SUV used by gunmen during deadly shooting at Florida banquet hall found submerged in canal
The white SUV police believe carried a group of gunmen to and from a Florida event hall, where more than a dozen people were shot following a rap album release concert over the weekend, was found submerged in the waters of a nearby canal. Two people were killed and at least another 20 were wounded when gunfire erupted outside the El Mula Banquet Hall around 1 a.m. Sunday. Police said three ...news.yahoo.com
The year in review: Top news stories of 2020 month-by-month
FebruaryFebruary was consumed with the impeachment of President Trump by the House. JunePresident Donald Trump holds a Bible as he stands outside St. John's Church, across Lafayette Park from the White House, on Monday, June 1, 2020. President Trump was diagnosed, hospitalized and released, all in the waning days of his campaign. NovemberPresident-elect Joe Biden (accompanied by his wife, Jill, and members of their family) after being projected the winner of the 2020 election, in Wilmington, Delaware, November 7, 2020. President Trump disagreed, and tried to overturn the result both in the courts and in certain state legislatures.cbsnews.com
Many U.S. health experts underestimated the coronavirus — until it was too late
Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, worried — and tweeted — about the novel coronavirus from the beginning. But she says public health officials try to balance those fears with the reality that most small outbreaks in other countries typically don’t become global threats. “It’s almost like we’re doomed to repeat this cycle endlessly.”There were experts who immediately recognized the threat from the novel coronavirus. The outbreak escalated rapidly, leading the World Health Organization to declare a health emergency on Jan. 30 and the U.S. to announce a public health emergency the next day. Researchers had developed a vaccine against SARS, Fauci said, although the epidemic ended before researchers could test it widely in humans.latimes.com
‘Brain fog’ after coronavirus infection may indicate cognitive decline
HOUSTON – Imperial College London found that in some severe cases, the coronavirus is linked to substantial cognitive deficits for months. “The severity of the initial presentation of coronavirus infection does not correlate with the development of brain fog," Dr. Francisco said. “In fact, there are many people who complained of brain fog who had very mild symptoms, they thought that they had recovered physically from it and maybe they will still experience some fatigue. However, this brain fog, the confusion and memory problems may last longer.”So the question remains - Will it go away? Dr. Francisco said the most important next step is determining to whom, why and how these complications are happening.
#EndSARS protesters shot dead in Nigeria, reports say
People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. The Lagos state commissioner for information, Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement Tuesday night only that “there have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos." The development came just hours after Lagos state Gov. The governor of Lagos state said the new curfew would cover the entire city of some 14 million people and surrounding areas. The announcement came after a police station was burned down in the city and two people were shot dead by police.
Can UV light kill coronavirus on playgrounds?
HOUSTON Based on scientific evidence, UV light can kill a variety of viruses. So can the sun kill the novel coronavirus on frequently touched outdoor play equipment? We do know that UV light kills viruses on environmental surfaces. This means, UV light won't kill the virus in or on your body, that's why washing your hands is your best defense and if you get it, no UV light machine can reverse that. Since its well known that UV light has been shown to destroy SARS and MERS, which are other types of coronaviruses, the best information we have to go by is that UV rays will probably also kill the novel coronavirus on surfaces like slides and swings.
These Asian economies seem to have contained the coronavirus outbreak. Here's how they did it
Sam Yeh | AFP | Getty ImagesSeveral Asian economies appear to have contained the spread of the coronavirus within their borders, with the number of daily new cases slowing to a trickle in the last few weeks. That's a feat that few globally have achieved even as an increasing number of countries and territories started winding down containment measures to get their economies going again. Still, some Asian economies such as Taiwan and Hong Kong have for many days over the past month reported no new infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The coronavirus disease, which has been formally named Covid-19, was also first detected in China. The effectiveness of those measures allowed Taiwan to avoid locking down its economy, with businesses largely operating as usual.cnbc.com
WHO says it's in talks to send mission to China to investigate source of coronavirus
The World Health Organization is in talks with China to send a follow-up mission to the country to investigate the source of the coronavirus pandemic, a WHO official said Wednesday. WHO officials previously said the coronavirus emerged from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, and likely originated in bats, then jumped to an "intermediate host" before infecting humans. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO's emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said Wednesday that it's critical for officials to determine from what species the virus emerged. Van Kerkhove said that team recommended China to further investigate the animal source of the outbreak. "This virus likes to find opportunities to spread and if these lockdown measures are lifted too quickly, the virus can take off," Van Kerkhove said.cnbc.com
Why Chinas wildlife ban is not enough to stop another virus outbreak
