Latest Coronavirus Science: How Covid-19 Spreads in a Family

Here’s our roundup of the latest developments and research into covid-19, including more evidence of racial disparities during the pandemic, the possible higher risks from for-profit nursing homes, and Brazil’s worsening disaster. Read More >>

European Union Leaders Urge U.S. to Reconsider Withdrawing From the WHO

European Union leaders on Saturday urged the U.S. to reconsider withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO) and stated that “global cooperation and solidarity through multilateral efforts” are the only effective and viable ways to win the battle against coronavirus. Read More >>

Greece Will Open to International Tourists but Ban Travellers From Covid-19 Hotspots

The Greek government announced today that it will open up to international tourists from 29 different countries on 15 June, according to the English-language Greek news outlet Ekathimerini. People from countries with high infection rates for the coronavirus, including the US, UK, Sweden, Spain, and Brazil, will not be allowed to enter Greece. Read More >>

Monkeys in India Stole Covid-19 Blood Samples, Chewed on Them

A band of thieving monkeys attacked a lab researcher in India and made off with blood test samples taken from covid-19 patients. Read More >>

Google Leaves Thousands of Contractors Hanging as it Rescinds Promised Job Offers

Big tech companies haven’t been immune to the economic challenges of the global pandemic, but those hardships haven’t been borne equally. A New York Times report reveals that while Google has recently added some perks for full-time staff to make working from home easier, it’s also rescinded job offers for “several thousand” temporary and contract workers. Read More >>

Google Made a Super Simple AR Tool to Help You Better Visualise Proper Social Distancing

Quarantine is slowly lifting in the UK (or at least in England), but with covid-19 continuing to plague communities throughout the UK, it’s still important to maintain proper social distancing where needed when out in public. To help make staying six feet away from others easier to visualise, Google made a simple augmented reality tool called SODAR. Read More >>

Asymptomatic Cases of COVID-19 Might Be More Common Than We Think

As countries across the world begins to re-open public places and venues, the risk of a second coronavirus outbreak is set to increase. While quarantining and isolation measures will continue for anyone showing symptoms, it’s those who walk around without knowing they’re carrying COVID-19 that present the real risk. Two new studies suggests asymptomatic coronavirus cases might be more common than we think. Read More >>

We Can Ditch the British Stereotype and Get Back to Sorting Our Teeth Out From June 8

Lockdown has left a lot of people looking extras from Monty Python and The Holy Grail, but you can prepare to kiss goodbye to peasant-chic as dentists prepare to open their doors on June 8. You'll have to keep the wild mane and overgrown body hair for a bit longer though. Read More >>

Lockdown Eases Up: Six People Can Meet Outside and in Private Outdoor Spaces From June 1

Lockdown is about to get a bit more bearable under the new guidelines which the Prime Minister announced yesterday. So fire up the barbecue and dust off those social skills. Read More >>

As Covid-19 Scams Run Rampant, Google Launches a Scam-Spotter Quiz

Since the outbreak of covid-19, Google has been working to suppress ads from profiteers peddling low-quality, high-cost PPE and health elixirs, trying to get their hands on stimulus checks and credit card information. The company started a covid-19 task force which has prioritised, among other things, thwarting unemployment benefits scams. It’s made some noticeable changes: as of this writing, “unemployment benefits” no longer pulls up ads on the second page of its results, but rather returns a spread of government agencies on Twitter followed by links to local sites. Read More >>

Chinese State Media Introduces Animated Character Aimed at Americans, Terry-cotta

Chinese state news outlet Xinhua has introduced a new social media character in an effort to counter criticism of China in English-language media during the coronavirus pandemic. The cartoon character is called Terry-cotta, who explains that using face masks during a pandemic is good, that China isn’t hoarding PPE, and that Americans are very thankful for China’s donations of medical supplies. Read More >>

The Anti-5G USB Stick Is a Scam

A lot of bullshit has been circulating about 5G lately, specifically as it relates to the novel coronavirus. To be very clear: There is no evidence that the rollout of 5G is at all connected to the origin or spread of covid-19. But that hasn’t stopped dozens of attacks on phone masts, the proliferation of cockamamie conspiracy theories, and, of course, hucksters peddling bogus anti-5G products to the scared masses. Read More >>

Local News in the U.S. is Laundering Amazon’s Bullshit [Updated]

There are a few norms that constrain the behaviour of newsgathering, one of which is to at least try, for any given story, to get the perspective of all parties involved. Many company PR teams abuse this constraint by providing journalists with spin or misinformation, which a reporter may or may not infuse with the necessary scepticism. Amazon, it seems, is no longer willing to take that chance. Read More >>

New Zealand Hospitals Discharged Their Only Remaining Covid-19 Patient

New Zealand continues to be one of the few success stories during the covid-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, health officials announced that the country’s sole remaining patient hospitalised with covid-19 was discharged. The good news is more validation of the country’s aggressive strategy to try eliminating the disease within their borders, rather than simply contain it. Read More >>