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Coronavirus Insanity: Guitar Sales Rise, the Pandemic Slows Down the World’s Oldest Porn Star, and More

Here’s a fresh round-up of coronavirus insanity . . .

1.  The pandemic has led to a resurgence in guitar sales as people are looking for new hobbies they can do indoors.  The CEO of Fender says, quote, “I would never have predicted we would be looking at a record year.”

2.  84-year-old Yuko Ogasawara of Tokyo is the world’s oldest porn star, and she’s upset because of the pandemic, quote, “I haven’t been to a shoot since last fall.”  She says she’s still staying ready for whenever production can start up again.

3.  Real estate in “Zoom towns” has been taking off during the pandemic . . . those are places that are great to live in when you’re working remotely and are more affordable than big cities.

4.  Los Angeles County announced on Tuesday it was banning all trick-or-treating . . . but after a backlash, officials backpedaled and said it’s just, quote, “not recommended.”

5.  55% of people say they’d feel safe going back to their offices . . . but that’s skewed by people who have private offices at work.  Less than half of people who work in cubicles or open floor plans would feel safe going back.

6.  “Cuffing season” is the name for the time of year when people usually try to lock down a new relationship so they aren’t alone during the holidays.  It usually starts in November . . . but because of uncertainty with the pandemic, it’s already happening.

7.  In rehashed news from four months ago: in a taped interview on February 7th, President Trump told Bob Woodward he knew the virus was dangerous, extremely contagious, and, quote, “more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

On March 19th, in another interview, he said, quote, “I wanted to always play it down.  I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

President Trump previously addressed this in March when news reports first alleged downplaying of the virus, saying he wanted to be a cheerleader for the country and give Americans hope.

8.  Here are the updated stats on CONFIRMED coronavirus cases as of last night.

New daily cases in the U.S.:  35,244, with 1,209 new deaths.

Total cases in the U.S.:  6.5 million, with more than 195,200 deaths . . . and more than 3.8 million who’ve now recovered.

Total cases worldwide:  28 million . . . with 908,000 deaths . . . and more than 20.1 million people who’ve beaten the virus globally.


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