This site shows your home’s disaster risk, from climate to coronavirus

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Before you buy a house, it’s good to find out what might happen to it in the coming decades. If you want to move to avoid the impacts of climate change, you may be out of luck: Everywhere on Earth will be affected. But some places are safer than others. A new tool from a startup called Augurisk is designed to help homebuyers and business owners calculate the climate risks of any address in the U.S.—along with multiple other risks, from nuclear power plant radiation to the current spread of COVID-19 and the ability of local hospitals to handle the pandemic. Read Full Story

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These delivery robots make it easier to do contact-free deliveries to at-risk quarantiners

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As delivery becomes a requirement for people sheltering in their homes, is it the moment for autonomous robots to shine? You might not see many people walking down the sidewalk in downtown Fairfax, Virginia, during the pandemic, but it’s possible that you’ll see a robot. The city is the latest to partner with Starship Technologies, a company that makes small delivery robots and now operates a fleet of 20 in Fairfax, making deliveries from restaurants to anyone within a small radius, and bringing groceries to the elderly and others at high risk from COVID-19. Read Full Story

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Combating loneliness when you live alone and work from home

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When you live by yourself and work remotely, loneliness can be a bigger risk. Here’s how to stave it off and stay connected. When the pandemic sent so many people home to work and live in the same space, living alone was already on the rise. In 2019, 28.4% of U.S. households were single-person, up from 16.7% in 1969. For some, daily interaction in the office was an important form of connection that was suddenly disrupted. Read Full Story

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If you have to be indoors with others, here’s how to make the air cleaner

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More ventilation and better filters are steps you can take if you can’t avoid being inside with others this holiday season. The vast majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs indoors , mostly from the inhalation of airborne particles that contain the coronavirus. But in spite of the obvious risks posed by being inside, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, small household gatherings are driving much of the recent surge in cases . Read Full Story

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IRS stimulus checks: How to deposit your payment safely from home, even with no bank account

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Two names on your stimulus check? No bank account? Check over your mobile deposit limit? Here are ways you can deposit your economic stimulus payment. Are you expecting your economic stimulus payment in the mail? Once your check arrives ( here’s the delivery timeline ), how will you cash or deposit it? Set up your plan now , particularly if you want to safely deposit it from your home (which you should!). No reason to risk your life for a check. Here are actions to take now to smooth the process: Read Full Story

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Climate change, the digital divide, infectious disease, and unemployment are the top global risks

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A new report from the World Economic Forum highlights short- and long-term threats, and calls for “risk champions” to help with risk preparedness. Infectious diseases, employment crises, youth disillusionment, and the so-called “digital divide” are among the risks that business and government leaders must tackle in the next two years, according to the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks Report. Threats in the next five to 10 years include state collapse, biodiversity loss, and adverse outcomes from technological advances such as artificial intelligence. Read Full Story

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You can now get a free coronavirus assessment online, thanks to telehealth companies

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Coronavirus tests are not widely available yet. In the meantime, telehealth companies like Ro and American Well are offering online assessments to help keep low-risk patients from clogging up hospitals. Coronavirus tests are not widely available yet. In the meantime, telehealth companies are providing online help to people who believe they may have coronavirus symptoms. Read Full Story

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