Connect with us

Covid19

What We Don’t Know About Potential Vaccines; Protest Safety

Avatar

Published

on

People listen to speakers in the newly created Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), in Seattle, Washington on June 11, 2020. JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images

All week we’ve been hearing about rising cases in states around the country. The stock market reacted on Thursday, in part after Federal Reserve officials predicted the unemployment rate will still be above 9% at the end of the year.

There’s a lot we don’t know about the White House’s public-private partnership to develop a vaccine, Operation Warp Speed. Sydney Lupkin reports on a winnowing field of vaccine candidates.

And during a pandemic, the most vulnerable newborns require even more protection.

Plus, NPR’s Maria Godoy shares tips to minimize the risks of COVID-19 for yourself and others if you’ve been out protesting.

Sign up for ‘The New Normal’ newsletter.

Find and support your local public radio station.

This episode was produced by Gabriela Saldivia, Emily Alfin Johnson, Lee Hale and Brent Baughman, and edited by Beth Donovan.

Source: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/12/875573328/what-we-dont-know-about-potential-vaccines-protest-safety

AI

Singapore Organizations Adopt AI, ML Amid COVID-19 Induced Uncertainties

Avatar

Published

on

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore businesses are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to manage consumer credit risk and deal with economic uncertainties, according to a new research by information services company Experian.

Experian, which surveyed 3,000 consumers and 900 executives working in retail banking, e-commerce, consumer technology and telecommunications, found that COVID-19 has accelerated adoption of digital solutions.

Singapore organizations in particular are embracing AI and ML at a much faster pace than their international peers, with 78% of organizations already using AI to cope with today’s marketplace unpredictability while 79% are leveraging ML. These are higher than the global figure of 69%.

S&P Global Ratings estimates that Asia Pacific (APAC) financial institutions will be hit with US$1.4 trillion in additional nonperforming assets and additional credit costs of about US$440 million as risks associated with COVID-19 and market volatility take hold.

Against this backdrop, 25% of Singapore-based respondents are planning to use on-demand cloud-based decisioning applications, policy rules (25%) and automated decision management (24%) to help them effectively determine which consumers can be safely given extended credit. Over the next 12 months, 69% will be allocating resources towards building their analytics capabilities to assess customer creditworthiness, the survey found.

Online shopping and e-commerce on the rise

Singaporean businesses’ willingness to invest in and adopt digital solutions comes at a time when consumers are demanding better digital-first experiences. A research conducted in June by market research consultancy Blackbox and survey firm Toluna found that while consumers spent more online during the pandemic, about four in ten Singaporeans said they were not satisfied with their e-commerce experience, noting that delivery costs, product prices and delivery time could be better improved.

That being said, global marketing research firm Nielsen expects the penetration of users venturing into e-commerce to continue to rise. Nielsen’s COVID-19 dipstick in March 2020 found that 69% of Singaporean people surveyed who bought household goods online for the first time during COVID-19 will do so again in the next 12 months.

Similarly, Standard Chartered, which polled 12,000 consumers across 12 markets in August 2020, found that, amid COVID-19, Singaporean consumers that prefer online purchases to in-person card or cash payments increased to 50%, up from 35% before the pandemic.

Changing spending habits

Globally, the COVID-19 crisis and its ramifications have disrupted markets and deteriorated the health and economic welfare of consumers. In Singapore, 23% of respondents still face challenges in paying credit card bills, while 20% are encountering difficulties paying their utility bills, the Experian research found. This has prompted many consumers to rethink their spending habits, shifting to essentials and cutting back on most discretionary categories.

In Singapore, consumers are taking steps to manage these financial challenges by reducing their expenditure on non-essentials (22%), saving more (22%), and starting a personal budget (17%), the study found.

According to the Standard Chartered survey, consumers in the city-state are spending about 15-52% more on groceries, digital devices and healthcare, but spend less on clothes, experiences and travel or holidays.

Almost eight in ten respondents in Singapore said they would like to be better at managing their finances, and six in ten said the pandemic has made them more likely to track their spending. Most of the respondents are either user or interested in using budgeting as well as finance tracking tools.

Jeremy Soo, head of consumer banking at DBS Bank, told Fintech News Singapore in September, that, amid COVID-19, people were starting financial planning earlier. Since the bank launched its new digital financial planning tool, NAV Planner, back in April, over one million customers had used it, Soo said.

Featured Image: Pexels

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Source: https://fintechnews.sg/44597/ai/singapore-organizations-adopt-ai-ml-amid-covid-19-induced-uncertainties/

Continue Reading

Covid19

Nitric oxide as a potential treatment for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

Avatar

Published

on

nitric oxide coronavirus

Researchers explore the potential antiviral effects of nitric oxide against the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, scientists all over the world are racing to find a safe and effective vaccine or treatment. The speed and severity of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus’s spread around the world has placed an urgent need for an effective therapy. Unfortunately, to date, there are still no effective therapies for preventing an infection with the virus infection or for treating COVID-19.

