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Month: May 2020

CDC Warns Of “Unusual Or Aggressive Rodent Behavior” Due COVID Lockdowns 

CDC Warns Of “Unusual Or Aggressive Rodent Behavior” Due COVID Lockdowns  Tyler Durden Mon, 05/25/2020 – 16:00 In a follow-up piece to “NYC’s Rat Population Hit With Hunger Crisis During Lockdowns,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a new warning that rats across the country are becoming hangry as they scavenge for food amid the closure of restaurants triggered by COVID-19 lockdowns.  “Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas. Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior,” the CDC warning read.  The CDC said some regions have reported “an increase in rodent activity” and cautioned about their aggressive behavior.  An urban rodentologist recently said NYC rats have become hostile and are resorting to cannibalism as food becomes scarce with restaurants closed.  “All of a sudden New York City to some degree is cleaner than ever before,” said urban rodentologist Bobby Corrigan. “You end up with this group of disoriented, stressed rats foraging about.” And it’s not just NYC rats posing problems amid the virus pandemic, Washington, D.C., saw an explosion of calls to the city about rat problems between March and April. Baltimore saw nearly 11,000 calls or online 311 requests about rats...

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Employee Health Screening Apps Are Coming – Proceed With Caution

Employee Health Screening Apps Are Coming – Proceed With Caution Tyler Durden Mon, 05/25/2020 – 15:30 Submitted by Craig Gottwals, Esq., via Benefit Revolution COVID-19 and the resultant business and economic freeze may very well prove to be the largest global event occurring in any of our lifetimes.  The loss of lives, livelihoods, businesses and long term effects on mental health and culture are far from complete, yet already devastating.  Now, employers grapple with the most significant decision they are likely to ever make: when to come back to work and how. Many employers will be lured into the siren song of safety above all else and succumb to a balancing act that tips heavily in favor of control and surveillance over individual liberty.  I fully understand the impetus.  Employers find themselves in a tricky Catch-22.  They must do that which is reasonable to protect the health and safety of their workers without trampling on employee privacy, health or liberty.  As the attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP point out, “[e]mployers looking to introduce these apps may point to their duty under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”) to furnish to workers ’employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.'”  But as Americans, we have far more individual liberty protection than...

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Johnson Refuses To Sack Cummings After Senior Advisor Faces The Press

Johnson Refuses To Sack Cummings After Senior Advisor Faces The Press Tyler Durden Mon, 05/25/2020 – 15:10 Update (1400ET): As expected, PM Boris Johnson said during a live statement to the press broadcast Monday evening that he would resist calls to fire Cummings, and that he agrees with his advisors’ assessment that he didn’t violate the lockdown rules, despite the intransigence of the British press. Prime Minister’s press conference live now on @BBCNews — Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) May 25, 2020 Well…the PM does say he regrets the ‘confusion and anger’ that people feel about what’s happened, but people must ‘make up their own minds’ — Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) May 25, 2020 Johnson says ‘he had a lot on his plate’ when Cummings told him he had gone to Durham but doesn’t apologise for knowing what had gone on for weeks — Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) May 25, 2020 No follow up questions at tonight’s press conference with the PM — Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) May 25, 2020 Despite Johnson’s definitive answer, we suspect the press will find an excuse to keep this story alive for another week or so… * * * Update (1150ET): After hyping up this press briefing as the moment when Dominic Cummings would finally confront all the braying UK press jackals who have been baying for his blood, the press have been hard-pressed to ask specific questions...

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Virginia Reports Record Jump In New Cases Two Weeks After Reopening: Live Updates 

Virginia Reports Record Jump In New Cases Two Weeks After Reopening: Live Updates  Tyler Durden Mon, 05/25/2020 – 15:04 Summary: Virginia reports record jump in cases Italy reports fewer than 100 cases; Sicilian ‘coronavirus tsar’ arrested on corruption charges US just 500 deaths away from 100k Spain on track to see 9th day with fewer than 100 deaths Germany sees active cases drop below 10,000 Russia says ‘mass vaccinations’ could begin as soon as the fall Nikkei finds 100s of unreported COVID-19 deaths Japan lifts state of emergency Spain to end quarantine restrictions for travelers on July 1 Videos of US partiers in the Ozarks spark outrage Dominic Cummings faces the music US just a few hundreds deaths away from 100k * * * Update (1445ET): Virginia public health officials just reported a record jump in deaths. VIRGINIA POSTS 1,483 NEW COVID-19 CASES, BIGGEST SINGLE DAILY JUMP SO FAR — LOCAL MEDIA 17 days have passed since VA. started reopening. Though the Reuters tally differs from the Johns Hopkins data used in the chart above, a Reuters report published Monday claimed 11 states recorded a number of new COVID-19 cases, including Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Maryland, Maine, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to a Reuters tally. However, as the report notes, it’s not clear whether the cases are rising from more testing or a second...

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Mexicans Are ‘Building A Wall’ To Keep American-COVID-Carriers Out

Mexicans Are ‘Building A Wall’ To Keep American-COVID-Carriers Out Tyler Durden Mon, 05/25/2020 – 15:00 Government officials, healthcare workers, and residents in Mexican border cities are alleging new COVID-19 outbreaks are connected with infected people crossing the border from the US.  Municipal and state officials in Matamoros, located on the southern region of the Rio Grande, directly across the border from Brownsville, Texas, in conjunction with Mexico’s National Guard established checkpoints over the weekend at three border crossings to screen US citizens, dual nationals, and locals, a move to mitigate the spread of the virus in the country.  City official Jorge Mora Solaldine, told AP News only one person per car is permitted across the border, and they will have to prove essential business, such as work or medical care is being done, or risk rejection. At least 180 people were denied access at one border crossing into Mexico along the Brownsville stretch on Saturday. The municipality of Matamoros and other border towns in the area have reported an increase in COVID-19 cases.  Along the San Diego–Tijuana border, Tijuana doctors told AP that a spike in cases is coming from dual nationals, residents, and some Americans who have crossed over:  “There were a lot of people who emigrated here to Mexico,” Dr. Remedios Lozada, who leads government efforts in the Tijuana health district. “That was when we began facing a higher number of cases.” Residents in Nogales, Sonora, told AP, they constructed roadblocks to...

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