Archive for May 13th, 2020

Trump extends U.S. telecom supply chain order aimed at Huawei, ZTE – Reuters

May 13th, 2020

Google Chrome will soon allow users to group their tabs together – CNN

May 13th, 2020

Melissa Etheridge’s Son, Beckett Cypher, Dead at 21 – Rolling Stone

May 13th, 2020

Beckett Cypher, the son of Melissa Etheridge and her former partner filmmaker Julie Cypher, has died. He was 21. Beckett’s death was related to opioid addiction, Etheridge said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” she wrote on Twitter. “My son Beckett, who was just 21, struggled to overcome his addiction and finally succumbed to it today. He will be missed by those who loved him, his family and friends.

“My heart is broken,” she continued. “I am grateful for those who have reached out with condolences and I feel their love and sincere grief. We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of the pain now. I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me.”

Etheridge and Cypher, who met in 1988 during a video shoot, have two children — their daughter Bailey and son Beckett. For several years after their children were born, people speculated about who was the sperm donor for their children. In 2000, the couple revealed it was fellow musician David Crosby.

While the then-couple was vacationing in Hawaii, they met up with Crosby and his wife Jan and began discussing their want to have children, but they had a dilemma as to whom to have as a sperm donor. “And Jan said, ‘What about David?’” Etheridge told Rolling Stone. “It came from her, which was the best, most perfect way.” They thought it over for a year before they made the call. “For one, he’s musical, which means a lot to me, you know, and I admire his work,” says Etheridge. “And he has his own life, has his own family.”

Crosby told Rolling Stone he didn’t hesitate at his wife’s proposition that he be the donor. “Melissa and Julie are good people,” he said. “Nice set of values, they’re funnier than shit, and they’ve got courage. All rare stuff. You could see that they were in love with each other.”

Etheridge and Cypher split up later in 2000, but they continued to co-parent. Etheridge is also the mother of twins, son Miller and daughter Johnnie.

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May 13th, 2020

Simply talking in confined environments could lead to coronavirus transmission, researchers say – USA TODAY

May 13th, 2020

The droplets from simply talking can be enough to spread the coronavirus, according to researchers.

By using lasers, scientists found that one minute of talking loudly can produce more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets that could linger in the air for over 8 minutes, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

As states continue to gradually reopen, scientists fear that reopening too soon could worsen the virus outbreak. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified in front of a Senate panel Tuesday and said the consequences for states reopening without following proper guidelines “could be really serious.”

Nurses gather for a candlelight vigil to honor nurse Celia Marcos in front of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on May 6, 2020 in Los Angeles. Marcos, a registered nurse, died two days after testing positive for COVID-19 which she contracted at work. Colleagues spoke during the gathering and members of the SEIU 121RN, the Southern California nurses union, spoke out about the lack of protective equipment for medical personnel.

The study says because droplets that exist in an asymptomatic person’s mouth can carry respiratory pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, “there is a substantial probability that normal speaking causes airborne virus transmission in confined environments,” the authors wrote.

“This study builds on earlier research by the same team showing that speaking may factor into transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and adds support to the importance of wearing a mask, as recommended by the CDC, in potentially helping to slow the spread of the virus,” a spokesperson the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases told USA TODAY.

Erin Bromage, a biology professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, recently published a blog post that went viral explaining the high-risk environments that could lead to COVID-19 infections.

The list includes workplaces, public transport, social gatherings, restaurants and a person’s home, which account for 90% of the transmission events, Bromage writes.

“The reason to highlight these different outbreaks is to show you the commonality of outbreaks of COVID-19. All these infection events were indoors, with people closely-spaced, with lots of talking, singing, or yelling,” Bromage writes, referring to the different cases he references that have occurred throughout the nation.

In an interview with CNN’s New Day, Bromage said there are certain spaces people should avoid as states reopen.

“Any workplace or any environment that is not maintaining a reasonable number of people, that doesn’t have good air flow, where everything is being circulated, and if it’s noisy, that is a spot where I’d say I don’t need to be in here or I don’t need to be in here that long,” Bromage said.


Coronavirus ‘may never go away,’ could become endemic like HIV, WHO official warns – Fox News

May 13th, 2020

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The novel coronavirus might “never go away” and instead could take on a status similar to HIV or AIDS, according to a top official at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Mike Ryan, who serves as the agency’s authority on emergencies, told an online briefing Wednesday that the virus might be impervious to total obliteration, Reuters reported.

“It is important to put this on the table: This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” he said

“I think it is important we are realistic and I don’t think anyone can predict when this disease will disappear,” Ryan added. “I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be.”

He also claimed a vaccine may not be able to knock out the virus completely, citing measles as an example

The WHO’s credibility, however, has come under fire in recent months for its attitude towards China and its failure to properly report the facts.


The agency put out a tweet in January citing Chinese officials, who claimed there was no human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus.

President Trump later said the agency was acting as an apologist for China and announced that the U.S. would halt all funding to the global conglomerate.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News last week, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., pledged to hold the WHO and “communist China” accountable for their lack of transparency, as the Senate‘s Homeland Security Committee continues to investigate the recent fallout.

