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Apple’s Siri helps Americans wondering if they have COVID-19

The company didn't elaborate on the questionnaire when asked by CNBC. In other countries, you'll typically be directed toward national health resources instead.Apple has launched multiple efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including over $15 million in donations and contributing face masks. This, however, may be the most conspicuous -- anyone with an Apple device…

Lyft will deliver food and medical supplies during the coronavirus crisis

At the moment, the initiative includes three parts. To start, the company's drivers will deliver medical supplies and test kits to the elderly, people with chronic diseases and other vulnerable individuals. They will also transport food to seniors, as well as students who depend on their school for lunch. Lyft says it plans to pilot…

Plan Your Mental Health Days in Advance

Image: ShutterstockEvery month, I try to mark off at least one weekend day as a No Plans Day. During that day, I do what might otherwise be considered “nothing;” I read, I nap, maybe I rewatch a favorite movie or TV show, and I spend a lot of time staring into space and just, like,…

Your Health Insurance May Waive Coronavirus Testing Copays

Image: ShutterstockMany of us are asking ourselves what we can do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some of us are also asking ourselves whether we can afford to get tested for COVID-19, should we come down with symptoms—and how much we’ll have to pay for treatment.Luckily, many health insurance companies have announced that…

How Can I Support My Adult Child Who Has a Mental Health Disorder?

Photo: ShutterstockParental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to [email protected] with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.Mental health continues to be one of the most-requested topics readers ask me to cover both in the Parental Advisory advice column and in other more general posts. So…

Get Up-to-Date Information on COVID-19 From the WHO Using WhatsApp

Image: ShutterstockWith information changing quickly, it’s hard to find the latest and most up-to-date COVID-19 information. Today, the World Health Organization announced a new Health Alert system through WhatsApp. The free service is designed to help answer some of the questions the public might have about coronavirus. It’s available 24 hours a day.To access it…

The CDC-Approved Method to Washing Your Hands, Step By Step

In the interest of public health, and for those of you who are visual learners, we present this video guide to properly washing your hands.Here are the steps:Wet your hands. Use warm or cool water as hot water may be too harsh.Turn off the faucet while you scrub to conserve water.Lather up with soap and…

How to Eat, With Mark Bittman and Dr. David L. Katz

Forget paleo, keto, and intermittent fasting—we’re getting to the truth of how you really should be eating this week with Mark Bittman and Dr. David L. Katz. Their latest book is called How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered, and in this episode, they discuss the importance of using both science and…

Why We Don’t Name Diseases After Places Anymore

Photo: ShutterstockAll the legit health and policy organizations out there (the WHO and the CDC among them) are calling the coronavirus disease by its agreed-upon name, COVID-19. But a few folks are stubbornly arguing that we should call it the “Chinese” virus or otherwise peg its name to a location. That’s bullshit, and here’s why.…

T-Mobile Is Offering Free Upgrades to Subscribers Right Now

The spread of the coronavirus isn’t just affecting public health and the global economy; it also impacts internet and cellular networks. With so many people stuck at home and others displaced by travel bans, data usage has risen, bandwidth is clogged, and service is being disrupted all around the world.All the “Big Four” mobile carriers…

How to Deal With the Anxiety Caused by Coronavirus Pandemic Deniers

Image: ShutterstockWe’re living in a time of high anxiety. There is more than enough to worry about pertaining to our own physical and mental health and financial security. And there’s another widely experienced stressor that many of us didn’t anticipate: the anxiety that sets in when someone you know doesn’t understand the severity of the…

Follow These Twitter Accounts for Accurate Information on the Coronavirus

Photo: ShutterstockTwitter is a great way to get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. I follow epidemiologists, virologists, health reporters and others—and I always learn something when I check my feed each morning. But there are also a lot of people out there who may look like experts and may even think they are experts,…

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BBC Sport’s five things to do today

Read this...We all dream of representing our country on the international stage, right? Meet the team competing as 'England' in 2020... by chanceWatch this...Kids interrupting work was something of a novelty two weeks ago but now it is part of our daily routine, as Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford knows all too well... Media playback…

Elizabeth Warren campaign open sources its organizing tools

The campaign will have "more to say" in the weeks ahead about what it did with technology.It isn't unheard of for American candidates to rely on software for election runs, but developing open source tools is relatively rare. It may become more common, mind you. The Warren team noted that Spoke alone saved the campaign…

Some Tesla factory employees still had to work after the production shutdown

Local officials have confirmed that Tesla stopped making electric cars in California on Monday, March 23rd, in compliance with a shelter-in-place order brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic. But dozens of workers had to report to the company’s automotive factory to finish processing the final batches of cars this week, according to an email…

Apple updates Safari’s anti-tracking tech with full third-party cookie blocking

Apple on Tuesday released a major update to its Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), the privacy feature that allows the company’s web browser to block cookies and prevent advertisers from snooping on your web habits. According to Apple’s John Wilander, the WebKit engineer behind the feature, Safari now blocks all third-party cookies. That means that,…

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