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WEEK OF MAY 4 – May 8
The Daily Herald says J.Crew filed for bankruptcy yesterday due to declining sales and the coronavirus
– WMTW says the NFL has canceled next season’s international games in Mexico City and London because of the coronavirus
– Seeking Alpha says Gold’s Gym has filed for bankruptcy because of the coronavirus. The chain expects to close some locations
– The Chicago Tribune says United Airlines plans to cut 3,400 management jobs because of the coronavirus
– Adweek says Popeyes is hiring out-of-work musicians to record another version of their iconic “Love That Chicken At Popeye’s” jingle. They hope to help singers affected by the coronavirus
– ABC says Russia had 10,000 new cases of the coronavirus yesterday for the second day in a row.
– The Disney Insider says Disney theme parks could lose $21 billion through 2022 because of the coronavirus
– The Daily Mail says sales of Clorox cleaning products jumped by 32% during the first quarter of 2020 because of the coronavirus
– NBC says Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines are all requiring passengers to wear masks because of the coronavirus. The new policy goes into effect on May 11th
– Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom recently posted pictures of themselves wearing FAUCI GANG hoodies. The hoodies are a tribute to White House Coronavirus Task Force team member Dr Anthony Fauci
– The NY Post says New York’s Naked Cowboy continues to perform in Times Square during the coronavirus outbreak. The cowboy is wearing a bandana over his face
– The Boston Herald says a Walmart in Worcester, Massachusetts has been closed because 81 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. The city says, “The store shall remain closed until it is professionally cleaned and sanitized and a re-inspection by our health department can occur.”
– Variety magazine says last week’s ”Parks and Recreation” reunion special raised $2.8 million for coronavirus relief
100 Year-Old Great-Great-Grandmother Beats Coronavirus And Seven Other Deadly Episodes: The Daily Mail says a 100 year-old great-great-grandmother, from Sheffield, England, has beaten the coronavirus. Rose Heely has also overcome Scarlett fever, measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, the flu and two heart attacks. She spent 18 days in the hospital while receiving well wishes and strength from her 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Rose credits her long life to eating fish and chips.
Good Samaritan Donates $1 Million To Coronavirus Medical Workers: The Good News Network says a Good Samaritan recently donated $1 million to employees at the Dignity Health Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, wanted staffers to have a bonus for their work during the coronavirus. Full-time employees will receive an $800 bonus while part-timers will receive $600.
373 Meat Packers Test Positive For Coronavirus; NONE Had Symptoms: CNN says 373 employees at the Triumph Foods Pork Plant in Buchanan County, Missouri have tested positive for the coronavirus. None of the workers had symptoms. The infected workers are now isolating at home.
Principal Drives 800 Miles To Visit Every Graduating Senior: ABC says a Texas high school principal recently drove more than 800 miles to visit every graduating member of the senior class. Virdie Montgomery and his wife spent 12 days and multiple tanks of gas visiting all 612 students. He wanted to do something special because the seniors were unable to have a commencement ceremony due to the coronavirus.
Virdie says, “I just want them to know I care for them. Yeah. I can tear up real easy talking about them, but we tried to give them everything that we could possibly do within the guidelines.”
A new survey by Rasmussen Reports reveals that 43% of Americans think it’s time to stop quarantining and go back to work. That’s up from 36% three weeks ago. Other findings:
– 38% of people say quarantining should continue because of the coronavirus. That’s down from 49% three weeks ago. 19% of people are not sure what to do.
– only 45% of people are concerned about getting the coronavirus from someone at work. 17% of people are ”very concerned”
– Netflix says “Extraction”, starring Chris Hemsworth, is going to be their most watched original movie ever. The film has been watched by 90 million viewers since it started streaming four weeks ago
70% Immunity Needed To Bring Covid-19 To A Halt: A new study by the Center for Infectious Disease Research at the University of Minnesota says 70% of Americans will need to be immune in order to bring the coronavirus to a halt.
The study reads “The length of the pandemic will likely be 18 to 24 months, as herd immunity gradually develops in the human population. Given the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — 60% to 70% of the population may need to be immune to reach a critical threshold of herd immunity to halt the pandemic. People must be prepared for at least another 18 to 24 months of significant COVID-19 activity, with hot spots popping up periodically in different geographic areas.”
Coronavirus Can’t Be Spread Through Tooting: The Centers for Disease Control has released another statement that says the coronavirus cannot be spread through passing gas. Deputy Director Jay Butler is quoted by the website as saying, “There is not a lot of evidence of transmission through stools. I know at least one tabloid in the UK got a lot of coverage by someone speculating that Covid-19 could be spread by flatulence or, to quote the headline, by farting. There really is not a lot of science behind that.”
Graduation Ceremonies At Daytona 500: ESPN says two Flagler County, Florida high schools are holding their graduation ceremonies at the Daytona 500. Each graduate and their family will pile into one car before they receive their diploma as their car crosses the finish line. They can then go for a victory lap before exiting the stadium.
Theatres Reopen With Extreme Screenings: CBS says movie theaters in Texas are using extreme screening methods as they reopen from the coronavirus. Guests will undergo an infrared temperature screening as they enter cinemas. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be sent home. Texas theaters must operate at 25% of capacity
Disney Camper Arrested: The NY Post says the Orlando Police recently arrested Richard McGuire after they caught him camping on Discovery Island inside Disney World. The theme park has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. McGuire told cops that he didn’t see the NO TRESPASSING signs and thought he had stumbled upon a tropical paradise after he broke into the park. He was charged with trespassing.
Man Uses Stim Check To Feed Neighborhood: KWTX says Ronald Kearney, of Killeen, Texas, is being hailed as a hero for using his stimulus check to feed his neighborhood. He gave out free burgers and drinks to 160 people. Kearney says it was the right thing to do.
WEEK OF APRIL 27 – MAY 1
Oxford University may have a coronavirus vaccine available by September. Professor Sara Gilbert says, “Well personally, I have a high degree of confidence about this vaccine, because it’s technology that I’ve used before.’’
– The NY Daily News says the United States became the first country yesterday to have 1 million cases of the coronavirus. Over 58,000 Americans have died because of covid-19
– Brobible says White House economic advisor Kevin Hassett says the Trump administration is considering another round of $1,200 stimulus checks. Both Republicans and Democrats are hoping to come together on a new deal soon
– The NY Post says Starbucks expects to reopen 90% of its stores by June.
– CBS says Costco is going to require customers to wear coronavirus masks beginning on May 4th.
– Yahoo News says Best Buy is reopening some of their stores. Customers will be allowed in by appointment only. Appointments can be made online or over-the-phone. Social distancing will be enforced at the store. All registers have sneeze guards
– NBC says Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday that says meat processing plants must remain open during the coronavirus. Over 20 meatpacking workers have died because of the virus.
– Yardbarker says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper wants NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 to run at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24th. The race will most likely run without fans due to covid-19
Pug Tests Positive For Coronavirus: NBC says a pug from North Carolina has become the first dog in the U.S. to test positive for the coronavirus. Three people in the dog’s house have tested positive for covid-19. One of Winston’s owners says he is not surprised that he got sick because he licks dinner plates and sleeps in bed with family members
Coronavirus Price Gouging Lawsuits Begin: The Courier says Iowa’s Attorney General is suing Michael Noteboom, of Orange City, Iowa, for price gouging. He allegedly sold a package of toilet paper on eBay for $86 and six rolls of Bounty paper towels for $50. Michael also got busted selling 12 paper towel rolls for $120. Target is selling six Bounty paper towel rolls for $5.49.
Six Month-Old Beats Coronavirus: Bored Panda says a six month-old baby, with heart and lung conditions, has beaten the coronavirus. Erin Bates had heart surgery in late December before contracting a lung illness in her bronchial tubes. She was readmitted to the hospital where she contracted the coronavirus. She battled for several weeks before beating it. Her parents, Emma and Wayne, have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her medical bills.
Drag Queens Delivering Meals To Socially Distancing Customers: ABC says the Fiddlehead Restaurant, in Michigan City, Indiana, is using drag queens to deliver meals to curbside customers. The Queens are wearing gloves, wigs and face masks with hearts and lips on them. The restaurant’s specialities are the Hipster pulled pork sandwich, the Mother Clucker chicken sandwich, a Herbivore veggie sandwich, a grass-fed burger, a lobster roll, fish tacos and pierogies.
Pepcid AC May Be Effective Coronavirus Treatment: Inside Edition says Pepcid AC may be an effective coronavirus treatment. The drug is currently being tested. People are running to pharmacies to buy as much Pepcid as they can. A doctor in Wuhan, China first noticed people, who were already taking Pepcid for heartburn were surviving covid-19 at a better rate than those, who weren’t
Coronavirus Causing $1 Billion Worth Of Beer To Go Bad: Business Insider says millions of gallons of beer is going bad because of the coronavirus The beer is expiring in untapped kegs around the country. Bars and restaurants could see a $1 billion loss from the spoiled beer. Much of the beer was produced for St Patrick’s Day and March Madness.
Flight Attendants Wearing Hazmat Suits: Channel News Asia says Air Asia Airlines is making flight attendants wear customized hazmat suits on flights. The red and white suits feature the airline’s logo and come with N95 masks, a red head covering and a plastic face visor. Flight attendants are also gloved up. Other airlines may adapt similar protection if Air Asia’s measures prove to be successful.
Store Shelves Won’t Be Fully Stocked Until August: The Daily Mail says store shelves won’t be fully stocked with hand sanitizer, Lysol and Clorox wipes until August. A source tells the paper, ”As you’re getting into summer, things are going to get better, and they are going to be able to get those raw materials and all their needs back up. Even if they were able to get the ingredients, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have the capacity to produce more products.”
Some bikers are using their long beards as coronavirus masks. They are flipping their beards up before tucking them under their sunglasses.
– ABC says JetBlue has become the first airline to require passengers to wear coronavirus face masks. Flight attendants must also wear face coverings. The new policy goes into effect on May 4th
– The Wall Street Journal says Apple is pushing back mass production on the iPhone 12 because of the coronavirus. Apple expects to start building some of the new phones between July and September. Many Apple stores are still closed because of the coronavirus
– A new survey by The Daily Caller reveals that 69.4% of people think the college and NFL seasons will be impacted by the coronavirus.
– CBS says the Centers for Disease Control has added six new possible coronavirus symptoms including chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. They join fever, cough and shortness of breath as symptoms.
– MarketWatch says the IRS has sent out 88 million stimulus checks worth $157.9 billion.
– A new study by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Center reveals that coronavirus patients, who are placed on a ventilator, have just a 34% chance of survival.
– A new study by the Ibiza Vape Club reveals that 30% of people are smoking more because they are stressed from the coronavirus.
– ABC says NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is auctioning off one of Dale Earnhardt’s race cars to raise money for coronavirus relief. He tweeted, “I’ve got memories of every one of these cars, but I know the suffering that’s going on. It’s a small sacrifice on my part to part with one of these cars.”
– Yahoo Sports says someone has paid $240,000 for a double date with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife,Ciara. Proceeds are going to benefit Feeding America, Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry. The auction was part of the All-In Challenge
Covid-19 Takes 13 Years Off Life: A new study by the University of Glasgow reveals that getting the coronavirus takes 13 years off of your life.
Dr. David McAllister tells the Daily Star, “As most people dying with Covid-19 are older with underlying chronic conditions, some have speculated that the impact of the condition may have been overstated, and that the actual number of years of life lost as a result of Covid-19 are relatively low. This new analysis found that death from Covid-19 results in over 10 years of life lost per person, even after taking account of the typical number and type of chronic conditions found in people dying of Covid-19. Information such as this is important to ensure governments and the public do not wrongly underestimate the effects of Covid-19 on individuals.”
1,000 Chicagoans Allegedly Break Quarantine For House Party: Brobible claims 1,000 Chicagoans allegedly got tired of social distancing on Saturday night before meeting at someone’s home for a house party. Videos were posted online before the Chicago Police tweeted, ”We are aware of a video circulating on social media depicting a large house party inside of an alleged Chicago residence. While we cannot authenticate the nature or location of the gathering, we want to remind everyone of the social distancing requirements in place.”
City Starts Joke Hotline To Brighten Spirits During Coronavirus: The Anchorage Daily News says the city of Juneau, Alaska has started a joke hotline to brighten people’s spirits during the coronavirus pandemic. All of the jokes at 907-586-0428 are clean. Three volunteers record a new joke every day by 10 AM.
City spokesperson Dawn Welch says, “People just need a laugh. We thought, this is a perfect time to do this. Just good, clean, corny jokes.”
Man In Coronavirus Hazmat Suit Robs Check Cashing Business: KSN says a man in a hazmat suit recently tried to rob a check cashing business in Wichita, Kansas. The man entered the store before handing a teller a note demanding cash. He was wearing a yellow hazmat suit, a face mask, and sunglasses. The thief left the store after the teller refused to hand over any money. Cops have posted a surveillance picture of the man in hopes someone will recognize him
Driver Crashes While Wearing N95 Mask: A Lincoln Park, New Jersey resident recently crashed their car while wearing an N95 mask. The driver was wearing the coronavirus mask for several hours before it cut off their oxygen supply and caused them to pass out. They hit a pole.
The Lincoln Park police have released a statement saying, “Motorists and the public alike are reminded that while masks should be used in public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, they are not necessary outdoors when social distancing can be maintained, and especially not necessary when driving a vehicle with no additional occupants.”
Waffle House Making Changes Because Of Coronavirus: WXIA says Waffle House is making major changes because of the coronavirus. When they re-open dining rooms, booths will be staggered and people waiting for seats will have to do so outside instead of in the restaurant Lobby. Employees will wear face masks.
Facebook Adding Video Chat Rooms: Business Insider says Facebook is adding a 50-person video chat room called Messenger Room. It is intended to be an alternative to Zoom. People can join the rooms even if they don’t have a Facebook account. The rooms come with virtual backgrounds and fun filters.
Mark Zuckerberg says, “The basic idea with Messenger Rooms is you should be able to create a room for any activity or any event you want to hold. You should be able to send them a link, and then they should be able to drop by and hangout with you via video presence.”
Man Drives To 11 Wendy’s For Free Nuggets: Fox News says an Oregon man, who goes by the name of Skweezy Jibbs, drove to 11 different Wendy’s restaurants on Friday in order to get free nuggets. He posted, “Times is tough so when I heard Wendys was givin’ out free 4 piece nuggs today I knew I had to hustle. I hit every Wendy’s twice within 17 miles across 2 states, it took 5 hours but now we eatin’ free 4 a week.”
New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men have recorded a new song for coronavirus relief called “House Party”. Proceeds will benefit a charity that feeds and helps children
Post Malone raised $2.5 million for coronavirus relief on Friday with his Nirvana concert. He sang “Come As You Are”, “Lithium”, and “Heart Shaped Box” from his basement in Salt Lake City. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker also performed
Lysol released a statement on Friday saying contrary to some belief, their products do not cure the coronavirus and should only be used according to direction. OJ Simpson made a Tik Tok video on Saturday. Bon Jovi’s “Bad Medicine” played in the background as he jokingly smelled and tasted several disinfectants.
Donald Trump says he was being sarcastic when he told people that injecting themselves with disinfectant might kill the coronavirus
people bashed Katy Perry last night for wearing a hand sanitizer costume during American Idol.
Tom Hanks tells NPR that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, are donating their blood and plasma to help other coronavirus victims. “We are just fine, dandy. We had all of the flu-like symptoms. My wife, Rita, was a little worse off than me. She had a very high temperature. And we were isolated so that we would not give it to anyone else. We will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine,” he joked.
Dancing Corona-saurus Rex: CNN says a dancing Corona-saurus Rex is delivering root beer throughout Vermont. Dave and Jenny Rooke, the owners of Rookies Root Beer, bought T-Rex costumes online before they started making root beer deliveries as dinosaurs.
Man Breaks Quarantine In Order To Take Goldfish For A Walk: The NY Post says a man from Northern Spain was arrested over the weekend for breaking quarantine. A pair of police officers busted the man taking his goldfish for a walk. The fish was in his bowl and being carried by his owner.
Bored Quaratiner Gives Self Tiger-Striped Tan:The Daily Mirror says Londoner Sharna Lakeland was bored in quarantine so she gave herself a tiger-striped tan using tanning bronzer. She has stripes from her forehead all the way down to her feet. Lakeland placed duct tape on her body in order to get the striping effect. She says, “I’ve been spending a lot of quality with family, however boredom has taken over as you can see. I am very happy with the outcome and can say I’m still struggling to get if off. I was very shocked of how dark it was.”
Vitamins C And D Fight off Coronavirus
A new study by Oregon State University reveals that supplements that are high in vitamin C and D are key in fighting off the coronavirus.
Scientist Adrian Gombart tells the website, “The roles that vitamins C and D play in immunity are particularly well known. Vitamin C has roles in several aspects of immunity, including the growth and function of immune cells and antibody production. Vitamin D receptors on immune cells also affect their function. This means that vitamin D profoundly influences your response to infections. The problem is that people simply aren’t eating enough of these nutrients. This could destroy your resistance to infections. Consequently, we will see an increase in disease and all of the extra burdens that go along with that increase.”
WEEK OF APRIL 20-24
– Business Insider says 300 million people a day are video conferencing on Zoom. That’s up 50% since the beginning of April
– Variety magazine says the cast of ”Saturday Night Live” is doing a new show this weekend from their homes
– CBS says Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is returning the $20 million small business loan they received from the government. The restaurant chain received two $10 million checks before succumbing to pressure to return the money.
the cast of Parks and Recreation is reuniting for a 30-minute special. Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta will all return for a show about social distancing. The special will air on April 30th
50% sports wont happen this years…costing billions (62 billion est) in expected revenue
Another impact of the coronavirus — credit card companies have begun reducing your credit limit.
So, tomorrow’s big Beatles event is a Yellow Submarine singalong. That’s what Ringo Starr was teasing, on the Beatles YouTube channel, starting at noon eastern and 9am Pacific time. (NOON HERE)
JONAS BROTHERS CONCERT FILM, ‘HAPPINESS CONTINUES,’ DEBUTS ON AMAZON PRIME: The Jonas Brothers’ new concert film, Happiness Continues, debuted on Amazon Prime Video at midnight.
NORTH CAROLINA GOV. CONSIDERING WHETHER TO ALLOW NASCAR’S COCA-COLA 600: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday (April 23rd) that he’s considering whether to allow NASCAR to run its Coca-Cola 600 race as scheduled on May 24th, but without spectators. Cooper did say yesterday that NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing, access that would be needed to prepare the cars before any racing returns. NASCAR hasn’t held any races since suspending its season on March 13th because of the coronavirus pandemic.
– CBS says 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week. That’s on top of the 22 million people, who have filed for unemployment since the coronavirus started taking their jobs
– KLFY says Walmart is increasing their social distancing protocol with one-way aisles. Store employees are standing at the front of the aisles to make sure shoppers adhere to the one-way decals on the floor.
– Fast Company magazine says American billionaires have increased their wealth by $280 billion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has increased his wealth by $25 billion while Eric Yuan, the founder of Zoom, is now worth $2.58 billion !!!
– Reuters says United Airlines is making it mandatory for flight attendants to wear coronavirus masks while flying. Their union wants passengers to have to wear masks as well
– Adweek says sales of gum and mints have dropped by 40% to 50% because people are social distancing due to the coronavirus
ANTIBODY TEST SUGGESTS 21 PERCENT IN NYC HAVE HAD CORONAVIRUS: Antibody testing on blood samples from 3,000 people in New York suggests that the coronavirus is much more widespread in the state than the confirmed positives indicate. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday (April 23rd) that nearly 14 percent of the people tested have antibodies indicating they’d had the virus, and in New York City, which is the epicenter of the U.S. pandemic, 21 percent had antibodies. The sample was small and Cuomo cautioned the data was preliminary, and it’s also not yet known how much protection antibodies provide. But the governor said having antibody test information could help in making decisions about reopening the state. Those results came as it was disclosed that 438 people died in New York Wednesday, bringing its total to more than 15,700. Johns Hopkins University’s count of the national death toll as of late last night was just under 50,000, at 49,954.
