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COVID-19 Symptoms in Kids, And What You Need to Know About a Rare Post-Viral Syndrome - ScienceAlert
Children seem to be less vulnerable to the disease than older populations, but some are experiencing serious illness. Here's how to spot the signs.
When the novel coronavirus invaded the US, public-health messaging focused on the most vulnerable: older Americans and those with underlying conditions, like heart and lung disease. Young people, especially children, seemed to be largely protected, and research has held that message up. In an April study of more than 2,500 US children and adolescents with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that under-18-year olds made up only 1.7% of all reported coronavirus cases, even though they make up 22% of the population. Most infected kids had mild or asymptomatic cases, similar to research from the Chinese CDC. Only 14%, at most, kids aged 1 to 17 with the disease were admitted to the hospital. But new reports of children with COVID-19 coming down with, and sometimes dying from, a mysterious respiratory illness dubbed "pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome" has parents understandably on edge. The syndrome had affected at least 100 children and killed at least three in New York alone by May 12. In Europe, where it was reported earlier, there were at least 100 cases in seven countries by April 30. Here's how to spot symptoms of both conditions in your child: Symptoms of COVID-19 in kids is similar to those in adults Like adults, children who come down with COVID-19 may experience the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- A persistent fever
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting
- Rash or changes in skin color
- Difficulty breathing
- Fatigue or confusion
AOC slams GOP for citing federal debt as a reason to restrain spending - Business Insider - Business Insider
Scores of Republican lawmakers are arguing the mounting federal debt provides a reason to scale back emergency federal spending.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Republicans on Wednesday, saying they're citing the federal debt as an excuse to restrain the government from aiding average Americans instead of large corporations. In an interview with NBC News, the New York congresswoman called on Democrats to pass further economic relief measures and said Republicans were relying on arguments in "bad faith." "It's absolutely a bad-faith argument," she told the outlet. "They were not concerned about the deficit when they wanted half a trillion dollars that would be leveraged into $4 trillion for Wall Street and their donor buddies. And honestly, you know what? If they are that concerned about the deficit, I'm happy to meet them halfway and roll back the $2 trillion tax cut that they passed just two years ago." She added: "Aside from that, they don't get to just start whining about the deficit the moment we actually get on the cusp of helping working people." In recent weeks, Republicans have urged a halt to further government spending, citing the ballooning federal debt. The federal deficit is projected to increase to $3.7 trillion for 2020, a record, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. In April, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the brakes on another coronavirus relief package, citing the $25 trillion federal debt as a "matter of genuine concern." Read more: A real-estate investor who generates $342,000 of annual cash flow shares his unique spin on a popular investment strategy that's helped land him 114 units But critics like Ocasio-Cortez say the GOP had no qualms in passing the largest corporate tax cut in three decades in December 2017. That swelled the federal debt by nearly $2 trillion. Experts say the US should take advantage of low interest rates, which reduce the cost of borrowing money. Jason Furman, a former top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, previously told Business Insider he believed the government could accommodate up to $5 trillion in additional spending. Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent progressive lawmaker, has repeatedly called for the government to provide immediate aid for average Americans. She supports passing rent and mortgage forgiveness in the next aid package. House Democrats recently introduced a $3 trillion spending measure designed to aid states grappling with plummeting tax revenues. It would also extend unemployment benefits through January and provide aid to essential workers.
Uber will require face masks starting May 18 and use AI to enforce rule - Business Insider - Business Insider
The company will require drivers to upload selfies with their face coverings to enforce the rules.
