It’s now clear that nothing of the kind was actually happening. Google was blindsided by the announcement; the 1,700 engineers were taken from a volunteer list. None of the company’s subsequent projects have offered anything like the comprehensive testing promised by the White House. Google launched a COVID-19 information page the next week, but it had little to do with testing. Yesterday, Verily rolled out details of its drive-through testing unit, but it’s restricted to a handful of counties in California, and there’s no indication it will ever cover the entire country. Most importantly, it doesn’t expand testing to include anyone who wasn’t already eligible. It simply isn’t getting more tests to more people. … [Read more...] about We’re still waiting for Trump’s coronavirus testing system
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What are the new federal tax deadlines?You now have till July 15 to pay your federal taxes, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week during a press conference. The new three-month extension is available to any federal taxpayer, without a limit on amount owed, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations, noncorporations and those who pay self-employment tax. When first announced, the three-month extension was available only to taxpayers who owed $1 million or less and businesses that owed $10 million or less. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pushes back tax day: How to get an extension to July 15
But the greatest benefit of masking the masses, Cowley and others argue, likely comes not from shielding the mouths of the healthy but from covering the mouths of people already infected. People who feel ill aren’t supposed to go out at all, but initial evidence suggests people without symptoms may also transmit the coronavirus without knowing they’re infected. Data from contact-tracing efforts—in which researchers monitor the health of people who recently interacted with someone confirmed to have an infection—suggest nearly half of SARS-CoV-2 transmissions occur before the infected person shows symptoms. And some seem to contract and clear the virus without ever feeling sick. “If I knew who was asymptomatic and presymptomatic [for COVID-19], I’d … triage the face masks to those individuals,” Monto says. Unfortunately, he adds, “We don’t know who these are.” … [Read more...] about Would everyone wearing face masks help us slow the pandemic?
Things reach a little deeper, too. There are three companies that make processors used in phones right now: Samsung, Huawei, and Qualcomm. Samsung is cutting back and isn't going to be building its own custom designs any longer. Huawei may be forced to halt production because of U.S. law. That leaves one company: Qualcomm. Qualcomm having any sort of monopoly is really bad based on its own history. That's another article for another time, though. … [Read more...] about What’s bad for Huawei is good for companies like Xiaomi and Oppo
"I felt an urgency to get the word out to people that despite the stay-at-home order [in Michigan], we need to use caution when we go out," VanWingen told Live Science. "That's really the most important piece of the message: If you don't have to go out, don't. But if you must, to get food, do so with caution." … [Read more...] about Viral video advises washing fruit and vegetables with soap. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.