Birx Says Coronavirus Outbreak Is ‘Extraordinarily Widespread,’ Recommends Some Wear Masks at Home

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator.
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Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, sent an alarming message about the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. on Sunday. Birx said that what the country is experiencing now is different than in March and April, which saw the rapid acceleration of virus transmission in the country.


In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union, Birx said that, compared to March and April, the virus today was “extraordinarily widespread” in both rural and urban areas. Birx also stated that the U.S. was in a “new phase” of the pandemic, which required tailored recommendations on a state-by-state basis.


She specifically directed her words at people who lived in rural areas and those who lived with people who may be at higher risk for developing complications from the covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

For people living in rural areas, Birx stressed that they were “not immune or protected” from this virus and stated that they, and all Americans, needed to wear a mask, socially distance and have good personal hygiene practices.

“More importantly, if you’re in multi-generational households and there’s an outbreak in your rural area or in your city, you need to really consider wearing a mask at home, assuming that you’re positive, if you have individuals in your households with comorbidities,” Birx said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers older adults and people with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, chronic kidney disease and obesity, among others, to be at high risk of developing severe illness from covid-19.


On the topic of schools, Birx said she agreed with the recommendation given by Trump administration officials that suggested that schools in areas with a more than 5% positivity rate, so-called hot spots, use distancing learning for a certain amount of time.

Birx’s comments on schools are aligned with the recent shift in stance by the Trump administration. President Donald Trump had previously demanded that schools reopen in full and threatened to cut funding for those that did not do so. For Trump, who obviously sees different numbers than the rest of the nation and the world, it was safe for schools to reopen. He even bullied the CDC into changing its school reopening guidelines.


However, in recent weeks, Trump has acknowledged that some school districts might need to delay reopening for a few weeks. The president said he would leave that decision up to the governors. Ironically, the school attended by his youngest son, Barron, will not reopen for in-person instruction until October.


In July, the U.S. reported 1.9 million new cases of covid-19, according to the Wall Street Journal, which is more than double the number of new cases in any other previous month. As of Sunday, the U.S. had more 4.6 million coronavirus cases, by far the worst outbreak in the world, and more than 154,000 deaths.

After math: Big Tech gets bigger while AMC’s release window gets shorter

As the dust settles on another non-stop spate of news let’s take a look back at the some of the top headlines from the week that was.


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Volkswagen paid $9.5 billion to US ‘dieselgate’ drivers

VW’s half decade debacle known as Dieselgate, wherein the company committed widespread fraud regarding the rate of emissions produced by its diesel, is finally coming to a close. The FTC has issued its “final report” on the issue, noting that 86 percent of US car buyers impacted by the scandal have opted to trade in their afflicted vehicles for financial compensation rather than have those rides retrofitted.


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Universal’s deal with AMC shortens theatrical exclusivity to 17 days

Trolls: World Tour isn’t the sort of film that one would expect to cause controversy but at the start of the COVID pandemic, AMC and Universal got themselves into a knock down drag out fight over the family film — specifically whether or not it could be released on VOD before its window of theatrical exclusivity closed. Fast forward to last week and the two companies have finally settled their differences. From here on out films will only have to stay in theaters for three consecutive weekends (aka 17 days) before being released on VOD, down from the full 90 days demanded pre-pandemic.



Amazon doubled its profits last quarter thanks to COVID-related demand

While the COVID-19 pandemic has kneecapped the global economy, it has proven exceptionally lucrative for Amazon. Last week, the e-commerce giant announced that it had doubled its quarterly profits over last year, jumping from $2.6 billion in sales to a whopping $5.2 billion. Apple did pretty well for themselves too.



GM will help EVgo install 2,700 EV fast chargers across the US

A whole bunch of EVgo chargers are coming to a parking lot near you in the next five years. The company announced this week that it is partnering with GM to effectively triple the number of charging stations it offers — jumping from a mere 800 locations today up to 3,500 by 2025.

