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By adamg - 2/28/20 - 4:16 pm

First, let's note that the Weymouth school superintendent today issued a press release that a worker developed a fever after returning home from a trip abroad last week, even though the country "is not a country that currently has any travel restrictions around the Coronavirus," and will return to work once he or she is feeling better.

But also: Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/20 - 9:14 am

WHDH reports state public-health officials are monitoring 231 people in the state for possible infection, after clearing 377 other people they'd been watching. Meanwhile, at least 4,000 people have contracted the flu in Boston alone, according to the Boston Public Health Commission, but nobody's predicting economic collapse because of that.

By adamg - 2/25/20 - 2:30 pm

WBUR reports on Moderna Therapeutics's samples, manufactured in a plant in Norwood.

By adamg - 2/20/20 - 9:08 am

Sony says it won't be at Pax East next weekend, although its statement on why makes it unclear if its worried its employees will either contract COVID-19 here (we've had one reported case, a person who returned from Wuhan) or get it at the airport or something: Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/20 - 10:00 am

Marty Walsh and the CEO and board of Tufts Medical Center will eat lunch at Jade Garden on Tyler Street today and then stroll around the neighborhood to show it's a fine place to go and to send a message to cut the crap about COVID-19 already, that you're no more likely to contract the virus in Chinatown than anywhere else in Massachusetts, which is to say hardly likely at all. Read more.

By adamg - 2/15/20 - 10:23 pm

WBUR reports on a large community meal at China Pearl, organized by city councilors in both Boston and Quincy, to support Chinatown and show Covid-19 infeciton is no more likely there than anywhere else, which is to say, not likely. As opposed to the flu, the severity of which is now very high in Massachusetts.

By adamg - 2/12/20 - 1:50 pm

City councilors Michelle Wu (at large) and Ed Flynn (Chinatown, South Boston, South End, Downtown) have organized a dim-sum lunch at China Pearl in Chinatown on Saturday in part to show there's no more risk of coronavirus infection in the neighborhood than anywhere else in the city. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/20 - 11:22 am

The Boston Music Intelligencer reports that the BSO, which had a planned Asian tour canceled over coronavirus fears, will instead play a series of free concerts in the Boston area - with one trip out to Tanglewood. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/20 - 9:07 am

WBUR reports, notes something similar happened during the SARS scare in 2003 - at least until Mayor Tom Menino went on a walking tour of the neighborhood and didn't get SARS - that Chinatown is no more at risk from the new coronavirus strain than anywhere else and that you're far, far more likely to get the flu, which can also be fatal.

By adamg - 2/1/20 - 5:04 pm
Guy selling "China virus" masks on Boylston Street

As news spread today that a UMass Boston student had become the state's first victim of the 2019 novel coronavirus, a fast-buck artist set up shop on Boylston Street in the Back Bay. Finn reports his wife snapped him hard at work around 4 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 2/1/20 - 1:41 pm

The state Department of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Boston reported today that a UMass Boston student recently returned from Wuhan, China, was diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus, the first in the state. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 6:14 pm
No masks at local CVS

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., Tim found this scene in Cambridge.

Bad news for last-minute plague-preppers at the Galleria mall CVS.

By adamg - 1/27/20 - 3:04 pm

Boston public-health officials said today that while the city has seen no reported cases of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus, they are getting ready for it - but that Bostonians should start doing things to protect themselves against all viruses, including the flu, which is already widespread here. Read more.

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