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California coronavirus spread continues with new Santa Clara County patient – Los Angeles Times

February 29th, 2020

Public health officials in California on Saturday announced another coronavirus patient, a woman described as “a household contact” of a Santa Clara County woman whose diagnosis was made public Friday.

The two women are among the three California patients so far who did not recently travel outside the U.S. or come in contact with someone who did. That raised concerns that the virus was spreading in communities and prompted health officials to find and quarantine anyone who came in contact with them.

The new patient, who officials said is not ill and is isolated at home, had contact with a Santa Clara County woman with chronic health conditions whose physicians requested coronavirus testing after she was hospitalized for a respiratory illness.

The disclosure comes as health officials throughout Northern California are trying to find people who might have come in contact with the three patients.

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The efforts had already led to the voluntary quarantining of dozens of people, including students at UC Davis and other college campuses, and workers at the two hospitals where the country’s first patient without any known links to foreign travel was treated.

UC Davis said Saturday night that one of those students tested negative for the virus.

The first patient without links to foreign travel, a Solano County woman, was hospitalized for three days at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville before being moved to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She was not tested for several days because she did not fit screening criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the time.

This time gap concerns officials because it could have allowed her to infect others she came in contact with.

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There are at least 30 coronavirus patients in California, many of them from repatriation flights, with the number changing often.

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Listen to Drake’s New Songs “When to Say When” and “Chicago Freestyle” – Pitchfork

February 29th, 2020

Drake has shared two new tracks, “When to Say When” and “Chicago Freestyle.” “When to Say When” features the same sample as JAY-Z’s “Song Cry,” and “Chicago Freestyle” interpolates Eminem’s “Superman.” The latter song features guest vocals from Giveon. Check out the new video combining the two songs, which arrived by surprise Saturday night (February 29), below.

On Christmas Eve 2019, Drake shared “War,” produced by UK drill producer AXL Beats. He’s recently released two singles with Future, hinting at a possible followup LP to their 2015 collaboration What a Time to Be Alive. “Life Is Good” came first in mid-January, and they followed it with “Desires” a few days later.

Read Pitchfork’s Op-ed “My Dinner with Drake.”

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NHL Highlights | Canucks vs Leafs – Feb. 29, 2020 – SPORTSNET

February 29th, 2020

Published on Feb 29, 2020

After four goals in an end-to-end first period, Martin Marincin eventually scores the winner for the Toronto Maple Leafs after collecting his own rebound and burying the puck past the Vancouver Canucks.

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Unlikely combo of Marincin, Gauthier lifts Leafs over Canucks – Toronto Sun

February 29th, 2020

The presence of Frederik Gauthier and Martin Marincin on the roster is often cited as reasons the Maple Leafs aren’t to be taken seriously as playoff contenders.

Yet the big men loomed large at both ends in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, with rare goals that put the Leafs a bit higher on the Florida Panthers in the close race for third-place seeding in the Atlantic Division.

“Everybody is stepping up right now,” said Zach Hyman, whose 12th career empty-net goal tied Dave Keon for the most in franchise history.

Despite another inexplicably static effort at home following a sweep of the Sunshine State, Gauthier struck for the first time in six weeks and, even more amazing, the stay-at-home defenceman Marincin had his first in nearly a calendar year.

Leaned on all the more by coach Sheldon Keefe since Jake Muzzin’s broken hand put the Leafs three regular blueliners down, Marincin and a group that includes rookie Rasmus Sandin and Calle Rosen, helped give the Leafs their third straight win.

With the score tied 2-2 at Scotiabank Arena to start the third period, Marincin, who was jumping into the rush a couple of times, took full initiative. He carried the puck in, clanked the puck directly off of the post and followed up to bury the rebound.

Painfully shy in front of camera lights and media, Marincin received plenty of encouragement from mates before being pushed to the podium.

“I can do that (score), I just have to be more active,” Marincin said. “I like this (rush) play. I always did that in junior and AHL. They trust me and I’m trying.

“We are missing three top defencemen, but I still feel we have a good team.”

Marincin, given the cool nickname ‘The Specialist’, by former assistant coach D.J. Smith for his penalty-killing, blocked six shots. He also had six giveaways, one of his weak spots that critics pounce on, though Keefe said his near disastrous gaffe late in the second was a product of being kept out too long on that shift.

Gauthier was in and out of the lineup the past few weeks, as Keefe experimented with new fourth line centre/wingers, but ultimately went back to him. He delivered a nice shot through traffic on one of two Tyson Barrie assists to open the scoring, but as Hyman noted, he also had a couple of nice tips and strong coverage in the trenches.

