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Here’s the difference between an ‘essential’ business and a ‘nonessential’ business as more than 30 states have imposed restrictions

Over 30 states have now imposed restrictions on what businesses can stay open during the coronavirus outbreak. The exact definition of “essential” varies by location, but “nonessential” applies to most recreational businesses. Here’s a complete breakdown of which businesses are considered essential and which are considered nonessential. Visit Business Insider’s […]
Here’s the difference between an ‘essential’ business and a ‘nonessential’ business as more than 30 states have imposed restrictions
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In 2017, Obama officials briefed Trump’s team on dealing with a pandemic like the coronavirus. One Cabinet member reportedly fell asleep, and others didn’t want to be there.

In the days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, outgoing Obama administration officials trained his incoming administration on how to deal with a pandemic. Politico said it obtained documents from the meeting and spoke with more than a dozen people who attended the training, which was described as “weird” at best. One […]
In 2017, Obama officials briefed Trump’s team on dealing with a pandemic like the coronavirus. One Cabinet member reportedly fell asleep, and others didn’t want to be there.
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‘People coughing all over each other’: US Navy sailors are reportedly being packed into close quarters aboard ships, despite coronavirus worries

The US Navy’s response to preventing the coronavirus pandemic has been scrutinised following a presumptive positive case aboard a ship. Military leaders ordered around 80 crew members into a tight room for a roughly 30-minute meeting, according to a ProPublica report. In another case, almost 600 sailors were loaded into […]
‘People coughing all over each other’: US Navy sailors are reportedly being packed into close quarters aboard ships, despite coronavirus worries
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‘There was and there is no takeover offer’: German coronavirus vaccine company CureVac is shooting down viral reports that Trump tried to buy it

The German biotech company CureVac is denying reports that Trump administration officials attempted to acquire the company. “There was and there is no takeover offer from the White House or governmental authorities. Neither to the technology nor to CureVac at all as a company,” CureVac acting CEO Franz-Werner Haas said […]
‘There was and there is no takeover offer’: German coronavirus vaccine company CureVac is shooting down viral reports that Trump tried to buy it
Tech

Amazon to stop accepting all products other than medical supplies and household staples to its warehouses amid coronavirus crisis — read the memo it just sent sellers

Amazon told sellers and vendors on Tuesday that it was suspending shipments of all nonessential products to its warehouses to deal with the increased workloads following the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon is now prioritising medical supplies, household staples, and other high-demand products to its warehouses until April 5. The change only […]
Amazon to stop accepting all products other than medical supplies and household staples to its warehouses amid coronavirus crisis — read the memo it just sent sellers
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OK, airlines, here are your bailout terms!

US airlines are seeking at least $US54 billion from the government to deal with the economic havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic. These same airlines have also received a huge tax cut and spent heavily on stock buybacks in recent years. Therefore, any bailout should come with some terms. This […]
OK, airlines, here are your bailout terms!
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Coronavirus deaths are so high in Italy that some places have a waiting list for burials and funerals are happening with no family members there

In Bergamo, the part of Italy worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak, coffins are overflowing local facilities,The Washington Post reported. Under the country’s strict lockdown, many families have been unable to see their loved ones during treatment or to attend their funerals. There is a waiting list for services, a […]
Coronavirus deaths are so high in Italy that some places have a waiting list for burials and funerals are happening with no family members there
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Chinese citizens who conceal any coronavirus history are being punished using the country’s dystopian social credit system

China’s social credit system is being used to punish people who conceal coronavirus symptoms. Beijing authorities announced on Monday that people caught entering the city and failing to disclose any history of coronavirus will have their social credit scores penalised. Shanghai announced similar measures in February. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
Chinese citizens who conceal any coronavirus history are being punished using the country’s dystopian social credit system
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Striking photos show Chinese officials on horseback travelling to the country’s most remote areas to warn people about the coronavirus

News about the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 182,000 people, has reached the most faraway corners of the world. Even in remote parts of China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, nomad families are being educated about the illness COVID-19. These photos, taken February 19, capture how Chinese officials travelled to […]
Striking photos show Chinese officials on horseback travelling to the country’s most remote areas to warn people about the coronavirus
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The worst-hit coronavirus survivors could be left with lung damage that takes up to 15 years to heal, UK intensive-care specialists say

