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Get a Load Of Michael Bay’s COVID-19 Fan Fiction Movie That Absolutely No One Asked For



a person standing in a parking lot: The first trailer for Songbird imagines a future where, "the COVID-23 virus has mutated and the world is in its fourth year of lockdown."


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The first trailer for Songbird imagines a future where, “the COVID-23 virus has mutated and the world is in its fourth year of lockdown.”

As of October 29, 228,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. If you’re reading this, there’s a 40 percent chance that you know someone who has been hospitalized or died from the pandemic in the last seven months. And the forecast going forward looks grim. The CDC predictions indicate that we will see a total of 235,000 to 247,000 deaths by November 14. Americans—and the rest of the world—are bracing for a grim winter ahead.

In the last seven months, we’ve seen Hollywood attempt to cope with the pandemic to varying degrees of success. Gal Gadot pulled together a group of celebrities for a widely mocked cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Rob McElhenney and his team at Mythic Quest, wrote a hilarious of-the-moment

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These Seattle-area businesses got called out the most for alleged COVID-19 violations

I understand that a lot of folks strongly oppose Washington’s mask mandate, but that’s still no excuse to be rude.

According to a complaint filed with the state’s online portal for reporting coronavirus-related business violations, a customer at the Gold Bar Family Grocer in Snohomish County asked the cashier if she would wear a mask. Her response?

“No, I don’t have to and what are you going to do about it?”

She told him he should shop elsewhere. When the customer, described as an elderly man, told her that this wasn’t possible because he can’t go too far from home, she “just stood there staring at him and said, ‘I’m not wearing a mask,” according to the anonymous complaint. The man left without his groceries.

It’s just one anecdote, but it’s a sign of how tense these times are as we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cats, dogs, dolphins and more animals get Covid-19 tests

As Covid-19 cases surge in the US, one Texas veterinarian has been quietly tracking the spread of the disease — not in people, but in their pets.



a dog sitting on a table: Texas A&M University student Ed Davila holds Stella, one of hundreds of household pets tested during A&M's study of pets exposed to Covid-19 by their infected owners. The 2½-year-old Pomeranian tested negative.


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Texas A&M University student Ed Davila holds Stella, one of hundreds of household pets tested during A&M’s study of pets exposed to Covid-19 by their infected owners. The 2½-year-old Pomeranian tested negative.

Since June, Sarah Hamer and her team at Texas A&M University have tested hundreds of animals from area households where humans contracted Covid-19. They’ve swabbed dogs and cats, sure, but also pet hamsters and guinea pigs, looking for signs of infection. “We’re open to all of it,” said Hamer, a professor of epidemiology, who has found at least 19 cases of infection.

One pet that tested positive was Phoenix, a 7-year-old part-Siamese cat owned by Kaitlyn Romoser, who works in a university lab. Romoser, 23,

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Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo previews COVID-19 pandemic season

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Sara Ramirez, 44, made the announcement by sharing a selfie, sporting a purple shirt and serving fierce looks with a fade haircut.

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“Grey’s Anatomy” returns to ABC on Nov. 12  (9 EST/PST) for its 17th season – and yes, it will tackle the coronavirus pandemic. But don’t expect politics to take center stage.

“We’re not responsible for politicizing COVID,” Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey, said during Variety’s Virtual Power of Women panel. “That’s not on us.”

Executive producer Krista Vernoff agreed: “I think it’s our job to humanize it,” she said during the panel. “I feel like the politicians have politicized an illness that affects human beings regardless of political affiliation. So our job is to make it human, not political.”

While the season will focus on the pandemic, audiences won’t be shocked to see actors in medical gear. This is, indeed, a medical show.

“We’re more

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Nebraska radio affiliate posts bizarre COVID-19 tweet

In a season full of unfair breaks for Nebraska, the latest arrived on Wednesday in the form of the Big Ten canceling the Huskers’ game against Wisconsin this Saturday due to the Badgers’ COVID-19 outbreak.

At least, that’s how one account in Huskerland saw things.

