Poll: Men Less Likely To Heed Health Warnings About Coronavirus

A new poll suggests that men are less likely to follow coronavirus guidelines than women.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, only 60 percent of men say they’re washing their hands more often, as opposed to 73 percent of women.

Women were also 14 percent more likely to avoid public gatherings, and 9 percent more likely to avoid close physical contact.

Those results are alarming since other studies have suggested that men are more likely to die from coronavirus than women.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-gender-poll-idUSKBN21E1C9


Texas Auction House Accused Of Price-Gouging Medical Face Masks

A Texas auction house has been accused of price-gouging for medical face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Texas Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit this week against Auctions Unlimited, accusing them of charging as much as $180 for package of sixteen masks.

Auctions Unlimited owner Tim Worstell says price gouging is impossible because “the bidders, not Auctions Unlimited, decide the price”.

But the biggest problem is that the lawsuit has left a stash of over 750,000 masks in limbo during the investigation.

Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/price-gouging-allegation-leaves-750000-face-masks-in-limbo


12 Percent Of At-Home Workers Skip Video Conferencing For This Reason

Now that many of us are working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, there isn’t necessarily a need to get dressed in the morning or even to focus on basic hygiene.

According to a new survey, 12 percent of WFH employees are skipping out on video conference calls because they’re naked or barely wearing clothes.

Mentimeter even found that people aren’t paying attention to what’s going on around them, with 11 percent of respondents admitting to seeing “something that they considered unprofessional” in the background of a coworker’s video call.

That said, 44 percent are making the effort to look presentable on camera, while 16 percent re-arranged their homes.

Source: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/03/26/Survey-12-percent-of-at-home-workers-skip-video-due-to-lack-of-clothes/1451585247357/


This Mayor Is Giving People $500 A Month, No Strings Attached

Stockton, California Mayor, Michael Tubbs has been testing universal basic income in his community since February.

With a grant from the Economic Security Project, Tubbs was able to give 125 residents $500 a month for 18 months, all of the residents living below Stockton’s median income of $46,000.

Although Tubbs believes that any economic relief will be helpful for Americans, he also thinks the aid should be given more frequently and should last as long as the COVID-19 crisis does.

Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-economy-stimulus-package-money-universal-basic-income_n_5e7cd579c5b6cb08a929a2ee


Deadly Subway Fire In NYC

One person was killed and 16 others injured when a subway train caught fire in Manhattan.

The fire broke out shortly after 3am Friday morning at a stop near Central Park. The victim was an MTA worker in his 30’s. Four other people remain in critical condition.

Investigators are still working to determine what started the fire and if it began inside or outside the subway car.

Source: https://www.pix11.com/news/local-news/manhattan/4-injured-in-harlem-subway-station-fire-fdny


Former Staffer Accuses Joe Biden Of Sexual Assault

Joe Biden is facing accusations of sexual assault from a former staffer who went public with her allegations this week.

The accuser, Tara Reade, told her story on a podcast hosted by Rolling Stone reporter Katie Halper. She claims that in 1993 while working as then-Senator Biden’s staff assistant, he pushed her against a wall and “penetrated me with his fingers” while kissing her.

Reade was one of several women who came forward last year to accuse Biden of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching, though she didn’t mention the alleged assault at the time.

Source: https://medium.com/@ronaldwdixon/joe-biden-rapist-824d3dee1086


Former Staffer Accuses Joe Biden Of Sexual Assault

Joe Biden is facing accusations of sexual assault from a former staffer who went public with her allegations this week.

The accuser, Tara Reade, told her story on a podcast hosted by Rolling Stone reporter Katie Halper. She claims that in 1993 while working as then-Senator Biden’s staff assistant, he pushed her against a wall and “penetrated me with his fingers” while kissing her.

Reade was one of several women who came forward last year to accuse Biden of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching, though she didn’t mention the alleged assault at the time.

Source: https://medium.com/@ronaldwdixon/joe-biden-rapist-824d3dee1086


Coronavirus May Cause A Worldwide Condom Shortage

Maybe those predictions of a post-outbreak baby boom are accurate – it sounds like we’re headed for a worldwide condom shortage.

