Day: June 26, 2020

A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

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CLAIM: Wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia.

THE FACTS: There’s no evidence that normal use of face masks can cause fungal or bacterial infections. On June 19, a Florida congressional candidate posted a tweet claiming that wearing face masks could lead to pneumonia. “Excessive use of face masks causes fungal and bacterial pneumonia,” wrote Jessi Melton, a conservative business owner who is running to represent Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. The false post had over 16,000 retweets as of Wednesday. Davidson Hamer, an infectious disease specialist at Boston University, said he was unaware of any harm that comes from wearing masks besides discomfort. “There’s no evidence

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Newark COVID Reopen Updates: Dining, Shopping And More

NEWARK, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Newark. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Newark’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when restaurants get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2.

In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

Read More: Gov. Murphy: ‘Hard Dates’ In NJ Coronavirus Reopening Blueprint

In Newark, businesses and local attractions are being graded by color – green, yellow and red – according to their risk levels. See the city’s full reopening plan here.

Catch up on the latest updates in Newark below.

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New Jersey restaurants and

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Citrus steam cannot kill viruses such as the coronavirus

The claim: Inhaling citrus steam can kill respiratory viruses, including coronavirus

A popular social media post claims that inhaling citrus steam kills respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.

According to a graphic shared by countless social media users, boiling a pot of water with orange or lemon peels and salt, then inhaling the steam for 15 minutes will kill respiratory viruses, including coronavirus, influenza and rhinovirus.

Physicians and infectious disease experts say the steam treatments cannot kill the viruses. But they can relieve symptoms of some respiratory illnesses.

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Steam remedies, typically supplemented with essential oils, have often been lauded as an at-home remedy to relieve symptoms of respiratory infections.

According to Healthline.com, “steam inhalation is one of the most widely used home remedies to soothe and open the nasal passages and get relief from the symptoms of a cold or sinus

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The GOP’s stupid crusade against Obamacare

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

I suspect it was more risky to visit the shopping center than to visit the gym.” — Norwegian Goril Bjerkan. Norway reopened gyms this week after conducting a controlled, randomized study that found no increase of Covid risk for gym-goers.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

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  • US hits highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases for the second day in a row: New cases topped 39,000 as the pandemic surges in the South and West, especially in Arizona. Younger patients comprise a “disturbing” percentage of the new cases. States are delaying or rolling back reopening plans. Texas closed its bars. The head of the CDC also said that the US probably has had 10 times as many infections — more than 20 million — than the official

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Google Is Providing Search Data to Air France, Lufthansa, Other Airlines Looking to Decide Which Routes to Restart

Google is rolling out a new tool that provides airline partners with search data that carriers are using to help decide which routes to restart and when.

Unlike existing data from Google for airlines about their own performance across Google products, the newly provided data provides a market-wide view of consumer intent based on flight searches regardless of airline.

Lufthansa and Air France were two partners willing to go on the record about their use of the tool, which is a supplement to performance information already existing in the Google Flights Reporting Center, and airlines’ own data resources.

Dozens of airlines and online travel agencies, and more recently hotels and car rental firms in every region of the world are using the new data tool, Demand Explorer, according to Gianni Marostica, Google’s managing director of business development for travel. He spoke Thursday with Skift exclusively about the new tool, which

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‘Brandon Act’ Would Give Troops a Safe Word to Access Mental Health Care

Former Marine and Iraq War veteran Rep. Seth Moulton introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday that would make it easier for service members to seek mental health care outside their chain of command.

The Brandon Act, named for Navy Aircrew Aviation Electrician’s Mate Striker Brandon Caserta, who died by suicide two years ago this week in Norfolk, Virginia, would give service members a safe word that would trigger an immediate automatic referral to a mental health specialist for evaluation.

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According to the bill, H.R. 7368, if a service member uttered a selected phrase, it would trigger a referral “as soon as practicable” and in a confidential manner similar to the restricted reporting option available to victims of sexual assault in the U.S. military.

Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat who has spoken openly about his own struggles with post-traumatic

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World of Outlaws full-crowd events will have high-tech health screening, rapid COVID-19 testing on site

After becoming the first national motorsports series to race again during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the World of Outlaws will become the first to race with full grandstands.

And in holding a July 2-4 holiday extravaganza at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin, the Outlaws will roll out a sophisticated health screening system relying on biometrics, algorithms and rapid COVID-19 testing on site to help usher in a crowd expected at more than 20,000 over the three days.

Details of the plan, which was constructed with IMPACT Health, Soter Technologies and NEXT Marketing, were unveiled Friday – and could be the blueprint for future attempts of conducting pro sports events at full capacity during the COVID-19 era.

“It’s definitely ambitious, but we believe we have the team and the process in place to keep everybody as safe as possible – as safe as they’ll be in a sports

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Military Photos Give an Advantage to White Men Like Me. Let’s Get Rid of Them

Jim Perkins is a major in the Army Reserve’s 75th Innovation Command. He served on active duty for 11 years and now works in technology in Seattle. He tweets at @jim_perkins1.

What does a leader look like? What gender and race are they? According to illustrations in the Army’s own manual regulating promotion photographs, you could easily infer that a leader is a white man in combat arms with the last name Atkinson. He doesn’t wear glasses, and his subordinates are women and people of color with names like Marinez and Villalobo. Seriously.

Last week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper proposed removing official photos from board files in an effort to reduce systemic bias. In his remarks, he noted this was something he had advocated as secretary of the Army and further added, “The military led the nation on ending segregation after World War II. … We all agreed it is

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Tech Players Consolidate Healthcare Presence, Apple Takes Lead

Apple AAPL is dominating the wearables market, courtesy of Apple Watch. The company’s focus on health features like ECG and fall detection in the Apple Watch Series 4 has been a game changer.

Moreover, on Jun 23, the iPhone-maker previewed watchOS 7 at its first-ever virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), delivering enhanced customization tools and new health and fitness features including sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, additional workout types including dance, and a new hearing health feature expanding insight into overall user well-being.

Moreover, the solid adoption of Apple Watch Series 5, has helped the iPhone maker strengthen its presence in the personal health monitor space. Notably, the smartwatch is based on watchOS 6, which comes with additional healthcare and fitness features like Cycle Tracking, the Noise app and Activity Trends.

This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company’s wide array of healthcare offerings in watchOS makes it a key differentiator in

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Can Personalized Vitamins or Supplements Improve Health and Performance?

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Photo credit: FotografiaBasica – Getty Images

From Bicycling

As cyclists, we tend to be healthier than the average person, thanks to logging miles on the road, trainer sessions, and focusing on fueling workouts with smart nutrition choices. (That’s not to say we don’t indulge after a hard effort or once we cross the finish line of a goal race.) But because of this focus on nutrition, dietitians often tell cyclists to aim for whole foods—if we “eat the rainbow,” there’s really no need to supplement with vitamins.

And while that’s generally true, for some, there is a time and place when it might be beneficial to explore adding a vitamin or mineral supplement. When it comes time to choose one, it can be downright confusing, especially now that companies are rolling out “personalized” vitamins or pill packs that are catered to a specific person.

We spoke with two dietitians on

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