Nitric oxide (NO) is a naturally occurring compound that is also produced in the body known to have a wide range of antimicrobial activity against bacteria, fungi, and viruses among other things. Previously, nitric oxide has been shown as an effective agent against SARS-CoV (the coronavirus responsible for the 2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome – SARS) in lab cell studies and in a small clinical trial involving inhalation of the compound. During the SARS outbreak, nitric oxide was given as an inhaled gas to treat SARS patients with success, particularly because of nitric oxide’s ability to decrease lung inflammation in these patients. The success seen in previous studies with nitric oxide against the SARS coronavirus suggests the potential for similar success against SARS-CoV-2.

In a recent study published in Redox Biology, scientists in Sweden explored nitric oxide’s potential as a treatment against the coronavirus in laboratory cell studies. The scientists specifically focused on examining the antiviral effects nitric oxide had on cells infected with SARS-CoV-2. They found that nitric oxide inhibited the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in infected cells in a dose dependent manner, proving that nitric oxide possesses antiviral effects on the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in a manner likely similar to its antiviral effects against SARS-CoV. The scientists also identified a potential target – SARS-CoV-2 main protease – for future therapeutic developments, including nitric oxide.

While this present study highlights the antiviral potential of nitric oxide on the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, there is much more research to be investigated and studied before any recommendations on the clinical use of nitric oxide in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 can be made. The researchers’ next steps are to study whether the antiviral benefits of nitric oxide as seen in this present study are the same when it is inhaled as a gas.

Written by Maggie Leung, PharmD

References

Akaberi, D., Krambrich, J., Ling, J., Luni, C., Hedenstierna, G., Järhult, J. D., . . . Lundkvist, Å. (2020). Mitigation of the replication of SARS-CoV-2 by nitric oxide in vitro. Redox Biology, 37, 101734. doi:10.1016/j.redox.2020.101734

Nitric oxide a possible treatment for COVID-19. (2020, October 2). Retrieved from https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uu-noa100220.php

Image by visuals3Dde from Pixabay 

Source: https://medicalnewsbulletin.com/nitric-oxide-potential-treatment-sars-cov-2-coronavirus/

Continue Reading

Covid19

Air Travel High: TSA Screens 1 Million For First Time Since March

Avatar

Published

on

Passengers enter a checkpoint at O’Hare International Airport on Monday. The TSA reports it screened over 1 million passengers on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus crisis began. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Scott Olson/Getty Images

How’s this for an October surprise? Despite a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in many parts of the country, it appears that more people are flying on commercial jetliners than at any time over the last seven months.

More than one million people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration at airport security checkpoints Sunday. It’s the first time the TSA’s daily traveler count has topped the one million mark since March 16.

And this wasn’t just a one-day surge in air travel. The TSA’s daily throughput figure has topped 900,000 eight times already this month, and the TSA reports that the 6.1 million people passing through U.S. airport checkpoints between Oct. 12 and Oct. 18 was the greatest weekly traveler volume measured since the start of the pandemic.

But experts say there is a lot of pent-up demand for air travel and it’s important to note that despite the modest increase, the number of people flying is still down more than 60% from the 2.6 million who flew on the same October Sunday last year.

Still, it’s a bit of good news at a time the nation’s airlines are burning through tens of millions of dollars a day and reporting huge financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Delta and United both reported last week that they lost billions in the third quarter, as fewer people than expected dared to get onto airplanes in July, August and September. American and Southwest report their third-quarter results later this week, but are also expected to show billions in losses after many would be passengers canceled summer travel plans or drove to their destinations instead of flying.

The industry group Airlines for America says airlines are in desperate need for additional federal coronavirus relief, as they are collectively losing $5 billion a month.

Last year and into January and February of this year, airlines were setting passenger volume records. The TSA reported screening between 2.5 and 2.7 million people on the busiest travel days, which are usually Fridays and Sundays. But as the coronavirus outbreak spiked last March, companies halted business travel and millions canceled vacations and weekend getaways.

By mid-April, the number of travelers passing through security checkpoints plummeted to under 100,000, a decline of 96%. Other than the days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the group Airlines for America says there hadn’t been that few people flying since the dawn of the jet airplane age in the 1950s.

There were short-lived upticks in air travel demand in early summer, especially around the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holiday weekends. But the number of COVID-19 cases spiked after each holiday, especially in parts of the country that rushed to reopen bars, restaurants and other gathering places. Lingering concerns about spreading the viral illness dampened demand for air travel during the later summer months.

As welcome as this month’s surprising rise in air travel is, there is still a lot of uncertainty over whether the trend will continue, especially heading into the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, which is usually a busy air travel period.

