The best local New York fashion brands to shop now

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation — and we all stay home to prevent the spread — independent fashion companies are struggling to stay afloat. The best way to help local brands survive the crisis (and treat yourself for being a good social-distancer) is by shopping online.

Here are six of our favorite NYC-based labels worth your precious pennies. They all have great missions, too.

Heavy Manners

This Lower East Side-based label may be less than a year old, but it’s already on the radar of model Elsa Hosk and pop star Madison Beer — and for good reason.

Founder Lisa Caprio makes and models vintage-inspired wares, including itty-bitty bikinis, matching silky sets and angel-adorned gold hoops, all influenced by childhood summers at the Jersey Shore and impromptu thrift-store finds. Maki, the label’s go-to garment-maker, sews 80 percent of the store’s quirky pieces in her downtown Manhattan apartment, ensuring zero factory waste.

“I bring her everything she needs to make the garments, down to the buttons and zippers,” Caprio tells The Post.

While most of the label’s online orders are being processed and shipped as usual during the lockdown, the shop’s coveted, custom-printed swimwear (inspired by the ’90s cult film “Now and Then”) can be pre-ordered now, and will ship in May.

The 28-year-old designer is also connecting one-on-one with Heavy Manners’ loyal customers via her @_heavymanners and personal @hotstufflildevil Instagram accounts. “I want to tell them everything, and feel like we are all just hanging out in the living room.”

Eveliina Vintage

If you’re currently missing the thrill of scouring secondhand stores for lust-worthy, one-of-a-kind frocks, click no further than Eveliina Vintage for your fix.

And don’t worry, most of the NYC- and Miami-based label’s airy tops and bohemian dresses from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s won’t require a costly dry cleaner trip before or after wear.

“Most of the fabrics — Victorian whites, silk lingerie, cotton and silk dresses — are meant to be water washed, and we try to clean every piece to give them a fresh, clean look,” the shop’s 67-year-old, Helsinki-born owner Eeva Musacchia tells The Post.

Musacchia’s 26-year-old twin daughters Emilia and Amanda are also part of the family business, handling its creative social-media presence, which has proven vital during the current economic and health crisis.

“While we want to sell on our Instagram [@eveliinavintage], we also aim to inspire and present a little bit of beauty for our followers’ feeds,” the founder says.

Softwear

Cozy sweats that never pill, fade or shed — for under $100? Sounds too good to be true. Yet Sabrina Zohar, 30, began offering exactly that when she debuted her New York-based leisure brand Softwear in 2017.

The launch came on the heels of her mother surviving the unthinkable: “They found six aneurysms [in her brain] and gave her a 3 to 5 percent chance of any normal life,” Zohar tells The Post. “After failed surgeries, they invented a coil [to treat her] and it worked. I started Softwear the next day!”

Her clothing is proudly made in the United States, all the way down to the yarn. “Our fabric is dyed, woven and finished sustainably in LA, using nontoxic dyes and chemicals,” she says. “We then cut and sew right here in Brooklyn, New York, at a sustainable manufacturing facility.”

Keeping any small business alive during the COVID-19 pandemic is no easy feat, but Zohar is still committed to fulfilling online orders from her apartment. “I go to the post office one to two times a day to drop off orders, and pray every day they continue to roll in, so we can cover rent.”

The company is offering 40 percent off for all health-care and frontline workers, as well as complimentary tie-dyeing on any white or tan pieces purchased. “I am hustling,” Zohar says. “No other way we can stay afloat.”

SVNR

The wanderlust-inspired brand SVNR (pronounced “souvenir”) began on a whim over Memorial Day Weekend in 2018, when a friend posted Christina Tung’s DIY jewelry designs on Instagram.

“Immediately, buyers from reputable department stores and others in the fashion industry began messaging me,” Tung, 36, tells The Post. “I took some photos and sent them out to editors. Vogue wrote me back within five minutes and convinced me to launch a brand!”

The Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn-based business delivers “hand-dyed-to-imperfection” slip dresses, crocheted bags and crafty jewelry — all handmade from found, reused, up-cycled and natural materials.

“Each jewelry piece is named after a different city around the world and informed by its landscape and architecture — whether lush and green, vibrantly multicolored, earthy or muted,” she says.

To help combat the COVID-19 crisis, the emerging label is donating 50 percent of web sales to Meals on Wheels, an organization that delivers food to senior citizens. “I was advised to lower my [donation] percentage and maybe that would have been smarter for self-preservation, but that wasn’t what it was about,” Tung explains. She also launched a GoFundMe to raise money for personal protective equipment and ventilator parts.