Tom Brady entered a stranger’s home on Wednesday in Tampa. He meant to go to his offensive coordinator’s home, but ended up in David Kramer’s house because their two homes look alike.
Kramer says, “I literally was just sitting here and I watch this tall guy just walk into my house. He didn’t even look at me. He just like dropped his duffel bags down on the floor and just kind of like looked up at me and I’ll never forget the look on his face. He just goes, ‘Am I in the wrong house?! He was like, ‘I am so sorry! I am so sorry!” Kramer said. “Grabs his bags and just is gone. I don’t think I’ve seen someone leave a house faster.”
Target Workers Planning Strike: Nextstar Media says Target workers are planning a ‘sick out’ on May 1st. Workers are upset because they don’t have enough protection on the front lines of the coronavirus. The group, called Target Workers Unite, claims the company is more interested in sales than employee health. Target has supplied masks to workers, but is not requiring them to wear them
Drive-In Holding Grad Ceremonies Because of Coronavirus: WKRC says the Showtime at the Starlight Drive-In, in Monroe Township, Ohio, is holding graduation ceremonies. High schools are showing videos and announcing graduates on screens. Three hundred cars are allowed in at one time as long as they stay six feet apart. The drive-in serves food and is sanitizing bathrooms after each use
Woman Beats Coronavirus; Finds Out She Is Pregnant With Twins: The Daily Mail says Danielle Martin, of Belfast, Ireland, was recently placed in a medically-induced coma because she was suffering from the coronavirus. Her partner, Brian Greene, called her after she woke up and told her she was pregnant with twins. The couple already has three boys. The babies are fine
Drive By Doggie Parade: ABC says Elizabeth Guthrie, of Greensboro, North Carolina, celebrated her third birthday this week with a drive-by doggie parade. She was unable to have a traditional birthday party due to the coronavirus so family and friends drove by with dogs as they honked and cheered for her. Some dogs wore costumes
CONNECTICUT TOWN DROPS PLANS FOR ‘PANDEMIC DRONE’ OVER PRIVACY CONCERNS – (04/24/2020)
The town of Westport, Connecticut, said yesterday (April 23rd) that it has dropped plans to use a “pandemic drone” to help fight the spread of the coronavirus because of concerns about privacy raised by residents. Under the planned pilot program with drone manufacturer Dragonfly, the drones would have been been able to detect if someone had a fever or a cough, and would have also been used to enforce social distancing in public areas in the city where people gather. Among those who’d spoken out against the planned drone program was the Connecticut chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Executive Director David McGuire said, “Towns and the state should be wary of self-interested, privacy-invading companies using COVID-19 as a chance to market their products and create future business opportunities
Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) has announced that 20 businesses have received the first wave of grant money from its newly created Re-3 grant program. The program was developed and launched in partnership with the Longleaf Foundation in response to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on local businesses.The grant program attracted 148 applications. WDI expects to announce more awards in the coming days as pledges are received or additional money is donated.
ONE IN THREE PEOPLE WORKING FROM HOME ARE NO-LONGER SETTING AN ALARM TO WAKE UP
– A new survey by Wallethub reveals that 24 million Americans have spent some of their stimulus check on alcohol, tobacco or drugs. 33% of Americans are donating part of their stimulus check to coronavirus relief
– A new survey by the US Travel Association reveals that 50% of all travel-related jobs could be eliminated by the end of this month because of the coronavirus. TO PUT IN PERSPECITVE: LAST TIME THIS INDUSTRY WAS HAMMERED WAS 9/11. NO ONW flew for a bit? The report suggests the effect on the industry could be, quote, “more than nine times the impact of 9/11.” The report also estimates the steep decline in domestic and international tourism in the U.S. will lead to a $1.2 trillion loss in economic output.
Post Malone is doing a Nirvana tribute tomorrow at 6 p.m. Eastern. He will perform the band’s classic hits on YouTube.
– Candy Industry magazine says Jelly Belly is donating 1 million bags of jelly beans to First Responders and coronavirus medical workers The company says, “Sending Jelly Belly jelly beans is just a small token of our appreciation that we hope brings a dose of
positivity and a reason to smile for those on the front lines.”
– The NY Daily News says New York City is going to hold their Fourth of July fireworks display. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the coronavirus pandemic will not affect the show.
– Raw Story says four more tigers and three lions have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Bronx Zoo. Originally, only two tigers had it.
– Netflix says they will NOT run out of new TV shows or specials to release during the coronavirus pandemic. The company has reportedly finished production on all of its shows for the rest of 2020 and some of its shows for 2021
84% of Americans want another stimulus check. Other findings:
– 160 million Americans are less than three months away from going completely broke
– 29% of Americans are less than a month away from running out of money
Gainesville Sun says Alachua County, Florida is going to hold drive-thru weddings because of the coronavirus. Couples will book an appointment with the Family and Civil Courthouse before showing up in their car for their $30 drive-thru wedding. They will exchange vows while in their car
Safest City In America Has No Coronavirus Cases: Inside Edition says Point Roberts, Washington is being hailed as the safest city in America because they have no coronavirus cases. The tiny town is located near the Canadian border and has a general store. The town is a popular relocation site for those in the federal witness protection program. 1300 PEEPS
Last Couple In The World To Find Out About The Coronavirus: The Daily Mail says Elena Manighetti and Ryan Osborne only recently found out that the world is infected with the coronavirus. The couple, who live in Manchester, England, set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in early March. They recently arrived on the Caribbean island of St Vincent where they were informed about the pandemic. Elena tells the BBC, ”In February we’d heard there was a virus in China, but with the limited information we had we figured by the time we got to the Caribbean in 25 days it would all be over. We told our shore contacts we didn’t want to hear any bad news, which was a difficult job as it was pretty bad news.”
Possible Coronavirus Blocker: UL News says the University of Louisville has developed a new technology that blocks the coronavirus from infecting human cells. Early research tests show their synthetic DNA stops the coronavirus from hijacking human proteins and replicating in the body. University of Louisville researchers want the FDA’s approval to start treating patients with their new technology
The Mohawk Challenge: ABC says elderly men are taking part in a new Internet challenge called The Mohawk Challenge. A World War II veteran started the challenge to spread cheer during the coronavirus and pay tribute to his fallen friends. Many grandfathers are allowing their grandchildren to shave their heads.
WOMAN HAS TO BE RESCUED FROM WASHING MACHINE AFTER GETTING STUCK DURING HIDE-AND-SEEK – (04/23/2020)
You’ve really got to make smart decisions. Firefighters in Woodbridge, Virginia had to rescue an 18-year-old woman from a washing machine on Sunday (April 19th) after she got stuck inside while playing hide-and-seek. Amari Dancy was playing the game with her younger cousins at home when it happened. Dancy’s aunt documented the rescue on her phone and posted the footage to Instagram. The four firefighters were able to remove the top of the washing machine to create enough room to pull Dancy out safely.
A man who was working from home accidentally shared his screen with co-workers and it revealed he was watching porn in-between work tasks
Customer Donates $1,200 Stimulus Check To Local Restaurant: The Good News Network claims a generous customer recently left the entire amount of their $1,200 stimulus check as a tip to help a mom-and-pop restaurant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The owners of The Colonial Steakhouse have been struggling to keep their employees on their payroll throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurant manager Allison Hall says, “We just started crying and thanking God, because it came at a time that most of our staff really needed it.”
Drake has purchased a $400,000 mattress. The Grand Vividus took 600 hours to assemble and features burnished leather, suede, metal, horsehair, wool, cotton and a checkerboard pattern
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are going to play in a charity golf match that will take place sometime between May 15th and May 24th. The match will air on TNT with proceeds benefiting coronavirus relief. Woods and Manning are going to be matched up against Mickelson and Brady
Eddie Murphy is going to perform during the Feeding America Comedy Festival. He will do his stand-up comedy routine from home. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Billy Crystal, Jon Lovitz, Brad Garrett, Marlon Wayans, Howie Mandel, Taraji P. Henson, Louie Anderson, Margaret Cho, Kenan Thompson, Caroline Rhea, Billy Gardell, Tim Meadows, Jamie Kennedy, Bill Engvall, and Sheryl Underwood will also be a part of the three-hour special. It will be shown on Comedy.TV and the Weather Channel on Saturday, May 9th
Quarantining Woman Surfs In Apartment: The NY Post says Yasmin Ozer, of Switzerland, went viral yesterday for surfing indoors. The 28 year-old set up a hammock in her apartment before placing her wakeboard on top of it. She balanced herself as a hair dryer blew in her face.
Quarantining Man Runs 62 Miles Around His Bed: The NY Post says a Russian marathon runner recently jogged 62 miles around his bed. Dmitry Yakukhny had been training for a 155-mile marathon through the Moroccan desert when the race was postponed due to the coronavirus. He wanted to keep in shape so he started running laps around his bed. It took Dimitri 10 hours and 19 minutes to run 62 miles in his bedroom
– USA Today says McDonald’s is offering free meals to First Responders and coronavirus healthcare workers starting today. The meals are available through Tuesday, May 5th and include a sandwich, drinks and a side along with a thank you note. PLUS: MCDONALD’S RELEASES HAPPY MEALS BOX TEMPLATE: McDonald’s has released a template for their Happy Meal box that can be downloaded and printed. The template appears to require two thick pieces of paper, one to make the outside and another to make sure the inside colors are correct. You can download the template from the McDonald’s website.
– Business Insider says over 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for Ruth’s Chris Steak House to return the $20 million they received in small business loans from the government. The steak house received two $10 million loans.
business analysts are forecasting that 100,000 stores will close by 2025. Over 24,000 clothing retailers are expected to close by then. Online shopping and the coronavirus are the two biggest contributors to the closings
– The Courier newspaper says this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee has been canceled because of the coronavirus. It’s the first time the competition has been canceled since 1945.
– The NY Daily News says Spain’s annual Running of the Bulls has been postponed because of the coronavirus
– Yahoo News says Germany has canceled their Oktoberfest for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus. Over six million people were planning to come to Munich to drink beer.
– The NY Daily News says firefighters are begging people not to microwave their coronavirus face masks because they could ignite and start a fire. They say there are other ways to sanitize them
Dogs Going To Suffer Separation Anxiety Once Lockdown Ends:
participating Wendy’s are giving away free nuggets this Friday. They posted, ”Not gonna lie, all this love y’all are showing has inspired us. We wish we could give you a hug, but instead…how about a nug? This Friday, we’ll be giving out free 4pc spicy and crispy nugs at every Wendy’s drive-thru. No purchase necessary, not a single string attached.”
Great job: Supermarket Manager Refuses Refunds To Coronavirus Price Gouger … An Aussie man recently tried to return 150 packs of toilet paper and 150 bottles of hand sanitizer because he was unable to sell them on eBay. This supermarket manager gave him the middle finger and told him to leave. He says that type of person is causing all of the problems in the country
FDA Approves First At-Home Coronavirus Test: The NY Post says the FDA has approved the first at-home coronavirus test. It allows people to collect their own samples before mailing them to a lab. The kits should be available within several weeks. They include cotton swabs and saline
New Coronavirus Strains: The Jerusalem Post says the coronavirus has mutated into at least 30 different strains. A new study by Zhejiang University in China reveals that scientists recently found that 19 strains were previously undetected and only found during a recent test. The new strains could cause the virus to spike again
Second Wave Of Coronavirus Could Be Worse Than First: The NY Post says the US Centers for Disease Control thinks the second wave of the coronavirus could be deadlier than the first. CDC Director Robert Redfield tells the Washington Post, “There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through. And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean
Inmate Blames Prison Escape On Coronavirus: WVEC says Richard Cephas blamed his daring escape from a Butner, North Carolina federal prison on the coronavirus. He says he escaped 18 days ago because dozens of prisoners had covid-19. Richard turned himself in at a federal courthouse in Delaware. He is being transferred back to North Carolina on a prison escape charge
MAJOR LEAGUE PROBLEM: Major League Baseball Being Sued For Not Offering Coronavirus Refunds: NBC says some baseball fans are filing lawsuits against Major League Baseball because they have been unable to get ticket refunds for the games that have been canceled because of the coronavirus.
One individual lawsuit reads, “Baseball fans are stuck with expensive and unusable tickets for unplayable games in the midst of this economic crisis. Under the pretext of postponing’ games, at the directive of MLB, teams and ticket merchants are refusing to issue refunds for games which are not going to be played as scheduled — if ever.”
Bon Jovi has canceled his 2020 tour, so that fans can get refunds for their tickets.
Ticketmaster and Live Nation were hit with a proposed class action in California federal court on Friday over their refund policies for events postponed due to COVID-19, alleging they are making customers eat the costs of thousands of disrupted events by retroactively changing their refund policy
Tie-Dye Spikes Because of Coronavirus: NBC says tie-dye is making a comeback because quarantining people are making their own colorful clothing while isolating. Searches for ‘tie dye at home’ have increased by 462% in April. Tie-dye searches on Pinterest have risen by 376%.
Couple Uses Drones To Walk Dogs: The Daily Mail claims a couple from Madison, Wisconsin, named Caitlin and Jonathan, went viral yesterday after they posted a video of their drone walking their husky, Nika. The couple is using their drone to walk their dogs so they can socially distance. Their three huskies always come back.
Man Runs Marathon On Apartment Roof: The NY Post says Steven England ran the ‘Boston Marathon’ on the roof of his Manhattan apartment building. The official race has been postponed until September 14th. England, who has run 90 marathons, ran 26.2 miles on his rooftop. He did 1,098 laps. It took him five hours, 29 minutes and 37 seconds
FLORIDA MAN SELLING MASKS MADE FROM PYTHON, ALLIGATOR SKIN – (04/22/2020)
This is a novel idea. Brian Wood owns All American Gator Products in Dania Beach, Florida, and says he plans to sell face masks made from the skin of a Burmese Python. He told the Miami Herald, “People are going to have to cover their faces, and unfortunately the situation may last longer than we imagined.” The python skin does not protect people from becoming infected with the virus, but he did add that the masks may eventually come with a filtration system similar to N95 masks—which are capable of blocking small airborne particles. He said he’s also planning on making some of the masks from alligator and crocodile skin. He says that alligator skin masks would be most expensive, and that one ten-foot snake would be able to make as many as ten masks
WHAT NEVER FAILS TO MAKE YOU HAPPY? – (04/22/2020)
We’re living through an anxious and uncertain time, and as we’re hunkering down at home, trying to find happy moments isn’t always the easiest thing. But everyone has some things that are nearly guaranteed to make them happy. One person took to Reddit and asked what those things are, saying, “What never fails to make you happy?” Among the answers:
My little puppy girl and how her whole body wiggles with happiness when I come through the door
A good reflective walk in the park
Morning coffee on my deck, watching the hummingbirds feed.
Eating a perfectly-cooked steak.
My 2 year old nephew. Having someone love you unconditionally, always happy to see you, always wanting to be with you is the most amazing feeling in the world.
Videos of military members coming home
My girlfriend smiling.
Hugs from my kids
Sitting by campfires
Ace Showbiz says Lady Gaga’s “One World: Together At Home Concert” raised $128 million for coronavirus relief
Today @ noon WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH OPENS. DON’ T BRING CHAIR
Whole Foods is converting some of its stores to online only.
Taylor Swift has canceled all of her concerts for the rest of 2020 because of the coronavirus.
ABC says Walmart is now going to require employees to wear face masks because of the coronavirus. They are also asking customers to cover their faces because of the pandemic
The NY Post says Walmart plans to hire 50,000 more workers because of increased demand due to the coronavirus.
The 30 crew members of the Ellen Show said they didn’t hear a word from producers until last week, when they were told their salaries would be cut by 60%. (BE GREATFUL TO STILL HAVE A JOB)
CBS says gas prices continue to fall because of the coronavirus. The average price for a gallon of gas is $1.82, down six cents from a week ago and a dollar from a year ago. The drop is due to people driving less because they are quarantining.
Mashable says the San Diego Comic-Con was canceled on Friday because of the coronavirus.
WWL says Peyton Manning has donated 1,000 meals to New Orleans coronavirus medical workers.
NBC says a man in a Grinch costume has been riding his motorcycle around Cleveland with a shirt on that says “Social Distancing Occifer”. The man misspelled ‘Officer’ on purpose
THE CHAINSMOKERS DONATE 20,000 KN95 MASKS TO NYC AND LAS VEGAS HOSPITALS: The Chainsmokers have helped medical workers in two of the U.S cities hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – New York and Las VegaS
Louis Vuitton is selling $2,700 dumbbells and $675 jump ropes for people, who want to get in shape while quarantining. Both leather handles are brown and have the Louis Vuitton logo
REPORT: NEIMAN MARCUS TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY: Neiman Marcus is readying to file for bankruptcy as soon as this week, according to a Reuters report, which would make it the first major U.S. department store company to do so amid the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Dallas-based Neiman Marcus has had to temporarily close all 43 of its locations, two dozen Last Call stores, and its two Bergdorf Goodman stores in New York. It has furloughed many of its 14,000 employees, and reportedly missed millions of dollars in debt payments last week.
50% of families are spending more time playing traditional board games while quarantined
One World: Together At Home Concert … Ace Showbiz says Lady Gaga’s “One World: Together At Home Concert” raised $128 million for coronavirus relief
Woman With No Hands Making Coronavirus Masks: LiveLeak claims a Malaysian woman, with no hands, is being hailed as a hero for sewing coronavirus medical masks with her feet. Norfarrah Shaari uses her feet and toes to operate her sewing machine. She is producing coronavirus masks for medical workers throughout her country. No word on how she lost her hands
Placenta Drug Saves Coronavirus Patients: CBN News says a new coronavirus drug, made from donated placenta cells, recently saved the lives of seven covid 19 patients. The patients were hospitalized in Israel where they were experiencing respiratory failure. All seven patients received the placenta drug before four of them saw an immediate Improvement in their breathing. Only one patient saw a continue deterioration of their respiratory system. The drug is now being tested on a patient in New Jersey.
Booze Won’t Kill Covid 19: Fox News says the World Health Organization has released a statement saying drinking alcohol won’t kill the coronavirus. It reads, ‘’Alcohol can affect your mental state and judgement while increasing symptoms like: depression, anxiety and fear. It can also weaken your immune system so should be avoided during self-quarantine. Stay #HealthyAtHome’’
Mobile Musician Performing On Flat Bed Truck: The Good News Network says Tanner Howe, a musician from Huntington Beach, California, has been putting his flatbed truck to use. He drives around local neighborhoods before stopping and putting on shows with a fellow guitarist. Neighbors appreciate the performances and often sit in their front yards to watch them
Sam Smith tells Beats 1 Radio that he thinks he had the coronavirus. ”I didn’t get tested but I know I have it, 100% have it. I’m just going to assume that I did because everything I’ve read completely pointed to that. So yeah, I think I definitely had it. And then as soon as I had it, my sister five days after me started getting the same symptoms who’s living with me. So me and her just isolate for three weeks because we knew. It was clear. Because I’ve got an older nan and stuff, so we didn’t want to risk anything. I got it about two weeks before the UK really hit.”
|Quarantining Man Has Viral Yard Sign: WGNO says Brian Thayer, of New Orleans, went viral on Friday because of his yard sign. It reads: ‘It’s 5:00 somewhere. Quarantini 2020. You honk, we drink.” Thayer says his neighbors are now sitting out and drinking as well.|
When Hurting Businesses Get Creative
In Tampa, Florida, Robert Leonard, owner of Lowry Parcade – a video arcade – thought the coronavirus meant it was game over for his business. But then he had an idea – an idea so creative, it may have just saved his livelihood. He’s now renting his arcade games to gamers stuck at home. Classic games like Mortal Kombat and Pac-Man start at $79 per week and $125 a week for pinball machines. Leonard said, “We are actually scrambling to deliver our games for rental on a weekly or monthly bases. I have the best staff in the world and they have all been super helpful.” He added, “Parents can rent these games and being with their kids a lot, especially during these times, can have that same experience that has been passed down from generation to generation.” And to take things to the next level, each game will have unlimited credit. Each game is completely sanitized before delivery, and he will deliver free to customers within a 5 mile radius of the arcade.
