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GizmodoMay 29, 2020
RIP Echo Look, Another Amazon Device I Never Even Knew Existed Until Today
Less than three years after its debut, Amazon has banished its style-centric Echo Look device to the Goodwill pile. The company stopped selling actual units back in December 2019, but the company said this week it would be officially dropping support for the device in July. According to CNET (and first spotted by …


Yahoo Tech - Apple MacMay 29, 2020
What's the Risk of Catching Coronavirus From a Surface?
Fears about catching the coronavirus from contaminated surfaces have prompted many of us to spend the past few months wiping down groceries, leaving packages unopened and stressing about touching elevator buttons.But what's the real risk of catching COVID-19 from a germy surface or object?The question has been on people's minds lately, and there was some confusion after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made some edits to its website last week. Social media sites and some news outlets suggested the agency had downgraded its warnings and that surface transmission was no longer a worry.The CDC subsequently issued a news release to clarify that indirect contact from a contaminated surface -- what scientists call fomite transmission -- remains a potential risk for catching COVID-19."Based on data from lab studies on COVID-19 and what we know about similar respiratory diseases, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes," the agency wrote. "But this isn't thought to be the main way the virus spreads."So does this mean we can catch coronavirus from touching a doorknob? Catching a Frisbee? Sharing a casserole dish?The answer, in theory, is yes, which is why you need to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face. A number of studies of flu, rhinovirus, coronavirus and other microbes have shown that respiratory illnesses, including the new coronavirus, can sp
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