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This video shows exactly how the coronavirus COVID-19 kills you

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 30, 2020 at 02:11 am CDT

At the time of writing this, there are currently 722,435 confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 and over 30,000 deaths. The virus is clearly spreading like wildfire, which means it's essential to know exactly how it kills people, and more importantly how to prevent it.

The above video has been released by George Washington University Hospital and gives us an extremely detailed look at just how the coronavirus can kill a victim once the person has contracted it. The video imagery is the same as what doctors use in cancer patients to plan surgeries, but in this case, it has been curated specifically for detecting COVID-19. The areas of damage or infection are marked as yellow. These parts of the lungs are inflamed and wouldn't show up in a person who is healthy.

One of the main symptoms of COVID-19 is shortness of breath, and we can see that due to the virus taking over most of the lung capacity, why that would be. Chief of Thoracic Surgery Dr. Keith Mortman, spoke to CNN in an interview and said that the person's lungs seen in the video are not of an elderly person who has had previous health complications, but instead its actually of someone who has had no previous health complications other than high blood pressure.

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Children aren't safe from coronavirus COVID-19, here's their symptoms

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 30, 2020 at 01:32 am CDT

In general, it has been established that the elderly are the most at risk from dying from coronavirus COVID-19, and this is true. But that doesn't mean that children cannot contract the virus and spread it onto others.

Children aren't safe from coronavirus COVID-19, here's their symptoms 01 | TweakTown.com

According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, children are not at a higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. The CDC also explains that symptoms found in children are extremely similar to those found in adults, but those symptoms are usually much milder than those found in adults. Parents who are worried about their child should watch out for the following symptoms; fever, runny nose, and cough, vomiting, diarrhea, and the loss of smell and taste.

Harvard Medical School cites a study from China that examined COVID-19 infections in children, and what they found was that most children who contracted the virus appeared to be asymptomatic. Here's the statement, "The best news in this study is that 90% of the [2,143] children had illness that was asymptomatic, mild, or moderate - as opposed to severe or critical."

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Scientists claim China is lying about total coronavirus COVID-19 cases

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 30, 2020 at 01:08 am CDT

The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is spreading around the world, and as the virus begins to grow, the place that it originated from seems to have somewhat contained the spread.

Scientists claim China is lying about total coronavirus COVID-19 cases 01 | TweakTown.com

The origin of COVID-19 was Wuhan, China, and according to China's data, and also Johns Hopkins interactive global spread tracker, China currently has 82,122 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Scientific advisors have reportedly spoken to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and said that the Chinese communist government is downplaying their infection numbers and that the outbreak in their country is like "15 to 40 times" higher than the released statistics.

The Daily Mail reported that "Mr. Johnson has been warned by scientific advisers that China's officially declared statistics on the number of cases of coronavirus could be 'downplayed by a factor of 15 to 40 times and [the British government] believes China is seeking to build its economic power during the pandemic with 'predatory offers of help' [to] countries around the world.'"

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UK ISP's will lift all data caps during coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Mar 30, 2020 at 12:33 am CDT

Most people are now doing their best to stay at home to avoid spreading the coronavirus COVID-19. This means that the internet is taking an unprecedented amount of traffic with people attempting to work from home.

UK ISP's will lift all data caps during coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak 01 | TweakTown.com

To assist people who are working from home, and overall help people out who are staying at home, major telecoms in the UK will be lifting internet restrictions. According to the Gov.UK website, the government has struck a new deal with telecom companies to life "all" data caps on internet connections. The website also states that internet providers will also have to provide mobile users with new "generous" packages to assist users to still be connected with each other in this time of hardship.

The new agreement also states that all providers will have to be "committed" to working with customers who are having a difficult time following up on their bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In the event of landlines not being repaired due to the outbreak, the new agreement says that all providers will give users "alternative methods of communication wherever possible if priority repairs to fixed broadband and landlines cannot be carried out."

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Star Trek: Voyager remastered in 4K by a fan thanks to AI

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Mar 29, 2020 at 11:10 pm CDT

I don't think you've ever seen Star Trek: Voyager quite like this, in glorious 4K -- and still retaining its 90s feel of 4:3 aspect ratio. AI remastering is an amazing thing when it's used in the right way. Check this out:

Star Trek: Voyager fan Billy Reichard used a machine learning algorithm on the show, upgrading the image quality massively up into 4K. It actually looks really damn good, and while it's not perfect -- it is a huge upgrade on the usual quality of the show. I don't think I've ever seen Captain Janeway looking that good -- short of watching Orange is the New Black in 4K on Netflix.