FEEL-GOOD STORY OF THE DAY
FOUR-YEAR-OLD WITH CANCER BEATS CORONAVIRUS: The parents of a four-year-old boy with cancer in England are feeling immense relief after he recovered from having the coronavirus. Archie Wilks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January 2019, and has been undergoing chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments since. He tested positive for the coronavirus in late March after developing a fever and a cough. The family wrote on Facebook that they were “99 percent” sure the whole family had contracted the virus as well, and on April 1st, they went back to their home to isolate. By April 8th, Archie no longer needed oxygen at night, and appeared to be in the clear.
GLOWING BLUE WAVES CRASH ON CALIFORNIA BEACH – (04/20/2020)
Sometimes nature is pretty cool. A California man captured a rare video of bioluminescent waves glowing bright blue as they crashed on the shore of a beach. Patrick Boyne said a friend gave him the heads up that conditions indicated bioluminescent waves were possible at Newport Beach, and he ended up capturing footage that night. The glowing was caused by bioluminescent algae in the water.
UTAH MOTHER SELLING FACE MASK WITH PENISES ON IT RAISES OVER $50K FOR NON-PROFIT – (04/20/2020)
This is pretty smart. A Utah mom named Mindy Vincent recently shared a Facebook post featuring a photo of herself wearing a face mask made from a fabric with cartoon penises printed on it. It quickly went viral, and she shared that when people point out her mask has penises on it she “Kindly tells them [she] knows and that this is how she determines that they’re standing too close.” Her son suggested she start selling the masks and donate all proceeds to the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition (UHRC.) Vincent says she’s sold 5,400 masks and that she has enough material to make 19,000 total. There are other masks designs available featuring flying penises, breasts, and vaginas.
CHECK IT OUT: See The Viral Facebook Post Here: https://bit.ly/2Kevj7L
PEOPLE ARE BUYING LOTS OF PLANTS DURING CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE – (04/20/2020)
An unexpected thing that Americans have been snapping up online amid their coronavirus quarantines are houseplants, partly because they’re now at home all the time to care for them, and partly because plants are soothing during our current anxiety-filled reality. Millennials had already reinvigorated the popularity of house plants, and sales have shot up even more since the pandemic began in the U.S. The Sill founder Eliza Blank said, “Since mid-March, we’ve seen a tremendous spike in online sales, especially for blooming plants. . . . People need something to tend to, to nurture, to pull away from the computer.” (Fox News)
WEEK OF APRIL 13 – 17
– Business Insider says JCPenney may file for bankruptcy. The store missed a $12 million debt payment on Wednesday and is struggling because of the coronavirus. JCPenney has 30 days to make the payment. All of its 850 department stores are closed due to the pandemic.
Ford Testing Social Distancing Bracelet: The Daily Mail says Ford is developing a social distancing bracelet. Employees are testing it at a factory in Plymouth, Michigan. The bracelets vibrate when someone comes within six feet of the wearer. Ford hopes to continue developing the technology to keep people from spreading the coronavirus
GOOD: A Texas distillery owner thanked the hospital that saved his daughter’s life three years by dropping off 6,100 gallons of hand sanitizer at the hospital.3
After experiencing flu-like symptoms, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has tested positive for COVID-19.
The center for the Los Angeles Rams – the first NFL player to test positive for the virus.
LAUV DEBUTS ‘MODERN LONELINESS’ MUSIC VIDEO SHOT IN QUARANTINE: Lauv has debuted the music video for his new single “Modern Loneliness.” The video was directed by Jason Lester, and captured entirely remotely while both were in quarantine, telling the story of the song through Lauv’s cell phone. Originally, the music video was set to be shot in Los Angeles in early March with over 100 fans who were going to be reunited with friends they lost touch with, but was canceled amid the pandemic.
– The Daily Herald says 22 million Americans have applied for unemployment aid since the coronavirus started. 5.2 million applied last week.
– Business Insider says people, who file taxes using H&R Block, TurboTax and Jackson Hewitt may face a delay in getting their $1,200 stimulus checks because the IRS doesn’t have information from tax prep services on file. At least 21 million people can expect a delay
– MarketWatch says some professional gamblers are applying for unemployment and stimulus checks because casinos are closed due to the coronavirus. The gamblers claim they are independent contractors, who pay taxes on their winnings.
– Business Insider says Google is blocking an average of 18 million malicious coronavirus emails a day. The emails are meant to instill fear and scam Gmail users
Governor Andrew Cuomo Extends New York’s Coronavirus Shutdown To May 15th
Many men are allowing their hair and beards to grow while quarantining from the coronavirus.
CBS says the number of people having weird dreams have jumped since the coronavirus pandemic started. The hashtag #PandemicDreams has been tweeted thousands of times.
With the U.S. losing over 22 million jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub has released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus. To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt most by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims. We used this data to rank the most impacted states in both the latest week for which we have data (April 6) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). Here are the states with the biggest increases in unemployment due to coronavirus:
State (Most Affected Since Outreak Began)
1. Colorado (20)
2. Louisiana (2)
3. North Carolina (7)
4. New Hampshire (1)
5. Mississippi (18)
6. South Dakota (10)
ANOTHER 5.2 MILLION FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT, SMALL BIZ PROGRAM ALREADY OUT OF MONEY: The federal government reported Thursday (April 16th) that another 5.2 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the four-week total to 22 million, or about one in seven U.S. workers, amid the coronavirus shutdown. That’s the worst stretch on record, and economists said the unemployment rate could reach 20 percent in April, the highest since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, the Paycheck Protection Program, passed by Congress last month as part of its coronavirus rescue bill to help small businesses make payroll, has already reached its $349 billion limit, after being overwhelmed by businesses applying for loans. President Trump has made an emergency request to add another $250 billion, but congressional lawmakers are trying to break a stalemate over it, with Democrats wanting it to include money for hospitals being swamped by coronavirus cases, and for states and local government struggling economically because of the crisis
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH TO ALLOW LIMITED ACCESS: NO DATE YET, DETAIL TO COME!! (ASSUMING FOR EXERCISE ONLY)
FAUCI: WILL ONLY BE SPORTS THIS SUMMER WITHOUT FANS: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said Wednesday (April 15th) that the only way professional sports will be able to take place this summer is if games are held without fans and with players kept in hotels
DJ Jazzy Jeff Opens Up About Recovering From The Coronavirus
The average American is now streaming over 8 hours of content a day.
DAVID GUETTA ANNOUNCES LIVE STREAM CONCERT FOR COVID-19 RELIEF: David Guetta has announced plans to hold a live streamed concert on Saturday that will help raise money for charities dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert, titled United At Home, will take place from Miami and begin airing across Guetta’s social media channels starting at 6 p.m. [ET]. Guetta will be raising money for the World Health Organization, Feeding South Florida, Feeding America and the France-based Fondation Hopitaux de Paris.
– The NY Post says autopsies are revealing that the coronavirus covers lungs in a paint-like slime before suffocating its victims to death.
– CNN says the IRS has launched a new tracking system for stimulus checks called Get My Payment. It’s available on their website and will allow people to check payment status, payment type and if the IRS needs more information from you.
– The NY Post says people received their stimulus checks yesterday and then bought inflatable dinosaur costumes, adult toys, guns, stripper poles, and stuffed animals, among other things
– MSN says the United States has spent $6 trillion fighting the coronavirus. That number could grow larger in the next few weeks.
– People magazine says Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have donated $1 million to the All-In Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to raise $100 million to feed America during the coronavirus.
– The Star Tribune says Best Buy is planning to furlough 51,000 employees because of the coronavirus.
– Yardbarker says the WWE released several superstars yesterday because of coronavirus budget cutbacks. They included Kurt Angle, Rusev, Drake Maverick, Curt Hawkins, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Heath Slater, Eric Young, Rowan, Sarah Logan, EC3, Lio Rush, Primo and Epico.
– The Daily Mail says doctors in London are wearing disposable adult underwear on their heads because they have run out of protective headgear and hair nets due to the coronavirus
– Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tells TMZ that he is against NBA players wearing coronavirus masks when they return to the court. “If a player thinks they need a mask in order to play, we’re probably trying to play too early. There’s too much uncertainty. I think maybe players will discuss it, Maybe a player will try it and then they’ll realize how difficult it is and it won’t happen in an actual game.”
– The NY Post says Chris Cuomo’s wife, Cristina, has tested positive for the coronavirus. She has lost her sense of smell and taste.
Savannah Perkins recently had to cancel her Hawaii wedding because of the coronavirus. Instead, she and her fiance planned a smaller wedding at a family member’s beachfront home in Surf City, North Carolina. The ceremony was about to start when a FedEx driver ran onto the beach with the groom’s wedding band. The delivery of the ring was delayed due to the coronavirus so it’s manufacturer overnighted it just in time for the wedding
Mom Holds Garage Prom For Son: ABC says a Bakersfield, California mother recently held prom for her son and his girlfriend in her garage because of the coronavirus. Elizabeth Pereyra assembled a dance floor in the garage along with a dining room table complete with an Italian meal. Her son, Julian, invited his girlfriend, Karissa over. He told her to bring her prom dress. Karissa changed when she arrived at Julian’s home and was stunned when she entered the garage and saw balloons that spelled out ‘PROM’. Julian and Karissa maintained a six-foot social distance
Greensboro, North Carolina firefighters and police officers recently helped Blake Diaz celebrate his fifth birthday. His mother contacted First Responders for a drive-by birthday celebration. Blake’s classmates and his teacher also drove by and wished him a happy birthday.
Woman Wakes Up In Body Bag After Being Declared Dead: The Daily Mail claims 50-year-old Gladys Duarte recently woke up in a body bag at a funeral home in Paraguay. A doctor had mistakenly declared her dead from her battle with cancer. The funeral home’s owner was shocked to find Gladys moving when he unloaded the body bag. She was immediately taken to a hospital for observation.
THE new normal: social distancing rules may stay for a while!!!
CINEMARK IS AIMING TO REOPEN ITS MOVIE THEATERS IN JULY: Movie theater chain Cinemark is aiming to reopen its theaters in July, with CFO Sean Gamble telling investors Wednesday (April 15th) that they’ve been, quote, “modeling an approximate four-month ramp up, anticipating a July 1 reopen,” The Wrap reported. However, he said everything wouldn’t all be brought back at once, saying they anticipate staggering theater re-openings, have reduced hours, and potentially distancing people in theaters, for example, by selling half as many seats so people could be spaced out. Cinemark, AMC and Regal all closed their U.S. theaters last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.
POLICE ISSUE REMINDER: WEAR PANTS WHEN CHECKING THE MAIL – (04/16/2020)
People are apparently so distracted by the pandemic they’re forgetting to wear pants. The Taneytown, Maryland Police Department recently wrote on Facebook: “Please remember to put pants on before leaving the house to check your mailbox. You know who you are. This is your final warning.” The post went viral, and in the first 12 hours after it was posted and was shared more than 1,500 times.
SCIENCE: GETTING DRESSED UP FOR THE DAY CAN MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPIER (EVEN IF YOU’RE WORKING FROM HOME) – (04/16/2020)
Go ahead and get dressed if you feel like it—even if you’re working from home—it could boost your mood. Social psychologists say that clothing is an extension of the self and that by getting dressed you create a shift in your mindset that can improve how you feel. So it seems staying in sweats all the time can take its toll on your psyche. Dr. Adam Galinsky, a psychologist, says that “enclothed cognition” is a phenomenon in which clothes can put you in a different psychological state—so your outfit can affect how you think and behave. He adds, “We think not just with our brains but with our bodies.” It seems getting out of your pajamas might make your feel happier, feel more in control, feel prepared for the day, and make you feel better about yourself.
PEBBLES CEREAL IS POSTING DAILY EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS TO KEEP KIDS ENTERTAINED AT HOME: Pebbles Cereal is releasing short videos to social media each day to teach kids something new. It can be anything from a craft to a magic trick or even a dance. From today on Pebbles Cereal will post these videos on their Facebook page for a series called Yabba Dabba Doo, and you can also see the videos on their Instagram account @pebblescereal. (Delish)
Governor Roy Cooper said Wednesday that three factors will be under consideration when deciding when and how to re-open North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those factors include testing availability, tracing processes and trends as it relates to positive cases, hospitalizations, deaths, the supply of personal protective equipment and hospital capacity among other items.
New Hanover County Schools is launching a new program on NHCS-TV (channel 5) and online to help with distance learning.
“We do want to keep the schedule kind of structured,” said Michael McGuire, the NHCS Broadcast Coordinator. “So the parents do know at this time the kids can watch it, that can give the parents a little time to do something while the kids do the lesson.”
Three NHCS teachers, a kindergarten, first, and fifth grade teacher, will put together and record them teaching three lessons a week. This gives students a chance to learn from a different platform and to lessen the load on parents. This is also for students who don’t have access or internet or access to a smart device.
“They can follow along at home with just a pencil and a paper so not a lot of materials or supplies,” Katie Palumbo, a kindergarten teacher at NHCS. “I think maybe for parents who are homeschooling ‘okay that;s a 30 minute lesson that I can, you know,’ or ‘okay they’re set now I can help this other child or go do this meeting’ or whatever else they need to do.”
It kicks off on Monday, April 20 on TV, online, and Roku. The programs will air each week as follows:
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CAROLINA BEACH TALKN ABOUT OPENING BEACH BACK UP..AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK. WOULD BE FOR EXERCISE ONLY! NOT TO HANG IN GROUPS
Wilmington International Airport has been awarded nearly $20 million in federal grant funds to help it respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
TAYLOR SWIFT, SHAWN MENDES, CELINE DION & MORE JOIN LADY GAGA’S ‘ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME’ EVENT – (04/15/2020)
the One World: Together at Home event airing on Saturday.
The three stars will also be joined by Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Awkwafina, Camila Cabello, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, Usher, Victoria Beckham and many more for the charitable event.
Curated by Lady Gaga, it will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.
– The Daily Mail says Amazon’s stock skyrocketed to a record high of $2,283.32 per share yesterday. Amazon.com is now worth $1.1 trillion. The company is hiring 75,000 more people because of the coronavirus.
The Florida Surgeon General is predicting that we’re going to have to main the practice of social distancing and wearing marks in public for at least another year.
– Caters News says some coronavirus pranksters have been replacing hand sanitizer with lubricant. People are posting videos of their pranks online
– The Sun says a new online dating trend has started because of the coronavirus. “Zumping” is defined as dumping someone on a Zoom video call.
– A new Gallup poll reveals that 20% of people plan to resume their normal activities once coronavirus restrictions are lifted. 71% of people plan to wait before resuming their normal activities.
– ABC says Lego is making 13,000 face shields a day for Danish medical workers, who are battling the coronavirus
– Breitbart says Detroit hospitals are attempting to brighten the spirits of coronavirus patients by blaring Journey’s ”Don’t Stop Believin” throughout hospitals. The song mentions a fictional place called South Detroit.
– Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins tells ESPN that he would be okay with playing NFL games without fans due to the coronavirus. “Honestly, we practice every day in an empty grass area and pump in fake crowd noise for away games. But more often than not, you’re used to it. OTA practices don’t have a lot of pomp and circumstance to them. So honestly to go out and just play the game would kind of be refreshing, a breath of fresh air, to just let us know that we don’t have to have all the smoke and the fire, we can just play football.”
some fathers and daughters are dressing as princesses while quarantining. The dads and daughters are dancing together before posting their videos online. Other fathers are dressing as Disney characters
Woman Receives $8.5 Million Stimulus Check: Fox News says for the second time in two days, an American received a stimulus check worth more than $8 million. Diana Lagulli, of Sanford, Florida, withdrew $20 at a Wawa convenience store. Afterwards, she looked at her receipt and saw that she had a balance of $8.5 million. Diana laughed and called her bank. They said the money was not actually in her account, but her stimulus check was.
SORRY WEBERNETS: Breast Milk DOES NOT Cure The Coronavirus:
Coronavirus Saliva Test: The NY Daily News says Rutgers University has developed a new saliva test for the coronavirus. Hospitals and clinics will offer the test, which involves patients spitting into a tube before their saliva is analyzed in a lab. The test has been 100% accurate so far. Over 10,000 saliva tests can be performed a day.
Neighbor Buys Wine For Desperate Homeschooling Mother: ABC says Joanna Pierce, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was recently driving in her neighborhood when she spotted a chalk sign on a driveway that read: ” S.O.S. Homeschooling mom needing wine.” Joanna and her brother went to the store and bought a box of Franzia red wine. They then returned to their neighbor’s with the vino. The homeschooling mother posted, “Omg really. I love you so much and I don’t even know you.”
Grocery Store Chain Buys Groceries For Health Care Professionals: WFLA says the Winn-Dixie grocery store chain paid grocery bills for thousands of healthcare professionals on Monday. They got the idea to cover the bills after Tyler Perry surprised Winn-Dixie customers in Louisiana by paying for their groceries.
Ed Sheeran has donated over $1 million to coronavirus relief in London.
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes recently donated 200 Cuban sandwiches to coronavirus medical workers at the Jackson South Medical Center Hospital in Miami.
PINK COOKS UP SOUP TO FEED THE HUNGRY – (04/15/2020)
After recovering from her scary bout with COVID-19, Pink is giving back to those in need.
GREAT PICS OF THIS
Preacher Holds Church Anyway. Now He Can’t.
Bishop Gerald O. Glenn On March 22, going against Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s urging to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Glenn, defiantly held a packed church service at New Deliverance Evangelistic – the church he founded. During his sermon that day, the 66-year-old pastor boasted, “I got way more than 10 people here.” He said he considered himself “essential,” and chided the government for “making moral decisions for church members.” The very next day Gov. Northam officially banned gatherings of more than 10, and shuttered non-essential businesses. Two days later, Bishop Glenn got sick – very sick. He, along with his wife, three of their children and a son-in-law all tested positive for COVID-19. On April 11, Bishop Glenn was dead
101 year-old from Cary, North Carolina has beaten the coronavirus. She was quarantined at a nursing home until she recovered. She is now symptom-fre
– The Miami Herald says ABC’s George Stephanopoulos has tested positive for the coronavirus. He says he feels well
– The NY Post says South Korea is sending 600,000 coronavirus testing kits to the United States.
– The NY Post says 100 South Koreans, who recovered from covid-19, have tested positive for it again. Health officials say the virus may have reactivated after being dormant in the patients
– NBC says people are panic buying hair coloring products and beard trimmers because their salons and barber shops are closed due to the coronavirus. People are also buying sewing machines to make their own coronavirus face masks
– NBC says the average price for a gallon of gas is $1.88 or the cheapest in more than four years. Driving is down because people are isolating due to the coronavirus
– ABC says the Easter Sunday dance-a-thon, that was led by Jennifer Lopez and Diddy, raised over $3 million for coronavirus relief. Drake, Rita Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Naomi Campbell and DJ Khaled also danced and raised money
– Brobible says Vince McMahon’s football league, the XFL, filed for bankruptcy yesterday. They have assets and liabilities ranging from $10 million to $50 million.
– The NY Daily News says the state of Florida has declared the WWE an ‘essential business’. The company is going to resume live wrestling matches and television shows from their Orlando training facility
The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) “Get My Payment” tool will also guide citizens through a process where they can submit their personal bank account information.
That process allows citizens to receive payments more quickly, as delivering paper checks may not begin until May.
- The IRS is not contacting anyone to collect personal or bank account information.
- Calls, texts, emails, and official-looking postcards or printouts that suggest otherwise are scams.
- Checks that appear to show an overpayment are also scams.
