Fauci warns against thinking coronavirus pandemic is nearly over – CNET

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Dr. Anthony Fauci "was worried" that President Donald Trump was going to contract COVID-19, he told 60 Minutes.

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With more than 8 million COVID-19 cases in the US and vaccines unlikely to be widely available until 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS News' 60 Minutes on Monday that we can't start thinking that the end of the coronavirus pandemic is in sight. 

"When you have a million deaths and over 30 million infections globally, you cannot say that we're on the road to essentially getting out of this," he said. "So quite frankly, I don't know where we are. It's impossible to say." (Disclosure: CNET is owned by ViacomCBS, which also owns CBS News.)

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he wasn't surprised when President Donald Trump contracted the virus earlier this month.

"I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask," he said, in reference to a Sept. 26 Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House. "When I saw that on TV, I said, 'Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come outta that, that's gotta be a problem.' And then sure enough, it turned out to be a superspreader event."

Fauci also clarified Trump's suggestion during his first debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden that the doctor had flip-flopped on the importance of masks in slowing down the spread of the virus, which spreads mainly through respiratory vapor.

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"It became clear that cloth coverings … and not necessarily a surgical mask or an N95, cloth coverings, work. There's no longer a shortage of masks," he said. "Number two, meta-analysis studies show that, contrary to what we thought, masks really do work in preventing infection."

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can linger in the air, and this can play a role in transmission, even for those who are further than six feet apart, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month.

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Health officials continue to encourage people to wash their hands regularly, wear a mask when out in public, practice social distancing and avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

People who've been in contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19 should contact their doctor or local health care provider. The CDC recommends getting a coronavirus test if you're experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if you've had close contact with someone -- within six feet for at least 15 minutes -- with a positive COVID-19 test, or if you've been asked by your health care provider to get a test.

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Fauci warns against thinking coronavirus pandemic is nearly over – CNET

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Dr. Anthony Fauci "was worried" that President Donald Trump was going to contract COVID-19, he told 60 Minutes.

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

With more than 8 million COVID-19 cases in the US and vaccines unlikely to be widely available until 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS News' 60 Minutes on Monday that we can't start thinking that the end of the coronavirus pandemic is in sight. 

"When you have a million deaths and over 30 million infections globally, you cannot say that we're on the road to essentially getting out of this," he said. "So quite frankly, I don't know where we are. It's impossible to say." (Disclosure: CNET is owned by ViacomCBS, which also owns CBS News.)

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he wasn't surprised when President Donald Trump contracted the virus earlier this month.

"I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask," he said, in reference to a Sept. 26 Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House. "When I saw that on TV, I said, 'Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come outta that, that's gotta be a problem.' And then sure enough, it turned out to be a superspreader event."

Fauci also clarified Trump's suggestion during his first debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden that the doctor had flip-flopped on the importance of masks in slowing down the spread of the virus, which spreads mainly through respiratory vapor.

See also: These are the best face masks for exercise in 2020

"It became clear that cloth coverings … and not necessarily a surgical mask or an N95, cloth coverings, work. There's no longer a shortage of masks," he said. "Number two, meta-analysis studies show that, contrary to what we thought, masks really do work in preventing infection."

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can linger in the air, and this can play a role in transmission, even for those who are further than six feet apart, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month.

Now playing: Watch this: What you need to know about cleaning and reusing a virus...

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Health officials continue to encourage people to wash their hands regularly, wear a mask when out in public, practice social distancing and avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

People who've been in contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19 should contact their doctor or local health care provider. The CDC recommends getting a coronavirus test if you're experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if you've had close contact with someone -- within six feet for at least 15 minutes -- with a positive COVID-19 test, or if you've been asked by your health care provider to get a test.

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NASA is launching a 4G phone network on the moon – CNET

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It's one small step for phones, one giant leap for phonekind: NASA and Nokia are planning the first cellular network on the Moon.

