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Trump tweets 'Don't be afraid of Covid,' despite 209,000 American deaths

By Nicole Gallucci2020-10-05 19:09:08 UTC With a single tweet, Donald Trump has blatantly put the lives of the American people at risk. On Monday afternoon, Trump tweeted to announce that he will be leaving Walter Reed Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then proceeded to tell his 86.9 million followers not to fear COVID-19, the deadly virus that has already killed 209,199 Americans. Trump was admitted to Walter Reed

'76 Days' puts you in the height of the pandemic in a Wuhan hospital

Two hospital workers take a break in ’76 Days.’ Image: TIFF By Angie Han2020-09-14 21:03:44 UTC 76 Days is a big story told in tiny moments.  Its premise is obviously major: Two directors, Weixi Chen and an anonymous reporter, embedded themselves in hospitals in Wuhan and Shanghai at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, during the 76-day lockdown of Wuhan. (A third director, Hao Wu, stayed in New York to

Face masks often aren't enough to defeat facial recognition, study finds

Demonstrators in Portland are masked up because of the coronavirus, but are still vulnerable to facial-recognition tech. Image: Spencer Platt / getty  By Jack Morse2020-07-28 00:47:01 UTC Well, there goes the tiniest privacy silver lining on that otherwise dark coronavirus cloud.  A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that many commercially available facial-recognition systems are still able to correctly identify people wearing face masks.

ICE to foreign students: If you’re just taking online classes, you can’t stay in the U.S.

ICE is making it harder for foreigners in the U.S. on a student visa to stay in the country if their school is still doing remote courses due to the coronavirus. Image: Salwan Georges / The Washington Post via Getty Images By Matt Binder2020-07-06 22:38:26 UTC The coronavirus pandemic has made education hard enough with the abrupt shift to online learning that schools, teachers, and students have had to suddenly

Bird says it didn't apply for a PPP loan. The government's response is...confusing.

Tough times for Birds all around. Image: Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images By Rachel Kraus2020-07-06 22:18:15 UTC A trove of juicy financial data just became public, but it could have some major errors. The Small Business Administration released a massive spreadsheet listing the companies that received a forgivable loan of $150,000 or more as a component of the coronavirus relief plan called the Paycheck

Trump says he's taking controversial COVID-19 drug and now everyone's making Flintstones vitamin jokes

By Morgan Sung2020-05-18 21:17:34 UTC During a roundtable on Monday, President Trump told reporters that he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine to avoid contracting coronavirus.  Toward the end of the discussion with restaurant executives and other members of the industry, the president casually dropped that he’s been taking the drug (which is used to treat malaria, lupus, and arthritis) for “about a week and a half.”  “I’m still here,” he continued. When

Twitter says Trump is no exception to new coronavirus misinformation rules

Potentially dangerous misinformation will get a Twitter “warning” label. Image: twitter By Rachel Kraus2020-05-11 16:42:17 -0700 Twitter is advancing one step further in the fight against coronavirus misinformation. Executives announced in a company blog Monday that Twitter would start affixing labels and warnings to tweets containing information about COVID-19 that goes against the advice and knowledge of public health experts. That will include tweets where the misinformation is contained in

You can now meet and adopt a dog on Zoom

By Tim Marcin2020-05-11 20:16:15 UTC The coronavirus pandemic can complicate things if you’re considering adopting a dog. How do you find the perfect pup if you can’t even leave your home?  There might now be a solution. The dog food brand Pedigree is working to set up dog adoptions via Zoom meetings.  It makes sense, really. We all live on Zoom, or FaceTime, or Google Hangouts — it’s how we

Powerful video highlights pandemic's hidden impact on domestic violence victims

By Siobhan Neela-Stock2020-05-04 20:17:41 UTC [embedded content] While staying at home is necessary to combat the spread of coronavirus and protect your community, for those experiencing domestic violence, it can be frightening or even dangerous.  A new video from the Chicago chapter of UN Women USA called Behind the Mask highlights this issue. In it, somber music plays as a woman wearing a face mask stares solemnly at the camera.