Man Accidentally Receives $8.2 Million Stimulus Check: WGN says a New Chicago, Indiana volunteer firefighter recently received the shock of his life when he went to his ATM and found $8.2 million instead of his $1,700 stimulus check. Charles Calvin took out $200 before his receipt showed he had a balance of $8.2 million. He called his bank several days later before they told him the money had been removed from his account and his $1,700 stimulus check had been deposited. Charles doesn’t know if his bank or the federal government made the error.
Quarantining 93 Year-Old Needs More Beer: CBS says 93 year-old Olive Veranasi, of Seminole, Pennsylvania, went viral on Friday after a neighbor spotted her in her window with a sign that read: ”I Need More Beer:” Olive was holding a Coors Light can while quarantining. She is hoping her neighbors deliver more brews.
** UPDATE **
BroBible says Coors Light has delivered 150 beers to Olive
SURVEY: 41 PERCENT OF AMERICANS HAVE LOST INCOME DUE TO PANDEMIC: A new Monmouth University survey out Monday (April 13th) found that 41 percent of Americans say they’ve lost income because of the coronavirus pandemic, due to a decrease in work hours or a loss of business
Ryan Seacrest is the latest celebrity to donate $1 million in the fight against the coronavirus.
You may find this hard to believe, but cruise ship bookings for 2021 are actually up.
A top UK scientist is predicting that a vaccine for COVID-19 should be ready in the next six months.
Tinder Date Given $1,334 Citation For Breaking Coronavirus Quarantine: Yahoo News says an Australian man was fined $1,334 after he broke the country’s stay-at-home order so he could go on a Tinder date. The man drove 43 miles, picked up dinner, and then got busted heading to his date’s house
Quarantine Snack Survey
A new Harris Poll reveals that 26% of people have been binging on chocolate while quarantining. Other findings:
– 20% of people have been drinking more alcohol and beer since they started quarantining
– 40% of people have been snacking more since they started quarantining
– 68% of people have been eating more home cooked meals since they started quarantining
But I Did Everything Right?
In Charlotte, NC, Rachel Brummert was terrified of the coronavirus. An underlying health condition makes her extremely vulnerable so she listened to the advice of medical experts and hunkered down at home for three straight weeks. And then she got coronavirus. It appears she may have caught it from a woman who delivered groceries to her doorstep. The delivery worker later tested positive for Covid-19. Brummert, who has an autoimmune disorder, said, “I barely had any contact. I didn’t even touch her.” She also said, “I’m absolutely terrified. This is the sickest I’ve ever been and it’s the most scared I’ve ever been.” She said she didn’t think to wear gloves when she brought in packages from her front porch. She is hoping her condition won’t deteriorate because she is terrified of going into a hospital after hearing stories about critically ill patients on ventilators.
MAN DISCOVERS HIS GIRLFRIEND BURIED HIS STOCKPILE OF BEANS IN THE WOODS IN CASE CORONAVIRUS ‘GETS BAD’ – (04/14/2020)
A man is apparently upset after his girlfriend buried his beans. The account of what happened has been seen on Twitter, but it may have been originally posted on Reddit. According to the post, the author bought 30 cans of beans and 15 cans of chickpeas in preparation for the coronavirus lockdown. The story goes that one night he was making chili and discovered his beans were missing. He says his girlfriend told him she buried the beans in the woods with the intention of saving them for “if things get bad.” Apparently the argument escalated and the couple stopped speaking to each other. Their story has garnered over 23 thousand responses.
AMERICANS NOW PANIC-BUYING ‘HAIR COLOR’ AND OTHER GROOMING SUPPLIES – (04/14/2020)
Americans’ buying habits have started to change as the lockdown continues. Walmart CEO Doug McMillion says, “People are starting to need a haircut so you start to see more beard trimmers and hair color and things like that [being sold.] It’s interesting to watch the dynamic play out.” People have also started buying things like puzzles and games to pass the time in isolation. Consumer behavior has been closely monitored since early March when panicked shoppers started stocking up on basic goods such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Experts have predicted the pandemic could cause a permanent change to the retail world.
MANY RESTAURANTS WEATHER CORONAVIRUS STORM BY CONVERTING TO GROCERY STORES – (04/14/2020)
The novel coronavirus pandemic means people are being told to stay home, and restaurants have been forced to close their dining rooms. Some have moved to a take-out and delivery model, while others have closed entirely. Now another trend is emerging: some restaurants are converting into grocery stores in order to stay afloat. Grocery items sold by these restaurants vary quite a bit. Some are mostly offering the types of things already in their pantries, such as meats, vegetables, fruit, cheese, milk, and eggs. Others are even selling toilet paper and paper towels. Some of the restaurant owners even say they are offering competitive prices on the groceries they’re selling in order to draw in customers.
BURGER KING IS OFFERING STUDENTS A FREE WHOPPER IF THEY CAN FIGURE OUT PROMO CODE: Burger King is offering up a free Whopper for students, but there’s a catch. To claim the free sandwich you have to order through the Burger King app and solve a question or equation of some kind to unlock the promo code. The questions will all fall under different school subjects including math, biology, chemistry, and literature. Between now and April 20th, Burger King will release a new question each day on its social media, so follow along on Instagram and Facebook to be in the know. (Yahoo)
DELTA CHANGING HOW IT LOADS PLANES AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – (04/14/2020)
Americans are flying in record-low numbers not seen in six decades amid the coronavirus pandemic, but for those who still are taking to the skies, Delta Air Lines is changing how it boards them to try to prevent spreading the virus. Delta is now boarding passengers from the back rows to the front, so there’s less chance they will have to pass each other as they go to their seats. Passengers are being asked to stay seated in the waiting area until their row is announced. However, Delta One, first class passengers, and Diamond Medallion members will be able to board as usual.
Keep your eyes on your checking account balance if the IRS is connected to your bank account. Those stimulus checks are supposed to start landing this week.
For the record, coronavirus is now the leading cause of death in the U.S.
City Has One-Way Sidewalks Because Of Coronavirus: The Daily Mail says the city of Beverly, Massachusetts has set up one-way sidewalks because of the coronavirus
Not surprising, but air travel in the U.S. is down 96%. Summer flights have been cut by 90%.
– The NY Daily News says a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control reveals that the coronavirus can travel up to 13 feet and is often found on floors, door knobs, bed rails, trash cans and shoe soles
– A new survey by ABC reveals that 45% of Americans are now wearing face masks because of the coronavirus.
– A new survey by USA Today reveals that 12% of parents are still allowing their children to have play dates with their friends. 70% of parents are not allowing their kids to have any interaction with other kids because of the coronavirus
– Business Insider says coronavirus scams cost Americans $7 million during the first nine days of April. People are falling for fake phone calls, Emails and price gouging.
– Fox News says some parents placed hand sanitizer and toilet paper in Easter baskets because of the coronavirus.
– Newsgram says Tinder memberships have jumped by 39% since coronavirus stay-at-home orders started
– WLNS says Disney World in Orlando is furloughing 43,000 workers due to the coronavirus.
– Some coronavirus doctors and hospital staffers in Israel are trying to brighten patient spirits by wearing red clown noses over their medical masks
Coronavirus Trending … HOLLYWOOD
– White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci tells CNN that he wants Brad Pitt to play him on ”Saturday Night Live”.
– People magazine says Matthew McConaughey and his wife recently delivered 80,000 masks to coronavirus medical workers and First Responders in New Orleans and Austin, Texas. They hand-delivered the masks to Austin firefighters
– HBO Max is delaying the “Friends” reunion special because of the coronavirus. No word on when it will be filmed
Madonna lost a cousin and two friends to the coronavirus within 24 hours
Babyface has beaten the coronavirus.
KELLY CLARKSON DONATING 25% OF PROFITS FROM HER NEW HOME COLLECTION TO COVID-19 RELIEF –
Arnold Schwarzenegger bought lunch for 1,000 coronavirus medical workers at the University of Southern California Medical Center. Arnold hired several Buca di Beppo lunch trucks to pull up in front of the hospital so workers could come out, grab a meal, and then return to work.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and his wife, Hillarie, are launching a new, 30-minute talk show on AMC this Friday called “Friday Night in With the Morgans”
– Deadline Hollywood says Jerry Seinfeld’s new stand-up comedy special, ”23 Hours To Kill”, will premiere on May 5th on Netflix.
– Brobible says Tom Brady has filed a trademark for the phrase ”Tompa Bay.” He intends to use the phrase on clothing and other merchandise. Brady also trademarked Tampa Brady
– TMZ says Drew Brees has allegedly signed a deal to become an NFL analyst with NBC Sports once he retires from football
Coronavirus Vaccine May Be Ready By September: Business Insider says a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by September. Oxford University Professor Sara Gilbert tells the website that her vaccine will begin human trials within two weeks. “I think there’s a high chance that it will work based on other things that we have done with this type of vaccine. It’s not just a hunch and as every week goes by we have more data to look at . . . I would go for 80%, that’s my personal view.
Church Gets Creative; Holds Easter Sunday Service At Drive-In: KNBC says San Jose, California’s Southridge Church held a unique and creative Easter Sunday service yesterday.
The Treadmill Challenge: A new quarantine challenge is trending online called The Treadmill Challenge. People lie down at the end of a treadmill while someone else places small candy, like M&M’s, on the belt. The goal is to catch as much candy as you can in your mouth. Bored quarantiners started the challenge
Burn Off Easter Candy
What it takes to burn off Easter candy according to stuff.co.nz
Cadbury Creme Egg (170 calories)… 15 minutes of biking or 20 minutes of jogging or 18 minutes of weight training 35 minutes of power walking
One large chocolate Easter Bunny (1,050 calories) … one hour of mountain biking or 20 minutes of high intensity interval training or 30-second sprints for 30 minutes
chocolate marshmallow bunnies (384 calories) … a one-hour walk
hollow chocolate Easter eggs (700 calories)… three hours of gardening
Woman Does 5,332 Burpees In 12 Hours: Gina Laielli, of New Jersey, recently set a new Guinness World Record by doing 5,332 burpees in 12 hours. Officials spent hours looking at videos of her completing each Burpee
BRITNEY SPEARS SHARES HER ROUTINE THAT HELPS HER ‘STAY SANE’ DURING COVID-19 – (04/13/2020)
Britney Spears surprised fans with an instructional video of how to exercise and de-stress while cooped up indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Britney shared some of the yoga moves she practices each day to help boost her mental health. “On days like today where the sun’s really not out and we’re all staying in, these are a couple of things that I do just to stay sane and to balance myself out,” Britney helpfully introduces in the video she shot in her bedroom. “I do a little bit of prayer in the morning and I also do a lot of stretching and a little bit of yoga!”
She filmed herself performing a series of exercises and yoga moves, ranging from beginner to expert, as Martin Garrix’s “Animals” plays in the background.
Britney’s 23.8 million Instagram followers were loving the glimpse into her fitness routine, and showed some love in the comments. “Ugh I wish I were this limber and flexible! Best posts on the internet I swear. Queen of positivity,” one fan wrote. “OMG me too Brit! Definitely trying your routine! Love u stay safe 💗,” another added, while someone else chimed in, “this workout is so inspiring.”
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME: Setting a personal challenge for oneself is a healthy way to cope with the lockdown. For instance, Simone Biles created her own handstand challenge. She removed her sweatpants with her toes while standing on her hands.
DAD FINDS WHOLE CAR BURIED UNDER LAWN WHILE GARDENING DURING LOCKDOWN – (04/13/2020)
This might make you think of a plot line from a ‘90s TV show. Recently John Brayshaw was doing some gardening in his U.K. backyard and was shocked to find a car. He continued and found almost a full car complete with the engine, and doors. Brayshaw thinks the car is a 1955/56 Ford Popular 103e. He adds the only part of the car missing were the wheels, and that the previous owners of the home, who lived there for 50 years, never did anything with the backyard and likely had no idea the car was there. There is no registration plate on the car, and no record of the car that he can find
NASA: CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN RESULTS IN 30% AIR POLLUTION DROP IN NORTHEASTERN U.S. – (04/13/2020)
The lockdown is having at least one good effect. NASA satellite data shows a 30 percent reduction in atmospheric nitrogen dioxide pollution in the northeastern U.S. NASA’s Aura satellite measures the concentrations of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide, which is mainly emitted from burning fossil fuels and the generation of electricity, which is a good indicator of human activity. NASA writes on its website that “[…] the data indicate that the nitrogen dioxide levels in March 2020 are about 30 percent lower on average across the region of the I-95 corridor from Washington, DC to Boston than when compared to the March mean of 2015-19.” They also noted a drop in the nitrogen dioxide concentration over California early last week.
WHAT WE’RE PANIC-BUYING NOW – (04/13/2020)
I guess we’ve all got enough toilet paper now. Instead we’re stocking up on hair color, presumably because do-it-yourself beauty treatments are the only options we’ve got. Walmart CEO Doug McMillan, in an appearance on The Today Show, said beard trimmers are hot sellers, too. Other popular products include games and puzzles.
WEEK OF APRIL 6 -10
– Joel McHale is going to host a Tiger King special on April 12th on Netflix titled “The Tiger King and I”. He will interview John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe
FOX TO AIR TIGER KING SPECIAL: Fox is getting on the Tiger King gravy train with a special produced by TMZ investigating the subjects of the Netflix docuseries. The special, hosted by TMZ head Harvey Levin, is titled TMZ Investigates: Tiger King — What Really Went Down? will air Monday, and will explore some of the open questions, including whether Joe Exotic is guilty of the murder-for-hire plot that he is currently serving time in prison for.
Rihanna’s father has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Following the end of Modern Family,” the big rumor is a “Mitch and Cam” spin-off.
– Showbiz411 says 7.4 million people watched the series finale of ”Modern Family” on Wednesday
– WGN says Waffle House sold out of their waffle mix after placing it for sale online. All of their $20 bags were gone within four hours.
A new survey says that 30% of people working from home in North Carolina are drinking while working.
Because of no March Madness and basketball playoffs, the result has been a glut in chicken wings. Prices have dropped to around $1 a pound. Bacon prices have also dropped.
A friend who called up the Small Business Administration actually got to talk to a person. When I asked how, he said, “When they ask you if this is COVID-19 related?,” say no.
– The NY Post says some Americans began receiving their $1,200 stimulus checks yesterday. Those, who have direct deposit with the IRS were the first to receive the checks. (FIRST WHO HAS THAT, AND SECOND…CAN I HAVE A LOAN) SOME LOCAL BUSINESSES GOT PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOANS ASWELL….ITS HAPPENIING!!!
– NBC says a record 16.6 million Americans have applied for unemployment since the coronavirus started.
– The NY Post says Dick’s Sporting Goods has furloughed 40,000 employees because of the coronavirus
– WFLA says CarMax is planning to furlough 15,000 employees because of the coronavirus
– Business Insider says 80% of U.S. hotel rooms are empty because of the coronavirus
Easter Trending …
– Nutritionists are urging people to stay away from chocolate bunnies this Easter because each one packs an average of 370 calories and takes three hours to jog off The average chocolate bunny contains 35 teaspoons of sugar.
– Candystore.com claims Americans will eat 16 billion jelly beans on Easter. The number one Jelly Bean flavor is black licorice followed by buttered popcorn, watermelon, cherry, and cinnamon.
Easter Bunny Hall of Fame: Easter is Sunday. The Easter Bunny Hall of Fame, located in Greenville, Texas, is famous for its Monica Lewinsky Chocolate Bunnies. (DESCRIBED AS: DELICIOUS, GOES DOWN EASY) The Hall has also created chocolate likenesses of the Avatar characters, Troy Aikman, Elvis, Michael Jordan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
CUTTING COST: Easter Spam: This year, many people will eat Spam instead of ham at their Easter Sunday dinner.
Viagra Makers Testing Coronavirus Drug: Pfizer, the makers of Viagra, say a coronavirus drug could enter testing by the Fall. Pfizer is testing an antiviral medication that blocks an enzyme from allowing the virus to replicate.
Quarantine Weight Gain Calculator: WIAT says the job finding service Zippia has created a quarantine weight gain calculator called the Quarantine 15 Calculator. It predicts how much weight you’ll gain while staying home and quarantining from the coronavirus. The calculator asks questions about exercise, snacks, drinks and length of quarantine. Get the calculator by Googling ‘zippia quarantine 15 calculator’
Restaurant Pays Employees In Dollar Bills: CNN says The Sand Bar, on Tybee Island, Georgia, has a tradition of allowing customers to staple dollar bills to their walls. Owner Jennifer Knox recently removed the money and gave it to employees because business is down due to the coronavirus. Jennifer doled out $3,700 to six employees.
North Carolina Woman Donates Teddy Bear Collection To Law Enforcement: ABC says the Bladen County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office recently received a donation of 60 teddy bears. Community member Jan Barnhill donated the bears to provide comfort to childhood victims of car crashes and child protection investigations.
Sheriff Jim McVicker says he was thrilled to receive the generous donation. “We really appreciate the kindness shown by Jan Barnhill in donating the teddy bears to the Sheriff’s Office. The Barnhills have been long supporters of law enforcement and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.”
Coronavirus Sports Survey
A new survey by the Stillman School of Business reveals that 72% of people won’t attend a sporting event without a coronavirus vaccine. Other findings:
– 12% of people would be willing to attend a sporting event, but only if social distancing was enforced
– 13% of people say they would feel safe attending a sporting event once the pandemic has subsided.
– 70% of people say the NFL should not start league play in September if social distancing still needs to be enforced
Mom and Three Sons All Taken by Coronavirus
It’s another COVID worst case scenario – this time in New Orleans. Over a 10-day span, four members of the same family lost their lives to the coronavirus – a mom and her three sons. Antoinette Franklin, 86, of New Orleans, and her sons Herman Franklin Jr., 71; Timothy Franklin, 61; and Anthony Franklin Sr., 58, died between March 20 and 30. All tested positive for COVID-19, but other family members say they don’t know how they got it.
HALSEY BUYS 100,000 MASKS FOR HOSPITALS AMID PANDEMIC
CAMILA CABELLO AND SHAWN MENDES SURPRISE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WITH VIRTUAL VISIT
– The Wall Street Journal says 33% of apartment renters didn’t pay their rent by April 5th due to the coronavirus.
California Sheriff Threatens Fines And Arrests For Not Wearing Face Masks: The Sun claims Riverside County, California Sheriff Chad Bianco has announced that citizens will be arrested and fined up to $1,000 if they don’t wear face masks in public.
– WLTV says bridal shops around the country are now making medical masks out of wedding dresses. They are donating them to local medical workers, who are battling the coronavirus
– Some quarantining muscleheads are staying fit by doing push ups with their sofas and couches balanced on their back.
– The NY Daily News says George and Amal Clooney have donated $1 million to coronavirus relief
– WTSP says Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have donated 750,000 meals to Feeding Tampa Bay. The organization will distribute the meals to those in need during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tyler Perry surprised elderly shoppers yesterday in Georgia and Louisiana when he bought groceries for them at 73 grocery stores. The stores opened early to cater to the elderly shoppers.
– Bloomberg says airlines may cut their amount of flights by 90% this Summer because people are going to be leery about flying due to the coronavirus.
