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Mapping project models when coronavirus may overload US hospitals

Mapping project models when coronavirus may overload US hospitals

A new website called 'COVID Act Now' uses mathematical models to estimate how quickly cases of the novel coronavirus may develop based on the actions taken by each individual state in the US. The model doesn't predict the future, but rather offers estimates of how the pandemic may play out across the US based on the steps each state takes to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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FDA takes drastic step to get hand sanitizer on sale again

FDA takes drastic step to get hand sanitizer on sale again

Two new bits of Guidance were released today by the FDA in order to get hand sanitizer back in the hands on people that need it the most during our current COVID-19 health emergency. "These guidances provide flexibility to help meet demand during this outbreak," said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. "We will continue to work with manufacturers, compounders, state boards of pharmacy and the public to increase the supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer available to Americans."

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Tax day changed in USA, refunds apparently unaffected

Tax day changed in USA, refunds apparently unaffected

Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 fallout has created a situation in which tax day in the USA needed a change. Generally the official filing deadline for all tax return documents is April 15. An announcement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today... made via Tweet... changed the date from April 15 to July 15, 2020.

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CVS opens its first COVID-19 test site, but it’s only for some people

CVS opens its first COVID-19 test site, but it’s only for some people

Days after its initial announcement, CVS has revealed that it is launching COVID-19 testing sites in the state of Massachusetts. The testing sites will be located at CVS facilities in the state where 'a limited population' can go and get tested for the new infectious disease. The testing sites are being launched in 'close coordination' with the US Public Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services, and more.

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FDA says coronavirus vaccine could take 1 year, despite Trump’s malaria drug claims

FDA says coronavirus vaccine could take 1 year, despite Trump’s malaria drug claims

A vaccine trial currently being performed by the FDA is expected to take "12 months" according to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. This came right after President Donald Trump suggested that the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) showed "very encouraging results" with COVID-19, and that "we're going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately."

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NASA SpaceX final Crew Dragon test date: A first since last space shuttle in 2011

NASA SpaceX final Crew Dragon test date: A first since last space shuttle in 2011

NASA announced the SpaceX Demo-2 flight test date and additional details on how they'll be running a world's first since the final "space shuttle" mission on July 8, 2011. This will be the "return of human spaceflight launch capabilities to the United States" in full effect. It'll also be the first launch of American astronauts aboard an American rocket and spacecraft since that 2011 date, the date of NASA's final space shuttle mission.

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Samsung is closing all US stores due to COVID-19

Samsung is closing all US stores due to COVID-19

We often hear about tech stores being closed in countries like China and Italy because of the widespread cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections there. It was really only a matter of time before such scenarios reach the US and it finally has happened. Samsung has announced the immediate and temporary shutdown of all its stores in the US, a much-needed move but at a very inopportune time for the company.

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Leak claims US may track coronavirus using smartphone location data

Leak claims US may track coronavirus using smartphone location data

The Trump administration is reportedly exploring ways to use Americans' smartphone location data to track the coronavirus outbreak. Sources claim the administration has been in talks with some major tech and telecom companies, including Google and Facebook, about potentially get access to location data for disease tracking purposes. One source claims the interest could expand beyond anonymized and enter into the realm of privacy issues.

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Trump invokes Defense Production Act: Here’s what that means for coronavirus

Trump invokes Defense Production Act: Here’s what that means for coronavirus

COVID-19 in the USA was the reason for President Donald Trump's invoking of the Defense Production Act (DPA). This act was originally put in place by President Truman during the Korean War, and has been changed significantly since then. As laid out in the last major change of provisions in the act, in a CRS (Congressional Research Service) Report for Congress by Daniel H. Else, Specialist in National Defense, on May 14, 2009, "DPA authorities are not permanent."

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CDC suggests postponing mass events until mid-May

CDC suggests postponing mass events until mid-May

As early as February, the threat of the novel coronavirus, which would be officially named COVID-19 eventually, put many large events and organizations to uncertainty. MWC 2020 in late February was canceled out of those concerns and things started downhill from there. Some organizers and individuals are still unsure whether to push through with plans or incur the costs of postponing or even canceling mass events. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC not only recommends that you do but also that you hold off until after 8 weeks.

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Verizon waiving some fees for next 60 days, but probably not yours

Verizon waiving some fees for next 60 days, but probably not yours

Today we're taking a peek at what Verizon will and will not likely do in light of the global pandemic and national emergency that is COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) here in the USA. Verizon's released some information on how they'll respond for certain customers, and have given assurances that they're doing everything in their power to keep people connected in this time of increased network traffic. What's important here - at the moment - is the ease with which the "help" Verizon can/will give will be used by the average everyday consumer.

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Bitcoin just crashed in a major way

Bitcoin just crashed in a major way

This morning the USD/BTC Bitcoin pairing crashed in a significant way, showing that even the digital currency is not immune to COVID-19 panic*. COVID-19 is the official name of novel coronavirus, the disease that's spread from the Wuhan province of China across the planet over the past several weeks and months. Bitcoin crashed from around $8k to under $6k in the past 24 hours.

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