Peels

Inspired by his father’s South Florida painting company, Jerome Peel began making cool-kid work shirts out of his Bushwick, Brooklyn, apartment in 2016. Just a few years later, the 29-year-old’s painter pants, plaid shirts, quirky tees and workwear zip-ups are sought after by the likes of Lady Gaga (not to mention skaters, streetwear fiends and fashion insiders).

The company now operates out of a Chinatown studio, where Peel designs and personally custom-embroiders his made-to-order merch. “I’m just hoping one day I can afford an office with windows,” he jokes to The Post.

He’s still working hard from that Canal Street studio amid the coronavirus lockdown. Each day he wraps his face, tucks his hands in his pockets and walks to the post office to mail his unisex duds to customers, being careful to keep a 6-foot distance from others.

“For the people that are buying, I am so grateful for them — that’s the only way I’m eating,” Peel says. “These days will really prove who is dedicated, because if you aren’t, you won’t last.”

The Vintage Twin

Ten years ago another set of twins — Morgan and Samantha Elias, 29 — built one of the world’s first vintage brands (consisting of reworked T-shirts, sweatsuits and outerwear) from the basement of their mom’s house on Long Island.

The siblings sold their buzzy designs in innovative pop-up shops as well as a Soho flagship, which previously accounted for 90 percent of the label’s sales, before COVID-19 shut down the city.

“I broke my lease in NYC and moved out to Long Island to cut my personal overhead,” Samantha tells The Post. “This allows me to be close to our warehouse to support our e-commerce pivot, but is a radical change to say the least, given that I’m eight months pregnant!”

Since closing their brick-and-mortar stores a few weeks ago, TVT has had to lay off 26 out of 30 employees to avoid bankruptcy. The founders are hoping that the team can be rehired in the coming months with the help of government small-business subsidies.

The hardworking siblings are currently reaching out to celeb fans, such as Kaia Gerber, for virtual exposure. They’re also hustling to meet new demand from online shoppers. “We are literally back in Mom’s basement,” explains Samantha. “Morgan is shooting whatever inventory we have access to at a makeshift home studio to keep the website stocked.”

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New Moneysupermarket mortgage holiday calculator helps you work out how deferring payments will affect you – The Sun

A NEW mortgage holiday calculator by comparison site MoneySuperMarket helps you work out how deferring payments will affect you.

A few weeks ago, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that banks will offer a payment holiday of up to three months for Brits who are struggling due to the coronavirus crisis.

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It could provide a welcome relief if your income has suddenly dropped due to the pandemic, but it's not the best idea for everyone.

If you're considering a mortgage holiday, keep in mind that you'll need to make up the missed repayments in the future, which could be over the remaining term of the mortgage.

If this is the case, then your monthly repayments will be slightly higher than before if you want to pay off the mortgage in the same time.

The interest you should have paid will also be added to the total which you owe and will need to be paid later – it does not get wiped off your account.

The MoneySuperMarket tool helps you understand what your new monthly repayments will be, depending on how long you need to pause them for.

You can use the interactive tool above by filling in details such as your current monthly repayment, interest rate, and length of the mortgage.

You're then shown how much your monthly repayments will increase by.

For example, a homeowner with monthly mortgage payments of £750 at an interest rate of 2.75 per cent with 15 years remaining would see payments increase by £16 to £766 after a three-month payment holiday.

If you're happy with this, the calculator then takes you directly to your lender's mortgage repayment holiday information to begin an application process.

If you're unsure of how it'll work for you, you should check with your lender.

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We couldn't find similar tools elsewhere so the calculator may come in handy, especially as the phone lines of the major banks have been jammed recently by customers trying to request a mortgage holiday.

Mark Gracey, corporate development director at MoneySuperMarket, said: "We know that the coronavirus crisis is taking its toll on the finances of UK households, so it’s no surprise that many homeowners will be considering the option of a mortgage holiday.

“It can be difficult to understand exactly what a mortgage holiday could mean further down the line once the term comes to an end.

"With mortgage providers wanting to keep their phone lines open for their most vulnerable customers, we hope that this tool will help people understand whether a mortgage payment holiday is for them if they can’t get through to their provider."

We've explained how to apply for a three month mortgage holiday if you’re struggling due to coronavirus.

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China reveals new cases including dozens of asymptomatic patients

Beijing: Mainland China reported 39 new coronavirus cases as of Sunday, up from 30 a day earlier, and the number of asymptomatic cases also surged, as Beijing continued to struggle to extinguish the outbreak despite drastic containment efforts.

The National Health Commission said in a statement on Monday that 78 new asymptomatic cases had been identified as of the end of the day on Sunday, compared with 47 the day before.