Of course, Keefe has a high level of trust in both Gauthier and Marincin from their time with the AHL Marlies and the 2018 Calder Cup title.

“The depth guys guys did a great job and carried the play for the most part when they were out,” said Keefe. “We’re asking a lot of our defence now, playing different roles than they have all season for most of them.

“With the Marlies, every time Marty scored it was memorable.”

As the Leafs came out for the third, the out-of-town board showed Florida getting a point in a shootout loss to Chicago, meaning Toronto’s win stretched the lead in the standings to five with the Cats holding a game in hand.

Now Toronto is going on to a three-game California road trip, with the unusual circumstance of the Ducks, Sharks and Kings all out of the playoffs and on paper, a possible six points.

Gauthier’s first goal since Jan. 14 was followed by a more frequent marksman, when Auston Matthews, took over. Starting with a great reverse by Travis Dermott in the Leafs corner to get open ice, the defenceman handed off to Matthews who came over centre and down the wing with speed. Expecting something low, Thatcher Demko had awkward positioning and Matthews had No. 45.

“We just hit the reset button,” Matthews declared on three wins in the week following the embarrassing SBA loss to emergency goalie David Ayres and the Hurricanes. “The coaches can’t do it for us, the fan can’t.”

Only nine Leafs have that 45 total and Matthews is now 10 from a Leafs single-season record. But he was among those in amazement that Marincin scored.

“Not every night you see a guy who is 6-foot-5 in the shutdown role do something like that,” Matthews said.

Dermott said he and Juston Holl “were in disbelief” watching the goal unfold.

Frederik Andersen wasn’t getting much early on help as Toronto goals were quickly answered, making it four on the first nine shots by both clubs. Grinder Tyler Motte and the Canucks’ fourth line manufactured the first one and then John Tavares’ line backed off too much when Tanner Pearson tied it.

Barrie, whose ability to fill the roles of the injured blueliners was questioned, added two assists to make it six in the past four games. Dermott also had two assists in a six-point night for the Toronto D.

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id Software’s Marty Stratton “Stunned” By DOOM Eternal Switch Port, Thinks People Are Going To “Love It” – Nintendo Life

February 29th, 2020

Facts Not Fear: Who is most at risk for severe coronavirus complications? – 10TV

February 29th, 2020

With health officials in the state of Washington announcing the nation’s first COVID-19 death, many are now taking a closer look at who is most susceptible to having complications with the respiratory virus.

Dr. Andrew Thomas, Chief Clinical Officer at OSU Wexner Medical Center, says this virus may not require extensive medical care for the average person living without a compromised immune system or heart or lung issues.

“What we are hearing from the CDC and the World Health Organization is that 80-85% of patients in most cases do not even need to be in the hospital,” Thomas said.

Here’s what you should know about the illness:

WHO’S MOST AT RISK FROM COVID-19?

Older people, especially those with chronic illnesses such as heart or lung diseases, are more at risk.

The Chinese study released Friday found that less than 1% of hospitalized patients were younger than 15 years old, while 42% were 65 and older.

Deaths also are rarer among younger people. But some young deaths have made headlines, such as the 34-year-old doctor in China who was reprimanded by communist authorities for sounding an early alarm about the virus only to later succumb to it.

In China, 80% of patients are mildly ill when the virus is detected, compared with 13% who already are severely ill. While the sickest to start with are at highest risk of death, a fraction of the mildly ill do go on to die — for unknown reasons.

On average, however, WHO says people with mild cases recover in about two weeks, while those who are sicker can take anywhere from three to six weeks.

HOW CAN PEOPLE PREVENT INFECTION?

There’s no vaccine, although researchers are working on it. For now, the best way to prevent infection is hand washing, cleaning surfaces with regular household sprays and wipes, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. The virus spreads mostly through droplets from coughs and sneezes.

Staying home when you are sick is recommended every flu season, but may be especially important now.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE DEATH RATE?

The death rate from COVID-19 was 1.4% in the latest report from Chinese health officials on 1,099 patients with confirmed disease at more than 500 hospitals throughout China.

The report, published Friday by the New England Journal of Medicine, gives a much broader view of the outbreak beyond Wuhan, where it started and has been most severe.

Assuming there are many more cases with no or very mild symptoms, “the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%,” U.S. health officials wrote in an editorial in the journal.

That would make the new virus more like a severe seasonal flu than a disease similar to its genetic cousins SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, or MERS, Middle East respiratory syndrome.

Given the ease of spread, however, the virus could gain footholds around the world and many could die.

