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Suspected coronavirus case being investigated San Diego County – fox5sandiego.com

January 27th, 2020
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SAN DIEGO — Health officials said Monday they are investigating the first suspected case of coronavirus in San Diego County.

The County Health and Human Services Agency sent lab specimens Sunday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results are expected back Tuesday morning and will confirm or rule out the rare respiratory illness.

If the case is confirmed, it will be the first in San Diego County.

The patient traveled to China, including Beijing and other areas where infections of the virus have been reported, according to Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. The patient traveled by train through Wuhan, where the virus originated, but did not get off in the city.

When the patient returned home to San Diego County, they started showing symptoms and were admitted to a hospital. As of late Monday, the patient was in isolation at home, according to the county.

There are at least five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, including two cases in California, along with one in Washington state, one in Illinois and one in Arizona.

According to the CDC, the virus spreads through respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, much like the flu. Symptoms include fever, cough and runny nose.

If you have not traveled through China where the virus is present, becoming infected is considered unlikely at this time, Dr. Wooten said.

“If you’ve not traveled to the regions, you don’t know anyone who has traveled to the region, currently, right now, the risk is very low,” Wooten told FOX 5.

Currently, there is no vaccine or medication to treat the virus.

“Washing your hands is very important,” Dr. Wooten said. “Not touching your eyes, nose and mouth is very important to prevent the spread.”

A spokesman for San Diego International Airport, which does not have direct flights from China, said Monday they have not received instructions from CDC or county health officials to screen passengers for the virus.

“The CDC has provided SAN with specific guidance to help local EMS providers responding to medical calls at the airport assess and identify potentially infected travelers,” Director of Communications Jonathan Heller wrote in an email to FOX 5.

The airport has posted information in the International Arrivals area for passengers who have recently traveled to China and are feeling ill.

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Surgical masks selling out across US amid fears over coronavirus – msnNOW

January 27th, 2020


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Surgical-style masks at U.S. pharmacies have reportedly begun selling out in multiple U.S. cities amid fears of the new form of coronavirus.

The BBC reported Monday that stores have been selling out of the masks in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, with stockpiling and runs on stores reported in New York and Los Angeles.

“I immediately ordered a box of masks online after I heard of the first U.S. case,” one Chinese student at the University of Washington told the news service.

There have been five confirmed U.S. cases of the disease.

However, the rush of sales may come at no benefit for buyers: Researchers dispute whether the masks are effective when worn in public, and argue that they are more effective to prevent the transmission of the disease from those who already have it.

“There’s little harm in it,” Eric Toner, of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security told Business Insider of the masks. “But it’s not likely to be very effective in preventing it.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday announced that hundreds of people across the U.S. are being monitored for the virus, and the CDC and the State Department together warned against any unnecessary travel to China.

The virus, believed to have originated in China’s Wuhan province, is thought not to be easily transmissible between humans, though it is possible. Chinese officials announced Sunday that 769 new cases of the virus had been reported in a 24-hour period.

Symptoms of the illness include a form of pneumonia that has killed about 81 people with the disease.

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Billie Eilish Sales Surge in Wake of Grammy Awards Big Four Sweep – Billboard

January 27th, 2020

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas were the big winners of the 2020 Grammy Awards, as they took home five trophies each at the Jan. 26 ceremony. And in turn, sales of Eilish’s albums and songs soared in the U.S., according to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music.

In total, Eilish’s catalog of albums and songs sold 15,000 copies on Jan. 26 – up 109% compared to the 7,000 they sold on Jan. 25.

Eilish made Grammy history as the first woman, and second artist ever, to win the top four categories in the same year: album of the year (for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), record of the year, song of the year (both for “Bad Guy”) and best new artist. Eilish also took home the best pop vocal album trophy (also for When We All Fall Asleep). As for Finneas, as the producer of the album, as well as the producer and co-writer of “Bad Guy” with Eilish, he also won album of the year, record of the year and song of the year. He also won producer of the year, as well as best engineered album, non-classical (as one of the engineers of When We All Fall Asleep).

Eilish also performed on the CBS broadcast of the Grammy Awards, singing “When the Party’s Over” from When We All Fall Asleep.

Eilish’s two albums (When We All Fall Asleep, and Don’t Smile at Me) sold a little more than 2,000 copies on Jan. 26 (up 46% from a little under 2,000 on the day previous), while her songs sold 13,000 downloads (up 127% from 6,000). Isolating just When We All Fall Asleep and “Bad Guy,” they posted gains of 54% (2,000 sold, up from 1,000) and 202% (4,000 sold, up from 1,000), respectively.

Isolating just When We All Fall Asleep and “Bad Guy,” they posted gains of 54% (2,000 sold, up from 1,000) and 202% (4,000 sold, up from 1,000), respectively.


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Suspected coronavirus case being investigated in San Diego County – fox5sandiego.com

January 27th, 2020
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SAN DIEGO — Health officials said Monday they are investigating the first suspected case of coronavirus in San Diego County.

