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Monday, March 16, 2020

Business News, Updates

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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. (MRNA)

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:49 AM PDT

A health worker fills a syringe with Ebola vaccine before injecting it to a patient, in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 5, 2019.Baz Ratner / Reuters

  • The first person has received an experimental coronavirus vaccine in the first clinical trial to test a candidate.
  • The announcement continues a historically speedy development timeline for the potential vaccine, which was developed by Moderna, a small Massachusetts biotech company. 
  • In record time, Moderna went from sequencing the virus' genetic information to shipping a vaccine candidate to US health officials in 42 days.
  • The vaccine is now in its first trial in people, focused on determing its safety by giving it to 45 healthy volunteers in the Seattle area.
  • The company's CEO Stephane Bancel told Business Insider the quickness came from using its novel vaccine technology, which only requires the virus' genetic code instead of the virus itself.
  • Moderna's vaccine still has a long ways to go. It will take at least a year to 18 months to determine if the vaccine is safe and effective, according to US health officials.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The first person in the world has been dosed with a potential coronavirus vaccine.

The start of a clinical trial marks historically fast progress in developing a vaccine in the face of a pandemic.  The virus was genetically sequened only about two months ago.

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Workday offering employees two weeks worth of pay as a one-time cash bonus to offset 'unforeseen costs' from the coronavirus crisis (WDAY)

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:47 AM PDT

Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri

  • Workday is offering a one time cash bonus, equivalent to two weeks of pay, to its employees to help offset unforeseen costs brought on by the coronavirus. 
  • It doesn't apply to the company's executives, Workday says.
  • Workday says this is expected to add about $80 million to the company's quarterly expenses. 
  • Workday says that it's partially a way to help parents who might be working at home but not have childcare support, as schools close amid the spread of the virus.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories

Many companies are asking employees who can to work from home, to mitigate the effects brought on by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Workday is doing that, and more: It's offering employees a one time cash bonus, equivalent to two weeks of pay, to its employees to help offset unforeseen costs brought on by the coronavirus, according to a blog entry.

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3 places to put your money when you're worried the stock market is too risky

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:46 AM PDT

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You can't invest in the stock market without taking on some degree of risk.

But your capacity for risk and your tolerance for risk are slightly different things. Even if you can afford to invest (risk capacity), there's still a chance you don't have the stomach for it (risk tolerance).

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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The story behind the air force display team video that's become a symbol of Italy's battle with coronavirus

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:45 AM PDT

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  • The scene of the Italian Air Force display team performing their trademark final maneuver has gone viral, so much so president of the United States used it for a message of encouragement to Italy.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Italy is, after China, world's most affected country by the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The latest figures tell of about 2,500 tested positive to Covid-19 and more than 1,800 people dead. For about a week now, the whole country is on lockdown to slow down the new infections and death toll and the Italians have relied on emotional flashmobs and social media initiatives to break monotony and lift spirits.

Among all the things that have been used to boost morale in this tough period, one has really emerged as a symbol of unity: the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force display team. A clip showing the Frecce's 10 MB.339A/PAN aircraft performing their final maneuver went viral, quickly reaching well beyond the (virtual) borders of the Italian social media channels.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle has been a total flop, but here are 12 other e-bikes from scrappy upstarts that may find the success it couldn't

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:44 AM PDT

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  • Harley-Davidson's CEO stepped down late last month amid struggles at the company, including lackluster sales of the brand's first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire. 
  • The LiveWire's steep MSRP and low range meant it didn't catch on with young riders as Harley had hoped, but there are plenty of EV bike manufacturers looking to challenge the industry icon.
  • Zero Motorcycles, Cake, Lightning, and others sell electric motorcycles without household names, and their lineups are expanding by the day. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Between an aging customer base, slumping sales, and new tariffs eating into profits, Harley-Davidson has had a rough go of it as of late. On top of all that, plenty of upstart motorcycle companies are looking to steal market share with their forward-looking, battery-powered bikes. 