AdvertisementConservation groups lauded the ban as a major step forward, but not enough to stop another outbreak: The ban covers only land animals. But the organizations main objective is to push the breeding of wildlife everywhere, to give out permits for wildlife breeding and sales, Shen said. These are the people in charge of the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Assn., said Zhou Jinfeng, secretary-general of the CBCGDF. AdvertisementThe latest edition of Chinas national guidelines for COVID-19 treatment recommends a traditional Chinese medicine called tan re jing. AdvertisementConservationists hope that China will ban wildlife use in medicine as well as consumption, and seriously regulate or end the wildlife farming system altogether.latimes.com
WHO officials say at least 20 coronavirus vaccines are in development in global race for cure
The vaccines are still a long way away from being available for public use, WHO officials cautioned. The World Health Organization is working with scientists across the globe on at least 20 different coronavirus vaccines with some already in clinical trials in record time just 60 days after sequencing the gene. The trial started Monday at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington. "Even if we get a vaccine that's effective, we have to have that vaccine that's available for everybody. There has to be fair and equitable access to that vaccine for everybody," Ryan said, adding the world won't be protected from the coronavirus unless everybody is vaccinated.cnbc.com
Apple iPhone maker Foxconn taps scientist dubbed 'SARS hero' to advise on coronavirus outbreak
Zhong Nanshan, who has been dubbed the "SARS hero" by Chinese state media, was credited with finding the correct way to treat the disease 17 years ago. With the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has killed over 2,700 people, Zhong has been thrust back into the spotlight. Now Foxconn has tapped his expertise in respiratory diseases to serve as a consultant for the firm's prevention and rehabilitation efforts. In a statement on Tuesday, Foxconn said Zhong will give advice and guidance to the company. "Worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained.cnbc.com
SARS killed hundreds and then disappeared. Could this coronavirus die out?
The World Health Organization called for immediate action to prevent the global health threat from sweeping across multiple continents and killing thousands. The SARS outbreak was the first deadly epidemic caused by a coronavirus. AdvertisementIt was a tremendous concern, said Alan Rowan, a public health professor at Florida State University involved in Floridas response to the SARS outbreak. A Canadian couple who visited Hong Kong started a SARS outbreak in Toronto that killed 24 people. Its rapid containment is one of the biggest success stories in public health in recent years, Heymann wrote.latimes.com
4 charts show how SARS hit China's economy nearly 20 years ago
Here are four charts that show how SARS affected the Chinese economy 17 years ago. But various estimates showed that China's annual growth in 2003 could have been 0.5 to 1 percentage points higher without disruptions from SARS. Fall in retail sales growthThe retail sector in China was among the worst hit by the SARS epidemic. The drag on China's industrial production from the new coronavirus could be more severe, some analysts said. Steady trade volumeGrowth in China's imports moderated following the SARS outbreak, but the expansion in exports was steady throughout 2003, official data showed.cnbc.com
Global death toll for new coronavirus soars past 800 to overtake SARS
The global death toll from the new coronavirus is now at 813, higher than that of SARS. China reported an additional 89 deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of people killed by the fast-spreading coronavirus to 811 in the mainland. The global death toll for the new coronavirus currently stands at 813, including one death in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong. The cumulative number of deaths in the province reached 780 after an additional 81 deaths were recorded as of end Saturday. The Hubei Provincial Health Committee said there was an additional 2,147 new cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 27,100.cnbc.com
Coronavirus: The hit to the global economy will be worse than SARS
The new coronavirus outbreak will be worse for the global economy than the 2003 SARS epidemic was, data analysis firm IHS Markit predicts. While both outbreaks originated in China, nearly two decades separate the SARS outbreak from the new coronavirus outbreak. "Coronavirus will have a larger negative effect on the global economy than the SARS outbreak in 2003," IHS Markit wrote, adding that China accounted for 4.2% of the global economy in 2003. "Therefore, any slowdown in the Chinese economy sends not ripples but waves across the globe." Though estimates vary, economists say that the SARS outbreak in China cost the global economy about $40 billion.cnbc.com
5 charts show why the global economy is more vulnerable now than during SARS
That means any pressure on China's growth now would hit the global economy harder than before. Here are five charts that show how China's economy has changed since the SARS epidemic. World's second-largest economySince 2003, China has grown from the world's sixth-largest economy to the second biggest today behind the U.S. Demand for those goods could slump alongside a slowdown in the Chinese economy. World's largest exporterThe virus outbreak could also affect the global economy through China's exports channel.cnbc.com
Markets slide as coronavirus outbreak worsens here's what to watch
The S&P 500 has turned negative for the year as the coronavirus outbreak worsens. Lindsey Bell, chief investment strategist at Ally Invest, said the coronavirus effect on global growth is still unclear. "The move that we've seen in the market, it's been pretty indecisive about what coronavirus actually means to global growth. Wes Edens, co-founder of Fortress Investment, said dislocation ultimately leads to good opportunities for investment. "I think it's a good investment environment.cnbc.com
Coronavirus cases in China overtake SARS and the economic impact could be 'more severe'
