Thursday, September 03, 2020

Coronavirus News (228)

Harvard Astronomers Propose That Our Star System Used to Be Binary "The Sun's long-lost companion could now be anywhere in the Milky Way."

Scientists: Probe Center of Uranus, You’ll Hit Some Weird Water "In such exotic physical conditions, we cannot think of ice as we are used to." .......  This “superionic water” is not quite solid, nor is it a liquid — it’s somewhere in between. Hydrogen atoms roam freely, while the oxygen molecules are locked in a “crystalline lattice.” That’d also mean that electrical conductivity of the water inside the cores is much higher than initially thought — suggesting that these unusual ice cores could have a great effect on the planets’ magnetic fields.

6 Small Steps for Handling the Emotional Ups and Downs at Work 

Past vaccine disasters show why rushing a coronavirus vaccine now would be 'colossally stupid'

Look out Amazon, Walmart+ is here

Is 2020 the year of the career pivot?

The case for a six-hour workday

Bracing for the 'real recession'  Economists are warning about a looming recession-within-the-recession, as more temporary layoffs become permanent and long-term unemployment rises. One economist told Axios "the U.S. economy is transitioning from a depression to a recession and not a recovery."

CDC: 94% of Covid-19 deaths had underlying medical conditions

Paradise lost: How Hawaii went from Covid-19 star to cautionary tale The state's infection surge shows the risk of complacency, say local officials who fault the governor for neglecting basic public health measures.........  Hawaii’s control of the coronavirus has swiftly unraveled this summer, transforming what was the nation’s best-performing state into one of the worst. .............  Now the state, once hailed as a Covid-19 success story, has become a cautionary tale for other parts of the country that are preparing to open schools and loosen economic restrictions as infection rates come down. .............  the state's worsening outbreak is a stark reminder that this virus will easily exploit gaps in defenses .............. Ige’s administration said the seeds of the current outbreak were planted over the July Fourth weekend, when residents flocked to crowded beaches and many ignored pleas to wear masks.  

Hawaii Gov. David Ige

CDC to states: Ready vaccine distribution for November The CDC and HHS “are rapidly making preparations to implement large-scale distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines in the fall of 2020." ....... Federal health officials are urging states to get ready for coronavirus vaccine distribution by Nov. 1 ......... But it's unclear if any vaccine could be ready by Nov. 1, just two days before Election Day. ......... However, that timeline appears more optimistic than the one set by vaccine-makers. Three pharmaceutical companies have recently entered the final stage of clinical trials, which can take months. Definitive results about whether the shots work aren't expected until the end of the year.    

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