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Why 400+ Waffle House closures for coronavirus is a bigger deal than you think

Why 400+ Waffle House closures for coronavirus is a bigger deal than you think

Today Waffle House announced that they've currently closed 418 Waffle House locations in the USA, or the MOST LOCATIONS CLOSED AT ONCE, EVER. Due to the historically extreme resiliency plans put in place by the Waffle House organization, there exists an informal measure of disaster severity in the USA called "The Waffle House Index." There are three levels of severity in this metric: Green (normal), Yellow (limited menu, crisis mode), and Red (closed for business).

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Fish oil linked to major heart health benefits, but there’s a catch

Fish oil linked to major heart health benefits, but there’s a catch

It's no secret that a diet high in fish comes with certain heart-health benefits, but questions remain over the benefits of taking various fish oil and omega-3 supplements. A new analysis has found that taking fish oil may have a major protective effect on one's cardiovascular health, but there's a catch: the results were based on taking a highly purified form of fish oil that isn't available over the counter.

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Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard is the competition you need to win

Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard is the competition you need to win

A location data processing company called Unacast created a "Social Distancing Scoreboard" for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This scoreboard's "Social Distancing Score" uses "distance traveled" by people "pre-COVID-19" and now. They cross-referenced this data with reports of people testing positive for COVID-19 throughout the United States. It's not a perfectly scientifically-sound solution by any means - but it is an interesting set of data points.

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Mushroom recall expands as another company pulls all products

Mushroom recall expands as another company pulls all products

Following an initial announcement earlier this month, the FDA has published a new food safety advisory warning that another large batch of a popular type of mushroom called enoki has been recalled. As with the initial recall, these latest recalled mushrooms originate from South Korea and may cause a foodborne illness caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

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Car plants idle, GM and Ford turn to ventilator production

Car plants idle, GM and Ford turn to ventilator production

Ford and General Motors may have shut down vehicle production in North America, but that doesn't mean the automaker behemoths are idle. Instead, the two firms have turned their attention to one of the most pressing needs of the coronavirus pandemic, the potentially-deadly shortage of ventilators.

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Wyze Band revealed: $25 of smart band control

Wyze Band revealed: $25 of smart band control

The Wyze Band was revealed today as a $25 smart wearable for your wrist, with a color touchscreen and a wide variety of abilities. This band has the ability to control Wyze devices, connect to a smartphone and deliver notification, is an activity tracker, has heart rate tracking, and works with Amazon's Alexa. This device is available on pre-order right this minute.

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FDA says popular dried fish treats for pets recalled over botulism risk

FDA says popular dried fish treats for pets recalled over botulism risk

In an announcement on Monday, the FDA revealed that popular, organic pet food treats made out of fish have been recalled out of 'an abundance of caution' over potential botulism risk. The reason is due to the fish used to make the treats -- they were larger than what is allowed by FDA guidelines, which exist to help protect against botulism poisoning in humans.

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Public warned against DIY COVID-19 treatments after man dies

Public warned against DIY COVID-19 treatments after man dies

Days after news of a potential COVID-19 treatment involving an anti-malarial drug called chloroquine began circulating, Banner Health, a healthcare company that operates hospitals and clinics around the US, has warned the public against DIY health treatments. According to the organization, one person has died and another is in critical condition after consuming the substance.

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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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Study details how long coronavirus lasts on different common surfaces

Study details how long coronavirus lasts on different common surfaces

The novel coronavirus behind the growing number of COVID-19 respiratory disease cases around the world is believed to primarily be transmitted through droplets in the air and on surfaces that have been touched by contaminated hands. For this reason, public health officials are advising the public to avoid touching their faces and to regularly wash their hands. A new study sheds light on just how long the coronavirus lasts on the surfaces you often touch.

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What is a ventilator: The in-demand coronavirus tech

What is a ventilator: The in-demand coronavirus tech

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has drawn public attention to the topic of medical ventilators and the important role they play for some patients in intensive care. A potential shortage of this vital medical equipment has spurred plans to increase the production of new ventilators in order to mitigate potential and current shortages. What is a medical ventilator and why is it so important?

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Temporary FDA policy helps doctors monitor COVID-19 patients at home

Temporary FDA policy helps doctors monitor COVID-19 patients at home

As hospitals prepare for what is expected to be a very high number of COVID-19 patients in coming weeks, the FDA has revealed a new policy that allows certain non-invasive medical equipment to be used for remotely monitoring patients. The idea is that someone who has a health issue that requires monitoring, but who can safely remain home, is better off being monitored from a distance rather than being exposed to overcrowded health facilities.

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