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U.S. far from herd immunity, with less than 10% of adults showing virus antibodies

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Around 90 percent of U.S. adults are at risk of contracting COVID-19, according to a new study from Stanford University.The study was published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet.Using data from dialysis centers across the nation, researchers found that less than 10% of adults had antibodies against COVID-19 by the end of July — which means that “herd immunity remains out of reach,” the study concluded.Herd immunity occurs when a significant part of the population becomes immune to an infectious disease.Those figures match a forthcoming study by the Centers of Disease Control, which should be published in “the next week or so,” according to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.“The preliminary results in the first round show that a majority of our nation, more than 90% of the population, remains susceptible,” Redfield told lawmakers this week during a Senate hearing.For the Stanford University study, which was funded by Ascend Clinical Laboratories, researchers studied 28,503 patients who received dialysis in July 2020. They found that 8 percent of those sampled had COVID-19 antibodies, or 9.3 percent when standardized to the general adult population in the U.S.Study co-author Julie Parsonnet said that the study “clearly confirms that despite high rates of …

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‘It makes you want to throw your phone in the bin’: The film turning teens off social media

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“It just makes you want to stop and throw your phone in the bin it’s so eye-opening.”The documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival early this year but hit Netflix this month and is trending online and among parents who have long worried about the impact social media has on kids’ self-esteem.In it, many of the co-creators of global platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and others reveal they are so concerned about the harms of social media that they ban or severely restrict their kids’ use.Social psychologist and New York University professor Jonathan Haidt notes a “gigantic increase” in depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide among pre-teen and teenage children, Gen Z, who have been on social media since mid-primary school.He says numbers of teenage girls admitted to hospital for self-harm including cutting were stable until around 2011-13, but in the US these have risen 62 per cent for 15-19-year-olds and 189 per cent for pre-teen girls; “that is horrifying”.”We’ve seen the same pattern with suicide,” he said. In older teen girls it’s up 70 per cent compared with the first decade of this century and “in pre-teen girls, who had very low rates [previously] it’s up 151 per …

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France’s Macron says Belarus leader Lukashenko ‘has to go’

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EU refuses to recognise Lukashenko as legitimate president of ex-Soviet republic as Minsk slams foreign intervention.French President Emmanuel Macron said Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko has to step down, in comments to a French weekly published on Sunday.
“It’s clear he has to go,” he told Le Journal du Dimanche, speaking days after the European Union refused to recognise Lukashenko as the country’s legitimate president.
“It is a crisis of power, an authoritarian power that cannot accept the logic of democracy and which is hanging on by force. It is clear that Lukashenko has to go,” Macron said.
The news comes as Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei accused Western countries of attempting to sow “chaos and anarchy” in the former Soviet republic.
“We are seeing attempts to destabilise the situation in the country,” he told the United Nations General Assembly in a video statement.

“Interference in our internal affairs, sanctions and other restrictions on Belarus will have the opposite effect, and are harmful for absolutely everyone.”
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Belarus since the country’s August 9 elections, which opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya says she won, despite Lukashenko’s …

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How a hacker turned a $250 coffee maker into ransom machine

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With the name Smarter, you might expect a network-connected kitchen appliance maker to be, well, smarter than companies selling conventional appliances. But in the case of the Smarter’s Internet-of-things coffee maker, you’d be wrong.
As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the $250 devices to see what kinds of hacks he could do. After just a week of effort, the unqualified answer was: quite a lot. Specifically, he could trigger the coffee maker to turn on the burner, dispense water, spin the bean grinder, and display a ransom message, all while beeping repeatedly. Oh, and by the way, the only way to stop the chaos was to unplug the power cord. Like this:
[embedded content]What a hacked coffee maker looks like
“It’s possible,” Hron said in an interview. “It was done to point out that this did happen and could happen to other IoT devices. This is a good example of an out-of-the-box problem. You don’t have to configure anything. Usually, the vendors don’t think about this.”
What do you mean “out-of-the-box”?
Enlarge / This poor IoT coffee maker didn’t stand a chance.AvastWhen Hron first plugged in …

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Minnesota officials stopped a door-to-door coronavirus survey after public health workers faced racial slurs and intimidation

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State and federal officials halted a COVID-19 survey in Minnesota after residents harassed and threatened public health workers, the Star Tribune reported. 
One Hispanic worker said she had been called more racist slurs carrying out the survey than she had in her whole life. 
The coronavirus pandemic-induced fear has Americans induced harassment and hostility in some communities.
A city in Oklahoma overturned a face mask mandate after residents threatened to harm employees wearing masks, and retail workers have faced harassment trying to enforce company policies. 
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Minnesota officials halted a door-to-door COVID-19 survey gauging the prevalence of the virus after residents intimidated and shouted racist slurs at health care workers, The Star Tribune reported. The newspaper reported that the surveyors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were insulted by angry residents at their doors and from nearby neighbors.One Hispanic surveyor said she had been called more slurs in the week of doing the survey than she had “in her entire life,” according to The Star Tribune.A state health official also told the newspaper one team felt threatened by three men, including one whose hand was on a holstered gun, though …