Residents chat along the Yangtze River in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province on Sunday. Quarantine in the the epicentre of China’s coronavirus outbreak is to be formally lifted on Wednesday.Credit:AP

Imported cases and asymptomatic patients, who have the virus and can give it to others but show no symptoms, have become China's chief concern in recent weeks after draconian containment measures succeeded in slashing the infection rate.

Of the new cases showing symptoms, 38 were people who had entered China from abroad, compared with 25 a day earlier, authorities said. One new locally transmitted infection was reported, in the southern province of Guangdong, down from five a day earlier in the same province.

The new locally transmitted case, in the city of Shenzhen, was a person who had travelled from Hubei province, the original epicentre of the outbreak, Guangdong provincial authorities said.

People wear protective masks as they walk while enjoying the spring weather on April 5, 2020 at a park in Beijing.Credit:Getty Images

The Guangdong health commission raised the risk level for a total of four districts in the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Jieyang from low to medium late on Sunday.

Mainland China has now reported a total of 81,708 cases, with 3331 deaths – numbers US intelligence agencies have said they do not trust.

Daily infections have fallen dramatically from the peak of the epidemic in February, when hundreds were reported daily, but new infections continue to appear daily.

The country has closed off its borders to foreigners as the virus spreads globally, though most imported cases involve Chinese nationals returning from overseas.

The central government also has pushed local authorities to identify and isolate the asymptomatic patients. At the same time as restrictions in some previously locked down cities appear to be easing, with thousands of people reportedly flocking to the Yellow Mountains and other open areas.

Singapore has reported 120 new coronavirus cases, by far its highest daily rise, and quarantined nearly 20,000 migrant workers in their dormitories.

While the number of daily new coronavirus infections in South Korea has dropped below 50 for the first time since late February, but the country's vice health minister urged vigilance to maintain hard-won gains against the virus.

Kim Gang-lip expressed concerns over loosened attitudes toward social distancing that he said puts the country at potential risk of an infection "explosion" similar to Europe and the United States.

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New Labour leader Keir Starmer vows to work with Boris Johnson in the battle against coronavirus – The Sun


SIR Keir Starmer has vowed to work with PM Boris Johnson in the battle against coronavirus.
The pair spoke yesterday afternoon over tackling the “current national emergency”.

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Mr Johnson wrote to all opposition party leaders asking them to a briefing this week.

He wrote: “Coronavirus is the biggest threat this county has faced in decades – and we are not alone. All over the world we are seeing the devastating impact of this invisible killer.”

Mr Johnson added that party leaders have a duty “to work together”.

Tory party chairman Amanda Milling said Sir Keir must put aside any remaining party differences in the coming months.

 

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She said: “I call on Keir Starmer to put aside the divisiveness and infighting that has plagued the top of the Labour Party for the last five years, and work with the government to support the national effort.

One senior Labour figure even suggested that the PM should soon invite Starmer and the party’s health spokesperson into Cabinet meetings to show true unity.

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A New York City Landlord Just Waived Rent for 200 Tenants

With huge swathes of the population living in quarantine in a bid to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have found themselves unable to work and unsure how they’ll be able to pay their bills and rent as lockdown continues. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has advocated for a rent freeze in light of these extenuating circumstances, and the New York State Senate is in the process of drafting a bill which would temporarily suspend rent and mortgage payments for residential and small commercial properties, but it has yet to be passed.

Conscious of the financial strain people are facing, Mario Salerno, a landlord from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has just told tenants in across 18 properties that they don’t need to pay rent this month.

“Due to the recent pandemic of Coronavirus COVID-19 affecting all of us, please note I am waiving rent for the month for April,” reads the notice that he left on the front doors of all 80 of the apartments he owns in Williamsburg.

“I’ve been having in the last 10 days a lot of tenants worried, crying, complaining that they can’t pay, and losing their jobs,” Salerno told NBC New York. “For me, it was more important for people’s health and worrying about who could put food on whose table.”

He added that everybody’s priority right now should be staying home and taking care of each other, not worrying about going out to work and potentially endangering themselves and others because they need to make money.

“I had tenants that said they can’t work, they didn’t have money to pay me,” he said. “I say don’t worry about paying me, worry about your neighbor, worry about your family… God is good to me and we’re successful, and I’m just really concerned about everyone’s health.”

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Netflix Cancels Two New Horror Series After One Season

If you enjoyed the recently-released Netflix original series V-Wars or October Faction, you’ll be disappointed to know that they’ve both been canceled, according to a report from Variety. Neither of these shows had been on the service for more than four months.

Debuting in early December, V-Wars was based on the IDW comic series of the same name. The Netflix original follows scientist Dr. Luther Swann and his friend Michael Fayne, as they deal with a deadly outbreak that turns people into vampires. As this is happening, a war between humans and vampires breaks out. The series starred Ian Somerhalder and Adrian Holmes. The first season consisted of 10 episodes.

