Tag: COVID-19

Andrew Ng’s Netail offers AI for retailers to ease change from physical to digital

Retail is big business. But like many other sectors it’s undergoing a transformation, largely affected by the shift of consumer behavior from physical to digital. Many retailers are looking to analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to help them cope with the challenges. Andrew Ng, among the most prominent figures in AI, is now turning his […]

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Health officials urge vax, mitigation ahead of virus trio

State health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated and take other steps to protect themselves from infectious diseases to mitigate the strain on hospitals this winter by COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus. That was the primary message of last Wednesday’s public health ECHO, held via Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook. State Epidemiologist Dr. […]

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Fewer than 50% of Alaska kids completing routine vaccines

Routine childhood vaccinations are being missed in Alaska and around the country, according to a public health ECHO held via Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook last Wednesday. The State Department of Health has partnered with a mobile app to make tracking vaccines easier. “We’ve seen a significant decrease in routine childhood vaccinations across the U.S. […]

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In Final Message, Fauci Urges People To Please Just Get Their COVID Boosters

Even after the shooting, Libs of TikTok posted a tweet Sunday singling out a Colorado drag organization. Walsh, Owens, Shapiro, and company dismiss those who rightly identify them as contributors to violent discontent, calling them pawns of the Democratic agenda, or the liberal media, or leftists, or some other amorphous bucket to slander. The shtick […]

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After His Final Briefing, Republicans Vow To Investigate Anthony Fauci

Even after the shooting, Libs of TikTok posted a tweet Sunday singling out a Colorado drag organization. Walsh, Owens, Shapiro, and company dismiss those who rightly identify them as contributors to violent discontent, calling them pawns of the Democratic agenda, or the liberal media, or leftists, or some other amorphous bucket to slander. The shtick […]

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White House launches year-end push to improve lagging COVID vaccinations

The White House on Tuesday launched a six week sprint aimed at convincing Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year. The administration said the focus of the campaign will be on seniors and vulnerable communities hardest hit by the virus. Public health officials have repeatedly warned that the U.S. […]

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ID.me Lied About Its Facial Recognition Tech, Congress Says

picture alliance / Getty Images The controversial facial recognition firm hired by the US government during the height of the pandemic is being slammed by members of Congress, who say the company misrepresented how its technology works and downplayed excessive wait times which stopped Americans from collecting unemployment benefits. New evidence shows that ID.me “inaccurately […]

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Larry Brilliant at TE22: Global Warming Drives Health Threats

At Techonomy 22 in Sonoma, Calif., this week, scientific experts drew a straight line between global warming and global health crises. One notable voice in the conversation was Larry Brilliant, a doctor, epidemiologist, and philanthropist, who spoke with Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick about his friendship with Steve Jobs, the world’s disastrous response to Covid-19, and more. […]

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Hang On to That Mask — Reinfections Ratchet Up Risk of Death and Long-Term Effects

Two new studies show the continuing danger posed by Covid — and how a simple tool provides highly effective protection, if only we choose to use it. In the scientific journal Nature, researchers report new discoveries about the consequences of undergoing multiple Covid infections. It turns out that getting reinfected compounds the risks of the […]

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Are Covid-19 “comas” signs of a protective hibernation state?

Many Covid-19 patients who have been treated for weeks or months with mechanical ventilation have been slow to regain consciousness even after being taken off sedation. A new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers the hypothesis that this peculiar response could be the effect of a hibernation-like state invoked by […]

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Keeping indoor humidity levels at a “sweet spot” may reduce spread of Covid-19

We know proper indoor ventilation is key to reducing the spread of Covid-19. Now, a study by MIT researchers finds that indoor relative humidity may also influence transmission of the virus. Relative humidity is the amount of moisture in the air compared to the total moisture the air can hold at a given temperature before […]

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White House to seek more than $9 billion in COVID funding during lame-duck session

The White House is seeking more than $9 billion in emergency public health funding for the coronavirus response during the lame-duck Congress, including new vaccines and therapeutics, administration officials said Tuesday, even as Republicans remain skeptical about the need for more money. The White House wants lawmakers to include the money as part of a […]

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US to keep COVID public health emergency through January

The COVID-19 public health emergency will remain in effect until at least mid-January, after the Biden administration did not notify states and health providers of any plans to lift it. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promised to give stakeholders 60 days’ notice if it intended to let the public health emergency expire. […]

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It’s Weird that Neither Party Talked about Health Care … in a Pandemic.

Republicans, for their part, seem no longer to want to repeal and replace Obamacare. It seems the culture war no longer sees the rush to destroy the first Black president’s signature health care law as sufficient grist. It’s moved on to juicier subjects: grooming rings, indoctrination, and replacement theory. Besides, the “serious” Republicans never had […]

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It’s Weird that Neither Party Talked about Health Care … in a Pandemic.

Republicans, for their part, seem no longer to want to repeal and replace Obamacare. It seems the culture war no longer sees the rush to destroy the first Black president’s signature health care law as sufficient grist. It’s moved on to juicier subjects: grooming rings, indoctrination, and replacement theory. Besides, the “serious” Republicans never had […]

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Education secretary tests positive for COVID-19

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Education announced on Tuesday.  Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach Kelly Leon said Cardona tested positive on Tuesday morning. Cardona is experiencing mild symptoms but is fully vaccinated and boosted, according to the statement.  Cheney calls GOP mocking of Paul Pelosi attack […]

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Foxconn’s iPhone Production Could Slump By 30% Over COVID Lockdown

Foxconn’s iPhone Production Could Slump By 30% Over COVID Lockdown Foxconn’s iPhone Production Could Slump By 30% Over COVID Lockdown BY Dave Johnson Published 31 Oct 2022 A recent report suggests that iPhone production could drop 30 percent at one of Foxconn’s main factories due to COVID-19 restrictions in China.  Earlier in the month, Foxconn’s […]

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People Are Turning to Sex Work as Costs of Living Rise—and They’re Being Punished for It

In the spring of 2021, Allie Rae was on shift at the hospital where she worked as a nurse when her direct supervisors and their bosses called her into her manager’s office. There, she said, they opened a manila envelope full of Allie Rae’s nude photographs with sharpie marks covering parts of her body. “My […]

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White House warns lack of congressional funding puts immunocompromised at risk

White House coronavirus response coordinator Ashish Jha on Tuesday warned that existing COVID-19 treatments may not work against emerging subvariants of the omicron strain and a lack of congressional funding puts immunocompromised people at risk. “With some of the new subvariants emerging, some of the main tools we’ve had to protect the immunocompromised, like Evusheld, […]

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Did U.S. Scientists Create a Deadlier COVID Variant In a Lab?

ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. The Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) has been conducting research on infectious diseases for over a decade, and studying COVID specifically pretty much since the pandemic began. But on Oct. 14, when the lab released a preprint, detailing results […]

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Biden administration amps up efforts to boost new COVID-19 shots

President Biden on Tuesday will announce a series of new efforts to boost the administration of the bivalent COVID-19 booster shots, including partnerships with several major companies and pharmacy chains. To encourage more people to get boosted, the Department of Health and Human Services will also be launching a tour on Oct. 26 during which […]

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Pandemic Hit to U.S. Life Expectancy May Last

Life expectancy in the United States dropped considerably during the Covid-19 pandemic — more than almost all other countries included in a new in-depth analysis by researchers in Europe. While some countries have already seen their life expectancies bounce back after an initial decline in 2020 and 2021, the U.S. is likely to experience long-term […]

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School Board Candidate Who Said ‘All Nazis Weren’t Bad’ Says ‘I Am Correct’

The Legions parade before Adolf Hitler in Potsdam, Germany. (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) An Indiana school board candidate has apparently decided it’s important to defend Nazis. “All Nazis weren’t ‘bad’ as you specify. They did horrible things. They were in a group frenzy in both cases you site,” Zionsville, Indiana school board candidate Dr. Matt […]

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MIT engineers develop sensors for face masks that help gauge fit

Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, but a mask’s effectiveness depends on how well it fits. Currently, there are no simple ways to measure the fit of a mask, but a new sensor developed at MIT could make it much easier to ensure a good fit. The sensor, […]

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New York Game Awards 2023 plans again for in-person event

Interested in learning what’s next for the gaming industry? Join gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry this October at GamesBeat Summit Next. Register today. The New York Video Game Critics Circle announced today that it will hold the next annual New York Game Awards on January 17, 2023. The NYVGCC is again […]

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Trump officials interfered with CDC guidance for political purposes, House panel finds

The Trump administration regularly interfered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) process for developing and issuing guidance about the coronavirus, changed scientific reports and undermined top public health officials, a congressional panel said Monday. The House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis said interviews, emails and other documents obtained by the panel […]

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How COVID Changed the Retail and Restaurant Industry Forever

Few have been as transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic as the retail and restaurant industries. Within weeks of the outbreak, restaurants around the world were closed. Many never reopened, but a few thrived. As we reach the other side of the crisis, we find an industry and consumer profoundly changed. Techonomy and Lightspeed, an omnichannel-focused […]

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Biden administration extends COVID-19 public health emergency declaration

The Biden administration on Thursday extended the nation’s COVID-19 public health emergency for the next 90 days as officials brace for a potential surge of infections over the winter. The declaration comes as daily deaths and case rates have been falling, though the U.S. continues to see more than 300 people dying due to COVID-19 […]

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White House names negotiator for global pandemic accord

The Biden administration on Tuesday appointed former Ambassador to the United Nations Pamela Hamamoto to lead U.S. negotiations for the proposed global pandemic accord at the World Health Organization (WHO). The announcement highlights how seriously the Biden administration is taking the negotiations over the accord to prevent and respond to future pandemics, which WHO member […]

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