Why women may fair better with COVID-19

Jun 29, 2020

At least since the time of Shakespeare, men have used the phrase “the fair (or fairer) sex” to refer to women. This is greatly ironic, given that men have been all too willing to treat women unfairly from ancient times to the present. Women are also sometimes characterized – by men, of course – as being the more delicate or weaker sex. But the truth is that women are stronger than men when it comes to fighting off diseases like COVID-19. Additionally, females of all mammal species are better at coping with stress than their male counterparts.

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The world is about to hit a devastating milestone: half a million people dead, killed by the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the planet.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo released updated numbers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in New York State.

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A federal judge on Friday blocked New York state from enforcing coronavirus restrictions limiting indoor religious gatherings to 25% capacity when other types of gatherings are limited to 50%.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is offering help to states like Texas and Arizona that are struggling with spiking COVID-19 infections, but is also talking with airport officials and federal border control officers on how best to enforce the travel advisory requiring travelers from states with high infection rates to quarantine for 14 days.



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The Buffalo Zoo is set to reopen its doors next week after a three-month closure due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


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New York has hit another milestone in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic: hospitalizations from the disease have now dipped below 1,000 for the first time in about three months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Phase Four of the New York State's gradual economic reopening strategy got underway Friday in three counties east of Buffalo. But plans to leave out some popular institutions have renewed complaints and calls to the Cuomo Administration to reconsider.

A 14-day quarantine for travelers entering New York from certain other states took effect early Thursday morning. The New York State Health Department has posted guidelines. In the meantime, pushback from lawmakers includes a mix of understanding for public health safety but also concern for potential constitutional and commerce issues.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget office is temporarily withholding 20% of a state aid payment owed to several cities across New York, citing the COVID-19 pandemic-related revenue shortfall and budget deficit plaguing the state government.


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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are imposing mandatory quarantines for travelers from several states with high rates of the novel coronavirus, including Florida and Texas, effective midnight Wednesday.  


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New York state, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, will mandate that travelers quarantine for 14 days if they’re coming in from states with high rates of COVID-19.

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New York state's malls, gyms and movie theaters are not cleared to reopen, a devastating blow to those industries, which were preparing to reopen in Phase Four. 

Erie County Board of Elections workers counted what votes they could late Tuesday night and went home, knowing Wednesday would be just as tough as the last week or two. They are waiting for the U.S. Postal Service to arrive.

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It's that time of year again. The air is filled with the crackling booms and kapows of explosive fireworks. But as plentiful as they may sound, most fireworks are illegal in New York State.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is contemplating a quarantine order on travelers to New York from other states with high rates of the novel coronavirus, including Florida.


A new Canadian poll suggests 43 percent of Chinese-Canadians surveyed have been threatened or intimidated since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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New York's moratorium on evictions ended Saturday and housing courts open Monday. Demonstrators will be in front of Buffalo City Court this morning to oppose evictions.


The debate over whether to wear masks as a protection against the coronavirus is heating up across Canada. There are growing calls to make masks mandatory, but that is not going to happen in Ontario.

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In his final daily coronavirus briefing Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s grateful that the virus is at an all-time low in New York, but he worries about rising infection rates elsewhere in the United States. 

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The Erie County Legislature has approved a plan to close a nearly $138 million deficit in the current year's county budget.

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Niagara County officials are trying to look forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, while not forgetting the difficult ordeals residents have gone through.

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It was the symbolic power of flowers, for joy or for tragedy, that decorated a remembrance Thursday for 298 people who have died in area nursing comes during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo ends over three months of continuous daily coronavirus briefings Friday. The briefings became a cultural phenomenon and made the governor nationally famous, as New Yorkers and many across America staying home to try to stop the spread of the virus tuned in to what became a daily ritual.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning businesses not to jump ahead on the state's methodical reopening plan.

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Congressman Tom Reed, a Southern Tier Republican, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise are calling for an independent investigation of how five states, including New York, managed COVID patients and nursing homes as the coronavirus pandemic was growing. Governor Andrew Cuomo, they say, defied guidelines by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services when ordering nursing homes to take in patients who had tested positive for COVID-19.

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There is some excitement among doctors treating COVID-19 because new medical research has found a standard drug can be used to treat patients who are breathing through a ventilator, perhaps the most lethal stage of the disease.

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Island Kids Childcare Center closed its south location on Grand Island March 21 after 255 of its 285 children – nearly a 90% – started staying home with their parents. This decrease came as New York State went on PAUSE amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Buffalo will be paying the price of the COVID-19 economic shutdown as the Common Council meets Thursday morning to borrow in order to balance this year's budget.

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The chairs of the state legislative health committees are proposing a bill that would help protect the privacy of New Yorkers who give personal information to coronavirus contact tracers. They say without the protections, the contact tracing system -- aimed at curbing the virus and avoiding future shutdowns -- won’t work.