Nine lives ago (in February), when the world gawked at photos of Chinese cats wearing masks to ward off the coronavirus, veterinarians elsewhere were quick with reassurance that pets were unlikely to get sick.
The vets are still saying that. But with the news Sunday that a Bronx Zoo tiger had tested positive for the virus, the infected-pet scenario no longer seems quite so far-fetched.
In addition to Nadia, the 4-year-old Malayan tiger with a confirmed infection, six other big cats at the zoo in New York had dry coughs and were presumed infected — prompting other zoos to reexamine their safety m… Read the rest of this entry »
New Jersey officials reported the coronavirus death toll has increased to 1,232 and total cases in the state have hit 44,416 on Tuesday with 3,361 new positive tests in the last 24 hours and the projected peak for the state still likely weeks away.
“It’s almost unfathomable when you think about it — 1,232 lost lives,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during his daily coronavirus press briefing Tuesday afternoon. The numbers included 232 new deaths – the highest single-day increase during the outbreak. Officials said 10% of the fatalities have been residents of long-term care facilities.“We honor their legac… Read the rest of this entry »
WhatsApp on Tuesday placed new limits on message forwarding as part of an effort to curb the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.
The new policy limits users to forwarding certain messages to one “chat” at a time, aiming to limit the rapid propagation of content which is provocative but likely to be false.
The Facebook-owned messaging platform said it took the action to enable people to concentrate on personal and private communications during the health crisis.In recent weeks, “we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel ov… Read the rest of this entry »
I always wondered whether the intent of the Great Flood was for Noah to start a new world or whether it was really a test of those already living here − a test that everyone else managed to fail. When confronted with the flood, Noah chose to save the animals and act in a positive manner. Others ignored the warnings, did nothing to protect themselves or the earth, mocked Noah, and perished. Remember that the prime innate characteristic mankind is free will. For good. For bad.
First-responders from communities near Jersey Shore University Medical Center had a special surprise for staff during Monday night’s shift change amid the coronavirusoutbreak.
Police officers, firefighters and EMS workers pulled up to the Neptune City hospital with emergency lights flashing and clapped as doctors, nurses and other medical staff arrived for work – many of them to care for COVID-19
“Thank you, thank you,” the first-responders said as they applauded hospital staffers headed in for a grueling night’s work.“No words can even begin to describe how our work has changed recentl… Read the rest of this entry »
Last December, when it became obvious China faced a deadly disease of historic dimensions, Xi Jinping and his government went into damage control mode.
We are not talking about controlling the terrible damage wrought by COVID-19 among humans, but rather the damage to China’s reputation as an emerging global leader, fearing that a carefully crafted, but bogus image would be damaged as more people around the world succumbed to COVID-19.
Grupo Modelo, which produces and exports several popular Mexican beer brands, including Corona, Pacifico and Modelo, will be temporarily suspending production and sales after its breweries were deemed non-essential by the Mexican government.
The company posted the announcement on Twitter, stating it is halting production and pledging its “total commitment” to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.“Grupo Modelo announces that this Sunday it will complete the process of suspending its production and marketing operations for beer,” according to their press release. The company added that the suspe… Read the rest of this entry »