– Raw Story says Air Canada is going to rehire 16,500 workers that they laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic
– The NY Daily News says mariachi bands are serenading coronavirus patients outside of hospitals in Mexico. The band members are socially distancing themselves and wearing masks as they play for senior citizens and others
New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., reported its highest one-day number of deaths yet on Wednesday (April 8th), 779, bringing the state’s overall death toll to almost 6,300
ORANGE JUICE SALES ARE SOARING DURING THE PANDEMIC –
Woman Names Newborn ‘Covid Bryant’: The Daily Mirror says a woman from the Philippines has named her newborn son Covid Bryant after the coronavirus and the late Kobe Bryant. Over 50,000 people have liked the baby’s name on Twitter. Some people think the child is going to get bullied because of his name
100 Year-Old Beats Coronavirus On Birthday: The Daily Mail says a 100 year-old coronavirus patient beat covid-19 on his birthday. Medical workers at a hospital in Portugal presented Luciano de Silva with a birthday cake before telling him he was virus-free. Nurses didn’t have balloons so they blew up rubber gloves and wrote ”100” on them. Luciano had a fever and dry cough for two weeks. He is expected to return home soon
Man Steals 2 Million Coronavirus Face Masks: The NY Post says the Portugal police have busted a real estate agent, who stole two million coronavirus face masks from a warehouse. The suspect sold all, but 100 masks before he was caught. Surgical gloves were also taken
Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing For The Amish: CNN says the Central Pennsylvania Clinic, in Belleville, Pennsylvania, has set up drive-through coronavirus testing for the Amish. The testing allows the Amish to drive their horse and buggy through the clinic parking lot before getting tested for covid-19. The clinic has done 65 tests since launching on April 1st
Mug Shot Challenge: The Daily Dot says a new Tik Tok challenge is trending online. The Mugshot Challenge involves people taking pictures of what their mugshots might look like. People are facing the camera and standing sideways. Some women are smearing their makeup and messing their hair before shooting their fake mugshots. Others are using fake blood.
Couple Has Two Dates Before Moving In Together And Quarantining: The Daily Mail says a couple, who met on the dating app Bumble, had two dates before moving in together so they could quarantine with one another. New York City ballet dancer Carrie-Lee Riggins drove two hours to Mystic, Connecticut for her second date with her new man. She decided to move in with him when the coronavirus started rapidly spreading in New York. They stay in different rooms, but meet in the living room for dates
Top Five Things People Want To Do Once The Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Order Is Lifted ... according to a new survey of 3,000 people by the supplement brand Lyvit
1 Go out for dinner
2 Make love
3 take a vacation
4 Go to the gym
5 Host a dinner party
6. buy some radio advertising!!!
Rare Phenomenon of Insurance Companies Doing the Right Thing
Maybe you really are in good hands with Allstate. The insurance giant is giving refunds to millions of American drivers with nowhere to go. Allstate CEO Tom Wilson said, “Less driving means fewer accidents.” Allstate says it is giving $600 million back to customers after a steep drop in car accidents amid coronavirus prevention lockdowns. The company, the fourth-largest American auto insurance firm, says customers in quarantine will get full refunds while other customers will get 15% of their monthly premium in April and May back. USAA says they are returning $520 million to members with auto policies. American Family Insurance says it is giving customers $50 back per covered vehicle, which adds up to around $200 million. A Progressive Corp. spokesman says the company is also looking into refunds
FISHERMAN CATCHES FISH FROM HIS BALCONY WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING – (04/09/2020)
Many across the world are social distancing and many are also bored while doing so. A man in Dubai named Phillip Du Plessis says he is currently on day 11 of a recent two-week lockdown in the United Arab Emirates and was “losing his mind not being able to fish.” So he grabbed his fishing gear and threw a line out of his apartment window to the river below. After two attempts he was able to catch a bream. He posted a video of his lucky catch in an Australian fishing Facebook group and many were impressed.
VETS SAY CATS FROM COVID-19 HOUSEHOLDS SHOULDN’T BE LET OUTSIDE – (04/09/2020)
It seems some cats should really be kept inside during the pandemic. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is advising that cats from households with confirmed or possible COVID-19 infections should remain indoors,
The 4th of July parade southport (huge attendance usually) cancelled!!
– Brobible says the Masters Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for the week of November 9th because of the coronavirus. Hotel rooms that are normally priced at $89 per night in Augusta, Georgia are now renting for $793 per night. Some rooms are renting for as much as $1,500 during the week of November 9th
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are quarantining together.
Nike Air Now Nike Masks: Business Insider says Nike is now using materials from their line of Air sneakers to make protective equipment and masks for doctors and nurses battling the coronavirus. The mask’s padding comes from the soles of the shoes while the shoelaces have been repurposed into face mask chords. Nike says it is a nine-step process to turn their shoes into masks.
- 80% of people with the coronavirus caught it from someone not showing any symptoms.
- They also found people are infectious for up to 3.8 days before they start showing any symptoms
– CBS says some areas of the country are experiencing a Tylenol shortage because people believe it is the best way to fight the coronavirus. Research is still being done on the claim
– People magazine says Rachael Ray is donating $4 million to coronavirus relief. The money will go to feeding organizations and animal welfare programs
Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced Tuesday (April 7th) that he is donating one billion dollars – almost one-third of his wealth – to help fight the coronavirus.
– CBS says the city of Fort Worth, Texas has canceled Easter egg hunts because of the coronavirus. The police and Code Enforcement Officers will issue citations to those, who are hunting
HARRY STYLES SELLING T-SHIRT TO BENEFIT COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND: The t-shirt is available for a limited time on Harry’s official site for $26.
an unidentified Los Angeles man is trying to brighten spirits during the coronavirus outbreak by posting dad jokes on signs on his lawn.
The signs read …
‘I ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon… I’ll let you know’
‘Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can’t see.’
‘Singing in the shower is all fun and games until you get shampoo in your mouth. Then it just becomes a soap opera’
Mayor’s Partying Wife Busted For Not Quaranting: The St Louis Post Dispatch Newspaper says Alton, Illinois Mayor Brant Walker recently ordered his local police department to crack down on people, who were not quarantining. Officers called Walker and told him they found his wife partying at a downtown bar.
97 Year-Old World War II Vet Spends Days Dancing And Quarantining: CBS says a 97 year-old World War II Navy pilot, named Chuck Franzke, is spending his days dancing while quarantining. When people pull up to his Waukesha, Wisconsin home and blast music, he comes outside and dances. Someone recently posted a video of him dancing to Justin Timberlake’s song ”Can’t Stop the Feeling”
Ellen DeGeneres is under fire for making a questionable quarantining comment. She said, “This is like being in jail. Mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay.”
What a great look for Ellen as thousands of people sit in actual jail cells just hoping for the best without soap and basic protections
ellen you quarantining in your mansion in designer sweats is nothing like prison
Doesn’t…..she buy / redecorate / sell like….. multiple mansions a year?
People are dying, I’m afraid to leave my house every day but I have to, but ok go off Ellen. Social isolation is bad, stressful, and causes increased depression and anxiety but it ain’t jail.
Tori Spelling is charging $95 for online meet-and-greets. It’s her way of making money while quarantining.
People react …
“Celebrities a lot more famous than you are doing FREE shows and donating to COVID relief”
“How do you live with yourself?”
“I used to be a fan of yours but, girl”
“You need to stop trying to capitalize off people right now. People are DYING. Out of work, damn near homeless and you want US to PAY your debts off?!? You should be ashamed. I don’t even care if you block me after this, you are a terrible person.”
Baseball Team Fills Stadium With Mannqeuins: Brobible says a baseball team from Taiwan has started playing again. The Rakuten Monkeys recently placed 500 robot mannequins in the stands because humans are not allowed into games yet due to the coronavirus. The mannequins wore team jerseys and held signs, but did not cheer.
Drive Thru for the Lonely!
In Columbus, Ohio, isolation was wearing hard on the Roush family to the point that 8-year-old Charlie said he was “losing his mind.” So the family set up a “drive-thru chat,” encouraging area residents to pull into their U-shaped driveway so that mom Corrine, dad Matt, son Charlie, and 6-year-old daughter Louetta could chat with them through their living room window. Corrine told Entertainment Tonight that nearly 40 people have stopped by within the last week, including police officers, the children’s teachers, and neighbors they’ve never before met. And they aren’t all drivers. Walkers, cyclists, and a motorcyclist have shown up, too. A sign directs people to visit between 11am and 3pm, and honk to get the family’s attention. Corrine said, “It doesn’t matter what room of the house we’re in, when we hear that beep, we come running to that window with huge smiles on our faces. It’s been such a light during what has felt like such a dark time.” And not just for the family. “Several people have told us that it was the highlight of their day and it’s just been so wonderful to be able to talk face-to-face.
TAYLOR SWIFT SENDS LONGTIME FAN $3,000 AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – (04/08/2020)
Taylor Swift surprised a longtime fan and college student with $3,000.
Jess Buslewicz, a sophomore at Smith College in Massachusetts, had to return home to Connecticut due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. She lost her job as an on-campus tour guide and her babysitting job, both of which helped pay for her school books and tuition. Her mother has also lost much of her work as a travel agent.
“One day I was sitting on the couch and I got a PayPal notification that there was $3,000 in my account!” adding, “There’s a little message with it and at the end she said, ‘p.s. it may be April 1st but this is not an April Fools joke!’ and without that little addendum I think I would’ve been a lot more nervous that it was a joke.”
“Jess, I saw your post about everything you’re going through, I’m sorry you lost your campus job. I can see that this situation has caused you intense anxiety and I hope this gift of $3,000 will help and that you and your mom are healthy and safe. Sending you hugs, Taylor,”
VIRTUAL BABYSITTERS ARE A THING NOW – (04/08/2020)
- Sittercity, a website that aims to connect people with babysitters, is now offering a service to provide a virtual sitter via video chat to help parents out
NEW HANOVER CO: 51 CONFIRMED!!
KROGER, WALMART TESTING ONE-WAY AISLES TO HELP MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
HARRY POTTER FANS: J.K. ROWLING SAYS SHE HAS ‘RECOVERED’ FROM COVID-19 –
Carole Baskin is not going to appear in the rumored extra episode of Netflix’s ”Tiger King”.
- Four tigers and three lions in New York City have tested positive for the coronavirus, thanks to an infected zookeeper.
Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend Cody Simpson provided a treat for local health care workers on Saturday.
The couple delivered 120 tacos to healthcare workers at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California.
Gloria Estefan Turns ‘Get On Your Feet’ Into ‘Put On Your Mask’
THE WEEKND TO STAR IN EPISODE OF ‘AMERICAN DAD’ THAT HE CO-WROTE
KELLY CLARKSON GIVES TOUR OF FAMILY RANCH IN MONTANA: While self-quarantining with her family at their ranch in Montana, Kelly Clarkson decided to give a virtual tour of their property.
KATY PERRY ANNOUNCES SHE IS HAVING A GIRL
Jessie J and Channing Tatum are done
– Business Insider says 35 million Americans could lose their health insurance due to coronavirus layoffs.
– CBS says Michaels has donated $1 million worth of fabric for coronavirus face masks. The retailer says the material should be enough to make 750,000 masks.
– Footwear News says Jo-Ann Fabrics customers have made over 25 million masks for health-care workers battling the coronavirus
– Business Insider says Peloton is temporarily canceling its live classes because one of its New York employees has tested positive for the coronavirus. Members can still access on-demand classes.
– A new survey by the dating app Crush reveals that 78% of singles are open to meeting someone during the current coronavirus pandemic. NO..IT CAN WAIT!!
– TMZ says UFC president Dana White is planning to hold UFC fights on a private island during the coronavirus. Fighters would fly in on private planes, brawl, and then go home. The UFC plans to screen fighters and staffers before bouts.
GREAT VIDEO MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY PLAYS BINGO WITH SENIORS: Virtual cuteness alert! Matthew McConaughey, his wife Camila, their two children and his mom Kay hopped on Zoom to play Bingo with seniors at the Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living in Texas. “Thank you to Matthew, his wife Camila, and his mom Kay for hosting our residents for a few rounds of virtual bingo!” the facility wrote alongside a video they shared of the interaction. “Our residents had a great time playing, and they loved talking with Matthew about his family heritage and his favorite drink.”
Coronavirus Trending .. FOOD & DRINK
– WCVB says some 7-Eleven stores won’t serve customers unless they are wearing gloves and masks.
– Delish magazine says participating Domino’s pizza restaurants are giving away 10 million slices of pizza to hospitals, medical centers, students and people in need. Over 6,000 restaurants are participating in the free giveaway. Local franchisees will choose, who gets the free pies and slices
– NPR says shoppers in Mexico are panic buying beer because of the coronavirus. A Governor from Mexico has recommended banning alcohol sales because he is worried quarantining people may become addicted and because domestic violence cases may spike.
AUTO INSURERS GIVING REFUNDS AS PEOPLE STAYING HOME DUE TO CORONAVIRUS: Some auto insurers are giving refunds to their customers since many Americans aren’t using their cars as much as they’re following stay-at-home directives amid the coronavirus pandemic. AllState said most customers will get a 15 percent refund in April and May, and American Family Insurance is refunding $50 per vehicle. Geico and State Farm are encouraging customers to contact them to discuss their policies based on them driving less. The Wall Street Journal said American Family customers drove 40 percent fewer miles in the last three weeks of March, which has led to fewer claims. Company COO Telisa Yancy told the Journal, “It is real dollars we expected to pay out this year and no longer have to pay out. We are sharing it back right now when our customers probably most need it.”
High Schooler Holds Own Graduation Ceremony Because Of Coronavirus: WCBD says Meghan Mims, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, recently held her own high school graduation ceremony because of the coronavirus. Her ceremony was canceled so she put on her cap and gown and walked across her lawn as her family cheered for her. Megan will be majoring in nursing when she attends the University of South Carolina in the Fall
Just Married: The York Daily Record says David Fox and Holly Rankin, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, recently got married in their backyard because of the coronavirus. Their family socially distanced all over their backyard as they walked down the aisle and exchanged vows. They lined their sidewalk with Corona beer and handed out hand sanitizer and gloves to guests. David and Holly wore medical masks that said ”Just Married” following their ceremony. Their party included salmon, potatoes, broccoli and green beans. Guess took home Corona beer, cookies and a roll of toilet paper
MOM RAISES MONEY FOR LOCAL HOSPITAL BY BAKING TOILET PAPER ROLL CAKE – (04/07/2020)
This is certainly a sign of the times. Lisa Jamieson baked a chocolate fudge sponge cake on Tuesday evening (March 31st), iced it to look like a toilet paper roll, and spelled out “STAY HOME” around the cake’s base. By Wednesday morning (April 1st), the mom, from Milton Keynes in England, had set up a JustGiving page to auction off the cake to raise money for Milton Keynes Hospital. By the time the auction was closed on Thursday (April 2nd) Lisa was amazed to have gathered $2,681 from 260 supporters. Jamieson says she’s very grateful to all who donated.
47 CASES NOW IN NEW HANOVER CO: MAJORITY 49 AND OVER!!!
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says you can expect to see your one-time stimulus checks of up to $1,200 show up in their bank accounts in about two weeks.
– Variety magazine says Netflix is going to stream an extra episode of ”Tiger King”. Filming is currently taking place. The episode should air sometime this week (I Saw A Tiger, Tiger Saw A Man)
Tiger Tests Positive For Coronavirus: ABC says a four-year-old tiger at the Bronx has tested positive for the coronavirus. ‘Nadia’ contracted the virus from a zoo employee, who tested positive for covid-19. Nadia’s sisters have developed a dry cough and are expected to recover. Nadia’s only symptom is a decreased appetite
Those with questions should call the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 910-798-6800, which is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
KATY PERRY ANNOUNCES SHE IS HAVING A GIRL
Pink has beaten the coronavirus. She was diagnosed two weeks ago and is donating $1 million to coronavirus relief.
– Entertainment Tonight says Kobe Bryant is going to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame early because of his untimely death.
– The Sun says Mama June is making money during the coronavirus pandemic by sending Cameo videos to fans for $30 a piece.
–Bored at home? Learn to play the guitar for FREE:
The first 100,000 users who create an account for Fender Play, their online learning platform, will get three months of free online lessons. While you will need to provide your own instrument, the lessons are available for acoustic and electric guitar, as well as bass and ukulele.
Alicia Keys For those interested in getting in touch, Alicia’s number is 917-970-2001.
Keys’ new album ALICIA is expected in May. put a stay-at-home spin on Flo Rida’s track “My House
– Hazmat suit sales are on the rise because of the coronavirus. Over the weekend, people were seen wearing hazmat suits to weddings and Walmart.
– Quaranting people are making their own treadmills at home by squirting water and dish soap on the floor before walking and running on top of it.
– Business Insider says Apple is now designing and producing face shields for coronavirus medical workers. The company hopes to donate 20 million masks
– Business Insider says Hobby Lobby has finally decided to temporarily close their stores due to the coronavirus. Nearly all of their employees are being furloughed without pay.
– Business Insider says Amazon MAY delay its Prime Day until August because of the coronavirus. The event typically takes place in July.
– Business Insider says Delta is losing $60 million a day because of the coronavirus
– Forbes Magazine and Wine America say 4,582 wine events have been canceled because of the coronavirus. America’s 800 largest wineries have lost over $40 million because of the coronavirus.
– Business Insider says Cape Cod residents are signing a petition to have the city’s bridges raised in an attempt to keep visitors and those, who have a second home there, out. They are trying to social distance as a city and don’t want New Yorkers infecting the population.
Goggles For Docs: John Schaefer has started a new organization called Goggles For Docs. He is collecting ski goggles for doctors and hospitals, who are short on coronavirus medical masks.
CDC is recommending people wear cloth masks that they can make at home. He says they are not recommending people wear medical grade surgical masks. He asks that we save those for our medical personnel
From the Department of Irony and I’m not making this up, in Mexico, production of Corona beer has been temporarily suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A couple from India has named their newborn twins Corona and Covid: Their mother, Preeti Verma, is quoted by the paper as saying, “I was blessed with the twins — a boy and a girl. We have named them Covid and Corona for now. The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, my husband and I wanted to make the day memorable.
Restaurant Removes Menu Prices Due To Pandemic: WAIT says a Barnevield, Wisconsin restaurant has taken prices off their menu because of the coronavirus. Cook’s Cafe says they are allowing customers to pay what they can afford for their meals because of the pandemic. Owners Cliff and Yvonne Hooks say they are tossing their profits out the window to help the community. They are changing their business from an LLC to a non-profit.
Man Buys Gas For 40 Nurses: CBS says Alan Marshall, of Detroit, is being hailed as a hero for using $900 worth of his savings to buy gas for 40 area nurses battling the coronavirus. He stood outside of an Exxon gas station near the Detroit Medical Center with a sign that read: “FREE GAS FOR NURSES.” Marshall had been saving to buy a knife sharpening tool, but decided against it in order to help nurses in need
Man Thanks Walmart Workers With Sign: KERO says a man from Bakersfield, California has been standing outside of a local Walmart with a sign for workers that reads, “Thank You To All Workers.” Ralph McCracken also paraded through the store with the sign. He did it to make workers happy and to thank them for putting their lives on the line during the coronavirus outbreak.
WEEK OF MARCH 30-APRIL 3
42 CASES IN NEW HANOVER CO NOW!! BLADEN CO HAS FIRST CASE
We’ve Hit the Million Mark
About 4pm EDT yesterday, (Thursday), the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reported in the world passed 1 million. As high as that is, USA Today reports, the real toll is higher. “The million is clearly way under what the actual number will be,
TONIGHT THEY ARE SHUTTING DOWN MASONBORO ISLAND!!!
America could be reopened by Memorial Day. Last weekend of may!! THAT’S THE NEW GOAL ACCORDING TO GOVT
SMALL BUSINESS BAILOUT BEGINS: A massive program to keep people who work for small businesses on the payrolls by funneling taxpayer dollars through their employers started today. The nation’s banks are expected to loan out the money, which will be fully repaid with interest by the government. At a press conference Thursday, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said the guidelines are posted and the program is ready to go.
- CHECK IT OUT: The Paycheck Protection Program site is online.
two antimalarial drugs being touted as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus.
Bezos Donating $100 Million: Business Insider says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is going to donate $100 million to help food banks during the coronavirus pandemic. Oprah just gave $10 million
– NBC says ”Tiger King” star Joe Exotic has been transferred to a prison hospital because several fellow inmates tested positive for the coronavirus. The 57 year-old is serving a 22-year sentence for a murder-for-hire plot.
