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Apr 03, 2020 at 09:15. 18 comments

Elon Musk's BiPAP Machines May Be Better Than Nothing, at Least

Elon Musk's BiPAP Machines May Be Better Than Nothing, at Least

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he’d be sending desperately needed “FDA-approved ventilators” to hard-hit hospitals across the nation dealing with the coronavirus crisis—but they haven’t been the high-grade kind needed to keep intensive care patients alive. Instead, those sent off so far appear to be Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machines of the kind used to treat sleep apnea,...

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Apr 03, 2020 at 01:41. 24 comments

Man Tries to Ram Train Into U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, Doesn't Even Come Close

Man Tries to Ram Train Into U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, Doesn't Even Come Close

Prosecutors say a train derailment in San Pedro near the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday was an intentional attempt to either sink the hospital ship USNS Mercy—which the U.S. military deployed to the region as part of relief efforts—or just crash somewhere near it.

Not that it was a very good attempt. According to a Department of Justice press release, train engineer Eduardo Moreno derailed the...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 09:15. 19 comments

Florida Police Arrest Megachurch Pastor for Refusing to Comply With County Covid-19 Order

Florida Police Arrest Megachurch Pastor for Refusing to Comply With County Covid-19 Order

Hillsborough County, Florida sheriff’s deputies arrested Rodney Howard-Browne, the pastor of the River at Tampa Bay Church, for refusing to stop holding church services that attracted huge crowds in violation of a county health order, CNN reported on Monday.

County authorities have ordered residents to “stay at home as much as possible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week” due to the

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Mar 30, 2020 at 07:38. 10 comments

Facing Shortages, Feds Give Green Light to Decontaminate Used N95 Masks

Facing Shortages, Feds Give Green Light to Decontaminate Used N95 Masks

Confronted by a severe shortage of respirator masks and countless stories of healthcare workers on the front lines reusing face masks or using bandanas when they have none, the U.S. federal government is trying a new approach. If it can’t get enough new face masks, it will decontaminate used ones.

He's Not Doing the Dumb Thing (But He's Still Saying Some Pretty Dumb Shit)

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Mar 30, 2020 at 03:05. 14 comments

No, the CDC is Not Recommending That All Americans Wear Face Masks in Everyday Life

No, the CDC is Not Recommending That All Americans Wear Face Masks in Everyday Life

Even though social media companies are fighting to contain misinformation about the covid-19 pandemic, there are inevitably some and unfortunate and alarming messages that manage to circulate far and wide on the platforms. The latest viral rumor states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to recommend that Americans begin to wear masks in everyday life in a...

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Mar 29, 2020.

This New Coronavirus Test Can Detect the Disease in Five Minutes

This New Coronavirus Test Can Detect the Disease in Five Minutes

Medical device maker Abbott has received emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new molecular point-of-care covid-19 test, which will allow healthcare providers in a variety of different settings to obtain results almost immediately. The new test can deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.

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Mar 28, 2020. 5 comments

Charter Gives Spectrum Technicians Entering Homes During Pandemic $25 Gift Cards

Charter Gives Spectrum Technicians Entering Homes During Pandemic $25 Gift Cards

Charter Communications, the operator of Spectrum, has been one of the companies refusing to allow staff to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, ignoring guidelines from federal, state, and local authorities while citing its “indispensable” status as an infrastructure provider. Spectrum technicians have also been on the front line , entering homes to service cable and internet...

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Mar 28, 2020. 4 comments

'It’s Like Bringing Smallpox Blankets In': Tribes Fight Keystone XL Amid Covid-19

'It’s Like Bringing Smallpox Blankets In': Tribes Fight Keystone XL Amid Covid-19

The threat of an unfamiliar virus devastating Native American communities is as old as colonialism itself. When European empires sailed to North American shores in the 15th century, settlers arrived with death as a companion. Diseases such as smallpox and influenza decimated tribal numbers, pushing some to the brink of extinction. Germs were the first genocide against indigenous peoples, long...

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Mar 28, 2020. 24 comments

Trump Threatens to 'Invoke "P"' After Finding Out How Much Ventilators Cost [Update: He Invoked P]

Trump Threatens to 'Invoke "P"' After Finding Out How Much Ventilators Cost [Update: He Invoked P]

On Friday, Donald Trump—after weeks of pleas from governors, mayors, and state and local health officials over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic—continued to toy around with whether he would invoke the Defense Production Act, which allows the federal government to command private businesses to work on projects critical to the security of the nation.

Of course, the threat only came as alarming...

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Mar 27, 2020. 2 comments

He's Doing the Dumb Thing

He's Doing the Dumb Thing

On Thursday, Donald Trump previewed his nightmare plan to encourage state governors and local officials to loosen social distancing guidelines put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus through the nation, saying people need to be allowed to physically return to their workplaces soon.

As the virus surged to all 50 states, DC, and three U.S. territories (with over 81,000 cases...

