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Google Fit updated with step count, WHO COVID-19 info

Google Fit updated with step count, WHO COVID-19 info

The latest update to Google Fit might make your old Android Wear device into a fitness tracker of the future. If you've been away from Google Fit for a year or two, the differences between the old version and what's out now may seem immense. The Google Fit system works with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization (WHO) to incorporate systems like Move Minutes* and Heart Points. The redesign released this week also emphasizes step count.

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Google coronavirus mobility tracker rates where social distancing is working

Google coronavirus mobility tracker rates where social distancing is working

Google is using anonymized location data to highlight how well people are following stay-at-home orders and coronavirus social-distancing guidelines, releasing new reports that rate Community Mobility. The system taps the same tracking tools Google has used to show things like popular store hours, based on things like smartphone location.

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Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

The folks at Estimote created a set of devices and software that'll allow a business owner to keep track of their workers remotely. With a "contact tracing dashboard" and Bluetooth devices (worn by each employee), a business owner can keep track of the location and relative health of their workforce. Each wearable device scans for other wearable devices in the area and "registers close interactions."

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That 2-minute coronavirus test FDA approval was a “misunderstanding”

That 2-minute coronavirus test FDA approval was a “misunderstanding”

After claiming they'd received FDA authorization for a 2-minute coronavirus antibody test earlier this week, a company called Bodysphere just changed their tune. They made clear in their press release released at the tail end of March, 2020, that the Food and Drug Administration had approved their coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kit. It all seemed too good to be true. Turns out, it was.

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FDA says throw this popular heartburn medicine away over cancer risk

FDA says throw this popular heartburn medicine away over cancer risk

A popular heartburn drug has been yanked from shelves, and the FDA has warned it should be thrown out of medicine cabinets, after testing revealed that it could contain a cancer-causing carcinogen. While the US Food and Drug Administration says it only discovered dangerous levels of NDMA in a small number of samples, it's enough to warrant a complete lock-down on production.

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Coronavirus sneeze: Social Distancing study says 6 feet not far enough

Coronavirus sneeze: Social Distancing study says 6 feet not far enough

Research published this week showed official Social Distancing guidelines given by WHO and the CDC are based on outdated information on coughs and sneezes. Novel coronavirus / COVID-19 guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the USA Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that peoople around the world should stay approximately 6 feet apart. Unfortunately, according to MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, "pathogen-bearing droplets of all sizes can travel 23 to 27 feet."

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CDC chief drops tough coronavirus truths: Masks, timelines and symptoms

CDC chief drops tough coronavirus truths: Masks, timelines and symptoms

Coronavirus is probably three times as infectious as the flu, according to the director of the US CDC, and more people could be carriers of the virus without showing symptoms than previously expected. Concerns about so-called asymptomatic infection rates - where people have COVID-19, are contagious, but do not show the usual signs of that and thus aren't necessarily in quarantine - have fueled calls for more widespread testing in America to identify the true rate of community spread.

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Coronavirus face mask shortage gets some GM good news

Coronavirus face mask shortage gets some GM good news

With the coronavirus pandemic exposing a huge shortfall in protective face masks, General Motors says its repurposed workforce and factories are on track to deliver its first 20,000 masks next week. The automaker gave an update on its progress this morning, having announced it would be shifting from car to PPE production just over a week ago.

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Ford and GE team up to build 50,000 ventilators by July 4

Ford and GE team up to build 50,000 ventilators by July 4

Ford will team up with GE Healthcare to build more ventilators suitable for COVID-19 treatment, with the potential to produce 50,000 of the simplified design in the next 100 days. The automaker had already announced a collaboration with GE Healthcare on ventilator production, this time targeting an even easier design currently being produced in Florida.

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FDA: Don’t blame us for coronavirus test “roadblock”

FDA: Don’t blame us for coronavirus test “roadblock”

The FDA is pushing back at accusations that it has been a bottleneck in coronavirus testing, dismissing criticisms that COVID-19 specific tests have been delayed because of its oversight. US testing numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic have become a topic of huge controversy in recent weeks, with suggestions that uncertainty about just how many Americans might be infected have left healthcare providers floundering and unprepared.

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US Coronavirus vaccine trial expands to second test location

US Coronavirus vaccine trial expands to second test location

A coronavirus vaccine study has expanded to a second location, with new volunteers for the potentially COVID-19-preventing injection being sought in Atlanta. The initial trial began earlier this month in Seattle, hoping that a new and experimental vaccine, mRNA-1273, could provide a fix to the spreading coronavirus pandemic.

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GM ventilator plans revealed as Trump backtracks on coronavirus kit [Updated]

GM ventilator plans revealed as Trump backtracks on coronavirus kit [Updated]

GM will turn over one of its US plants to producing ventilators, with the automaker partnering with Ventec Life Systems to build new healthcare equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Kokomo manufacturing facility in Indiana will begin making ventilators - one of the biggest bottlenecks in healthcare amid the COVID-19 outbreak - from next week and expects the first shipments to arrive "as soon as next month," though points out that it is all dependent "on the needs of the federal government."

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