Late Wednesday, the @HuskerSports Twitter account, operated by Nebraska’s radio network, tweeted a poll for fans to answer for a chance to win a free meal at Runza Restaurants. Typically, the polls cover topics like what’s Nebraska’s most-improved position group, what MLB should do with its playoffs and which movie villain is scariest.

This time, however, @HuskerSports essentially asked whether or not there is a Big Ten conspiracy against the Huskers. Specifically, it questioned if Saturday’s game would have been canceled had it been the Huskers facing a COVID-19 outbreak.

The tweet only lasted a few hours before it was deleted, but it

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States, medical group add independent COVID-19 vaccine review boards

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Pressure to create a coronavirus vaccine is increasing by the day, but for a safe vaccine to enter the market, it takes time.

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At least five states – California, Nevada, New York, Oregon and Washington – and a Black medical group say they’ll conduct independent verification of any COVID-19 vaccines approved by Food and Drug Administration.

These review panels, which began popping up last month, are meant to instill public confidence and counter the political pall cast over COVID-19 vaccine development and approval. In recent weeks, faith has improved in the FDA’s commitment to base COVID-19 vaccines decisions in science, but the growing number of oversight groups seek to add another layer of trust.

And while some worry the independent review boards may hurt the effort, all agree establishing that trust is vitally important. A survey this month found only 58% of Americans said they would get

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KJ Apa slammed for starring in ‘tasteless’ COVID-19 movie



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Kiwi actor KJ Apa has prompted backlash from his own fans for his starring role in Michael Bay’s new COVID-19 pandemic inspired film Songbird

The trailer for the upcoming flick, in which the world has been ravaged by the mutated ‘COVID-23’ virus after four years of lockdown, has been dubbed “tasteless”, “insensitive” and accused of “capitalising on fear”. 

“Absolutely disgusting that this was allowed to come out,” one YouTube comment read. 

“Thank you for making people who are freaking out about COVID-19 even more paranoid,” said another, prompting one person to reply: “My anxiety is through the roof, I don’t need this right now.” 

One commenter claimed the film could add to the stream of “misinformation and bad messaging” that is “already killing people”. 

“Let’s add literal fiction into the pot and see if that helps with public

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Spain records over 23,500 COVID-19 cases in biggest daily rise so far

A man receives medical treatment from Merce Lopez, 42, who is a volunteer doctor doing health check-ups for people suffering economic hardship inside Santa Anna Church, after Catalonia’s government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Barcelona, Spain October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s coronavirus tally climbed by 23,580 cases on Thursday, marking a new one-day record as the hard-hit country struggles to control its second wave of infections, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday.

While the cumulative tally rose to 1,160,083, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said the real total is likely above 3 million, as many infections aren’t captured in the national statistics.

The death toll rose by 173 to 35,466, accelerating from the previous day but below Tuesday’s figure of 267, which was the sharpest one-day rise of the second wave.

Like other European countries,

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Trump, Kardashians, COVID-19: Why ‘Borat 2’ isn’t funny

Did you see that part in the new Borat movie where Sacha Baron Cohen’s now-disgraced Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev catches Donald Trump suggesting that it’s OK to kidnap a sitting governor if you’re unhappy with her policies? It’s right between Vice President Mike Pence‘s flouting of CDC coronavirus guidelines and Kim Kardashian’s announcement that she took her entire family to a private island because she needed to “pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.”

Oh, wait, those events weren’t from Baron Cohen’s political satire “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — they were actual developments in the news cycle that occurred while everyone was dissecting other, equally alarming moments in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Like the sight of Rudy Giuliani, unaware that the hotel suite interview he had granted to Borat’s daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) was a prank. Explaining to Tutar that the Chinese “manufactured” COVID-19 for the express purpose

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New Study Offers More Evidence That Immunity To Covid-19 Fades Quickly

This is the first article in a four-part series on fading immunity to Covid-19 and the flu—the science behind it, and the implications it has for vaccine development and the pandemic at large.

More evidence has emerged that immunity to Covid-19 is quick to fade—in people of all ages, but more so for the

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