Apple launches its own COVID-19 screening app

Apple launches its own COVID-19 screening app

Apple has released its own app to push authoritative information on COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The app includes a screening tool that asks users a series of questions to help people know what they should do to help themselves or loved ones if they are feeling ill. “The COVID-19 app, built in […]

Amazon’s largest warehouse hub has a coronavirus case.

Amazon’s largest warehouse hub has a coronavirus case.

As they were walking into work Tuesday, employees at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Moreno Valley, California, learned that someone in their facility had just tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “I first heard about it on Facebook,” an employee at the fulfillment center, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of […]

Google to offer $800 million in ad credits and aid to small businesses

Google to offer $800 million in ad credits and aid to small businesses

Google announced Friday it will offer $800 million in credits and financial aid to small businesses, academics, governments, and the World Health Organization. The tech giant said in a blog post it would provide $340 million in Google Ad credits to small businesses with active accounts over the past year. The credits can be used […]

House gives final passage to $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill

House gives final passage to $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill

The House on Friday passed the $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it quickly. The legislation, which was passed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday, provides relief for workers and businesses that have been devastated by the outbreak. “No bill is perfect, but we want to make […]

Ten-Minute Coronavirus Test Moves Closer to Manufacturing

Ten-Minute Coronavirus Test Moves Closer to Manufacturing

U.K.-based Mologic Ltd. has sent prototypes of a 10-minute coronavirus test to laboratories for validation before it can begin full-scale manufacturing. The company and its partner, the Senegalese research foundation Institut Pasteur de Dakar, have developed a finger-prick test to determine whether a person had the illness and the state of his or her immune […]

Chinese Health Firm That Just Started Selling Masks Launches IPO

Chinese Health Firm That Just Started Selling Masks Launches IPO

A Chinese maker of medicines and health supplements that recently added surgical masks and other “anti-epidemic” products to its portfolio launched a Hong Kong initial public offering on Thursday. Tycoon Group Holdings Ltd. is touting itself as a “top anti-epidemic pick” as it seeks to raise about HK$400 million ($52 million), according to Soochow Securities […]

Countries Should Stop Wasting Time and Fight Virus, WHO Says

Countries Should Stop Wasting Time and Fight Virus, WHO Says

Governments should stop wasting precious time needed to fight the coronavirus after squandering an opportunity to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization’s head said. “We squandered the first window of opportunity,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The time to act was actually more than a month ago or two months ago.” The […]

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Cross 50,000 Mark

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Cross 50,000 Mark

The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. crossed the 50,000 mark on Tuesday, nearly doubling over the course of two days, according to John Hopkins University’s tracker. At least 606 people with the virus have died. The numbers of those with the virus have increased rapidly from about 25,000 on Saturday to 32,000 on […]

Coal Is Now the World’s Most Expensive Fossil Fuel

Coal Is Now the World’s Most Expensive Fossil Fuel

Coal, the dirtiest and usually the cheapest option for energy is now the world’s most expensive fossil fuel. Oil’s epic collapse over the past month means the global crude benchmark is now priced below the most widely traded coal contract on an energy-equivalent basis, according to Bloomberg calculations. Australia’s Newcastle coal on ICE Futures Europe […]

Ten-Minute Coronavirus Test for $1 Could Be Game Changer

Ten-Minute Coronavirus Test for $1 Could Be Game Changer

Already exhausted from testing for monkeypox and Lassa fever, Nigerian molecular bio-engineer Nnaemeka Ndodo had to work well past midnight earlier this month to find out if six Chinese construction workers were infected with the coronavirus. Ndodo had to collect samples from a hospital an hour away in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, then wait for six […]

No new domestic cases in China for second day in row

No new domestic cases in China for second day in row

China’s National Health Commission on Friday reported no new local coronavirus cases, which marked the second time it has done so since the epidemic began. There were 39 new cases reported on the mainland Thursday, but all were called “new imported confirmed cases.” Deaths on the mainland rose by three, bringing the total dead to […]

China exonerates doctor reprimanded for warning of the virus

China exonerates doctor reprimanded for warning of the virus

China has taken the highly unusual move of exonerating a doctor who was reprimanded for warning about the coronavirus outbreak and later died of the disease. The official China News Service late Tuesday said police in the epicenter city of Wuhan had revoked its admonishment of Dr. Li Wenliang that had included a threat of […]

Iran calls on U.S. to lift sanctions in order to save lives

Iran calls on U.S. to lift sanctions in order to save lives

Iran’s Mission to the United Nations is urging the international community to call on the United States to lift sanctions against the country immediately so it can import medicine and medical equipment desperately needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Iran is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world in the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine out […]

Americans warned not to travel as Italy death toll surpasses China’s

Americans warned not to travel as Italy death toll surpasses China’s

The U.S. State Department on Thursday warned Americans to no longer travel abroad and urged those already abroad to return, for fear they may become stranded as other countries increasingly lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic. Italy has surpassed China in total deaths connected to the coronavirus, with the country reporting 3,405 fatalities as of Thursday […]

Facebook, Google discuss sharing smartphone data with government to fight coronavirus, but there are risks

Facebook, Google discuss sharing smartphone data with government to fight coronavirus, but there are risks

The disclosure that the U.S. government is currently in discussions with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about the possibility of using location and movement data from Americans’ smartphones to combat coronavirus has some people on edge about potential privacy and cybersecurity issues. Some technology advocates believe the effort could help change the narrative for […]

Panic Buying And Stockpiling Toilet Paper To Cope With Coronavirus Fears

Panic Buying And Stockpiling Toilet Paper To Cope With Coronavirus Fears

Panic buying has been rife amid the global spread of the new coronavirus, with consumers around the world stockpiling goods like hand sanitizer, canned foods, and toilet paper. The trend has seen stores ration products, with U.K. retailers limiting sales of hand hygiene products while Australian shoppers have seen restrictions on the amount of toilet […]

Hospital Workers Make Masks From Office Supplies Amid U.S. Shortage

Hospital Workers Make Masks From Office Supplies Amid U.S. Shortage

Hospital workers in Washington state have been making protective medical gear out of office supplies and other run-of-the-mill materials as they deal with a severe shortage of equipment needed to care for patients who may have Covid-19. Among the supplies coming in handy: clear vinyl sheets. “We are very close to being out of face […]

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