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COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update April 5, 2020

Attached is today’s COVID-19 Daily News Update issued by Hawaii State Department of Health.

COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update April 5, 2020

There is a large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19, please rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. We added a long term post on the maroon bar above titled “COVID-19 Information.” The post includes links to the Hawaii Department of Health, the CDC and the FEMA websites.

Off Track: You voted: Here's Your Top 5 meat jun

From the Frolic Hawaii website

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Thinly sliced beef is marinated, dipped in egg batter and shallow-fried until golden — though seemingly simple, meat jun is an enigma. In Hawaii it’s a Korean takeout staple, in the rest of the country it’s next to impossible to find, and in Korea, where it’s called gogijun, you’re more likely to find it at parties rather than at a restaurant. Kim Chee 1 in Kaneohe is credited with introducing meat jun to Hawaii; if you grew up eating it, you can pretty much consider yourself a bonafide local. 

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The Naval War College Ran a Pandemic War Game in 2019. The Conclusions Were Eerie

From the Military.com website

U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) Luce Hall located at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. U.S. Navy photograph

An infectious disease breaks out in a densely populated metropolis and is spreading rapidly, causing respiratory failure and death in its victims. As local containment and response mechanisms break down and cases multiply, it becomes clear that a global response — spanning governments, humanitarian organizations, health agencies and the military — will be required.

That scenario is not a condensed narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic that currently has much of the globe on lockdown. Rather, it’s the premise of a war game run last September by the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. And its findings — released in summary format Wednesday — reveal prescient and sometimes troubling parallels to the real-world response effort that continues today.

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Now Is the Best Time in History To Do A Roth IRA Conversion

From the Forbes website

Currently, six factors are converging to make Roth IRA conversions more promising for more IRA owners than ever before.

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Thanks to Gordon Lau for emailing this article

COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update April 4, 2020

Attached is today’s COVID-19 Daily News Update issued by Hawaii State Department of Health.

COVID-19 Daily News Update Digest April 4, 2020

There is a large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19, please rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. We added a long term post on the maroon bar above titled “COVID-19 Information.” The post includes links to the Hawaii Department of Health, the CDC and the FEMA websites.

Read This If You Are Using Zoom

From the Wired Magazine website

The popular video conferencing application Zoom has been having a Moment during the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s not all positive. As many people’s professional and social lives move completely online, Zoom use has exploded. But with this boom has come added scrutiny from security and privacy researchers—and they keep finding more problems, including two fresh zero day vulnerabilities revealed Wednesday morning.

The debate has underscored the inherent tension of balancing mainstream needs with robust security. Go too far in either direction, and valid criticism awaits.

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Another Zoom article

To Keep Seniors Safe at Home, Medicare Expands Telemedicine

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Medicare said Tuesday it will immediately expand coverage for telemedicine nationwide to help seniors with health problems stay home to avoid the coronavirus.

The new option will allow millions of older people to take care of ongoing medical problems as well as new concerns, while heeding public health advice to stay home during the outbreak.

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Earlier Retiree News post about telemedicine

Those with limited computer skills will probably need assistance from family members or friends.

Webmaster Comments 20.04.04

The onslaught of news related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and the following articles are of interest to Retiree News readers.

Latest Guard Update for VOVID-19. The number of Guard troops mobilized in the effort to cope with the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 18,500 Air and Army National Guard professionals are supporting the COVID-19 crisis response at the direction of their governors. Continue reading

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that states have the option of using the National Guard to enforce stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. “That would be an option for the governors,” Esper said on CBS News. “Again, the guard is active in all 50 states and territories. I’m very proud of what our guardsmen are doing, but we have a whole lot more capacity out there in the guard right now to do more.” Continue reading

Hawaii Attorney General joined a multistate coalition of 22 attorneys general led by California in submitting a letter urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to suspend benefits claims deadlines and debt collection activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the current situation, unemployment has skyrocketed, and veterans are losing their jobs, making it difficult for them to make debt payments. Continue reading

CDC Cloth Masks Announcement

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spreadexternal icon, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.

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Activated Hawai‘i National Guardsmen Ready for COVID-19 Response

Off the Hawaii Adjutant General’s Facebook page

Hawaii National Guard photograph

The rise in positive COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i has prompted the partial activation of the Hawai‘i National Guard to stand ready to lend their support to their community.

Airmen with Medical Detachment 1 (Med Det 1), Hawai‘i Air National Guard (HIANG) monitored guardsmen on State Active Duty orders (SAD) during an unprecedented health crisis carrying out daily temperature screenings and health surveys.

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Webmaster Comments 20.04.03

The onslaught of news related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and the following articles are of interest to Retiree News readers.

The Hawai‘i Attorney General’s office issued a Consumer Alert about COVID-19 scams. Consumer Alert: Avoid COVID-19 Scams. this updates a previous post about COVID-19 scams.

The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) issued a press release providing answers to the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) to assist homeowners and renters and with inquiries regarding the Landlord-Tenant code. Go to: State Provides Guidance to Homeowners and Renters

Earlier, the Department of Taxation announced relief for taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. Several Retiree News followers asked if we would post the reference. The Department of Taxation press release

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions