Tag: covid-19

Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s Reform Alliance to Send 100,000 Masks to Prisons

Photo: Nicholas Hunt (Getty Images for The Reform Alliance) As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, one of the places that are being most affected are jails and prisons. They are also the places most likely to be overlooked in the government’s horribly mismanaged response efforts. According to CBS News, Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s […]

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Robotic 5G car can ID faces, check for fevers, and make deliveries

Although U.S. school campuses have been locked down to stop COVID-19 from spreading, China is already fighting its way back from the peak of its outbreak — and actively embracing the latest mobile technologies to aid in ongoing screening efforts. This week, the Beijing Institute of Technology deployed a robotic 5G monitoring car on its campus, […]

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Nielsen: 39% of U.S. gamers are spending more money on the hobby

As people continue to shelter in their homes in the fight against coronavirus, videos games are stepping up. The medium provides entertainment, but it’s also a source of socialization. And now data-tracking firm Nielsen is seeing the turn to games reflected in its monthly survey (as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter). Nielsen talked with approximately […]

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Naughty by Nature Teams Up With Rita Wilson for ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ Remix

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz (Getty Images), Gregg DeGuire (Getty Images) Last month, actress and COVID-19 survivor Rita Wilson impressed fans with her quarantined rendition of the Naughty by Nature classic “Hip Hop Hooray,” which she rapped bar-for-bar on Instagram. Today, it was announced that she and the New Jersey rap legends will be joining forces on […]

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The 1st Rikers Island Detainee to Die From Coronavirus Complications Was Jailed for Parole Violation

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) The first jail inmate to test positive for COVID-19 at Rikers Island, Michael Tyson, died on Sunday. According to multiple people familiar with Tyson’s case, he contracted and died from the disease while awaiting a hearing on a parole violation. Tyson was just 53 years old, reports The New York […]

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How Salon Shutdowns Are Disrupting Black Women’s Haircare

On March 23, just after Ontario, Canada declared non-essential businesses would be closed in an attempt to slow the spread of covid-19, a 20-year-old student named Racquell Fogah tweeted her dismay: “The beauty supply store isn’t considered an essential service?????” She followed that up with another tweet: a clip of Ms. Juicy from Lifetime’s Little […]

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Taking Compassionate Care of Yourself During Difficult Times

And you’re beyond disappointed and frustrated. You’re devastated. Thankfully, there is some good news: “[A]ll the time we now have in one space may lend to trying new forms of self-care that may be surprisingly satisfying and rewarding,” said Stacey Sherrell, a marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping individuals with grief and loss, life […]

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Stanford researchers propose AI in-home system that can monitor for coronavirus symptoms

During the “COVID-19 and AI” livestream event run by the Stanford Institute of Human-Centered AI (HAI), Stanford professor and HAI codirector Dr. Fei-Fei Li presented a concept for an AI-powered in-home system that could track a resident’s health, including for signs of COVID-19, while ensuring privacy. It’s designed to keep seniors, many of whom live […]

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U.S. Accused Of Stealing Ventilators From Barbados As Coronavirus Spreads in The Caribbean

Source: bgblue / Getty As the world grapples with an apparently shrinking supply of ventilators, tactics to secure them have allegedly gotten ugly and even illegal. Now, America has become the latest country to be accused of stealing the medical machines designed to keep patients breathing that have become an essential fight against the coronavirus […]

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Microsoft’s AI recommends lockdown strategies to curb coronavirus

A preprint paper coauthored by researchers at Microsoft, the Indian Institute of Technology, and TCS Research (the R&D division of Tata Consultancy Services) describes an AI framework designed to help cities and regions make policy decisions about lockdowns, closures, and physical distancing in response to COVID-19. They claim that because it learns policies automatically as […]

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Oprah Donates $10 Million for Coronavirus Relief, With $1 Million Going to America’s Food Fund

Oprah Winfrey speaks during Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour on February 22, 2020, in San Francisco, California. Photo: Steve Jennings (Getty Images) We have more news of celebrities going beyond empty platitudes and using their financial privilege to pay it forward. Oprah has pledged to donate $10 million toward relief during the […]

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WorkJam raises $50 million to help companies engage with frontline workers

As businesses adapt to a world of remote working and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have an opportunity to rethink how they operate not just over the next few months but far into the future. While many employees are figuring out to work from home — other workers, from health care professionals and delivery […]

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Mixer Is Giving Its Streaming Partners $100 Each During The COVID-19 Crisis

With the coronavirus spreading around the world, businesses are forced to temporarily suspend their operations. For some smaller companies, this could actually spell the end of their operations as they might not have enough cashflow to wait out the virus outbreak, which could last for months. Advertising This means that for some, they might be […]

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Tesla Shows Off Prototype Ventilator Built Using Model 3 Parts

Many companies around the world are doing their part in helping combat the coronavirus outbreak. Some companies are leveraging their manufacturing and production facilities to help create medical equipment used by hospitals, and it looks like Tesla is gearing up to join in the battle as well. Advertising In a recent video shared on YouTube, […]

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The Vanishing Public Square

As the Great Pandemic takes hold of our world and forces all of us to separate ourselves from our closest family and friends, does politics become impossible? As I write, states are postponing their primaries. The most recent Democratic presidential debate was held without an audience. Even Donald Trump has halted his public rallies. And […]

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5 Reasons Why Black People Are Disproportionately Contracting The Coronavirus

Let’s be clear: Black people have always gotten the short end of the stick throughout American history. So, really, it shouldn’t be a surprise that now, in the throes of the worst public health pandemic for anybody living, that unfortunate tradition is being carried on during the coronavirus crisis. Typically, when any sort of calamity […]

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Apple Shipping Custom Face Shields to Healthcare Professionals, To Donate Over 20 Million Masks

In a video message shared on Twitter, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that the company has sourced 20 million masks through its supply chain that would be donated to healthcare professionals across the world. Additionally, Cook also announced that the company’s design, engineering, operations, and packaging teams work with suppliers to design, produce, and ship […]

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Boris Johnson Is Hospitalized with Coronavirus

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital Sunday evening for tests due to “persistent symptoms of coronavirus,” 10 days after he tested positive. Downing Street released a statement calling it a “precautionary step” that followed the advice of Johnson’s doctor. But the Guardian reported that the prime minister has been more seriously ill […]

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