‘Tiger King” star Joe Exotic has two Hollywood stars in mind to play him in a movie. Filmmaker Rebecca Chaiklin says, “He would like Brad Pitt or David Spade to play him. He doesn’t refer to David Spade as David Spade — he refers to him as ‘Joe Dirt.’”
– Collider magazine says the release of “Top Gun: Maverick” has been postponed until December 23rd due to the coronavirus
Couple Replacing Wedding Guests With Cardboard Cutouts:
– The NY Daily News says Twizzlers are going to be sold without their famous ridges for a limited time. The company released a statement saying, “Why did we decide to get rid of the most recognizable feature of Twizzlers candy, you ask? Maybe we wanted to do something unexpected, or maybe we had an issue on the production line. The world may never know, but what we do know, is that Izzlers candy is fun, delicious and only here for a very limited time.”
– Reuters says a record 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week in America due to the coronavirus. That’s double from the previous week. GQ Magazine says over 10 million people are filing for unemployment.
– The National Post says Grupo Modelo is going to temporarily stop brewing Corona beer because it has been declared non-essential by Mexico’s government.
– KVOA says some local dry cleaners are offering free cleaning services for medical workers so they can get their masks and scrubs cleaned while treating coronavirus patients.
– Business Insider says some coronavirus stimulus checks may take up to five months to arrive without direct deposit. People with direct deposit should receive their money by mid-April. Individuals making $99,000 or more won’t receive any cash
. Cardi B says her hospitalization is not due to the coronavirus. She posted, “I’ve been very sick these past five days… not corona. I have really bad stomach issues… I started throwing up…”
Coronavirus Patients Refuse To Stay At Home; Must Wear Ankle Bracelets: Kentucky court system has ordered several coronavirus patients to wear GPS ankle bracelets because they refuse to stay at home. One man was given the ankle monitor after he balked at signing a quarantine order. A Jefferson County patient was placed on house arrest after going shopping.
City Fining Residents $1,000 For Not Wearing Coronvirus Face Masks: city of Laredo, Texas is requiring every resident older than five years-old to wear a coronavirus face mask when out in public. People, who don’t cover their nose or mouth will be fined $1,000 and charged with a misdemeanor
Travel Company Closes Due To Coronavirus: WBBM says the online travel company Bookit has gone out of business due to the coronavirus. People, who had reservations with the site were told their trips were canceled. The site is also refusing to refund money. Bookit’s phone line is dead while Emails sent to the company are bouncing.
Coronavirus Trending …
– Business Insider says some nurses are demanding as much as $5,000 a week to work in coronavirus hot zones
– The Daily Dot says doctors at New York City hospitals are being given Yankees ponchos to wear because the hospitals are short on coronavirus masks and gowns. Some physicians thought the ponchos were a joke at first
– Business Insider says McDonald’s will take workers’ temperatures before their shifts start to make sure they are well and not infected with the coronavirus
– Fox News says Disney is donating 150,000 rain ponchos to hospitals. The ponchos can be used as gowns
– MarketWatch says Wimbledon has been canceled due to the coronavirus. It’s the first time since World War II that the tournament has been nixed.
– The Daily Mail says the Belgium police will jail people for two years if they cough on police officers during the pandemic. Two men recently spat on police officers in separate incidents. Normally, the men would have been fined $250, but now that penalty has been raised to $15,000 and jail time
– NBC says Home Depot is limiting the number of customers inside their stores at any given time due to the coronavirus. Social distancing markers have also been placed at counters.
– WHDH says some Walmart, Home Depot and BJ’s stores are blocking off non-essential aisles to reduce roaming. They are trying to increase social distancing by cutting down on browsing
– NBC says Costco is changing their entrance policy due to the coronavirus. Card members will only be allowed to bring one person with them while shopping during the outbreak.
– BuzzFeed News says Costco is cutting ties with the company they use for their in-store samples because of the coronavirus.
– Raw Story says Hobby Lobby is reopening 19 of their stores in Ohio and 17 in Wisconsin even though governors from both states ordered non-essential businesses to close. Hobby Lobby claims they are an essential business because they sell educational materials and products for home based businesses.
– Brobible says Kim Kardashian and Kanye West did not meet with Donald Trump about freeing “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic from prison. The website High Snobiety started the rumor as an April Fool’s joke.
– The Blast claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have allegedly viewed a $20 million Malibu mansion where Princess Diana wanted to live.
– Ace Showbiz says Dancing with the Stars dancer Karina Smirnoff has given birth to a baby boy.
Coronavirus Cure May Have Been Found: TMZ says a pandemic doctor, named Jacob Glanville, claims he has found a cure for the coronavirus. His shot finds, neutralizes and blocks the virus from infecting human cells. Infected people, who receive the shot would start to feel better in just 20 minutes. Glanville’s shot and antibodies are now being sent to the US Army Medical Research Institute for testing
Country Bans The Word “Coronavirus”: Fox News claims the nation of Turkmenistan has banned the media from using the word “coronavirus.” The country is threatening harsh punishments for news outlets that fail to comply. Turkmenistan is reportedly pretending that the pandemic does not exist. It has already removed health brochures from hospitals, schools, and workplaces. Authorities are also threatening citizens with jail time if they wear face masks in public.
93 Year-Old Hubby And 88 Year-Old Wife Beat Coronavirus: Fox News says a 93 year-old man from India, and his 88 year-old wife, have beaten the coronavirus. The man was a longshot because he had hypertension and diabetes. Medical workers cheered as the couple left the hospital.
Second Cat Tests Positive For Coronavirus: The Daily Mail claims a cat from Hong Kong has become the second feline to test positive for the coronavirus. The cat’s 25 year-old owner is in serious condition with a fever. It is believed that she has the coronavirus and passed it to her pet.
Coronavirus May Cause Beer Shortage: The Financial Post says beer makers are struggling to find bottles because of the coronavirus. Some recycling efforts have been shut down because of the outbreak so beer makers are not producing as much beer because they don’t have the bottles to put the suds in.
City Waves Electric Bills Due To Coronavirus: KAKE-TV says the city of Gardner, Kansas is waving electricity bills for March. Mayor Steve Shute says the city is absorbing the $790,000 loss because they can afford it and because the gesture benefits residents. “We are fortunate that we own our utilities, so we can authorize these changes and provide this much welcome relief for all in our community while they wait for federal government assistance.”
Family Using Remote Control Cars To Deliver Care Packs To Neighbors: WKRN says a Nashville, Tennessee family is using a remote control car to deliver care packages and cookies to their neighbors. Vanessa and Trey Harris say the project is a creative way to keep their daughters, Rose and Holland, busy while quarantining.
Justin Bieber has postponed all of his 2020 tour dates because of the coronavirus
Tiger King star Joe Exotic has been transferred from a county jail to a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. He is being quarantined due to the coronavirus. Exotic cannot make any phone calls or check emails.
April Fool’s Day Prank Scares Entire State: WFMY says a fake coronavirus post scared students yesterday in North Carolina. It read: “Breaking Governor Cooper orders N.C. students to repeat current grade, beginning 2020-2021.”
Parents went wild and posted …
“Roy cooper are you serious about us repeating our grades like what would be the point”
“vote him out of office.”
People then realized that it was an April Fool’s Day prank.
A new Gallup poll reveals that 42% of parents are worried that the coronavirus is going to affect their child’s education. Other findings:
– 27% of parents say the school year should be extended into the Summer because of the coronavirus
– 11% of students, who are currently not in school, are not doing any type of home work at home.
Coronavirus May Make Weather Forecasts Less Accurate As Flights Canceled Across The World
The novel coronavirus pandemic has caused a freefall in air travel as people practice social distancing and follow orders to stay home. What you might not know is that fewer flights mean that weather predictions might get less accurate. The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) recently said, “At ECMWF, aircraft reports are second only to satellite data in their impact on forecasts. However, recently added satellite wind observations will help mitigate the drop in the number of aircraft-based observations.” The issue is that one of the main sources of aircraft-based weather observations that is used in forecasts is the Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay Program (AMDAR) which uses sensors and communications systems from existing aircraft carrying travelers to collect, format and transmit data. One expert says the European AMDAR coverage will “be reduced by 65 percent or more over the coming month, which is currently expected to continue into the summer.”
Bored Hairdresser Recreates Famous Hairstyles On Boyfriend During Lockdown
Lots of people are bored in self isolation as the novel coronavirus pandemic rages on, but one hairdresser is really making the most of it. Heidi Lee Oley is from Atlanta, Georgia and was forced to close her salon due to he virus. She’s since taken to practicing hairstyles on her boyfriend, Geoff Clark. First she gave him a George Washington inspired look using a curling iron, and other looks include Princess Leia buns from Star Wars and an updo based on the late Amy Winehouse’s hair.
– The Washington Post says the Centers for Disease Control is considering ordering people to wear masks because of the coronavirus. The masks would be worn when people venture out in public.
– The NY Post says Walmart is checking the temperatures of workers before they start their shifts. Staffers, who have a temperature of 100 degrees or more are sent home for at least three days. Employees will still get paid for reporting to work even if they are told to leave
– CBS says the coronavirus has caused gas prices to dip. The national average for a gallon of gas is $1.50. GasBuddy says prices could drop to 70 cents a gallon.
– Business Insider says people in certain parts of the country are fishing and hunting because grocery stores are low on food due to the coronavirus. The website also claims people are dumpster diving in poor, rural areas because of a lack of food.
– Variety magazine says CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has the coronavirus. He will continue to host his nightly show while being quarantined at home
– Footwear News says Under Armour is now developing medical masks at their Baltimore factory. Face masks, face shields and specially equipped fanny packs are going to 28,000 healthcare providers.
– The Atlanta Journal Constitution claims The Gap is planning to furlough 80,000 workers because of the coronavirus
– The BBC says Canada has passed a $75 billion coronavirus stimulus package that calls for Canadians to receive $8,000 over the next four months. The money will go to people who have lost their jobs because of covid-19
– ABC says Panda Express is donating $2 million to buy masks and other supplies for coronavirus medical workers.
– BroBible says NFL owners have voted to expand their playoff format to 14-teams starting in 2020.
– KYKY says ketchup-flavored Doritos and Mountain Dew-flavored Doritos are being placed on sale for a limited time. The first batch has been shipped to Australia
– Brand Eating says Kellogg’s is going to be selling giant versions of Fruit Loops, Corn Pops and Apple Jacks. The new Jumbo Snax line will be available starting next month.
Man Survives World War II And Coronavirus: The NY Post says a tough-as-nails World War II veteran, named Bill Kelly, recently beat the coronavirus at age 95. The McMinnville, Oregon senior got sick on March 17th. He had a fever while also battling kidney disease, a congenital heart condition and high blood pressure. Kelly tested positive and was quarantined in a bedroom at home. He said, ”I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this [coronavirus] bull—-‘.”
290 People Pay It Fwd At DQ: WDRB says over 300 people recently Paid It Forward at a Louisville, Kentucky Dairy Queen. A nurse started the Pay It Forward line when she told Dairy Queen staffers that she isn’t spending a lot of time with her family because she is caring for coronavirus patients. She paid for the meals of the three cars behind her because she wanted to make sure the families spent time together even if she couldn’t with hers. The DQ manager says 90 cars paid for the customers behind them. The next day, 200 people did the same thing.
Thank You Parade: WABC says hundreds of Long Island residents drove around Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffolk County, New York to show their support and appreciation for medical workers there. Drivers honked while passengers held signs that said ”Thank You”. A billboard truck also drove around with the slogan “We Are All In This Together”.
Couple Has Drive-By Wedding: WXIA says Madeline Haisten and John Orr, of Atlanta, recently had a drive-by wedding. Their regular wedding and reception was canceled due to the coronavirus so their reverend married them in a parking lot as 30 cars of friends and family drove by while throwing rice and kisses.The ceremony featured beautiful flowers and a chocolate wedding cake.
Billie Eilish has designed a coloring book to raise money for charity. The book has pictures of her from her music videos and album covers. Proceeds are going to benefit UNICEF and coronavirus charities. The coloring book costs $10 and is available on her website
DJ Khaled has purchased 10,000 masks and gloves for healthcare workers, who are battling the Coronavirus
Coronavirus Cocktail Survey
A new study by Nielsen reveals that sales of alcoholic beverages have risen by 55% in the last few weeks due to the coronavirus. Sales of tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails have jumped by 75% while wine has skyrocketed by 66%. Beer is up 42%
Jay Z has teamed up with Rihanna to donate to coronavirus relief efforts. The superstars have each donated $1 million — Jay Z via his Shawn Carter Foundation and Rihanna is giving back through her Clara Lionel Foundation. The Shawn Carter Foundation revealed in a statement that the donation will support undocumented workers, children of frontline healthcare workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people in New York and Los Angeles.
According to Billboard, the money will also cover daycare, learning materials, food, and supplies for the children of healthcare workers and first responders. Additionally, they will provide learning materials for over 20,000 youth in shelters and virtual mental health support for parents.
Study: Working From Home Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Could Lead To Increased Job Satisfaction
It turns out you might be bonding more with your co-workers from a distance than you actually do in the office. Scientists from China found a link between social media activity between co-workers and their how satisfied they were with their jobs. They found that using social media strengthened the bonds between co-workers as it helped to break down workplace formalities and blur the boundaries of work and social life. Employees who are currently working from home and spend a lot of time socializing with their co-workers online might benefit from stronger friendships when they return to the office which in turn could increase work satisfaction.
Boss Accidentally Uses Potato Filter During Life Meeting And Can’t Turn It Off
As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues, people are being forced to work from home, which means more people are having to attending online meetings via video chat. This week, Lizet Ocampo, the Political Director at People For the American Way accidentally used a potato filter on her face during a video meeting and she couldn’t figure out how to turn it off. One of her employees got a screenshot of it, and shared it on Twitter where it quickly went viral. She captioned her photo, “My boss turned herself into a potato on our Microsoft teams meeting and can’t figure out how to turn the setting off, so she was just stuck like this the entire meeting.”
– A new coronavirus name game is trending online. Your quarantine name is the last thing you ate and your high school mascot
– A new Rasmussen Reports study reveals that 16% of people are buying more toilet paper because of the coronavirus. 82% of people say they are not. The rest are indifferent
– Business Insider says Burger King and Popeyes are protecting workers and customers by taking workers’ temperatures before their shifts start. Those, with a fever are being asked to self isolate because of the coronavirus
– E! News says Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated $400,000 to the four hardest hit hospitals in New York by the coronavirus
– People magazine says Prince Charles is no longer in self isolation because of the coronavirus. He is in good health and recovering nicely
– The Frontier says Hobby Lobby has finally begun closing some of its stores because of the coronavirus. Some people are being terminated with emails.
– ABC says the high-end men’s clothing retailer Brooks Brothers is converting their clothing factories into mask factories. They plan to manufacture medical masks and gowns in order to help fight the coronavirus. Brooks Brothers says they can make 150,000 masks a day
– Reuters says Macy’s is planning to furlough 130,000 employees because of the coronavirus.
The NY Post says Skype usage has surged by 70% because of the Coronavirus
Lizzo purchased lunch for emergency room staffers at multiple hospitals. The singer wants them to be well-fed while battling the coronavirus. Her publicist says, “She sent several hospitals food that were hit really hard for staff working around the clock. She is planning to send food to more hospitals as well.”
Shaquille O’Neal says he is not friends with Netflix star Joe Exotic. A Netflix documentary, which has become popular while people quarantine from the coronavirus, alleges Exotic mistreated animals and attempted to have a rival tiger sanctuary owner killed.
Shaq says he visited Exotic’s sanctuary, but is not close with him. “I was just a visitor. I met this guy. Not my friend. Don’t know him. Never had any business dealings with him, and I had no idea any of that stuff was going on. People that know me know that I’m righteous. I don’t harm tigers. I love tigers. We found out that he’s involved with all the stuff, and then, actually, I stopped going.”
Jack Black has been posting dance videos while quarantining. His latest one shows him in cowboy boots, spandex, sunglasses and a cowboy hat
TMZ says studio filming on American Idol is not going to be possible due to the coronavirus. Producers sent an Email to the cast and crew that read, “As we continue to monitor advice from federal and local agencies, it seems unlikely we are going to be able to make it back into the studio for this season of American Idol. We will continue to monitor and provide updates should any changes occur.”
The show may go on with Luke, Katy and Lionel judging the singers from home.
Post Malone Staging Celebrity Beer Pong Tourney For COVID-19 Relief
Liam Payne Donates 360,000 Meals To Families In Need Amid Pandemic
One of Britney Spears’ most iconic moments is tied to Netflix’s hit Tiger King series.
The limited series introduces the world to some amazing characters – including Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, who helped Spears at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. Britney performed her hit single “I’m a Slave 4 U” while holding a seven-foot albino Burmese python around her neck. There was an adult tiger behind her, handled by none other than Antle himself. An image of the singer and Antle has resurfaced and he can clearly be seen during the performance.
What is ‘Whipped Coffee’ And Why Is Everyone Drinking It During Self-Isolation?
Staying in social isolation can be boring, and it’s bad news if you’re addicted to getting Starbucks each day. As a result, whipped coffee is now taking over social media. It’s gone viral and is made with instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. The trend started in South Korea, but has been popularized in the U.S. by TikTok users. To make it, you mix equal parts (typically two tablespoons) coffee, sugar, and hot water. You must mix it in a bowl for around 20 minutes until the mixture forms peaks—you could also use a hand mixer to do this. Once the whipped coffee is thick and frothy you can add it to a glass filled with milk and ice and enjoy.
Crazy Snail Lady: Oddity Central says Londoner Pepper Apollo has been spending her time quarantining from the coronavirus by caring for her 150 pet snails. She says, “When, you’ve got 150 snails, that puts you into the crazy snail lady category. I started collecting snails about 10 years ago, I found some outside of work, then it kind of snowballed.”
New Quarantine Dating Site
The coronavirus has spawned a new dating site called Quarantine Together. At 6 p.m. each day, the dating app asks if you have washed your hands. If you answer yes, you are then connected to another user for a 15-minute chat. The chatters know nothing about each other except for their names.
Coronavirus Trending .. MEDICAL
– NBC says the FDA has approved a new coronavirus test that produces positive results in five minutes and negative results in 13. Abbott is making the test.
– The World Health Organization says 70,000 people per day are becoming infected with the coronavirus. That’s up 20,000 per day from last week.
– NPR says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus.
– Business Insider says uninsured Americans are paying an average of $73,000 for a six-day hospital stay due to the coronavirus. Around 27 million Americans currently have no insurance.
– The NY Post says Tennessee’s Department of Health is advising doctors to use diapers and swim goggles to cover their faces if they cannot find coronavirus masks.
– The Daily Mail claims some doctors, who are short on medical masks, are wearing clear, plastic food takeout containers with shower caps. It’s the only way they can protect themselves while treating coronavirus patients
– KGW says some firefighters are now wearing hazmat suits on emergency calls because of the coronavirus.
– Contact Music says designer Ralph Lauren is now making masks and gowns to help medical workers in their fight against the coronavirus.
– CBS says Amazon.com suspended the accounts of 4,000 sellers on Friday for coronavirus price gouging. One seller was caught hawking two boxes of Cheerios for $70.
– Adweek says Cottonelle is discouraging coronavirus toilet paper hoarding with a new campaign called #Share A Square
– The NY Post says Disney has closed their theme parks indefinitely because of the coronavirus
– A new survey by the dating site Shagbook reveals that 25% of people have had a hook up since the start of the coronavirus.
– Mediapost says the Detroit Auto Show has been canceled because the convention center is being converted to a hospital due to the coronavirus. The show was scheduled to take place in June
– CNN says the Harpur Hill, England police are dying their pristine lagoons black to discourage people from congregating and swimming during the coronavirus outbreak
– Politico says New Yorkers will be fined $500 if they break social distancing rules during the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus Trending .. RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL
– The National Restaurant Association says 11% of restaurants may close for good because of the coronavirus
– Chew Boom says participating Taco Bells are giving away free Doritos Locos Tacos tomorrow. They are available through the drive-thru. No purchase is necessary
– Business Insider says the Cheesecake Factory is going to temporarily furlough 41,000 workers due to the coronavirus The workers will receive their benefits and insurance until June 1st.
