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The Verge

Researchers become their own lab rats with DIY coronavirus vaccine


Vaccine trials have had a weird week. First, there was the exhilarating kickoff of two massive clinical trials for vaccines created by Moderna and Pfizer. Each company is hoping to recruit 30,000 volunteers to test whether its vaccine is effective and safe. This is normal.

What’s not normal is a bunch of researchers in Boston who have decided to test a DIY coronavirus vaccine on themselves. At least 20 people have mixed together the vaccine and sprayed it up their noses as part of what they’re calling the Rapid Deployment Vaccine Collaborative (Radvac), according to a truly wild MIT Technology Review story from editor Antonio Regalado. Read More

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The Next Web

How studying our reaction to coronavirus can help us fight climate change


Climate change and COVID-19 are the two most significant crises faced by the modern world – and widespread behavior change is essential to cope with both. This means that official messaging by the government and other authorities is critical. To succeed, leaders need to communicate the severe threat effectively and elicit high levels of public compliance, without causing undue panic.

But the extent to which people comply depends on their psychological filters when receiving the messages – as the coronavirus pandemic has shown. Read More

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Wired

Covid-19 Symptoms (Coronavirus): What to Do If You Might Have It


If you’re experiencing constant chest pain or pressure, difficulty breathing, severe dizziness, slurred speech, confusion, an inability to wake up or stay awake, or have bluish lips or face, call 911 or get immediate medical attention. The diagnosis tool made by Apple and the CDC may be useful to check as your symptoms change. If you’re generally too sick to eat, drink, or use the toilet, those are also signs to call your doctor or seek medical help.

If you aren’t experiencing severe symptoms that warrant an emergency, the CDC recommends you stay in touch with your doctor, and call before leaving home to get medical care. Many less serious health visits are being done via Zoom or over the phone, and a call gives them time to plan for your arrival, or discuss specific precautions you should take. Read More

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Tech Radar

BT says coronavirus has hit revenues but is optimistic of recovery

BT is counting the cost of the coronavirus crisis after revenues and profits were hit by the pandemic over the past three months.

The UK’s biggest telecommunications company reported a seven per cent drop in revenue to £5.25 billion while pre-tax profits fell by 13 per cent to £561 million.

Although mobile and broadband services have grown in importance during lockdown, the industry has seen some business and mobile revenues fall and has found it difficult to monetise the growth in home broadband traffic. Read More

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Mashable

Seth Rogen tells Jimmy Fallon about his ‘illegal clay deal’ to feed his coronavirus pottery hobby

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted thousands to take up new hobbies while cooped up at home, and actor Seth Rogen is no exception. Speaking to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, Rogen said he’s been filling his time with “a lot of pottery,” which he’d been reluctant to try but quickly fell in love with.

“Clay was not considered an essential service, though, so I literally had to buy illegal clay. I literally made an illegal clay deal from the back door of a pottery studio,” said Rogen, adding that it felt like “the most apocalyptic thing that has happened to [him].” Read More

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Mashable

Ice-T shares his family’s experience with coronavirus

Despite the U.S. having surpassed 4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, some people still aren’t grasping just how serious this virus can get. Speaking to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, actor Ice-T shared the terrifying experience of seeing the coronavirus incapacitate his “Harley Davidson-riding, no masking” father-in-law, damaging his lungs “indefinitely.”

“I don’t want to die because of this, and especially with a new daughter,” Ice-T told Fallon. “So yeah, I’m aware and I’m concerned and I’m cautious. You know, you want to call that scared, call it scared.” Read More

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Mashable

Video shows droplets expelled into the air without a coronavirus mask

Researchers filmed the deluge of droplets that spew out of our mouths and noses when we talk, cough, and sneeze.

In under two minutes, the video shows how different masks block the inevitable purge of particles into the air, compared with no mask. The results, also recently published in the medical journal Thorax, underscore the critical importance of wearing masks amid a newly emerged pathogenic virus that spreads mostly by airborne transmission between people. Masks reduce the number of coronavirus particles an infected person expels into the air, which protects others, and there’s more protection, too.  Read More

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Mashable

Coronavirus infects bear cam rangers in remote Alaska national park

The coronavirus has reached an isolated part of an already remote national park in Alaska.

On Sunday evening, Katmai National Park and Preserve — home to the livestreamed bear cams  — announced “multiple cases” of COVID-19 at Brooks Camp, the place where visitors come each summer and fall to see the park’s famous brown bears and migrating salmon. The infections, which forced a temporary shutdown of the camp, underscore how easy it is for this new coronavirus to spread between people anywhere, largely through airborne transmission. Read More

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The Next Web

Russian cyberspies are attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine information


A Russian cyberespionage group that hacked into election networks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine information from researchers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. The governments of those three countries issued a warning on July 16 saying that the group known as APT29 or “Cozy Bear” is targeting vaccine development efforts. The group, which is connected with the FSB, Russia’s internal security service, had gotten inside the Democratic National Committee networks prior to the 2016 election. Read More

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Mashable

Trevor Noah has a warning for us about Trump’s new ‘somber’ coronavirus tone

If it seems like it might be too good to be true, that’s probably because it is.

After Trump’s press conference on Wednesday, the media widely reported on the “somber tone” he’d adopted regarding the coronavirus, which the president said was likely to “get worse before it gets better.”

Trevor Noah, however, isn’t convinced.

“It should be obvious to anyone with a memory better than a goldfish that this change of tone isn’t actually a sincere change of heart,” Noah says in the clip above. “Because, let’s just say, we’ve all been here before.” Read More