And the report by National Health Commission of China scientists shows how easy it is for many cases to be missed early on: 44% of these patients had fever when they were admitted to the hospital, but 89% ultimately developed it. Severe illness developed in 16% after hospital admission.

About 5% were treated in an intensive care unit and 2.3% needed machines to help them breathe.

IS CONTAINMENT POSSIBLE?

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus suggests that countries with few cases can take aggressive action now to prevent its spread.

He takes heart that in China’s Guangdong province, where scientists tested more than 320,000 people, and only 0.14% were positive for COVID-19.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “we know containment is possible, but the window of opportunity is narrowing.” He urged governments on Friday to do everything possible to contain the disease while also respecting human rights.

WHO IS BEING TESTED?

That varies around the world. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to advise testing people who have traveled to certain outbreak areas and have fever and certain other symptoms. But it now says testing is also appropriate if flu and other respiratory illnesses have been ruled out and no source of exposure has been identified.

As part of that, CDC has expanded the list of countries that are red flags for testing to include Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan — in addition to China.

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING FROM THIS CRISIS?

In another essay in the New England Journal of Medicine, philanthropist Bill Gates stressed the need to look ahead while trying to save lives now, and bolster health systems in all countries.

“In any crisis, leaders have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again,” Gates wrote. “By helping African and South Asian countries get ready now, we can save lives and slow the global circulation of the virus.”

He also urged price controls on needed medicines.

“Governments and industry will need to come to an agreement: during a pandemic, vaccines and antivirals can’t simply be sold to the highest bidder,” Gates wrote.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ impressions from an AirPods Pro user [Video] – 9to5Mac

February 29th, 2020

The hottest movies that streaming fans can’t get enough of right now – BGR

February 29th, 2020

It’s been a few weeks now since the foreign-language blockbuster Parasite stunned Hollywood by taking home a handful of major awards at this year’s Oscars ceremony — including a Best Picture win for the critically acclaimed film, the first time a foreign title has done so in the 92-year history of the awards. And the buzz surrounding the movie, which will have an exclusive streaming home soon, has yet to die down. In fact, it may even be continuing to grow.

To coincide with the one-year anniversary of Parasite premiering at the prestigious Cannes film festival, Grand Central Publishing is planning to soon release director Bong Joon Ho’s storyboards for the film in the form of a 304-page graphic novel. Set for a May 19 publication date (and available for pre-order here), it will include a forward that’s penned by the director, and the dialogue and camera directions will be translated into English. Meanwhile, not only will the book no doubt prove something of a hot commodity among the film’s legion of fans in the US — Hulu has announced that it will stream the movie starting on April 8. To say nothing of the fact that there are still plenty of viewers who don’t want to wait that long, and who’ve already taken advantage of movie rental services like Amazon and iTunes to make Parasite the top streaming movie once again this week.

This has been the case for a few weeks now, Parasite basically having a chokehold on the top spot in a ranking of the hottest streaming movies that viewers are watching the most of across the major streaming services like Netflix and others. This newest ranking is courtesy of the team at streaming search engine Reelgood, which each week provides BGR with a snapshot of data revealing the preferences and streaming behavior of its millions of users, and the new data covers the week of February 20-26.

Top titles for the week mostly include older fare and movies that have been out for some time — movies like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Avengers: Infinity War. Newer flicks on the list include Knives Out, director Rian Johnson’s fantastic whodunnit that was released in the fall and which is getting a sequel — and, of course, Parasite in the #1 spot. There’s still such an incredible level of demand for the latter that it’s gotten another short-term theatrical run, to take advantage of the glowing post-Oscars attention. That’s helped the movie’s box office gross approach almost $50 million so far, to make it one of the top five highest-grossing foreign titles ever in the US.

Here, meanwhile, is this week’s full list of the Top 10 movies that streaming viewers are watching the most right now across the major video-on-demand services:

  1. Parasite
  2. Ambrosia
  3. Knives Out
  4. The Conversation
  5. 3 Idiots
  6. The Dark Knight
  7. Inception
  8. Avengers: Infinity War
  9. The Irishman
  10. Jojo Rabbit
Andy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian. When he’s not writing about technology, he can be found hunched protectively over his burgeoning collection of vinyl, as well as nursing his Whovianism and bingeing on a variety of TV shows you probably don’t like.

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Berlin International Film Festival: Iranian film about executions wins top prize – BBC News

February 29th, 2020
Mohammad Rasoulof pictured in 2017Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mr Rasoulof is banned from leaving Iran

A film by an Iranian director about capital punishment has won the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Mohammad Rasoulof was banned from directing in 2017. He produced There Is No Evil, his sixth film, in secret.

