Police Are Wearing Covid-19 Helmets As Reality Just Gets Weirder During Pandemic

Rajesh Babu, a police officer in Chennai, India, has started wearing a helmet while enforcing a lockdown of the country’s 1.3 billion people. But it’s not just any helmet. Babu’s headgear is designed to look like the new coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19. And it’s just one more sign that our current reality continues to get weirder and weirder as the global pandemic rages on. Read More >>

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Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Tests Positive For Covid-19

Tech pioneer Vint Cerf, one of the co-creators of the modern internet, has tested positive for covid-19, according to a tweet Cerf sent out Monday morning. The 76-year-old tweeted out a clip from HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about the U.S. response to the global pandemic. Read More >>

Instagram Muscleman Arrested For Allegedly Peddling Fake Covid-19 Cure

Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, a US-based Instagram weightlifter and self-described “Genius Entrepreneur,” was arrested in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday for allegedly peddling a fake cure for covid-19. Read More >>

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Boris Johnson Announces He Tested Positive For Covid-19 in Twitter Video

Boris Johnson has tested positive for covid-19, according to a new video tweeted out by Johnson himself. Johnson assured us that he’s fully capable of leading the country from self-isolation, all thanks to modern technology. Read More >>

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Infectious Disease Expert Who Consulted On Contagion Movie Tests Positive For Covid-19

Dr Ian Lipkin, an infectious disease expert who consulted on the film Contagion, has tested positive for covid-19, according to an interview he gave on the Fox Business channel earlier this week. And thankfully Dr Lipkin delivered a wake-up call to TV viewers across the Atlantic who may think the new coronavirus threat is minor since President Donald Trump has downplayed the severity of the pandemic from day one. Read More >>

Here’s What People Thought of Twitter When It First Launched

The first tweet was sent on 21 March 2006 when cofounder and current CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, “just setting up my twttr.” Twitter had fewer vowels when it launched, which was the trend at the time with services like Tumblr and Flickr. In just a few years it would become a massive online service. Read More >>

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Australia Converts Tourist Island of Quokkas Into Covid-19 Quarantine Zone

Rottnest Island, an Australian tourist destination, is being converted into a quarantine zone for 800 cruise passengers during the covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report from Australia’s public broadcaster. The island is famous for being one of the only places in the world with quokkas, a docile marsupial that doesn’t mind having its photo taken with tourists. Read More >>

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India Locks Down Entire Population of 1.3 Billion For 21 Days

The government of India will ban all 1.3 billion people in the country from leaving their homes for 21 days, according to a new declaration made today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The total lockdown is an effort to slow the spread of covid-19, an illness that has already sickened at least 536 in India and killed 10, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker. Read More >>

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Drones Capture Video of Nearly Empty American Cities in Lockdown

At least 80 million Americans are in some form of lockdown as many cities and states urge people to stay home during the covid-19 pandemic. As people stay inside, cities that are usually bustling with activity have begun to look deserted. Drone operators have captured these scenes of empty parks, vacant stadiums, and silent streets – videos that can only be described as surreal. Read More >>

Japanese Man Who Threatened to Intentionally Spread Covid-19 Dies

A 57-year-old man in Japan who contracted the new coronavirus and threatened to intentionally spread it in public spaces has died, according to multiple news reports from Japan. The infected man, who told family he was going to “spread the virus” by visiting bars in central Japan, died in hospital on Wednesday. Read More >>

Hospital Workers Are Making Their Own Face Masks Using Craft Supplies

Hospital workers in Washington state have started to make their own face masks from supplies they’ve purchased at craft stores, according to a new report from Seattle’s KOMO TV station. The DIY face masks are just the latest example of health workers around the world getting creative as they struggle with shortages of vital medical supplies during the covid-19 pandemic. Read More >>

Amazon Says Medical Supplies and Household Staples Will Take Priority Over Third-Party Fulfilment

Amazon will stop independent third-party sellers on its platform from selling anything but medical supplies and household staples in the European Union and the United States. Amazon made the announcement to sellers through an email sent this morning and mentioned that “other high-demand products” will also be allowed. Read More >>

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Boris Johnson Jokes With CEOs That Ventilator Crisis Should Be Called ‘Operation Last Gasp’: Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for mismanaging his country’s response to the covid-19 crisis in the UK, almost as poorly as President Donald Trump across the Atlantic. But Johnson’s latest comments, made on a conference call with British CEOs, might be the worst thing he’s said yet about the pandemic. Johnson reportedly suggested calling the UK’s desperate efforts to produce more ventilators, “Operation Last Gasp,” according to a new report from Politico EU. Read More >>

Tom Hanks Tests Positive for COVID-19 While Shooting Movie in Australia

Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Australia, a country with at least 128 cases and three deaths from COVID-19. Hanks is in Australia preparing to shoot a new biopic about Elvis Presley and it’s not clear if he contracted the disease in Australia or the U.S., where there are now over 1,300 confirmed cases and 38 deaths. Read More >>

Disneyland Paris Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus But No Plans to Close Park

A maintenance worker at Disneyland Paris in France has tested positive for the new coronavirus that has sickened over 111,000 and killed at least 3,800 people globally, according to a new report from Reuters and France’s Le Parisien. Read More >>