5 things to know for April 15: Coronavirus, WHO, South Korea, health, Notre Dame


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2. World Health Organization

President Trump is suspending funding for the World Health Organization while a review is conducted on the body’s management of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has said that the United States allocates $ 400-500 million to the WHO each year, and if the organization had better investigated the first outbreaks in China, the United States would have been better prepared. WHO has been criticized for what some say is a slow response to the growing crisis in China earlier this year. However, Trump faces his own set of criticisms for his response to the American epidemics, so some politicians think he is trying to deflect the blame. Others, like Bill Gates, have warned that stopping funding to a large international health organization during a pandemic, even if it makes mistakes, is a dangerous decision.

3. South Korea

The South Koreans went to the polls today despite the impending pandemic. Voters wore masks and gloves and had to use a disinfectant and stay away from each other while voting for the country’s 300 parliamentarians. The election is seen as a mid-term referendum on the country’s president Moon Jae-in and his party. Recently, Moon’s coronavirus response has increased its approval rating. Although experts warned that holding elections during the pandemic could lower voter turnout, 56.5% of registered voters voted at 3:00 p.m. local time, including a record quarter of the country’s eligible voters who voted early.

4. Antibody tests

The FDA is reversing its decision to loosen restrictions on anti-coronavirus antibody testing after the market was inundated with defective and poor-quality versions. Antibody tests can determine if a person has been infected with a coronavirus, has recovered, and is now ostensibly immune. According to prominent doctors like Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx, knowing who has been infected in the population is essential to understanding how quickly and safely society can reopen. Unfortunately, after the FDA relaxed the testing restrictions, scientists realized that not all of the new tests on the market were reliable. Seeing how an inaccurate result could endanger people with a false sense of immunity, the FDA has now tightened the app.

5. Notre Dame

It has been a year since a huge fire in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris overturned the spire of the iconic building and endangered its structural integrity. The cultural tragedy has inspired a worldwide influx of donations to rebuild and strengthen the 850-year-old building, but these efforts are now on hold due to the pandemic. Work on the Paris site has been suspended since March 16 and despite the months of recovery work already undertaken, the extent of the damage is still unclear. An army general overseeing the project told the French Senate in January that it was too early to say whether the cathedral could be saved. More recent forecasts have taken a more optimistic tone, but with France closed for almost a month, it will take some time before further progress can be made.


Cannes Film Festival organizers are considering other plans because of coronavirus security

Maybe a movie night in Cannes?

93-year-old woman received massive delivery of Coors Light after viral call for more beer

As far as we’re concerned, 93-year-old women (and men) can have anything they want!

Disney + edited digital hair on Daryl Hannah’s butt in ‘Splash’

It’s like the CGI “Cats”, only … right in the back.

Gwen Stefani gave Blake Shelton a “Tiger King” mule

Good to know, even celebrities are not immune to the quarantine cut.

The Bachelor franchise has a new music-themed show

It’s called “Listen To Your Heart,” and your heart says you’ll probably be watching 40 hours of it.


~ 10,000

This is the number of MLB employees, including players, staff and family members, who will participate in a large national study on anti-coronavirus antibodies. Scientists contacted the league due to its vast geographic reach.


“It is always the position of the American government to say, in the choice between the loss of our way of life as Americans and the loss of life, of American lives, we must always choose the latter … It is the decision of political decision-makers to put on our big boy and big girl pants and say that it is the lesser of these two evils. ”

Indiana State Rep. Trey hollingsworth, a Republican who said in a radio interview that easing restrictions on coronaviruses, which would lead to more US deaths, was better left to let the economy suffer from further foreclosure measures.



Could you please pass the salt?

This is how Rube Goldberg machines are social distancing. (Click here to see.)


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