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The U.S. will also soon take action on Chinese apps like WeChat, Pompeo says

Apart from TikTok, the United States is also planning to take action “with respect to a broad array of national security risks” posed by other Chinese apps such as instant messaging platform, WeChat in the coming days, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, August 2nd.

Pompeo, in an interview with Fox News, accused the “countless more” Chinese services available in the United States of “feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party”.

“It could be their facial recognition pattern. It could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to,” he added. “Those are the issues that President Trump has made clear we’re going to take care of. These are true national security issues. They are true privacy issues for the American people.”

Without offering a concrete timeline, Pompeo said the Trump administration is now “closing in on a solution” after evaluating these China-based firms for several months and that President Donald Trump is expected to make the announcement shortly.

This isn’t the first time WeChat’s business in the United States has been under threat. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro, a few weeks ago, said that “TikTok and WeChat are the biggest forms of censorship on the Chinese mainland, and so expect strong action on that.”

We’ve reached out to WeChat’s parent company, Tencent for a comment and we’ll update the story when we hear back.

Pompeo’s comments come after a tumultuous weekend for the viral short-form video platform, TikTok. Although President Trump said the U.S. is banning the app on Friday, ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, was seemingly able to reach a more favorable compromise over the weekend by agreeing to hand over its ownership. Later on Sunday, Microsoft confirmed it’s pursuing a purchase of TikTok in the United States.

“Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than September 15, 2020,” the Redmond-based software giant wrote in a blog post. “During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President.”

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One Murder Hornet Down (Don’t Ask How Many to Go)

I guess this one would be a murderED hornet, huh? Get it? Because it’s dead.

I guess this one would be a murderED hornet, huh? Get it? Because it’s dead.
Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has successfully trapped its first Asian giant hornet, aka murder hornet aka 2-inch-long flying demon that rips off bees’ heads and haunts my nightmares.


The agency discovered the hornet in one of its traps near Birch Bay, Washington on July 14 and it was positively identified on July 29, the first specimen of its kind that wasn’t found in the wild.

“This is encouraging because it means we know that the traps work,” Sven Spichiger, the department’s managing entomologist, said in a Friday press release. “But it also means we have work to do.”


Because not only are these beasties potentially deadly to humans and considered an invasive species to boot, they’re multiplying. A new colony of murder hornets has reportedly formed since the first U.S. sightings back in December, and several have been popping up throughout regions of northwestern Washington State and Canada. That’s especially concerning for local honey bee populations, already a notoriously threatened species, as these hornets can decimate entire beehives in a few hours using their “mandibles shaped like spiked shark fins” to decapitate their prey, per the New York Times.

Spichiger said in a press call that the agency’s struggling to figure out if the specimen they caught is a worker or a queen, since it’s kind of in-between the two in terms of size.

He’s leaning toward it being a worker, but you can judge for yourself in the side-by-side below (obvious trigger warning because holy hell these things are scary looking):

Illustration for article titled One Murder Hornet Down (Dont Ask How Many to Go)

Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture


Now that they know the traps work, WSDA’s planning to start searching for nests using infrared cameras in the hopes of catching live specimens and equipping them with trackers. Then, it’s just a matter of following them back to their nest and… bam! No more murder hornets.

The agency aims to find and destroy a nest by mid-September, before the colony enters the next stage of its life cycle and creates new queens that would mate and spread the invasive species even further. At the same time, they’re proceeding cautiously, because these things are no joke. Asian giant hornets kill up to 50 people in Japan every year, and their stings hurt. And I mean, really hurt. One Vancouver Island man who was stung said it felt like red-hot thumbtacks had been stuck into his leg, and that he had “throbbing muscular aches” in his legs even into the next day.


“It’s a little sketchy when you’re donning the almost inch thick hornet suit, and it’s July out, and of course you’re a little nervous,” Spichiger in the press call.


