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42 million Americans now out of work due to COVID-19, Trump to hit campaign trail next week

iStock/JLGutierrez (NEW YORK) — Since the first COVID-19 case was first reported in the U.S., the virus has devastated the economy and the American work force.  On Thursday, an additional 1.9 million workers filed for unemployment and pushed the total job loss to 42 million.  The country began shedding jobs around mid-March.  This is the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression.   …

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Expert warns US could see up to 400,000 COVID-19 deaths by spring 2021

da-kuk/iStock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 stands at 107,685 as of Thursday afternoon, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. But that number could be four times higher by this time next year, says Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.  “All of the best models suggest that another 100,000 will die over …

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Patrick Warburton on suiting up for ‘Space Force’, and finding his inner Puddy amid COVID-19

Aaron Epstein/NETFLIX(LOS ANGELES) — In the role of Elaine’s sleepy-eyed, face-painting, on-again-off-again boyfriend David Puddy, Patrick Warburton only appeared in nine regular season episodes of Seinfeld — but his character left an impression strong enough that even die-hard fans swear he was in more.  Now the star, who is also a regular voice on Seth MacFarland’s Family Guy, can be seen in Space Force, Steve Carell’s …

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Richard Schiff hints at a ‘West Wing’ reunion to benefit Black Lives Matter

Richard Schiff in “The Good Doctor”; ABC/Art Streiber(NEW YORK) — Richard Schiff is hinting that a reunion of the cast of the Emmy-winning NBC drama The West Wing could be in the works, and like those that brought the casts of shows like Community back together, a charity component would be involved.  Schiff had been posting photos on his Twitter …

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So why was everybody making bread during lockdown? Celeb baker Chris Tucker knows

Chris Tucker(LOS ANGELES) — It seems like just about everybody has been baking while under COVID-19 lockdown, at least according to countless social media posts of freshly-made sourdough and banana bread.  A recent study found that online searches for banana bread recipes topped 2.7 million in April — a nearly 590% increase from April of 2019.  So what’s up with that? “I think everybody …

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‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Chris Redd launches COVID-19 relief fund for protestors

Ellen Matthews/NBC(NEW YORK) — With protests erupting across the nation demanding justice for George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, health officials have raised concerns about the demonstrations sparking a second wave of COVID-19. Despite that a majority of protestors have been photographed wearing masks, it’s the lack of social distancing that has health officials worried. Saturday Night Live star Chris …

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WHO warns COVID-19 cases have risen by 100,000 over the past 5 days

iStock/Moyo Studio (NEW YORK) — With over 383,000 dead and more than 6.39 million sickened due to COVID-19, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization cautioned of a concerning new trend.  Positive cases worldwide have climbed by 100,000 in just five days. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday that the organization noticed a …

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Scientists make breakthrough with UV-emitting gadgets that reportedly can kill coronavirus on contact

iStock/alvintus(PENNSYLVANIA) — Scientists at Penn State and the University of Minnesota say they’ve developed new tech that could lead to hand-held lights everyone can use to kill COVID-19.  Currently, UV light-emitting machines are employed destroy the virus and others like it. However, these are often bulky machines that suffer from a short battery life.  New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority has begun using these devices to disinfect subway …

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Study shows loneliness and depression in kids can linger even after COVID-19 lockdowns end

iStock/anamejia18(LONDON) — If you have young kids, you already know they’ve been missing school, baseball games and playdates thanks to COVID-19 lockdowns the world over.  However, new research from the University of Bath in England shows that their feelings of loneliness and depression can linger, even after restrictions are eased and life returns to normal. The scientists findings, just published in the Journal …

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Monkeys steal COVID-19 blood samples from lab in India

IndiaImages/iStock(UTTAR PRADESH, India) — Authorities in India say a troop of monkeys went bananas, attacking a medical official and stealing blood samples belonging to patients who had tested positive for COVID-19. The incident occurred on the Meerut Medical College campus in the Northern India state of Uttar Pradesh, where the medics had collected samples from three people suspected of being …

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