Heartburn medication tied to higher COVID-19 risk — but don’t panic

Taking a common form of heartburn medication may moderately raise the risk of contracting COVID-19, according to a new study. Based on an online survey of more than 86,600 people, more than 3,300 of whom caught COVID-19, the results suggest that those who take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be about 2.2 to 3.7 times […]

Older people don’t take more precautions against coronavirus

Older people, who are far more likely to experience severe illness or die from the new coronavirus than younger people, aren’t taking more preventive measures to avoid infection, a new international study finds. Using survey data from 27 countries, researchers found that age has no impact on how likely people are to follow recommendations such […]

Humans are hardwired to dismiss (coronavirus) facts that don’t fit their worldview

Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.” He called this bias “inconceivable,” because “science is truth.” Fauci compared those discounting the importance of masks and social distancing to “anti-vaxxers” in their “amazing” refusal to […]

Hand sanitizer and fireworks don’t mix, experts warn

  Don’t use hand sanitizer if you’re handling fireworks this Fourth of July, experts warn. That’s because hand sanitizers typically contain 60% to 70% alcohol, which is highly flammable. And fireworks —- well, the word “fire” is in the name. “Alcohol and fire do not mix,” National Safety Council (NSC) spokesperson Maureen Vogel told CNN. […]

The next cybersecurity headache: Employees know the rules but just don’t care

Employees are still ignoring cyber security best practice despite being more aware of the risks. Cybersecurity has shot to the top of many IT leaders’ priorities over the past few months as remote working became the de facto way of doing business. Yet despite being more awareness of the security risks of working from home, […]

Many Americans with COVID-19 don’t know how they got infected, survey suggests

Many Americans with COVID-19 can’t pinpoint how they got the infection, a new study suggests. The study researchers, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that more than half of U.S. patients with COVID-19 in a recent survey couldn’t identify another person with the disease whom they had close contact with […]

‘Don’t talk’: How to stay safe from COVID-19 inside elevators

For people in cities like New York, getting back to work during a pandemic may mean taking several elevator rides a day, to and from their office spaces ⁠— but without safety measures in place, elevators could become hot spots of COVID-19 spread, data suggests.  COVID-19 can spread when infected people cough and spew large […]

Customers don’t want to give up their data due to privacy concerns, Okta finds

A global survey found few consumers trust data collection, even if it could serve social good. Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto A report of consumer opinions about privacy finds that very few are willing to give up personal data despite not having a solid grasp on what constitutes their digital identity. The report from the multifactor authentication […]

Apple silicon: Why developers don’t need to worry about this transition

Ditching Intel in favor of in-house chips is a big move, but Apple has already built tools to make the transition easier. Image: Apple Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020 has kicked off with a bevy of announcements, none larger than the news it’s ditching Intel chips in favor of its own new architecture called […]

92% of SMBs think they can recover from a disaster, but many don’t have plans in place

New research shows that the vast majority of small and midsize leaders believe they expect, and can handle, the unexpected—but 16% don’t even know their recovery time objective. One of the biggest nightmares of today’s CXO is discovering that her company’s data has been lost. However, new research from Infrascale, published Wednesday, shows that 92% […]