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7 Signs You’ve Caught COVID, Like Ellen DeGeneres

Earlier this month, Ellen DeGeneres announced she was the latest celebrity to test positive for COVID-19. And, she revealed how it’s going. “Hi everybody, just saying thank you to all the well wishes out there. I appreciate it very much,” DeGeneres said in an Instagram video posted yesterday. “I am feeling 100 percent. I feel really good….One thing they don’t tell you is you get, somehow, excruciating back pain,” she continued, adding that she “didn’t know that was a symptom.” “Who knew? How come?” DeGeneres wondered. “Back pain. Bad.” Yes, muscle aches and back pain is a symptom. One important aspect of preventing the virus from spreading to others—and saving yourself—is identifying your own infection. Read on for 7 ways to tell if you have COVID, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.  1 Fever or Chills Similar to the flu, a fever is one of the most common initial symptoms of COVID-19. While some people with the virus experience a brief uptick in temperature two to 14 days after initial exposure if you experience a fever of  100.4º F or 38º C or higher, you should call your physician. RELATED: This is the #1 Way You’ll Get COVID, According to Doctors 2 Cough A persistent dry cough — usually paired with fever — is the most common sign of coronavirus. Unlike a wet cough, there will be little to-no-mucus involved. While other symptoms might be temporary, according to a July study by the CDC, 43% of people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 reported their cough hadn’t gone away by 14 to 21 days after their initial positive test.  3 Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing Shortness of breath is another defining symptom of COVID-19, as the virus attacks the respiratory system. While it is one of the first symptoms, it can linger for weeks to month depending on how inflammation and damage the lungs experience. 4 Fatigue Another common symptom of COVID-19 is crushing fatigue that can impair your ability to concentrate. For some people, this symptom doesn’t go away. “You can see people who’ve recovered who really do not get back to normal that they have things that are highly suggestive of myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome: Brain fog, fatigue, and difficulty in concentrating,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House coronavirus task force last month. “This is something we really need to seriously look at, because it very well might be a post-viral syndrome associated with COVID-19.” 5 Muscle or Body Aches—Even, Like Ellen, Back Pain A common sign your body is battling COVID-19 is muscle or body aches, similar to those experienced when infected with influenza. RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 6 New Loss of Taste or Smell Another defining initial symptom of COVID-19 is loss of sense of taste or smell. According to one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 64% of people with COVID-19 reported a loss of smell or taste. While a July CDC survey found that the symptom lasted a median time of eight days, for others this symptom can linger for months.  7 You Test Positive The only way to really know if you have been infected with COVID-19 is to get tested. If you think you have been exposed to the virus or are experiencing any symptoms, you should call your healthcare provider immediately or find a place to get tested. And, until your test results come back, you should plan on avoiding contact with others just in case you are infected. And to help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

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Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .

 

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver

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EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)

 

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

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Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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