Apple got stung by coronavirus, but just how badly?

When it comes to tech companies in a pandemic, Facebook, Google, Amazon and Netflix have seen increased usage, thanks to a rise in interest for social media, video streaming and buying e-commerce products at a time when most retail stores are closed. But for Apple, which makes the lion’s share of its money from selling […] Read more »

Despite urgency, few federal prisoners released under coronavirus emergency policies

After the coronavirus erupted behind bars in late March, U.S. Attorney General William Barr ordered officials running federal prisons to “immediately maximize” the release of prisoners to home confinement to prevent the spread of the virus. In a much-publicized letter, Barr urged them to focus on the most medically vulnerable in facilities with COVID-19 deaths. […] Read more »

Apple stung by coronavirus, but not as badly as expected

Apple’s profit dipped slightly while revenues rose in the January-March quarter, reflecting early fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that shut down its factories and then forced hundreds of Apple retail stores to close. The results give the first sign of how one of the world’s best-known companies is faring as the economy plunges into its […] Read more »

Survey: Ohio and Kentucky governors are the most popular during the pandemic

CINCINNATI – In the eyes of their constituents, no governors have handled the novel coronavirus outbreak better than the governors of Ohio and Kentucky, according to a survey of 22,000 Americans conducted by Harvard, Northeastern and Rutgers Universities. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear ranked one and two in the survey released […] Read more »

‘Someone’s life could depend on it’: Two congressmen donate plasma after COVID-19 recovery

WASHINGTON – Two congressman announced Thursday that they will be donating their blood plasma, since they have recovered from COVID-19, to those who are sick with the virus. The technique of using plasma from people who have recovered from a disease to treat others with the same disease goes back more than a century and […] Read more »

Children will be OK after COVID-19, just as I was after the Gulf War

Don't worry about permanent damage to children because of coronavirus isolation. Remember their positivity, and tamp down your own fears. Read more »

Hall of Famer Dawson deals with coronavirus as a mortician

MIAMI (AP) — The man consoling mourners and directing his staff at Paradise Memorial Funeral Home might look familiar if he wasn’t wearing a mask. It’s baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. Owning a funeral home took some getting used to, Dawson said Thursday, and now he’s adjusting to life as a mortician during a […] Read more »

Coronavirus: If malls reopen, will shoppers come, and will stores still be there?

The coronavirus pandemic has cast a pall over the country’s shopping malls. Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 has temporarily closed their doors as efforts were put in place to cut down on crowds and enforce social distancing. Shoppers, under government orders, stayed home and away from the mall. Experts predict that when the malls […] Read more »

Free condom delivery: Michigan health officials launch safe sex program amid COVID-19

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched a new condom delivery service to help people stay protected against unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV during the COVID-19 outbreak. “We were really kind of glad to see the state come out with this program,” Calhoun County Public Health Department […] Read more »

Meat shortages expected as coronavirus disrupts production, despite executive order

American slaughterhouses processed nearly a million fewer cattle, hogs, and sheep in the past week than they did during the same time a year ago, marking a new low that experts say will likely increase “spot” shortages of meat at some grocery stores. “I wouldn’t say the food system is breaking, but at least the […] Read more »

Trump’s intelligence chief says coronavirus not man-made but examining possible accidental Chinese lab release

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Sister of NYC doctor who died by suicide: COVID ‘altered her brain’

The sister of Dr. Lorna Breen, the New York emergency physician who died by suicide this week, said COVID-19 “altered” Breen’s brain. Jennifer Feist, Breen’s sister, said Breen worked through “unimaginable conditions” in the weeks leading to her death. She and her husband Corey appeared on “The Today Show” to speak about their sister’s life […] Read more »

Working out from home: How tennis can be played safely amid coronavirus pandemic

Part 24 of USA TODAY’s Working Out From Home (#WOFH) series focuses on how to safely play tennis under social distancing guidelines. Sign up for Good Sports, our weekly newsletter that will bring you more home workout tips and the best stories of the good throughout the world of sports: Even as the parts of […] Read more »