Late last month, amid the above issues, Harley-Davidson CEO Matthew Levatich abruptly stepped down after 26 years with the company. Levatich had bet that Harley's first electric offering — the LiveWire — could jump-start sales and attract younger riders, but the electric motorcycle has, so far, failed to deliver.

Manufacturing issues delayed LiveWire deliveries, while a steep MSRP of nearly $30,000 likely put off younger, less affluent riders. A limited combined city-highway range of only 95 miles also cuts down on the LiveWire's appeal — for just a few thousand more, you can buy a Tesla Model 3 with a claimed 250 miles of range. 

But the LiveWire isn't the only option for motorcycle riders in the market for a greener alternative to their gas-guzzling bike. Several electric-bike startups — based in the US and abroad — are looking to get in on the EV trend.

Take a look at some of the electric motorcycles competing with Harley's LiveWire below:

Lightning is one of the more established electric-motorcycle manufacturers in operation, and the Strike is its latest bike.

Lightning

Lightning, which has been around since 2009, has a carbon-edition Strike now available for preorder. The bike claims a combined range of up to 152 miles, a top speed of 150 mph, and a motor good for 120 horsepower. 

It comes with a sticker price of just under $20,000. 



Lightning says its LS-218, with a claimed 218-mph top speed, is the fastest production motorcycle in the world.

Lightning

The sport bike is available with three different battery packs and offers a maximum range of 180 miles, but if we're honest, this bike really isn't built for long cruises — its speed runs prove that. 

The LS-218 carries a base MSRP of $38,888.



Zero Motorcycles has a full lineup of electric motorcycles, including the Zero S and SR.

Zero Motorcycles

The S and SR models sport combined ranges of 60 miles and 120 miles, respectively. But an optional long-range upgrade bumps the SR's range to 150 miles combined, or 223 miles in the city. The more powerful SR gets a motor worth 70 horses and 116 pound-feet of torque, according to Zero.

The base-model Zero S costs $10,995, while the Zero SR can be had for as low as $15,495. 




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How to change your Discord account password, and keep your data secure

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:43 AM PDT

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  • You can change your Discord password as a safety precaution, or if you believe your old one is no longer secure.
  • To change your Discord password, you'll need to head to your Discord account's options menu.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

So, you've been hacked. Someone found one of your passwords, or there was a data breach, and now you need to change all your login information.

If you use Discord as your primary communication tool, there's a lot of material you might not want to get out. Luckily, Discord lets you change your password at any time. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Working from home? Here are the steps all workers and companies should take to avoid cyberattacks, according to experts

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:39 AM PDT

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  • As more offices direct employees to work from home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, companies are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.
  • The increase in web apps used by companies for online work and virtual meetings will inflate hackers' potential targets.
  • Cybersecurity experts told Business Insider about steps that businesses and workers can take to make sure they're working from home securely.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

For workers being instructed to work from home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, doing jobs remotely can be a major adjustment. For hackers, it can be an opportunity.

Remote work means a rise in the number of devices employees are using for their jobs, and an increase in the use of online conferencing tools like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and Slack. That shift also give hackers a larger number of potential targets.

Cybersecurity research firms are predicting a spike in hacks and breaches targeting businesses as the COVID-19 outbreak continues, Business Insider's Jeff Elder reported last week. The Department of Homeland Security has also advised businesses to prepare for new cybersecurity threats arising from work-from-home arrangements.

Business Insider asked cybersecurity experts about measures workers and companies can take to significantly reduce their vulnerability while working from home. Here's what they recommend.

Companies should make sure their workers are up to speed on basic security hygiene, including strong passwords and multifactor authentication.

Reuters

"With a remote workforce and everybody working digitally, the threat landscape certainly increases," said Kiersten Todt, managing director of the Cyber Readiness Institute and former cybersecurity adviser to the Obama administration. "Now's a really good time to look at all the capabilities you could be using, like multifactor authentication, and to turn them on."



