LA Blade - COVID-19 is a new virus that is a casually transmitted silent killer. More and more Americans are gradually realizing that life and death may hang in the air tainted by an unmasked asymptomatic coronavirus carrier coughing in public.

Mortality is on everyone’s minds, as is unemployment, debt, eviction, and the prospect of dying alone on a hospital ventilator or forgotten in lonely isolation at home.

LA Blade - One month ago, the whole world changed as the novel coronavirus quickly became a global pandemic. On March 13, President Trump finally ordered a national state of emergency but told the states they were responsible for the frontline reaction, including medical equipment, protection and hospital beds. There was no federal plan for mass testing, though Trump had received ample early warning about the potential for a pandemic, according a bombshell New York Times report.

thepride - More than 100 LGBTQ+ organizations have signed an open letter outlining the added risk the novel coronavirus poses on the LGBTQ+ community.

Read letter below:

As the spread of the novel coronavirus a.k.a. COVID-19 increases, many LGBTQ+ people are understandably concerned about how this virus may affect us and our communities. The undersigned want to remind all parties handling COVID-19 surveillance, response, treatment, and media coverage that LGBTQ+ communities are among those who are particularly vulnerable to the negative health effects of this virus.

LA Blade - Faced with tremendous pressure during the coronavirus crisis to lift its policy barring gay men from donating blood, the Food & Drug Administration announced on Thursday it has eased the restrictions.

While the previous policy, established in 2015, barred men who have had sex with men in the 12 months from making a donation, the new policy shortens the deferral period, requiring abstinence for only three months.

LA Blade - The fate of this year’s Palm Springs area April trio of events, including Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the White Party and Dinah Shore Weekend is now in the hands of the Riverside County’s public health department as it declares a public health emergency and announces its first case of Covid-19.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health officer says says the agency has made no decisions on large scale public events and festivals and are instead focused on understanding the movements of a new CoronaVirus patient in order to prevent its spread.

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