South Korea races to find food delivery drivers [Video]

Cruising through the streets of Seongnam, South Korea on her motorbike, 37-year-old Chey Young-ah works one of the country’s most promising coronavirus-era jobs — as a food delivery driver.

With the health crisis keeping millions at home, orders have shot up by some 40% this year in South Korea.

It’s the third-largest food delivery market in the world and the demand for drivers has never been higher.

Chey was an art teacher by day, but struggled to make ends meet after the health crisis forced her to shut down her classes.

So she’s traded in her paintbrush for a helmet, joining thousands of new drivers taking advantage of the delivery market boom.

“I was under pressure to find something new. Some people are struggling while others are expanding their businesses; fried chicken shops are booming, for example. I feel lucky I found this field at a time when deliveries are

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Radiation elevated at fracking sites, researchers find

Researchers at Harvard released a new study Tuesday showing elevated radiation levels at fracking sites, citing the concerning levels could pose health risks to residents in the adjacent area.

The study was published in the journal Nature and details how the controversial hydraulic fracturing drilling sites are registering radiation levels above normal background levels, Reuters reported.

Sites within 12 miles downwind of 100 fracking wells were found to have radiation levels that are about 7 percent above normal background levels, according to the study.

Harvard researchers analyzed thousands of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation monitor readings nationwide from 2011 to 2017 for its data.

The study added that readings could ascend much higher in areas closer to drilling sites or locations with higher concentrations of fracking wells.

“The increases are not extremely dangerous, but could raise certain health risks to people living nearby,” said the study’s lead author, Petros

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Studies find even minimal physical activity measurably boosts health

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More than 5 million people around the world die from causes associated with a lack of physical activity. Two research teams at UC San Diego School of Medicine sought to understand sedentary lifestyles, with one study finding that even light physical activity, including just standing, can benefit health, and the other that Americans are still sitting too much.

Stand up, your life may depend on it

It is well-documented that exercise and other moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) reduces the risk of many age-related chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, numerous cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, in the study published October 12, 2020 in Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, researchers found that just standing still was associated with lower risk for mortality.

Led by Andrea LaCroix, Ph.D., chief of epidemiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, the research team observed activity

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Studies find COVID-19 coronavirus can survive 28 days on some surfaces, 11 hours on skin

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can survive on items such as banknotes and phones for up to 28 days in cool, dark conditions, according to a study by Australia’s national science agency. Researchers at CSIRO’s disease preparedness centre tested the longevity of SARS-CoV-2 in the dark at three temperatures, showing survival rates decreased as conditions became hotter, the agency said Monday.

The scientists found that at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, SARS-CoV-2 was “extremely robust” on smooth surfaces — like cell phone and other touch screens — surviving for 28 days on glass, steel and plastic banknotes.

At 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the survival rate dropped to seven days and plunged to just 24 hours at 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The virus survived for shorter periods on porous surfaces such as cotton — up to 14 days at the lowest temperatures and less than 16

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Novel Coronavirus Survives 28 Days on Glass, Currency, Australian Researchers Find | Top News

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus, Australian researchers said on Monday, highlighting the need for cleaning and handwashing to combat the virus.

Researchers at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, found that at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) the SARS-COV-2 virus remained infectious for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as plastic banknotes and glass found on mobile phone screens. The study was published in Virology Journal.

By comparison, Influenza A virus has been found to survive on surfaces for 17 days.

CSIRO’s research involved drying virus in an artificial mucus on a range of surfaces at concentrations similar to samples from COVID-19 patients and then extracting the virus after a month.

Experiments done in controlled laboratory environments at 20, 30 and 40 degrees C showed that the survival

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MusiCares Launches ‘Wellness in Music’ Survey: Find It Here

On World Mental Health Day, Saturday, October 10, MusiCares is launching a new Wellness in Music survey. According to the announcement, this new annual survey will help the organization to assess the music community’s mental health and wellness to better inform MusiCares of the needs facing their clients.

“As we settle into month seven of the global pandemic, MusiCares is asking music professionals with 5+ years of experience to share their honest realities, especially as it relates to their overall mental and physical health and wellness,” the announcement reads. The survey will be live from October 10 to November 9, 2020. The survey results will be released in early 2021.

MusiCares, the charitable wing of the Recording Academy, has donated millions of dollars to supporting the health of music people since it was founded in 1989. As the coronarvirus pandemic set in, it established MusiCares COVID-19 Relief to help music

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Walgreens Launches Find Rx Coverage Advisor to Help Customers Navigate Health Coverage Options

Find Rx Coverage Advisor builds on Walgreens efforts to support patients in maintaining affordable access to medications as health insurance shifts for many

At a time when millions of Americans face unemployment and the loss of health insurance, Walgreens has launched Find Rx Coverage Advisor, a new resource providing personalized guidance to customers seeking information on available health and prescription drug coverage options. With Medicare Part D and individual marketplace open enrollment approaching, Find Rx Coverage Advisor connects eligible customers directly to health plan partners who can assist with questions about enrollment.

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“Shifts in health insurance coverage because of job loss, life events or as you qualify for Medicare Part D can be a complicated maze of options,” said Rick Gates, senior vice

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Unemployed in New Orleans find careers in community health

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Service workers in New Orleans who were laid off because of the coronavirus’s impact on the economy are earning a living again by helping others survive during the pandemic.

Unemployed bartenders, musicians and casino employees who were among the thousands of service industry workers left without jobs when the city closed its bars and nightclubs in late March have been recruited to train and work with Resilience Force. The national nonprofit puts people to work in disaster recovery programs that focus on Black and other minority communities.

As a member of the New Orleans Resilience Corps pilot program, former French Quarter bar manager Dazmine “Daz” Allen spends his days handing out COVID-safety flyers and personal protective equipment to residents and Hurricane Laura evacuees sheltering in the city.

Allen said he filed for unemployment and food stamps and was “barely getting by” when he was recruited.


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Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane Maria find a home in Pennsylvania’s Amish country

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania — Evelyn Colón kisses the forehead of her mother, whom she cares for in her small apartment in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they arrived from Puerto Rico three years ago after fleeing the devastation of Hurricane María.

Like thousands of Puerto Ricans, Colón is grateful for the new beginning, but still misses her island.

“It made me very sad to have to leave Puerto Rico,” she explains, “I knew that I was coming to a place where one can do many things that perhaps could not be done in Puerto Rico, apart also for the health of my parents, plus, here I had my children and grandchildren.”

Colón, 69, was busy preparing a party for her mother’s 91st birthday with a cake full of candles.

Puerto Rican Evelyn Colón moved to Lancaster, Pa., to take care of her elderly parents, after being damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Her
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M Health Fairview X-ray analysis helps find COVID

A University of Minnesota computer algorithm is so accurate at identifying COVID-19 infections, just by examining chest X-rays, that it is being made available to 450 health systems worldwide.

U researchers aren’t sure what the algorithm detects in X-rays that distinguishes patients with COVID-19, but after testing it on thousands of images, they know it works.

“The COVID positive X-rays really sort of isolated themselves from the COVID negative X-rays,” said Dr. Christopher Tignanelli, an assistant professor at the U medical school and a critical care surgeon.

The algorithm was developed into a clinical tool by M Health Fairview, the partnership between the U and Fairview Health Services, and Epic, the Wisconsin-based provider of electronic health records. Doctors with M Health Fairview are being trained on how to use the results to guide patient care, and the tool will soon be offered for free to other hospitals with Epic record-keeping

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