The third issue is relapse of the infection. There have been reports of the coronavirus infecting an individual after he/she has already recovered from COVID-19 once. Hence, it is yet not certain if the antibodies developed against coronavirus for the first time are effective in fighting it off the next time. The notion has been emphasized by the World Health Organisation as well. With individual immunity not proven yet, Herd Immunity is shrouded with doubts. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
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Zuckerberg’s neutrality may ultimately prevail. On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order that encourages regulators to curtail a section of a law that allows social networks to take down content on their sites without having to worry about lawsuits. Some researchers also feel that Facebook is wise to avoid making judgments on petty political spats. Paul Barrett, a professor at NYU who studies political disinformation, writes in an op-ed for Politico that the platform could insert itself into content in ways that have the potential to do great damage. “The platforms cannot and should not try to referee every trivial fib that politicians tell about each other,” he writes. “They should prioritize the consequential issues and statements of the day, much as Facebook’s fact-checkers already try to do.” Misinformation surrounding COVID-19, however political, could be but one such subject. … [Read more...] about As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice
PR: There’s a burger place that I am invested in called HiHo. It’s from the same people that do Sugarfish. They have this genius way of transporting french fries [so they] stay hot and crispy: It’s as simple as perforating the bag so that the fries don’t steam. I don’t know why they haven’t done this before! But [just doing takeout is] not sustainable. You don’t need the whole restaurant staff, so it still leaves people out of work. They don’t make anything close to what they do when the restaurant is going full blast. And even then the margins are so tiny. So they really need this bailout. I would tell everybody to write to their congressmen, their senators. It’s vital. The food industry is the second-biggest employer in the United States after the United States government. And I would say that restaurants are more important to me out of those two. I certainly like them more. … [Read more...] about Phil Rosenthal dishes on his Netflix series, camels, saving restaurants, and the genius fix for to-go fries
Brotherton discusses the influential 1964 essay by Richard Hofstadter which analysed the role and causes of conspiracy theories in American history. Hofstadter famously dubbed this “the paranoid style”, exhibited by people who feel alienated from mainstream society. However, as Brotherton points out, conspiracy theories are not exclusively a feature of the fringe. “Mild paranoia is common among entirely ordinary people, a product of our insatiable drive to understand the world and our place in it, and to feel like we’re in the driver’s seat.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic: Dealing with an infection of conspiracy theories
Devidayal, who opened Iktara before COVID caused a lockdown, had to shut it down three weeks into operations. “Five days after the shutdown was declared, we resumed the bakery operations first and then Iktara, using the team we still had in Mumbai. Ensuring that we picked the right people and convincing their families that we will take every safety precaution was a difficult task. We have hired private vehicles to pick and drop the team members.” … [Read more...] about Riding COVID-19 storm: Restaurants rewrite home delivery rules with special menus, DIY kits