Finnish phone company Nokia has announced it's working with the US space administration to build a 4G LTE network for moonwalkers by late 2022. As well as voice communication and sending data, the mobile network could power navigation, stream biometric data so controllers can keep an eye on each astronaut's health and fitness, and remote control robots and sensors on the lunar surface.

It's a part of NASA's Artemis program, intended to establish a sustainable base on the lunar surface by 2028. Several companies have been contracted by NASA in deals adding up to more than $370 million.

Nokia is best known for making a number of much-loved early cell phones (and Snake, the game loaded on those phones), but the company is also big in back-end communication equipment from cell towers to satellites. Largely using off-the-shelf commercially available tech such as lightweight 4G base stations, Nokia promises the lunar network will be "ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE." It will also be upgraded to 5G in time. Exciting news for moonwalkers; possibly a bit annoying for anyone who can't get a signal right here on Earth.

For more on NASA, SpaceX and other cosmic news, check out CNET's Watch This Space series.

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NASA is launching a 4G phone network on the moon – CNET

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Astronaut Scott Carpenter talks with President Kennedy upon returning from space in 1962.

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It's one small step for phones, one giant leap for phonekind: NASA and Nokia are planning the first cellular network on the Moon.

Finnish phone company Nokia has announced it's working with the US space administration to build a 4G LTE network for moonwalkers by late 2022. As well as voice communication and sending data, the mobile network could power navigation, stream biometric data so controllers can keep an eye on each astronaut's health and fitness, and remote control robots and sensors on the lunar surface.

It's a part of NASA's Artemis program, intended to establish a sustainable base on the lunar surface by 2028. Several companies have been contracted by NASA in deals adding up to more than $370 million.

Nokia is best known for making a number of much-loved early cell phones (and Snake, the game loaded on those phones), but the company is also big in back-end communication equipment from cell towers to satellites. Largely using off-the-shelf commercially available tech such as lightweight 4G base stations, Nokia promises the lunar network will be "ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE." It will also be upgraded to 5G in time. Exciting news for moonwalkers; possibly a bit annoying for anyone who can't get a signal right here on Earth.

For more on NASA, SpaceX and other cosmic news, check out CNET's Watch This Space series.

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Japanese theme park lets you work from a Ferris wheel – CNET

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The chaos of COVID-19 was sure to forge new ways of working, but here's one you probably wouldn't think of: A work-from-home theme park. 

Last week Yomiuriland, a Tokyo, Japan amusement park, began offering a "workcation" package that allows people who work from a laptop to do so by a resort-esque pool or even on a ferris wheel, which has Wi-Fi points throughout.

WFH? We're officially in the WFFW era. Yomiuriland charges 1,900 yen ($18, £14, AU$25) for weekday passes, which includes a poolside booth and an hour pass for the Ferris Wheel. 

Like other developed nations, Japan's workforce has heavily shifted from office to remote work since March. In June, its government asked businesses to aim at having at least 70% of their employees work from home. An August Reuters poll showed that 65% of businesses encouraged staff to work remotely. Fujitsu, like Twitter, announced a permanent work-from-home arrangement for its 80,000 employees.

Japan has done relatively well with the pandemic. With 1.32 deaths per 100,000 people, it's suffered far less than the UK (65.68 deaths per 100,000), the United States (67.03), and hard-hit South American nations as Brazil (73.36) and Peru (105.19). There have been just over 92,000 cases in Japan, with 1,670 deaths.

After a day of work at Yomiuriland, you'll be able to pay extra to hit the park's fun areas. But squealers beware: Japan's coronavirus rules mean screaming isn't allowed on rollercoasters. 

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The best upcoming PS5 games you’ll need to play – CNET

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Sony's PlayStation 5 is launching in just a few weeks, on Nov. 12 and while there's no one killer app in the PS5's launch lineup, there are several games that will probably be solid: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Demon's Souls spring to mind. 