Additionally, October Faction has been cancelled, after debuting in January. The series follows a couple, Fred and Deloris Allen, that spends their days hunting monsters, and they become members of a secret organization. Starring Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie, the first season consisted of 10 episodes as well.

This news arrives just as the fantasy-horror series Locke & Key gets greenlit for a second season. The official Locke & Key Twitter account revealed the information in a short video to excite fans. In his review of Season 1, GameSpot’s Michael Rougeau said, “if the Netflix version is your first introduction to Locke and Key and you don’t mind some cheesy writing, you’ll probably enjoy the show just fine, without all the baggage of the high expectations that fans have been lugging around for the decade-plus since Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s masterful horror comics series debuted.”

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For more on Netflix, make sure to check out what’s arriving to the streaming service for the month of April. Maybe you can have a Netflix Party with a friend to pass the time.

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New species of Peacock spider resembles the 'Starry Night' painting

New species of Peacock spider that resembles Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ masterpiece is discovered in Australia

  • A spider was discovered in Australia that resembles the ‘Starry Night’  painting
  • Called named Maratus constellatus, it is no more than four millimeters in length
  • The colorful arachnid is one of seven new species of Peacock spiders

A spider that resembles Vincent van Gogh’s famous ‘Starry Night’ painting has been discovered in Australia.

This male, named Maratus constellatus, is no more than four millimeters in length and was spotted in the Little Desert National Park.

The colorful arachnid is one of seven new species of Peacock spiders, which are tiny, harmless creatures that are usually smaller than a grain of rice.

The new species were discovered by Joseph Schubert of Australia’s Museums Victoria, who has spent the past few years studying the Peacock spider.

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A spider that resembles Vincent van Gogh’s famous ‘Starry Night’ painting has been discovered in Australia. This male, named Maratus constellatus, is no more than four millimeters in length and was spotted in the Little Desert National Park

Pictured is Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting ‘Starry Night’

‘Last year I traveled the country collecting specimens of these new peacock spiders (some discovered by citizen scientists!) and spent countless hours in the lab studying them,’ Schubert tweeted on March 26. ‘Some welcome news in tough times.’

The tiny Peacock spiders, or Maratus spiders, are native to Australia and are internet sensations for their elaborate courtship dances.

The spider, which has similar patterns to ‘Starry Night,’ is Maratus constellatus and was discovered in Western Australia, along with four other colorful species — Maratus azureus, Maratus inaquosus, Maratus laurenae, Maratus volpei, Maratus noggerup and Maratus suae.

Maratus volpei, was discovered in South Australia and Maratus inaquosus was identified in Victoria, bringing the total to seven.

The spider, which has similar patterns to ‘Starry Night,’ is Maratus constellatus (top right) and was discovered in Western Australia, along with four other colorful species — Maratus azureus (second on the bottom), Maratus inaquosus (third on the bottom), Maratus volpei (bottom left) Maratus laurenae, Maratus noggerup (top left) and Maratus suae (middle at the top)

The new species were named by spider taxonomist Joseph Schubert (pictured)

Schubert has described a total of 12 species of Peacock spiders since 2019 where he discovered five new ones.

‘I would have to say Maratus constellatus is my favorite by far – it’s such a nice looking species, the pattern reminds me of The Starry Night by Van Gogh. Plus I travelled a very, very long way to find it,’ he explained.

The five species Schubert discovered in 2019 are known as as Maratus aquilus, Maratus felinus, and Maratus combustus, each identifiable by their distinctive patterns. 

The Monash University research assistant made the discovery with a group of photographers from Project Maratus at Lake Jasper and Mount Romance in Western Australia’s south-west.

He says arachnophobes have no reason to fear creepy critters.

‘These little guys are completely harmless! They’re roughly the length of a grain of rice,’ Mr Schubert tweeted last year.

The five species Schubert discovered in 2019 are known as as Maratus aquilus, Maratus felinus, and Maratus combustus, each identifiable by their distinctive patterns The Maratus felinus peacock spider (pictured) can be identified by its cat like features

He told 10 daily: ‘They’re incredibly, small but so charismatic and so colourful.’

In his research findings, which were published in international scientific journal Zootaxa this week, Mr Schubert said each of the new species can be identified by the different markings on their abdomen.

The aquilus species refers to markings on the spider resembling an eagle’s face seen from the front.

The felinus species has markings that resemble a cat.

The combustus species was named after its ‘fiery explosion’ pattern.