Uber will require all drivers and riders to wear masks beginning Monday, the company announced Wednesday, to combat the spread of the coronavirus as people begin to return to work. The company is also providing $50 million for drivers to purchase supplies like masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant to use in their cars and provide to riders, it said. "Everyone must take proper precautions not only to protect yourself but also the driver and the next person getting in the car after," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said during a virtual press conference. "It's about protecting not only yourself but everyone around you." Starting Monday, drivers in most of the world will be required to prove they are wearing a mask by uploading a photo through the app before logging on, Sachin Kansal, Uber's senior director of product management, told reporters. "Self-certification is good, but sometimes verification is really important," he said. "It's one thing for us to issue guidelines and requirements, but sometimes we have to enforce those requirements." They'll also be required to self-certify other measures — like not driving if they are sick, sanitizing their vehicles, and regular handwashing — similar to those announced by Lyft this month. Lyft has not said when those policies will take effect. The new Uber policies are designed to be flexible so that they can be implemented as needed depending on location and the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, Kansal said. If a rider refuses to wear a mask, drivers are allowed to cancel the trip and report the rider for not complying. As always, riders and drivers can add comments when they rate a fellow Uber user if, for instance, a rider removed their mask in the middle of the trip. "If we notice that riders are repeat violators, we can take further action and take them off the platform," Kansal said. The same goes for drivers. Uber Eats will also see some changes, like reminders to maintain space inside restaurants, and couriers can report businesses that aren't allowing for space or providing hand sanitizer. "By no means are we encouraging people to go out of their homes," Kansal said. "But when they do, we want to be ready for them." Loading Something is loading.
Trump sides with Elon Musk, says Tesla should be allowed to reopen its factory 'NOW' - Business Insider - Business Insider
Elon Musk's beef with local and state officials made it all the way to the White House on Tuesday, and the president is taking Elon Musk's side.
President Donald Trump sided with Elon Musk on Tuesday in his fight with local authorities to reopen Tesla's shuttered car factory in California. "California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW," he tweeted. "It can be done Fast & Safely!" —Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2020 The tweet comes a day after Tesla began operations at the Fremont factory in defiance of Alameda County rules saying the factory could not resume work. Musk openly celebrated the return to work and acknowledged the risk attached to the move, saying "If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me." —Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020 In response, county officials said Tesla was only allowed to resume "minimum basic operations," adding that they hoped the company would comply "without further enforcement measures." Musk has been extremely critical of state and local shelter-in-place orders meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, calling them "fascist" and "fundamentally a violation of the Constitution." Tesla has attempted to restart its operations several times recently despite public health orders prohibiting it from doing so. While only essential businesses are currently allowed to operate in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom let some retail and manufacturing businesses open last Friday and said on Monday that he expected Tesla to start up operations by next week. "My understanding is they have had some very constructive conversations," Newsom said in a video press conference. "My belief and hope and expectation is as early as next week, they will be able to resume." However, Newsom also said local governments are allowed to maintain stricter rules if they choose to — which Alameda and several other counties in the Bay Area have done. Tesla filed a lawsuit over the weekend against Alameda county over the stricter regulations. —Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020 Musk and President Trump have had a mixed relationship since he took office in 2017. "He's one of our great geniuses," Trump said of Musk during a January interview with CNBC, even comparing him to Thomas Edison. "And we have to protect our genius." However, the US' withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord left Musk with "no choice" but to leave two White House advisory councils on which he previously sat. "Am departing presidential councils," Musk tweeted in June 2017 on the day of the US' exit from the landmark agreement. "Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world." Tyler Sonnemaker contributed to this post.
Elon Musk: Tesla to leave California over coronavirus factory shutdown - Business Insider - Business Insider
In a tweet Saturday morning, Tesla's chief executive said it would file a lawsuit against county officials over not being able to run its factory.