But when you look at what's coming to the PS5 in 2021 and beyond, things get a little more interesting 

Here's our list of PS5 games we think you should know about. 

God of War: Ragnarok

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OK, to be fair, all we've seen of God of War: Ragnarok is its logo. And even then, it's probably not even the full logo. But there are still many reasons to be excited. 

It's a sequel to 2018's God of War, which is one of the very best games not just on the PlayStation 4, but of the entire generation. It took a gnarly hack-and-slasher from the PS2 era and turned him into a caring dad. Kratos still does partake in quite a lot of hacking and slashing, but the more mature and thoughtful approach made God of War 2017 more deeply enjoyable than the most visceral predecessors. 

So a sequel, made by the same team, is cause for anticipation. And though we only have maybe half a logo at present, its teaser trailer tells us Ragnarok will launch next year. 

Horizon Forbidden West

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Like God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West is a sequel to one of the PlayStation 4's best games. Unlike God of War: Ragnarok, we've actually seen a bit of Horizon Forbidden West. The game's trailer shows protagonist Aloy venturing through tropical lands, a deep forest, an underwater city and icy mountains, indicating Forbidden West will be a particularly large-scale game.

It focuses on a plague that's been killing everything and everyone it touches. Aloy has to venture to the Forbidden West, aka 31st century Utah and California, to investigate its origins. It looks absolutely dope -- if you can handle playing a game about a plague right now. 

Final Fantasy 16

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Final Fantasy 16 is a mainline Final Fantasy game. Based on that alone, you probably already know whether you want to play it or not. We want to play it. 

It appears very Final Fantasy. The plot revolves around a Mothercrystal that protect's the region from a blight, or something. And there's much fear and anxiety over the sudden appearance of Ifrit and Phoenix, two fire Eikons -- which appear to basically be summons. Or something.

We don't know when Final Fantasy 16 will hit store shelves, but it's scheduled for PlayStation 5 and PC. 

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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In Spider-Man: Miles Morales, an expansion to 2017's Spider-Man, you can wear a backpack in which a small cat donning a Spider-Man mask pops out and attacks your enemies. I don't really think I need to expand any further. 

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will launch alongside the PlayStation 5, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will follow during the "launch period." Ratchet and Clank are long-tenured mascots for PlayStation, having appeared exclusively on Sony's platforms since 2003. Rift Apart is the tenth entry into the mainline series, following nine games that were all highly regarded.

In other words, the odds are that Rift Apart will be excellent. 

Demon's Souls

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One of the more conspicuous trends of the past 10 years has been the rise of the super hard game. A lot of that is chalked up to the success of Dark Souls, by FromSoftware, which hit the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. But Dark Souls itself was a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, a highly regarded game by FromSoftware that launched in 2009.

Demon's Souls is getting the remake treatment for the PlayStation 5, giving the punishing tale a new level of spectacle. If you beat Demon's Souls, you're probably already eager to do it again on the PS5. If you missed it, Nov. 12 is your time to plug that gap.

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UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje — Start time, how to watch and full fight card – CNET

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UFC 254 takes place this Saturday and features 2020's biggest fight of the year: a lightweight unification contest between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje

It might also be the most compelling match-up of 2020 from a styles standpoint.

In one corner is Nurmagomedov: The most dominant champion in UFC history. With a record of 28-0, he's only lost one round in his entire MMA career -- against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 -- and has dominated almost every other second he's been in the octagon.

In the other corner, possibly his nightmare match-up. Justin Gaethje is not just a technical brawler with concrete slabs for hands (and maybe the best leg kicks in MMA) he's also a world class wrestler. The consensus is Gaethje has a better chance than anyone to keep this fight on the feet and out of Nurmagomedov's comfort zone -- taking people down against the cage and absolutely wrecking people with ground and pound until they're sapped of all life and energy. If you want further insight into this match-up, you can't do better than Inside The Octagon with Dan Hardy. Great show, great insight.

