Coronavirus causes workforce to halt at standstill; many attempt to work from home

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, working from home is not just an added perk but necessary for survival.

Factories along with shops, hotels as well as restaurants have been emptied out as most stay home in their apartments — attempting to sort out how to work while taking steps to protect their health.

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“It’s a good opportunity for us to test working from home at scale,” said managing director of Reprise Digital, Alvin Foo, a Shanghai ad agency with 400 people. “Obviously, not easy for a creative ad agency that brainstorms a lot in person.” he said.

The working-from-home population is about evolve into a massive number. And while most people in China are still on vacation for the Lunar New Year, Chinese companies will soon be restarting operations — which commences the biggest work-from-home experiment to date.

China rushes into clinical human trials to find cure for Coronavirus

China has recently decided to a quick clinical trial for a drug in hopes to cure the coronavirus infection while the nation attempts protect those who have yet to come in contact with the nasty virus.

A new antiviral drug by Gilead Sciences Inc., Remdesivir, will be tested by a medical team from Beijing-based China-Japan Friendship Hospital in hopes for treating the deadly new strain of coronavirus.

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The trial for the drug will be conducted in the city of Wuhan, the central Chinese city of the viral outbreak.

So far, the virus has killed over 360 people, sickened over 17,000 in China and has since spread to at least a dozen nations.

According to the Chinese news outlet, The Paper, as many as 270 patients with mild and moderate pneumonia caused by the virus will be recruited in a randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled study.

Coronavirus numbers increase, experts say we should start to worry

According to experts, the dangerously transmissible coronavirus will quickly become a pandemic as numbers of those infected continue to grow in China as well as countries around the world.

By definition, a pandemic is described as a disease that spreads across a massive region across continents and also the entire globe. The coronavirus has been spreading at a similar pace to influenza according to the New York Times.

“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, revealed to the publication.

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Currently, there are 11 confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Monday morning.

Six cases are in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois. And while no deaths have been reported in the U.S. — 99 percent of cases remain in China.

This past Sunday, three more were said to be infected in California.

“I understand that people are concerned, but based on what we know today, the risk to [the] general public remains low,” shared Santa Clara County’s health officer, said Dr. Sara Cody. “A second case is not unexpected. With our large population and the amount of travel to China for both personal and business reasons, we will likely see more cases.”

On Sunday, the U.S. announced how Americans who traveled to China within the last 14 days would be sent to designated airports for enhanced screenings while foreign nationals who recently went to China would be denied entry aside from the immediate family of American citizens and permanent residents.

After teen has minor ankle injury, she becomes diagnosed with rare “suicide disease”

A 16-year-old girl along with her family are asking for the public’s help to cover the cost of a miracle treatment that would help the teen live to see another day.

In 2013, Moana Ruhfuss was diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome (PRPS) when she was only 11 years old after an ankle injury.

According to the Mayo Clinic, CRPS is a form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg and typically develops after an injury, a surgery or a stroke or a heart attack,

And while there is no cure, when it comes to treatment, both improvement as well as remission is possible.

The condition is said to be more painful than childbirth and has been dubbed the “suicide disease” due to the high rate of suffers who decide to take their own lives.

If you feel led to give, visit Moana’s GoFundMe here.

Viral footage captured of passenger doing a disgusting act with their bare feet during flight

Thanks to the Instagram account, Passenger Shaming, the world can witness all the “shameless” plane passengers who violate basic etiquette…including skin picking.

In a slew of recent submissions, one video in particular captured someone picking the dead skin off their bare feet.

This post was captioned: 

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” then citing Napoleon Hill.

Watch the full video here, that is, if you can stomach it!

Experts reveals how eating too many vegetables too quickly could hurt your health

If you haven’t heard of “Veganuary” it is a growing trend where one strictly adheres to the vegan diet for an entire month which means zero meat or dairy.

And while that all sounds well and good for the new year— your body may not respond so well to such a quick transition in regards to solely vegetables if that’s not your norm.

According to consultant dietitian Ro Huntriss – if one gradually steps up to a vegan diet it can be less dangerous and more beneficial as opposed to just taking the plunge into all-veggie-eating-all-the-time.

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Ro shared with LADbible the following:

“If you plan to switch to a vegan diet, there are nutritional considerations to think about before you switch, as otherwise your health could be compromised.”

“For example, some people are quick to cut meat and fish out of their diet, but they do not replace the protein. We need protein for muscle growth and repair, so to maintain your strength it is important this is replaced.

“Protein is an obvious one, but other nutrients such as iron, vitamin B12, omega-3, iodine and selenium are examples of nutrients that could be deficient in a vegan diet without proper planning, which could compromise your health.”

Raw beef recalled in these nine states due to plastic matter found in protein

A company based in Chicago is currently recalling 2,020 pounds of raw ground beef that was shipped out to nine states, according to federal health officials.

The beef is currently being recalled due to possible contamination with thin pliable plastic.

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The department revealed the following were subject to the recall:

One-pound vacuum-packed package containing lot code “0060,” case code “11402” along with a use or freeze by date of “01/31/2020” on the product label.

The products were produced on January 6 and shipped out to locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, FSIS said.

As of late, there have been zero confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions.

Thanks to teen who raised $10K to install community baby box, firefighters find healthy baby girl

A teen from Indiana is being praised after a parent left their newborn child in a baby drop-off box he raised money to install.

19-year-old Hunter Wart spent over a year mowing lawns and scrapping metal to raise $10,000 needed to purchase a Safe Haven Baby Box for the Seymour Fire Department for his senior project.

Then in June of 2019, the box was finally installed at the fire department. The boxes are designed to prevent abandonment of newborns.

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Then on January 23rd, 2020, they discovered a baby girl inside.