According to the press release, WSDA officials aren’t the only heroes braving it in the war against murder hornets either. In addition to the hundreds of traps the agency’s set, citizen scientists and other cooperators have joined the fight and placed over 1,300 home-made traps in the effort to eradicate these pests.

“We’re hoping this is the only one we find for the year, but we have a lot of traps out, and that should help us make sure that we cover the area and take care of any problems,” Spichiger said.


Anyone interested is encouraged to build and set their own traps for the hornets too, as well as report sightings on the WSDA’s website. Remember though: These things can be deadly, so if you see one, maybe just snap a pic? And leave the murder hornet wrangling to the professionals.

A $13,000 electric car will go on sale in the US by late 2020

Kandi K27 electric car
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You’ll soon have the opportunity to buy a brand new electric car under $15,000 in the US — if you’re willing to make a few sacrifices. TechCrunch reports that Chinese automaker Kandi plans to launch two low-priced EVs in the US by the end of 2020, headlined by the tiny K27 (shown above). The subcompact will sell for $20,499, or $12,999 after the $7,500 federal tax credit. That should make it the most affordable electric car in the US, not to mention make it alluring compared to entry-level gas cars.

It’ll launch alongside the K23, a slightly larger vehicle that should cost $29,999 before credit, and $22,499 after.

As you might have guessed, both machines include their fair share of compromises to hit their price points beyond their diminutive sizes. The K23’s 17.7kWh battery gives it an estimated range of just 100 miles, and the 63MPH top speed makes it a less-than-ideal choice for highway driving. The K23 has a much better 188-mile range, but its 70MPH top speed isn’t a significant improvement. You do get creature comforts like a touchscreen interface, Bluetooth and a backup camera, at least.

This still helps Kandi fare well against many EVs. The “off menu” Tesla Model 3 starts at $35,000 before incentives, for instance, while even a used Fiat 500e might cost more.

The main challenge (apart from buying a car from a brand with little US clout) may be finding one. Kandi will initially sell the K27 and K23 only in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. You’ll be out of luck if you want to buy one in EV havens like the San Francisco Bay Area, at least for a while. Still, this is good news even if you have no intention of taking the keys to a Kandi in the near future. Vehicles like these could pressure other brands to lower the price of entry for EVs and usher them into the mainstream.

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How to find your own phone number on iOS or Android

What’s your phone number? These days, a question like that can be totally disorienting, if not downright embarrassing. Unlike when everyone had a landline and could recite their phone number as readily as their home address, it’s different with mobile phones. Like most people, you probably don’t call your own cell phone number often — and if you do, it’s likely listed in your Favorites — so you may not know it off the top of your head. And with that reality comes the familiar grip of panic when a new acquaintance asks for your number, and you have no clue.

No worries — you are not alone. Regardless of whether you’re using an iOS or Android device, you can quickly locate your own number on your phone, if you know where to look. We show you how to do it.

Find your phone number on iOS

Looking up your phone number in iOS is easy and convenient because most iOS users are running the same version. There are two ways you can easily locate your phone number: The Contacts app or in the settings. We show you the steps in iOS 13.

  • Contacts: Open the Phone app, tap Contacts, and your number will be the first listed.
  • Settings: Go to Settings > Phone and My Number will be the first field on the list. You can of course change, or edit, this if you wish by tapping on the number.

Find your phone number on Android

Do not be surprised to discover some variations in the steps you need to take for finding your own phone number on an Android device. That’s because Android users may be running different versions of the operating system and because of variations in how the operating system is implemented across device brands. So there are bound to be different interfaces depending on which device you use and which version of the OS you run. Generally, however, all roads begin from the settings.

The example below is on an LG V40 ThinQ running Android 10.

  • Go to settings and search for My phone number in the search bar.
  • The result will give you the path: System > About Phone > Status.
  • Alternately, launch the Contacts app and you’ll see your own contact info right at the top.

The example below is from an older Samsung Galaxy S6 running Android 6.

