Humans can now infect their pets with the coronavirus

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A pet dog, a Pomeranian, has tested positive for the virus after its owner came down with the disease in Hong Kong. If you’ve got the coronavirus or think you may have it, you’re probably following the recommended precautions of self-isolating from your friends and family. But now it appears that infected people need to isolate themselves from their pets as well. That’s because Hong Kong has reported its first human-to-animal transmission of the coronavirus. Read Full Story

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There are now more coronavirus deaths and infections outside of China than inside

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The COVID-19 coronavirus has now infected at least 157 countries worldwide, with America ranking 8th in the number of infections and 7th in the number of deaths. Infections and deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus have reached a new high, reports The Guardian . According to data from the Johns Hopkins University and the Chinese National Health Commission there are now over 167,000 cases of the coronavirus worldwide. However, for the first time, the number of cases outside of China have surpassed those inside China. Read Full Story

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These new vending machines in Hong Kong offer free medical-grade masks to people in need

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As Hong Kong faces a second spike in coronavirus cases, it’s finding ways to get protective equipment to people who can’t afford it themselves. In new vending machines that will soon be installed in neighborhoods in Hong Kong, low-income residents will be able to pick up sets of free face masks to help protect them from COVID-19. “Our goal is to make things as easy and convenient as possible for low-income families and disadvantaged groups, allowing them to get these much needed medical face masks while still maintaining social distancing,” says Adrian Cheng, the CEO of the development and investment company New World Development , which pivoted to manufacturing masks earlier in the year and is now working with nonprofits to place 35 of the new vending machines throughout the city. Read Full Story

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This biotech company says its coronavirus antibody treatment blocked 100% of infections in lab tests

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Sorrento Therapeutics says it’s made a major breakthrough in a temporary, preventative treatment for COVID-19, which could help bridge the gap until a vaccine is available. Sorrento Therapeutics, a small biotech company that is one of several that are racing to create an antibody treatment that could help prevent COVID-19 infections before a vaccine exists , says that it has discovered what could be a breakthrough: an antibody that appears to be able to fully block the virus from infecting healthy cells. Read Full Story

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The best thing about Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘NYC is not dead’ article is this cab driver’s response

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Is New York City ever coming back? Perhaps you have seen the recent debates about New York City and whether it will ever bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic. The global center of culture, commerce, and finance has been a shell of its former self since a wave of shutdown orders and COVID-19 infections swept through the five boroughs earlier this year. Read Full Story

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Inside the new homeless shelter at Amazon’s headquarters

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In Seattle, the tech company is now sharing an eight-story building with a homeless shelter serving 200 people. On March 5, as coronavirus infections spread in Washington, Amazon started asking employees in its Seattle headquarters to work from home. Four days later, half of one of the company’s buildings opened for another purpose: housing homeless families. Read Full Story

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Search insights and shifting consumer behaviors and trends during COVID-19

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As people following the stay-at-home requests, we’re seeing an increase in searches. We want to provide regularly updated insights and trends specific to different verticals to help you understand the search trends and shifts in consumer behavior happening right now. What’s driving change in the auto vertical? Sources: COVID Insights: Autos Consumer Sentiment – New & Used Searches and COVID Insights: Automotive Click Trends For many of us, the thought of our daily commute is slowly fading off into the distance as we continue to stay home during the mandated shelter in place. With most cars now sitting idle in their garage or driveway, we’ll look under the hood to determine what’s driving the biggest changes in consumer search trends for the auto vertical. Since this time last year, the marketplace has seen a decline in searches for new cars by 19% and used cars by 8%. This doesn’t come …

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We should all wear masks now

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The CDC is poised to tell everyone to wear a cloth mask in public. Here’s why. A little over a month ago, after the first community-spread cases of COVID-19 were reported near Seattle, U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams tweeted a message to the American public: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!” The standard advice of the WHO and the CDC was the same—people shouldn’t be wearing masks unless they were already infected with the coronavirus or caring for someone with the disease. But now the CDC is expected to change its guidance to say that all people should wear cloth masks in public. Read Full Story

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