Good morning. After last night’s premiere of ESPN’s The Last Dance (about the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls), the DONUT editorial staff had a little disagreement – who is the greatest basketball player of all-time? Michael Jordan, LeBron James… or even Kobe Bryant? Help us end the debate once and for all by taking this one-question survey.
With the coronavirus outbreak dominating recent news coverage, it can be difficult to parse through and identify sources of misinformation. So we’re back with Part Six of “Fact or Fiction,” where we compile a list of frequently asked questions – or inaccurately made statements – and set the record straight (here’s One, Two, Three, Four, and Five):
Warmer, Wetter Weather Will Dampen The Spread Of COVID-19 Unknown – According to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “studies published so far have conflicting results regarding potential seasonal effects.” Other leading scientists, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, have advised people not to assume the virus will slow down in warmer weather.
Can COVID-19 Spread Via Mosquito Bite? No – Doctors and scientists have said there is no evidence that mosquitoes can transmit the virus.
Is My Stimulus Check Considered Taxable Income? No – Sometimes an unexpected windfall, such as winning the lottery or certain legal settlements, can bump taxpayers up to a higher tax bracket with a higher tax rate. This is not the case with the stimulus payments, which the IRS says does not count as income and will not be taxed, nor will it affect people’s eligibility for government benefits or assistance.
Antibody Tests Can Prove A Person Is Immune To COVID-19 False – Antibody tests (also called serological tests) can indicate whether a person has had coronavirus in the past and was either asymptomatic or has since recovered. However, the WHO has said there is currently no evidence these tests can show if a person is immune to coronavirus and is no longer at risk of infection, since scientists still have yet to determine whether someone with antibodies is fully protected against having the disease or being exposed again.
South Korea on Sunday extended the country’s social distancing policy for another 16 days, but slightly relaxed the guidelines surrounding churches and organized sports.
China Arrests Hong Kong Democracy Leaders
Police on Saturday arrested 15 leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and charged them with organizing and participating in “unlawful assemblies” on two occasions last year. The arrests have been condemned by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as UK government officials.
More: The Hong Kong protests began last June in response to a proposed bill that would have allowed extradition of criminals to China (later withdrawn), though protesters’ demands later grew to encompass five main points.
A lone gunman in Nova Scotia, Canada fatally shot at least 16 other people on Sunday, including a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Authorities say the gunman is also deceased, but his 16 victims represent the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.
Neiman Marcus is expected to file for bankruptcy this week (as reported by Reuters), becoming the U.S. first department chain to go under due to COVID-19.
Amazonsaid it will keep its six warehouses in France closed until at least Wednesday after a French court ruled it must limit deliveries pending a safety investigation.
Walmart on Friday announced plans to hire an additional 50,000 workers to help meet a recent surge in demand.
United Airlines on Sunday said it will sell and lease back 22 planes to Bank of China Aviation.
The founder and director of Hin Leong Trading – a top Singapore oil-trading company – reportedly ordered the firm not to disclose a sum of $800 million in losses over the past few years. Lim Oon Kuin (known as O.K. Lim) disclosed the hidden losses in a court filing on Friday as the company seeks a six-month moratorium on debts of $3.85 billion to 23 banks.
According to TechCrunch, Google is developing its own version of physical and virtual debit cards, which will be co-branded with financial institutions including CITI and Stanford Federal Credit Union. Google is reportedly hoping to compete with Apple Pay and the Apple Card, which launched in March 2019.
With current events forcing a majority of the population indoors, many have turned to animal companionship as a way of helping to cope with the extended quarantine.
At the Friends of Palm Beach animal shelter in Florida, there are generally upwards of 50 dogs waiting their turn to be adopted – until last week, when the shelter celebrated emptying their kennels for the first time ever.
Born This Way
It’s often said that some couples are simply destined to be together. That certainly is the case for one Michigan pair, whose connection can be traced all the way back to birth.
Doug and Lynda McCready, who have been married for 27 years, were both born at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI on April 7, 1970 – just hours apart. The two recently celebrated their shared 50th birthday at the cottage where they first fell in love.
The Social Network
Many people have found themselves looking for things to occupy their time while quarantined at home. Aaron Davidson of Bolton, England realized he could alleviate his boredom by crafting a plan to entertain his whole block.
Aaron placed bingo cards in each of his neighbors’ mailboxes, then fired up his PA system and began to call out numbers. Residents subsequently gathered in their driveways to safely socialize and compete over prizes of chocolate, booze, and toilet paper.
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