‘These little guys are completely harmless,’ spider taxonomist Joseph Schubert said. Pictured is the Maratus aquilus, named for its eagle like markings on the abdomen

The new species call Western  Australia’s south-west home. Pictured is the Maratus combustus

Around 60 of the 74 peacock spider species have been discovered in the past 10 years, according to Mr Schubert’s research findings.

‘This interest is driven by the unique courtship behaviour of the males of most species which display an elevated and often vibrantly coloured opisthosoma and third pair of legs to nearby females,’ the report states.

Of all the peacock spider species, almost half can only be found in Western Australia’s south-west.

‘The Southwest Australia ecoregion is known as one of the planet’s major biodiversity hotspots and a hotspot for peacock spider diversity,’ Mr Schubert’s report states. 

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My Protein has launched a new Easter range with a Chocolate Bunny flavour

MY PROTEIN just launched its new Easter Range, helping fitness fans to stay in shape without compromising tasty treats.

There are two new protein flavours – Chocolate Bunny and Creamy Chocolate – perfect for sweet tooth fitness fans.

It can be hard to keep yourself on the fitness track during the Easter period, with so many delicious temptations around.

So My Protein just launched a special Easter Range featuring two new exciting protein flavours: Chocolate Bunny and Creamy Chocolate, to help you to maintain your fitness goals.

And if you don't want to compromise any tasty treats this time around, there's a new My Protein Easter Hamper Box packed with a high-protein indulgence selection.

There's also an up to 60 per cent sale happening now across the My Protein site, so it's a great time to stock up.

Here's the full range of products of the new My Protein's Easter Collection:

My Protein Easter Hamper Box

  • My Protein Easter Hamper Box, £19.99 – buy here

My Protein's Easter Hamper Box makes a perfect Easter present for anyone who loves high-protein snacks.

It's packed with an extensive range of the most popular brand's snacks, including a pack of protein of your chosen flavour and chocolate-hazelnut protein spread.

New Limited-Edition Protein Flavours

  • Impact Whey Protein Chocolate Bunny Flavour, £19.99 – buy here
  • Impact Whey Protein Creamy Chocolate Flavour, £19.99 – buy here

If you love trying out new protein flavours, these must be on your list.

Chocolate Bunny and Creamy Chocolate proteins are here to help you to elevate your workout and give you new and exciting options.

You can choose between 1kg and 500g packs, and there's 21g of protein per serving.

Gooey Filled Egg

  • Gooey Filled Egg, £1.99 – buy here

Easter wouldn't be the same without an Easter egg, and this one is filled with milk and white chocolate flavour protein spread.

There are 10g of protein-packed per egg, and it's suitable for vegetarians.

It makes a great Easter gift for your training buddy.

Looking for a way to maintain your beauty treatment regime while in the lockdown? Here's how you can do it at the comfort of your home. 

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Formula One engineers make new coronavirus breathing aid in 4 days

Mercedes F1 and University College London engineers develop new coronavirus breathing device that means patients do not need intensive care beds – and they could be in hospitals within DAYS

  • ‘Continuous positive airway pressure’ device took just four days to produce   
  • It will help patients breathe without having to sedate them and take them to ICU 
  • Device already had safety clearance from MHRA and will be tested in London 
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Formula One engineers have helped develop a new breathing device for coronavirus patients.

The Mercedes team and academics at University College London took just four days to produce the first ‘continuous positive airway pressure’ (CPAP) device – 100 of which are now going into clinical trials at a hospital in north London.

The equipment – which pushes air and oxygen into a mask to inflate a patient’s lungs – is an alternative treatment for people too frail to undergo invasive ventilation procedures.

It has already been signed off as safe for medical use by the MHRA safety watchdog and should complete its clinical trial to prove it helps patients at University College London Hospital by the end of this week.

The technique has been widely used in Italy, where ventilators are in short supply.

Ventilator ‘rationing’ has also begun at one London hospital, with bosses ruling that only patients with a ‘reasonable chance of survival’ should be allowed them.   

Formula One engineers have helped develop a new breathing device for coronavirus patients (one pictured) 

The Mercedes team and academics at University College London took just four days to produce the first ‘continuous positive airway pressure’ (CPAP) device – which will keep patients out of ICU because they don’t need to be sedated. File image used 

Mercedes has teamed up with UCL to work on the device. File image used 

The device comes as: 

  • The UK coronavirus death toll increased by 209 in 24 hours from 1,019 to 1,228 
  • There are now 19,522 confirmed cases nationwide but there could be many more
  • Healthcare data company predicts 1.6million Britons already have the virus 
  • Public Health England introduced stricter guidelines for NHS frontline workers saying anyone within 3ft of a coronavirus patient should have goggles, mask, apron and gloves after complaints doctors and nurses aren’t protected 
  • First practicing consultant, Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, ear, nose and throat specialist at Queen’s Hospital Burton died after getting virus on Saturday 
  • Ministers have agreed to buy 17.5million testing kits to swab quarter of UK  

The Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains team deconstructed an existing CPAP machine – which was previously used to treat sleep apnoea – that had fallen out of patent.