“We have failed to call out China for who they are — call out these international organizations for who they are, and you see Democrats out there trying to defend the WHO. It’s the craziest thing in the world,” he said.

Scott added, “This is a group that said there was no local transmission when they knew there was. So we’re doing an investigation. I’m on the Homeland Security Committee, so I’m going to lead the investigation of the WHO. We’re going to find out what was their pandemic plan, did they follow the pandemic plan, and when did they get different information from what they put out.”


China also announced last week that it would not invite international investigators to probe the origins of COVID-19 until the disease is fully defeated and a “final victory” is won.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report


Canada, U.S. working on extending border closure agreement until June 21: official –

May 13th, 2020

Canada and the United States appear likely to extend a ban on non-essential travel until June 21 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, a Canadian government source and a top U.S. official said on Wednesday.

The two neighbors had agreed on April 18 to extend border restrictions until May 21 as cases of the disease continued to rise in both nations. Canada is now pressing for the measures to remain for another month.

“It’s too early to lift the restrictions, so we’re working toward an extension,” said one Canadian government source, describing the talks with Washington as positive.

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Chad Wolf, acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary, said later on Wednesday that restrictions across the borders with Canada and Mexico would likely be extended.

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Speaking to reporters in San Diego, Wolf said officials from Canada and Mexico were willing to continue the measures “at least in the short term.”

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Separately, a Mexican government source said an extension for a limited period seemed likely.

3:33Coronavirus outbreak: Dr. Tam preaches caution when it comes to reopening U.S. / Canada border

Coronavirus outbreak: Dr. Tam preaches caution when it comes to reopening U.S. / Canada border

On Tuesday, the chief Canadian public health officer said the United States – where cases are increasing steadily – presented a risk.

News of the request for a 30-day extension was first reported by Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper.

The agreement allows the flow of goods across a border that stretches 5,525 miles (8,891 km) and is a crossing point for one of the world’s largest bilateral trading relationships.

The United States takes 75 per cent of all Canadian goods exports.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said talks about the border “are going well and we’re confident about being able to continue to keep Canadians safe.”

The total Canadian death toll edged up by just over 3 per cent to 5,209 from 5,049 on Tuesday, official data showed on Wednesday. The data are another sign the outbreak in Canada is slowing whereas the situation in parts of the United States is more challenging.

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The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec neighbor the state of New York, a U.S. epicenter of the disease. Canadian officials have been repeatedly pressed about the potential risk posed by arriving truck drivers.

3:17Coronavirus outbreak: Freeland says conversations continue on U.S.-Canada border reopening

Coronavirus outbreak: Freeland says conversations continue on U.S.-Canada border reopening

Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said on Tuesday the coronavirus “could take off rapidly” unless extreme caution was exercised about relaxing the ban.

“The United States being one country that still has cases and is still trying to manage outbreaks … presents a risk to Canada from that perspective.”

(Reporting by David Ljunggren and Ted Hesson; Additional reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru, Susan Heavey in Washington, Dave Graham in Mexico City, Steve Scherer and Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa; and Kristina Cooke in Los Angeles; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Peter Cooney)

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Lexington mom warns parents about symptoms of pediatric inflammatory syndrome, similar to her son’s Kawasaki disease symptoms – WKYT

May 13th, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – From New York to Connecticut and now in Kentucky, doctors nationwide are treating kids for pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome.

It’s a rare condition that health experts think may be linked to COVID-19, but they still can’t be sure because not all kids who have the syndrome are testing positive for the virus.

Governor Andy Beshear reported two children in Kentucky are battling the illness.

It’s a rare condition that health experts think may be linked to COVID-19, but they still can’t be sure because not all kids who have the syndrome are testing positive for the virus.

What they do know is symptoms of this condition seem to be a mix of toxic shock syndrome and another rare condition, Kawasaki disease.

Brandi Romines has seen these symptoms first hand when her then 12-year-old son Tidus was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease last year.

“He started out with a rash and a sore throat, then he got extremely severe stomach pain, like doubled over, couldn’t eat, nausea, vomiting,” Romines said. “Then, as the days went on, the fever came.”

While his illness was not related to COVID-19, Romines said she still feels for the parents now dealing with a similar nightmare.

“To see your kid just lay there in the bed and suffer, they just get so skinny, and it’s just a terrifying situation,” Romines said. “So, to see it and to know there’s a spike in cases of a phenomenon that is very similar to what we experienced is terrifying.”

But, she’s hoping for a silver lining to come out of this, awareness for both of the rare conditions and the renewed encouragement for everyone to follow the CDC guidelines.

“We can’t prevent our children from getting Kawasaki disease, but you can take precautions to keep your children from getting COVID,” Romines said. “Wash your hands, don’t take them in public, and wear your mask when you’re out.”

Doctors say if you notice any symptoms in your child like prolonged high fever, abdominal pain, nausea, or a change in skin color, seek medical help immediately.


2021 Toyota Supra Dyno Pull Suggests Car Has Way More Than 382 HP – Motor1

May 13th, 2020

Unreal Engine 5 PS5 Tech Demo – Everything You Need To Know In Under 4 Minutes – GameSpot

May 13th, 2020