It took more than 6 months for the number of SARS cases to surpass 5,000 in mainland China. China had 5,327 SARS cases between Nov. 1 2002 and July 31 2003, according to the World Health Organization. On the other hand, it's taken about a month for the number of new coronavirus cases to climb past 5,000 on Tuesday. We believe the economic impact of the coronavirus could be bigger in comparison to SARS in 2003. Economic impact"We believe the economic impact of the coronavirus could be bigger in comparison to SARS in 2003," wrote analysts from Nomura in a Wednesday report.cnbc.com
Market reactions to past virus scares show stocks may have more to lose
Getty ImagesInvestor anxiety over the coronavirus led to the Dow Jones Industrial Average's longest losing streak since August, and the market may have more to lose, going by past epidemics. The coronavirus outbreak has killed 106 people and infected 4,515 in China, and the disease has spread to countries around the globe. Medical experts have compared the coronavirus to the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, which lasted 38 trading days and resulted in a 12.8% sell-off in the S&P 500. The most recent outbreak was Zika, which started in Nov. 2015 and spread mostly by bites from infected mosquitoes. Tech biggest loserAll 11 S&P 500 sectors declined during the SARS outbreak 17 years ago, and information technology and communication services were among the biggest losers during the period, falling 14% and 26%, respectively, according to Citi's analysis.cnbc.com
China's coronavirus more contagious than SARS but less severe, says ex-FDA chief Scott Gottlieb
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak in China is likely more contagious but less severe than the SARS epidemic that rattled markets in 2003 and slowed global economic growth. The total number of coronavirus cases in China rose to over 900, with 26 deaths. Gottlieb told CNBC that in comparison with SARS, this appears to be more contagious and less severe. At the time, World Health Organization officials said it was less infectious than the flu. SARS, however, didn't spread as fast in its first few weeks as the coronavirus, according to WHO data.cnbc.com
'The worst has yet to come,' analyst says of China coronavirus outbreak
Hundreds of millions of Chinese will traveling during the week-long holiday period as China celebrates the Spring Festival. "The bad news is that the worst has yet to come, as the number of new infections is still on the rise," warned Larry Hu, economist at Macquarie Capital. The disease, first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has spread to Beijing, Shanghai and other populated cities in the country. A U.S. resident who returned from China was among those diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus. "The lesson from SARS suggests that the turning point for sentiment will come only after the number of new infections starts falling."cnbc.com
History shows China's coronavirus impact on markets likely to be short-lived
Strategists also point to the reaction in Chinese and other Asian markets following the SARS virus, which declined as the outbreak spread but bounced back once it was contained. He expects any hit to the U.S. market to be less severe than in China's markets, unless the outbreak intensifies. With the SARS outbreak, markets quickly rebounded. Morgan Stanley analysts said SARS had the biggest impact on China of any recent epidemic, like the MERS virus or Avian flu. "The SARS experience shows the risk of a severe short-term disruption of economic activity and underperformance of local markets," they wrote.cnbc.com
Trump says he trusts China's Xi on coronavirus and the US has it 'totally under control'
President Donald Trump told CNBC on Wednesday he trusts the information coming out of China on the coronavirus, which has killed nine people and sickened nearly 500 others in that country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first case in the United States. "We have it totally under control," Trump told "Squawk Box" co-host Joe Kernen in an interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "It's one person coming in from China. The CDC on Tuesday said a resident of Snohomish County, Washington, who was returning from China on Jan. 15 was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus.cnbc.com
CDC confirms first US case of coronavirus that has killed 17 in China
Public health officials have confirmed the first U.S. case of a mysterious coronavirus that has sickened hundreds of people in China, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday. A Snohomish County, Washington State resident who was returning from China on Jan. 15 was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus, according to the CDC. "CDC will be working closely with the state health department on the particulars of this patient's care." "We have it totally under control," Trump told "Squawk Box" co-host Joe Kernen in an interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. CDC officials said they continue to believe the risk of it spreading to the American public is "low."cnbc.com
China can't rule out new virus spreading between humans
Beijing The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday. A 61-year-old man with severe underlying conditions died from the coronavirus on Saturday. The commission said the husband, who fell ill first, worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. But because the wife did not exhibit symptoms until days after her husband, it's also possible that he infected her. SARS is a type of coronavirus that first struck southern China in late 2002.cbsnews.com
Wuhan pneumonia outbreak in China blamed on new SARS-type virus
The U.S. Embassy in China warned Americans traveling in the country earlier this week to avoid animals and contact with sick people. China has since ruled out a fresh outbreak of SARS, which killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong. WHO representative Galea said "people with symptoms of pneumonia and reported travel history to Wuhan have been identified at international airports." Fear spreads to Hong Kong, TaiwanIn Hong Kong, hospitals have raised their alert level to "serious" and stepped up detection measures - including temperature checkpoints for inbound travellers. Twenty-five of the patients have been discharged, Hong Kong authorities said Thursday.cbsnews.com