court documents reveal secretive federal unit deployed for 'Operation Diligent Valor' in Oregon

Court documents reveal secretive federal unit deployed for 'Operation Diligent Valor' in Oregon

United States (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has deployed more than 100 federal agents to Portland, Oregon, on a mission named “Operation Diligent Valor” to patrol government buildings as anti-racism protests flared this month, court documents show. The documents, filed on Tuesday, helped shed light on what had been a secretive operation that involved days of violent clashes between unidentified federal law enforcement officers and anti-racist protesters outside a federal courthouse. The operation has involved the Department of Homeland Security’s Rapid Deployment...

July 22, 2020
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New York's Cuomo links municipal funding to police reforms to fight racism

New York's Cuomo links municipal funding to police reforms to fight racism

United States NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he would end funding for local governments that fail to adopt reforms addressing excess use of force and bias in their police departments by April 2021. Cuomo said he would sign an executive order mandating that municipalities “reinvent and modernize” their police departments to battle systemic racism. “That should be done in every police agency in this country,” Cuomo told a press conference, after weeks of nationwide protests following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody...

June 12, 2020
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`I'm never going to be the same': Medics grapple with mental trauma on COVID-19 front line

`I'm never going to be the same': Medics grapple with mental trauma on COVID-19 front line

United States NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Anne Messman, a veteran emergency room physician in Detroit, knew something was wrong when she developed insomnia and became unusually irritated with people she loved. She began experiencing persistent sleepless nights in late March, around the time seven COVID-19 patients died in a single nine-hour shift. But she did not think her insomnia was due to the dramatic one-day death toll. As an ER doctor, death was no stranger to her. Perhaps, it was that the victims’ families had to be informed by phone because relatives are barred from hospitals...

May 8, 2020
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