After a week of decrying coronavirus shelter-in-place orders that have left Tesla's main factory shuttered and unable to produce vehicles, Elon Musk says the company may move its factory out of the state. "Tesla is filing a lawsuit against Alameda County immediately," the chief executive said on Twitter Saturday morning. "The unelected & ignorant 'Interim Health Officer' of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!" That was followed up with a threat to move Tesla's headquarters outside the state. "Frankly, this is the final straw," he replied. "Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependent on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA." —Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020 It wasn't immediately clear if a suit had yet been filed, or in which court Tesla will file the lawsuit. Most state and federal courts are closed on weekends and do not allow filing. In a subsequent Tweet, Musk alsourged shareholders to file a class action suit for damages caused by shutdown. Tesla's press relations department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Alameda County did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Loading Something is loading. Alameda County — the East Bay locale which includes Fremont, California, and Tesla's gigafactory about 30 miles southeast of San Francisco — extended its shelter-in-place order on April 29 "until further notice." Local authorities have not allowed Tesla to reopen the factory, and all manufacturing remains prohibited under the order. Read more: Scientists are racing to create a coronavirus vaccine that can halt the pandemic in its tracks. Here are the top 3 candidates aiming to be ready this fall. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Tesla was planning to resume some manufacturing operations at the factory as soon as last Wednesday, May 6. Local officials said it did not have permission to do so. "Right now, the same health order is in place so nothing has changed," Fremont Police Department spokeswoman Geneva Bosques told Business Insider at the time. "Operating the assembly line was determined early on to be a violation." Last week, following Tesla's first-quarter earnings announcement, Musk decried the shutdowns as a substantial risk to the company's financials. "Frankly, I would call it forcible imprisoning of people in their homes against all of, their constitutional rights, in my opinion," he said on a conference call. "It's breaking people's freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong and not why they came to America or built this country. What the f---. Excuse me. Outrage. Outrage." "If somebody wants to stay in their house, that's great and they should be able to," he continued. "But to say they cannot leave their house and that they will be arrested if they do, that's fascist. That is not democratic — this is not freedom. Give people back their goddamn freedom." Some states, including Texas, Georgia, and others, have begun to slowly allow certain businesses to re-open in recent weeks. Musk praised counties neighboring Alameda, like San Joaquin for what he said were more "reasonable" responses. In a podcast released May 7, he told Joe Rogan that the company had learned from the coronavirus in China, where it briefly forced Tesla to close its Shanghai factory — a claim he repeated on Twitter Saturday. "Our castings foundry and other faculties in San Joaquin have been working 24/7 this entire time with no ill effects. Same with Giga Nevada," Musk said. "Tesla knows far more about what needs to be done to be safe through our Tesla China factory experience than an (unelected) interim junior official in Alameda County." As Musk began to complain about factory shutdowns in April, workers at Tesla's Fremont factory told Business Insider that the comments made them anxious. "I'm for going back to work, but only if it is safe for me, my family, coworkers," said one production employee. "I don't feel like I'm being forced to stay home or that my freedom has been taken away. It's for the good of California."
Trump's incompetent response to the US coronavirus outbreak is helping China look good - Business Insider - Business Insider
President Trump has overseen a chaotic response to the US coronavirus outbreak. His missteps are undermining US efforts to highlight China's mistakes.
Business Insider China's Communist Party has in recent weeks embarked on an expansive propaganda campaign to recoup its public image as the coronavirus ravages much of the world. Its efforts have included sending medical equipment around the world and injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the World Health Organization, from which the US has withheld funding. But the biggest help in this propaganda push could just be President Donald Trump. Trump has stumbled through the coronavirus outbreak, overseeing what has become the world's largest outbreak and, in a particularly low moment, suggesting people inject disinfectant into their bodies to heal themselves. This chaotic response is making China look good. Trump and Xi. Artyom Ivanov\TASS via Getty Images The US has for years been the loudest voice against China – in terms of trade, freedom of navigation, and human rights — and has, in recent weeks, repeatedly slammed China's attempt to cover up the virus in its early days. There are good grounds for the US to make this argument: China did suppress early warnings of the virus and hide crucial information from its citizens and the World Health Organization. This delayed many countries' responses and likely cost thousands of lives. But Trump's actions are making him look untrustworthy, and undermining these accusations. He has flip-flopped on his stance on China — tweeting at various points in January, February, and March that President Xi Jinping was dealing with the outbreak well, while at other points accusing China of covering up the coronavirus. In the early stages of the US outbreak, he also did his best to claim that the virus would not be that bad. —Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2020 Trump has even repeatedly floated unfounded theories that the virus came from a lab in Wuhan — which US intelligence sources and scientists have refuted. He has also accused Beijing of using the virus to jeopardize his efforts to secure a second term as president. (Critics say Trump is doing this to deflect from his own