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Coronavirus: 'Keep cats indoors', vets recommend

Veterinary scientists have recommended cat owners keep their pets indoors to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But the British Veterinary Association said "owners should not worry" about any risk of infection from their pets. "There isn't a single case of a pet dog or cat infecting a human with Covid-19," Dr Angel Almendros, from City University in Hong Kong, told BBC News. Research has shown cats may be able to catch the virus from ... Full story

How COVID-19 affects cats and dogs - CNET

A stray cat on the streets of an empty Istanbul. For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website . Coronaviruses have lived and thrived in animals for thousands of years, but only a handful have been known to cause illness in humans. The coronavirus at the center of the current pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 , is incredibly successful at spreading from human to human. As of early April -- just four ... Full story

Los Angeles Mayor Orders Masks, Face Coverings at Essential Businesses

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday mandated that workers in essential businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants wear face coverings due to the coronavirus outbreak, while also authorizing businesses to refuse service to customers who aren't wearing them. The mandate, which will apply to a host of businesses including hardware stores, laundromats, taxi and ride-hailing services, hotels and plumbers in the California city, will take ... Full story

Anna Wintour's Doctor Son Is Sick After Working In Hospital ICU During Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has hit close to home for Anna Wintour. Vogue’s editor-in-chief revealed in a candid video on the magazine’s Instagram page that her doctor son, Charles Shaffer, is now self-quarantining after working in a hospital ICU and falling “quite ill.” Anna did not provide details about Charles’ symptoms or specify whether he’s tested for COVID-19, but she did say that his focus remains on recovering in order to continue ... Full story

3 Tips To Promote Better Sleep & Why It Matters, From An Expert

Weekends and weekdays are slowly starting to meld together, which can make going to sleep at a reasonable hour pretty difficult. More than that, the anxiety of these uncertain times can disrupt sleep. But now, more than ever, getting quality sleep is important for reducing stress and supporting our immune systems—but how do we do it? We consulted neurologist Nicole Avena, Ph.D. , who shared a few habits to promote a better night's sleep, even ... Full story

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson spends second night in intensive care

Boris Johnson is spending a second night in intensive care as he continues to receive treatment for coronavirus. The PM is being kept in intensive care at St Thomas' Hospital in London "for close monitoring", No 10 said. Mr Johnson's condition is "stable" and he remains in "good spirits", his spokesman added on Tuesday evening. Earlier, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was "confident" the PM would recover from this illness , describing ... Full story

Coronavirus: Mental health hotline for NHS staff

The NHS is launching a hotline to support and advise healthcare staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers from charities including Hospice UK, the Samaritans and Shout, will listen to concerns and offer psychological support. The phone line will be open between 07:00 and 23:00 every day, while the text service will be available around the clock. The phone number is 0300 131 7000 or staff can text FRONTLINE to 85258. It comes as staff ... Full story

Restaurant management platform Toast cuts 50% of staff – TechCrunch

Last valued at $5 billion, restaurant management platform Toast has joined the sweep of startups laying off employees due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Toast reduced the size of its staff by 50% through layoffs and furloughs, according to a blog post from Toast’s CEO, Chris Comparato. It also reduced executive pay across the board, froze hiring, halted bonuses and pulled back offers. The company’s flagship product helps ... Full story

Coronavirus: Why more rats are being spotted during quarantine

Image caption Robert Corrigan calls rats "masters of adaptation". The closure of restaurants and the retreat by humans indoors is having an effect on the eating habits and behaviour of rats, say experts. Late last month, the French Quarter in New Orleans had new swarms of visitors wandering its famous streets. Not long after the coronavirus closed bars and restaurants in the Louisiana city, rats were coming out of hiding. That more rodents were ... Full story

Northern Dauphin Human Services Center reopens to staff following coronavirus-related closure

Dauphin County’s Northern Dauphin Human Services Center in Elizabethville reopened to county staff and provider agencies Tuesday after the facility closed last week in response to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III closed the facility and ensured it was thoroughly cleaned and sanitized in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ... Full story