The world’s largest condom producer, Karex Bhd in Malaysia, has been closed for the last ten days after a government-ordered shutdown. Since they manufacture about 20 percent of the world’s supply, it’s already led to a shortfall of more than 100 million condoms.

Karex’s CEO predicts the shortage could potentially last for months, and says they’ve applied for a special grant from the government to resume operation.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-malaysia-karex-idUSKBN21E1OJ


So Everyone’s Googling ‘Bread’ Now?

While everyone is home Googling all types of random things, what do you think is the most Googled search?

You would think maybe something racy or maybe even the word coronavirus, right?

Nope, BREAD!

People who now have a lot of time on their hands are Googling bread recipes.

If you have ever made bread you know it is a time consuming project so now is a great time to make it.

The other reason bread is trending is because it has now become hard to find.

Many stores are out of stock.

Source: https://www.eater.com/2020/3/25/21194467/bread-tops-google-trends-searching-for-recipes


McDonald’s Cuts Menu, Stops Serving All-Day Breakfast Amid The Coronavirus Crisis

Thanks to the coronavirus, it might be a while before we can all enjoy an Egg McMuffin in the afternoon again.

On Wednesday, McDonald’s announced that they will stop serving all-day breakfast and cut back on some regular menu items in an effort to “simplify operations in our kitchens and for our crew, and ensure the best possible experience for our customers.”

Fortunately, Bill Garrett, the senior vice president of the fast-food giant’s US operations, said the change is temporary.

While dining rooms are shut, Garrett adds that customers can still get their fill “through take-out, Mobile Order & Pay, Drive Thru or McDelivery at the majority of our restaurants.”

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-mcdonalds-idUSKBN21D060


Southwest Airlines Stops Snacks And Drinks For Now

If you’re booked on an upcoming voyage with Southwest Airlines, you might want to pack some food and an empty water bottle before heading to the airport.

In an effort to reduce close interactions between employees and the public amid the coronavirus outbreak, the carrier has suspended all in-flight snack and drink service until further notice.

The order went into effect on Wednesday, which Southwest says was made “in accordance with health officials’ recommendations”.

Fortunately for those who may cancel their trip, the airline doesn’t charge fees to do so and will let you use the tickets towards future travel.

Source: https://www.delish.com/food-news/a31927399/southwest-airlines-suspend-snacks-drinks/


Stop Flushing Wipes And T-Shirts

Here’s one industry that might turn out to be coronavirus proof: plumbing.

The Department of Public Works in Redding, California sent out an all-caps tweet warning residents “ONLY FLUSH TOILET PAPER,” after they were forced to unblock a sewer line last week.

Turns out people are flushing whatever substitutes they’ve used as stores saw a run on TP. In Redding’s case, workers pulled out a cut up t-shirt.

The issue isn’t limited to The Golden State either as plumbers across America are reporting calls for clogged pipes. On Monday, the federal Environmental Protection Agency tweeted, “Toilets are not trash cans.”

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/americans-coping-coronavirus-are-clogging-toilets-wipes-t-shirts-n1168706


US Records Deadliest Day As Coronavirus Cases Top 69K, Deaths Reach 1,000

The coronavirus crisis marked its darkest day on Wednesday as the number of Americans who have succumbed to COVID-19 tops 1,000.

There are now over 69,000 cases in the US, with the death toll reaching close to 1,050 as of Thursday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Over one-quarter of those deaths are in New York City, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the country.

In an effort to aid those impacted by the outbreak, Congress passed a $2 trillion spending bill that will send direct payments to Americans.


Bernie Sanders Vows to Stay in Election

Despite mounting pressure to drop out, a rep for Bernie Sanders on Tuesday said the Vermont senator plans to forge ahead with his presidential campaign, saying he’s willing to take on opponent Joe Biden in an April debate.

“Senator Sanders is still running for president,” says Mike Casca, the communications director for Sanders’ campaign. “If there is a debate in April, he plans to be there.”

