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.
“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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A black Texas high school student was informed he would not be able to return to school or attend his graduation ceremony unless he cuts his dreadlocks — so Ellen invited him on the show and gave him $20,000.
DeAndre Arnold who is a senior at Barbers Hill High School, shared with Ellen how he was suspended over the length of his dreadlocks and informed by his principal how he needed to cut his hair to return to school.
“You get good grades,” DeGeneres said. “You’ve never been in trouble, ever. This is the first time anything has come up. And now, you haven’t been in school for weeks because of this situation.”
Arnold then revealed how he has worn dreadlocks for years and has always followed the dress code as he kept his hair off his shoulders, above his earlobes and out of his eyes, by tying up his dreadlocks. He then told DeGeneres he was told he was in violation of the dress code after Christmas break.
“Every day I would go to school, I would be in dress code,” he revealed to DeGeneres. “But the thing with them is, if it was let down, I would be out of dress code.”
Ellen then responded with a hefty check of $20,000 to go towards his college fund along with a message for his school’s staff. Watch below!
P!nk took to Twitter this week in an open letter to herself regarding the aging process, encouraging herself to move away from “altering” her face.
“Letter to self; Dear Me, you’re getting older. I see lines. Especially when you smile. Your nose is getting bigger. You look (and feel) weird as you get used to this new reality. But your nose looks like your kids, and your face wrinkles where you laugh. And yeah you idiot..u smoked,” she tweeted.
“Continued note to self: Every once in a while you consider altering your face, and then you watch a show where you want to see what the person is feeling…and their face doesn’t move. I’m cannot get behind it. I just can’t.”
“I want my children to know what I look like when I’m angry,” she continued on Twitter. “I’m fortunate because I’ve never really depended on my looks. I’ve decided that my talent and my individuality is far more important than my face. So get on board cause I am about to AGE THE OL FASHIONED WAY (in a tutu ruling sh*t at 30 mph 100 ft in the air over 40) yasssssssss.”
The 40-year-old pop star was alluding to her famous stunts which usually involve her performing acrobatic acts while singing.
Barbara Broccoli, the woman spearheading the James Bond film franchise, says the lead character “can be of any color,” but will never be female.
Broccoli, who has produced the movie series since the mid-90s shared in a wide-spanning interview with Variety on Jan. 15 that 007 continue to be a man.
But that doesn’t mean Broccoli isn’t speaking up on behalf of women.
“He can be of any color, but he is male,” Broccoli revealed to Variety. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
The announcement has surfaced amid speculation as to who will be replacing Daniel Craig who has played the spy since 2006’s Casino Royale.
Craig has confirmed he will in fact be stepping down from the upcoming film, “No Time To Die.”
Natalie Suleman, who became known as “Octomom” in the tabloids after her pregnancy with 8 babies, is celebrating her children’s 11th birthday.
Suleman, who previously went by Nadya, shares snippets of her life with 14 kids on Instagram, she does not usually post photos of them all together.
Last year, she revealed to the New York Times how she has to split her children up into groups for various activities in order to spend time with each of them – -even eating in shifts.
And while Suleman faced criticism for her large family, they lead a quiet, normal life. All of the kids are vegan, they do well in school and love to read.
The celebratory post read:
“Happy birthday to my beautiful angels. You are some of the kindest, most compassionate, caring human beings I’ve ever known. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be your mother. You all have blessed my life immensely and I thank God daily for trusting me to care for, shape the lives of, and influence all of you. Recent tragic events of loved ones lost are a powerful reminder of how fragile, precarious, yet precious life is, as tomorrow is never promised. We need to hug our loved ones a little longer and a little tighter while they are here. You are my miracles, my angels, and I will love you with all my heart, forever. Happy 11th birthday Noah, Maliyah, Nariyah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Josiah, and Makai.”
After extreme weather caused her camper to get stuck on the side of a mountain in Northern Norway, Lonia Häger and her friend decided to use a few unconventional methods.
Häger was traveling to Lofoten after visiting the North Cape, which is the most northern point of Europe. But according to her Instagram account, she recapped how while she and her friend, Phil, traveled down the mountainside, “it started raining…the street iced up that we even couldn’t stay on one point!”
Both created a Tinder account for Häger and in just five minutes she matched with Stian Lauluten, who not only lived nearby but also had a bulldozer.
Lauluten “shaped lines in the ice” for the camper to travel through and then took them to a nearby parking lot.”
But that wasn’t all. Lauluten also helped them fix their tires with spikes the next day to prevent future similar incidents. Häger calls him a hero.
Let’s hope the two were able to share a meal over the ordeal. Lauluten earned it!
A family from Kentucky, who alleges their daughter was expelled over the design of her birthday cake, is now suing her former school.
Filed last Thursday, the lawsuit states how 15-year-old Kayla Kenney was kicked out of her Christian high school “as they believed she was gay.”
Originally, Kayla’s parents claimed that the school, Whitfield Academy, had made their choice after obtaining a photo of the teen celebrating her birthday with a rainbow-colored cake while wearing a similarly colorful sweater.
And while the rainbow has been a symbol of LGBTQIA+ pride, Kayla’s mom, Kimberley Alford, said her daughter is not gay and the cake was chosen as it looked nice.