Most airlines have significantly reduced their schedules as demand remains weak, and some have suspended service to smaller cities. In late September, bookings for travel in November were just a fraction of last year’s level, according to the airline data firm OAG.

And with what appears to be a new wave of COVID-19 cases surging, especially in the Midwest, several states are setting records for the daily number of infections being reported. Public health officials in many states are urging residents to stay home to celebrate the holidays in small family groups.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, and play, and will now change how we plan to celebrate the holidays,” said Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, who added that “the safest way to celebrate is with members of your household and connecting with others virtually.”

Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/19/925577175/air-travel-high-tsa-screens-1-million-for-first-time-since-march?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=coronavirusliveupdates

Continue Reading
Blockchain News5 mins ago

Blockchain Industry Leaders R3 and FORMS HK join Cyberport to Launch “Block AdVenture” Program

Blockchain41 mins ago

A senior BOJ official says the digital yen needs public support for it to become a reality.

Blockchain News50 mins ago

PayPal May Buy Digital Asset Custodian BitGo Following Crypto Market Entry

Blockchain1 hour ago

Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda launches his own crypto

Blockchain News1 hour ago

Blockchain Allowed 17 Million People to Travel Between Macau and China During Coronavirus

Blockchain2 hours ago

Grayscale invests $300m in a day to grow its crypto portfolio

Blockchain2 hours ago

VeChain candlestick pattern suggests VET ready to explode above $0.015

Blockchain2 hours ago

Russia doesn’t need to be first with a digital currency, says state expert

Blockchain2 hours ago

Russian public officials are now required to declare their crypto holdings as income.

Blockchain4 hours ago

A ransomware attack targets the government systems of Georgia’s Hall County.

Blockchain5 hours ago

Michael Saylor claims the company will hold Bitcoin for ‘100 years’

Blockchain6 hours ago

Traders on Paxful sell $16.2M of Bitcoin for discounted gift cards each week

Blockchain6 hours ago

Payment giant PayPal plans to acquire bitcoin custody platform BitGo.

IOT6 hours ago

Consumer Interest in IoT Devices Varies Among Gender, Need

Blockchain7 hours ago

WordPress content can now be timestamped on Ethereum

AI9 hours ago

Executive Interview: Brian Gattoni, CTO, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency 

AI9 hours ago

Making Use Of AI Ethics Tuning Knobs In AI Autonomous Cars 

AI9 hours ago

Application of AI to IT Service Ops by IBM and ServiceNow Exemplifies a Trend 

AI10 hours ago

How  Veterans Would Study Machine Learning If He Had to Start Today 

AI10 hours ago

Forecasting for Fall Uncertainties 

Blockchain10 hours ago

Kik Survives Grueling SEC Battle, Kin Token Continues Trading

Cyber Security12 hours ago

IOTW: Despite Patch, Zerologon Attack Still A Big Deal

Ecommerce12 hours ago

Unique OPPtoberfest Virtual Conference Focuses on Sales Development…

Ecommerce12 hours ago

transcosmos becomes a certified “Lazada” partner,…

Blockchain13 hours ago

Following 60% Retracement, VeChain Screams Buy as Technicals Turn Bullish

Blockchain13 hours ago

PayPal Rumored to Buy BitGo Days After Launching Bitcoin Services

AR/VR17 hours ago

Horror-Comedy Hello Puppets! Continues Performance on Steam

Energy19 hours ago

Global Electrical SCADA Market Report 2020: Developments in IoT Technology and Cloud Computing has Increased Growth

Energy19 hours ago

Global $855 Billion Bio-Refinery Product Market to 2026 with Neste Oil, Renewable Energy, Pacific Ethanol, UOP, Abengoa Bioenergy, and Valero Energy Dominating

Energy19 hours ago

U.S. Chemical Production Expanded In September

Energy19 hours ago

$9.8 Billion Worldwide Thermal Spray Coatings Industry to 2027 – Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

Energy19 hours ago

Valisure Expands Testing Capabilities With The Addition Of Elemental Analysis

AR/VR20 hours ago

Somnium Space’s Next Updates to Add Buildable Worlds, Web Access & More

Blockchain20 hours ago

Litecoin jumps 18% to lock gains above $55

Blockchain20 hours ago

BTC touches 15 – month high of $13,250 amid PayPal excitement

AI20 hours ago

Beyond Limits and The Carnrite Group Create Alliance to Drive AI Innovation in Oil & Gas, Utilities, Power and Industrial Sectors.

Esports21 hours ago

BIG, OG, fnatic round out Flashpoint 2 team list

Crowdfunding21 hours ago

Earn $10,249 a Year in FREE “Crypto Income”

Energy22 hours ago

Ball Corporation and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment Announce Global Partnership to Advance Sustainability in Sports and Entertainment Through Aluminum Beverage Packaging, Improved Recycling Programs and Consumer Education

Energy22 hours ago

St. James Gold Announces Private Placement

Trending