They improved on the design and have the tools and equipment to construct 300 a day for the NHS.

How does a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device work?

Continuous positive airway pressure devices are a way of helping patients to breathe without having to sedate them.

They push a mixture of air and oxygen into the mouth and nose at a continuous rate to keep the airways open.  

This increases the amount of oxygen entering a patient’s lungs and helps them to breathe.  

‘CPAP feels similar to breathing whilst having your head out the window of a moving car,’ said Stephen O’Connor of the institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. 

If used properly a CPAP can remove the need for a patient to be put on a ventilator while still giving them a safe amount of oxygen, said O’Connor. 

They are used for patients too unwell for simple oxygen but well enough not to need a ventilator immediately. 

Invasive ventilators deliver oxygen directly to the lungs, but require heavy sedation and connection to a tube placed into the patient’s windpipe.

CPAPs are already used widely throughout the NHS, but are being scaled up for mass production to help with the coronavirus epidemic.  

Without CPAP machines all patients not able to be stabilised by an oxygen mask would be put on a ventilator. 

‘CPAP breathing aids are important as they can be given to patients before their condition has significantly deteriorated without needing to admit them to intensive care. 

‘This can lead to better clinical outcomes and reduce the burden on stretched intensive care units,’ said Peter Bannister of the Institution of engineering and Technology. 

Source: University College London 

If other F1 teams contribute they believe they could make 1,000 a day with just a week’s notice.

Professor Mervyn Singer, a critical care consultant at UCLH, said: ‘These devices will help to save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the most severely ill.

‘While they will be tested at UCLH first, we hope they will make a real difference to hospitals across the UK by reducing demand on intensive care staff and beds, as well as helping patients recover without the need for more invasive ventilation.’ 

Professor Tim Baker, a mechanical engineering expert at UCL, added: ‘Given the urgent need, we are thankful that we were able to reduce a process that could take years down to a matter of days.

‘From being given the brief, we worked all hours of the day, disassembling and analysing an off-patent device. Using computer simulations, we improved the device further to create a state-of-the-art version suited to mass production.

‘We were privileged to be able to call on the capability of Formula One.’ 

The collaboration was conducted through ‘Project Pitlane’ – a collective of UK-based Formula One teams responding to the Government’s call for assistance with the manufacture of medical devices.

For those elderly or ‘at risk’ patients with underlying immune or respiratory conditions, the CPAP device may not be strong enough, however.  

A senior consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust told the Daily Telegraph that invasive ventilators for those who are extremely unwell are being restricted on ‘medical grounds’ not because of a lack of capacity. 

The trust said that ‘very poorly patients’ require ventilators for two or three weeks, which would not be in their best interests. 

The consultant added: ‘With this infection you need a couple of weeks on a ventilator, so with resources being used for such a long time, you have to be reasonably certain the person is going to get better. 

‘Delaying their death for two or three weeks is not the right thing for them or for society.’ 

Professor Rebecca Shipley of UCL engineering is pictured with Professor Tim Baker of UCL Medicine who both worked on the device  

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Experts warn new US coronavirus hotspots could be worse than NYC

‘This is off the charts’: Experts warn new American coronavirus hotspots including Detroit and New Orleans could be WORSE than NYC as America’s death toll doubles to 2,000 in just two days

  • The US currently leads the world in coronavirus infections with 123,778 reported as of Sunday morning
  • The death toll surpassed 2,100 on Saturday, doubling figures reported two days earlier
  • New York City remains the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak, with 30,765 cases and 672 deaths
  • But several other cities including Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Boston are now being monitored as emerging hotspots
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The coronavirus death toll in America doubled in the span of just two days as new potential hotspots emerge in urban centers around the country. 

The US currently leads the world in coronavirus infections with 123,778 reported as of Sunday morning. The death toll surpassed 2,100 on Saturday, doubling figures reported two days earlier.  

New York City remains the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak, with 30,765 cases and 672 deaths. 

But several other cities including Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Boston are now being monitored as potential hotspots, threatening to push the overall case count in the US higher and higher. 

Dr John Brooks of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the US is still ‘in the acceleration phase’ of the pandemic and that all corners of the country are at risk.

‘There is no geographic part of the United States that is spared from this,’ he said.

