The Latest Developments: As of noon Wednesday, there were a total of 16 cases confirmed or presumed to be COVID-19 in Hawaii. The two latest cases include Oahu residents who traveled outside of the islands.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed an order mandating restaurants, bars and clubs on Oahu to only service takeout orders, while also closing all city parks and other facilities such as the Neil S. Blaisdell Center and the Honolulu Zoo.
His counterpart on Kauai, Mayor Derek Kawakami, went a step further, ordering a night-time curfew for the whole island beginning Friday. He also urged tourism businesses to stop marketing the Garden Island as a travel destination for now.
Meanwhile, the Hawaii Community Foundation has created a $2.5 million fund — including $1 million from the Omidyar Ohana Fund and $500,000 from the Stupski Foundation — to aid public health organizations and other local nonprofits that are trying to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The money will be used to support health care workers, expand testing and screening, and provide those who are quarantined with home visits and food deliveries.
Aloha Stadium suspended its operations through May 14, postponing events like the Hawaiian Supercross motorcycle competition.
As Hawaii continues to adjust to the potential for a larger epidemic, China reported some good news: for the first time since COVID-19 surfaced in December, on Tuesday Chinese officials reported there were no new local infections.
Meanwhile, the federal government is tapping into military medical resources: two U.S. Navy hospital ships will deploy to help non-COVID patients on the east and west coasts so hospitals may focus on coronavirus care.
Questions And Answers: Here are more answers Civil Beat found in response to concerns you sent us.
Is it OK to take ibuprofen?
Infectious disease experts at the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control say it is fine to take ibuprofen and there is no evidence that suggests otherwise. The concern over ibuprofen exploded after the French health minister tweeted some advice to use Tylenol instead, but public health officials were disapproving of his move which was based on limited data, NPR reports.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, more research is needed.
“Currently, there is no evidence that ibuprofen increases the risk of serious complications or of acquiring the virus that causes COVID-19,” he said.
Both paracetamol and ibuprofen help to relieve fevers and flu symptoms, but they may not be suitable for all patients depending on existing health conditions. Ask your doctor.
How long do you think we’ll have to keep up this social distancing thing?
It could be months. Government officials are recommending people limit their social activity because it’s the best chance we have to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and overwhelming hospitals, especially because there is no treatment yet.
Here are some ways to ensure you’re implementing “social distancing” properly.
How The Coronavirus Has Changed Your Behavior: We also asked people what they’ve been doing differently since hearing about the virus. Here are a few things they’ve told us:
We have many more questions to answer so stay tuned for similar posts each day. Meanwhile, use the form below to ask us anything and tell us what, if anything, you’re doing differently to avoid getting sick.
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