Is Delta Unstoppable?

Steep declines in delta variant outbreaks in India and, more recently, the U.K., are likely not due to the nations reaching “herd immunity” or viral behavior, but rather because of shifts in human behavior prompted by mounting cases and deaths, Harvard experts…

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FDA warns about toxic hand sanitizers

The FINANCIAL — FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol,…

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WHO included aerosol transmission in a new coronavirus FAQ

The FINANCIAL — WHO published a new version of its list of frequently asked questions about COVID-19. It’s the first time the WHO has acknowledged the virus can travel in the air and linger longer than previously thought. Aerosol transmission involves secretions in particles much…

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Starbucks stops the use of reusable cups over coronavirus fears

The FINANCIAL — Starbucks is temporarily stopping use of reusable mugs because of the coronavirus. It’s unclear how long the reusable mug ban will last. Also, company converted its annual shareholders meeting in hometown Seattle to a virtual-only event due to concerns…

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Facebook will provide WHO with free ads

The FINANCIAL — Facebook will provide free advertisements to the World Health Organization in an effort to prevent the spread of the misinformation about the coronavirus. Facebook is one of multiple tech companies extending free services in response to the virus. Also,…

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The World Health Organization joined TikTok to eliminate misinformation

The FINANCIAL — The World Health Organization joined popular video platform TikTok on Friday to share reliable information regarding the coronavirus outbreak and to cut through coronavirus misinformation online. WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are fighting misinformation regarding…

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Face masks are selling out but do they really work?

The FINANCIAL — The prices of masks are now rocketing as shops sell out but do they really work? China confiscated 31 million counterfeit face masks during the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon is warning sellers if they’re charging too much for face masks.…

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Facebook cancels F8 developer conference will Apple do the same?

The FINANCIAL — Facebook announced that its annual developer conference, F8, will be canceled due to coronavirus fears. Instead of the F8 event the company would organize “a combo of locally hosted events, videos and live streamed content. Apple usually announces the dates…

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Hundreds of tourists are placed in quarantine in Tenerife

The FINANCIAL — Hundreds of holidaymakers, mainly from northern Europe, are placed in quarantine as a result of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Tenerife which is  the most populated island of Spain. Authorities in Tenerife said Wednesday that 106 of the…

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Tourism in France expected to drop by 30-40%

The FINANCIAL — France welcomes around 2.7 million Chinese tourists to the country each year. The new coronavirus outbreak is depriving France hotels, restaurants and retailers of big-spending Chinese visitors. Also, France confirmed two new cases of coronavirus. As stock markets around…

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