Tag Archives: covid -19

What does it mean for a disease to be ‘endemic’? | Live Science

In the context of a disease, the transition from “epidemic” to “endemic” means a pathogen is no longer causing outbreaks but isn’t disappearing.

You may have heard the term “endemic” used to describe diseases, often in comparison with the terms “epidemic” and “pandemic.” Many health officials say that COVID-19 is likely transitioning from pandemic to endemic status in many countries. But what does that mean?

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Airbnb: City travel almost at pre-pandemic level | BBC News

Online accommodation booking platform Airbnb says travelers are starting to return to cities, after staying away since the start of the pandemic.

Globally, the number of nights booked in cities in the last three months of last year nearly matched 2019 levels, the lodging website said.

In the US, urban bookings have fully rebounded, it said.

The booking company reported a record $55m (£40.6m) profit for the fourth quarter.

Cities were important destinations for Airbnb’s business, but during the pandemic non-urban areas have proven more popular, as people focus on outdoor activities free of crowds.

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Covid-19: Pfizer to allow developing nations to make its treatment pill | BBC News

US drug company Pfizer has penned a deal to allow its experimental Covid-19 treatment pill to be made and sold in 95 developing nations.

The deal with the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool not-for-profit could make the treatment available to 53% of the world’s population.

But it excludes several countries that have had large Covid-19 outbreaks, including Brazil.

Pfizer says the pill lessens the risk of severe disease in vulnerable adults.

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CDC: ‘Avoid Travel’ Warning For 5 New Destinations Due To Covid-19 | Forbes

Well, the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Covid-19 Travel Recommendations seem to change as frequently as the Kardashians’ wardrobes. Every week there are new additions to the list of destinations considered Level 4, the highest of four Covid-19 risk levels. Destinations at Level 4 are deemed by the CDC as places that you should avoid traveling to, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This past week five new destinations ascended to Level 4: Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Covid-19: Miami imposes emergency curfew over spring break ‘chaos’ | BBC News

A state of emergency has been declared in the US city of Miami over concerns large crowds gathering for spring break pose a coronavirus risk.

A 20:00-06:00 curfew has been announced in Miami Beach and will remain in effect for at least 72 hours.

Traffic restrictions are in place during the curfew, while businesses in the busy South Beach area must close.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said thousands of tourists had brought “chaos and disorder” to the city.

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Coronavirus: How the pandemic has changed the world economy | BBC News

The coronavirus pandemic has reached almost every country in the world.

Its spread has left national economies and businesses counting the costs, as governments struggle with new lockdown measures to tackle the spread of the virus.

Despite the development of new vaccines, many are still wondering what recovery could look like.

Here is a selection of charts and maps to help you understand the economic impact of the virus so far.

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Dollar General will pay workers to get the covid vaccine | CNN

Dollar General wants its employees to get Covid-19 vaccines, so it’s offering to pay them to do it.

The chain said Wednesday that it will give its workers a one-time payment equivalent to four hours of pay after receiving a completed vaccination.

“We do not want our employees to have to choose between receiving a vaccine or coming to work,” Dollar General (DG) said in a press release, noting that its hourly workers face hurdles to getting vaccinated, such as travel time, gas mileage or childcare needs.

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Coronavirus: ‘Lockdown was madness but saved us financially’ | BBC News

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the global economy hard, but some people’s personal finances have never looked better.

Since the US shut down en masse in March, mum-of-three Paula, who lives in New Hampshire, has paid off some $20,000 (£15,270) in credit card debt the family had racked up in the aftermath of an unexpectedly expensive work relocation.

The 35-year-old’s job as an analyst ended in June, but her husband is still working and she benefited from a temporary $600 boost to weekly unemployment payments Congress approved in response to the crisis.

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Colds Nearly Vanished Under Lockdown. Now They’re Coming Back | WIRED

THE QUESTION MAY seem odd in the midst of a global pandemic, but among people in places with serious mask-wearing and social-distancing measures, and with the luxury to hunker down, it is forgivable to wonder: Will I ever get sick again? In the southern hemisphere, in places like Australia and South Africa, winter flu season came and went without a trace. The western United States is coughing through clouds of smoke, and people everywhere have endured wet-eyed allergy seasons. But over the past 6 months, people were far less likely to get sick sick—at least from respiratory viruses that aren’t called SARS-CoV-2.

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Preparing For A Post Pandemic Business World | Getentrepreneurial.com

Social distancing. Telemedicine. Self-quarantine. These are all words that at the start of 2020 weren’t part of our vocabulary, but several months into the new decade we are all hearing and using them daily. There is no denying that the coronavirus outbreak has dramatically changed just about every facet of just about every person’s life around the world.

From a business perspective, the stock market saw its largest one-day loss and largest one day gain in history. The U.S. saw the largest job-loss report ever. We are in uncharted waters, and how long we will remain in them remains uncertain. However, there is one thing that we all know, and that is that this outbreak will change the lives of everyone for years or decades to come. Nearly 20 years after 9/11, enhanced airport security, no-fly lists and counterterrorism efforts are still the norm. The same will be true of the COVID-19 aftermath. Is your business ready for the five largest macro trends we are about to see?

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