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Yes, Netflix still mails DVDs — here's how to sign up for Netflix's DVD Plan, and rent movies with no late fees

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:28 AM PDT

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  • Yes, Netflix will still mail you DVDs if you pay separately for a DVD subscription plan.
  • Netflix has two different DVD plans that you can add to your account: Standard, which lets you rent one disc at a time, and Premier, which lets you rent two.
  • Netflix's Standard DVD plan is $7.99 a month, and the Premier plan is $11.99 a month.
  • Both plans come with a one month free trial, and you can also add Blu-rays for a few dollars more each month.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

When Netflix first launched in the late 1990s, it exclusively shipped DVDs to homes around the United States. Within a decade, it branched out to online streaming, and now it's one of the biggest streaming services in the world.

However, you can still rent DVDs (and Blu-rays) using Netflix. The only catch is that it's a separate subscription and will cost you extra on top of your pre-existing Netflix streaming plan, if you have one.

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World Health Organization: Young people aren't invincible, and 'this virus could kill you'

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:28 AM PDT

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  • During a media briefing on Wednesday, the World Health Organization's director general delivered a message for young people: "You are not invincible" and are vulnerable to the novel coronavirus
  • "This virus could put you in the hospital for weeks or even kill you," he said. 
  • While original reports about the virus emphasized how older people and those with certain health conditions are most at risk, it's become clear that younger people can get seriously ill or die too. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

While most warnings about the novel coronavirus have focused on vulnerable populations, including older adults and those with underlying conditions, the World Health Organization's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, directed a message on Wednesday to a different group: young people. 

"Although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared," he said, adding that there are a "significant" number of cases in people under 50. 

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8 online bedding startups that make some of the most comfortable sheets we've ever tried

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:27 AM PDT

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  • With so many bedding brands to choose from, it can be overwhelming, uninspiring, and expensive to find the best set of sheets for your bed. 
  • After testing them ourselves over the years, online startups like Brooklinen, Parachute, and Boll & Branch are great places to buy sheets.
  • Their bedding is priced lower than luxury competitors', but it's no less comfortable, beautiful, and durable. 
  • One interior designer we spoke to recommends sticking with classic white sheets if you're having difficulty making a decision. Another tip: think about the types of fabrics that you like to wear on your body. 
  • See more: The best sheets and the best duvet covers

It's difficult to attribute a good night's sleep to a single factor. Certainly, a supportive mattress helps. So does a fluffy pillow. Another important part of the equation — one that can sometimes be overlooked or bought in haste — is your sheets. 

No one can say they don't love settling into a soft, cool bed at the end of a long day, or lazily stretching out on top of perfectly rumpled sheets on a weekend morning. It's this highly sought-after feeling in a long-uninspired industry that has prompted numerous direct-to-consumer bedding startups to launch in the last five years. 

Aesthetically, a lot of these new companies are difficult to differentiate, but there are certain distinctions that could make one a better choice for your specific needs. Before you upgrade your sheets, read up on what these bedding startups offer and what you should buy from each one, and check out what interior design experts have to say about finding the best bedding for your space. 

How to shop for sheets for your bedroom

If you don't know where to start when it comes to finding bedding that matches your style and bedroom, interior designer and author James Farmer tells Insider Reviews, "Shop for sheets like you do your shirts! Think about your favorite shirt. Is it a pressed cotton button-down? Slightly starched and cool? Or do you prefer a warm, worn tee? For me, I prefer a pressed pillowcase and pressed shirt, so that's my 'go-to' for bed linens." 

If you really want to make shopping easy, go with white sheets, he says. "Crisp and white matches everything, plus it launders wonderfully." But you can still have some fun. "I love a monogram, too. So keep your sheets white and allow your design aesthetic to have some pop with your monogram, shams, or bedding." 

Shop sheets from these 8 bedding startups:  

Note: All prices are for Queen size offerings. 



Shop bedding at Brooklinen here

Why you'll like it: More than 50,000 glowing online reviews and our own executive editor's love for the brand stem from the great value that Brooklinen offers. For less than $200, you can get four pillowcases, a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and a duvet cover — and this isn't just a convenient bundle that will pill or fray after a few washes. Its signature cotton percale sheets are cool and crisp, giving you a comfortable night's sleep. While its core business is cotton bedding, Brooklinen also sells heathered cashmere and linen collections. 

