New coronavirus cases are increasing in all but 5 states

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It’s no time for pandemic fatigue.

With cold weather setting in and Americans preparing to head to the polls en masse in less than two weeks, the nation’s coronavirus map reflects a worrying picture. According to a Fortune analysis of New York Times data, new cases are increasing almost everywhere—in all but five states (Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, Delaware, and New Hampshire) and the District of Columbia.

Twenty five states are reporting at least 200 more cases per day on average than they were two weeks ago. Two states, Illinois and Texas, are seeing more than 1,000 more new cases per day in that time. In another eight—mostly, in the Upper Midwest including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin—the average number of new cases per day has increased … Read the rest

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8 tips for restaurants to thrive in the new normal

This article originally published on GoDaddy’s OpenWeStand.org website.

Restaurant owners have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Historically, restaurants have depended on serving food to people indoors and in person, but with the lingering threat of the novel coronavirus, small business owners have had to adapt.

For months, some restaurants pivoted to offer takeout only, or provide delivery services. Others closed down entirely, hoping for the pandemic to end quickly. Now, both types of restaurants are trying to reopen, while managing new stay-at-home orders and constantly shifting customer expectations.

How can you thrive as a small business in this “new normal” of COVID-19?

How restaurants can thrive in the new normal

We don’t have all the answers, but these tips can help your restaurant thrive in these uncertain times:

1. Pivot your model

Your initial business model has probably changed a great deal since the pandemic hit.

If you
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Can Trump close the gap and win in November? Here’s what data from betting sites suggests

It’s gospel among Trump supporters that public polls systematically understate the millions of Americans who will vote for the president on November 3. If that’s the case, then the probability President Trump will prevail should advance to 50-50, or even show him in the lead, if he’s still trailing but pulls within a couple of points of Joe Biden.

One way to test the “if Trump gets close he wins” hypothesis is to examine whether the odds on political betting sites do indeed rate the contest a toss-up when Trump goes from lagging by a furlong to within a few meters, turning what looks like a romp into a horse race. That data could provide a guide to how much of the current gap the president must close to get a good shot at victory on Nov. 3.

The odds offered on the betting sites are arguably the … Read the rest

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How small businesses can prepare for Black Friday and holiday season 2020

This article originally published on GoDaddy’s OpenWeStand.org website.

There’s no doubt about it: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are going to look quite different this year than previous holiday shopping seasons. But, just because shoppers won’t be flooding into your physical store doesn’t mean you can’t take full advantage of your customers’ willingness to spend throughout the entire holiday season.

1. Accept things are different this year on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday

Your first course of action is to unequivocally accept that everything will be different this year. Many stores are still closed for indoor shopping.

And, while many innovative efforts have been implemented thus far (like retailers taking reservations to shop in their store, organizing outdoor pop-up shops, or utilizing one in one out policies to limit crowds) that’s not going to cut it for big sale days where demand will be … Read the rest

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Can COVID-19 cause diabetes? Here’s what we know

It’s been well-established that people who have diabetes are more susceptible to serious cases of COVID-19. This is one of the higher-risk groups for severe illness and complications related to the novel coronavirus, though they aren’t any more or less susceptible to actually contracting the pathogen than others.

But a growing body of evidence suggests that COVID and diabetes might be a two-way pathological street. That is, patients who contract COVID-19 may also form type 1 or type 2 diabetes, even if they don’t have traditional risk factors for the conditions such as being overweight or older.

Scientists are still trying to figure out the answers to this peculiar medical mystery. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, so it’s possible that the virus somehow affects the insulin-producing pancreas (which regulates blood sugar levels) or raises the level of glucose in the blood itself.

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Webform security best practices for small businesses

As a small business owner or manager, you are responsible for your customers’ email addresses, phone numbers and billing addresses the second they type the information into a form on your website. This type of data — known as personally identifiable information (PII) — is in high demand among hackers, which is why it’s important to implement webform security best practices on your small business website.

What do hackers do with PII?

Hackers don’t usually have a direct interest in your customers’ PII. Instead, they profit when they sell the data on the dark web (also known as the online black market) for a median price of $21.35 per record.

For example, a hacker can tap into a rental property manager’s database to extract credit card information. The going rate to destroy someone’s credit or steal their identity is less than $25.

Cyber thieves then mine the information … Read the rest

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