Coronavirus Trending … Hollywood
– Business Insider claims Donald Trump allegedly called Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez to get their thoughts on the coronavirus and for advice on how to handle it. Rodriguez described the call as ‘pleasant.’
– TMZ says Kim Kardashian has donated $1 million to help families in need during the coronavirus
–Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to Los Angeles following a two-week quarantine in Australia because of the coronavirus. Hanks posted, “Hey, Folks…We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing, Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx.”
Simon Cowell has donated $1.6 million to battle the coronavirus.
Coronavirus Sales Figures
Newser says children’s book sales have skyrocketed by 234% since the coronavirus started. Wine sales have spiked by 27% while sales of spirits have jumped by 26%. New car sales dropped by 29% last week
Fake Stimulus Checks: WFLA says car and truck dealers are sending fake stimulus checks to Americans. The checks are signed by someone named “M. Taylor” and are in the amount of $3,344.68. The memo reads ‘covid-19 Auto Stimulus.’ The check is accompanied by a letter that says it’s time sensitive and must be spent immediately.
102 Year-Old Beats Coronavirus: Business Today says 102 year-old Italica Grondona has beaten the coronavirus in Genoa, Italy. She was hospitalized for 20 days and showed mild coronavirus symptoms. Italica likes spending her days listening to Freddie Mercury and Queen as well as watching Grand Prix racing
101 Year-Old Man Beats Coronavirus: Yahoo News says a 101 year-old Italian man has beaten the coronavirus. The man was released from the hospital late last week and is now symptom-free. He plans to return to his home in Rimini.
Billionaires Escaping Coronavirus On Yachts: Business Insider says billionaires are flocking to super yachts to escape the coronavirus pandemic. The billionaires believe the ships are more hygienic and more safe than being on land because they are able to socially distance better at sea. Some of the billionaires already own large yachts while others are renting them at a cost of $600,000 a week.
Man Sprays Business With COVID 19 Liquid: Law & Crime magazine says the Jacksonville, Florida police have arrested David Wright for spraying a business with a coronavirus spray. Witnesses say White walked up to the business’s entrance and started spraying a liquid out of a can labeled ‘COVID 19’. He then told staffers and customers that they were infected. The business was cleaned and sanitized. The FBI has charged White with threatening the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Neighborhood Throws Socially Distant Birthday Party For 80 Year-Old: KIEM says a Eureka, California neighborhood recently held a birthday party for 80 year-old Betty Brennan. Neighbors held balloons and signs while singing Happy Birthday from a safe distance. Betty says her goal is to live to 89. One neighbor blared music on a loudspeaker while others hula hooped at the party
Couple Donates 400 Wedding Meals To Med Staffers: Naughty Gossip says Londoners Fiona and Adam Gordon had to cancel their large wedding because of the coronavirus. They had their catering company donate their 400 wedding meals to staffers at two local hospitals, who are battling the coronavirus. Fiona and Adam decided to marry in front of just two people.
Fiona tells The Independent Newspaper, “That would have been a lot to go to waste. The reaction we have had for doing this is absolutely amazing, but of course the real heroes here are the charity workers.”
the creators of the Baby Shark song have created a new coronavirus song called “Wash Your Hands With Baby Shark”. The ear splitting song encourages children to wash their hands and stay germ-free during the covid 19 outbreak.
Lyrics include …
“Wash your hands/doo doo doo doo doo/Wash your hands”
“Grab some soap/doo doo doo doo doo/Grab some soap”
WEEK OF MARCH 23-27
Coronavirus Trending– Raw Story says 837 New York City bars remain open even though Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered a coronavirus shutdown
– ABC News says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not want the U.S. government to put troops on the border to block Canadians from entering the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. He said, “Canada and the United States have the
longest un-militarized border in the world and it is very much in both of our interests for it to remain that way.”
– The NY Daily News says a three-week old baby from Long Island has tested positive for the coronavirus. The child is recuperating at home and is the youngest person in America to test positive.
– The Drudge Report says a record 3.3 million people have filed for unemployment because of the coronavirus.
– KSDK says Southwest Airlines will begin canceling 1,500 daily flights today due to the coronavirus
– WDTN says some Dayton, Ohio residents have caught police officers blaring the song ”Don’t Worry, Be Happy” from their squad cars as they patrol empty streets during the coronavirus outbreak.
– The NY Post says toilet paper cakes are selling out because of the coronavirus.Some bakeries are now selling cookies that have two dots of chocolate syrup for eyes and a white icing coronavirus mask
– Business Insider says the Nintendo Switch is sold out because of the coronavirus. People bought the game console when they knew they were going to be quarantined for several weeks
– Variety magazine says ”Jimmy Kimmel Live” is going to return to late night next week with guests Samuel L Jackson and Jennifer Aniston
Tucson.com says a Dunkin Donuts in Tucson, Arizona held a pajama party yesterday in their drive-thru. People were given free donuts when they ordered in their pajamas from their car. Dunkin wanted to reward customers for social distancing
– The Holland Sentinel says Lowe’s is hiring 30,000 people to meet increased demand because of the coronavirus. Employees will also receive $80 million in bonuses because of the pandemic
– WWL says New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is donating $5 million to fight the coronavirus in Louisiana. He says his money is going to buy 10,000 meals per day for those in need.
– NBC says the Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus
– The Daily Herald says Fanatics, the company that makes Major League Baseball uniforms, has halted production on jerseys and is now making masks and gowns for coronavirus medical workers.
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes are quarantining together. She is teaching him Spanish while he is teaching her how to play the guitar.
Taylor Swift is cooking for Joe Alwyn while they are quarantined
Bruno Mars has donated $1 million to the MGM Resorts Foundation. The money will go to help workers who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus.
Jimmy Fallon says filming ”The Tonight Show” from his home is chaos because of his young kids. ”It’s chaos, controlled chaos. I’ve realised that I don’t have a quiet room in my house. Maybe I’ll have to do one episode from inside my bathroom and keep the door locked!”
Cardi B‘s coronavirus IG rant turned song by Brooklyn DJ iMarkkeyz, has made its official debut on the Billboard charts. “Coronavirus” entered Billboard’s Rap Digital Song Sales at no.9 and no. 13 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales charts. According to Billboard, the remixed “Coronavirus” received 626,000 U.S. on-demand streams and sold 3,000 copies in the week ending March 19.
Cardi and iMarkeeyz have announced plans to donate the “Coronavirus” proceeds to assist with relief efforts. iMarkeeyz told Variety, “We’re in the works of getting things situated financially as far as where proceeds are going. It’s confidential at the moment, but there’s a lot of great things to come with this.”
Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are privately helping out fans who’ve found themselves in desperate financial straits due to the coronavirus outbreak, E! News and Page Six report.
Holly Turner, a freelance music photographer in New York City, posted on Tumblr about her fears of losing her apartment after her regular income dried up. “I have been working my entire life to be able to live in New York City and I thought that was going to be taken, and [Taylor Swift] saved that for me,” said Turner, who received $3,000 from the star.
Grande has also reportedly been gifting fans between $500 and $1,000. “She reached out and took care of my salary for the month,” one fan said.
– TMZ says WWE superstar Roman Reigns has pulled out of WrestleMania 36 because he is immune-compromised due to his cancer. He didn’t feel comfortable wrestling with the coronavirus spreading
– Business Insider says Lamborghini is recalling their 2020 Aventador because of faulty internal door handles that could trap people inside the car. The door handles were improperly installed at the factory
– The NY Daily News says legendary Harlem Globetrotters star Fred ‘Curly’ Neal has died at the age of 77.’
almart Forced To Toss All Of Their Strawberries Due To Gross Shopper: WSET says a Roanoke, Virginia Walmart recently had to toss all of their strawberries after a woman used her bare hands to open containers and move berries around to her liking. The woman was attempting pick out the best strawberries for herself. Someone videotaped her doing this with no protection on her hands.
New Test Produces Corona Results In 15 Minutes: The NY Daily News says the British government has developed a coronavirus home test that produces results within 15 minutes. The test is in its final approval stages. The government has ordered 3.5 million test kits
Neighbors Sing “Happy Birthday” To Quarantined Man: ABC says Los Angeles resident Hannah Chung recently surprised her fiance, Jason, by getting dozens of neighbors to sing “Happy Birthday” to him from their nearby apartments. Hannah wrote 76 invitations to their neighbors with a request to sing the song at a designated time. One couple wrote “Happy Birthday” on a giant banner hanging from their window.
Even with social distancing happening you’re allowed to go to the grocery store when you need to in order to pick up food—but what should you be getting? Rachel Pugh, the shopping editor of the U.K.’s Manchester Evening News, says if you’re planning to head out to grab “essentials” only you should consider four things: 1) Is it urgent?, 2) Will it significantly impact my quality of life or risk my health and well-being if I don’t have it?, 3) Is it available online?, and 4) Will I be putting others at risk by going to buy it? She says you should try to get everything you need in a week in one grocery trip—so make a meal plan beforehand. It can also be handy to make note of ingredient substitutions before heading out, as some things are unavailable. If you’re looking for a treat there are many restaurants and businesses offering free delivery right now, so don’t leave your house just because you have a hankering for pizza or a cocktail.
14 in new hanover..new (4) all travel related…not passed from another here…the question…who have they been around since they have been back!!!
Today would have been “OPENING DAY”.
LOTS OF LOGO CHANGES COMING TO NFL NEXT SEASON!!!
- Harry Styles POSTPONES his upcoming tour and encourages all to stay at home.
– The BBC says Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus. Prince Charles last saw his mother on March 12th. The Queen appears to be in good health
– Footwear News says Nike is going to start making medical equipment and coronavirus face masks
– Uproxx says Bacardi Rum is now producing hand sanitizer at eight of its distilleries around the world.
– People magazine says the Boston Red Sox have changed their logo to promote social distancing. They have separated their two red socks
– TMZ says Conor McGregor has donated over $1 million in medical supplies to Ireland’s hospitals to help them fight the coronavirus.
Michael Jackson’s estate has donated $300,000 to coronavirus relief efforts. The money is going to help unemployed musicians and food banks
– The Pitch newspaper says quarantining beer lovers are joining beer chug Facebook groups before challenging one another to online drinking contests. Some beer lovers are adding cheesy, romantic songs to their videos.
Kathy Griffin may be suffering from the coronavirus. She posted, ”I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST.”
Stimulus Package Details: The NY Daily News says it may take as long as four months for government stimulus checks to arrive in American hands. Couples that make less than $150,000 per year and single people, who make less than $75,000 a year, will receive a one-time check for $1,200. Each child will receive $500. Americans that have direct deposit with the IRS will receive their money within weeks
Adweek says the airline industry is getting a $50 billion bailout from Congress. Airline stock prices skyrocketed yesterday after the announcement
Free Crocs For Medical Workers: Footwear News says free Crocs are being given to healthcare workers. The clogmaker hopes to ship 10,000 pairs a day to medical workers in need.
Movie Theatre Owner Selling Popcorn To Pay Quarantined Employees: Variety magazine says Fairfax, Virginia movie theater owner Mark O’Meara is selling curbside popcorn to pay his employees. He had to close because of the coronavirus and is now selling concessions on his curb in order to pay his employees. Mark is averaging $400 a day and wants to continue to pay his student workers during the pandemic.
9 Year-Old Sending Positive Messages With Front Yard Signs: WFMY says nine-year-old Charlie Thompson, of Greensboro, North Carolina, is being hailed as a hero for posting positive messages in his front yard during the coronavirus outbreak. His signs read “There is a light in everybody” and “You are strong.” People are now driving by Charlie’s home on a daily basis just to see what his new signs say.
Coronavirus Trending .. Restaurants And Retail
– Business Insider says McDonald’s is cutting down its menu and is no longer going to serve breakfast all day due to the coronavirus. Mickey D’s is no longer going to serve salads, grilled chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders. McNuggets and McGriddles will still be available
– ABC says Walmart and Sam’s Club are installing sneeze guards to protect cashiers and workers from customers and coronavirus germs.
– WFRV says some supermarkets are asking shoppers not to bring reusable bags into stores because of possible coronavirus germs.
– Ad Age says The Gap is now making face masks for medical workers
– WKRG says participating Krispy Kreme donut shops are giving free donuts to healthcare workers beginning on Monday. The offer will last through May 12th
ABC says the CDC continues to find that coronavirus germs can live on surfaces for up to 17 days
– Business Insider says Amazon has booted 3,900 sellers for price gouging during the coronavirus crisis. Most of the sellers were overcharging for toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
– WIVT says the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed due to the coronavirus. The games will take place at the earliest in 2021
– People magazine says Melania Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus
– Business Insider says more than 2,000 people have died because of the coronavirus in Spain. An ice rink in Madrid is being turned into a makeshift morgue to house all of the bodies
– Yahoo News says Russian President Vladimir Putin has been wearing a hazmat suit and respirator while visiting coronavirus patients in hospitals in Moscow.
– WBOY says the Girl Scouts have suspended cookie booth sales due to the coronavirus.
– The NY Post says poker players at a private club in London have been gambling with toilet paper rolls instead of poker chips.
Coronavirus Trending .. Restaurants And Retail
– WGN says some grocery stores are installing coronavirus sneeze guards at checkout stands so cashiers have less contact with customers
– WLBT says Waffle House has temporarily closed 365 U.S. restaurants because of the coronavirus. More than 1,500 Waffle Houses are still open
– Bestproducts.com says Costco is attempting to help people make it through the coronavirus quarantine with a four-pound walnut carrot cake. It sells for $15.98.
– Delish magazine says Wendy’s is giving out free junior size Frosty’s with drive-thru orders for a limited time
Coronavirus Trending .. Hollywood
– Mashable says Warner Brothers is delaying the release of ”Wonder Woman 1984” until August 14th due to the coronavirus. The film was originally scheduled to be released on June 5th
– Comingsoon.net says the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 7th. It will air live for the first time on HBO and has been postponed due to the coronavirus
– Jeff Foxworthy has shaved his mustache for the first time in 40 years. He posted, “First time I’ve shaved my mustache in 40 years… clearly I’m bored in quarantine.”
– O Magazine says the Netflix dating show, “Love is Blind”, has been renewed for two more seasons
– Ace Showbiz says Heidi Klum has tested negative for the coronavirus and just has a bad cold.
Lady Gaga is delaying the release of her new album, Chromatica, due to the coronavirus
he Shawn Mendes Foundation has donated $175,000 to the Sick Kids Foundation. The money will go to purchase coronavirus equipment and supplies for sick children in Toronto.
Camila Cabello has postponed her tour due to the coronavirus
Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated $1 million to the Coronavirus Frontline Responders Fund. The fund supplies masks, gowns, gloves and other medical supplies to those battling the pandemic.’
Ryan Reynolds is donating proceeds from his Aviation Gin company to help out-of-work bartenders during the coronavirus outbreak. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are donating 30% of their online proceeds from their new Mezcal drink to bartenders.
WIVT says the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed due to the coronavirus. The games will take place at the earliest in 2021
Hotel Offering Luxury Quarantine Package: The Seattle Times says the Swiss hotel chain Le Bijou is offering a luxury coronavirus quarantine package. It includes a coronavirus test, in-room doctor visits and around-the-clock nursing care. The hotel won’t say how much the package costs other than the coronavirus test is $500
Woman Trading Baked Goods For Coronavirus Toilet Paper: KABC says a Pasadena, California woman is trading baked goods for toilet paper. Brandy Frausto is unable to work due to fibromyalgia and seizures. She posted an urgent plea for toilet paper on the social networking site NextDoor before locals offered to help her. Donald Perry lives nearby and dropped off several rolls. He says, “So I’ve got a real nice plate of brownies headed my way. I don’t know when, but I’m looking forward to it. Yeah, so that’s really sweet.
Coronavirus Cougher Arrested: The Asbury Park Press says George Falcone, of Freehold Township, New Jersey, was recently arrested for coughing on a Wegmans grocery store employee. The employee asked Falcone to take a step back and socially distance because she was preparing food. He refused, leaned in, and coughed on her before telling her he had the coronavirus. Falcone was charged with making terroristic threats and harassment.
– NBC says nurses at Portland, Oregon hospitals are wearing swim goggles and swim masks as they treat coronavirus patients. Their medical facilities have run out of proper masks
– WWJ says local police departments are asking residents not to call 911 on people, who violate their state’s Stay Home Order due to the coronavirus
– WPLG says toilet paper sales have jumped by 213% because of the coronavirus.
– Uproxx magazine says fashion designers and fashion labels are producing hospital gowns and masks for coronavirus medical workers. Some of the houses have stopped producing designer clothing and started making medical wear for those on the frontlines of the pandemic.
– MarketWatch says some people are using dryer sheets as toilet paper because coronavirus panic buyers have emptied shelves of all of the TP
– The Washington Examiner says the Chula Vista, California police are using drones, equipped with cameras and loudspeakers, to make sure people quarantine inside their homes during the coronavirus outbreak.
– The Daily Star claims priests in Russia are dousing roads with holy water in an effort to fight off the coronavirus. Priests believe the water will stop the virus from spreading
– Yahoo News claims a man from Taiwan has been fined $33,000 for breaking the country’s quarantine rules. He was caught on the street trying to find a club to party at.
Coronavirus Trending .. Restaurants And Retail
– MarketWatch says 37 million American jobs could be lost due to the coronavirus
– Forbes Magazine says CVS and Dollar General are both hiring 50,000 workers because of the coronavirus. The extra workers are needed to meet customer demand during the pandemic
– Pizza Market Place says Papa John’s is hiring 20,000 workers because of the coronavirus. They are trying to keep up with customer demand as deliveries increase due to the pandemic
– Reddit says people are posting videos of Costco shoppers panic buying toilet paper. They are adding zombie sound effects to the videos while nicknaming the shoppers Toilet Paper Zombies.
– Business Insider says Costco is keeping their food sample servers employed during the coronavirus outbreak by having them clean stores after hours. They don rubber gloves and sanitize instead of handing out food samples
– Business Insider says Costco is giving employees an additional two dollars an hour because they are working during the coronavirus outbreak
– Footwear News says Jo-Ann Fabrics stores are giving away free pieces of fabric, elastic and other materials so customers can make face masks at home and then donate them to hospitals in need. The store has posted online tutorials on how to make a mask.
– Crain’s Chicago Business says a McDonald’s in Brazil separated its golden arches to stress social distancing due to the coronavirus
– Uproxx says Coors is giving $1 million to the United States Bartenders Guild to help bartenders, who have been financially crippled by the coronavirus.
– The Morning Call newspaper says the makers of marshmallow Peeps, Just Born Inc, has suspended production due to the coronavirus.
– The News Tribune says Spam is flying off store shelves as North Americans hoard more coronavirus supplies. A two-ounce serving has 16 grams of fat, 40 mg of cholesterol and 790 mg of sodium.
Coronavirus Trending .. Hollywood
– Ace Showbiz says Drew Carey has been tested for the coronavirus because he was high-fiving people during ”The Price is Right”. The show has been temporarily postponed due to the coronavirus.
Charles Barkley has tested negative for the coronavirus.He posted; “I’ve received my COVID-19 test results this morning and they are negative. I’d like to thank everyone for reaching out and expressing your concern and support. You all be safe and please take the necessary actions to help ensure your well-being.”
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are feeling better two weeks after contracting the coronavirus. He tweeted, “Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better. Sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone -You don’t get it from anyone. Common sense, no? Going to take awhile, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts…this, too, shall pass. We can figure this out.”
95 Year-Old Granny Beats Coronavirus: The NY Post says a 95 year-old grandmother from Italy has successfully recovered from the coronavirus. Alma Corsini has been in the hospital since March 5th. She has returned to her nursing home with no symptoms.
