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Coronavirus clobbers Uber, leading to $1.8 billion quarterly loss

Coronavirus clobbers Uber, leading to $1.8 billion quarterly loss

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Enlarge / Passengers load their luggage into their Uber cars Sydney Airport on August 05, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic hammered Uber's finances in the second quarter of 2020, the company announced on Thursday. Gross bookings for Uber's core ride-hailing business plunged by 75 percent compared with a year earlier—from $12.2 billion to $3 billion. That…
With COVID-19 spreading, 49% of low-income communities have zero ICU beds

With COVID-19 spreading, 49% of low-income communities have zero ICU beds

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Enlarge / Medics transfer a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency at Coral Gables Hospital where coronavirus patients are treated in Coral Gables near Miami, on July 30, 2020. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories As the coronavirus pandemic spreads uncontrolled in much of the United States, a new study finds that…
More data, but still confusion over how much children spread SARS-CoV-2

More data, but still confusion over how much children spread SARS-CoV-2

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Enlarge / A prepandemic summer camp, showing many things that go against current public health guidance.Educational Images Covid-19 Coverage View more stories It has become abundantly clear that children tend to have less severe cases of COVID-19 and often experience no symptoms whatsoever. That doesn't mean that there's no risk—some kids clearly get severely ill,…
COVID-19 hospital data is a hot mess after feds take control

COVID-19 hospital data is a hot mess after feds take control

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Enlarge / Members of the medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care units to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus…
As COVID-19 rages around the globe, other infectious diseases shrink away

As COVID-19 rages around the globe, other infectious diseases shrink away

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Enlarge / A masked pedestrian crosses an empty street at a usually busy intersection in the Central Business District on February 3, 2020, in Beijing, China. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Reports of influenza and a host of other infectious diseases have plummeted as the COVID-19 pandemic has driven people into lockdowns. In many places,…
States are running out of doctors and nurses as COVID-19 surges

States are running out of doctors and nurses as COVID-19 surges

Enlarge / Clinicians care for a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at El Centro Regional Medical Center in hard-hit Imperial County on July 21, 2020 in El Centro, California. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories It’s not just beds and medical supplies—hospitals in multiple states are running low on doctors and nurses to…
Mounting poisonings, blindness, deaths as toxic hand sanitizers flood market

Mounting poisonings, blindness, deaths as toxic hand sanitizers flood market

Enlarge / Hand sanitizer being applied to a person's hand. The Food and Drug Administration is renewing warnings this week of dangerous hand sanitizers as it continues to find products that contain toxic methanol—a poisonous alcohol that can cause systemic effects, blindness, and death. The agency’s growing “do-not-use list” of dangerous sanitizers now includes 87…
First US Phase III trial for COVID-19 vaccine begins

First US Phase III trial for COVID-19 vaccine begins

Enlarge / A research associate works at the Moderna Therapeutics Inc. lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Moderna has given the first doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to participants in what will be a 30,000-person trial, as the United States moved into a new phase of the race to develop a vaccine by the start of…
Google will keep 200,000 workers home through next summer

Google will keep 200,000 workers home through next summer

Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in 2018. Google will keep "nearly all" of its workforce—around 200,000 employees and contractors—working from home for another year, The Wall Street Journal has reported. Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly made the decision last week. The long timeline gives more certainty for Googlers…
CDC’s new school guidelines play down risk, play up attendance

CDC’s new school guidelines play down risk, play up attendance

Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 2: Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), removes his protective mask before speaking. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories The Trump administration has been pushing for a return to normal behavior even as the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has…

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