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Study: Coronavirus is making people skeptical of Corona beer

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A new study found people may be skeptical of Corona beer because it shares part of its name with the virus making people ill across the world.

5W Public Relations, an independently-owned PR agency, conducted a phone survey of 737 U.S. residents who considered themselves beer drinkers this week.

The survey revealed 38 percent of beer-drinking Americans would not buy Corona under any circumstances now. Among those who said they usually drink Corona, only 4 percent said they would stop drinking Corona. Fourteen percent said they wouldn’t order Corona in a public venue.

Meanwhile, 16 percent of beer-drinking Americans were confused about whether Corona beer is related to the coronavirus. We’ll save you some time: it’s not... Read More

What’s deadlier? Coronavirus or flu

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — What makes this Coronavirus more dangerous than the flu or other similar viruses?

In President Donald Trump’s address Wednesday night, the commander-in-chief compared the current coronavirus outbreak to influenza.

“The flu in our country kills from 25,000 people to 69,000 people a year; that was shocking to me. And so far, if you look at what we have with the 15 people, and they are recovering,” Trump said.

That’s mostly true. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides estimates for deaths from the seasonal flu. The highest since the 2010-2011 season was 61,000 deaths.

However, these numbers don’t tell the entire picture. More people who contract Coronavirus are dying more than those who get the flu.

The rate of flu deaths compared to those diagnosed is about 0.1% each year. As of Thursday, the rate for Coronavirus is 3.4%.

There are several factors to breakdown:... Read More

Nearly 30 days into City of Las Vegas’ homeless ordinance, and no arrests made

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After nearly a month of the City of Las Vegas’ new homeless ordinance, there still aren’t any arrests. The measures make it illegal to camp on streets or sidewalks if the is space available at shelters.

As 8 News NOW Reporter Bianca Holman reports, city officials and Metro police say they are doing more to connect the homeless with services that can help them.

The ‘Multi-Agency Outreach Resource Engagement’ team known as ‘MORE,’ walk the streets weekly near the corner of B Street and Owens. Team members talk with people who camp and sleep along the washes.

Asking them how they can help them and what they need.

Over the past year, the ‘MORE’ team has made contact with 13,000 people who carry their entire life in their bags and shopping carts, and helped 500 people escape the life of homelessness... Read More

UNLV Study: More expensive cars are less likely to stop at crosswalks

(KLAS) —
The cross walk on Maryland Parkway by UNLV stays busy. It features
various safety precautions like lights and signs to alert drivers of
pedestrians crossing, but some say the flash of yellow is not enough to stop
flashy cars.

“I’ve seen
mainly more expensive cars pass by,” said pedestrian Robert Mitchell. 

A UNLV study finds the
likelihood of nicer cars slowing down dropped 3% for every extra $1,000 that the
car is worth. Some pedestrians agree.

“I believe
definitely the expensive car part,” said pedestrian Erin White. “I feel like
they kind of assume they’ll be the last car to go through so it’s scary to walk

Researchers analyzed video
data of volunteers crossing a sidewalk hundreds of times. Scientists speculated
expensive car owners felt a sense of superiority over others, a sentiment some
agree with. ... Read More

Don’t rely on face masks to protect against coronavirus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Many stores are running out of face masks as people take precautions against the coronavirus (COVID-19). But you should know, there is a difference between a surgical mask and the N-95 mask.

A doctor at Mountain View Hospital
says masks are giving users a false sense of security. The surgical mask is
loose fitting and does not protect against small particles in the air.

“A surgical mask, when
it comes to the new coronavirus, is going to be ineffective in blocking viral
transmission to that patient,” said physician Andrew Sheep.

The N-95 mask is tighter and
has the potential of blocking a virus, but that’s only if it’s fitted to your
face by an expert. 

“It has to be fitted
correctly otherwise you’re not attaining an airtight seal,” Dr. Sheep affirmed.

So, if you’re concerned
about the coronavirus, Dr. Sheep says the best things you can do is to keep
your hands clean and away from your face. ... Read More

Doral Academy Red Rock Elementary to close Friday as SNHD investigates ‘cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The doors of Doral Academy Red Rock Elementary will be closed Friday because the Southern Nevada Health District is investigating a cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses affecting students. The complaints of the illness are not limited to one grade.

Read the letter below to see how you can take preventative measures.

Doral Academy Red Rock Health LetterDownload

The school will be closed all day Friday for deep cleaning and disinfecting... Read More

Police: Missing teens from Utah could be in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police from Cedar City, Utah are sending out an alert to nearby states, asking for people to be on the lookout for two missing teens. Police say 15-year-old Larry Dean Cooke Jr. and 16-year-old Asia Marie Loomer-James were reported as runaways on February 18.

Police were warned that the two teens might be leaving the state and might be with Asia’s biological mother. The initial police officer on scene was given a description of the teens, the mother and a small red car they could be traveling in.

Police were tipped off that Asia’s biological mother was in Oklahoma, but when police followed up on leads in Oklahoma, the teens were not found. They did contact Asia’s mother at a residence there, but she denied taking the juveniles... Read More