The County Health and Human Services Agency sent lab specimens Sunday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results are expected back Tuesday morning and will confirm or rule out the rare respiratory illness.

If the case is confirmed, it will be the first in San Diego County.

The patient traveled to China, including Beijing and other areas where infections of the virus have been reported, according to Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. The patient traveled by train through Wuhan, where the virus originated, but did not get off in the city.

When the patient returned home to San Diego County, they started showing symptoms and were admitted to a hospital. As of late Monday, the patient was in isolation at home, according to the county.

There are at least five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, including two cases in California, along with one in Washington state, one in Illinois and one in Arizona.

According to the CDC, the virus spreads through respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, much like the flu. Symptoms include fever, cough and runny nose.

If you have not traveled through China where the virus is present, becoming infected is considered unlikely at this time, Dr. Wooten said.

“If you’ve not traveled to the regions, you don’t know anyone who has traveled to the region, currently, right now, the risk is very low,” Wooten told FOX 5.

Currently, there is no vaccine or medication to treat the virus.

“Washing your hands is very important,” Dr. Wooten said. “Not touching your eyes, nose and mouth is very important to prevent the spread.”

A spokesman for San Diego International Airport, which does not have direct flights from China, said Monday they have not received instructions from CDC or county health officials to screen passengers for the virus.

“The CDC has provided SAN with specific guidance to help local EMS providers responding to medical calls at the airport assess and identify potentially infected travelers,” Director of Communications Jonathan Heller wrote in an email to FOX 5.

The airport has posted information in the International Arrivals area for passengers who have recently traveled to China and are feeling ill.

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Grammy Awards ratings dip to all-time low – Fox News

January 27th, 2020

The Grammy Awards may have been the biggest night in music, but it failed to earn big ratings.

The over three-hour marathon of performances and trophy handouts gathered 18.7 million viewers for CBS on Sunday night, marking the ceremony’s lowest-rated broadcast in its history, according to Nielsen ratings.

This year’s broadcast saw a roughly six percent drop from last year’s ceremony which had 19.9 million viewers. However, the Grammys faced a whopping 53 percent drop from 2012, which had 39.9 million viewers.

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The Grammys, which took place at The Staple Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers, had several tributes to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash hours before the ceremony.

Alicia Keys, from left, and Dua Lipa present Billie Eilish with the award for best new artist at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Alicia Keys, from left, and Dua Lipa present Billie Eilish with the award for best new artist at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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It was a big night for 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish, who made history as the young artist to win the four biggest awards including Song of the Year and Album of the Year, taking home six trophies in total.

Other winners of the night include Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and even former First Lady Michelle Obama, who won the Best Spoken Word Album trophy for her 2018 best-selling memoir, “Becoming.”

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Fiat Chrysler’s Android-based Uconnect 5 supports Alexa and wireless CarPlay – Engadget

January 27th, 2020

Coronavirus screenings expanding to Bush Airport – KTRK-TV

January 27th, 2020
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Centers for Disease Control announced it will expand screenings for the coronavirus to 15 additional airports, including Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The CDC is currently screening passengers on direct and connecting flights from Wuhan, China at five major airports in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

According to a tweet, Houston airports are waiting for further guidance on when the screenings will begin.

“[Bush Airport] stands ready with our partners to ensure the community is protected,” read the tweet.

“We are closely monitoring the latest developments and will post updates on fly2houston.com and our other social media channels,” read a third tweet.

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Texas.

A day after Texas A&M officials announced one of its students tested negative for coronavirus, a student at Baylor was also cleared.

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The virus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. It is a member of the coronavirus family that’s a close cousin to the deadly SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.

Dozens of people have died from the virus in China, which has issued massive travel bans in hard-hit sections of that country to try to stem spread of the virus. The U.S. consulate in Wuhan announced Sunday that it would evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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January 27th, 2020

Over 4,200 coronavirus cases diagnosed in China, 106 dead – CGTN

January 27th, 2020

The new coronavirus that has caused a pneumonia outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan can be spread through human-to-human contact, according to Zhong Nanshan, the expert who discovered the SARS virus during an outbreak in China in 2003.

Zhong confirmed human-to-human infection during a live interview with CCTV. He also said that some medical staff in Wuhan have been infected.

Yet, he remains confident that the outbreak will be put under control.

“We have confidence in controlling the new coronavirus,” he said.

Other experts from a high-level group at China’s National Health Commission Monday also expressed confidence in controlling the novel coronavirus.

So far, more than 210 cases have been confirmed in Chinese cities, including Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing. Cases have also been reported in Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Detailed numbers are available here.

The outbreak may spread to larger areas because of the large population movement during the Spring Festival rush.

But experts said there’s no need to panic as China’s prevention and control level has greatly improved over the years.

“The situation is still in its initial stage,” said Zeng Guang, another expert in the group. “The outbreak can surely be contained with the right measures taken.”

Scientists are accelerating research to study the origins of the virus and how it is spreading.

Experts have warned people, especially those in Wuhan who had relevant symptoms including fever and cough, to get tested in hospitals as a precaution as soon as possible.

