Pope limits public blessings to help against virus spread
Pope Francis is further limiting his public appearances to prevent crowds from gathering as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, which by Saturday had reached the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
}); The coronavirus outbreak is tightening its grip on day-to-life life across Europe, particularly in Italy, which is the country with the most cases outside of Asia.
Two things are for certain: The coronavirus is bad for the economy and things are bound to get worse before they get better. Some experts say we're already in a recession, while others forecast an economic future more dire than anything we've seen since the Great Depression. But what do "recession" and "economic depression" even mean? And what do they mean for your finances?
Layoffs continue to push as many as 16.8 million US workers into unemployment and companies are already beginning to suffer, which is why it's important to educate yourself and prepare. How we label the growing economic crisis affects how we respond to it, from the leaders of government and financial institutions like banks down to individuals like you and me.
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Khloe Kardashian said she and her ex aren't together, but they co-parent well.The reality TV star gave an update on her relationship status with her ex after fans wondered if they were on the verge of getting back together, speculation that stemmed from an Instagram post.
To help put the current economic climate into perspective, here's a look at what financial experts typically mean when they use terms like recession and depression, as well as what you can do to support yourself, your community and the national and global economies during this trying time.
Recession versus depression: What's the difference?
Recession: Most experts agree that a recession happens when the economy shrinks for at least two fiscal quarters in a row -- in other words, six months. This is measured by gross national product, or GDP, which is a number that represents the total value of goods and services produced within a country -- every car built, every hamburger sold, every lawn mowed and so on. A recession, then, is a period of at least six months when that number goes down instead of up. When GDP climbs back to prerecession levels, the recession is over.
Eva Amurri, ex finalized divorce a month before welcoming son
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Depression: A depression is far more uncommon and longer lasting. For example, in the last 166 years, there have been 33 recessions and only one depression. Think of a depression as two or more recessions linked together with no economic recovery in between. The Great Depression of the 1930s is the most recent and well-known example. Economic depressions last years as opposed to months.
The take-home lesson here is that a recession can't be defined until at least half a year has passed, and a depression can almost never be identified until after it's happened.
Demi Lovato linked to soap star
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So, what do we call the not-so-great economic state that we're in? What can the government do to fix it? Or individuals? And where do you go if you need financial help?
Let's zoom in on the current crisis and take a look.
New movie calendar for 2020 and 2021 following coronavirus delays
2020 has been a strange year. As the coronavirus pandemic swept the world, the year's movie blockbusters got swept aside in a cascade of postponements and cancellations. We've rounded up the new 2020 and 2021 movie release dates to give you something to look to forward to.James Bond may have been delayed, but he'll be back in action later in the year, along with many superheroes. This year, women lead the way in Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey.There are lots more sequels still to come, some of which were already long-awaited even before the year's delays -- whether it's Top Gun, Bad Boys or Bill and Ted, nostalgia is big at the box office this year.There's also a Sopranos prequel and a new version of Dune, while Christopher Nolan, Edgar Wright and Steven Spielberg bring us new films too. Click through the gallery to check out the movies coming up in 2020 -- and beyond.