Workers should be especially wary of suspicious emails and avoid clicking on links that are new or unfamiliar to them.

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Hackers are already running phishing scams that capitalize on COVID-19 fears, posing as health authorities to get people to click on malicious links. 

"For now, individuals are going to be a lot more targeted because they know there's going to be a path to company assets," said Stephen Breidenbach, co-chair of the cybersecurity practice at the law firm Morick Hock & Hamroff. "I would not be surprised to see an attacker posing as tech support targeting the employee who is outside of the office now."



As a general rule, never share personal or financial information via email or message.

Joey Hadden/Business Insider

Most phishing schemes aim to extract people's personal information or login credentials as quickly as possible. If you think someone at your company is asking for your personal information, call them to confirm, and if necessary, give them the information via phone.




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'We could be Italy': US Surgeon General says country needs to get 'aggressive' like South Korea and China to fight coronavirus pandemic

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:37 AM PDT

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  • US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Monday warned the US could face a similar situation to that of the one in Italy without "aggressive" actions like those taken by South Korea. 
  • Italy has had the largest COVID-19 outbreak outside of China, with more than 1,800 deaths so far.
  • Adams reiterated that the best way to prevent the spread was by washing your hands and avoiding people who are ill.
  • "We have a choice to make as a nation," he said.
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US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Monday warned that the US could suffer the same fate as Italy as both countries grapple with the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We have a choice to make as a nation," Adams said in an appearance on Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "Do we want to go the direction of South Korea and really be aggressive and lower our mortality rates, or do we want to go the direction of Italy?"

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio violates his own government's recommendations and hits the gym in Brooklyn amid the coronavirus shutdown

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:32 AM PDT

Mayor Bill de Blasio AP Photo/Richard Drew

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio worked out at his YMCA on Monday morning as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced all non-essential businesses, including gyms, would be forced to close indefinitely. 
  • The New York City government has requested that all residents remain in their homes except for essential activities like grocery shopping, medical services, and work, if they're not able to work from home. 
  • The mayor's decision to go to the gym despite the city lockdown provoked criticism and ridicule from some reporters and city residents. 
  • The mayor defended his last workout before the shutdown.
  • "The mayor wanted to visit a place that keeps him grounded one last time," a spokesperson said.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio worked out at his Brooklyn YMCA on Monday morning just before New York State announced that virtually all non-essential businesses, including gyms, must close indefinitely during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The New York City government requested on Sunday night that all residents remain in their homes except for essential activities like grocery shopping, medical services, and work, if they're not able to work from home. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Future of Fintech: Funding's New Guard

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:31 AM PDT

Over the last decade, fintech has established itself as a fundamental part of the world’s financial services ecosystem.

Today, fintech financing is surging across the globe, despite major banks remaining cautious about acquisitions.

Instead, three emerging trends are fueling the current fintech boom: new geographical fintech centers, more late-stage mega-rounds, and the rise of fintech-focused venture firms.

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LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault lost a total of $7.7 billion over the course of one day as the coronavirus continued to hit luxury stocks

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:30 AM PDT

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Luxury brands are seeing the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, and it's looking ugly.

On March 9, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the entire country would be put on lockdown, as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise. Italian factories are worried about both the production and selling of their goods, domestically and internationally.

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New York expands eviction suspension statewide as coronavirus cases surpass 700

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:27 AM PDT

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In New York state, more than 700 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

As the virus continues to spread, state officials have indefinitely halted all eviction proceedings and eviction orders.

