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Much has been written of the warning signs, symptoms and dangers of COVID-19. But what is it like to live through an active infection? Several sufferers share their stories, day-by-day medical conditions, thoughts and observations with VOA’s Carolyn Presutti in this second installment of a bi-weekly series chronicling life with the coronavirus. The first installment can be read here: Coronavirus Patients Share Their Trials and Tribulations

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Francis Wilson on his hospital bed (Credit: Francis Wilson)

 

NEW YORK -  The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort sailed into New York Harbor early Monday, bringing hope and relief to the city of 8.6 million, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. 

The mammoth white ship emblazoned with red crosses has 1,000 beds and 12 operating theaters. Its medical personnel will care for nonvirus patients in an effort to shift some of the burden from the city’s overwhelmed hospitals, which are focused on the outbreak.  

“Feeling the presence of the United States military here just gave me a sense that things are going to be OK,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at the pier where the ship docked. “This ship is so impressive. It’s just looming there in our harbor like a beacon of hope.” 

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The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort passes the Manhattan skyline on its way to docking in New York, March 30, 2020.

WASHINGTON - U.S President Donald Trump has extended social distancing and other coronavirus-fighting guidelines through April 30, saying what has been done so far is saving lives.  

“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said Sunday moving the daily coronavirus briefing from the White House press room outside to the Rose Garden.

“I want our life back again,” he said.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 29, 2020, in Washington.

NEW YORK - With 8.6 million residents cooped up at home indefinitely, New York City’s health department has offered graphic guidance on safe sex practices during the coronavirus pandemic.

“You are your safest sex partner,” the 2-page document says. It then encourages individuals to wash their hands and any pleasure devices they may use.

The city advises that other than masturbation, “the next safest partner is someone you live with.” But urges you to “skip sex if you or your partner is not feeling well.”

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A couple kisses as they pose for a photo at the top of the TKTS stairs, March 10, 2020, in New York's Times Square.

The U.S. has extended the deadline for the 2020 census count by two weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, just days after the government suspended census field operations for two weeks as well.

The decennial counting of everyone in the U.S. helps determine congressional representation in the 50 U.S. states, and it also guides the federal government in how to share $1.5 trillion in federal in aid.

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FILE - A March 19, 2020, photo shows a portion of an envelope containing a 2020 Census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

California Governor Gavin Newsom Thursday ordered the 40 million residents of the U.S. West Coast state to stay home as part of the state’s battle against COVID-19. 

Newsom issued the mandate following the deaths of 19 people and 958 more people testing positive for the coronavirus in California.  

The lockdown for the entire state followed a Los Angeles County order earlier Thursday that shut down all the county’s shopping malls, nonessential retail, and playgrounds.  

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WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump is touting two drugs as possible COVID-19 treatments.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Thursday, Trump said chloroquine — an old drug used to treat malaria — “has shown encouraging early results against the virus. We’re going to be able to make that drug available immediately” by prescription.

“It’s been around a long time, so if things don’t go well, we know it won’t kill anyone,” said the president, who described chloroquine as a possible “game changer.” 

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FILE - President Donald Trump takes questions during the coronavirus response daily briefing at the White House in Washington, March 18, 2020.

WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials on Wednesday appealed to youth to "do their part" by heeding guidelines on self-isolation to blunt the coronavirus outbreak and warned that the White House may have to extend its action plan if 15 days proves insufficient.   

"Fifteen days is likely not going to be enough to get us all the way through, but we really need to lean into it now so we can bend the curve in the 15 days, and at that point we'll reassess," U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told NBC's "Today" program. 

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FILE - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks during a briefing on coronavirus in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, March 14, 2020, in Washington,

WHITE HOUSE - More than three years into Donald Trump's presidency, the reporters who cover him have learned extracting effective answers from him requires unique questioning techniques.   

It is a skill considered even more critical as the United States and the world confronts the Trump administration's biggest challenge yet –- the coronavirus pandemic.  "

I just think it's a nasty question," the president responded on Friday to Yamiche Alcindor of PBS Newshour when she asked him about denying any responsibility for disbanding the White House pandemic office.   

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FILE - President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he boards Air Force One as he departs, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump Friday declared a national emergency, clearing the way for more federal aid to stream to states and cities to combat the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We will defeat this threat,” Trump said during a nationally televised news conference from the White House Rose Garden. 

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FILE - President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence, left, and members of the president's coronavirus task force speaks during a news conference at the Brady press briefing room of the White House, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington.

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