What to buy: 

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Shop bedding at Parachute here

Why you'll like it: If you still dream about the hotel linens you slept on during your European vacation, shop at Parachute to bring home the same comfortable and luxurious experience. It sells three different fabrics: percale (lightweight, breathable), sateen (smooth, but not shiny), and linen (textured, laid-back). Like other sites, you can shop bundled sets, but you also have the freedom to customize your own and buy for your exact style.

What to buy: 

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Shop bedding at Coyuchi here

Why you'll like it: In our opinion, Coyuchi's eco-friendly practices make it the best sustainable bedding startup. It's the first North American company to use miDori bioSoft green technology, which softens sheets with a plant-based formula, and it meets a slew of other standards and certifications that mean it tries to do the least damage to the environment as possible. It also has a unique Subscribe and Save program that sends you linen replenishments at a low monthly rate and recycles your old sheets for you. 

What to buy:

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The best treadmills for your home gym

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:22 AM PDT

  • A quality treadmill allows you to workout from the comfort of your home and is a great addition to any at-home gym setup. 
  • Though treadmill features vary depending on specific makes and models, the most important qualities are power, reliability, and comfort. 
  • For a great all-around treadmill, the NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill is a great buy.

When building a home gym, you'll find plenty of strange equipment on the market. There are at-home personal trainers masquerading as mirrors and interactive punching bags that turn your living room into a boxing gym. Some are even reminiscent of ancient torture devices rather than helpful weight-loss machines.

But few at-home options have endured the changing landscape of at-home fitness quite like the treadmill. It's easy to see why, too. They're great for maintaining cardio fitness, preparing for road races like 2-milers or 5Ks, or serving as a complement to your weekly workout routine — especially for anyone who doesn't have time to always make it to a physical gym or run outside. 

Compared to other types of machines, treadmills are also just dead simple to use. You simply run or walk on the belt, and a motor moves the belt under your feet at whatever speed you select. But treadmills offer a whole host of different features that'll help you gain exactly the kinds of training and health benefits you need. Some treadmills are advanced, offering high-tech features like touchscreen displays and live-streamed classes, while others are more basic.

We've included a variety of treadmill types at a number of price points to help you find the best option for your needs. Be aware, though, treadmills are expensive and cheaper models don't always last as long or work as well in the long run.

Here are the best treadmills you can buy:

The best treadmill overall


The NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill isn't a perfect treadmill, but its high-tech features and great running experience make it a great buy for less than $1,000

If you love to run, you'll want a good-quality treadmill that doesn't break the bank, and the NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill is a great option with its high-tech features, good motor, decent-sized running belt, and relatively affordable sub-$1,000 price tag.

The 7-inch screen can connect to your Wi-fi so you can watch Netflix while you run or view the metrics for your workout. You can even pretend you're running outside with access to Google Maps. It even has a fan to cool you down. Top Fitness Magazine review says the touchscreen is a great addition that breaks up the monotony of running on a treadmill.

Nordic Track offers several pre-set workouts from the iFit library, which is something Amazon buyers love. USA Home Gym says this treadmill has plenty of accessories to make your workout more enjoyable, including a tablet shelf, a port for your music player, a smartphone tray, and a water bottle holder.

The treadmill has a belt size of 20 by 60 inches and a 3.0-horsepower motor, which should be adequate for most people. Considering its sub $1,000 price, the C 990 has some nice features for average runners, Fit Rated says.

The only downside is that several Amazon reviewers report longevity problems, as well as poor customer service. Nordic Track does offer a lifetime frame and motor warranty, a 3-year parts warranty, and a one-year labor warranty.

Pros: 7-inch screen, decent belt size, 3 horsepower motor, pre-set workouts, relatively affordable, entertainment features

Cons: Longevity of treadmill is questionable, may have customer service problems

The best treadmill for quiet workouts

3G Cardio

The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill delivers excellent performance and runs quieter than most treadmills.

Few treadmills made for use at home will deliver the kind of quiet performance that the 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill delivers. It's made for tall or heavy runners looking a tough workout, but you'll pay more than $3,000 for the kind of quality that this 3G Cardio unit delivers.

It has an Ortho Flex Shock suspension system to minimize the stress of impact for runners, and the 22 by 62-inch platform is perfect for running. Tall people will also love it, according to Home Treadmill Reviews. 

The 3G Cardio comes with many pre-programmed workouts and a fitness level test. You have access to speed and elevation settings, heart rate control, and workout customization.

