The obvious problem. Facial hair can block a full seal around the nose and mouth on a sealing protective mask, such as an N95, defeating the purpose of the mask. One recent study found that no healthcare workers with beards achieved a proper fit. Thus, healthcare workers are shaving. (Healthcare facilities typically allow religious exemptions, providing special PAPR masks for those with beards, which have a spacesuit look.) Facial hair can also cause what one study calls “facemask wiggling.” … [Read more...] about Do beards and facial hair increase COVID-19 risk? Here’s what we know.
To arrive at the figures, Comparisun analysed the market capitalisation of 25 most valued companies that are listed with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and also studied the net worth of top the world’s 25 richest persons as per the Forbes list. The average percentage of their annual growth over the past five years was calculated and applied for future years to arrive at the research projection. … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos could become first trillionaire in the world: Study
Bérot’s union successfully sued Amazon last month, in what has become the most prominent labour showdown the retailer has faced since the coronavirus outbreak. A French court ordered Amazon to stop delivering ‘non-essential’ items as part of measures to protect worker health. The company responded by closing its French warehouses and putting 10,000 employees on paid furlough until at least May 18. On May 13, Amazon said it would include an independent expert in its review of virus protocols, a concession to unions. … [Read more...] about Amazon’s showdown in France tests its ability to sidestep labour
A large number of popular iOS apps, including Spotify, TikTok, Pinterest, and Tinder are experiencing issues due to a problem with Facebook’s software development kit. As a result, many of these apps are crashing immediately when people try to open them. … [Read more...] about Facebook’s SDK is causing Spotify, TikTok, and other popular apps to crash
At a time when retailers should be putting in orders for the all-important holiday shopping season, stores are furloughing tens of thousands of corporate and store employees, hoarding cash and desperately planning how to survive this crisis. The specter of mass default is being discussed not just behind closed doors but in analysts’ future models. Whether that happens, no one doubts that the upheaval caused by the pandemic will permanently alter both the retail landscape and the relationships of brands with the stores that sell them. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Death of the department store: ‘Very few are likely to survive’