China has been pushing hard on hospitals across the country to set up fever clinics.

“If you live in Wuhan and have a fever, you should not leave the city right now,” Zhong warned.

The city government requires anyone leaving Wuhan to take a body temperature check. People with a high temperature may not be allowed to leave.

The novel coronavirus has been associated with SARS since the beginning of the outbreak. According to Zhong, the new virus is completely different from SARS and MERS.

“It’s not as contagious and virulent as SARS. I think there’s a difference between the severity and the spread of the disease between the new coronavirus and SARS,” Zhong said during the interview with CCTV.

The number of new cases has been increasing rapidly during the past couple of days, which has caused concern among the masses. Zhong clarified that the fast growth was caused by two reasons, the use of new detection reagents, and the law of development of the new coronavirus.

“When it comes to a new disease, the use of detection reagents varies from place to place; it takes time for the authority to make further confirmation,” said Zhong, adding that there was a period of relative stagnation of the growth of cases at the beginning of the outbreak.

The expert, who has arrived in Wuhan, told CCTV that the development of the novel coronavirus pneumonia in local areas is relatively rapid.

He said that 95 percent of the cases are connected with Wuhan residents, either going there or coming from the city, where the mysterious pneumonia was initially reported in December from a local seafood market that also sells game.

“From preliminary epidemiological analysis, there’s a good chance that the virus was transmitted to humans by wild animals,” Zhong said, adding that people should remain on alert since the virus can be spread through human-to-human contact.

Zhong said that currently there is limited understanding of the new virus. “What we know is that the virus is new and the symptoms it causes are similar to SARS.”

The expert said that the source of the coronavirus hasn’t been confirmed yet, but there is a good chance that it came from wild animals such as bamboo rats and badgers.

Zhong warned the public to be on alert. He suggested avoiding the city unless there is a special situation, visiting the hospital if uncomfortable and wearing a mask to prevent droplet transmission.

“The virus doesn’t exist alone, it exists in droplets,” said the expert, adding that it’s not necessary for people to wear N95 masks, normal surgical masks can also prevent most of the virus contained in droplets.

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Watch Boston-themed Super Bowl commercial featuring hometown all-star cast – WCVB Boston

January 27th, 2020

Hyundai has released a first look at its wicked awesome, Boston-themed Super Bowl commercial.The advertisement features an all-star cast of Massachusetts natives, including Chris Evans, Rachel Dratch and John Krasinski.Boston Red Sox legend David “Big Papi” Ortiz also makes an appearance in the commercial for Hyundai’s “smaht cah.”The ad was shot in Boston and is directed by Swampscott native Bryan Buckley, who has directed over 60 Super Bowl commercials and has won multiple Emmys.Click this link to watch the commercial.Hyundai released a teaser for the commercial earlier this month titled “Dialect Coach,” where Dratch helps Ortiz refine his Boston accent.Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” retired from Major League Baseball after the 2016 season. The 10-time All-Star won three World Series titles with Boston and will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame later this year.Evans recently wrapped up his starring role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Sudbury native also starred in “Knives Out,” which was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and received one Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.Krasinki, a native of Newton, rose to fame in his role as Jim Halpert on “The Office.” He currently stars as the title character and producer of “Jack Ryan.” He also co-wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed horror film, “A Quiet Place,” which grossed over $340 million worldwide.Dratch was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1999 to 2006 and has recently made guest appearances on the program as Sen. Amy Klobuchar. She also made various guest appearances on “30 Rock,” which was created by fellow “SNL” cast member Tina Fey. The commercial will run during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, which will also mark the beginning of Hyundai’s national advertising campaign for the 2020 Sonata.

Hyundai has released a first look at its wicked awesome, Boston-themed Super Bowl commercial.

The advertisement features an all-star cast of Massachusetts natives, including Chris Evans, Rachel Dratch and John Krasinski.

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Boston Red Sox legend David “Big Papi” Ortiz also makes an appearance in the commercial for Hyundai’s “smaht cah.”

The ad was shot in Boston and is directed by Swampscott native Bryan Buckley, who has directed over 60 Super Bowl commercials and has won multiple Emmys.

Click this link to watch the commercial.

Hyundai released a teaser for the commercial earlier this month titled “Dialect Coach,” where Dratch helps Ortiz refine his Boston accent.

Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” retired from Major League Baseball after the 2016 season. The 10-time All-Star won three World Series titles with Boston and will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame later this year.

Evans recently wrapped up his starring role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Sudbury native also starred in “Knives Out,” which was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and received one Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Krasinki, a native of Newton, rose to fame in his role as Jim Halpert on “The Office.” He currently stars as the title character and producer of “Jack Ryan.” He also co-wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed horror film, “A Quiet Place,” which grossed over $340 million worldwide.

Dratch was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1999 to 2006 and has recently made guest appearances on the program as Sen. Amy Klobuchar. She also made various guest appearances on “30 Rock,” which was created by fellow “SNL” cast member Tina Fey.

The commercial will run during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, which will also mark the beginning of Hyundai’s national advertising campaign for the 2020 Sonata.

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