The 3G Cardio treadmill has a 4.0 horsepower motor and 3-inch rollers for great performance. Treadmill Reviews says the strong motor and the sturdy design of the treadmill ensure that it runs quietly, which is a blessing in a home gym.

As you would expect with a treadmill with such a high price point, the 3G Cardio Elite consists of thick steel tubing in the frame. In its review, Best Fitness Equipment says both are key in providing longevity and good performance. If something should go wrong, 3G Cardio offers a 10-year parts warranty and two years of in-home repairs.

One Amazon buyer speaks for many, saying that the 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill compares favorably to the types of high-quality treadmills found in professional gyms. The only big downside is how big and heavy it is at 400 pounds. It's also rather expensive, so this is really only for serious runners who want a treadmill that will last a lifetime.

Pros: Strong steel frame that will support a lot of weight, unit runs quieter than most treadmills, large treadmill belt area for tall runners, includes a large motor to compare favorably to gym treadmills

Cons: Extremely high price point, very heavy equipment that is difficult to move around

The best treadmill for race training


The ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill will help you train for your next road race indoors when the weather is bad.

Runners who are looking for a treadmill with good all-around training capabilities will like the reasonably-priced ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill.

It has a 3.5-horsepower motor, which allows it to stand up to daily use, and it boasts a belt deck that measures 22 by 60 inches, which is perfect for most runners. When you're training for races with hills, you'll appreciate this treadmill's ability to reach a 15% incline and a 3% decline, which better simulates hills than most other treadmills, according to the Top Fitness Magazine review.

The ProForm treadmill also has a number of techy features, including a 7-inch screen that's compatible with iFit workouts, a music port for iPods, and many workout apps. It also has ProShox Cushioning to lessen the impact for runners. 

Overall, reviewers like this treadmill for average runners. Fit Rated says the Pro 2000 delivers a strong level of features and performance for an entry-level treadmill, as long as you don't need a heavy-duty cardio trainer. Treadmill Reviews agrees that it's a good option for the price.

Buyers mostly praise the treadmill, and one Amazon reviewer says the ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill works well both for regular training runs as well as for interval training.

However, several Amazon customers express disappointment with the level of customer service they received after having problems with the unit.

Pros: Good motor, large running belt of 22 by 60 inches, includes both an incline and a decline setting, offers good interval training features

Cons: Customer service may be disappointing if you have problems, very heavy treadmill

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CULTIVATED: How the cannabis industry is preparing for — and reeling from — the coronavirus pandemic

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:20 AM PDT

22 small gifts and gestures for friends or family members who are having a hard time self-isolating or social distancing

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:17 AM PDT

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  • As the novel coronavirus progresses, many are finding themselves in quarantine, self-quarantine, or practicing social distancing.
  • The situation can feel overwhelming and isolating, but sending someone you love a small gift during a difficult time can be a meaningful expression of kindness. 
  • While those who are quarantined and not feeling well should never open a door to accept deliveries, many of the products and services below are entirely hands-free, as noted throughout. 

Staying connected to those you love, but cannot physically be with, is a lofty task. It's often difficult to replicate the joy experienced through quality time with friends and family, and while technology has made it easier than ever to stay in touch, nothing beats giving someone you love a hug. 

As the novel coronavirus continues to progress, more and more people find themselves practicing social distancing, self-isolating, or in quarantine as they recover. It's an overwhelming and isolating time for many, but I've found hope in the small ways I've been able to connect with those I care about.

My time spent in service journalism has encouraged me to get creative in the ways that I express my care, and I've found that small and unexpected surprises can go a long way. 

While many of these products and services are entirely hands-free, some require opening a door, touching a delivered package, or interacting with the person who makes the delivery. It's important to note that those who are in quarantine should not be opening the door to receive deliveries, and we encourage you to stick to the entirely digital options in this case. 

A refreshing and uplifting take on postcards


Friendship Maintenance: 30 Postcards to Say How Much You Freaking Care, $11.18, available at Walmart and Amazon

I've had this set of postcards for about two years now, and it's an automatic day-maker for birthdays, long-distance friendships, or just spontaneously saying hi. The messages strike the perfect balance between quirky and caring, so they read in the exact way that my close friends and I communicate.

A necklace that supports a worthy cause

Resilience Necklace, $48, available at

It takes a whole lot of resilience to persevere during uncertain times. These necklaces are sold through's Feel Better Campaign, which seeks to promote mental health awareness. Proceeds from the collection support Bring Change to Mind, a non-profit that works to de-stigmatize mental health. 

