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Global banks faced a fresh scandal about dirty money on Monday as they sought to limit the fallout from a cache of leaked documents showing they transferred more than $2 trillion in suspect funds over nearly two decades. Britain-based HSBC Holdings Plc <HSBA.L>, Standard Chartered Plc <STAN.L> and Barclays Plc <BARC.L>, Germany's Deutsche Bank AG <DBKGn.DE> and Commerzbank AG <CBKG.DE>, and U.S.-headquartered JPMorgan Chase & Co <JPM.N> and Bank of New York Mellon Corp <BK.N> were among the lenders named in the report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and based on leaked documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
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As scientists learn more about COVID-19, their findings take a while to make their way to the general public. Now, months after being discovered, one important observation has made its way into CDC's list of ways you can catch coronavirus—and it will change the way you protect yourself. "The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread 'through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,' which are produced even when a person breathes," reports CNN. This means the virus can hang in the air indoors, waiting for you. Read on, and to protect your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. COVID-19 Can Remain Suspended in the Air"Previously, the CDC page said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact—about 6 feet (approximately 1.8 meters)—and 'through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks,'" says the network. Now the page reads: "There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.""How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary," the CDC goes on. "Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious. In general, the more closely a person with COVID-19 interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread."Earlier in June, a large team of international doctors around the world issued a game-changing statement to the World Health Organization: COVID-19 is, in fact, airborne. The World Health Organization confirmed then that airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus can occur during medical procedures that generate aerosols—and in other closed settings, including bars, restaurants, and places of worship, aerosol spread "cannot be ruled out."RELATED: I'm a Doctor and This Vitamin May Reduce Your COVID Risk How to Avoid COVID-19Jaimie Meyer, MD, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, explains that experts have understood for a while now that COVID-19 can be airborne but there had been debate earlier in the pandemic about how important this was in terms of infection spreading in the community. To appreciate the debate, it is important to understand exactly what airborne spread means and why it matters."When viruses are carried on droplets, these particles are relatively large, so they can't pass through even cloth facial coverings very well," she explains. These droplets are also relatively heavy, so they fall to the ground quickly. This is why droplet-borne viruses are primarily passed from person to person when they are in close contact (i.e. within 6 feet). "Most scientific evidence supports that COVID-19 is primarily carried on droplets, which is why social distancing and mask-wearing work," she maintains. In contrast, truly airborne diseases—like tuberculosis or measles—are carried on much smaller particles that can hang in the air for longer periods of time, known as aerosols. "Aerosols are produced, like a spray, when someone coughs or sneezes, or during procedures like inserting a breathing tube or giving a breathing treatment. These smaller particles more easily pass through cloth face coverings but do not pass as well through surgical masks or N95 respirators, though these are often in limited supply and thus reserved for healthcare workers," Dr. Meyer explains. RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make Outdoors Is Better Than IndoorsThe CDC's new addition makes something Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, has been saying for months even more important: "outdoors is better than indoors." Avoid indoor spaces with people you aren't sheltering with, and avoid crowds. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.
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After a controversial social media statement made by the owner of a fan-favorite cheese brand, Costco has abruptly removed the company's cheese from their stores. (To find out which items may soon be gone from grocery stores, check out 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)In August, Brian Henry, mayor of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and the owner of Palmetto Cheese, caused widespread disapproval and calls for a boycott when he published a statement on his Facebook page calling the Black Lives Matter movement a "terror organization." And it looks like Costco has paid close attention to the public outcry, because the chain has reportedly removed Palmetto's popular pimento cheese from all 120 of its locations that carried it.The "pimento cheese with soul", as the packaging calls it, has been pulled from Costco's shelves and website overnight, but the company still hasn't clarified whether the removal is temporary or permanent.But it does seem like the retailer wanted to make it clear to their customers that the shortage of said cheese they are about to encounter wasn't an accident. In a statement posted on the shelf next to the remaining Palmetto products spotted at one location, the retailer said: "The * (asterisk) on this sign means that these 2 items are discontinued and will not be re-ordered by Costco. Over 120 Costco's throughout the US are no longer carrying this item."While Henry confirmed the chain cut his products from their lineup, he had a much more optimistic view. "Costco rotates items in and out during the course of the year. They will occasionally add and drop products as a matter of normal business. We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not too distant future," he told media outlets.The focus on the pimento cheese product has also brought into question its origin. After allegations that the original recipe for it was "stolen" from Vertrella Brown, a Black employee of the brand whose likeness is used on the product's packaging, Henry denied the accusations in a press conference. "Unfortunately, there have been comments on social media and news outlets falsely suggesting that Vertrella Brown created the recipe for Palmetto Cheese. However, that is simply not true. The recipe for Palmetto Cheese is, and always has been, Sassy Henry's recipe," he stated, crediting his wife with inventing the winning cheese formula.He also announced that a rebranding effort aiming "to be more sensitive to cultural diversity" is underway for Palmetto Cheese. To learn what other food brands have changed the names and packaging of their products this year due to racial insensitivity, check out 10 Groceries You'll Never Find Under the Same Name Again.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest grocery news delivered straight to your inbox.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!