Most of 2020's blockbusters have been reshuffled, but some films are still tentatively scheduled. To start with, Rosamund Pike has a new lease of half-life as Marie Curie in Radioactive, directed by graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi and based on the comic by Lauren Redniss. Release date: April 24, 2020
Mark Wahlberg and director Antoine Fuqua team up for Infinite, the story of a man discovering his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. Hate it when that happens.Release date: August 7, 2020
Michael Gandolfini plays a young Tony Soprano, the role made famous by his father James Gandolfini, in The Many Saints of Newark. It's a '60s-set prequel to classic TV series The Sopranos created by writer and producer David Chase (right).Release date: Sept. 25, 2020
Wes Anderson returns with more idiosyncratic art-housery in The French Dispatch, starring Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand. Release date: Oct. 16, 2020 (moved from July)
After Avengers: Endgame brought things to a close, Scarlett Johansson flashes back to a prequel about the background of her troubled Marvel antihero Black Widow.Release date: Nov. 6, 2020 (moved from April)
Ana de Armas now makes two big appearances in November thanks to the postponement of James Bond adventure No Time to Die. But first, she stars alongside Ben Affleck in a steamy drama based on Patricia Highsmith novel Deep Water.Release date: Nov. 13, 2020
James Bond is back. Daniel Craig makes his final outing as 007 (probably) in No Time to Die, co-written by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.Release date: Nov. 12, 2020 (UK), Nov. 25 (US) (moved from April)
The spice must flow for director Denis Villeneuve in a new adaptation of the classic sci-fi novels. The cosmic cast includes Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.Release date: Dec. 18, 2020
A star-studded cast leads Marvel's ensemble adventure The Eternals. Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington and Brian Tyree Henry star in this tale of immortal aliens who first appeared in comics in 1976.Release date: Feb. 2, 2021 (moved from November 2020)
Easily one of the unluckiest films ever made, Marvel and Fox's teen horror X-Men spin-off New Mutants has been delayed a fourth time. Who knows when it'll come out?Release date: Unspecified (moved from April 2020)
Disney adapts the Artemis Fowl books about a junior genius turning his criminal mind against fairies. Originally set for a theatrical release, the film will now go straight to Disney Plus to make room for other Disney and Marvel movies at the box office.Release date: Unspecified
A young couple moves in with famed author Shirley Jackson -- writer of The Haunting of Hill House, played here by Elisabeth Moss -- and find themselves sucked into a chilling drama straight out of a novel. Like many of the movies premiering at the Sundance film festival, it doesn't have a confirmed release date yet. Release date: January (Sundance Film Festival)
Code for Bias is a documentary exploring the revelation that facial recognition technology doesn't see dark-skinned faces accurately, as researcher Joy Buolamwini fights for legislation to protect people of color against bias in the algorithms of face detection software that could be used by police. Release date: January (Sundance Film Festival)
Feels Good Man was his catchphrase, but it didn't feel great for indie comic artist Matt Furie when his character Pepe the Frog became an icon of hate. This documentary follows his fight to reclaim Pepe.Release date: January (Sundance Film Festival)
Some movies actually did make it into theaters this year. Here are 2020's early arrivals, starting with Andrea Riseborough and John Cho in a reboot of Japanese horror film The Grudge.Already released: January
Margot Robbie leads DC's comic book femme fatales in neon-flavored team-up Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. After a disappointing theatrical release it was released early to watch at home.Already released: February
Unsettling chiller Vivarium showed two strokes of uncanny timing: it arrived just as the shutdown began but survived the cancelation of its theatrical release because it was scheduled for a day-and-date online release anyway. And secondly, Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots starred as a couple isolated in their home.Already released: March
Vin Diesel stars as Bloodshot, a cyber-enhanced super soldier looking for revenge in what was intended to be the first of a new comic book universe. Bloodshot hit theaters just as many chains closed, so rushed onto home release almost immediately.Already released: February
Director Leigh Whannell and horror studio Blumhouse set their sights on a new vision of Universal Pictures' classic monster movie The Invisible Man, as Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss is terrorized by a see-through scoundrel.Already released: March
What's our current economic situation?
Technically, we're in an economic downturn right now, but that could change. Economic downturns are a normal, regular part of a healthy economy that ebbs and flows, with periods of growth followed by periods of contraction.
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What makes this downturn different is that it's caused by the coronavirus, through the closure of nonessential businesses and high unemployment -- not through a natural economic shift or cycle. Until it's considered safe enough to open businesses and factories, the economic conditions are expected to worsen.
A leveling off of the pandemic by either a SARS-CoV-2vaccine or an effective treatment for COVID-19 (or both) may be the most obvious solution, and that will take time.
How the government is trying to bolster the economy and avoid recession
The recent $2 trillion stimulus package represents the US government's first attempt at thwarting a recession, but we won't be able to measure its impact for some time. The economic relief law includes stimulus payments of up to $1,200 for most US taxpayers, as well as a loan program for businesses to be able to keep paying their employees.
The Federal Reserve recently indicated it will continue to hold interest rates close to 0% for the foreseeable future, which often has the effect of encouraging more borrowing, which leads to more spending, and that generally improves the economy.