A book that'll keep any writer busy

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300 Writing Prompts, $7.98, available at Barnes & Noble

Nothing brings me more joy than writing, and with many guided writing journals out there, this is the one I turn back to every time. The prompts are the perfect balance between intellectually stimulating and just plain fun, and I often find my responses to be the coping mechanism I didn't know I needed. I'm confident any writer will welcome this distraction from the inundation of screen time that's encompassed recent days.

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As Congress grapples with how to pay people affected by the coronavirus downturn, this non-profit is giving Americans $1,000 immediately

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:16 AM PDT

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  • As Congress debates providing American workers with direct cash transfers, one non-profit is taking matters into their own hands and giving needy Americans cash immediately. 
  • The non-profit organization GiveDirectly is mailing Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) $1,000 checks beginning with 200 recipients next week.
  • GiveDirectly's chief financial officer Joe Huston said the organization has enough funding to send 200 checks out immediately, and hopes to expand the program to help more people. 
  • Advocates of direct cash transfers and universal basic income hope that giving cash to the poor as a policy becomes less stigmatized and deployed more often as a result of the coronavirus crisis. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

As congressional leaders debate legislation to provide American workers with direct cash transfers amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, one organization is taking matters into their own hands and piloting a program to give vulnerable Americans $1,000 beginning next week. 

The novel coronavirus' rapid spread has already resulted in thousands of Americans either losing their jobs, getting laid off, or having their hours cut. There are at least 16,000 cases of the virus reported in the US so far, with 213 deaths.

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The FDA is allowing two drugs to be used for 'compassionate use' to treat the coronavirus. Here's what that means.

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:15 AM PDT

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  • During a Thursday press conference, President Trump said the drugs chloroquine and remdesivir would soon be available to treat people with COVID-19.
  • Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn clarified the drugs would actually be available only for "compassionate use."
  • The term "compassionate use" refers to using a drug off-label when other treatment options are not available.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

During a Thursday press conference, President Trump said the drugs chloroquine and remdesivir would soon be available to treat people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn later clarified Trump's comments, saying the drugs would actually be available only for "compassionate use."

Compassionate use refers to using a drug off-label when other treatment options aren't available.

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These are the jobs deemed 'essential' under New York's new coronavirus executive order

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:08 AM PDT

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  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new slate of measures to combat the coronavirus during a Friday press briefing, ratcheting up the state's workforce reduction to 100%.
  • However, there are exceptions for those who work in "essential services."
  • Shortly after Cuomo finished taking questions, New York state released a list of professions and workplaces that count as essential.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

New restrictions on which businesses can stay open and who can go to work will take effect in New York State on Sunday evening. 

Employers will go from having only half of their staff in the office at one time to a 100% reduction, with a carve out for "essential services," according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

New York State now has a list of professions and workplaces that will not have to abide by the order to stay home. 


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Those who work at hospitals, research and laboratory locations, dentist offices, nursing homes, medical supply facilities and walk-in care centers are all exempt from staying at home.

Cuomo has enlisted private labs and established drive through locations to increase the number of COVID-19 tests amid a nationwide shortage.


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Those who work in public utilities, power generation, telecommunications, the airline industry and public transportation are exempt.


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The manufacturing sector has a bunch of exceptions under the 100% workforce reduction, including: 

  • Food processing, including all foods and beverages
  • Chemicals
  • Medical equipment/instruments
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Safety and sanitary products
  • Telecommunications
  • Microelectronics/semi-conductor
  • Agriculture/farms
  • Paper products

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The Costco corporate office stayed open even after the death of a worker with coronavirus. Now 2 more Costco corporate employees have tested positive.

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:07 AM PDT

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  • Two more Costco employees at the company's Issaquah, Washington offices have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • In a Thursday email from a Costco executive, which was viewed by Business Insider, corporate employees were informed about two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the company's campus.
  • The news comes shortly after a Costco Travel employee on the Issaquah campus died Sunday after testing positive for the virus. 
  • The offices on the campus are still open, though the vast majority of employees are working from home.
  • Costco did not return Business Insider's request for comment.
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As more people on Costco's corporate campus at Issaquah, Washington become infected with the coronavirus, the company has not yet made the decision to fully close down its offices there.

The campus remained open after a Costco Travel employee died on Sunday after testing positive for the coronavirus. Now, two more employees at the Issaquah offices have tested positive for the virus, the company learned on Thursday.