As expected, the alarm in the box made firefighters aware of the baby’s presence within just a minute of her arrival. She was estimated to be just one hour old.

They then provided care until an ambulance could shuttle her to a hospital.

The baby is slated to be in custody of state child services workers, according to officials.

Men with beards will most likely win her heart, study alleges

In a new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, one hairy relavation came to light: women like men with beards than without them.

In the study, 919 predominantly heterosexual women between the ages of 18 and 70 were shown three male faces and asked to rate their attractiveness for both potential short and long-term relationships.

Each face was shown both bearded and clean-shaven and presented with five levels of “masculinity.”

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The participants found “masculine” faces generally more attractive than “feminine ones.”

Bearded men were found to be more attractive than clean-shaven men, apparently because they were perceived to show greater social dominance.

Go beards, go!

Giving birth in America even with insurance is sky-rocket high

Having a baby is hard enough — but the cost? For parents in America, they face some of the highest medical bills despite being insured.

New research has recently revealed that the cost of giving birth in America with employer-sponsored health insurance has increased significantly in the past few years.

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The study, which was published in the January 2020 edition of the journal Health Affairs, looked at over 650,000 women who delivered babies in the the United States between 2008 and 2015, “before and after” the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010.

These women were then all enrolled in massive employer-sponsored health insurance plans that tend to cover more than those purchased by small businesses or individuals — only covering half of U.S. births.

This 2014 non-profit ad is going viral again and it is gut wrenching

A nonprofit’s 2014 ad is going viral yet again amid U.S.-Iran tensions and Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Twitter user “StanceGrounded” shared the 2 minute video from an organization that gives aid to children living in conflict, Save the Children.

“This is what war looks like,” he wrote. “Little brown girls lives serve little value in this world but imagine it happening to a little white girl … if that’s what it takes for you to empathize.”

This life hack will save you so much time when you go to do laundry

Doing laundry is one of the most adult things you can do which translates to dull and monotonous but sounds accomplished when you say it out loud.

And when it comes to laundry, it can be bor-ing.

From hauling all of your weeks, months, multiple months maybe (?) worth of clothes and then sorting and then washing and then folding — ugh I am already tired!

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So if you want to speed up the drying process and save a few quarters along the way, just throw a dry towel into the dryer along with your wet clothes.

Hear us out: the dry towel can help reduce moisture in the dryer, reducing your dry time (aka less waiting around for you time) but just remember to take the towel out after 15-20 minutes.

Helicopters dump carrots all over to help feed wildlife amidst devastating blaze

As fires rage across Australia consuming precious wildlife, across the country at least 27 people have died from the tumultuous blaze.

But in New South Wales, the government is attempting to aid the surviving animals by dropping thousands of pounds of carrots as well as sweet potatoes from helicopters.

The mission targets rock wallabies, which usually feed off the grasses, shrubs and leaves but these have been set aflame.

And as the species was already classed as endangered prior to the fires, making it a success is vital.

You can continue to follow the journey via Twitter above.

If you snore, experts say you could have a fat tongue but this will fix it

Cat got your fat tongue?

Experts recently found a link between patients with a mild to severe obstructive sleep apnoea (which leads to snoring) along with a body mass index or BMI over 3o.

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Interestingly enough, those who lost weight found that their sleeping improved by a third. But what does that have to do with your tongue?

Well, it can lose weight too.

According to MRI scans, a reduction in tongue fat volume was what made all the difference.

One of the researchers, Professor Richard Schwab, revealed to The Sun:

“Most experts have not typically focused on fat in the tongue. We now know it is a major factor.”

If you have White Castle’s sliders in your freezer, you may want to read this

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration along with White Castle have announced a recall of a select group of White Castle frozen sandwich products due to listeria concerns.

This voluntary recall includes six-pack cheeseburgers, hamburgers, jalapeño cheeseburgers, and 16-pack hamburgers and cheeseburgers with expiration dates between August 4 and August 17.

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And for those customers who did purchase the now-recalled White Castle sandwiches should absolutely dispose of the products or return them to the store they were purchased at for a full refund.

If you believe you have consumed the affected products, please consult a medical professional.

Scientists at MIT invent birth control pill that needs only to be taken once a month

Scientists at MIT say they have made a breakthrough in developing a birth control pill that would only need to be taken once a month.

A long-lasting capsule would remain in the stomach and release contraceptive drugs over the course of several weeks.

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“It can be hard to remember to take a pill every day, change a patch every week, or change a vaginal ring every month,” Dr. Beatrice Chen from the University of Pittsburgh shares in a In The Know clip.

“Having the option of a pill to take once a month could be a great option to give women choices and birth control.”

Study finds those who started to use e-cigarettes developed lung diseases in just 3 years

According to research published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the first study on long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes finds that devices are linked to an increased risk of chronic lung diseases.

The study involved 32,000 adults in the U.S. and when the study began in 2013, not one person had any signs of lung disease.

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But by 2016, investigators found that those who used e-cigarettes were 30 percent more likely to have developed a chronic lung disease, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema, than nonusers.

“E-cigarette use predicted the development of lung disease over a very short period of time. It only took three years,” said Stanton Glantz, the study’s author, of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education of the University of California, San Francisco.

You could have the flu right now thanks to the uptick in virus activity

The flu is digging its merciless claws across the U.S. as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported widespread flu in 30 states, affecting the West Coast the most as well as the Mid-Atlantic states.

According to the CDC, there have been an estimated 3.7 million flu cases so far this season and 32,000 of them required hospitalization.

Almost 2,000 people have died including 19 children.

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Four antiviral medications are available which include Tamiflu and Xofluza. Each have been shown to be effective against 99 percent of flu viruses tested.

Most are getting ill from a strain called B/Victoria which usually does not make itself known until the end of flu season, tending to affect children and young adults more often.