The constant flow of information about the novel corona virus and COVID-19 can cause a lot of fear. Mental Floss has created this semi-weekly summary so you can read the news at your own pace – without feeling overwhelmed.
1. May 2020
People who are quarantined at home are feeding their sweet teeth (or is it teeth?). Sales of Kellogg's breakfast cereals, including Special K, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Pop Tarts Cereal, and many more, rose 3 percent in its latest earnings report thanks to the pandemic. Frozen food sales rose 9 percent.
Stressed out parents who live at home turn to Zoom babysitters when they need a break from work, class, and childcare. One actor told the Washington Post that the hardest part of the job was getting kids back on the screen when they left.
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Could cinemas make comeback? With traditional cinemas across the country, drive-ins offer the thrill of a summer blockbuster in the sanitary safety of your vehicle, with a dash of nostalgia from the middle of the century. There are still around 300, including the Family Drive-In Theater near Winchester, Virginia, which recently sold out its weekend shows from Sonic the Hedgehog .
If you are bored with your grain-based isolation diet, Insert your instant pot and try making these nine preparations.
28. April 2020
The CDC added six symptoms to its list of the most common signs of possible COVID-19 infection . In addition to fever, cough, and shortness of breath, the new list includes chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of smell or taste. NPR reports that the expanded list of symptoms may allow more people to qualify for coronavirus testing because people generally need to show signs of an infection being tested. It doesn't include a scary potential symptom: blood clots that cause strokes in younger, otherwise mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients. The Washington Post has this story.
Preliminary results from an attempt by Oxford University to develop a vaccine against the new corona virus have been promisingly revealed The New York Times . Six rhesus monkeys received an experimental vaccine that was exposed to copious amounts of the virus and remained healthy. Next comes experiments on humans.
N95 masks have been in short supply since the pandemic began. A group of researchers from Boston therefore went about finding an easy way to decontaminate masks for reuse . In an article that has not yet been reviewed by experts and appears on the medRxiv preprint server, they suggest that steaming a mask in the microwave over a bowl of hydrogen peroxide effectively removes virus particles. Although the method has not been tested on a large scale, it could be a way for individual healthcare workers to reuse previously worn masks.
If your wedding was canceled or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic ] – and if you really, really love Miller High Life – we have a competition for you. The beer brand is giving away weddings on the doorstep to three couples, including the services of an officer and a photographer, and $ 10,000 for a later honeymoon. For more information on entering, visit the company's website.
We continue to expect toilet paper to be returned to the shelves. Business Insider is now reporting that delivery of disinfectant wipes and other cleaning products may not return to pre-pandemic levels until late summer . Update these tips to disinfect your home while you wait.
If you run out of entertainment options – I mean educate – try these children at home, and informative scientific experiments .
24. April 2020
Doctors and nurses isolated themselves in campers and hotel rooms to prevent the new corona virus from spreading to their own families. But a doctor in Texas may have a little more fun than most in quarantine: He camps in his sons' tree house which is in the immediate vicinity of his actual home. The emergency doctor Jason Barnes told the Corpus Christie Caller Times that his wife cooks meals for him and leaves them on a table outside where he does "19459021" before the dogs can get them.
You may be wearing your mask incorrectly . If your mask only covers your mouth or hangs around your neck while you're on the phone, don't use it properly. The Huffington Post offers some tips to get the most out of your fabric cover – and also offers tips on the best fabrics to make your own. And NPR reports on a study that has not yet been reviewed by experts, which suggests that wearing a nylon stocking over your fabric mask will keep the mask tighter on your face and more effectively hold back your saliva.
Walmart and grocery stores are inserting one-way street signs into their aisles to help shoppers move in one direction in shops, which is supposed to promote social distancing. At least two Mental Floss editors have recently noticed very little compliance with the rules. The stores may have to stop crossing guards.
A study highlighted in this overview last week found that cats were more susceptible to the virus than other mammals and birds. Now the USDA reports that two pet kittens in different areas of New York State tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting their vets with respiratory symptoms. There is still no evidence that humans can get COVID-19 from their pets. Fortunately, the two cats are expected to fully recover.
After all, you may be sitting in a hoard of non-perishable quarantine goods, but these canned foods don't last forever . Just look at what happened to this.
21. April 2020
After a few weeks of quarantine at home, you may feel crazy, but you probably had it easier than six tourists in India who isolated themselves in a cave . Visitors from France, Turkey, Nepal, Ukraine and the USA ran out of money for their hotel rooms. Officials took her to a nearby ashram and asked her to quarantine another two weeks.
School children in Great Britain can take a virtual geography class with the extraordinary naturalist Sir David Attenborough . The dulcet-narrator of Blue Planet II and Seven Worlds, One Planet will teach students about mapping, animal behavior and oceanography in the BBC's Bitesize Daily.
Should you disinfect your deliveries? The New York Times offers useful tips on when or whether common surfaces such as cardboard boxes, your shoes and your hair need to be treated with antiviral solutions. Bonus: The Times guide to washing your clothes at home.
There are many things that we do not yet know about the novel corona virus, including its spread through various methods. Words like in the air and aerosol are often tossed around, but their meaning is not always clear. Read this explanation of a coronavirus terminology you should know .
Finally, an indie bookstore in Colorado helps readers discover new novels and authors while blocked. For $ 50, Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boulder supply a mystery bag with four to six books (plus a pack of tea or coffee beans) based on the customer's preferred literary genre. Here are some more ways to help local bookstores stay afloat.