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Trump undercuts his top infectious disease expert on whether an unapproved treatment for coronavirus is safe, a day after the FDA said it had not yet been approved

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:05 AM PDT

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  • Trump has boosted the drug chloroquine, which is used to treat malaria, as a potential treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
  • The FDA has not yet approved it as a reatment, leading to confusion about whether or not the drug can be used.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, his top infectious disease expert, stressed the need for clinical study of chloroquine's use for COVID-19 on Friday.
  • Trump jumped in shortly after and said he was a "big fan" of using chloroquine and that that he "comes from a very positive school when it comes to in particular one of these drugs."
  • He did acknowledge the need to "see how it works out."
  • Fauci repeatedly had to stress the need for clinical testing, and the lack of definitive proof for the treatment, during the briefing.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

President Trump undermined his own top infectious disease expert at a Friday White House briefing on the question of whether chloroquine, a drug that has been known to treat malaria but has not yet been rigorously tested and approved for treating the coronavirus, could be used to combat the new disease.

Some doctors hope that chloroquine could be an effective treatment for COVID-19, and its use against the disease was currently being studied. Doctors can technically prescribe it as a treatment, since it is approved for treating other ailments, but it has not yet been approved for this use.

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AI IN MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS: How top US health systems are reacting to the disruptive force of AI by revolutionizing diagnostic imaging, clinical decision support, and personalized medicine

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:03 AM PDT

This is a preview of the AI in Medical Diagnosis research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. Business Insider Intelligence offers even more healthcare coverage with Digital Health Pro. Subscribe today to receive industry-changing digital health news and analysis to your inbox. AI is rocking medical diagnosis with its potential to incite drastic improvements to hospital processes. AI can process images and patient health records with more accuracy and expediency than humans are capable of, lessening physician workload, reducing misdiagnosis, and empowering clinical staff to provide more value. bii AI value providers

While early moving hospitals are already extracting value from AI in medical diagnosis, most US hospitals are at the very early stage of the AI transformation curve — and they risk falling behind if they don't move now. 

In this report, Business Insider Intelligence examines the value of AI applications in three high-value areas of medical diagnosis — imaging, clinical decision support, and personalized medicine — to illustrate how the tech can drastically improve patient outcomes, lower costs, and increase productivity. 

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Shifting Gears: What travel is essential? What's not?

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 11:00 AM PDT

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Happy Friday and welcome to yet another coronavirus edition of Shifting Gears, Business Insider's weekly roundup of all things transportation.

Travel is, of course, still insanely snarled. As we discussed last week, the wane in demand has brought entire industries to their knees. Many, like airlines, are now praying for government relief.

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London goes into lockdown: Here's what we know about how the coronavirus is shutting down the city

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 10:55 AM PDT

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  • London is heading for lockdown as the coronavirus pandemic surges across the city.
  • All bars, restaurants, cinemas and gyms will be closed across the UK from Friday.
  • 40 London Underground Stations have been closed.
  • Hospitals report a "critical incident" as the number of coronavirus cases surge in the capital.
  • 18 more people died of the coronavirus in London in the past 24 hours.
  • Downing Street denies any plans to prevent people from leaving or entering the city.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

London is going into "lockdown" to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Friday that all pubs, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres would be closed across the UK from Friday.

Further London-specific restrictions have yet to be announced.

However, the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed on Wednesday that the UK government are developing plans for "stringent measures" for the city, which would be announced imminently.

A Downing Street spokesperson on Thursday denied the government has any plans to restrict movement in and out of the city, or that limits would be placed on how many people could leave their homes.

Keep on reading below for the latest information on how the coronavirus pandemic is hitting London.

UK pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and cinemas ordered to close


The UK's bars, restaurants, gyms, nightclubs, leisure centres, and cinemas will all be ordered to close down tonight following a surge of coronavirus cases across Britain.

"Following agreement between all the four nations of the United Kingdom, all the devolved administrations, we will be telling cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not to open tomorrow..." Johnson told a press conference on Friday afternoon.

"We're also telling nightclubs, cinemas, theatres, gyms, and leisure centres to close on the same timescale."

Read the full story here.

Another 18 people died from the coronavirus in London hospitals in the past 24 hours


Another 18 people have died in London hospitals in the past 24 hours as coronavirus cases in the city continue to surge well above the level found in the rest of the UK.