U.S. cities best positioned to recover from the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be less densely populated as more crowded metro areas will be deemed risky
Durham, North Carolina, and San Jose, California, are among the U.S. cities that can expect to bounce back quicker from the coronavirus pandemic and the recession caused by its subsequent shutdowns, a new report states. Low population density and educational attainment are the two key factors that will aid recovery in metro areas, leaving places such as Honolulu, Hawaii, and Miami, Florida, struggling in comparison, according to the report from Moody's Analytics.
Finally, doctors and scientists are racing to develop either a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, a COVID-19 treatment or both. Human trials of a potential vaccine are slated to begin in mid-May, but it may still be another year or longer before anything is approved for widespread use.
It's easy to feel helpless, but there are ways to make a difference. My CNET colleague Katie Conner has some excellent recommendations for things you can do to help your local community and businesses, including no-cost contributions like online volunteering or donating blood, as well as ordering take-out or delivery, and buying restaurant gift cards.
Other local businesses like bookstores, gardening centers, toy shops and boutiques may have a website where you can order and possibly even save on shipping costs by picking up curbside.
The best advice I've heard so far about how you can individually help prop up the economy is this: Spend to the best of your ability and within your means.
Fighting coronavirus: COVID-19 tests, vaccine research, masks, ventilators and more
Around the world, medical teams and researchers have been scrambling to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, from the front lines of dealing with the sick to the labs working on potential vaccines. Meanwhile, there are roles being worked out for high-tech systems including robots, supercomputers and 3D printers.One of the most basic tools has been the thermometer. A key indicator of whether someone might be infected with the virus is a fever. Here, a Red Cross volunteer uses a digital thermometer to measure patients' temperatures in a pre-triage tent outside the hospital in Corigliano-Rossano, Italy, on March 11.
Some thermometers allow a bit of distance from the patient. Here, kitted out with protective gear including a face shield, surgical mask and gloves, a field medical technician with the II Marine Expeditionary Force does coronavirus presceening of Marines returning from deployment overseas at the Cherry Point air station in North Carolina on March 24.
A variation on temperature-taking technology is the infrared thermometer, which shows hot zones on the body. This one was in use at an outdoor screening station for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 20.
In Changsha, China, local technology companies have designed "morning check" robots to greet employees returning to work. The robots can test body temperature, record data, give feedback and disinfect hands, easing the burden on staff to conduct checks for symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
It's vital for medical staffers to be outfitted in personal protective equipment, or PPE. The novel coronavirus, which emerged in December in Wuhan, China, is highly contagious, a danger both to the general populace and to the health care workers needed to care for them. Hence setups like this triage tent in use March 20 at Boston Medical Center, where patients can be evaluated before admission and treatment.
Medical workers wearing protective gear, including face shields, look after a patient in the intensive care unit handling coronavirus patients at Erasme Hospital in Brussels on March 25. While some people who get diagnosed with COVID-19 exhibit only mild symptoms, for many the disease requires prolonged treatment in an ICU.
Coronavirus patients in intensive care may need help breathing. For that, hospitals rely on ventilators, which push air into the lungs and perform sophisticated monitoring of oxygen levels. This ventilator is part of the equipment being set up on March 30 at an emergency field hospital in New York's Central Park, with 68 beds designated for respiratory care. The facility is the work of the Samaritan's Purse organization, and it will be administered by Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
At the Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital in Ashdod, Israel, on March 16, the director of the epidemics service checks the control panel of a medical ventilator. The high-tech gear was on standby for patients with severe respiratory distress, when COVID-19 has filled their lungs with fluid to the point at which they can't breathe on their own.
This is an intensive care unit at the University Hospital Dresden in Germany, as seen on March 13. On the left side of the bed is a heart-lung machine, on top are the monitors for vital functions and to the right are a ventilator and infusion equipment.
In Ahmedabad, India, on March 31, a doctor demonstrates to medical staff how a ventilator works. Hospitals aren't just bracing for a shortage of the machines, which can help critically ill people breathe, they also need to train additional personnel on how to operate them.
Overcoming the pandemic requires determining who has the coronavirus and who doesn't, and that means testing. Here, a health care worker in full protective attire takes a sample via nasal swab from a person at a drive-thru coronavirus testing lab set up at Somerville Hospital in Somerville, Massachusetts, on March 18.
