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This is how fast COVID-19 spreads through hospitals

This is how fast COVID-19 spreads through hospitals

While many of us have been able to ride out this pandemic from the safety of our homes, the world’s healthcare and hospital workers continue to selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to treat patients and save lives. All of these professionals, from cleaning staff to physicians, are at risk of contracting COVID-19 each time they walk through their hospital’s doors. 

Due to COVID-19’s tendency to manifest itself asymptomatically in many carriers, it’s proven nearly impossible to track all the healthcare workers who have become infected with the coronavirus. In all likelihood, though, that number is very high. For example, a recent study out of Cambridge University in the UK estimates that up to 3% of NHS staff are working in hospitals right now while unknowingly contagious.

In the US, that percentage could be even higher. To try and get an idea of just how quickly COVID-19 (both asymptomatic and

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Video of black light experiment shows how fast a virus can spread in a restaurant setting

Video of black light experiment shows how fast a virus can spread in a restaurant setting

Video of a black light experiment designed to show how fast a virus can spread in a restaurant setting is quickly going viral.

The video, which was shot in Japan by the public broadcasting organization NHK, features 10 people going through a simulation designed to mimic the atmosphere in a pre-pandemic buffet restaurant or cruise ship.

In the video, one person is designed as the “infected” patient and is given a special black light-ready solution to rub into his hands. (The solution is invisible without a black light, so participants in the demonstration can’t see it during the simulation.) Then, everyone in the experiment does what people normally do at a buffet restaurant — they dish up food, eat chat, and drink. At the end of the video, a black light is turned on, and you can see the “virus” just about everywhere. It shows up on utensils, cups, food

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A woman at home on her Peloton stationary bike.

Peloton can’t make bikes as fast as people are buying them

Despite a highly unstable economy, Peloton cannot keep its $2,245 stationary bikes in stock.

On an earnings call yesterday (May 6), Peloton CEO John Foley reported “the shelter-in-place and work-from-home realities have created a meaningful tailwind for Peloton,” which included nearly doubling its “connected fitness” subscribers (those members who use a Peloton bike or treadmill) since the same period last year, and getting over 1 million downloads of its Peloton Digital app in the last six weeks alone. (The app got a boost from a 90-day free trial promotion.)

Peloton’s revenue for the quarter that ended March 31 was $524.6 million—a 66% year-on-year increase and the company’s strongest sales quarter yet. About $420 million came from connected fitness equipment—but that number might have been much higher if Peloton could make bikes as fast as people are panic-buying them.

Peloton financial chief Jill Woodworth said the company entered the fourth quarter

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Even Red States Are Spooked About a Fast Reopening

Even Red States Are Spooked About a Fast Reopening

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Chris Rogers
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Chris Rogers

Wyoming’s Republican governor isn’t in a race to be among the first to re-open during the coronavirus pandemic because, according to his office, the state’s economy was never really “closed” to begin with. 

After previously—and falsely—claiming authority over states’ ability to move on from COVID-19 lockdowns, President Trump has since come around to the reality that they will be making their own decisions. The White House unveiled guidelines last week that the president said would let governors “take a phased and deliberate approach,” to their respective outbreaks.  

Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana were among the states Trump mentioned as contrasts to more severe crises in states like New York. The president said he thought “29 states are in that ballgame, not open, not for opening, but I think they’ll be able to open relatively soon.”

But a spokesman for Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon

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Medical schools are fast tracking students so they can play their part on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic

Medical schools are fast tracking students so they can play their part on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic

A paramedic walks out of a tent that was set up in front of the emergency ward of the Cremona hospital in northern Italy.
A paramedic walks out of a tent that was set up in front of the emergency ward of the Cremona hospital in northern Italy.

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  • Medical schools in Ireland moved up their exams so young doctors could help in coronavirus pandemic.

  • About 1,300 students are expected to graduate from the country’s six medical schools, according to the Irish Times.

  • Some of them will be eligible to work by next month. 

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While the coronavirus has led to some schools canceling their exams, medical schools in Ireland have moved theirs up so new doctors can take their place on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Irish Times.

“People often talk about young people being snowflakes or self-centered,” said Prof. Hannah McGee, dean at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland told the Times. “Yet, they have taken on early exams, with a

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