If you want a little more information on the fight and the backstory leading up to the contest, I recommend UFC Countdown. 

UFC 254's undercard is pretty light, with the exception of one fight: A middleweight contest between former champ Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier. That one will be an absolute banger so don't miss it. Whittaker is one of the best UFC middleweights ever and Cannonier has been a wrecking ball in the last couple of years. The winner will most likely face off against current champ Israel Adesanya, so tune in.

How to watch UFC 254

This year the UFC entered a new partnership with ESPN. That's great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. Especially if you're one of the UFC fans who want to watch UFC live in the US.

In the US, if you want to know how to watch UFC 254, you'll only find the fight night on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options to watch UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN's site.

  • Existing yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC fight for $65
  • Existing monthly ESPN Plus subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and buy UFC PPV for $85 or purchase the ability to watch the UFC event on PPV for $65 by itself.
  • New ESPN Plus subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription will auto-renew after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of auto-renewal.

You can do all of the above at the link below.

MMA fans in the UK can watch UFC 254 exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 254 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also watch on the UFC website or using its app. You can even order using your PlayStation 4 or using the UFC app on your Xbox One.

Start time

This is a weird one. Normally UFC events have the same start times, this time round it's absolutely topsy turvy so pay close attention to the times below. For those in other regions, the UFC has a great list of start times.

US

  • The main card starts Oct. 24, 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).
  • The prelims start Oct. 24, 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT).
  • The early prelims start Oct. 24, 10.15 a.m. ET (7.15 a.m. PT).

UK

  • The main card starts Oct. 24, 7 p.m. BST.
  • The prelims start Oct. 24, 5 p.m. BST.
  • The early prelims start Oct 24, 3.15 BST.

Australia

  • The main card starts Oct. 25, 5 a.m. AEDT.
  • The prelims start Oct. 25, 3 a.m. AEDT.
  • The early prelims start Oct. 25, 1.15 a.m. AEDT.

Fight Card

This card is subject to change. One fight scheduled for the early prelims, Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozov, has been cancelled after Umar Nurmagomedov contracted a nasty staph infection. Expect the card to shuffle around a little to accomodate. We'll update when we have more concrete details.

Main Card

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, 
  • Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris
  • Jacob Malhoun vs. Phil Hawes
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lauren Murphy
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba

Prelims

  • Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa 
  • Jacob Malkoun vs. Phillip Hawes 
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rahkmonov 
  • Da-un Ung vs. Sam Alvey 
  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Casey Kenney 

Early Prelims 

  • Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick 
  • Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev

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Give These Apps Some Notes and They’ll Write Emails for You

Michael Shuffet didn’t waste any keystrokes when responding to a message about the automated email writer he’s building. He tapped out “Yes 45m” and clicked a button marked “Generate email.” His app, Compose.ai, drafted a courteous three-sentence reply with a link to schedule a 45-minute call. Shuffet checked it over and clicked Send.

Compose is one of several automated writing tools built on striking new text-generation technology known as GPT-3, revealed in June by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research institute. GPT-3 went viral this summer after people marveled at how it could fluently crank out memes, code, self-help blog posts, and Hemingway-style Harry Potter fanfic. WIRED and others showed that GPT-3 can also spout nonsense and hate, because its algorithms learned to generate text by digesting wide swaths of the internet.

Now, some entrepreneurs are harnessing GPT-3 to perform real work, like drafting emails or marketing copy. “Billions of people write email,” says Shuffet, a cocreator of Compose. “It’s a space that has not had much innovation for years.” Google’s Gmail will suggest ways to complete sentences and supply short, peppy replies to some emails—”Thanks so much!” But it doesn’t draft fuller messages.

Snazzy.ai, which launched to early testers last week, generates verbiage for web pages and Google ads, based on basic information about a campaign or brand. When supplied with keywords about WIRED and a phrase from its founding manifesto, Snazzy suggested marketing gloss with bits of robotic inspiration. One proffered Google ad included the coinage “geekspace,” a word that is rare online and has appeared on WIRED.com only twice, most recently eight years ago.

