Good morning. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? One Australian woman seems uniquely qualified to answer both pressing questions – she was recently awarded the Guinness World Record after submitting ticket stubs from 108 different screenings of Bohemian Rhapsody.
“The important thing to remember is not to forget.”
– Benny Bellamacina
Coronavirus: Causing Concern
The U.S. market on Thursday fell into what is known as ‘correction territory’ – down more than 10% from a record-high close just ten days ago. The decline is almost solely attributed to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
A quick bit of context… There have been more than 82,500 confirmed cases, and over 2,800 deaths. For comparison:
Seasonal Flu: An estimated 29 million U.S. cases this season and 16,000 deaths.
Swine Flu (H1N1): An estimated 11% to 22% of the global population was infected in 2009, resulting in 150,000 to 500,000 deaths.
A recent study of the passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship found that each infected person on average passed the virus on to about 2.2 people, consistent with prior estimates.
How does it spread? Current knowledge of the novel disease is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Per the CDC:
The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, via respiratory droplets (i.e. mucus) when an infected patient coughs or sneezes.
The symptoms of the virus overlap with both the flu and common cold (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
According to preliminary WHO statistics, approximately 80% of coronavirus cases are considered mild, while about 2% have resulted in fatality.
What’s next? Biotech company Moderna has shipped the first vaccine to U.S. government researchers for testing, with the fastest-ever clinical trial planned for the end of April. Various researchers and health officials have said a widely available coronavirus vaccine is likely 12 to 18 months away.
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Ex-Baltimore Mayor Sentenced
Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for fraud and tax evasion stemming from bogus sales of her children’s book series. Pugh admitted to pulling in roughly $650,000 while failing to deliver the agreed-upon books to local public schools.
According to the latest polls, Joe Biden is the frontrunner in South Carolina over Bernie Sanders ahead of tomorrow’s primary. With 54 delegates up for grabs, the South Carolina primary is the last nominating contest before Super Tuesday on March 3.
A Syrian airstrike in the northeast part of the country on Friday reportedly killed 29 Turkish soldiers – the largest single-day death toll since Turkey first intervened in Syria in 2016. In the aftermath of the attack, the Turkish government announced it will no longer prevent Syrian refugees from entering Europe.
DoorDash on Thursday announced it had filed confidential paperwork with the SEC to start the process of an initial public offering. The company raised $600 million last May (and $100 million more in November) at an overall valuation of $13 billion.
The Dow on Thursday experienced the biggest one-day point decline in its history, falling 1,190.95 points (4.4%) amid investor concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both posted their largest one-day losses (4.4% and 4.6%, respectively) since August 2011.
Facebook has cancelled its annual F8 developer conference in San Jose in early May due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the company announced Thursday. Facebook also pulled out of next month’s Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, along with Sony.
The move comes after one of tech’s biggest annual events, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, was canceled on account of the virus.
Pursuit of Perfection
Gracie Kramer, a senior gymnast at UCLA, has been working on perfecting her floor routine for the past year, earning an impressive score of 9.95 in a recent competition.
But when the Lady Bruins faced off against Washington, Gracie gave the performance of a lifetime – her routine, set to “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish, finally earned Gracie the elusive perfect ten for the very first time.
When architect Brian Bononi was working inside a recently-closed photoshop at the local mall, he noticed a stack of hundreds of photo enlargements that contained pictures of important events from former customers.
Brian got permission to take home the abandoned orders, and set right to work identifying the people in the pictures – to date, he has delivered more than 20 orders to families grateful to have their cherished memories back.
As they age, it’s important for elderly citizens to retain their sense of independence – however, that process can be much more difficult for seniors living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Enter “The Village,” a British Columbia outdoor community that is Canada’s first village designed specifically to accommodate elderly patients living with dementia, complete with Bluetooth wrist trackers for each patient.
Obese Increase… a recently released CDC health survey from 2017-18 found that 42% of American adults are obese, with nearly 10% severely so.
Ocean’s Seven… check out the story behind the so-called “Robbery of the Century” in Argentina, where an all-star crew of seven pulled off a daring $20 million heist.
Homepolish Abolished… once valued at $100 million, interior design startup Homepolish went bankrupt last September – see how an inexperienced CEO built a beautiful house of cards that eventually all came tumbling down.
An Instrumental Case… Damien Riehl – a musician, programmer, and lawyer – has filed a copyright lawsuit in an attempt to put every single musical melody within one octave (all 68.7 billion of them) in the public domain.
Who was the youngest Beatle?
A) Ringo Starr B) George Harrison C) Paul McCartney D) John Lennon