In fatal cases of COVID-19, the places in the body with the worst inflammation and organ damage are not necessarily the places with the highest amount of virus, or viral load, according to a small study. Autopsies of 11 patients who died from COVID-19 showed that some tissues - including the intestine, liver and kidney - contained a high amount of virus but were not inflamed, while tissues with inconsistent or patchy virus levels - in particular, the lungs - were severely inflamed. The fact that virus levels do not correlate with organ damage in these fatal cases may mean some tissues tolerate the virus better than others, and "suggests that treatments that reduce inflammation in the lung could be particularly effective, since the virus alone may not be causing tissue damage," researcher David Dorward of University of Edinburgh Center for Inflammation Research told Reuters. Dorward and colleagues posted their study report on medRxiv in advance of peer review. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus tricks the body into attacking brain; common heartburn drugs linked to COVID-19 risk
"The main highlight for me is the drastic reduction in exports as well," said Tony Headrick, energy markets analyst at CHS Hedging. "One could take a step back and look at it from a more global perspective - as imports come into the US, they're not going elsewhere so the global supply is waning and these cargoes that were storing crude oil in the midst of the huge contango we saw, which is now narrowed, is starting to offload those shifts." … [Read more...] about US crude stockpiles rise unexpectedly, gasoline draws down sharply: EIA
Cultivate belonging It’s important to understand how belonging fits in. It’s not just about the “numbers” and increasing the ratio of diversity but ensuring employees have a true sense of belonging and that their diverse perspective is welcome. Many companies worry about culture in general in a remote environment. There are many tools that can help to foster engagement and close-knit environments with a distributed workforce. … [Read more...] about Can remote work really improve workplace diversity?
On the outlook, Schwenk said, “We remain cautiously optimistic as we gradually ramp up our sales amid the prevalent market challenges triggered by the pandemic...However recovery will be slow and we currently expect customer sentiments to revive going forward, though the market conditions would continue to remain challenging." … [Read more...] about Mercedes-Benz India H1 sales down 55% at 2,948 units
KEEPING A PROMISE FOR 5G SPEED For Verizon, every successful 5G speed test and satisfied customer is an important milestone on the path to 5G deployment. “The cornerstone of our strategy is to provide our customers with the best network experience,” says Nicki Palmer, chief product development officer at Verizon Wireless. “That strategy has served us well, and has led the competition to play catch-up.” … [Read more...] about How fast is fast?