Here’s what we know about remdesivir, the drug being tested as a coronavirus treatment

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Kristen Bell says homeschooling amid coronavirus quarantine is ‘absolutely miserable’

Kristen Bell is getting real about teaching her children amid the coronavirus pandemic. On the Season 5 premiere of the actress’ web series “#Momsplaining” Thursday, Bell explained why homeschooling hasn’t been so great. “Of course, we’ve all come to know the two worst words in the human language: Home schooling,” she said. “Doing school work […] Read more »

Coronavirus testing in the U.S. was limited for months because of low Medicare payments.

The federal Medicare program lowballed payments for a coronavirus lab test early in the outbreak, limiting the number of labs screening Americans for the deadly disease at a time when the nation needed all the tests it could get. The low price was on a test that tells if a person is currently sick, and […] Read more »

Fact check: UV light injections are not a common medical treatment — or a COVID-19 cure

The claim: Ultraviolet light has been injected into the body for years as a treatment to kill bacteria and viruses As President Donald Trump received pushback for floating the idea that COVID-19 patients could receive treatment using ultraviolet light or injections of disinfectants, many people on social media raced to his defense with claims about […] Read more »

US consumer spending plunged 7.5% in March, reflecting impact of coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending plunged 7.5% in March, reflecting the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic as Americans complied with stay-at-home orders. The Commerce Department said that the spending plunge was accompanied by a sharp 2% drop in personal incomes in March with both declines attributed to impacts of efforts to deal with […] Read more »

‘U ok?’ Virus-era friendships becoming more meaningful, but also more fraught

A single mother hunkering down at home with a teenage daughter, Sharon Litwin sees her friends, like most people these days, only virtually. Even so, they’ve been a crucial lifeline. “Sometimes I just need to have a conversation with adults,” she says. “And sometimes I just need to cry, which I really don’t want to […] Read more »

Fact check: COVID-19 may be ‘here to stay,’ even after a vaccine

The debate over when to reopen states amid the coronavirus pandemic has escalated quickly. Frustration with the extended quarantine is mounting on social media, and residents around the country have defied social distancing orders to attend rallies demanding an easing of restrictions. Protesters say the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed enough to justify reopening, given the […] Read more »

Day 50 without sports 😭: Pondering baseball’s COVID-19 pandemic workaround as a permanent solution

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California governor to order closure of beaches and state parks amid coronavirus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed starting Friday after people thronged the seashore during a sweltering weekend despite his social distancing order that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to a memo sent to police chiefs around the state. Eric Nuñez, president of […] Read more »

‘A near impossibility’: Experts doubt North Korea’s claim of zero coronavirus cases

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Coronavirus’ Impact on Retirement Money in the Market

Stock market volatility has caused IRA and 401(k) balances to drop, but savers aren't bailing on their retirement accounts just yet. Read more »

Muslim hearts ache as coronavirus keeps us apart during Ramadan

While people adjust to having worship services online, for Muslims and many others, their hearts are attached to their physical places of worship. Read more »

Coronavirus live updates: California set to close all beaches, state parks; 3.5M more jobless claims expected; US deaths top 60K

A day after Los Angeles became the nation’s first major city to offer free coronavirus testing for all residents, including those with no symptoms, the state of California appears poised to follow with another bold move. Rankled by the tens of thousands of people who disobeyed stay-at-home orders last weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom will close […] Read more »

10 COVID-19 scams spreading right now that people are falling for

The numbers are staggering. The Federal Trade Commission says coronavirus-related scams have cost Americans $13.4 million so far this year. Google blocks more than 100 million phishing emails every day as criminals try to steal money and personal information. About 18 million of them are coronavirus-related. Scam websites pose as the real thing, collecting personal […] Read more »

How to tell the difference between coronavirus symptoms and allergies

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — With coronavirus restrictions in place, interactions with nature might be limited to a quick walk through the neighborhood, but it’s not hard to notice spring has sprung — bringing allergy season with it. Allergy symptoms are likely to increase during the next two to three weeks as pollen counts grow into […] Read more »

After coronavirus, expect high school dropout wave. 9/11 was the trigger for my sisters.

