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Coronavirus: Twitter allows staff to work from home ‘forever’

Coronavirus: Twitter allows staff to work from home ‘forever’

Technology
Twitter has told staff that they can work from home "forever" if they wish as the company looks towards the future after the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came as the social media giant said its work-from-home measures during the lockdown had been a success.But it also said it would allow workers to return to the office if they choose when it reopens.Earlier this month Google and Facebook said their staff can work from home until the end of the year. Twitter said: "The past few months have proven we can make that work. So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen."The announcement has been described as "an era-defining moment" by one digital inn...
Special footwear might reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, study finds

Special footwear might reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, study finds

Health
May 12 (UPI) -- Specially designed shoes can help reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis, a study published Tuesday in JAMA has found. Using biomechanical footwear -- specially designed shoes with a novel sole -- the researchers were able to reduce the pain experienced by those with osteoarthritis, or OA, of the knee by more than 60 percent. "These findings provide strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of a new treatment for knee osteoarthritis," co-author David Felson, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, said in a press release. Knee OA affects approximately 275 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization -- most of them older adults. Often called wear-and-tear arthritis, OA causes cartilage, the natural cus...
South Korea scrambles to contain outbreak from nightclub cluster linked to one man

South Korea scrambles to contain outbreak from nightclub cluster linked to one man

World
South Korean officials are scrambling to contain a new outbreak of coronavirus after a cluster of more than 100 cases was linked one man who visited several nightclubs in Seoul.Bars and discos across South Korea's capital have now been closed, after the sudden outbreak raised fears of a second wave of COVID-19 in a city that has been seen as a model for how to contain the disease. Mayor Park Won-soon announced on Tuesday that 101 people had tested positive for coronavirus since the latest outbreak was identified last week, with most of the first batch of those linked to one 29-year-old man. Image: More than 10,000 people have been tested in relation to the new outbreak The man visited three nightclubs in Seoul's Itaewon district last ...
Pregnant women not at greater risk from coronavirus – study

Pregnant women not at greater risk from coronavirus – study

Technology
Pregnant women are not at greater risk of suffering severe coronavirus symptoms, a study suggests. However, the majority of expectant mothers who did fall severely ill with COVID-19 between 1 March and 14 April were in the later stages of pregnancy, or the third trimester, according to the data. This means heavily pregnant women should continue to practise social distancing as much as possible, researchers warn. :: Listen to Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, SpreakerThe research was led by the University of Oxford and Britain's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists - but has not yet been peer reviewed. ...
Coronavirus: French arrivals exempt from UK quarantine plans

Coronavirus: French arrivals exempt from UK quarantine plans

Business
Passengers arriving from France will be exempt from forthcoming UK coronavirus quarantine measures.Boris Johnson said on Sunday the rules would be imposed on people coming into the UK, to prevent Covid-19 being brought in from overseas.As yet, no start or end date for the measures has been announced. The government has already indicated that people arriving from the Republic of Ireland will not be made to go into quarantine.However, the measures will apply to UK holidaymakers returning from other destinations.Travel industry analysts said that meant a one-week or two-week holiday abroad would be followed by another two weeks in self-isolation.What are the new travel quarantine rules?The World Travel and Tourism Council expressed concern about the new meas...