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Meet 'Spot:' The Robot That Could Help Doctors Remotely Treat COVID-19 Patients

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 16:59

Developed by Boston Dynamics, the four-legged robot can travel difficult terrain. Brigham and Women's Hospital is testing its value, starting with initial patient interviews, to reduce staff exposure.

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'It's The Wild West': To Meet Pandemic-Fueled Demand, Factories Turn To Making Masks

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 16:52

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global free-for-all for manufacturing protective equipment, especially face masks. Now factories that once produced curtains or other items are churning them out.

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Georgia Businesses Start To Reopen As Trump Distances Himself From State's Governor

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 16:47

Some Georgia businesses are reopening. After weeks of urging governors to loosen restrictions, Trump says he "never gave Governor Brian Kemp an OK" to reopen barber shops and tattoo shops.

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Coronavirus FAQs: Does A Bigger Dose Make You Sicker? Can You Go To The Dentist?

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 16:29

We also discuss the phenomenon of symptom-free cases — how many are there, do we know how much of a role they play in spreading the virus?

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Workers Sue Smithfield Foods, Allege Conditions Put Them At Risk For COVID-19

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 16:29

Smithfield's South Dakota plant, which handles 5% of U.S. pork production, has become a coronavirus hot spot, with 783 workers testing positive for the virus so far and two of them dying.

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ExxonMobil Starts Making Hand Sanitizer, Weeks After Many Liquor Companies

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 15:30

The oil and gas supermajor says it has reconfigured a Louisiana facility to manufacture millions of bottles of medical-grade hand sanitizer. Liquor companies started a similar switch in mid-March.

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Facebook Launches Rival To Video-Meeting App Zoom

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 15:12

The social network's new service lets anyone with a Facebook account host a video chat with up to 50 people. That puts the tech giant in direct competition to Zoom, the remote conferencing app.

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FDA Warns Against Wide Use Of The Drugs Trump Hailed As 'Game Changers'

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 14:50

The agency said Friday that using hydroxychloroquine and a related compound, chloroquine, for COVID-19 may cause life-threatening side effects. That warning contradicts the president's own enthusiasm.

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The South's Handling Of Coronavirus Could Be 'A Macabre Game Of Whack-A-Mole'

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 14:01

Underlying issues such as poverty and chronic disease make the South particularly vulnerable. The region is also at high risk for natural disasters at a time when emergency resources are stretched.

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She Supports 8 People On $480 A Week And Is Figuring What Payments To Defer

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 14:00

Dyan Navejar is the only one in her family who's still working. Her husband lost his job as a dishwasher. "Food — that's the biggest thing in my household right now. These kids can eat," she says.

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India's Lockdown Puts Strain On Call Centers

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 13:41

When India began the world's largest lockdown in March, it threw call centers into chaos as employees couldn't commute to work. Now millions are adapting to work from home, amid security challenges.

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'Under No Circumstance': Lysol Maker, Officials Reject Trump's Disinfectant Idea

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 12:29

A host of prominent medical and business figures strongly warned against his musing that UV light or other disinfectants — "by injection inside or almost a cleaning" — may treat the coronavirus.

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U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 50,000

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 12:25

More than 870,000 cases across the nation have been confirmed. New York City and the surrounding area has been hit hardest, with about half of all deaths coming from New York State or New Jersey.

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Even In Crisis Times, There Is A Push to Wire Rural America

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 12:00

The COVID-19 crisis has forced us to move almost everything online. But more than one-third of the U.S. population in rural areas has little or no access to the internet.

Charity Gains New Importance For Muslims Observing Ramadan Amid Economic Shutdowns

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:48

Giving to the poor is an essential part of the holy month, which began Friday, and with so many people thrown out of work, observers say it's particularly needed now.

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'I Am Mourning The Loss': Two-Thirds Of Artists Report They're Now Unemployed

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:14

A leading U.S. arts organization released a survey of more than 10,000 artists and creative workers on Friday. It found 95% of them have experienced income loss as a result of COVID-19.

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Pandemic Underscores U.S. Dependence On Overseas Factories For Medicines

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:59

Nearly three-quarters of the facilities that produce key pharmaceutical ingredients for the U.S. market are located overseas. Rebuilding domestic capacity would take time and substantial investments.

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In Italy, 'Suspended Shopping' Helps Those Facing Economic Hardship During Pandemic

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:55

La spesa sospesa means paying in advance for someone who can't afford it — an act of charity in which donors don't show off and recipients don't have to show gratitude.

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Job Cuts Hit 2 Members Of My Family In Orlando: No Tourists, No Work

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 08:01

Two weeks after Perla Pimentel was laid off, her father lost his job as a transportation contractor for Disney World. The warehouse where her mom works has also begun to furlough employees.

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What It Might Look Like To Safely Reopen Schools

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 07:04

From shorter days to smaller classes, school will likely look radically different in the fall.

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