Day: September 18, 2020

These immunocompromised college students felt isolated when the fall semester began. So they did something about it

On the list of proposed topics: “Have you had a hard time with friends in the pandemic?”, “Are you planning to go back to school in the fall?” and “How have you been coping on a day-to-day basis?”

But Lynch quickly realized that the group of immunocompromised college students didn’t need questions to guide them. They just wanted to talk about their shared feeling of isolation during the pandemic.

They bonded over the fact that people assume that all teens are healthy. They questioned whether their schools were taking the right measures to help those who are more at-risk. They vented about their friends not understanding their inability to leave the house without fear of contracting Covid.

It’s a virtual support group for immunocompromised students — but its members don’t call it that. They prefer the name “Chronic and Iconic.”

They're living with an invisible illness. Social distancing will save their lives

It all started with a social media post. Lynch, who

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Online fitness training platform Zwift raises $450 million in funding round led by KKR

Trading information for KKR & Co is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – Popular online fitness training platform Zwift raised $450 million in a new investment round led by U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co Inc KKR.N, the company said on Wednesday.

The latest investment values the California-based company at more than $1 billion, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, who declined to be identified as the information was not public.

Zwift, which is geared to running and cycling enthusiasts, said it will not be disclosing details on its valuation.

The firm has over 2.5 million accounts registered in 190 countries and uses immersive 3D technology to help runners and cyclists train virtually through its app. The app has garnered more than 500,000 downloads on Alphabet Inc’s

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Shands, College of Medicine stop incentive pay for employees due to virus

Sarah Nelson
| The Gainesville Sun

Some employees at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital and College of Medicine won’t get their usual year-end incentive pay for the next 12 months, to offset what administrators say is millions in lost revenue from the pandemic. 

Physicians, faculty and researchers typically receive additional “incentive” pay on top of their base salary, but UF Health officials announced Wednesday that the bonus pay won’t be coming for the next 12 months. The incentives are based on additional work or services a physician performs, and the cost of living in the area. 

“Any distribution of incentives would come with the effect of deepening our financial hole and stalling any forward momentum gained prior to the pandemic,” Adrian Tyndall, UF College of Medicine’s interim dean, wrote in an email to employees Wednesday. 

A 2018 study by the American Medical Association reported that a little over half

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Brazil Covid deaths exceed 132,000 – as it happened | World news

The World Health Organization’s Covid-19 dashboard showed on Monday a new one-day record high had been reached at 307,930 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The WHO’s complete figures for Sunday showed that 307,930 cases were confirmed to the UN health agency during the day, 19,870 higher than Saturday’s tally.

Daily confirmed cases have only topped 300,000 once before, when 306,857 were recorded on 6 September, AFP reports.

According to the WHO’s figures, there have been more than 28,870,000 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease, while more than 921,800 people have lost their lives, including 5,537 on Sunday.

“Lives and livelihoods have been lost, the global economy is in recession and social and political fault lines have been exposed,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said via video-link Monday at the organisation’s European regional committee.

“We are by no means out of the woods. The average daily number of cases in the region

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