Seniors

Shoppers wait in line to enter a Stop & Shop supermarket during hours open daily only for seniors Thursday, March 19, 2020, in North Providence, R.I. This week grocery store chains and other retailers began offering special shopping hours for seniors and other groups considered the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus. The dedicated shopping times are designed to allow seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions to shop among smaller crowds and reduce their chances of acquiring the virus. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 20, 2020 - 4:48 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As senior citizens deal with anxiety about the coronavirus, grocery store chains and other retailers have come up with a way to ease their fears: shopping times reserved exclusively for them. Target, Whole Foods, Walmart and Dollar General, as well as supermarkets in Europe,...
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This photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 19, 2020, shows trader Gregory Rowe, center, as he works on the trading floor. Stocks are see-sawing between gains and losses in midday trading on Wall Street Thursday, but the moves are more subdued than the wild jabs that have dominated recent weeks. (NYSE Photo by Alyssa Ringler via AP)
March 19, 2020 - 11:48 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after modest Wall Street gains on hopes government and central bank action can shield the world economy from a looming global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Australia and Southeast Asia...
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Danielle Kiechler, left, and Cathi Gouveia snowshoe above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington state. Most national parks are remaining open during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but many are closing visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants in hopes of containing its spread. Both women work at schools in Puyallup, Wash., that are currently closed due to the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
March 19, 2020 - 2:42 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of...
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In this photo taken Monday March 16 2020, a factory worker cuts soap into bars at the Licorne soap factory in Marseille, southern France. Amid the rapid outbreak of the new coronavirus across Europe, the hallmark Marseille tradition of soap-making is enjoying a renaissance, as the French public rediscovers this essential local product. As French shops were ordered closed this week in a bid to counter the new coronavirus, Bruna's Savonnerie de la Licorne now runs its operations only for delivery, supplying pharmacies across France and handling individual orders placed through its online store. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
March 19, 2020 - 3:27 am
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Amid the rapid spread of the new coronavirus across Europe, the hallmark Marseille tradition of soap-making is enjoying a renaissance, as the French rediscover an essential local product. Serge Bruna's grandfather entered the then-booming business in the southern port city...
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A trader holds his hand to his head after trading was halted at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
March 18, 2020 - 10:54 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Asia failed to hold onto opening gains on Thursday, skidding further after the latest selloff on Wall Street. Stocks fell in Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong and Seoul in early trading Thursday. Investors are in search of cash as fears of a prolonged coronavirus-induced recession...
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A woman wears a protective mask as she rides in a tram, in Rome, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 18, 2020 - 1:52 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 207,000 people and killed more than 8,200. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 82,000 people...
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In this photo taken Monday, March 16, 2020, Serbian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases in Belgrade, Serbia. Although the global COVID-19 pandemic has not hit Eastern and Central Europe with such a force compared to Italy, Spain and France, health officials throughout the region are sounding alarm about the lack of medical staff, facilities, equipment and enough hospital beds to handle several virus outbreaks simultaneously. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
March 18, 2020 - 6:22 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The main Serbian hospital treating patients infected with coronavirus looks like an abandoned building, but it isn’t. With its rundown facade, peeling walls and rooms crammed with metal beds, the downtown Belgrade clinic for infectious diseases has for decades been a symbol...
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In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020 photo, a slum dweller fills water from a tap next to a drain filled with plastic and other filth in New Delhi, India. Experts say keeping hands clean is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, in addition to social distancing. But for India’s homeless and urban poor who live in thousands of slums across major cities and towns, maintaining good hygiene can be nearly impossible. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
March 18, 2020 - 4:09 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Dharam Singh Rajput can’t afford to buy hand sanitizer, which could help ward off transmission of the coronavirus in his community. The Rajput family could opt for something more basic — soap and water — to achieve hand hygiene. But sometimes there is no clean running water in...
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A trader works the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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March 17, 2020 - 11:42 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Major Asian stock markets were higher Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on President Donald Trump's promise of aid to get the U.S. economy through the coronavirus outbreak. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong all advanced. Australia's main index fell 5% and smaller Asian...
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Judie Shape, center, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, but isn't showing symptoms, presses her hand against her window after a visit through the window and on the phone with her daughter Lori Spencer, left, and her son-in-law Michael Spencer, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home, which is at the center of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in the United States. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
March 17, 2020 - 10:44 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Mass disruptions shuddered across the globe Tuesday as governments struggled to slow the spread of the coronavirus while trying to keep their economies afloat. The chaos included border traffic jams in Lithuania, the deaths of 17 elderly residents in one Madrid nursing home and a bus...
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