How long does it take to remaster an episode of Star Trek: Voyager in 4K using the AI-powered machine learning algorithm? Around 6 hours per episode, and the software required isn't cheap -- or easy to use, either. Still, I want to see more -- and other older shows, remastered to 4K like this, pronto.

Microsoft sees 775% increase in cloud demand with Xbox, Team services

Anthony Garreffa | Cloud Computing | Mar 29, 2020 at 10:33 pm CDT

Microsoft has experienced a gigantic increase in demand for its various cloud services in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and all of its social distancing and work-from-home and stay-at-home policies by worldwide governments.

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Microsoft took to an Azure blog post, where they explained: "We have seen a 775 percent increase of our cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place orders". The services that are going through the surging demand include Microsoft Teams, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and Mixer -- while Windows Virtual Desktop usage has exploded by over 300%.

In order to handle the additional 775% load, Microsoft has tweaked its cloud services. The company explains in an Xbox support note: "To streamline moderation and ensure the best experience for our community, we're making small adjustments. We've temporarily turned off the ability to upload custom gamerpics, club pics, and club backgrounds".

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UK scientific advice: social distancing will need to last 12 months

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 29, 2020 at 09:46 pm CDT

If you thought a couple of weeks being forced to stay inside over COVID-19 coronavirus, then what about 12 months? Yeah, an entire year of social distancing might be the next step worldwide.

UK scientific advice: social distancing will need to last 12 months 08 | TweakTown.com

According to freshly-released documents, the only real way of controlling the outbreak of coronavirus and preventing intensive care workers and hospitals to be completely overwhelmed, a new push of social distancing will need to happen. The consensus statement released by the UK-based Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling suggests social distancing restrictions will need to last for up to 12 months.

A panel of experts was put together by the Department of Health and Social Care, where they advised on the response by the UK to the coronavirus pandemic -- based on infectious disease modelling and epidemiology. It said: "It was agreed that a policy of alternating between periods of more and less strict social distancing measures could plausibly be effective at keeping the number of critical care cases within capacity".

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COVID-19: US military teams 'sealed off' in Cheyenne mountain bunker

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 29, 2020 at 09:11 pm CDT

If you thought you were bored being forced to stay-at-home over COVID-19 coronavirus lockdowns, then you might want to pull out your DVDs of Stargate SG-1.

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Air Force General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, who is the head of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, announced during a recent Facebook Live town hall with others under his command, that they've moved part of the U.S. Army's Northern Command in charge of homeland security in the US into the Cheyenne Mountain bunker in Colorado to be isolated from coronavirus.

O'Shaughnessy explained: "To ensure that we can defend the homeland despite this pandemic, our command and control watch teams here in the headquarters split into multiple shifts and portions of our watch team began working from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, creating a third team at an alternate location as well".

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US can expect over 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, millions of cases

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 29, 2020 at 08:23 pm CDT

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, is the leading authority in the United States for COVID-19 coronavirus and he has some scary new estimates.

US can expect over 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, millions of cases 03 | TweakTown.com

During CNN's State of the Union Sunday, Dr. Fauci said that they estimate between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths in the US alone from COVID-19. Fauci said that there will be millions of cases, and he has helped out during other crises of viral diseases, leading the federal response of SARS, MERS, Ebola, and now COVID-19.

The warnings of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths over COVID-19 are based on estimates on models, with the most-extreme, worst-case scenario would see COVID-19 killing millions of Americans. Fauci commented on millions of Americans dying over COVID-19, saying that it is "not impossible, but very, very unlikely".

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A pet cat has been infected with coronavirus in Belgium

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 29, 2020 at 07:34 pm CDT

We all know the panic that COVID-19 coronavirus is having on the world, and with more time spent at home -- pet owners would be cuddling their bundles of love all day long, right? Remember you can be more protected from COVID-19 coronavirus with this Catface N95 mask.

A pet cat has been infected with coronavirus in Belgium 01 | TweakTown.com

Well, over in Belgium a cat owner has infected their beloved pet with coronavirus according to Belgium health authorities. Dr Emmanuel Andre, a government spokesperson on COVID-19 coronavirus said that this was "an isolated case" that happens after "close contact between animals and infected humans".

He added that coronavirus can be transmitted between humans and animals, but "there is no reason to think that animals can be vectors of the epidemic in our society".

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