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NY Gov. Cuomo just sounded the biggest alarm on the coronavirus: 'Deploy the Army Corps of Engineers ... And if you don't do it, you know what is going to happen'

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:26 AM PDT

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  • NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered the strongest warning to date of any major American politician on the severity of the coronavirus. 
  • Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Cuomo's press conference was a stiff rebuke of the Trump administration's response to the pandemic..
  • "Deploy the Army Corps of Engineers to work with states to help us build temporary facilities," Cuomo said. "And if you don't do it, you know what is going to happen."
  • Detailing the math behind the outbreak, Cuomo said he does not believe New York will be able to "flatten the curve," and that the hospitals will be overrun without federal assistance.
  • "I want federal action. You can't have one state taking actions that are different than other states... This is like the reverse federalism. This is a national pandemic, and there are no national rules."
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a strong warning about the severity and looming crisis of the coronavirus during a press conference Monday morning. 

Cuomo, 62, said the math behind the growth of the virus has him concerned about the Empire State's hospital system. 

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This smart air fryer connects with an app that has dozens of recipes and a remote on/off function, and it makes perfect fries in 30 minutes

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:23 AM PDT

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  • A high-quality air fryer browns its contents quickly using minimal oil, keeps you out of harm's way with helpful safety features, and has a large capacity without taking up too much room.
  • I like the Cosori Smart WiFi Air Fryer because it's dishwasher safe, cooks quickly, and is Wi-Fi-connected.
  • Though it's in the middle of the pack price-wise (currently $119.99 on Amazon), the air fryer is supported by a useful app full of recipes and has a spacious 5.8-quart capacity.
  • For additional coverage, take a look at our guide to the best air fryers.
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Air fryers are starting to become a fixture in kitchens across the country thanks to their affordability and convenience. For the uninitiated, an air fryer is essentially an energy-efficient, fast-cooking convection oven that fits on your counter. It uses heated air to produce the Maillard reaction that gives deep-fried food its distinct browned exterior while keeping the insides moist. Air fryers do this with a fraction of the oil, making them a healthier alternative to the deep fryer.

Air fryers have been on the market for a decade now. In that timeframe, several companies have entered the space with impressive innovations. With the introduction of the Smart WiFi Air Fryer, Cosori is the first to bring the air fryer to the Digital Age. The addition of Wi-Fi-connectivity makes this outstanding appliance even better. I had the chance to test out the new smart air fryer, and here are the details of my experiences with it.

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The CDC recommends wearing disposable latex gloves when disinfecting your home — here's where to buy them affordably as prices on cleaning supplies surge

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:21 AM PDT

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  • Latex, nitrile, and vinyl gloves can be used for a number of purposes, like protecting your hands while you clean your home or office. The CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves while cleaning and throwing them out after you're done using them. 
  • As fears of the new coronavirus send prices soaring, we researched affordable purchasing options for latex gloves, and we'll do our best to keep this list updated with in-stock items.
  • Find a pack of 100 nitrile gloves for $9.52, 100 latex gloves for $11.29, or 100 nitrile gloves for $16.74, all available on Amazon.

Door handles, kitchen counters, tables, phones, and other commonly touched surfaces function as somewhat of a breeding ground for germs. Certain bacteria and viruses can live on these surfaces. For example, according to the CDC, current evidence suggests that the novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces depending on the materials.

After coming into contact with any commonly touched surface in your home, it's a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water — make sure you lather for at least 20 seconds, getting under your fingernails and scrubbing the back of your hands. If you don't have the resources available to wash your hands at a given moment, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is another good option.

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Holding your breath can't help you self-diagnose the coronavirus. Here's what you should do instead.

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:20 AM PDT

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  • A viral email has circulated claiming that holding your breath for 10 seconds can help you self-diagnose the coronavirus, but experts say that's not true. 
  • The same email also claims drinking lots of water and taking sips at least every 15 minutes can also prevent the virus by "washing it down" before it can cause infection. This is also false.
  • If you suspect you may have coronavirus, have recently traveled to an infected area, show symptoms like a fever and dry cough, or have been in close contact with people who tested positive, seek medical help immediately. 
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People are continuing to take precautions against the spread of the coronavirus worldwide, even as disinfecting products run out and the number of cases continues to rise. Fears about the virus, however, have also prompted the spread of misinformation on how to prevent from getting sick, and inaccurate advice on how to know if you do have COVID-19.