Man Dies After Downing Fish Tank Cleaner To Ward Off Coronavirus: The Daily Mail claims a man from Arizona recently died after downing fish-tank cleaner because he thought it was the malaria drug that Donald Trump has been mentioning as a possible coronavirus cure. The man and his wife took chloroquine phosphate before he died and she got sick. The couple confused the chemical with the malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine.
Fake Coronavirus Victim Arrested After Coughing On Officers: WMAQ says the Chicago Police recently arrested Anthony Ponzi after he said he was infected with the coronavirus and then coughed on two officers. The 21 year-old was involved in a crash before attacking the other driver. When cops arrived, he coughed on them. Ponzi later admitted that he is not infected. Officers charged him with resisting arrest, battery and a DUI.
Drug Dealers Now Selling Coronavirus Hand Sanitizer: The Sun says drug dealers are now selling narcotics AND hand sanitizer. They’ve inflated the price of the sanitizer by as much as 10 times and are offering home delivery in some cities. The dealers reportedly got the idea for hand sanitizer sales after watching parody videos on YouTube of people selling toilet paper instead of drugs
Man Creates Coronavirus Safety Pod: The Daily Mail claims a father from China has invented a coronavirus safety pod for his baby son. The see-through pod has an air purifier and a monitor that detects air quality. Bai Yang says he got the idea for the pod from the video game Death Stranding. He is hoping to mass-produce his pod so other parents can use it for their children. ”It’s very inconvenient when you need to take your child to places that don’t have fresh air, for example, the hospital. Because babies have a weaker respiratory system, wearing a mask could likely cause a lack of oxygen for them. I feel very proud that people approve my design, like I’ve turned something from the virtual world into real life.”
– Mediapost says Charmin’s Pennsylvania plant is going to remain open during the coronavirus crisis so they can produce as much toilet paper as they can
– Newser says Donald Trump is sending the National Guard to New York, California and Washington to help battle the coronavirus. The Guard will distribute supplies and help in other ways
– Raw Story says Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative for the Coronavirus
– The Daily Mail claims Donald Trump had to close his Mar-A-Lago resort and then fire staffers because of the coronavirus.
– Variety magazine says Facebook has donated 700,000 masks to coronavirus health workers. They are working to get at least a million more respiratory masks.
– ABC says the IRS tax filing deadline has been moved from April 15th to July 15th because of the coronavirus
– The NY Post says Apple has updated Siri so she can answer questions about the coronavirus. Most of her advice involves staying home and avoiding others
– WZTV says gas has fallen to below 99 cents a gallon in Kentucky because of the coronavirus
– Newser claims 15 college students, who partied last week in South Florida on Spring Break, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The students are from the University of Tampa and University of Florida
– Fox News says some colleges are now canceling their spring graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus.
– The Review Times says the National Spelling Bee has been canceled because of the coronavirus
– Entertainment Tonight says Buckingham Palace has stopped their famous Changing of the Guard ceremony because of the coronavirus
– ABC says the XFL has officially canceled their season because of the coronavirus
– The National newspaper says people in Turkey are trying to fight off the coronavirus by eating sheep’s head soup and gargling with vinegar. Neither have been shown effective in preventing or curing the virus
– The NY Daily News says Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has lost his sense of smell because of the coronavirus
Coronavirus Trending .. Restaurants And Retail
– Brobible says Costco is refusing to accept returns for unused toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, water and Lysol.
– Business Insider says between five and seven million U.S. restaurant workers could lose their jobs in the next 90 days because of the coronavirus.
– Hobby Lobby Staying Open: Business Insider says Hobby Lobby is going to continue to stay open during the coronavirus outbreak. The company’s founder, David Green, reportedly wrote, “While we do not know for certain what the future holds, or how long this disruption will last, we can all rest in knowing that God is in control.”
– Travel and Leisure magazine says one million jobs a day worldwide are being lost due to the coronavirus.
– The NY Post says the makers of Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch, are now using their breweries to make hand sanitizer in order to fight the coronavirus.
– Contact Music says Victoria’s Secret is temporarily closing their stores because of the coronavirus.
– Footwear News says Shoe Carnival is temporarily closing their stores because of the coronavirus
– Hello Magazine says bakeries are experiencing a sales boom because of the coronavirus. People are ordering ‘self-isolation’ cakes for themselves and others.
– Tech Spot says GameStop stores are no longer allowing customers inside showrooms. They are now only allowing curbside pickup.
– ABC says Bed Bath & Beyond is temporarily closing all of their stores because of the coronavirus
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– Rihanna is donating $5 million to help coronavirus relief efforts
–Drake has tested negative for the coronavirus. He spent time with Kevin Durant before Durant tested positive for the virus
-Justin and Hailey Bieber are treating their coronavirus quarantine in Canada like a honeymoon.
-Bravo’s Andy Cohen has the coronavirus.
– Naughty Gossip says View co-host Meghan McCain is pregnant. She is going into isolation due to the coronavirus
– Contact Music says Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet has donated 200,000 meals to a Kansas City food bank. He is trying to help those in need during the coronavirus outbreak.
– Deadline Hollywood says film producer Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the coronavirus while in jail. He is now in isolation
– ABC says opera singer Placido Domingo has tested positive for the Coronavirus
– TMZ says the Chippendales dancers in Las Vegas are posting workout videos so people, who are quarantined, can stay in shape
– Showbiz411 says Rosie O’Donnell brought back her talk show last night on YouTube to raise money for actors in need during the coronavirus outbreak. She donated $100,000 and then raised another $400,000 from viewers. Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Barry Manilow, among others, appeared
Toilet Paper Calculator: ABC says a toilet paper calculator has been posted online so people know how many rolls to buy while quarantining from the coronavirus. Users enter how many toilet paper rolls they have and then, how many times they visit the bathroom on a daily basis. The calculator then tells you how many rolls you need.
You can access the calculator by Googling “How Much Toilet Paper” Website
7 Month-Old Has Coronavirus: WACH says a Camden, South Carolina 7 month-old has tested positive for the coronavirus. Emmett Doster woke up from a nap with a fever before his mother rushed him to urgent care where he tested positive for covid 19. Emmett is now recovering.
New Coronavirus Test Gives Results In 45 Minutes: People magazine says the FDA has approved a fast coronavirus test that gives results in 45 minutes. The test will be shipped to doctors and hospitals next week. It does not require any special training and was developed by a molecular diagnostics company called Cepheid.
The White House says 27 million coronavirus test kits will be in the hands of medical professionals by the end of March
The Daily Star says Spain’s government is planning to test 80,000 residents a day with robots. The government released a statement saying, “A plan to automate tests through robots has been already designed, and Spain has committed to buying four robots that will allow us to execute 80,000 tests per day.”
Second Dog Gets Coronavirus: MarketWatch says a second dog from Hong Kong has tested positive for the coronavirus. Health officials are asking people to stop kissing their pets. The dog’s owner is infected with the coronavirus. The German Shepherd is now being quarantined as is another dog from the house.
Chicago Restaraunt Offering Pay-What-You-Can Meal Kit: WMAQ says a Chicago restaurant is offering a pay-what-you-can meal kit to restaurant workers because of the coronavirus. Abraham Conlon and Adrian Lo, the co-owners of Fat Rice, say their goal is to help others in the restaurant industry. “At the core of this mission, we hope to encourage communities to stay at home and self-quarantine for as long as possible by providing these take-home kits to supplement food supplies by approximately 3 days.”
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– The Courier-Journal newspaper says Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut are closing their dining rooms due to the coronavirus. They will now serve customers through their drive-thru windows
– Nation’s Restaurant News says Domino’s Pizza is hiring 10,000 people to meet the increased delivery demand they are experiencing because of the coronavirus outbreak.
– Retail Dive says temporary coronavirus closures could wipe out 50% of retailers’ annual profits
– Business Insider says Victoria’s Secret is shutting down its online store in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The company still plans to pay their employees while they are closed.
– Your Central Valley says Forever 21 stores are temporarily closing because of the coronavirus
– Footwear News says TJ Maxx stores are temporarily closing because of the coronavirus
– WFRV says Kohl’s and Old Navy stores are temporarily closing due to the coronavirus.
– Business Insider says Amazon’s Prime Pantry service has been temporarily closed because of high demand due to the coronavirus outbreak. The service is no longer accepting new orders and is currently restocking
Ebola Drug May Cure Coronavirus: The Daily Mail claims a 79 year-old man from Italy has recovered from the coronavirus. He was given an experimental Ebola drug before his symptoms quickly disappeared and he went home after 12 days in the hospital. Other coronavirus victims are also responding positively to the antiviral medication.
Baristas Want Starbucks To Close Because Of Coronavirus: The NY Post says Starbucks baristas and managers are signing a new petition to get the coffee cafe to close due to the coronavirus. The co-worker.org petition reads, “Most Starbucks locations are strategically placed near hospitals and schools/universities. Although most schools have closed, most hospitals have not, and will not close. While Starbucks has put new policies into play, that doesn’t mitigate the entire risk of catching the virus. Pretty much, the company is exposing their workers to unsafe conditions while everyone above a certain pay grade is protected. If Apple can shut down for two weeks, so can Starbucks. Make the responsible choice and shut the doors, Starbucks.”
Grocery Store Doesn’t Want Workers In Gloves Because They Don’t Look Good:Raw Story says Trader Joe’s grocery stores are allegedly not allowing workers to wear gloves because they don’t look good. The store says hand washing is more sanitary than wearing gloves. The Coalition for a Trader’s Joe Union says customers prefer employees in gloves at the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak
Thief Steals 18,000 Pounds Of Toilet Paper: WFMY says a coronavirus toilet paper shortage may have been averted in Whiteset, North Carolina after Sheriff’s found a stolen truck with 18,000 pounds of toilet paper in it. Sheriff’s began following the driver because he was violating several laws. When the driver arrived at a warehouse, cops moved in and determined the truck was stolen. They opened the back and found 18,000 pounds of stolen toilet paper. The investigation is ongoing.
Scam Artist Offering Door-To-Door Coronavirus Testing: WUSA says the Bowie, Maryland police are looking for a scam artist, who has been going door-to-door offering coronavirus testing. Homeowners refuse to allow the man inside. He was wearing a hoodie, an orange vest and a surgical mask. One resident’s dog chased the man off.
Quarantining Man Runs Marathon On Balcony: The NY Daily News says a marathon runner from France recently ran a 26-mile marathon on his apartment balcony. Elisha Nochomovitz was furloughed from his restaurant job so he decided to run an entire marathon on his balcony while self quarantining from the coronavirus. It took him six hours and 48 minutes to complete the race. He did 6,000 laps around his 22-foot terrace
Man Pays For Coffee With Toilet Paper: SWNS News says a man from Dubai recently paid for his morning coffee with toilet paper. He ripped off five squares before giving them to his favorite barista. The coffee cafe is now accepting cash, credit and toilet paper due to the coronavirus
Travelers Stealing Toilet Paper From Rest Stops: WJW says Nebraska rest stops are closing their bathrooms because travelers are stealing toilet paper from them due to the coronavirus. Parking lots will remain open. Rest areas will be closed when attendants are not present.
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– The NY Post says Dr. Oz’s talk show has been halted because a staffer has tested positive for the coronavirus.
– Variety magazine says Tyra Banks has postponed the opening of her Modelland Theme Park because of the coronavirus. It will open at a later date
Drake has quarantined himself at his Toronto homebecause he was hanging with Kevin Durant before Kevin announced he had the coronavirus
Business Insider says McDonald’s is telling franchisees to stop locking bathrooms to prevent toilet paper theft. Franchisees say customers are stealing their toilet paper and soap because of the coronavirus.
– People magazine says the Cheesecake Factory is trying to boost business during the coronavirus outbreak by giving away free cheesecake slices with carryout orders. The company says, ”We thought a complimentary slice of cheesecake would provide our guests with some happiness during this time of uncertainty.”
– Nasdaq says The Gap and Tiffany & Company have temporarily shut down because of the coronavirus
– Narcity magazine says San Antonio residents are flocking to a restaurant, called The Order Up, because they are serving the ultimate coronavirus comfort food.Their Nutella French fries cost $4.50 and have become a hot seller. The warm fries are drenched
– The NY Post says Libby’s Southern Comfort Restaurant, in Covington, Kentucky, is giving out a free roll of toilet paper with each order. Their carryout business is exploding because of their offer.
WAFB says Walmart is going to begin offering a senior citizen shopping hour every Tuesday before their stores open. This will allow the elderly to shop in peace and avoid crazed coronavirus panic buyers. Walmart is planning to close its auto centers and enforce limits on the purchases of milk, eggs, baby products, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and certain foods
– The Telegraph claims Oxford University has developed a 30-minute coronavirus test. The test is three times faster than the current method
– Challenger Gray & Christmas says 7.4 million restaurant workers are going to lose their jobs because of the coronavirus.
– Business Insider says GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler are shutting down their U.S. factories due to the coronavirus. Most of the closings will last for several weeks.
– Gent Side magazine says sales of condoms and lingerie have skyrocketed since people started quarantining because of the coronavirus. Hospitals expect a baby boom nine months from now.
– NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA is considering holding a charity game because fans need a diversion.
– The NY Daily News says soccer players are taking part in a new coronavirus Internet challenge. They are bouncing a ball or roll of toilet paper on their feet and thighs while washing their hands for 20 seconds or more.
Coronavirus Sends Sales Of Hershey’s Chocolate Skyrocketing
Business Insider says Hershey’s chocolate will most likely see a giant jump in sales due to the coronavirus. People ate large amounts of comfort food and Hershey’s during the recession between 2008 and 2010. Stock market analysts say the same thing may happen now with the coronavirus.
People tweet about comfort eating during the coronavirus outbreak …
‘Quarantine 15 is the new freshman 15’
‘Gaining the COVID 19 is real.’
‘Me in my room eating all my quarantine snacks that should last a month in 2 days’
‘Resisting the urge to eat every 15 minutes is remarkably difficult while under quarantine’
A new survey by Wallethub reveals that 67 million Americans think they will have trouble paying their credit card bills because of the coronavirus. Other findings:
– the coronavirus is currently the top stressor in America
– 158 million Americans are saving rather than spending during the coronavirus.
– women are spending less on travel while men are spending less on entertainment, concerts, sports and movies
– 94 million Americans have cancelled travel plans due to the coronavirus
Church Offering Drive-Thru Confessional Because Of Coronavirus: The NY Post says a Bowie, Maryland parish is offering a drive-thru confessional. Father Scott Holmer tells the paper that people can confess from their car. “We’re flying by the seat of our pants here, just trying to figure out how to do this. We priests have to be creative about how to bring Christ to people when we can’t do that in our church buildings. We need to bring Christ to people now, to bring Him to others in a safe way that won’t increase infection. That little car becomes the little confessional seat.”
Quaratined Men Play Tennis From Separate Apartment Windows: India Today says two quarantined Italian men went viral yesterday after they posted a video of themselves playing tennis outside of their fifth floor apartment windows. The men opened their windows before one threw the other a tennis racket. They then filmed themselves volleying back and forth for several minutes. Their longest volley lasted 24 seconds
– Nation’s Restaurant News says Dunkin Donuts is removing tables and chairs from its stores because of the coronavirus. They are encouraging drive-thru ordering and walk up service because of the outbreak
– Mashable says Apple retail stores are now closed until further notice due to the coronavirus.
– WFMZ says Sephora is closing all of their North American stores because of the coronavirus.
– WSVN says Foot Locker is closing all of its stores through the end of March because of the coronavirus
– WAVY says Bath & Body Works is closing all of their North American stores because of the coronavirus
– WKRG says the Zaxby’s restaurant chain is moving to drive-thru only because of the coronavirus
– Business Insider says Adidas is closing all of its U.S. stores because of the coronavirus
– USA Today says Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are temporarily closing because of the coronavirus
– The Centers for Disease Control says funerals should be limited to a small number of mourners and then streamed online to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
– Business Insider says closing every school in America because of the coronavirus is going to cost the U.S. economy $51 billion a month. That includes the cost of parents missing work, reducing the labor force and other losses
– Deadline Hollywood says production on the Avatar sequels in New Zealand have been suspended because of the coronavirus.
– The NY Post says Emma Stone and Dave McCary have postponed their wedding due to the coronavirus.
– The Daily Mail claims Israel has banned people from leaving their homes for non-essential reasons because of the coronavirus.
Toilet Paper Orders Have Doubled Because Of Coronavirus: ABC says toilet paper manufacturers are now working around the clock to produce as much toilet paper as possible because of the coronavirus. Georgia-Pacific, the makers of Angel Soft and Quilted Northern toilet paper, say orders from retailers have doubled since the coronavirus reached the United States. The company says they are shipping out 20% more toilet paper than normal.
Charmin says they are producing toilet paper at record levels. “We understand how frustrating this is, and we want you to know we take our responsibility to our consumers very seriously. We are producing and shipping Charmin at record high levels, and working diligently to get product to our retailers as fast as humanly possible so everyone can #EnjoyTheGo! In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch or have any questions, please send us a message. Thanks so much for your loyalty and patience.”
The Daily Mail says sales of toilet paper have increased by 1000% on Amazon.com
Disney Donating Food During Pandemic: People magazine says Disneyland shut down over the weekend due to the coronavirus. They are donating their leftover food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Disney says, “While closely following food safety guidelines, excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals is being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, whose mission is to end hunger in Orange County”
New Coronavirus Scam: The Daily Mail claims scam artists are posing as personal shoppers in order to steal money from the elderly. Elderly people are being encouraged to stay home because of the coronavirus. The scam artists are offering to do their shopping for them. They steal their cash and never return with their groceries.
Health Clubs Hiring Decontamination Companies: The Centers for Disease Control is urging people to avoid health clubs because of the coronavirus. WSVN says some health clubs are hiring decontamination companies to disinfect their equipment and surroundings. The health club owners are hoping the move keeps members from canceling their memberships during the outbreak.
Uber Suspending Shared Rides Because Of Coronavirus: TechCrunch says Uber is suspending shared rides in North America to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. The company released a statement saying, “Our goal is to help flatten the curve on community spread in the cities we serve through suspension of the service.”
-Senator Mitt Romney proposed a plan yesterday to send a $1,000 check to every American adult during the Coronavirus outbreak. The proposal is aimed at increasing spending during the crisis.
-Amazon.com is hiring 1,000 warehouse workers and increasing pay because of the coronavirus. Workers will receive a two-dollar-an-hour pay raise
-McDonald’s is closing all company-owned dining rooms and PlayPlaces because of the coronavirus. Restaurants will continue to serve through drive-thru windows, walk in and delivery
-Dollar General plans to dedicate the first hour of every business day to senior citizens starting tomorrow. They want them to be able to shop in peace and without having to deal with panic buyers because of the coronavirus
-Planet Fitness is offering free, in-home workouts during the coronavirus crisis. The free workouts are being streamed on the company’s Facebook page
-Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been released from the hospital, but are still being quarantined in Australia for the coronavirus.
-Ireland is closing all of its pubs on St Patrick’s Day because of the coronavirus.
-Canada is closing their border to all travelers, who are not citizens or permanent residents due to the coronavirus.
-Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September because of the coronavirus
-the NFL plans to televise their draft on April 23rd through the 25th in Las Vegas. No fans will be allowed at the draft.
-the WWE is moving WrestleMania from Tampa to Orlando. The show is going to be streamed live on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view. The show will take place at the WWE’s training facility with no fans
Bebe Rexha has lost a friend to the coronavirus. She posted, “This is NOT A JOKE. A friend of a friend just died of corona[virus] at the age of 45. STAY INSIDE YOUR HOUSE AND DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY. PLEASE.”
Artists like John Mayer and Coldplay hosting live stream concerts on their social medias
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated $1 million to help the elderly and low-income families during the coronavirus outbreak.
Hilary Duff recently slammed her fellow millennials for not acting responsibly during the Coronavirus outbreak. She Instagrammed, “‘To all you young millennial a****** that keep going out partying: go home! Stop killing old people please.”