Global POS Payment Methods 2020 & COVID-19’s Impact

The “Global POS Payment Methods 2020 & COVID-19’s Impact” report has been added to’s offering.

The global health crisis because COVID-19 has affected the payment preferences at the point of sale for shoppers around the world. A survey cited in the publication indicates that a large double-digit share of consumers worldwide have changed their POS payment practice because of the pandemic. One of the changes is the avoidance of cash, which is considered by some as a vector of the virus. Contactless payments are among the preferred alternative methods, also motivated by the pandemic.

Smartphones offer payment options

The use of a mobile device when paying is increasing globally, as the pandemic increases acceptance of the practice. The use of mobile wallets stored in a smartphone or the QR or barcode reader of the device for payment is among the top trends detailed in the new publication.

The move

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Why Covid-19’s Impact on Health Is a Long-Term Worry

1. What are the persistent ailments?

Surveys and preliminary research indicate the most commonly reported include fatigue, breathlessness, headache, insomnia, chest pain, joint pain, coughing, loss of taste and smell, intermittent fevers and skin rashes. Less frequently, hearing problems, “brain fog,” mental-health problems and hair loss have been reported, though these have yet to be confirmed by studies. Besides these general symptoms, specific organ dysfunction has been reported, involving primarily the heart, lungs, and brain — even among those whose acute infection led to no discernible symptoms. But the science is still evolving and there’s no consensus yet on a clinical definition for long, or post-acute, Covid.

It probably increases with the severity of the initial bout of Covid-19. For instance, two-thirds of patients who had mild-to-moderate Covid-19 reported at least one persistent symptom 60 days after falling ill, according to a French study that followed 150 non-critical patients from

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How companies, health providers are moving to address COVID-19’s toll on mental health

Increased awareness about mental health needs in the U.S. — and companies willing to address the subject — have been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a much-needed boost to a trend that began with the opioid crisis.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing at least one-third of Americans show signs of clinical anxiety or depression. Separately, a recent study from Philadelphia-based behavioral health platform NeuroFlow shows a rapid spike in searches for therapists.

Amid a boom in digital services ranging from educational and guidance apps to virtual visits, the renewed emphasis on mental health underscores how the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak has put mindfulness in the spotlight. It’s also spurred at least one major insurer to make mental health a primary focus.

Cigna (CI) CEO David Cordani told Yahoo Finance the pandemic has both reinforced and accelerated an internal

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Fact-check: Sen. Dick Durbin’s claim about COVID-19’s effect on U.S. economy vs. the rest of the world is false

Following last month’s Democratic National Convention, Sen. Dick Durbin said Democrats would better handle the coronavirus and the nation’s economy if they take control of the Senate next year.

“We have a worse economy than any other country in the world that’s going through COVID-19 by a factor of three,” the Illinois Democrat said on the “Connected to Chicago” podcast hosted by WLS-AM’s Bill Cameron.

While the U.S. economy has been struggling in the aftermath of shutdowns caused by the pandemic, the Aug. 23 claim drew a very stark comparison between the U.S. and the rest of the world that we had never heard. So we decided to check it out.

Asked repeatedly to provide records, studies or any other support to back up the claim, Durbin’s staff did not respond.

So we turned to experts and myriad data collected by economists to compare the U.S. economy to other countries.

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A new database tracks COVID-19’s effects on sex and gender

This story was published in partnership with The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy.

a group of people walking down the street: Pedestrians wear masks as they cross a street amid the coronavirus pandemic in Santa Monica, California.

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Pedestrians wear masks as they cross a street amid the coronavirus pandemic in Santa Monica, California.

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, details about the virus’ sex and gender implications have begun to emerge: More men than women are dying from the coronavirus. But other details — such as why, or what social or biological mechanisms are involved, or what that means for treatment or public health — remain unknown.

One problem, experts say, is an international blind spot to sex and gender. Global disease surveillance systems have done a poor job of monitoring how the virus affects people of different gender identities or sexes.

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A new database is trying

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