In particular, there is one popular text thread circulating via email and social media that claims to have "serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19." Among other things, it wrongly says that people who can hold their breath for 10 seconds without coughing can be assured that they don't have a coronavirus infection.

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The 24 most expensive products Apple has ever sold (AAPL)

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:18 AM PDT

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  • People are still getting used to the fact that Apple's high-end iPhones now cost more than $1,000, but back when Apple first started selling its computers, the company was regularly pricing its products in the thousands.
  • The most expensive products Apple has ever sold include not only some of its oldest desktop computers, but also some newer desktops, laptops, and wearables.
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Even though Apple has launched more affordable products in recent years, like the $700 iPhone 11 and $329 iPad, the company still a reputation for selling premium, high-end products.

The $1,000 iPhone 11 Pro may seem expensive, especially considering new data shows that most people aren't willing to spend that much money on a new smartphone. But Apple's history is filled with products that are priced much higher than its new top-of-the-line smartphones.

We took a look back on some of the most expensive products that Apple has ever offered. 

Nick Vega contributed to an earlier version of this report. 

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019) — $1,450

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Apple's iPhone 11 may be cheaper than 2018's iPhone XS and XR, but its top-of-the-line iPhone will still cost you a pretty penny. The highest configuration of Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max, which comes with 512 GB of storage, will cost $1,450. 

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the larger version of Apple's high-end iPhone. It has a 6.5-inch screen, compared to the standard iPhone 11 Pro's 5.8-inch screen, and a triple-lens camera unlike the $700 iPhone 11.

Apple's iPhone XS Max was priced similarly when it launched in 2018. 



Apple Watch Hermès (Series 5, 2019) — $1,500

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The Apple Watch Hermès edition, which was designed in partnership with the French fashion brand, will cost you $1,500 if you opt for the stainless steel version with the Single Tour Deployment buckle that supports both GPS and cellular connectivity. The Apple Watch Hermès collection is a line of Apple Watches that come with special cases, bands, and watch faces that Apple and Hermes created together.



iPad Pro (2018) - $1,700

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Apple's largest and most powerful iPad costs nearly $2,000. That's if you opt for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which has a screen that's almost as large as a 13-inch laptop, configured with 1 TB of storage space and cellular connectivity in addition to W-Fi.




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'Unit 29155': Putin's assassination squad — suspected of killings all over Europe — received diplomatic cover from the Russian mission in Switzerland

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:17 AM PDT

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  • Unit 29155, the Russian assassination squad operating with impunity across Europe, received diplomatic cover from the Russian mission in Switzerland.
  • Unfortunately, one of the main suspects relocated back to Russia before authorities could detain him. 
  • "We were not thrilled that these activities hit the media when they did because we were watching some of these guys in hopes of identifying the unit and its members," an intelligence source told Insider. 
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A secret unit of the Russian intelligence services accused of three killings or attempted assassinations across Europe and the UK, plus an attempted coup in Montenegro,  has used diplomatic cover for operations around the continent, according to intelligence officials and open-source researchers who talked to Insider. 

The revelation that "Unit 29155" has used diplomatic passports from the Russian mission in Switzerland brought new scrutiny by European intelligence services tracking the unit's operatives.

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11 extreme measures China took to contain the coronavirus show the rest of the world is unprepared for COVID-19

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:16 AM PDT

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The novel coronavirus is slowing down across China, just as the pandemic accelerates rapidly elsewhere around the world. On Sunday, there were just 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country where the disease originated, in the city of Wuhan, last year, while elsewhere around the world, 10,955 new cases were diagnosed.

