Whole Foods CEO reportedly recommends that employees ‘donate’ PTO to one another amidst the coronavirus pandemic

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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey reportedly sparked some ire by suggesting that employees “donate” their paid time off to coworkers sick with the coronavirus.

 

Vice’s Motherboard reported that Mackey sent out an email to store-level workers on Wednesday, outlining company protocols and benefits amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. His memo included a note highlighting the grocery company’s longstanding policy of allowing employees to “donate” PTO to sick or grieving coworkers “across the country.”

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https://www.businessinsider.com/whole-foods-ceo-employees-donate-vacation-coronavirus-report-2020-3

He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere to Sell Them

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Matt Colvin stayed home near Chattanooga, preparing for pallets of even more wipes and sanitizer he had ordered, and starting to list them on Amazon. Mr. Colvin said he had posted 300 bottles of hand sanitizer and immediately sold them all for between $8 and $70 each, multiples higher than what he had bought them for. To him, “it was crazy money.” To many others, it was profiteering from a pandemic.

 

The next day, Amazon pulled his items and thousands of other listings for sanitizer, wipes and face masks. The company suspended some of the sellers behind the listings and warned many others that if they kept running up prices, they’d lose their accounts. EBay soon followed with even stricter measures, prohibiting any U.S. sales of masks or sanitizer.

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2nd person cured of HIV after 30 months virus-free, thanks to stem cell transplant

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The cells without the CCR5 gene were part of a bone marrow transplant, which the person was undergoing as a treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma.

 

Following the transplant, and at 30 months after the person ceased antiretroviral therapy, doctors confirmed that the HIV viral load remained undetectable in blood samples.

 

This finding means that whatever traces of the virus’s genetic material might still be in the system, they are so-called fossil traces, meaning that they cannot lead to further replication of the virus.

 

The specialists confirmed that HIV also remained undetectable in samples of cerebrospinal fluid, semen, intestinal tissue, and lymphoid tissue.

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https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/2nd-person-cured-of-hiv-thanks-to-stem-cell-transplant

Phoenix Suns Will Play The Remainder Of Its Season In NBA 2K20 On Twitch

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The Western Conference team has announced plans to play out the remainder of its season using NBA 2K20. In a post on Twitter, the Suns revealed that it will be using the popular basketball game to complete the team’s schedule, with each game streaming live on Twitch. The first matchup takes place tomorrow, March 14, when the virtual Suns will be taking on the virtual Dallas Mavericks.

Link:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/phoenix-suns-will-play-the-remainder-of-its-season/1100-6474760/

17-year-old British teen becomes viral sensation with ‘Wash Your Lyrics’ website — where any song is a 20 second jingle to keep hands clean

On Wash Your Lyrics, users can just enter the title of a favorite song and artist and the site automatically generates a poster that pairs the lyrics to a 13-step hand washing routine.

 

On Sunday, the Banbury and Bicester College student took to social media to promote the link to the not-for-profit website — created in a day — because he “felt so sad singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to” himself every time he washed his hands.

Link:
https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-wash-your-lyrics-website-jingle-william-gibson-twitter-20200312-sixge5pi55a63ne6e7lfkurnr4-story.html

Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) Students Barred From Watching Basketball Games As Coronavirus Precaution, Still Expected To Show Up To Classes

College basketball conferences across the nation are concerned about the spreading of COVID-19. In the case of the Big West Conference, the league decided Tuesday that no fans will be allowed to attend its men’s and women’s postseason tournaments this week at Long Beach State’s Walter Pyramid and Honda Center in Anaheim.

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Big West basketball tournaments to be played without spectators