According to new data published by NHS England this afternoon, the deaths took place at the following hospitals:

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - 4
  • Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust – 3
  • London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust – 1
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 4
  • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 3
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Trust – 1
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust - 2


London hospital in 'critical incident' as ICU beds run out


A London hospital has declared a "critical incident" due to a surge in patients with coronavirus, with doctors describing the situation as "petrifying," the Health Services Journal reports.

"In a message to staff, Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow said it has no critical care capacity left and has contacted neighbouring hospitals about transferring patients who need critical care to other sites.

The message, sent last night and seen by HSJ, said: "I am writing to let you know that we have this evening declared a 'critical incident' in relation to our critical care capacity at Northwick Park Hospital. This is due to an increasing number of patients with Covid-19.

"This means that we currently do not have enough space for patients requiring critical care."


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Spain shuts down all its hotels, campgrounds, and RV parks in an attempt to stave off the spread of the coronavirus

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 10:54 AM PDT

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Spain announced on Thursday that all of its hotels and other temporary accommodations will be closed for at least seven days, as the country fights to contain the coronavirus pandemic. As of the latest available estimates, Spain has over 20,000 reported cases of COVID-19 and over 1,000 deaths. 

"Tourist accommodations have been suspended," read a notice on the website for Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE), Spain's official state gazette, according to an internal Business Insider translation. "[The state has] established the closing of all hotels and similar accommodations, tourist lodgings and other short-stay accommodations, camping sites, RV parking sites, and other similar establishments, located anywhere within the national territory."

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An ER nurse told us she was exposed to the coronavirus and has symptoms but still can't get tested, and it highlights both America's crippling inequality and its broken healthcare system

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 10:53 AM PDT

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  • Since the coronavirus outbreak reached the US, over a dozen nurses nationwide told Business Insider their hospitals still don't have a clear process to protect them or their patients.
  • Nurses who have treated coronavirus patients and developed symptoms cannot get tests.
  • One hospital in California told a symptomatic nurse she did not qualify for a coronavirus test, despite coming into direct contact with a positive patient.
  • Testing across the US has been messy and inconsistent due to delays from the federal government in approving and delivering materials. 
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On Monday, March 16, an emergency room nurse in the Los Angeles area developed symptoms of what she thought to be a sinus infection. She went to her shift the next day and learned from other nurses that a patient of hers had contracted the novel coronavirus.

The coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, first spread from China beginning in late December and has infected over 250,000 people in at least 163 countries as of March 20. In the US, at least 213 people have died from the coronavirus.

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The UK's pubs, restaurants, gyms and cinemas have been ordered to close down as the coronavirus surges across Britain

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 10:53 AM PDT

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The UK's bars, restaurants, gyms, nightclubs, leisure centres, and cinemas will all be ordered to close down tonight following a surge of coronavirus cases across Britain.

Many Brits had ignored official government advice to avoid socialising and stay at home, leading Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order the restrictions on Friday.

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The best online deals and sales happening now

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 10:51 AM PDT

  Best Online Sales Deals

We rounded up the 14 best sales and deals happening online today, with savings on TRX suspension trainers, home goods at Wayfair, at-home tech essentials at Best Buy, Gravity Blankets, and more.

Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out Business Insider Coupons.

The best sales and deals happening today at a glance:

Additional Business Insider-exclusive deals and longer-term sales going on now:

Find the details of each sale below:

1. Save $15 on TRX Suspension Trainers

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Shop the TRX Sale now

As people adjust to achieving fulfilling workouts without going to a gym, TRX Suspension Trainers can help you get in a good workout at home. The training systems allow you to use your body weight and gravity instead of heavy machinery. For a limited time, you can save $15 on suspension trainers. You can also get three free months on the TRX app by using the promo code "YUPVKVHVRW" at checkout. 

2. Save 25% sitewide at Nordstrom


Shop the Nordstrom sale now

Nordstrom stores may be temporarily closed, but the retailer is having a limited-time sale with sitewide savings. Right now, you can save 25% on almost everything. You'll find great deals on clothing, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and kids, as well as home goods and beauty products.

3. Save 20% on one full-price item and an extra 20% on one outlet item at REI


Shop the REI sale now.

Now through Monday, April 6, REI Co-op members can save 20% on one full-price item and an extra 20% on one outlet item by using the promo code "MEMPERKS2020" at checkout. You'll also get free shipping on all orders.

If you're not already a member, we recommend signing up for the lifetime membership. Although there's a $20 fee for becoming a member, it will pay for itself with all of your future exclusive savings.