This test tube contains a blood sample from a patient who tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Amphia Hospital in Breda, Netherlands. As of March 20, the hospital was carrying out between 400 and 500 tests a day for suspected cases of the virus.
Because this coronavirus is so new, there isn't yet a vaccine for it. That remains months away, after a progression of trials to determine both effectiveness and product safety. But work is already underway to find the right chemical compound. Here, on March 20, this computer screen at Novavax labs in Rockville, Maryland, shows a computer model showing the protein structure of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. (For more, see Coronavirus medicine: The vaccines and drugs in development to treat COVID-19.)
Supercomputers are also being enlisted in the efforts to discover cures for COVID-19. Pictured here is IBM's Summit, the world's fastest supercomputer today. It's already been used to screen 8,000 chemical compounds in a search for medicine that could thwart the infectious capabilities of COVID-19, and researchers in that effort at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee have recommended 77 drug compounds for experimental testing.
Meanwhile, 3D printers offer a potential way to quickly produce items like face shields needed in large numbers. The L1 3D printer from startup Carbon can create a lightweight, springy midsole for an Adidas running shoe in less than a half hour, and the company plans to send face shield designs to its network of customers who've bought its 3D printers. It's also working on nasal swab designs. Most 3D printers today are best suited to making plastic parts, not the cloth or filters used in face masks.
At the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany, a 3D printer prints a face mask on March 31. The project is still in the prototype production phase, but the goal is to make the masks available free of charge after acceptance by Halle's disaster control authority.
The workshop manager inspects a mask prototype from the 3D printer in the plastics workshop at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design. Currently, only up to 20 pieces per day can be printed with the thermoplastic material, but the number is to be increased.
For protection against the coronavirus, not all masks are created equal. Doctors and emergency workers strive to use N95 masks, which incorporate a respirator and fit the face snugly. N95 masks are designed to block at least 95% of very small particles. These masks have been in very short supply. Here, a food delivery worker in Cardiff, Wales, is seen wearing an N95 mask on March 8.
On March 11, a police lieutenant in Los Angeles helps assemble personal safety kits consisting of an N95 mask, work gloves and nitrile gloves for LAPD first responders, to be used to protect against exposure.
For those of us without protective gear, but who need to venture out for groceries and supplies, there are certain guidelines to follow. In some places, you may get promptings from a robot. Here, a Pepper robot from Softbank stands on duty in the checkout area of the Edeka store in Lindlar, Germany, where it advises customers to keep their distance and to avoid "hamsterkauf" shopping -- that is, panic buying, or hoarding like a hamster.
This remote-controlled robot was put to use on March 16 to disinfect a residential area in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus outbreak began late last year.
What if I need help?
If you've suffered financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, here are some resources you can turn to for help:
Zoë Kravitz Reveals Concerns About the Prospect of Resuming Filming on The Batman amid COVID-19
"I was probably touched more than any job [on The Batman], just because of the clothes and the combat and all of that," Zoë Kravitz saidThe actress, 31, spoke to Variety about her concerns saying she's "hoping to wake up every day to an email or a phone call saying, 'We're ready to go,' " but understands it might take a while for that call to come.
Figure out how much of a stimulus check (up to $1,200) you're eligible for and when you can expect it.
If you're having trouble making rent, here are some tools and resources that might help.
Here's how to get financial relief regarding taxes, mortgage payments, credit cards and more.
Find out how banks and credit cards specifically are helping out during the pandemic.
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Finally, where there's money there's scammers -- here's how to identify online and text attacks.
Leave It to Beaver Actor Ken Osmond Died of Heart and Lung Failure: Report .
Ken Osmond died on May 18 at his home in Los Angeles , a rep for the late star told Variety. He was surrounded by family.A rep for Osmond did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.Osmond is most known for his role in the beloved comedy Leave It to Beaver. The series followed Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver and his adventures at home, school and around his neighborhood. In the show, Osmond played Eddie Haskel, the smart-mouthed kid who was best friends with Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow).Osmond was just 14 when he was cast for the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.