If you’re running stock Android, or something very close — for example, the Google Pixel or Nexus, or the Lenovo Moto G, X, or Z smartphones — go to the Contacts app, and you’ll be able to see a Me or My Info contact at the top of the contact’s list. That’s where your phone number is located.

For every Android phone, regardless of manufacturer, you’ll be able to find your phone number if you go to SettingsAbout Phone or About Device > Status My phone number. Some Android phones will have SIM or SIM card status listed within Status. If this is the case with your phone, then your number will be listed there. If you don’t feel like poking around, just search for My Phone Number in the search bar.

It’s quick and easy to use your phone to find your own number, and hey, you’ll look like a champ to your friends for locating this information so quickly.

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باستان میکروب مجازی Comic-Con و ذهن ترا درهم میشکنند اسپرم, بهترین Gizmodo داستان این هفته

Clockwise from top left: Toei (Over-Time); Joaquin Sarmiento (Getty Images); Benjamin Currie (Gizmodo); Apu Gomes/AFP (Getty Images)

در جهت عقربه های ساعت از سمت چپ بالا: تویی (در طول زمان); Joaquin سرمینتو (گتی ایماژ); بنیامین کوری (Gizmodo); Apu گومز/AFP (گتی ایماژ)
تصویر: مختلف

پس جهان است که هر دو استعاره و در بعضی جاهابه معنای واقعی کلمه در آتش این روزها من جایگزین doomscrolling از طریق تغذیه با چیزی بیشتر سالم و بی خطر را برای حفظ در حال حاضر من همیشه لرزان روانی دولت: کشاورزی سیمز. خوب سعی افسرده اخبار, اما من می تواند شما را نمی شنوند وقتی که من 100+ ساعت در Stardew دره (نگاه I love Animal Crossingاما پس از چند ماه از قرنطینه من به شدت نیاز به یک تعطیلات از من مجازی جزیره بهشت).


بنابراین تصور کنید که در کمال تعجب من زمانی که مردمی در Earther پنجه کشاورزی, همه چیز در این هفته. عمودی کشاورزیبه طور دقیق یک نوظهور از روش های است که می تواند انقلابی در تولید گندم اگر نیست آن را خیلی گران است. شما ببینید آن نیاز تن از روشنایی مصنوعی, راه بیش از سنتی افقی کشاورزی و ظاهرا مگر اینکه خلاقیت و نوآوری در انرژی خورشیدی را پایین آورد که به لایحه انرژی به طور قابل توجهی کشاورزی عمودی باقی خواهد ماند علمی تخیلی. در حال حاضر حداقل.

کاملا نامربوط اما هیچ کدام کمتر خوانده شده از Gizmodo تیم را در این هفته شکست چگونه اسپرم در واقع ممکن است کارشناسی ارشد از توهم نوری. ما تصور می کنیم که آنها شنا به اطراف آنجا که آنچه در آن مانند به نظر می رسد زمانی که آنها در حال بررسی در زیر میکروسکوپ. اما در حال حاضر فکر می کنم دانشمندان اسپرم در واقع ممکن است انجام شود معادل سه بعدی بند روال به جای. من به طور ناگهانی نوظهور احترام برای بچه های کوچک.


در نهایت مردمی خوب در Gizmodo همچنین صحبت با کارشناسان به شکل از چگونه به پهلو کسانی که مزاحم عادات مانند ضربه زدن پا یا twirling موهای خود را در جوانه. به عنوان کسی که تمایل به کار کردن اضطراب خود را فقیر nailbeds من قطعا در زمان برخی از این وبلاگ مشاوره به قلب است.

اتمام این وبلاگ و مطلب زیر!


