Lila Blanks reacts next to the casket of her husband, Gregory Blanks, 50, who died from complications from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ahead of his funeral in San Felipe, Texas, U.S., January 26, 2021. Blanks ran a heating and air conditioning business in the Houston area. He was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys football team. In keeping with current restrictions to prevent infections, only a limited number of family and friends were able to attend the burial at San Felipe Community Cemetery. Clad in a face mask sporting the logo of her husband’s company, Blanks’ wife Lila solemnly watched as some of Pryor’s workers lowered the casket into the ground. “We need to all do what we need to do to get over it,” she said. “So it’ll be over and we don’t keep burying our husbands, our children, our mothers, our fathers.” REUTERS/Callaghan O’Hare SEARCH “FUNERALS O’HARE” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES


The U.S. reached 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus Monday, and experts warned that 100,000 more deaths were likely in the next few months, even with vaccinations continuing to increase across the country. 

President Joe Biden planned to honor the victims Monday night with remarks and a candle lighting ceremony, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a moment of silence on the floor. Biden also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff this week. The virus killed more Americans than those in World Wars I and II and the Vietnam War. 

But hope accompanied news reports about the grim milestone with reports that the virus was receding in the worst areas. New cases have declined to half their global peak, and hospital stays have declined as well. 

The Food and Drug Administration outlined new procedures for vaccines against variants of the coronavirus, stating that booster shots could be approved and treated like annual flu shots instead of the rigorous process the initial vaccines underwent. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, said antivirals that attack the virus, rather than boosters against it, will be the “wave of the future.” 


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They joined a movement focused on kindness. Some say it’s helped them get through the pandemic – CNN – 2/22/2021
Catherine Barrett says a neighbor’s small act of kindness was what sparked a now-global movement focused on all things good.

$1,400 stimulus checks could be approved by House this week. What happens next? – McClatchy – 2/22/2021
The House could vote by the end of this week on a third coronavirus relief package that would send a round of $1,400 stimulus checks to millions of Americans during the pandemic.

500,000 dead Americans: One year of COVID exposes the rot of GOP ideology – Salon – 2/22/2021
The U.S. is expected to cross a grim milestone on Monday that was unimagined by even the worst projections from the beginning of the pandemic nearly one year ago: Half a million dead from COVID-19. And those are just the direct deaths from recorded instances of the disease. Excess mortality rates show that for every two official COVID-19 deaths, there’s another excess death, likely due to myriad related causes, from increased rates of poverty to strains on the health care system to undiagnosed cases. 

Meghan McCain calls for Biden to replace Dr. Fauci over ‘inconsistent’ coronavirus vaccine messaging – Fox News – 2/22/2021
ABC News’ “The View” co-host Meghan McCain is sick of Dr. Anthony Fauci and called for the Biden administration to replace him with someone who “does understand science” on Monday because of his “inconsistent messaging” on the coronavirus vaccine.

State Lawmakers Defy Governors in a Covid-Era Battle for Power – New York Times – 2/22/2021
Partisan warfare over pandemic lockdowns and mask-wearing is on the wane in Washington: A bitter presidential election has been decided, coronavirus cases are plummeting nationally and vaccines are rolling out slowly but steadily. Yet in state Capitols, the politicized fights are boiling over.

Texas Couple Married More than 60 Years Defeats Coronavirus Together – Breitbart – 2/22/2021
A Texas couple married for more than 60 years defeated the coronavirus together — all while sharing the same hospital bedroom. Andres Carrillo, 84, and Eva Carrillo, 83, were inseparable until they both came down with the coronavirus.


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