Reality check: COVID-19 might be ‘here to stay,’ even after a vaccine

Reality check: COVID-19 might be ‘here to stay,’ even after a vaccine

CLOSE The coronavirus pandemic has canceled a lot of things, but your summer vacation doesn’t have to be one of them. USA TODAYThe debate over when to reopen states amid the coronavirus pandemic has escalated quickly.Frustration with the extended quarantine is mounting on social media, and residents around the country have defied social distancing orders…

Daily Crunch: Apple and Google start releasing their exposure notification API

Daily Crunch: Apple and Google start releasing their exposure notification API

Apple and Google ask for developer feedback on their contact tracing efforts, Facebook sees a “significant reduction” in ads and Microsoft makes life easier for IT managers. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 30, 2020. 1. Apple and Google release first seed of COVID-19 exposure notification API for contact tracing app developers This is a…

Apple officer Cynthia Hogan joins Biden’s VP vetting group

Apple officer Cynthia Hogan joins Biden’s VP vetting group

Joe Biden’s campaign this morning announced that it has chosen a team to vet potential running mates for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. The four-person committee three high-profile Democratic politicians: Senator Chris Dodd, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt and Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, who has been in the spotlight recently, as his city has…

NASA, ESA and JAXA launch virtual hackathon for COVID-19 services

NASA, ESA and JAXA launch virtual hackathon for COVID-19 services

In an impressive display of international collaboration, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have come together to launch a virtual hackathon running between May 30 and May 31, with the aim of using open data to develop innovative solutions to problems arising from the global COVID-19 pandemic. All…

Visa and Kenya’s Safaricom partner on M-Pesa, payments and tech

Visa and Kenya’s Safaricom partner on M-Pesa, payments and tech

Visa just connected to Africa’s most powerful mobile payments network. The global financial services company and Kenyan telecom Safaricom — operator of the M-Pesa mobile money product — announced a partnership today on payments and tech. The arrangement opens to M-Pesa’s own extensive financial services network in East Africa Visa’s global merchant and card network…

Spike in United States deaths and cases flagged as pneumonia suggest even greater COVID-19 impact

Spike in United States deaths and cases flagged as pneumonia suggest even greater COVID-19 impact

Jayme Fraser, Daveen Rae Kurutz, Jessica Priest and Kevin Crowe, USA TODAY Network Published 6:37 p.m. ET April 29, 2020 | Updated 8:18 p.m. ET April 29, 2020CLOSEFederal data released this week shows that the number of deaths recorded in the U.S. this year is higher than normal, outpacing deaths attributed to COVID-19 in states…

Research study: Remdesivir appears to speed healing times in hospitalized COVID-19 clients

Research study: Remdesivir appears to speed healing times in hospitalized COVID-19 clients

CLOSE President Trump said coronavirus won’t be coming back in the fall, but Dr. Fauci believes otherwise, contradicting the president’s statements. USA TODAYThe first possible scientifically proven treatment for COVID-19 emerged Wednesday with early data from a global study finding patients given the experimental drug remdesivir recovered faster and may be less likely to die.Early results…