Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. The symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don't develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.
The first wave of coronaviruses stimulus checks will go out the week of April 13 for those who have set up direct deposit with the IRS. If you're eligible, the funds will either deposit directly into your bank account or you'll receive a check in the mail. There are certainly some questions about this. Who is eligible to receive a $1,200 payment? How can you set up direct deposit for faster IRS payment? What should you spend the money on? And how can you track your 2020 stimulus check? Not everyone will a receive the total $1,200 payment amount, and some won't get a stimulus check at all. But your chances to get the same amount of the 2020 stimulus money are high. As many as 83% of taxpayers may qualify to receive an economic impact payment, according to the Washinton Post, including people who regualarly receive Social Security payments. But first background. Eligible US taxpayers can recieve up to $1,200 from the federal governement as part of a 2 trillion relief package intended to help people pay rent, purchase essentials, and jog the economy as unemployment levels rise. In addition to the payments for individuals meet the requirements, the new stimulus law includes help for people who are unemployed or owe student loans, and financial support for small business and their employees.
This is not an Easter like any we have experienced before as countries remain in lockdown and we're advised to stay at home. But people around the world are finding ways to stay connected with each other. Irish abroad readers have kindly been sharing how their lives have changed since the coronavirus crisis. One most read story of this week is from Elizabeth Quinn who lives in Sweden, a country that has taken a much more laid back and relaxed approach to COVID-19 restrictions tha the rest of Europe. No lockdown, little distances, and epeople still shaking hands. The top story today is from Dubliner Tracey Darlinton in Luxembourg. For a nation with a population of just 600,000, the number of deaths "is a sobering statistic", Tracy said. But the testing rate is high. Darlinton also explains why the unique challenges Luxembourg faces with Healthcare. Kim Aitken wrote a heartfelt article about watching her father's funeral in Cork from New Zealand on Zoom. "For Mike Aitken, my father, the end was rapid and painless and heartbreaking and so very far away. Conor Lane, from the west of Ireland, who shared his experience of cancer treatment some years ago, is now living in lockdown in a densely populated London. "I've faced a life-threatening situation before. I'm more aprehensive about what's to come." Kate Katharina Ferguson talked about how self-isolation in Berlin has made her "take comfort in the simple things in life, such as taking out the bins and hanging up the laundry."
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