4 Surprising Silver Linings to COVID-19

May 24, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, it seems as if there’s nothing but bad news every hour — more cases, more tragedies and more restrictions. Though the virus has caused immense suffering and challenges since the beginning of the year, there have been some surprising and unanticipated silver linings, proving that nothing is absolute, and that positive things can come out of even the worst tragedies. Decrease in pollution Unprecedentedly large-scale quarantines, a reduction in industrial production and dramatically decreased amounts of motor vehicle traffic — all of these factors are contributing to better air and water quality. Large cities are the biggest culprits when it comes to emissions of air pollutants. As an indirect result of COVID-19 safety measures, concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) have dramatically decreased the world over. In Bergamo, Italy, for instance, the average concentration of NO2 during […]

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15 Work Apps That Can Help You Run Your Company Better

May 23, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just because the coronavirus pandemic is forcing us all to stay home doesn’t mean your company should stand still. In fact, technology has made it seamless for everyone from company executives to employees to remotely run their company affairs as if they were in their respective offices. To ensure that your company activities are not slowed down, adopt apps to that aid in collaboration, effective communication, time management, task monitoring and seamless payments. Below, I recommend 15 apps, but they are not based on hierarchy or preference — and these are just a few among hundreds.  Effective communication apps and tools Communication is crucial, especially now when everyone is physically away from each other. As a business owner, you need an effective communication tool to bring about the continuation of your business processes remotely. Whether it’s the best team chat app or […]

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Italy Plans to Open Its Borders to EU Countries Without Requiring Quarantine (5/22/2020)

Joe De Sena and his team track the global responses to coronavirus. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the group explores how Italy plans to open its borders to EU countries in June without requiring quarantine, how 5 percent of antibody tests in the UK are positive and how more than 200 coronavirus cases are linked to a South Korea nightclub cluster. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: Will the Premier League Return Soon? (5/15/2020)   Read_More Related posts: COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) The FDA Approves Phase 2 Testing […]

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The FDA Approves Phase 2 Testing of Coronavirus Vaccine (5/8/2020)

Biotech company Moderna said it plans to start phase 2 trials with 600 participants shortly. May 8, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, De Sena and his team talk about the FDA approving Phase Two trials of Moderna’s coronavirus mRNA vaccine, called mRNA-1273, which is to be tested with 600 participants. Plus, scientists create a fast, CRISPR-based coronavirus test called STOPCovid that costs less than $10 and is as easy to use as a pregnancy test. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: How Sweden Is Faring With Its Coronavirus Response (4/24/2020) Read_More Related posts: First 45 U.S. Volunteers Get Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Wuhan Ends Its Lockdown After 78 Days […]

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How Sweden Is Faring With Its Coronavirus Response (4/24/2020)

Joe De Sena’s team tracks the world response to COVID-19. April 24, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the team talks about a COVID-19 vaccine that began human trials on April 16, how Sweden’s laissez-faire approach to the coronavirus has gone so far and cells in the nose that may provide the virus entry points into the human body. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: Could We Have a COVID-19 Vaccine by August? (4/23/2020) Read_More Related posts: Wuhan Ends Its Lockdown After 78 Days (4/08/2020) Could We Have a COVID-19 Vaccine by August? (4/23/2020) COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) Obesity Is a Major Risk […]

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Could We Have a COVID-19 Vaccine by August? (4/23/2020)

An Oxford University vaccine will soon begin human testing. April 23, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the group discuss an Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine that will begin human testing April 23 and could be available by August or September if clinical trials are successful. However, one study has found the coronavirus has mutated into at least 30 different strains.  Read_More Related posts: COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) Obesity Is a Major Risk Factor for COVID-19 (4/10/2020) COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020) Could a Smartphone App Help With COVID-19 Contact Tracing? (4/16/2020) How COVID-19 Is Affecting Medical Professionals’ Health in More Ways Than One […]

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Does the U.S. Need 20 Million Tests Per Day to Reopen? (4/21/2020)

That’s what experts at Harvard believe. April 21, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the conversation includes a new Harvard University study that says the U.S. needs to conduct 20 million coronavirus tests per day to reopen fully. Plus, early results of antibody testing in Los Angeles county suggest the number of COVID-19 infections far exceeds the number of confirmed cases. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: Could a Smartphone App Help With COVID-19 Contact Tracing? (4/16/2020) Read_More Related posts: 104-Year-Old Man Survives Coronavirus (4/13/2020) Amazon Closes Queens Delivery Station After Worker Tests Positive for Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) […]

