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Many COVID-19 hot spots affect areas around state borders, experts say

Many COVID-19 hot spots affect areas around state borders, experts say

Health
July 8 (UPI) -- Many current COVID-19 hotspots across the country are in areas along state borders because different governments have taken different approaches to contain spread of the new coronavirus, the experts behind the U.S. COVID Atlas said Wednesday. This includes regions in Arkansas and Tennessee, as well as Louisiana and Mississippi, which are effectively separated by the Mississippi River, they said. Advertisement Parts of southern Arizona and California have also been similarly impacted, according to the researchers. "With a patchwork of policies across the country, it's not surprising to see hot spots along state borders," Marynia Kolak, a member of the team that developed the atlas, said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday that was hosted by the Robert Wood Joh...
What is a global health emergency and how could it affect you?

What is a global health emergency and how could it affect you?

World
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency after the deaths of 170 people in China and the spread of the disease across the globe.The decision came in the WHO's third meeting to discuss the crisis, after it previously declined to take such a step. What is a global health emergency?Officially called a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), it is defined as "an extraordinary event" that poses a public health risk through the international spread of disease which could require an international response. Image: A worker in a protective suit disinfects the Dongxinzhuang village in Shandong province It suggests a situation that is "serious, sudden, unusual or...
Disney, Charter talks could affect price of cable in the streaming era

Disney, Charter talks could affect price of cable in the streaming era

Finance
The Walt Disney Company CEO, Robert Iger arrives for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles.VALERIE MACON | AFP | Getty ImagesDisney is set to renew its multiyear carriage agreement with Charter, the second-largest U.S. pay TV provider, at the beginning of August, according to people familiar with the matter.So far, there are no signs the two sides will have a testy public renegotiation. That is par for the course for Disney, which usually hammers out a deal without fanfare. After all, pay-TV providers have never had the stomach to black out ESPN, Disney's most valuable cable channel and by far the most expensive network in the pay-TV bundle.But this particular Disney deal has widespread implications f...
Desalination's leftovers may negatively affect oceans and ecosystems

Desalination's leftovers may negatively affect oceans and ecosystems

Technology
This is an Inside Science story. About 700 million people worldwide lack reliable access to fresh water, a number which might grow due to population growth and climate change. This has pushed many nations to look to new, untapped water sources. One popular solution has been the construction of plants to remove salt from water sources such as seawater. However, new research from the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health in Canada is warning that a byproduct of these desalination plants -- super-salty, potentially toxic brine -- is being produced in large quantities and that it could pose serious environmental threats. There are now almost 16,000 desalination plants in the world. Although the majority of plants worldwide are located in the Middle East and ...