Employees To Get Permanent Work From Home Through Summer 2021

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  • 90% employees don’t want to a rigid office schedule: Dropbox’s internal survey
  • Employees can make their own schedules in the new ‘virtual first’ policy
  • Dropbox will set up collaboration spaces called ‘Dropbox Studios’ 

Cloud services company Dropbox is allowing its employees to work from home permanently, as part of its new ‘virtual first’ approach, it announced Tuesday in a blog post.

All employees of Dropbox have been working from home since March when the pandemic triggered lockdowns. This mandatory work-from-home policy has now been extended until June 2021. The change comes after an internal survey by the company suggested that nearly 90% of employees feel productive at home and don’t want to return to a rigid five-day in-office workweek.

Dropbox is the latest to join technology companies including Microsoft, Twitter, Slack, and Facebook to announce permanent work-from-home policies.

“Remote work will be the primary experience for all employees

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States that reopened sooner, such as Texas, Arizona and Florida, experienced summer surges, report says — ScienceDaily

For every two deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S., a third American dies as a result of the pandemic, according to new data publishing Oct. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study, led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, shows that deaths between March 1 and Aug. 1 increased 20% compared to previous years — maybe not surprising in a pandemic. But deaths attributed to COVID-19 only accounted for 67% of those deaths.

“Contrary to skeptics who claim that COVID-19 deaths are fake or that the numbers are much smaller than we hear on the news, our research and many other studies on the same subject show quite the opposite,” said lead author Steven Woolf, M.D., director emeritus of VCU’s Center on Society and Health.

The study also contains suggestive evidence that state policies on reopening early in April and May may have fueled the

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Coronavirus infections among school-age kids rose in the summer, CDC says

Keen to send the nation’s kids back to reopened schools, President Trump has called children “virtually immune,” “essentially immune” and “almost immune” to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.



a group of people sitting at a table: Second-graders listen to teacher Darsi Green at Weaverville Elementary School in California. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)


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Second-graders listen to teacher Darsi Green at Weaverville Elementary School in California. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

But a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores how wrong those assertions are.

Children can catch, suffer and die from the coronavirus, according to the report released Monday. Between March 1 and Sept. 19, at least 277,285 schoolchildren in 38 states tested positive for the virus.

And 51 of them — including 20 children between ages 5 and 11 — died of COVID-19. In all, 3,189 children between 5 and 17 were hospitalized.

School-aged children with asthma and other chronic lung diseases accounted for roughly 55% of those who tested positive, and almost 10%

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Amazon Prime Day set for October 13 and 14 after coronavirus delayed original summer date

  • Amazon Prime Day will take place on Oct. 13 and 14 this year, the company announced Monday.
  • The company postponed its biggest shopping day of the year after the coronavirus generated unprecedented strain on its warehouses and shipping and logistics networks. 
  • The timing means the holiday shopping season will kick off earlier than ever. 



Men work at a distribution station in the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York.


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Men work at a distribution station in the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York.

Amazon has finally set a date for this year’s Prime Day after months of coronavirus-related delays.

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Prime Day will once again run two days this year, with discounts kicking off at midnight PT on Oct. 13 and lasting through Oct. 14, Amazon announced Monday. Members of Amazon’s Prime subscription program will get access to “over 1 million deals across every category,” including toys, electronics and apparel, the company said.

It had already been

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Antarctica, the only continent without coronavirus, braces for summer rotation

  • Antarctica, the coldest and most isolated part of the world, is the only continent still untouched by the coronavirus. 
  • But as Antarctica’s harsh winter comes to a close, critical global efforts are underway to ensure that incoming colleagues for the summer rotation do not bring Covid-19 to the continent. 
  • “It’s almost scary how lucky we are. Out of all the people on the planet, we’re the ones who aren’t experiencing it,” said Karin Jansdotter, who’s lived in an Antarctica research station for nearly a year. 



a close up of a car window: Antarctica Flights operates 12-hour sightseeing tours over the continent that take off and land on the same day.


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Antarctica Flights operates 12-hour sightseeing tours over the continent that take off and land on the same day.

The coronavirus has ravaged the world now for nine months, with people across the globe enduring lockdowns of varying intensities, workplace and school shutdowns and restrictions on group gatherings. 

Yet there’s still one continent that’s been untouched by the virus: Antarctica, the

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Arctic summer sea ice second lowest on record: US researchers

Sled dogs wading through standing water on the sea ice in northwestern Greenland, in June 2019
Sled dogs wading through standing water on the sea ice in northwestern Greenland, in June 2019

Arctic summer sea ice melted in 2020 to the second smallest size since records began 42 years ago, US scientists announced Monday, offering further stark evidence of the impact of global warming.


Arctic sea ice melts in summer and reforms in winter, but precise satellite imagery taken regularly since 1979 documented how the cycle has been shrinking significantly.

The year’s minimum was reached on September 15, at 3.74 million square kilometers (1.44 million square miles), according to preliminary date from scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Only once before, in 2012, did the sea ice melt further.

“It’s been a crazy year up north, with sea ice at a near-record low… heat waves in Siberia, and massive forest fires,” said Mark Serreze, director of

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