Day: October 1, 2020

Special issue of AJPH tackles Health Misinformation on Social Media

Newswise — The volume of anti-vaccine posts that are surfaced by a quick Twitter search can make countering health misinformation seem like an impossible task. However, new research published this month in APHA’s American Journal of Public Health finds a relatively small group of influential, coordinated Twitter accounts can drive a majority of vaccine opposition and misinformation.

The study is part of a special AJPH supplement sponsored by the National Cancer Institute dedicated to “Health Misinformation on Social Media”, which includes a collection of 20 new studies and commentaries, all focused on understanding how and why misinformation spreads and how it can be effectively countered with evidence-based information. Work on the special issue began before the pandemic, but its findings are more relevant than ever as public health workers face an ongoing avalanche of COVID-19 misinformation and prepare to educate their communities on an eventual COVID-19 vaccine.

“The onslaught

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UCD gets $3.7M to expand COVID-19 testing among farmworkers


COVID-19 has spread among Central Valley farmworkers at an alarming rate and, on Thursday, the National Institutes of Health announced that it is awarding $3.7 million in grants to the University of California, Davis, to expand testing.

“It is critical that all Americans have access to rapid, accurate diagnostics for COVID-19, especially underserved and vulnerable populations who are bearing the brunt of this disease,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins.

In California, where most farmworkers are Latinos, state residents in that ethnic group represent 38.9% of the population, but they represent 61.1% of COVID-19 cases and 48.4% of deaths, data from the Californai Department of Public Health show.

Nearly four out of every five people, aged 35-49, who die of COVID-19 in California are Latino, UC Davis officials noted.

Other people of color are also seeing a disproportionate impact. African Americans make up 6% of the Golden State’s residents. Although

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Art shows, plays, holiday photo sessions among Chattanooga-area events this weekend

Three Chattanooga art galleries are showcasing new exhibits, two local theater companies will open plays and a historic venue is open for holiday photographs this weekend. Here’s what to know.

* Tennessee Watercolor Society’s 37th Juried Exhibition will open Oct. 2 at the Association for Visual Arts Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. Thirty award-winning paintings are part of the traveling exhibition, intended to share the state’s best watermedia paintings with a wider audience. The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 6.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no reception. Masks are required to enter the gallery, and no more than 10 will be allowed in at a time. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information visit or

* Reflections Gallery, 1635 Rossville Ave., will host a “social but safe” first Friday open house on Oct. 2. This is the first such monthly event

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Lack of Interest Keeps Boomers From Buying New Tech – CIO Journal

To recover from the COVID-19 shock, tech companies can appeal to older consumers—those who have money but choose not to spend it on the latest tech.

For companies that sell consumer electronics devices—from laptops and smartphones to smart TVs and wearable tech—the COVID-19 pandemic has created both supply and demand shocks. Shutdowns have cut corporate revenue and led to record U.S. unemployment, and growth is expected to remain subdued as the crisis continues. To recover and survive, companies need consumers to look beyond the continued economic uncertainty and buy new devices.

For tech companies, this requires convincing consumers 55 and older, whom Deloitte classifies as “boomers” and “matures,” to upgrade their current devices and try new ones. Older consumers have money to spend and are less concerned than others about making ends meet, according to the biweekly “Deloitte State of the Consumer Tracker” survey.

Only 9% of boomers (ages

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Football stadiums shouldn’t have fans

Watch WBRZ News 2 Thursday for the tell-all interview with Dr. Alex Billioux

BATON ROUGE – A new month brings big changes for high-profile Dr. Alex Billioux who, since the onset of the COVID crisis, has been the state’s very visual and top doctor spearheading the state health department’s response.

WBRZ was first to report in early-September, Billioux had resigned his job from the Louisiana Department of Health. This was his last week on the job.

In an interview with WBRZ reporter Johnston von Springer, Billioux discussed the early days of the pandemic, how decisions were made and gave his thoughts on the state’s re-opening plans.

Among the topics discussed was his thoughts on fans at sporting events: “The [medical experts’] public health position was, in the middle of a pandemic, it does not make sense to bring tens of thousands, literally 25,000 plus, people together; Whether we’re talking about

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I woke up bloodied & bruised in the road after boy racer pal smashed our car at 80mph

LYING in hospital with a blood-soaked face, schoolgirl Sophie Davies fights for her life after being critically injured in an 80mph boy racer horror crash.

