Coronavirus Latest News
Instead of blasting you with coronavirus (COVID-19) news every hour, I’m putting together a roundup of news that I come across during the day. Here you can read about plexiglass cubicles at the beach, travel booking sites want bailout from Google, Disney face masks, coronavirus patients can’t relapse, savings rate hits its highest level since 1981 and virtual wine tasting.
Measuring 15 by 15 feet, the transparent plexiglass boxes were designed by manufacturer NuovaNeon Group 2 – speculatively – for a beach on the Riviera Romagnola in north-east Italy. The company has also devised an array of less obtrusive barriers to sit between sun loungers and parasols. Whether or not any of them will actually be built, the firm says the designs have already generated a lot of interest from Italian beach authorities.
Trivago, which is majority-owned by Expedia, along with 7 other companies wants Google to stop trying to collect on first quarter ad spending. These companies bought advertising, sold travel, but in many cases the trips didn’t happen – so they aren’t seeing revenue from those sales.
South Korean scientists have concluded that coronavirus patients cannot relapse after recovering from the disease, despite hundreds of recovered people testing positive again. The new findings suggest that rather than indicating reinfection, the positive results were caused by shortcomings in the standard virus test.
Disney has announced a whole line of cloth face masks themed to a variety of their brands. The masks come in three sizes and six styles includingwith Frozen, Pixar, Disney, Star Wars and Marvel all being represented. The price isn’t bad either with a set of 4 going for $19.99.
The United States government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning that the savings rate surged to 13.1% in March — up from 8% in February. That’s the highest savings rate since November 1981. Americans had $2.17 trillion in savings last month.
Wine tastings have left the cellar and (like so much else of modern life) have gone online, instead. In addition to wine fans popping bottles with friends at ad-hoc virtual wine tastings, now you’ll also catch winemakers, somms, and beverage store owners leading tastings, pairing classes, and digital happy hours on platforms like Facebook Live, Zoom, YouTube and Instagram.