Need-to-know Coronavirus Advice and Information

Headline Roundup April 15th, 2020

There's a lot to sift through when looking for information on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, so AllSides is bringing together the best advice, research and more to help you manage the crisis in your own life. In addition to expert guidelines on staying safe and avoiding infection, reporting throughout the media spectrum has focused on advice for preserving mental health, performing essential tasks like food shopping, maintaining social connections and more.

From the Right

New Yorkers aren’t known for their politeness at the best of times. And Miss Manners definitely never prepped this city for a pandemic.

During lockdown, normal activities like grocery shopping, walking around the block and even just calling friends are suddenly charged with new tensions and stressors. Everything is uncharted territory, so the usual rules for behavior are out the window. At the same time, the city’s lone-wolf residents depend on each other more than ever to stay healthy and sane.

You already know what to do from a germ...

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From the Left

Ready, set, reframe: Instead of stressing out about coronavirus and the shutdown, let’s use this time of social isolation to prioritize self-care and mental wellness. Are you eating junk food or taking the time to make something nutritious and delicious? Are you getting enough sleep? How about taking some time to exercise?

If all of that feels a little demanding right now, how about just starting with some deep, calming breaths?

It you’re skeptical this can help, know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends deep breathing to...

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From the Center

Editor’s note: The IRS is in the process of developing procedures for the issuance of stimulus payments to Americans, as called for under the CARES Act. These procedures are evolving, and the IRS has not yet worked out all of the details. AARP is monitoring the IRS closely and will provide the latest information on stimulus payments as soon as it becomes available.

En español | Federal lawmakers enacted a $2 trillion economic stimulus package on March 27 that will send most Americans checks of up to $1,200, as a...

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