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Chris Frantz, a Snazzy cofounder and marketer by trade, says the service reduces the drudgery of creating an initial splurge of ideas to be honed into a fresh campaign. “The goal is to offload the somewhat monotonous job of writing the copy, and move to the editing part,” he says.

VWO, which helps companies measure the performance of marketing content, has tested GPT-3 against human-written material for clients including travel site Booking.com. Of six tests with statistically significant results, AI-generated copy gained more clicks or interactions twice, and human-authored copy performed better once. The remaining three matchups were tied. More tests are ongoing, but VWO founder Paras Chopra believes marketers will gravitate to auto-generated material because it speeds experimentation. “The more you can test, the higher the likelihood you end up impacting your business metrics,” he says.

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SpaceX launches another batch of Starlink satellites, more to come Wednesday – CNET

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After "Scrubtember" and then "Scrubtober" played havoc with the SpaceX launch schedule, Elon Musk's rocket company is hustling to get more of its Starlink broadband satellites into orbit. The company's 14th batch of orbiting routers was sent aloft from Cape Canaveral in Florida Sunday morning, and another set of 60 or so satellites is scheduled to launch from Florida on Wednesday, according to airspace closures.

Sunday's launch came courtesy of a tower of flames out the end of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage that was making the sixth flight of its career. It successfully landed on a droneship in the Atlantic to possibly fly another day. Both halves of the rocket's nose cone were also caught by ships equipped with huge nets, although one seemed to at least partially break through the net.

SpaceX and competitor United Launch Alliance saw several launch attempts scrubbed by weather and technical problems between late August and early October, leading to the rise of the hashtags #scrubtember and #scrubtober. Since then SpaceX has now managed to get two Starlink missions off the ground, including this one on Sunday.

A SpaceX mission to launch a new military GPS satellite and a ULA launch of a US spy satellite remain grounded while technical problems continue to be worked out. 

SpaceX needs to get thousands of its internet-beaming birds into low-Earth orbit over the next few years to meet the requirements of its FCC authorization. So far, over 700 satellites have been launched and more than 60 of the oldest models have been or will soon be deorbited. All this means that SpaceX has a way to go to reach its ultimate ambition of creating a mega-constellation with tens of thousands of satellites. 

SpaceflightNow.com reports that Wednesday's mission is set to lift off at 5:25 a.m. PT (8:25 a.m. in Florida). As soon as the live video feed becomes available, we'll add it here. 

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Clean up with a great bidet deal today only: Get one for as little as $25 – CNET

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If you're not attracted to the idea of a bidet for its refreshing cleanliness, perhaps you'll just appreciate buying less toilet paper. Whatever your motivation, you can save a bundle on a bidet today only thanks to some one-day specials at BioBidet. Off course, there's still time for you to get a bidet attachment for your toilet for free if you are willing to take to Facebook or Twitter to tell your personal bidet story. But there are a couple of notable deals at Amazon right now, but they expire at the stroke of midnight Monday morning.

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Today only you can get the Bio Bidet SlimEdge Simple Bidet Toilet Attachment for just $25. That's only $2 more than its lowest price ever.

The attachment is easy to install between your toilet and seat and has a streamlined, minimalist design. It features a dual nozzle spray for both, you know, him and her. 

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This bidet seat turns your toilet into a smart toilet. It features heated water streams, oscillating and pulsating cleaning modes, a bubble-infused aerated wash, and more -- along with a heated seat, night light, stainless steel self-cleaning nozzle, integrated deodorizer, and more. 

Right now, it's over $1,000 off the usual price. 

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Save $90 today on the Bio Bidet Slim Two, a bidet seat that includes a night light, warm water tank and heated seat. It also comes with its own remote control.  


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