A recent multilateral mission to China by health authorities from around the globe has revealed the rest of the world "is simply not ready" to tackle the coronavirus with the speed and seriousness that China has, as the World Health Organization's Dr. Bruce Aylward, who led the international team of 25 health experts, told reporters upon his return

"Hundreds of thousands of people in China did not get COVID-19 because of this aggressive response," Aylward said, adding that the techniques were "old-fashioned public-health tools" but applied "with a rigor and innovation of approach on a scale that we've never seen in history." 

At the same time, professors, journalists and doctors in China have been silenced and disappeared, after they've shared vital information about the coronavirus outbreak — without the consent of the Chinese government. 

Here are 11 of the dramatic — and draconian — disease-fighting tools that China has used to end the spread of the new coronavirus.

Trains didn't stop at the disease's epicenter, Wuhan.

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While Aylward's team disembarked their train in Wuhan, the disease's epicenter, many other empty trains kept moving. 

"Trains whirr right through the station. I mean continually now for a month," Aylward told reporters after his trip. "The big inner city trains, they roll right through, with the blinds down."

Trains, as well as other tightly-packed forms of transportation, can serve as vectors of illness, Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, clinical assistant professor at University of Tennessee Erlanger and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, previously told Insider

"The more people, the more closely packed, and the more poorly ventilated the space, you can imagine that's a bad situation — it's why the CDC [US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is now discouraging people from going on cruise ships — because there are a ton of people, they're in very close quarters, and they're a totally captive audience," she said, adding that a packed concert or a conference would also fall into those avoid-at-all-costs categories.

The CDC also issued new guidance to Americans on Sunday, recommending everyone cancel all gatherings of 50 people or more until May. 



People who thought they might have the coronavirus could go to one of the nation's many fever clinics.

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People who thought they had the novel coronavirus in China would often be sent to a special fever clinic, which have been widespread since the country dealt with an aggressive SARS outbreak in 2002. Their temperature would be taken, and they'd discuss their symptoms, medical history, travel history, and any prior contact with anyone infected with a doctor.

If necessary, patients might receive a CT scan, which is one way to do an initial screening for COVID-19.

"Each machine did maybe 200 a day. Five, 10 minutes a scan," Aylward told the New York Times. "A typical hospital in the West does one or two an hour."

After all that, if you were still a suspect case, you'd get swabbed and a coronavirus PCR test would be run through a machine. Even during the peak of the outbreak, a lot of people came in to the fever clinics with colds, flus, and runny noses, looking for reassurance they didn't have the novel coronavirus.

In the Chinese province of Guangdong, for example, which is a more than 10-hour drive away from Wuhan, there were 320,000 COVID-19 tests done in the clinics. At the peak of the outbreak, only 0.47% of those tests were positive for the coronavirus. 

More recently, there's been a massive drop in the amount of people coming to the clinics worried that they're sick.

"According to the national data, fever clinics went from seeing 46,000 people per day at one point, and it's now down to 1,000," Aylward told Vox. 

 



Coronavirus testing was easily accessible and free.

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Patients in the fever clinics who were confirmed to have the coronavirus were either sent to an isolation center or hospital, Aylward told the Times. 

"In Wuhan, in the beginning, it was 15 days from getting sick to hospitalization," he said. "They got it down to two days from symptoms to isolation."

The government also made clear that testing for the new virus was free, and COVID-19-related charges that weren't covered by a person's insurance would be paid for by the government. 

In the US, COVID-19 testing capacity still lags far behind many other countries. Though drive-through testing sites are opening up in certain spots, public health laboratories have tested just over 22,713 specimens across the US. In South Korea, a country that is one-sixth the size, more than 274,000 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus so far, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"South Korea and China got through this in two to four weeks," Dr. Rishi Desai, a former epidemic intelligence service officer in the CDC Division of Viral Diseases told Business Insider. "The dangerous thing is that our healthcare system stands to get overrun."

 




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