He is unable to travel outside Iran owing to charges relating to his earlier films.

Mr Rasoulof’s daughter Baran, who also stars in the film, received the Golden Bear on his behalf.

Jury president Jeremy Irons said that the film, which tells four stories about the death penalty, showed “the web an authoritarian regime weaves among ordinary people, drawing them towards inhumanity”.

The second-place award at the festival went to Never Rarely Sometimes Always, a film about abortion in the US by director Eliza Hittman.

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Image caption Mr Rasoulof took part in a news conference via a mobile phone held by his daughter Baran

Addressing a news conference by video call, Mr Rasoulof explained that There Is No Evil was about “people taking responsibility”.

“I wanted to talk about people who push responsibility away from themselves and say that the decision is taken by higher powers,” he said. “But they can actually say no, and that’s their strength.”

“The story of each part of the film is based on my own experience,” Mr Rasoulof said in a Skype interview with the Berlin festival published the day before the awards were announced.

He went on to describe how one of the film’s four episodes came about after he saw a man, who had interrogated him while he was in prison, coming out of a bank.

After following the man for a while, “I realised how normal he was and how much he resembled all other people. I realised that there was no monster involved, there was no evil in front of me, just a person who has not questioned his own actions.”

According to international rights groups, hundreds of people are executed every year in Iran.

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Media captionIran has a prolific film industry, as Kim Ghattas reported in 2015

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Davis Farmers Market takes coronavirus precautions – KCRA Sacramento

February 29th, 2020

On Saturday, UC Davis confirmed three students living at the Kearney Hall residence were put into isolation. According to the university, one of the students was potentially exposed to the coronavirus and has since been tested negative for COVID-19.Two of the student’s roommates were also placed into isolation in on-campus apartments, but have since been released. Although the student tested negative, people in Davis are still preparing for the possible spread of illness. Saturday marked the first Davis Farmers Market since the students were put into isolation. Executive Director Randii MacNear said they added an extra handwashing station to the market because of the coronavirus. “Davis people know that we run a really clean and safe, sanitary market. We have the same public health safety strategies in place year-round every time we have a market,” she said. Public health officials suspected the outbreak overseas began at a live-animal market in Wuhan, China which transformed the city into a ghost-town. MacNear was concerned that people would be wary to go to public places like the farmers market because of the coronavirus, but was pleasantly surprised by the constant crowd on Saturday. “People know that California is very heavily regulated. We don’t have any live animals here,” she said. “They see people with their handwashing stations. They see people wearing gloves. They see people with their enclosed tents when preparing food.”Customer Karen Senders used the extra handwashing station. “It’s scary, and so we do want to make sure we take the precautions that we can,” she said. Her husband, Craig Senders, is a physician. He is currently treating people with coronavirus, but not patients with the COVID-19 strain. With what he knows about the disease, he said he is enjoying public venues for now. “It didn’t hinder me today. But I will predict within two months, places like this will not be full of people. Coronavirus, I believe, is going to be in the community pretty well and the way to protect yourself is to prevent exposures,” he said.

On Saturday, UC Davis confirmed three students living at the Kearney Hall residence were put into isolation. According to the university, one of the students was potentially exposed to the coronavirus and has since been tested negative for COVID-19.

Two of the student’s roommates were also placed into isolation in on-campus apartments, but have since been released.

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Although the student tested negative, people in Davis are still preparing for the possible spread of illness.

Saturday marked the first Davis Farmers Market since the students were put into isolation. Executive Director Randii MacNear said they added an extra handwashing station to the market because of the coronavirus.

“Davis people know that we run a really clean and safe, sanitary market. We have the same public health safety strategies in place year-round every time we have a market,” she said.

Public health officials suspected the outbreak overseas began at a live-animal market in Wuhan, China which transformed the city into a ghost-town. MacNear was concerned that people would be wary to go to public places like the farmers market because of the coronavirus, but was pleasantly surprised by the constant crowd on Saturday.

“People know that California is very heavily regulated. We don’t have any live animals here,” she said. “They see people with their handwashing stations. They see people wearing gloves. They see people with their enclosed tents when preparing food.”

Customer Karen Senders used the extra handwashing station.

“It’s scary, and so we do want to make sure we take the precautions that we can,” she said.

Her husband, Craig Senders, is a physician. He is currently treating people with coronavirus, but not patients with the COVID-19 strain. With what he knows about the disease, he said he is enjoying public venues for now.

“It didn’t hinder me today. But I will predict within two months, places like this will not be full of people. Coronavirus, I believe, is going to be in the community pretty well and the way to protect yourself is to prevent exposures,” he said.

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