Those who recover from the most severe cases of the coronavirus may be left with serious lung damage, according to the UK’s professional body for intensive-care doctors and practitioners. The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) warned many who contract serious cases of COVID-19 will develop acute respiratory distress syndrome […]
The worst-hit coronavirus survivors could be left with lung damage that takes up to 15 years to heal, UK intensive-care specialists say
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Photos capture the world’s first human trial of a COVID-19 vaccine

The first human clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine was administered Monday. Four volunteers were given their first of two shots of the vaccine. Forty-five volunteers are expected to participate in this trial. The vaccine won’t be available to the general public for at least a year as it’s tested […]
Photos capture the world’s first human trial of a COVID-19 vaccine
Tech

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Reddit, and Twitter just said they’re working together to fight coronavirus misinformation

Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Reddit, and Twitter say they’re working with one another and government health agencies to ensure people see accurate information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. The companies are hoping to combat fraudulent and harmful content on their platforms, according to a joint statement published on […]
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Reddit, and Twitter just said they’re working together to fight coronavirus misinformation
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Swimming in the ocean: OK. Public pools: Not OK. Here’s exactly what San Francisco residents can and can’t do under the new ‘shelter in place’ order.

San Francisco announced on Monday that all residents were required to “shelter in place” from March 17 until April 7 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Vulnerable populations are encouraged to stay home entirely, while everyone else must stay home aside from certain essential activities like buying food […]
Swimming in the ocean: OK. Public pools: Not OK. Here’s exactly what San Francisco residents can and can’t do under the new ‘shelter in place’ order.
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Everything you need to know about CureVac, the German drugmaker working on a coronavirus vaccine that’s at the heart of a US-German controversy

To respond to the coronavirus pandemic, drug companies have begun researching potential treatments and vaccines. One of those vaccine developers, a privately held Germany biotech company called CureVac, hopes to begin testing a potential vaccine in people in June. A German newspaper reported Sunday that Trump administration officials offered large […]
Everything you need to know about CureVac, the German drugmaker working on a coronavirus vaccine that’s at the heart of a US-German controversy
Lifestyle

Disneyland, the National Mall, and other iconic attractions across the US are barely recognisable as people practice social distancing and authorities discourage big crowds due to the coronavirus

Once-crowded theme parks, stadiums, and venues have emptied out or closed down across the US as cities and organisations rush to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. On March 15, 2020 the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans avoid gatherings of 50 people or more. A […]
Disneyland, the National Mall, and other iconic attractions across the US are barely recognisable as people practice social distancing and authorities discourage big crowds due to the coronavirus
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Trump gives himself a perfect 10 out of 10 score on his coronavirus response

President Donald Trump gave himself a perfect score when evaluating his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at a White House briefing on Monday. Trump dodged a related question about whether the “buck stops” with him, and said it “normally” would, but this pandemic is “unprecedented.” But while the president […]
Trump gives himself a perfect 10 out of 10 score on his coronavirus response
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‘Shutdown, quarantine, curfew, whatever’: Republican senator warns the time has come for ‘extraordinary measures’ to fight coronavirus

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas announced in a statement that “the time has come for extraordinary measures to combat the … coronavirus” and said it was time to take “extreme” measures. Cotton advised that all government agencies aside from those which provide essential services should “shut down.” “Call it what […]
‘Shutdown, quarantine, curfew, whatever’: Republican senator warns the time has come for ‘extraordinary measures’ to fight coronavirus
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Hospitals in San Francisco and other cities may ban pregnant people from having visitors during labour because of the coronavirus, including spouses and partners

San Francisco’s public health department issued a mandate that all visitors were banned from hospitals in the city. The order allows some hospitals to make exceptions, allowing for one visitor in the delivery room, but some expectant mothers fear their hospitals may not veto the rule. Hospitals in Massachusetts and […]
Hospitals in San Francisco and other cities may ban pregnant people from having visitors during labour because of the coronavirus, including spouses and partners
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Trump encourages Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people to fight the coronavirus outbreak

President Donald Trump on Monday recommended that Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people as the coronavirus continues its rapid spread across the country. The Trump administration also recommended that Americans homeschool their children, avoid nonessential travel, and avoid bars and restaurants. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
Trump encourages Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people to fight the coronavirus outbreak
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‘We’re grossly unprepared’: Nurses share their frustration as the coronavirus spreads with little direction from the government or hospitals on how to mitigate it