“S***,” the 17-year-old mumbles through an oxygen mask, as a consultant tells her she needs emergency surgery. Then, realising she’s sworn, she adds: “Sorry, sorry, sorry!”

Sophie Davies, then 17, grimaces with pain in hospital after the horror crash


Sophie Davies, then 17, grimaces with pain in hospital after the horror crashCredit: Channel 5
The teen, pictured now, was critically injured in the 80mph smash last June


The teen, pictured now, was critically injured in the 80mph smash last JuneCredit: Supplied

Sophie, now 18, suffered a string of horrifying injuries after the Ford Fiesta she was travelling in with pals swerved on to the opposite side of the road and smashed into an oncoming Mercedes at high speed last June.

The red Fiesta was being driven by “arrogant” Edward Bell, then 17, who ignored his passengers’ screams to slow down as he raced against friend Thomas Quick

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Keir Starmer warns of looming mental health crisis as students trapped in halls

Keir Starmer has demanded urgent mental health support for students as struggling first years described being trapped in university halls by coronavirus. 

Thousands of students have been forced to self isolate at universities such as Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh as the virus grips campuses.

The Labour leader held a video call with students, where two freshers described how their entire flats had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after arriving.

Students described struggling to make friends and feeling alone while locked in their halls.

Sophie, a first year at Leeds University, said her six-person flat all contracted the virus within days of arriving.

Keir Starmer spoke to students by video call as Labour called for urgent mental health support for universities

She said: “Not only are you socially distant but it is quite emotionally distant. I feel like I haven’t been able to make friends as easily as

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Holidays Will Swamp Delivery Systems

With holiday shopping set to explode and retailers diving into digital initiatives, Salesforce’s latest report warns that significant delivery disruptions lie ahead.

The report points to Amazon’s new October dates for Prime Day, combined with early shoppers’ eagerness to ensure the arrival of holiday gifts. Together, these factors create a conundrum for retail.

“This is expected to shift up to $6 billion of November’s Cyber Week volume in the U.S. and $26 billion globally to the month of October,” the report said. “Despite this, Cyber Week digital traffic is still expected to grow by 28 percent year-over-year — a trend accelerated by nearly ubiquitous access from mobile phones and the fact that fewer people will be rushing to stores on Black Friday.”

In other words, the earlier dates won’t redistribute all of the pressure on retailers, and the booming volumes are likely to swamp delivery operations.

Digital commerce is expected

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Reginald Watkins, Charlie Trotter’s first hire, New Orleans saucier, dead at 64

Chef Reginald Watkins was the first employee at a restaurant that dazzled diners, trained generations of chefs and helped make Chicago a global gastronomic destination.

He was a Triton College student with little kitchen experience — at a catfish place and a Chili Mac’s diner — when he applied for a job at a new place that was going to open on Armitage Avenue.

In a 2007 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Mr. Watkins remembered how he had to weave around construction in the building to find the chef, who greeted him, saying, “I’m Charlie.”

“I can’t cook,” Mr. Watkins told Charlie Trotter. “I just want to get in.”

“Reggie, I like your honesty,” Trotter replied that day in 1987. “Come back here, I’ll find something for you to do.”

Mr. Watkins started out sweeping floors and doing dishes at Charlie Trotter’s.

Trotter’s first hire became a trusted chef who

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Upcoming holiday shopping season will smash digital sales records because of coronavirus, forecast says

Global digital sales this upcoming holiday season will increase by 30% and reach all-time highs as consumers who have been staying away from brick-and-mortar stores because of the coronavirus pandemic increasingly turn to the Internet to make their purchases, Salesforce is predicting.

The business software provider – which is anticipating the leap after analyzing the activity “of over a billion global shoppers across more than 40 countries” — is also forecasting that the online sales frenzy will “likely exceed shipping capacity by 5% globally, potentially delaying up to 700 million holiday packages.”

“Digital commerce won’t fully compensate for the projected brick-and-mortar slowdown, but it will be critical to help retailers close the gap this holiday season,” Rob Garf, the company’s vice president of industry insights for retail

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