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Mar 26, 2020. 12 comments

Pharma Giant Gilead Retracts Request FDA Extend Monopoly Status on Experimental Covid-19 Drug

Pharma Giant Gilead Retracts Request FDA Extend Monopoly Status on Experimental Covid-19 Drug

Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences on Wednesday retracted its effort to score extended monopoly rights and tax breaks on its antiviral drug remdesivir, which scientists are evaluating as a possible treatment in the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Per the Intercept, on Monday the Food and Drug Administration awarded Gilead “orphan” drug status for remdesivir, which would give it a marketing...

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Mar 26, 2020. 5 comments

Twitter Deletes Post by The Federalist Calling for Coronavirus Infection Program

Twitter Deletes Post by The Federalist Calling for Coronavirus Infection Program

Twitter has removed a tweet from the right-wing site the Federalist after it shared an article by an unlicensed dermatologist urging the public to be exposed to the novel coronavirus en masse and the social network temporarily locked the site’s account.

For those who have mercifully avoided reading its content, the Federalist is a mysteriously funded , sycophantic pro-Donald Trump site with...

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Mar 25, 2020. 10 comments

3D Printing Foods With Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

3D Printing Foods With Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

The killer app for 3D printers might have nothing to do with quickly churning out complex parts to speed up manufacturing. 3D-printed food is promising to revolutionize the culinary experience, and by making tweaks to a meal’s printed structure, researchers have found ways to make diners feel more full while they eat less.

The research, conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s...

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Mar 25, 2020. 13 comments

Brazil's Bolsonaro Blames Press for Covid-19 'Hysteria,' Boasts He's Too Fit to Get Sick in Speech

Brazil's Bolsonaro Blames Press for Covid-19 'Hysteria,' Boasts He's Too Fit to Get Sick in Speech

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro sparked protests with a Tuesday evening address in which he claimed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is a media “fantasy,” demanded governors end quarantine and isolation measures, and bragged that he is so healthy he wouldn’t even know if he was infected, the Guardian reported.

In his address, Bolsonaro claimed that “The virus has arrived and we...

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Mar 25, 2020. 17 comments

'I’m Just Praying': Miners Fear the Impacts Covid-19 Could Have in Coal Country

'I’m Just Praying': Miners Fear the Impacts Covid-19 Could Have in Coal Country

Jimmy Moore barely leaves the house. When he does, the 74-year-old is usually parked outside his local pharmacy in Dorton, Kentucky, until someone brings out his regular meds. As soon as Moore arrives home, he changes his clothes and washes his hands. Religiously. This wasn’t his routine before, but Moore can’t take any chances with the coronavirus.

Moore mined the coalfields of Appalachia for...

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Mar 25, 2020. 22 comments

Philly Officials Say Rich Jerk Who Owns Shuttered Hospital Is Trying to Cash in on Covid-19 Emergency

Philly Officials Say Rich Jerk Who Owns Shuttered Hospital Is Trying to Cash in on Covid-19 Emergency

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has accused the owner of a closed-down hospital of trying to profiteer off a deal to re-open during the coronavirus pandemic, while City Councilmember Helen Gym has called for government officials to just seize the property outright, WHYY reported on Tuesday.

Hospitals across Philadelphia could become overwhelmed as the virus and the disease it causes, covid-19 ,...

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Mar 24, 2020. 24 comments

Man Dies, Wife Critical From Chloroquine After Hearing Trump Tout Unproven Covid-19 Treatment

Man Dies, Wife Critical From Chloroquine After Hearing Trump Tout Unproven Covid-19 Treatment

An Arizona man has died and his wife is in critical condition after listening to Donald Trump promote anti-malarial drug chloroquine as a treatment for the novel coronavirus and deciding to take some themselves, CNN reported on Monday evening.

Trump has repeatedly brought up chloroquine as possibly being a “very powerful” treatment for the virus on the basis of a small French study, despite...

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Mar 24, 2020. 10 comments

CDC Says Coronavirus Traces Lasted 17 Days on Cruise Ship, But No Evidence of Transmission Risk

CDC Says Coronavirus Traces Lasted 17 Days on Cruise Ship, But No Evidence of Transmission Risk

Traces of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus can last longer on some surfaces than previously detected by health authorities, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Monday.

Health officials were able to detect viral RNA on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had a major coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, up to 17 days after an onboard quarantine of...

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Mar 23, 2020. 7 comments

Senator Rand Paul Is the Senate’s First Confirmed Coronavirus Case

Senator Rand Paul Is the Senate’s First Confirmed Coronavirus Case

Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, has tested positive for covid-19, becoming the U.S. Senate’s first confirmed member with the disease. Paul is the third member of Congress to test positive, and serves as a striking reminder that covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is spreading far and wide throughout the country.

Real Number of U.S. Coronavirus Cases Could...

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Mar 20, 2020. 24 comments

Sen. Richard Burr Sold Up to $1.56 Million in Stock While Publicly Saying U.S. Is Ready for Coronavirus

Sen. Richard Burr Sold Up to $1.56 Million in Stock While Publicly Saying U.S. Is Ready for Coronavirus

Just a few weeks before telling wealthy constituents in private that the global spread of the coronavirus would be “akin to the 1918 pandemic” and while he was in a position to receive briefings from intelligence agencies on the matter, Senate Intelligence Committee chair and Republican Senator Richard Burr sold off between $582,029 and $1.56 million in stock, ProPublica reported on...

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