Nurses detailed a lack of coordination between governments and hospitals on protocols that could help stem the outbreak, with mask shortages a notable example. Nurses were already working at full capacity before the outbreak, and many are facing a choice between paying their bills and calling in sick if they […]
‘We’re grossly unprepared’: Nurses share their frustration as the coronavirus spreads with little direction from the government or hospitals on how to mitigate it
Tech

Dell says that none of the six cases of coronavirus in Austin are its employees

Coronavirus has come to the city of Austin, even without the cancelled South by Southwest festival. None of the cases of coronavirus in the city are employees at the area’s largest tech employer, Dell Technologies, the company confirmed to Business Insider. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Although Austin […]
Dell says that none of the six cases of coronavirus in Austin are its employees
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First known coronavirus death of US military veteran reported in Oregon

A 70-year-old military veteran died Saturday from the coronavirus, the first publicly known death of a member of the military community in the outbreak. “Although we knew this day would come, it does not make it any easier to learn of the first Oregonian to pass away from COVID-19,” Oregon […]
First known coronavirus death of US military veteran reported in Oregon
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Mark Zuckerberg says it’s easier for Facebook to ‘take a much harder line’ on misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic

Mark Zuckerberg said it’s easier for Facebook to “take a much harder line” on coronavirus misinformation. Zuckerberg told The New York Times that policies could be more “black and white” around a global health crisis like COVID-19 than they would in political discourse. Social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and […]
Mark Zuckerberg says it’s easier for Facebook to ‘take a much harder line’ on misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic
Markets

One expert says Tesla’s stock is still expensive, despite plummeting 40% amid the coronavirus market sell-off

Tesla’s stock is still too high even after shedding more than 40% amid the coronavirus-induced sell-off, according to Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein. The lofty valuations of the automaker reflect a willingness of bulls to “ascribe additional optionality to nascent markets such as battery technology, trucking, self-driving, and solar,” Sacconaghi said. […]
One expert says Tesla’s stock is still expensive, despite plummeting 40% amid the coronavirus market sell-off
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McDonald’s, KFC, and other fast-food giants are shutting down seating and emphasising drive-thru orders amidst the coronavirus outbreak

Chains including McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Chick-fil-A have shut down dining areas due to the coronavirus outbreak. In recent days, a number of chains have announced they are shifting to a to-go model, emphasising delivery, drive-thru, and take-out orders. Some state and city governments are requiring restaurants to shut down or […]
McDonald’s, KFC, and other fast-food giants are shutting down seating and emphasising drive-thru orders amidst the coronavirus outbreak
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The coronavirus is the worst thing to happen to the cruise industry since a passenger was shot and thrown off of a ship in the 1980s, a cruise expert says

The novel coronavirus has hit the cruise industry hard, from failed quarantines to lawsuits and rampant cancellations. No incident has been more disruptive to the industry since the 1985 murder of a passenger on the Achille Lauro, cruise-industry expert Ross Klein told Business Insider. The industry has both recovered and […]
The coronavirus is the worst thing to happen to the cruise industry since a passenger was shot and thrown off of a ship in the 1980s, a cruise expert says
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A fake coronavirus tracking app is actually ransomware that threatens to leak social media accounts and delete a phone’s storage unless a victim pays $100 in bitcoin

The concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak are being exploited by hackers taking advantage of people’s thirst for information. An Android app called “COVID19 Tracker” is just one example of ransomware that masks itself as a real-time coronavirus map tracker, according to researchers. If a user grants the app access to […]
A fake coronavirus tracking app is actually ransomware that threatens to leak social media accounts and delete a phone’s storage unless a victim pays $100 in bitcoin
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The first trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine just started in Washington state. It will take at least a year to know if the vaccine works.

A volunteer on Monday received an experimental coronavirus vaccine in the first clinical trial with people. The potential vaccine – developed by Moderna, a small Massachusetts biotech company – has had a speedy development: Moderna went from sequencing the virus’ genetic information to shipping a vaccine candidate to US health […]
The first trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine just started in Washington state. It will take at least a year to know if the vaccine works.