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Could a Smartphone App Help With COVID-19 Contact Tracing? (4/16/2020)

Joe De Sena’s morning conversations track the coronavirus around the world, from Japan to Denmark to the U.S. April 16, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the group discusses how exercise may help protect against deadly complications of COVID-19, how Denmark has begun to open its schools after a month-long closure and how researchers are developing a smartphone application for contact tracing.  Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: How COVID-19 Is Affecting Medical Professionals’ Health in More Ways Than One (4/15/2020) Read_More Related posts: 104-Year-Old Man Survives Coronavirus (4/13/2020) University of Washington Model Shows Encouraging Coronavirus Numbers (4/09/2020) Wuhan Ends Its Lockdown […]

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How COVID-19 Is Affecting Medical Professionals’ Health in More Ways Than One (4/15/2020)

Many members of medical staff have suffered from insomnia since the pandemic began. April 15, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the group discusses how coronavirus can survive long exposure to high temperature, how medical staff in China has suffered insomnia during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Switzerland now has more recoveries than active cases, following Austria and Germany. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: 104-Year-Old Man Survives Coronavirus (4/13/2020) Read_More Related posts: COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020) Obesity Is a Major Risk Factor for COVID-19 (4/10/2020) COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) How a Tiger at […]

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104-Year-Old Man Survives Coronavirus (4/13/2020)

Joe De Sena’s early-morning discussion tracks how COVID-19 is affecting the world. April 13, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the group discusses the 104-year-old man who recovered from coronavirus, how New Zealand has seen encouraging results from its strict, four-week lockdown and how Germany is seeing the number of recovered people exceed the present number of cases for the first time (60,200 compared to 57,606 current infections). Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: Obesity Is a Major Risk Factor for COVID-19 (4/10/2020) Read_More Related posts: Obesity Is a Major Risk Factor for COVID-19 (4/10/2020) COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) […]

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SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loans and the Marketing Industry: 4 tips for marketers

  If you haven’t already heard of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), it is part of $350 billion in aid the U.S. Congress allocated for small businesses in its recent stimulus bill (and more is being considered). This program, in response to the economic devastation wrought by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, is meant to keep small businesses afloat as well as ensure workers on private payrolls continue to get paid. If you want general information about the program, you can learn more directly from the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this MarketingSherpa blog post, we’ll focus on some tips that are especially relevant to marketers. This blog post was originally published in the MarketingSherpa email newsletter. Tip #1: Understand how your workers are classified There has been a lot of press about the PPP and how it can help small businesses cover payroll and operating expenses. For some in the […]

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Obesity Is a Major Risk Factor for COVID-19 (4/10/2020)

Joe De Sena’s morning zoom call talks about why being overweight might make you more vulnerable to coronavirus. April 10, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the group discusses how obesity is a major COVID-19 risk factor: Out of 2,000 ICU patients in France, 83 percent are overweight. They also talk about how false-negative results may lead to a false sense of security and whether vitamins C and D can help you stay healthy. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: University of Washington Model Shows Encouraging Coronavirus Numbers (4/09/2020)   Read_More Related posts: COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) How a Tiger […]

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Wuhan Ends Its Lockdown After 78 Days (4/08/2020)

Joe De Sena’s morning conference call tracks the global coronavirus responses, from U.S. to Wuhan. April 8, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today’s conversation includes developments in Japan, the possibility that newly developed breathing systems could reduce the need for ventilators and the fact that Wuhan has officially ended its 76-day lockdown.  Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) Read_More Related posts: COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020) What Role Will AI Play in This Pandemic? (4/02/2020) How a Tiger at the Bronx Zoo Tested Positive for COVID-19 (4/06/2020) COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and […]

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How AI Is Helping in the Fight Against COVID-19