موس کامپیوتر co-مخترع ویلیام انگلیسی می میرد 91

William 'Bill' English
توسط Marcin Wichary از سان فرانسیسکو, U. S. A. – لایحه فارسی آپلود شده توسط ادوارد CC BY 2.0,

یکی از پیشگامان کامپیوتر مدرن رابط گذشت دور: نیویورک تایمز گزارش داد که ویلیام “بیل” فارسی درگذشت, در جولای 26th, از نارسایی تنفسی در سن 91. در کنار داگلاس Englebart در موسسه تحقیقات استنفورد زبان انگلیسی کمک به توسعه اولین موس کامپیوتر قرار داده و با هم یک سال 1968 “مادر همه دموی” مشخص شده که بسیاری از مفاهیم که به رایانه های شخصی بیش از چند دهه از جمله رابط کاربر گرافیکی آنلاین, ویرایش متن, تماس های تصویری و لینک های ابرمتن.

در حالی که Englebart در نظر گرفته شد, رویایی, زبان انگلیسی یکی از تنها افرادی که واقعا درک ایده ها و استعداد آنها را به ثمر. او ساخته شده است ماوس پس از Englebart جلب یک طرح از آن, به عنوان مثال. در حالی که Englebart شد نشان دادن این مفاهیم در آن سال 1968 رویداد انگلیسی بود سازماندهی چیزهایی در پشت صحنه.

آن را سخت برای دیدن فارسی میراث. در حالی که صفحه نمایش لمسی که به طور فزاینده ای مشترک بسیاری از ویژگی های دیگر او و Englebart پیش بینی می شود تصفیه شده در مکان هایی مانند Xerox PARC و پیدا کردن راه خود را به جریان اصلی که در آن آنها هنوز هم تسلط بر امروز. در این معنا, زبان انگلیسی می تواند حضور خود را احساس برای دهه های آینده است.

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اولین تصویر از ناسا فضانوردان پس از تاریخی خدمه اژدها فرود

ناسا فضانوردان باب Behnken و داگ هرلی را با خیال راحت به زمین بازگشت و پس از پاشش در SpaceX خدمه کپسول اژدها در خلیج مکزیک در نزدیکی پنساکولا فلوریدا در 2:48 p. m. و در روز یکشنبه, آگوست 2.

این جفت ارز که بازگشت از دو ماه اقامت در ایستگاه فضایی بین المللی (ISS) شد ملاقات با خدمه از بهبود رگ به زودی پس از فرود در آب با یک عکاس گرفتن یک شات از Behnken و Hurley هنوز هم امن در کرسی های خود را در مدت کوتاهی قبل از جفت کمک کرده بودند به خارج از کپسول.

ناسا فضانوردان باب Behnken (سمت چپ) و داگ Hurley نشان داده شده است در داخل خدمه اژدها فقط چند دقیقه پس از فرود. ناسا

هر دو فضانوردان ارائه یک لبخند و یک thumbs-up پس از سفر بازگشت به خانه آغاز شد که در روز شنبه. پس از پرواز از بهبود کشتی بازگشت به زمین Behnken و Hurley داده خواهد شد و معاینات پزشکی قبل از اینکه پیوست با خانواده خود را.

ثانیه پس از فرود کنترل ماموریت گفت: “خوش آمدید بازگشت به سیاره زمین و با تشکر برای پرواز SpaceX” با Hurley, پاسخ,, “این واقعا ما افتخار و امتیاز است.”

نسخه ی نمایشی-2 تست پرواز برای NASA Commercial Crew Program برای اولین بار به ارائه فضانوردان به ISS و بازگشت آنها را با خیال راحت به زمین پردازنده به صورت تجاری ساخته شده و اداره می شود فضاپیما مشخص شده و اولین فضانورد پرتاب و فرود در خاک ایالات متحده آمریکا (و آب!) پس از نهایی ماموریت شاتل فضایی در سال 2011.

ماموریت علائم دیگری گام مهم رو به جلو برای SpaceX به عنوان آن را همچنان به توسعه آن قابل استفاده مجدد فضا سیستم حمل و نقل برای بیشتر مقرون به صرفه ماموریت. خدمه کپسول در حال حاضر خواهد شد تمیز و به طور کامل بررسی می شود قبل از استفاده برای ماموریت دیگری — Crew-1 — هدفمند برای سپتامبر سال 2020 است.