In addition to the member-exclusive offer, now through March 26, all customers can save 25% on REI Co-op branded items, with the only exclusion being Co-op Cycles Bikes.

This slide includes Sponsored Products that have been suggested by REI and that also meet our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.

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5 online grocery delivery services that make life easier for New Yorkers — and how their offerings, prices, and promotions compare

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 10:50 AM PDT

  • Online grocery delivery services like FreshDirect and Instacart offer comparable product variety and prices as your favorite grocery store, with the added bonus of convenient and affordable delivery. 
  • Read about their different shopping experiences, promotions and rewards programs offered, and more below. 
  • Due to the novel coronavirus and a New York state mandate for all non-essential workers to stay at home, many online grocery delivery services are experiencing delays fulfilling and shipping orders, as well as low inventory for household essentials, cleaning supplies, and shelf-stable pantry items. Be sure to keep those factors in mind if you're putting in an order.
  • Many online grocery delivery services have also updated their policies to reduce social interactions, support the shopper community, and more.  
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In New York City, a city of 8.6 million people, it's usually already tough enough to navigate the crowds to shop fresh produce, packaged foods, and household essentials

When everyone else has the same brilliant idea to shop after work or on weekends, grocery shopping in person becomes a major time, energy, and money suck that doesn't seem worth it (and undoubtedly contributes to an uptick in Grubhub and Seamless orders). 

Now that a new state mandate requires all non-essential workers in New York to stay at home starting the evening of March 22 due to the novel coronavirus, brick-and-mortar grocery stores will come under even more strain and experience an increase in shopping activity as people prepare to hole up in their homes for extended periods of time. 

Enter online grocery delivery, the service that helps us maintain our sanity in a world where we already have enough things on our mind and to check off on our to-do lists. And during this time, where they also help us maintain distance and unnecessary social contact. 

There are a handful of major grocery delivery services that are available nationwide or serve New York City inhabitants specifically, all with different shopping experiences, delivery-fee structures, and special promotions. Read on to learn which one is best for you. 

Here are the 5 best online grocery delivery services in New York City:

FreshDirect: The best balance of value, convenience, variety, and ease of shopping


Note: As of 3/20/20, FreshDirect announced a warehouse team member tested positive for COVID-19. A statement from the brand reads, "This team member is not involved in food preparation or making deliveries. The employee has not been in the facility since March 12th when they reported feeling unwell early in their shift." FreshDirect has deep cleaned its facility and the employee is now self-isolating. 

To accommodate increased demand, FreshDirect is adding timeslots and restocking products, but keep potential delays and shortages in mind if you choose to shop at FreshDirect. It is providing touchless deliveries on all orders and will not be collecting reusable bags. 

Additionally, FreshDirect is giving shoppers the option to donate to NY Common Pantry, whose mission is to reduce hunger and promote dignity, health, and self-sufficiency in New York City's most vulnerable communities. The recent concern over coronavirus has impacted NYCP's volunteer base.

How it works: Create a free account in under a minute, then start shopping and adding items to your cart. The site is organized clearly into different categories, and it makes it easy to create shopping lists and re-order your frequently shopped items. 

For a morning or early afternoon delivery (two-hour time slots), you must place your order by 6 p.m. the day before. For a late afternoon or evening delivery (two-hour time slots), you must place your order by 11 p.m. the day before. 

FreshDirect also now offers same-day delivery in select New York zip codes. If you order by 1 p.m. 


  • Free to create an account 
  • $5.99 delivery fee, with a minimum order of $30 

Grocery offerings: FreshDirect gets its produce, dairy, and meat straight from the source, but it also carries popular grocery brands such as Pillsbury, Stonyfield Organic, and Boar's Head. You can find everything you normally shop at the store (including alcohol), whether you browse the categories, search exact items directly, or filter by labels like organic, kosher, and top-rated. 

Price comparison:

  • Fuji apple: $1.75 each (organic only)
  • Boneless chicken breast: $5.99/lb 
  • One dozen large white eggs: $3.49 

Special programs and discounts: Chef's Table is FreshDirect's loyalty program. To become a member, you must place 12 orders or spend an average of $500 or more each calendar month during any three-month period. Benefits include preferred delivery access, dedicated service specialists, and exclusive discounts. 

DeliveryPass membership gets you unlimited free deliveries. It costs $79 for six months or $129 annually, and if you're a frequent customer, it'll save you on the fees that can add up quickly. 

