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AMC Has 'Substantial Doubt' About Its Future

Theater chain says 'substantial doubt exists' about its ability to weather pandemic

(Newser) - AMC may not be coming back from this. The movie theater chain, which shuttered all its locations amid the coronavirus pandemic, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday that it has "substantial doubt" it can survive, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal report. "We... More »

Pandemic Side Effect: Sewer Woes

People have been flushing masks, gloves

(Newser) - Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in... More »

First Confirmed Dog Virus Case Isn't NC Pug

German shepherd in NY does have the virus

(Newser) - More than 1.8 million American humans have been infected with the coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker . The number of confirmed infections in American dogs, meanwhile, stands at one—but it's not the pug that initially tested positive in April . The US Department of Agriculture said... More »

Here's How Much a Mask Reduces Coronavirus Transmission

Face coverings, physical distancing found to significantly reduce transmission risk

(Newser) - A first-of-its-kind study using data from 16 countries on six continents offers some of the first evidence that face masks and physical distancing really do prevent the spread of COVID-19. The findings published in the Lancet —based on studies of 25,000 patients with COVID-19 or the coronaviruses SARS... More »

An Unprecedented Campaign to Test a City in Just 19 Days

Only 300 infections were detected in Wuhan

(Newser) - The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late last year, has tested nearly 10 million people in an unprecedented 19-day campaign to check an entire city. It identified just 300 positive cases, all of whom had no symptoms, reports the AP . The city found no infections... More »

It Was a Major COVID Study. Now, Something Fishy?

The 'Guardian' calls into question the data supplied by Surgisphere

(Newser) - The US-based company Surgisphere touts that it aggregates and analyzes health records from hospitals around the world—including, apparently, significant amounts of coronavirus-related data. This though it apparently has "a science fiction writer and an adult-content model" on its small roster of employees. So reports the Guardian , which dug... More »

Fauci Has Good News, Not as Good News on Vaccine

He says we should have hundreds of millions of doses by 2021, but how long will immunity last?

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci offered some hopeful comments Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic: By the end of the year, the US should have 100 million doses of one of the candidate COVID-19 vaccines, he said during a live Q&A. "Then, by the beginning of 2021, we hope to have... More »

China Delayed Releasing Crucial COVID Info to WHO

WHO publicly praised 'speedy' information sharing but privately complained

(Newser) - Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus "immediately," and said its work and commitment to transparency were "very impressive, and... More »

That New Fee on Your Dental Bill? Blame the Virus

Growing number of dentists tacking on 'infection control fee' to cover rising expenses from pandemic

(Newser) - As dental offices continue opening up during the pandemic, patients are starting to book appointments for much-needed cleanings and surgeries. But many are being informed of a new fee that has some rankled: an "infection control fee" to cover the costs of the personal protective equipment that dental staff... More »

Zappos Says Its Customer Service Reps Will Talk About Anything

They're helping callers deal with pandemic woes

(Newser) - Online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos says it realizes people in these troubled times have worries that go far beyond footwear—and its customer service reps are ready to help. In April, the company, finding that callers found small talk with their reps reassuring, started encouraging people to call for... More »

CDC: Nursing Homes Have Been 'Devastated' by COVID

Virus has killed more than 26K in homes across US

(Newser) - Federal health authorities have received reports of nearly 26,000 nursing home residents dying from COVID-19, according to materials prepared for the nation's governors. That number—a quarter of US coronavirus deaths—is partial and likely to go higher. A letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... More »

Palace Releases First Photos of Queen in Months

94-year-old was seen riding pony on castle grounds

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has been photographed outside for the first time since Britain issued stay-at-home—or, in her case, stay-at-castle—orders more than two months ago. The palace released photos of the 94-year-old monarch riding a pony on the grounds of Windsor Castle over the weekend, the BBC reports. The... More »

As One Country Reopens, People Buy Booze for First Time in 2 Months

As South Africa eases lockdown, many head to the liquor store instead of to work

(Newser) - Many South Africans spent their Monday morning lining up outside liquor stores, reports the AP , as alcohol sales were allowed again after a two-month ban because of the coronavirus outbreak. But while South Africa—with the continent's most developed economy and the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19—... More »

New Influx of Whistleblower Filings the 'Tip of the Iceberg'

Lawyers say uptick in complaints due to impact of COVID-19, people working from home

(Newser) - While the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the economy, it's brought business to one particular group: lawyers for whistleblowers, who've been coming forward in increasing numbers since the pandemic hit. Per an SEC spokesman, the agency received 4,000 or so whistleblower complaints from the middle of... More »

Prince Goes to Party Amid Lockdown, Then Tests Positive

Belgium's Prince Joachim went to Spain, attended large gathering

(Newser) - A Belgian prince traveled from his home country to Spain on May 26 for an internship, and within two days of his arrival, he was one of 27 guests at what the BBC is calling a "lockdown party" held in a city that currently permits no more than 15... More »

Mayor to Protesters: 'Get a COVID Test'

Health experts fear silent carriers of virus who are packed 'cheek to jowl'

(Newser) - The mayor of Atlanta, one of dozens of US cities hit by massive protests, has a message for demonstrators: "If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week." As more beaches, churches, mosques, schools, and businesses reopened worldwide, civil... More »

'Feisty' Woman, 103, Beats the Virus and Has a Beer

Shelley Gunn 'didn't give up,' her granddaughter says

(Newser) - "Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother. That quality shone through earlier this month when the Massachusetts woman's beloved centenarian grandmother, Jennie Stejna, came back from the brink of death to survive a bout with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that has ravaged... More »

Find Shopping Stressful? Now, a Historic Price Hike

Food-price fluctuations began in March, when the coronavirus really sunk in

(Newser) - As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, US shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs, and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks, the AP reports. Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home skyrocketed by... More »

European Union Makes a Big Ask of Trump

EU wants president to reconsider cutting US funds to World Health Organization amid pandemic

(Newser) - The European Union on Saturday urged President Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organization amid global criticism of the move, as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder the global pandemic is far from contained. European Commission President Ursula... More »

Barhop in the Ozarks Last Weekend? So Did COVID Patient

One Missouri partyer has tested positive for virus, and was 'possibly infectious' while at bars

(Newser) - Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks made headlines across the nation as crowds converged over Memorial Day weekend and ignored social distancing guidelines. Now there's bad news for one of those partyers, per CNN . On Friday, the Camden County Health Department announced it had been informed that a Boone... More »

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