Coronavirus school closings are an economic and education disaster for disadvantaged students, both now and over a lifetime of accumulating inequality. Read more »

David Letterman criticizes Mike Pence for ‘taunting’ COVID-19 patients by not wearing mask

David Letterman is calling out Mike Pence for not wearing a mask during his Mayo Clinic visit, accusing the vice president of “taunting” COVID-19 survivors and health care workers. On Tuesday, Pence appeared to violate the Rochester, Minnesota, hospital’s policy by not wearing a mask during his tour of facilities supporting coronavirus research. Speaking to […] Read more »

Smallest businesses get a few hours at head of coronavirus relief loan line

NEW YORK – The smallest companies seeking coronavirus relief loans were moving to the head of the line Wednesday after the Small Business Administration said that for eight hours ending at midnight Eastern time it would accept loans only from small lenders. The step was being taken to ensure that small community lenders, those with […] Read more »

Pandemic puts additional strain on international players in Major League Soccer

SEATTLE (AP) — Kelvin Leerdam has been fortunate compared to many of the other foreign players in Major League Soccer, and it was completely by accident. Born in Suriname but raised in the Netherlands, Leerdam still makes his full-time home in Europe when he’s not playing for the Seattle Sounders. When the school schedule in […] Read more »

Trump set to travel to Arizona next week amid push to lift coronavirus restrictions

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to travel to Arizona next week, leaving the confines of Washington for the first time in more than a month as the administration begins pushing states to ease coronavirus restrictions that have crippled the U.S. economy. The White House is arranging plans for the president to […] Read more »

Trump’s order to open meat plants brings anxiety to one Iowa town where 90% of COVID-19 cases are tied to Tyson

DES MOINES, Iowa – Local officials worry that President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring meatpacking plants to remain open could threaten the health of 2,800 workers at the Tyson plant that closed last week because of a COVID-19 outbreak. But pork producers say the president’s action provides “hope and relief” for farmers who face destroying […] Read more »

Kushner calls the coronavirus response in US ‘a great success story’

WASHINGTON – White House senior adviser Jared Kushner called the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak “a great success story” on Wednesday as cases topped 1 million and the death toll passed 60,000 in the United States. Kushner, the president’s son-in-law who has been serving on the White House coronavirus task force, doesn’t often […] Read more »

Spike in U.S. deaths and cases flagged as pneumonia suggest even greater COVID-19 impact

Federal data released this week shows that the number of deaths recorded in the U.S. this year is higher than normal, outpacing deaths attributed to COVID-19 in states that have been hit hardest by the virus. The data provides the first look at death trends this year across the country and offers more evidence that […] Read more »

Are we close to a coronavirus treatment?

Good news: A coronavirus drug trial is showing promise. Worrisome news (for Handmaid’s Tale fans, at least): The company is called Gilead. It’s Ashley with today’s news, which continues to be stranger than fiction. But first, a close call: A massive and “potentially hazardous” asteroid zoomed past Earth today. Oddly enough, it looked like it […] Read more »

Study: Remdesivir appears to speed recovery times in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

The first possible scientifically proven treatment for COVID-19 emerged Wednesday with early data from a global study finding patients given the experimental drug remdesivir recovered faster and may be less likely to die. Early results released from the global study conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found patients who received […] Read more »

Fed holds interest rates near zero, vows forceful action amid coronavirus’s economic fallout

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell volunteers to go without salary amid coronavirus pandemic; league enforces pay cuts, furloughs

The financial impacts of the coronavirus have reached the NFL in the form of pay cuts and furloughs for league staffers. Meanwhile, commissioner Roger Goodell has given up his salary for the time being, according to a memo issued to league employees. Goodell, who draws an annual salary of $40 million, went to the compensation […] Read more »