Laurie Garrett prophesied a pandemic like the current one. She predicted the coronavirus and also prominently mentioned in a recent Vanity Fair article by David Ewing Duncan about “the Coronavirus Cassandras.” She saw it coming. While, Frank Bruni, the American Journalist asked her what does she foresee next? She stated that the strongest claims so far are that it merely shortens the recovery of COVID-19 patients. Her best-case scenario is 36 months Garrett said to Frank Bruni.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company is making a teleconferencing service, called Google Meet — the premium video meetings will be free for everyone. Pichai said that video conferencing service is adding about 3 million new users a day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, up from 2 million new users a day earlier this month. Google is adding new features such as scheduling, screen sharing and real-time captions to Meet to help it better compete with competitors like Zoom.
85 percent of the respondents in India reported a dip in their income since the beginning of the lockdown. Meanwhile, even though a reduction in income the respondents supported the extension of nationwide lockdown in India by another two weeks, according to a survey released by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER). However, this shows that India’s people are willing to support strong measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus even if they have a strong negative impact on the overall economy.
15 children have been hospitalized between 29 April and 3 May in NYC with symptoms consistent with a rare inflammatory disease possibly linked to the coronavirus, said by New York City’s health officials. The 15 patients aged between 2 to 15, have shown illness mirrors symptoms common to Kawasaki disease. Children with the syndrome, characterized by symptoms like rash, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and high fever, the city’s health department said. The health officials issued a health alert on Tuesday to parents saying that the children had a syndrome that even doctors do not yet fully understand.
Supermoon fans, don’t miss the last supermoon of 2020. The fourth and final supermoon of 2020 is known as “Flower Moon”, which is going to visible in skies on May 7th morning at 6:45 a.m. EDT and then it continues to appear full Friday night,” NASA said. The flower moon will appear beautiful, 7 % larger and 15 percent brighter than a regular full moon, according to NASA. Just get outside to have a glance at the moon this week as there won’t be another supermoon until May 2021, NASA points out.
A brown bear spotted at Northern Spain Park for the first time in 150 years. A film crew working in a Spain national park has captured footage of the rare brown bear believed to have been seen in the local area for more than a century, said by wildlife officials. The bear, a male, which is between 3 and 5 years old has been seen snuffling around in the grass, the production company Zeitun Films said in a statement.
Online gaming is witnessing a skyrocketing due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The rise of online gaming had turned gaming into a $150 billion global industry. Verizon CEO says online gaming usage during peak hours has gone up 75 percent since the first quarantine. Overall, 95% of U.S consumers spending on video games, compared to the same week the year before. Meanwhile, spending in movie theatres was down 99%, according to Verizon reports.