The statement comes after Sanders suffered primary defeats in several states, leaving him with 910 delegates to Biden’s 1,214. The pressure on Sanders recently became apparent when a reporter asked him whether he intended on throwing in the towel. Sanders shot back, “Right now I’m trying to do my best to make sure that we don’t have an economic meltdown and that people don’t die. Is that enough for you to keep me busy for today?”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/24/us/politics/biden-sanders-next-democratic-debate.html


Amazon Cancels Nearly 4,000 Accounts for Coronavirus Price Gouging

When Amazon officials warned against price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic, clearly they were serious. The online retailer on Tuesday announced it has given the heave-ho to nearly 4,000 offending sellers.

“Amazon strictly prohibits sellers from exploiting an emergency by charging excessively high prices on products and shipping,” Amazon officials said in a statement announcing the account suspensions. “We have deployed a dedicated team that’s working continuously to identify and investigate unfairly priced products that are now in high demand, such as protective masks and hand sanitizer.”

Being booted from Amazon could be the least of the sellers’ worries. Company officials say they’re “proactively sharing information” with law enforcement authorities to expose “sellers we suspect have engaged in egregious price gouging of products related to the COVID-19 crisis.”

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-price-gouging-amazon-suspends-3900-sellers/


Yelp Adds Donate Button So You Can Help Local Businesses

Small businesses, the heart and soul of your community, are taking a major hit as the coronavirus forces them to shut their doors.

While some have asked customers to purchase gift cards as a way to infuse cash into their registers, Yelp has stepped up with a new way to help.

Fire up the app and you’ll see a donation button for eligible businesses. With one click, you’ll be sent to a GoFundMe page to complete the transaction.

The two companies have also pledged to match up to $1 million in donations for small businesses, with others set to join in the cause.

Source: https://www.delish.com/food-news/a31916478/yelp-donation-buttons-gofundme-coronavirus/


White House, Lawmakers Reach Deal On $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package

Relief from the coronavirus’ impact will soon come to workers, employers, and the health care system after lawmakers and the White House reached a deal on a $2 trillion rescue package.

Among the items inside are an expansion of unemployment benefits and a $367 billion program to help small businesses, plus direct payments to Americans.

There will be loans for larger industries as well as money for hospitals and local governments.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber will pass the legislation when it’s back in session at noon Wednesday.


Here’s the States and Cities Under a ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Slow the Coronavirus Spread

As the United States continues to fight COVID-19, it’s been kind of hard to keep up with what states and cities have issued a “stay at home” order.

As of Tuesday (March 24) governors in 17 states have placed their entire state under a “stay at home” order.

Denver, Dallas, Atlanta and Miami Beach have “stay at home” orders while the entire state isn’t under the order these cities have opted for it as a means to “flatten the curve” of the Coronavirus.

The “stay at home” order allows for only essential jobs such as doctors, firefighters, police and grocery store workers to go to work. People can go out for groceries, doctor appointments and exercise as long as they stay six feet away from others.

As of Tuesday the United States has over 49,000 cases of COVID-19 and 615 people have died from the virus.

Source: https://people.com/health/states-cities-under-stay-at-home-order-coronavirus/


Five Members Of Missouri Family All Test Positive For Coronavirus

If you needed more proof on why self-isolation and social distancing are necessary, look no further than Missouri. Five members of the Weinhaus family have all come down with COVID-19.

According to Ryan Weinhaus, his mother Jane likely contracted the coronavirus while teaching at Temple Israel’s Deutsch Early Childhood Center. Several other teachers and a parent have tested positive as well.

Jane is currently in the ICU and just came off a ventilator. His father also has the disease and is located down the hospital hallway from his wife.

Then Ryan and his wife started experiencing symptoms earlier this month and now his brother has it too.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-25/prince-charles-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/12090930


Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Says Symptoms Are ‘Mild’

Prince Charles is the latest big-name figure to test positive for COVID-19.

According to his office, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne is showing “mild symptoms” but otherwise has been “displaying good health” and is working from home.

He is currently self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland. His wife Camilla has tested negative.

The BBC reports Charles hasn’t had contact with the Queen since March 12th, who is at her home in Windsor.

Source: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-prince-charles-tests-positive-for-covid-19-11963363