How COVID-19 helped the struggling drone industry take flight

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All of a sudden, the benefits of keeping people on the ground and sending unmanned aircraft aloft became obvious to a lot more companies. Before COVID-19 hit, San Diego Gas & Electric sent technicians up in helicopters to string power lines between towers. The process required evacuating around 24 homes for a couple of days. But the outbreak curtailed that practice, since there was no way to safely remove people from their households for an extended period during a pandemic. Read Full Story

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A billion people live in the slums of the world’s megacities—and they’re being missed by coronavirus plans

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Sprawling urban areas in Brazil, Nigeria and Bangladesh are all seeing COVID-19 infections rise rapidly. Having ravaged some of the world’s wealthiest cities , the coronavirus pandemic is now spreading into the megacities of developing countries. Sprawling urban areas in Brazil , Nigeria, and Bangladesh are all seeing COVID-19 infections rise rapidly. Read Full Story

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Trump wants to treat COVID-19 with UV light. Here’s why that wouldn’t work

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UV light is a powerful sterilizer against COVID-19. But its use cases are limited. There is no cure for COVID-19, no way to mitigate its virus in our bodies other than our own antibodies. But that hasn’t stopped people from suggesting otherwise. After writing about copper’s ability to kill the virus behind COVID-19 , I had a reader reach out, asking if consuming copper might cure the disease. (Copper is toxic.) Similarly, upon hearing that ultraviolet waves of light, which are projected by the sun, could kill the virus behind COVID-19, President Trump began speculating as to how it might purify our bodies at his press conference on Thursday. Read Full Story

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I’m a COVID-19 lab director. This is why the integrity of my testing depends on investment in people

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Dr. Ji Lin lays out the complexities of the COVID-19 testing, calling it a highly choreographed process that requires funding, effective protocols, and hard-working people. As of this writing, over 450,000 COVID-19 tests are administered each day around the country. My lab at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHQ) is running one rapid COVID-19 viral test roughly every 10 minutes, 6 days a week. In addition, every day we send out hundreds of COVID-19 viral and antibody tests to partner labs. Read Full Story

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How to embrace ‘entrepreneurial thinking’ even if you’re not an entrepreneur

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As an entrepreneur, I know a few things about coping with chronic uncertainty. During COVID-19, this type of thinking is especially useful. I think it’s fair to say that we’re living through a time of peak uncertainty. Several months into the COVID-19 crisis, we still don’t know how long we’ll have to socially distance, or what our new “normal” will look like . It’s unclear what kind of long-term impact this will have on our economy, and millions of people don’t know when, or if, they’ll be back to work. Read Full Story

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There’s a key way to curb the spread of COVID-19. But no one is talking about it

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Fix your indoor air. rWith protests in full swing and many parts of the country open again, it’s easy to forget that COVID-19 is still lurking and anticipated to take an additional 100,000 American lives by October. Scientists now concur that COVID-19 spreads primarily in droplets through the air—be it from coughing or just talking—so public health officials recommend that people wear masks and face shields, and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. But many researchers believe that these guidelines don’t go far enough. To truly help protect people from transmitting COVID-19, we need to fix the air we breathe. Read Full Story

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Bill Gates says the U.S. is ‘not even close’ to doing enough to fight COVID-19

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“The governor of North Dakota, a friend of mine, had to say, ‘Please don’t be mean to people wearing a mask,’ which kind of blows the mind,” Gates said. Bill Gates has issued a grave warning that the United States is “not even close” to doing enough to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Gates made the statement on a CNN Coronavirus Town Hall last night . It was Gates’s first appearance on the show in eight weeks—and in that time, things have gone from bad to worse in America. Read Full Story

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Are you avoiding coronavirus news? You’re not alone

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A staggering 66% say they avoid COVID-19 news because “they are primarily worried about the effect it has on their mood.” For the first several months after the COVID-19 pandemic went widespread, it seemed like people couldn’t get enough news about it. Matter of fact, traffic to the world’s top news sites surged by 54% by late March. Now, however, it appears that people are starting to avoid news sites even as the pandemic continues to spread. Read Full Story

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