failures at home.) China is capitalizing on Trump's chaotic response. It appeared to position itself as the victim of the US' criticism, with foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang telling reporters in late April: "We hope the US will stop dragging China into its domestic politics." "For some time, certain US politicians neglect facts and attempt to shirk their responsibility and hide their incompetence by blaming China," he said. "But such attempts, instead of eliminating the progress our people made through arduous efforts, will only expose certain US individuals' malicious intentions and the serious problems in the US." The most colorful example of China's anti-US campaign saw the state-run Xinhua news agency produce an animation — using Lego figures and voice-overs — mocking the US coronavirus response, in which a toy Statue of Liberty says: "We are always correct even though we contradict ourselves." A video from China's state-run Xinhua news agency, which used Lego figures to attack the US coronavirus response. China Xinhua News Agency There are signs that normal citizens in China are keen to follow the party line on the Trump administration. One instance came after Trump said in late March that he will have done a "very good job" if the US ends up with between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths. The hashtag "Trump says reducing death toll to 100,000 people is 'not bad'" quickly became a trending hashtag on microblogging site Weibo (Hashtags on Weibo are often much longer than ones on Western platforms.) Users also called him a "joker" and a "blowhard," Politico reported. And when US cases surpassed 1 million last month, people on Weibo called the US "not the world's number one" and its pandemic response "the disaster flick of 2020," according to Politico. Weibo is not a perfect representation of the Chinese population — the platform is heavily censored — but gives some sense of national sentiment. And this kind of reaction is exactly what the Communist Party wants, as it is far more focused on maintaining its grip on power at home than improving its image abroad. (It's largely why its "Great Firewall" censors anything that could weaken its grip on power, from sex scenes to pictures of Winnie the Pooh, the fictional bear which many say looks like Xi.) Xi in Paris in March 2019. Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Throughout the pandemic, there were strong signs that Chinese citizens were losing trust in its government. After the death of Li Wenliang, a Wuhan ophthalmologist who was censured for sounding an early alarm on the virus, people risked Chinese censorship to call for democracy. In early March, Wuhan residents heckled a top-ranking Communist Party official who was touring their neighborhood, shouting "Fake, fake, everything is fake" after officials tried to promote a food donation scheme, Such scenes are extremely unusual, and outside observers wondered whether such calls for greater democracy in China could defy recent history and achieve some kind of change in the face of a pandemic. Weeks later, it is unclear how strong this sentiment still is — China has muzzled citizen journalists and democracy campaigners, and expelled prominent American journalists. In the past, the US has been a strong supporter of such calls, and made life difficult for China — mainly out of concern over its public image. But now the US is the one being embarrassed on the world stage, limiting its ability to influence events outside its borders. Loading Something is loading.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway ditched the 'big four' airline stocks in April, driving $6.1 billion .. - Business Insider
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway ditched the 'big four' airline stocks in April, driving $6.1 billion in stock sales
Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune/Time Inc Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway exited its positions in the "big four" airlines in April, the famed investor revealed at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting on Saturday. "It turned out I was wrong," Buffett said about his decision to invest in American, Delta, United, and Southwest. The companies are well-managed and the CEOs "did a lot of things right," he continued, but "the airline business ... changed in a very major way." Berkshire's first-quarter earnings revealed that it sold $6.1 billion in stock in April, without detailing what it sold. Buffett attributed that figure to Berkshire's sale of its airline stocks. Read more:'Brace for selling': A Wall Street quant strategist warns that stock-market buying power could evaporate just one week from now — opening the floodgates for a 'sell in May' episode Buffett explained the move by highlighting the airlines' bailout deals with the US government. Their agreements include billions of dollars in loans that they will have to repay, as well as warrants that the Treasury can exercise to acquire their shares at a discount in the future. The warrant part of the deal was inspired by Buffett's bailouts of Goldman Sachs and other companies during the financial crisis. The investor also questioned whether people will fly as much in the next two or three years as they did last year. Even if passenger volumes bounce back to 70% or 80% of their pre-coronavirus levels, he said, the carriers will be left with "too many planes." "The future is much less clear to me," Buffett said about the airline business. Read more: Quant megafund AQR explains why investors should be more worried about prolonged slumps than virus-style crashes — and details a 3-part process for protecting against them
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway sold more than $6 billion in stock in April, its first-quarter earnin.. - Business Insider
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway sold more than $6 billion in stock in April, its first-quarter earnings show
- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway netted more than $6 billion from stock sales in April, its first-quarter earnings showed.
- The billionaire investor's company was widely expected to deploy a chunk of its $128 billion cash pile last quarter, but instead its reserves grew to $137 billion by the end of March.
- Berkshire posted its biggest-ever quarterly loss of $50 billion, due to about $55 billion in investment losses.