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Supporting employees’ financial health will help bring them with you | Business Post

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Almost everyone in Ireland has experienced a change in their personal finances this year. New lines have appeared on pay checks under the wage subsidy initiatives, pension schemes have been affected, while some have increased their savings due to Covid-19 restrictions. Employers have a unique opportunity to help staff navigate these changes. Taking the time to do so ensures employees understand what is happening and why. It can also create understanding if further changes become…

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Tottenham – Newcastle United: How to watch, start time, prediction, odds

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Tottenham – Newcastle United: Can Newcastle United score an upset against travel-weary Tottenham Hotspur in North London on Sunday (Watch live at 9 am ET Sunday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)?
Spurs have gone from London to Bulgaria to Southampton to Macedonia and are now back in London for Sunday’s match-up with a Newcastle team that surprised them at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a little over a year ago.
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Spurs bent Shkendija in Europa League play on Thursday, with Heung-min Son posting a goal and two assists over 90 minutes. Harry Kane and Giovani Lo Celso came off the bench in what could be a sign of Jose Mourinho’s intent for Sunday.
Newcastle has been off since Wednesday’s 7-0 demolition of 10-man League Two side Morecambe in the League Cup. Steve Bruce did the trick without fitness-question Allan Saint-Maximin as well as rested Jonjo Shelvey and Callum Wilson.
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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Tottenham – Newcastle United this Sunday with team news, odds, stream link and more.

Team news: Tottenham – Newcastle United (INJURY REPORT)
Tottenham Hotspur – QUESTIONABLE: Sergio Reguilon (ankle) | OUT: Gareth Bale ( …

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The rise and risk of private digital currencies

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Monica Singer is the creator of opportunities at ConsenSys, a US-based blockchain software technology company

I am concerned that central banks are so worried about protecting commercial banks that they don’t realise that the risk of inaction is greater than that of embracing innovation. The real risk comes from private companies that are in the process of issuing payment mechanisms that might entice depositors to never again have to use a legacy bank as they exist today.

A shift to the use of private digital currency or “stablecoins”—currency collateralised by fiat, cryptocurrencies, gold,  an algorithm or combination of financial instruments—could result in less use of fiat currency (currency issued by a central bank). Once this takes place, central banks will lose their ability to affect monetary policy and all their supply and distribution controls of the fiat currency will be thrown out the window. 

In addition to projects such as Libra, driven by Facebook, and Apple Pay, other major players including Google and Amazon want to come into this space and provide quasi-financial products. With Alipay and WeChat in China, people have slowly but surely stopped using cash. The Central Bank of China will soon release its …

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The anti-social network

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The conversation about tech’s stars has shifted sharply from reverence to suspicion to deep frustration. Perhaps no CEO is a better representative of this than Mark Zuckerberg. It is very easy to distrust Zuckerberg. But is it deserved? Yes. Should Facebook be broken up? Yes. Should he be removed? Yes. Under the complex ugliness of what he has grown, there is a simple reason why he is not fit to run the new Big Blue.

Imagine a corporation that pushes a product that is designed to be addictive, markets to children, and has live-streamed adults, and children, committing suicide. And a Nazi committing mass murder in mosques. And adults murdering their children before committing suicide.Imagine an army of content moderators flagging this gore, and child porn, while buckling under the weight of the raw horror they expose themselves to – and sometimes literally dying at their desks.Imagine a behemoth of the blue yonder as it gorges itself on the data of 2.7 billion users while spilling it left, right, and center. All the while, its leader publishes op-eds in WashPo and the Times where he demurely muses on the horrors of regulation. Imagine him penning the thoughtful line before …

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Delco announces COVID-19 testing site in Aston

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ASTON — Delaware County will offer drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing for residents 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Road, Aston. Testing will be conducted by trained medical staff utilizing a nasal swab (PCR) test kit.Testing is open to all residents 12 years of age and older and individuals who work in Delaware County who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 or are critical/essential workers. Critical and essential workforce — including first responders, healthcare system employees, grocery workers—and those at higher risk, including residents over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions, will be given priority.Testing is available for both insured and uninsured individuals. There are no out-of-pocket expenses or co-pays for those with health insurance. Individuals are asked to bring their insurance card to the testing site. A prescription from a doctor is not required. Upon arrival, individuals will need to complete a registration form and a consent form. Masks/face coverings are required at the test site.

Test results typically take up to five to seven business days and will be sent by mail. People should note that individuals have …

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