The US currently leads the world in coronavirus infections with 123,778 reported as of Sunday morning. The death toll surpassed 2,100 on Saturday, doubling figures reported two days earlier

The CDC has warned that the US is still ‘in the acceleration phase’ of the pandemic and all corners of the country are at risk 

Officials in America’s biggest cities are taking extraordinary measures to ward off dismal outbreak projections as they plead with the federal government to increase testing capacity and send more supplies to hospitals bracing for an influx of COVID-19 patients.  

Dr Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said this week that the task force expects that outbreak trends reported in existing epicenters like New York, New Orleans and Washington state will soon crop up in other areas.  

Retsef Levi, a professor of operations management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has developed modeling tools designed to help public officials prepare for the spread of COVID-19, expressed concern that new hotspots could prove even more devastating than existing ones.  

‘I’m worried that New York might not be the worst-case scenario when you think about other states that have even older and less-healthy populations, and fewer hospital beds available,’ Levi told The Washington Post. 

On Saturday President Donald Trump said he was considering quarantining ‘heavily infected’ New York, and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, in a desperate effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

He backed down from that proposal and instead ordered a travel advisory after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the proposal to the limit the spread of coronavirus would be tantamount to a ‘federal declaration of war’.  

‘If you start walling off areas all across the country it would just be totally bizarre, counter-productive, anti-American, anti-social,’ Cuomo told CNN. 

‘This is a civil war kind of discussion. I don’t believe that any administration could be serious about physical lockdowns of states.’  

Cuomo said that it would probably be illegal to quarantine New York, as well as totally ineffective, given the rise of other virus hotspots in the country such as New Orleans. 

‘It makes absolutely no sense and I don’t think any serious governmental personality or professional would support it,’ Cuomo said. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the advisory late on Saturday, saying: ‘Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.’

The advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, ‘including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply’, the CDC said.

The agency said that the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have ‘full discretion’ to implement the advisory. 

New York City remains the epicenter of America’s coronavirus crisis with nearly 31,000 cases 

The US military is also watching coronavirus infection trends in Chicago, Michigan, Florida and Louisiana with concern to determine where field hospitals will be erected next. 

Air Force General John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military was doing its own analysis as well as looking at data on infections compiled elsewhere in the government.

‘There’s a certain number of places where we have concerns and they’re: Chicago, Michigan, Florida, Louisiana,’ Hyten told a group of reporters, when asked where field hospitals could head next.

‘Those are the areas that we’re looking at and trying to figure out where to go next.’

The Army Corps of Engineers said on Friday it was aiming to provide facilities for 3,000 people with the coronavirus at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center by April 24 for about $75 million.

Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, the Corps’ commander, said the Corps was looking at potentially converting 114 facilities in the United States into hospitals.

Asked about Hyten’s remarks, Semonite said he continued to be concerned about Michigan, Florida and Louisiana and had spoken with the governor of Louisiana. He said there could be a high demand for medical resources in Florida because of the aging population.

In Chicago, the Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to erect 2,500 patient quarters inside McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America.  

At least 3,498 cases and 47 deaths have been reported across the state of Illinois as of Sunday.  

 Governor J.B. Pritzker on Saturday announced that an infant with COVID-19 had died in Chicago, possibly becoming the youngest coronavirus fatality in the US. 

The child’s cause of death is still under investigation. No information about the victim, such as their age or whether they suffered from any other health issues, has been released. 

Officials said the death of someone so young should serve as a strong warning to anyone who isn’t taking the virus seriously. 

‘If you haven’t been paying attention, maybe this is your wake-up call,’ Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike said.

Cases in Chicago and suburban Cook County accounted for about three-fourths of Illinois’ total as of Friday. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot closed popular lakeshore parks after people failed to practice social distancing, despite a statewide shelter-at-home order. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot closed popular lakeshore parks after people failed to practice social distancing, despite a statewide shelter-at-home order

The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to erect 2,500 patient quarters inside Chicago’s McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America

Cases also have been rising rapidly in Detroit, where poverty and poor health have been problems for years. The number of infections surged to 1,381, with 31 deaths, as of noon Saturday. The city’s homeless population is especially vulnerable, officials said.

‘At this time, the trajectory of Detroit is unfortunately even more steep than that of New York,’ said Dr. Teena Chopra, the medical director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at the Detroit Medical Center.

‘This is off the charts,’ she said.

Chopra said many patients have ailments like asthma, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. She also acknowledged that in Detroit, one of the nation’s largest African American cities, there is a distrust among some in the community of the medical system and government due to systemic racism.

‘In Detroit, we are seeing a lot of patients that are presenting to us with severe disease, rather than minor disease,’ said Chopra, who worried about a ‘tsunami’ of patients.

Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan, providing money for the outbreak. He has done the same for New York, Louisiana and Illinois.

Detroit: Examination tents are setup at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Friday in Detroit, where the city is preparing for coronavirus drive up testing

The governor of Kansas also issued a stay-at-home order to begin Monday, as the virus takes hold in more rural areas where doctors worry about the lack of ICU beds.

A cluster of three counties in rural Indiana have surging rates of confirmed cases. One of them, Decatur, population 26,000, has 30 cases with one confirmed death and another suspected, said Sean Durbin, the county’s public health emergency preparedness coordinator. Several cases were traced to large gatherings earlier in the month, including a religious retreat and a high school basketball tournament.

The disease threatens to be devastating for close-knit communities where everyone knows everyone, Durbin said, adding that he was a friend of the person believed to have died from the virus as well as others currently in critical condition.

The county health department has already run out of personal protective equipment, Durbin said. The last supply from the federal stockpile arrived more than a week ago and contained just 77 N95 masks and two dozen face shields.

‘I wish there was a stronger word for disappointed,’ he said. ‘I´m calling on them to do better.’

Blaine County, Idaho, a scenic ski haven for wealthy tourists, now has around 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest rate per capita outside the New York area. Two people have died. 

Boston: Cars are gestured forward as medical personnel from AFC Urgent Care perform Covid-19 testing in the parking lot of their location in North Andover, Massachusetts on Friday

In the nation’s second-largest city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said cases were spiking, putting the Southern California region on track to match New York City’s infection figures in the next five days.

The mayor spoke as he and California’s governor, who ordered all coronavirus-related evictions banned through May 31, toured a newly arrived naval hospital ship equipped with 1,000 patient beds at the Port of Los Angeles. Its sister vessel is to be deployed to New York Harbor in the near future.

At the Riverside County Fairground east of Los Angeles, California National Guard troops were setting up a 125-bed medical station to serve residents of the Coachella Valley, an area teeming with elderly retirees considered especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Outside of New York City, Seattle has the highest number of confirmed cases, with 2,747. 

The Seattle metro area was the earliest hotspot in the US, and the number of cases has continued to grow there at an alarming rate.

The next-largest outbreaks are Detroit (2,622 cases), Boston (2,227 cases) and Chicago (1,862 cases).

One emergency room doctor in Michigan, an emerging epicenter of the pandemic, said he was using one paper face mask for an entire shift due to a shortage and that hospitals in the Detroit area would soon run out of ventilators.

‘We have hospital systems here in the Detroit area in Michigan who are getting to the end of their supply of ventilators and have to start telling families that they can’t save their loved ones because they don’t have enough equipment,’ the physician, Dr. Rob Davidson, said in a video posted on Twitter.

Los Angeles: Retired nurse Donna holds an American flag as she waves toward the USNS Mercy Navy hospital ship after it arrived in the Port of Los Angeles on Friday

Louisiana has seen the fastest growth of new cases anywhere in the world, which local officials say may be due to last month’s crowded Mardi Gras celebrations. 

Sophia Thomas, a nurse practitioner at DePaul Community Health Center in New Orleans, said the numbers of coronavirus patients ‘have been staggering.’

‘We are truly a hotbed of COVID-19 here in New Orleans,’ she said, adding that her hospital was trying to cope in part by shifting some patients to ‘telehealth’ services that allow them to be evaluated from home.

‘We are not through this. We´re not even halfway through this,’ said Joseph Kanter of the Louisiana Department of Health, which has recorded more than 2,700 cases, more than five times what it had a week ago. The United States became the first country to surpass 100,000 infections on Friday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

New Orleans’ sprawling Ernest N Morial Convention Center, along the Mississippi River, was being converted into a massive hospital as officials prepared for thousands more patients than they could accommodate. 

The preparations immediately conjured images of another disaster, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when the convention center became a squalid shelter of last resort.

As the new health crisis loomed, economic catastrophe had already arrived in the city, where many already live in poverty and the all-important tourism industry has screeched to a halt. 

‘I’ve never been unemployed. But now, all of a sudden: Wop!’ said John Moore, the musician best known as Deacon John, who has no gigs to perform with much of the city shut down. ‘It ain’t just me. It´s everybody.’

However as yet, no city is close to overtaking New York City, where on Friday total cases hit 25,573 deaths reached 366, and hospitals throughout the city reported being strained to the limit with critical patients.

At a press conference on Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he believes the city’s strained healthcare system has the personnel and supplies to make it through next week, but beyond that is uncertain. 

‘After next Sunday, April 5, is when I get very, very worried about everything we’re gonna need,’ he said, saying that an infusion of medical staff and equipment was needed to stave of disaster.  

 

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