17th April 2020
A 99-year-old World War II veteran in the UK promised to raise money for the British National Health Service (NHS) by going 100 laps around his garden. On April 16 Captain Tom Moore completed his mission and raised a whopping £ 13 million ($ 16 million) for public health . Moore started on April 8 with the goal of raising £ 1,000 – but when supporters donated £ 70,000 in the first 24 hours, he raised his goal to £ 1 million. As reported by The Guardian Moore completed the last 25 rounds on live television, accompanied by an honor guard from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, Moore's own regiment at war. Now his followers are asking Queen Elizabeth II to give him a special award. And he turns 100 on April 30!
Another enterprising senior, the 93-year-old Olive Veronesi from Pennsylvania, who was put in quarantine, made a plea in her window: "I need more beer !" Coors Light took the call and immediately delivered 150 cans. "I was on my last 12 cans, I drink a beer every night, you know what, beer contains vitamins, it's good for you as long as you don't overdo it," Veronesi told KDKA. Similarly, 82-year-old Ontario native Annette Muller pleaded with her daughter to run to her shop with a sign in her window that reads, "Need more wine." A $ 700 tasting menu supplies instead the homeless population of the city .
An anonymous donor bought each of the 549 households in Earlham, Iowa, $ 150 gift cards to give to local businesses – a total gift of more than $ 82,000. "I don't think" thank you "is a big enough word," Mayor Jeff Lillie told The Washington Post .
Finally, Facebook leads users who have interacted with posts with coronavirus misinformation on websites with facts from the World Health Organization. A Facebook official said in a blog post that 2 billion users were directed and 350 million clicked the actual websites. Here are some other companies that are doing their part during the crisis.
14. April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the US economy hard, but some small business owners are developing creative ways to help their employees . The owner of a bar in Tybee Island, Georgia, spent three days removing dollar bills – more than $ 3,000 in total – from the walls and ceiling to give to her workers.
Speaking of workers: creating some new unemployed and vacationing people online communities to help their peers get through the maze of government employment websites and unemployment benefits.
The great shortage of toilet paper continues, but apparently some people find it at Walmart. The company's CEO, Doug McMillon, told NBC's Savannah Guthrie on April 10 that Walmart consumers had bought enough toilet paper within five days to give every American a role . (This is approximately 328 million rolls, or 328 billion individual squares if each roll had 1,000 sheets.)
Cats can catch corona viruses. A Chinese study in the journal Science found that the novel corona virus is easily replicated in cats and ferrets (which often stand for humans in respiratory studies), but not in dogs, pigs, chickens or ducks Good. However, more research is needed.
By now you have probably heard your city or state recommendations for when you use a face mask or mask outside – and people who wear glasses have probably noticed that their lenses fog up when they wear one. Here are some tips for wearing a mask and glasses at the same time.
10. April 2020
The toilet paper shortage is real – but your credit card company may be able to help by pressing the Charmin. Finder.com reports that high-end credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve and MasterCard Gold Card offer a concierge service that card members can use to make dinner reservations, travel arrangements, and other transactions. In a small experiment, three Finder.com employees asked their card company's concierge to find the nearest toilet paper shop on the shelves. According to WMC Action News 5 in Memphis, Tennessee, two concierges were able to call and dig up the white gold.
A marine veteran did not let the coronavirus pandemic interrupt her celebration of her 104th birthday . Ruth Gallivan, who is considered one of the oldest female Marines, served in World War II. The veteran organization Honor Flight surprised her with an auto parade and wished her a happy return.
Wondering how you can help key workers during the pandemic besides just staying at home? Buy a medical meal during the Feed the Frontlines pandemic founded by a New York restaurateur to prepare and deliver (and hold restaurants) to hard-working doctors, nurses, and hospital staff Business). You can also donate directly to NYC Health + Hospitals, where so many COVID-19 patients are treated.
Finally, your pantry staples could run out after a month when locked. If you are planning a run to the grocery store, follow these simple precautions to reduce the likelihood that the coronavirus will be brought home with your bread and dry beans.
7. April 2020  Nearly 24 million people watched Queen Elizabeth II transmit a personal television report about the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, April 5. The Queen thanked healthcare workers and those who stayed at home for their continued efforts to combat the outbreak. and said this address reminded her of her very first television show in 1940 when she offered a message to children who had been sent overseas for their own safety at the beginning of World War II. "We should take comfort in the fact that we can endure more, but better days will return," said the Queen. "We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again." Aside from her annual Christmas message, the Queen rarely gives television speeches – this show was only her fifth in her 68-year reign.
A tiger at Bronx Zoo in New York City tested positive for COVID-19 the disease caused by the new corona virus. The zoo's chief veterinarian, Paul Calle tweeted that Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger, had tests done at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory after showing respiratory problems. Three other tigers showed the same symptoms, and zoo officials believe that the big cats were exposed to the virus by an asymptomatic zoo employee. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Bronx Zoo, expects all cats to fully recover. In a press release, the USDA said your pet cat is unlikely to be able to transmit the virus to you. However, if you feel sick, stay away from Fluffy as long as you have symptoms.
Oscar winner and University of Matthew McConaughey hosted a night of bingo (via zoom) for a group of residents of the Enclave in Round Rock, a senior community in the suburbs of Austin. Together with his wife, mother, and children, McConaughey called out the numbers while the quarantined seniors played at home.
Should you wear a mask when you go outside? The answer is complicated, but that of New York City The mayor has begun to urge residents to wear a fabric cover to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading through breathing or speaking. Recent research suggests that presymptomatic individuals can more easily transmit the coronavirus through aerosols than previously thought.
Finally, you may find it difficult to find hand sanitizers in stores these days. However, if you do, check the expiration date .