You can also check out the Fresh Deals, coupons, and sale sections to save on products every week. 

Peapod: The best shopping assistants, rewards programs, and discounts


Note: As of 3/20/20, Peapod says, "Online shoppers may be experiencing delays on our website as well as with our delivery times due to high demand." We recommend checking with your local Stop & Shop about specific stock levels before placing an order online. 

Stop & Shop has temporarily suspended its online pickup service until further notice. Home delivery customers can now request "unattended delivery," in which shoppers will drop orders at your front door. 

For customers ages 60 years and older, Stop & Shop now has designated shopping times of 6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m. every day. During this time, only members of this age group may shop in the store. 

How it works: Create a free account, then start shopping and adding items to your cart. You can browse by aisle and curated categories, or take advantage of features like Order Genius and Express Shop. Order Genius analyzes your past purchases to recommend products you'll like, and Express Shop quickly generates product results for you based on your grocery list. 

Peapod offers special discounts of up to $5 off during certain two-hour delivery slots throughout the week, so if you're flexible with when you receive your order, take advantage of this feature. It also lets you schedule deliveries up to two weeks in advance. 


  • Free to create an account
  • Free to pick up orders in select areas 
  • $9.95 delivery fee on orders of $30-$75
  • $7.95 delivery fee on orders of $75-$100
  • $6.95 delivery fee on orders of $100 or more

Grocery offerings: Peapod carries a large assortment of your favorite brands as well as its own in-house brand. The organic selection is robust, and its seasonal curations are also worth a look. 

Price comparison:

  • Fuji apple: $0.75/ea 
  • Boneless chicken breast: $2.99/lb 
  • One dozen large white eggs: $1.99

Special programs and discounts: First-time customers get $20 off and free delivery on their first order, as well as free delivery on subsequent orders of $60+ for the first 60 days. In addition to weekly promotions, these programs help you save money: 

PodPass is a program that saves on monthly delivery fees. The best value option is a $55/year pass that's valid for Tuesday through Thursday deliveries. 

Stop & Shop store members should connect their account to Peapod to earn gas and school rewards. 

Instacart: The best place to shop local markets and shop as a group


Note: As of 3/20/20, Instacart is experiencing higher-than-normal demand. Delivery times may be limited and some items may be out of stock.  It has rolled out a "Leave at My Door Delivery" feature to all customers. You'll receive a photo confirmation from your shopper once your groceries have been delivered. 

The company also sent out an email to customers urging them to consider tipping above and beyond to reflect the extra efforts of their shoppers to keep up with the demand for home delivery since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a public health emergency. 

How it works: Instacart brings together local supermarkets on one platform. Create a free account, then choose your store to start shopping. In New York, options include Costco, Fairway, Whole Foods, Morton Williams, and CVS. 

The platform allows you to select back-up items in case the ingredient you want is sold out or unavailable, and you'll have a dedicated shopper who communicates with you via text to let you know when items aren't available or when they've been swapped.

Delivery is available in as little as an hour, but you can also schedule it up to a week in advance. Delivery fees may increase during popular times of the week and delivery hours depend on your local store hours.

Instacart is a great grocery delivery option for groups like apartment roommates or families because you can create group carts to shop together. 


  • Free to create an account
  • Delivery fees depend on the size of your order and the delivery time you choose. There is a minimum order amount of $10. 

Grocery offerings: The online prices can differ from in-store prices, but you can find each store's policy regarding price adjustments under the store name. 

Price comparison:

  • Fuji apple: Varies by individual store
  • Boneless chicken breast: Varies by individual store
  • One dozen large white eggs: Varies by individual store

Special programs and discounts: Instacart compiles each store's coupons on to the store page so they're easy to find and use.  

Instacart Express is a $99 annual membership for free delivery and reduced service fees on all orders of $35 or more. You can take advantage of a free two-week trial before committing to the program. 

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Don't expect the coronavirus epidemic to cost Trump the 2020 election

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 10:44 AM PDT

President Donald Trump speaks during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington, as Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Associated Press

  • President Donald Trump has faced some backlash for his mishandling of the coronavirus crisis in the US.
  • The crisis comes as Trump runs for reelection later this year, but history suggests that epidemics don't upend governments.
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The Trump administration's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis has been widely condemned by health experts.

But if the administration's bungling proves costly to Trump in the November election, it will be an exception to the historical rule that epidemics haven't led to political unrest or governments being voted out of office.

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