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Biden Names Two Latinos To His Covid Task Force As His Team Grows

President Donald Trump has refused to concede the 2020 election but that hasn’t stopped President-elect Joe Biden. The soon-to-be 46th president of the United States is already building his teams, including his Covid-19 task force. Included are two major Latino physicians and health experts Dr. Robert Rodriguez and Dr. Luciana Borio.

President-elect Joe Biden has announced his Covid-19 task force.

President-elect Joe Biden is getting to work to assemble a team to tackle the unrelenting Covid-19 crisis in the U.S. The current crisis has been exacerbated by a lack of action from the current administration. As President Trump plans a series of legal battle hoping to overturn the election results, President-elect Biden is appealing to the American people.

In his first address to the American people as president-elect, Biden asked Americans to wear masks to bring the virus under control. The most important part was when President-elect Biden told the American people not to see the mask as a political statement.

“It doesn’t matter who you voted for, where you stood before Election Day. It doesn’t matter your party or your point of view,” Biden said in his address. “We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months.”

President-elect Biden has tapped two Latino doctors to join his Covid-19 task force.

President Trump’s current Covid-19 task force has done little to control the virus. Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the task force, has gone on record lying that the pandemic was under control. He even went so far as to say that there is no second wave and that the media was overhyping the virus that has infected more than 10 million Americans and killed more than 240,000.

Dr. Robert Rodriguez, a professor at UCSF’s School of Medicine is part of the task force.

Dr. Rodriguez is originally from Texas and he left California to volunteer in his home state. The doctor went to Brownsville, Texas to help fight the deadly and terrifying surge in Covid cases in the state. He considers it the hardest work he has done in his life.

“I flew down there, and the next day I was in the ICU treating the sickest patients that I had ever seen in my career. The doctors and nurses, respiratory therapists were working extremely hard, but they were simply overwhelmed with the number of cases,” Dr. Rodriguez told NBC News. “At the time, we had about five times the number of cases in the ICU there as compared to my hospital [in San Francisco], which was a much bigger hospital and a much better-resourced hospital.”

Dr. Luciana Borio is back to work for the public health of the American people.

Dr. Borio was part of the pandemic response team that President Trump disbanded in 2018. Many have criticized this decision by President Trump as the reason the virus has been as devastating as it was in the U.S. The disbanding of the pandemic response team left the U.S. vulnerable for this kind of preventable tragedy.

Dr. Borio has a long history of helping the U.S. combating widespread viral infections. She was part of the team that fought to against the 2009-10 H1N1 pandemic, the 2013-14 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the 2015-16 Zika outbreak in Latin America.

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Another day, another tragic COVID-19 related death. On November 3rd, a Los Angeles comedian Joe “El Cholo” Luna passed away from the coronavirus.

Throughout his battle with COVID-19, Luna documented his struggle through social media.

Just two days before he passed away, Luna posted a video on Instagram chronicling his COVID-19 journey. He shared the video with his followers for “educational purposes”. In the video, Luna got extremely candid about the realities of the deadly illness.

“Let me tell you, man, when I would hear people talk about what COVID did to them, I always said to myself, ‘You know what? I doubt it’s that bad’,” he says in the video. “I’ll tell you guys right now, I’ve been putting up a fight. I’ve been fighting for my life for the last week or so, man. This COVID shit is no joke.”

Luna described his symptoms: losing his taste and smell, fainting, having trouble breathing, fevers, chills, chest pains. He also contracted pneumonia. At one point, he even lost consciousness.

Luna explained that he had been discharged from the hospital a few days ago simply to be taken back to the hospital via an ambulance. “I ended up passing out,” he said in the clip.

He also revealed that his mother, his girlfriend, and his children had tested positive for the virus. His mother was also hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Luna was a diabetic and had previously lost both of his legs due to the disease. According to him, COVID-19 hit him especially hard due to his preexisting conditions.

Luna’s family and community mourn the loss of a vibrant man who had been full of humor and light when he was alive.

“We are currently all mourning him because not only was he a great son, dad, hubby but also a best friend to many of us,” wrote Blanca Castro on his GoFundMe page.

She continued: “He fought hard after losing both legs to stay ok. He fought hard with the everyday pain. He was my comedian superhero. Even when he was hurting he managed to put a smile on our faces.”

Because of his father’s bright spirit, his family insists on celebrating his death the way he would have wanted: with humor. “For his funeral, he doesn’t want anyone crying so we’re going to put together a show because that’s what he would have wanted,” said his son, Jose Talavera, to Fox 11 News. “He wanted people to be laughing and having fun,” said Talavera.

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Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that 2020 has been, well, the year from hell. But, like with any terrible events, there has been a few silver linings. More flexible work schedules. More alone time with family members.

And now, the mother of all silver linings: hands-free Cholula dispensers.

No, we’re not kidding. Earlier this month, the cult-favorite hot sauce brand announced that they have partnered with appliance tech company simplehuman to develop a hands-free dispenser for restaurants. Per Cholula, the invention was made in response to the need for a safer way to dispense hot sauce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When restaurant operators began removing Cholula bottles from tabletops amid the pandemic, we needed to develop a solution that could adapt to their new environment,” said Cholula’s CEO, Maura Mottolese, in a press release. “The collaboration between simplehuman and Cholula combines the best in technology and taste to revolutionize the condiment station to meet the needs of the customer and the foodservice industry in the ever-changing landscape that is 2020.”

The invention is–dare we say–genius.

Various video demonstrations of the gadget show that a user need only to hover the hand over the Cholula dispenser to be gifted with a glorious stream of hot sauce coming out of its little faucet.

Additionally, the company revealed that the Cholula dispensers would be available for private commercial purchase. According to Cholula, the Touch-Free dispensers will be available for a limited time on Cholula’s website–just in time for the holidays.

“Cholula diehard consumers will have a rare opportunity to purchase a limited number of Cholula x simplehuman Touch-Free Dispensers, the essential gift for contactless holiday meals, starting December 1, 2020 at www.Cholula.com/handsfree,” wrote the hot sauce brand in a press release.

“Optimized for the best saucing experience, the flash sale promotion, priced at $130, includes a Cholula x simplehuman Touch-Free Dispenser PLUS a half-gallon jug of Cholula Original and free shipping.”

Cholula revealed that 100% of the proceeds will go towards the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which is a “nonprofit formed by notable chefs like Tom Colicchio to save independent restaurants affected by COVID-19.”

Naturally, people are hyped that Cholula is selling the hands-free hot sauce dispenser to customers.

This is the type of gift that keeps on giving.

Honestly, “hot sauce innovation” is exactly the type of innovation we need coming out of 2020.

TBH, we deserve good things right now. Thank you Cholula.

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