Artificial intelligence technologies such as machine learning, natural-language processing, computer vision and deep learning can help track and identify the novel coronavirus. April 8, 2020 6 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag On Dec. 31, BlueDot, a Toronto-based company that uses artificial intelligence to track the spread of infectious diseases, alerted its customers about a cluster of unusual pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. Nine days later, the World Health Organization confirmed the discovery of a novel coronavirus, later named COVID-19, in Wuhan. Today, COVID-19 is a pandemic that has spread to 180 countries, claimed more than 50,000 lives, and triggered a near-global lockdown. And for the moment, the best solution to contain the spread of the virus is to improve personal hygiene and exercise social distancing.  In the meantime, politicians, scientists, and researchers are teaming up to find systematic ways to fight the virus and care for patients. And they’re […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin Human Trial (4/07/2020)

Joe De Sena’s daily conversations track the pandemic’s worldwide effects. April 7, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today’s discussion included newly developed software that uses a chest X-ray to diagnose COVID-19, the status of a possible coronavirus vaccine and how some European countries have seen their death tolls fall in recent days. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: How a Tiger at the Bronx Zoo Tested Positive for COVID-19 (4/06/2020) Read_More Related posts: What Role Will AI Play in This Pandemic? (4/02/2020) Amazon Workers Plan Staten Island Strike to Demand COVID-19 Protections Hackers Just Attacked US Health Agency to Slow COVID-19 Response VPNs Are a […]

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The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: How Are the Markets Faring Against COVID-19? (4/03/2020)

Joe De Sena’s morning conversation breaks down the pandemic’s effect on the economy and global pollution. Read_More Related posts: First 45 U.S. Volunteers Get Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine VPNs Are a Valuable Tool in COVID-19 Times What Role Will AI Play in This Pandemic? (4/02/2020) COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020) The 5 Best Call Center Services – 2020 Review The 7 Best Call Center Software – 2020 Review COVID-19 Will Fuel the Next Wave of Innovation Hackers Just Attacked US Health Agency to Slow COVID-19 Response

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What Role Will AI Play in This Pandemic? (4/02/2020)

Joe De Sena’s morning briefing bounces around world topics from tennis tournaments to flattening the curve in New York City. April 2, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today’s call featured more than 100 participants who discussed artificial intelligence tools and how they might play an important role in the pandemic, the canceling of Wimbledon and White House task force projections moving forward. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Call: COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020) Read_More Related posts: COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020) SPI 289: How Live Video Can Play a Role in Your Business (and How It’s Helped Mine) […]

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COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020)

Joe De Sena’s free-flowing morning briefing breaks down a variety of global topics, from the U.S. stock market to schools in Japan. April 1, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today, the group discusses China’s timeline in dealing with COVID-19, as well as how places like Argentina, Japan and New York are faring during the pandemic. The group also chats about global economic indicators and break down metrics on how airline traffic has been decimated in recent weeks.  Read_More Related posts: Australian Experts Predict $2.4 Trillion Global GDP Loss VPNs Are a Valuable Tool in COVID-19 Times Amazon Workers Plan Staten Island Strike to Demand […]

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A 10-Point Small-Business Survival Plan for Dealing With the Coronavirus

This guide can help guide you and your business during difficult times. March 20, 2020 12 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s safe to say that this current crisis is like none other faced by small business owners in the recent past, and it’s certainly daunting trying to tackle all of the unique issues it presents. Regrettably, the predominant voice we hear hasn’t offered a lot of specific steps to take or advice on how to save our business, let along come out on top. Below are 10 issues to address with detailed considerations and action items that might make the difference in being able to keep your doors open and calm your employees and customers. Related: Emergency Webinar: Weathering The Storm As A Small Business Owner 1. Immediate financial triage. The greatest concern for most business owners, at least initially, is how am I going […]

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Uber, Lyft Suspend Shared Rides Option to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Both companies have decided to hit pause on offering a carpooling option to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among passengers. March 18, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Uber and Lyft are temporarily suspending shared rides to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  On Tuesday, Uber hit pause on offering UberPool in the US and Canada, according to Reuters. The option groups you with other customers into a single car to help lower the ride’s cost. However, the company decided to suspend the feature, citing the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 5,200 people in the US.  “Our goal is to help flatten the curve on community spread in the cities we serve,” SVP Andrew Macdonald told PCMag in a statement. “With that in mind, we are suspending the Uber Pool service in the United States, Canada, London, and Paris. We remain in close contact with local leaders and […]

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