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- Revenue: $61.3 billion versus the $63.0 billion estimate
- Net income: $49.7 billion loss versus the $6.33 billion estimate
- EPS $20.44 loss versus the $2.58 estimate
- Net asset value: $372 billion versus the $359 billion estimate
Bill Gates: 14 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines may be needed - Business Insider - Business Insider
"We need to get them out to every part of the world, and we need all of this to happen as quickly as possible," Gates said of a coronavirus vaccine.
Bill Gates believes we may eventually need to produce as many as 14 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally and that we're anywhere from nine months to two years away from making that happen. In a blog post Thursday, the billionaire Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist outlined what the race for a vaccine could look like, including how long and what it will take to develop one that's both safe and effective, how it will be produced, and who should get it first. "We need to manufacture and distribute at least seven billion doses of the vaccine," Gates said, "or possibly 14 billion, if it's a multi-dose vaccine." He added that the vaccines should be distributed "as soon as the first batch is ready to go." After healthcare workers, people in low-income countries should be first in line for a vaccine when it's ready since they're more likely to get sick, Gates argued. Higher rates of underlying health conditions, worse healthcare systems, and high population densities that make social distancing measures harder to implement will allow the disease to spread more easily, he said. Gates said there will be massive challenges in developing a safe and effective vaccine, as well as producing, storing, and distributing them on such a large scale, and that it will require extensive global cooperation but, said: "I know it'll get done. There's simply no alternative." "Humankind has never had a more urgent task than creating broad immunity for coronavirus," he said. "We need to make billions of doses, we need to get them out to every part of the world, and we need all of this to happen as quickly as possible. With more than 3.2 million cases and 233,000 deaths globally, scientists have been working with unprecedented speed to develop a vaccine — a process that has typically taken multiple years — but experts say we're still a long ways from being able to widely vaccinate people. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, has similarly said the US is at least 12 to 18 months away from a working vaccine, though experts warn that an expedited timeline could introduce additional risks. Still, Gates said he's optimistic about a few candidates that are currently being researched and tested. "As of April 9, there are 115 different COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the development pipeline. I think that eight to ten of those look particularly promising. (Our foundation is going to keep an eye on all the others to see if we missed any that have some positive characteristics, though.)," Gates said. Gates' philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, so far has pledged $250 million toward fighting the novel coronavirus, and Gates recently announced that the organization planned to dedicate its full resources to the pandemic. Loading Something is loading.
What it's like to get an antibody test after coronavirus symptoms - Business Insider - Business Insider
I had coronavirus symptoms, including "COVID toes," a dry cough, and headaches, but never got tested. My antibody test came back negative, though.
When the Bay Area issued its shelter-in-place order on March 17, my three roommates and I started preparing to spend the next month together in our small apartment. But then two of us started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms: headaches, coughs, fatigue, and shortness of breath. I even had a symptom now deemed "COVID toes" — the middle three toes on both my feet turned deep red and purple, swelling and becoming itchy. (At the time, I didn't realize that was related to my other symptoms, however.) I called my doctor around day seven of the illness, but she advised against coming in for a test. Because my symptoms didn't require critical medical attention, she said, it wasn't worth going to a medical facility to get tested, since there weren't many available tests and I could risk more potential exposure to the virus. My roommate and I both self-isolated, recovered at home, and felt almost back to normal about two weeks later. But we've been left wondering whether the illness we had was COVID-19. So this week, I took an antibody test, also known as a serological test, which can detect coronavirus-neutralizing antibodies in the bloodstream. These tests promise answers for the many people like me who experienced coronavirus symptoms but were unable to confirm a diagnosis. They also offer epidemiologists a better sense of the virus' true spread. But I knew from my own reporting that there are plenty of reasons to be wary. For one, many companies have been offering tests that aren't approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The one I took, from Diazyme Laboratories, Inc., was submitted for FDA authorization but hasn't gotten it yet. In addition, one study found that 6% of recovered coronavirus patients didn't develop antibodies at all, and younger people tended to have lower levels of antibodies than older patients. I opted for an antibody test anyway, however, hoping to get confirmation that I'd had the virus and am now immune. But my test came back negative, leaving me with even more questions. Here's what the experience was like.