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کالیفرنیا در حال سوختن است: 20,000 هکتار آتش درگیری بر Uncontained مجبور به تخلیه هزاران نفر

The blaze from the Apple fire reached a residential area of Banning, California on August 1.

شعله های از آتش اپل به یک منطقه مسکونی ممنوعیت کالیفرنیا در تاریخ 1 اوت.
عکس: جاش peter bradley/AFP (گتی ایماژ)

در مورد ما نیاز به دیگری یادآوری است که تغییر آب و هوا است که سوزاندن این سیاره کالیفرنیا مقامات گزارش این آخر هفته که یک آتش سوزی در گیلاس دره سوخته است از طریق 20,516 هکتار از زمین است و در حال حاضر موجود نیست.


اپل Fخشم واقع در شهرستان ریورساید حدود 75 مایلی شرق لس آنجلس آغاز شد و در روز جمعه و در ادامه به خشم از طریق این منطقه در روز پس از آن. ان بی سی نیوز گزارش داد که اوایل روز یکشنبه county fire مقامات گفته بود آتش بود 12 درصد موجود است. اما در آن آخرین به روز رسانیسان برناردینو ملی خدمات جنگل گفت که فروغ شده بود موجود است.


گزارش های رسانه ها اعلام کرده اند که در هر نقطه از 7,000 به 8,000 به مردم گفته شده برای تخلیه و سفارشات بیشتر انتظار می رود.

با توجه به خدمات جنگل های زیادی از شمال و شرق لبه آتش است در بسیار تند و ناهموار عضوي که در دسترس نیست به آتش نشانی وسایل نقلیه. تصاویری از آتش دردناک روده. برخی از عکس های ارسال شده بر روی رسانه های اجتماعی شبیه یک آتشفشان منفجر کردن. دیگران ارائه شده مشاهده از فضا.


تایم لپس گرفته شده در روز شنبه بود به خصوص دلخراش و وحشتناک است.


آتش نشانان در ادامه به کار به سرعت گسترش آتش با استفاده از تمام منابع موجود از جمله هلیکوپتر ثابت بال هوا تانکرهای زمینی و تجهیزات دست خدمه در جنگل خدمات. آتش است که موفق تحت یک فرماندهی واحد وجود دارد و بیش از 1200 نفر از پرسنل و اعضای درگیر است. علت آتش سوزی هنوز تحت بررسی است.

در آن بعد از ظهر انتشار اخبار جنگل گفت: مقامات در نظر گرفتن اقدامات لازم برای کاهش خطر آتش نشانان و اولین پاسخ به پتانسیل گسترش covid-19—بیماری های ناشی از رمان coronavirus که رشد در گروه های زیادی از مردم—در هر دو fireline و در آتش اردوگاه.


Coronavirus همه گیر است مجبور wildland تیم های آتش نشانی در سراسر ایالات متحده به تغییر راه آنها مقابله با آتش سوزی است. چالش ها باید در محدوده مسکن در هنگام کار آتش سوزی به عرضه مواد غذایی به عنوان بسیاری از رستوران ها بسته شده در یک نقطه در طول شیوع بیماری است. دیگر تغییر کرده است متمرکز بر روی تجهیزات. با وجود اینکه خسته از کار 14 ساعت در روز آتش نشانی تیم را برای پاکسازی همه چیز هر روز از جمله ایستگاه های تجهیزات و دنده.


حداقل یک خانه برای یک خانواده و دو outbuildings نابود شده اند در سی ان ان. اما بدون آسیب گزارش شده است. مقامات آتش از سی ان ان گفت که مراکز تخلیه خواهد اجرا covid-19 پروتکل های مانند دما نمایش فیلم بر ورود ماسک و اجتماعی فاصله.

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