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Six Coronavirus Quick Hits: Should People in Quarantine Wear Ankle Monitors?

Here are a few coronavirus stories making headlines . . .

1.  Should people in quarantine be forced to wear GPS trackers, like the ankle monitors prisoners wear?  40% of Americans in a new survey said yes.

2.  WebMD’s “symptom checker” site has seen a crazy amount of traffic because of the outbreak.  So many people are checking symptoms, the number of visits has jumped 67 THOUSAND PERCENT since January 1st.

3.  The vodka brand Tito’s is telling people NOT to use its product to make hand sanitizer.  “Good Housekeeping” ran an article on how to make your own, and claimed all you had to do was combine vodka, aloe, and essential oils.

But hand sanitizer has to be 60% alcohol to be effective, and most vodkas are 40%.  Tito’s says it could have boosted their sales, but they didn’t want people wasting vodka.

4.  People are reportedly buying up CONDOMS in huge quantities . . . to cover their fingers, so they don’t have to touch things like elevator buttons.

5.  Toilet paper has also been selling out.  So a tabloid in Australia added eight blank pages to its newest issue.  They said it’s for people to “use in an emergency.”

6. And a doctor under quarantine in France had some reassuring words to calm people down. He currently has the virus, but it’s been pretty mild for him so far. In a Skype interview, he said dealing with his KIDS has been more exhausting than the virus itself.

Half of Us Might Start Wearing Face Masks in Public, Plus Nine More Coronavirus Items

Wearing those surgical face masks got popular in China after the SARS outbreak in 2002. So will the same thing happen here because of the coronavirus?

A new survey found over HALF of Americans are now thinking about it.  52% said wearing a mask is something they might consider, and only 21% said it’s “very unlikely” they will.

Here are some more coronavirus stories that are making headlines . . .

1.  The stock market fell about 1,200 points yesterday over worries the virus might cause a global recession.  That’s the biggest one-day point drop in U.S. history.

2.  Pope Francis skipped Mass yesterday because of a, quote, “slight [illness].”  So people started speculating he might have it.  He was seen coughing and blowing his nose on Ash Wednesday.  And about 400 cases have been confirmed in Italy.

3.  People have been buying up emergency food supplies at Costco.  And according to one report, they’re SOLD OUT.  (We checked their website and couldn’t find any doomsday meal kits, or those giant buckets of mac-and-cheese.)

4.  A woman in Japan who thought she’d beaten the virus three weeks ago just tested positive for it AGAIN.  China says the same thing has happened with 14% of its patients.  So apparently it can appear to go away, then come back.

5.  Some wellness influencers on social media are making things worse by telling people to take a dangerous amount of vitamins to boost their immune system.  Some of the doses they’re recommending have been described as “near lethal.”

6.  South Korea now has drive-thrus where people can get tested for the virus without getting out of their car.

7.  If the outbreak does get a lot worse, a website called The Organic Prepper posted a pretty thorough rundown of how to prepare in case you need to quarantine yourself.

8.  A family in Canada got kicked off a flight after their daughter started coughing, and people thought it might be coronavirus.  Apparently she just had a cold.

9. And cops in Arkansas are taking advantage of the paranoia by offering to test people’s METH for coronavirus free of charge. They say if you bring your drugs in, they’ll make sure they’re not contaminated with the virus. It’s not clear if anyone’s fallen for it yet.

Ten Stats for Valentine’s Day

A million studies and surveys come out around Valentine’s Day each year.  So we went through and pulled out the best stuff.  Here are ten random stats . . .

1.  Americans will spend $27 billion for Valentine’s Day this year.  And a lot of it is spent on CRAP.  Last year, we shelled out about $9.5 billion for UNWANTED gifts, like kitchen utensils or a gym membership.

2.  On average, nine million people propose on Valentine’s Day each year.  And roughly one million Facebook users will change their relationship status in the next few days.

3.  There’s a 33% spike in online dating in the two weeks before Valentine’s Day.  The states with the biggest spikes are Alabama, Texas, West Virginia, and Tennessee.  And Tinder will see a 20% surge in traffic today.

4.  The average online dater spends six hours a week looking for love.  Or about 51 minutes a day.  But according to a new poll, it’s NOT the top way people meet.  “Through work” and “through mutual friends” tied for first.

5.  The top international destination for Valentine’s Day this year is Mexico.  It’s home to all of the top three cities:  Cancun, Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta.

6.  Hallmark now makes over 1,260 unique Valentine’s Day cards you can buy.

7.  About 30% of annual flower sales happen this week.

8.  Only 20% of Americans think Valentine’s Day is romantic.  46% think it’s become too commercialized.

9.  Young people aren’t huge fans.  15% of people in Generation Z don’t think of today as a REAL holiday.  And of those who do celebrate, 25% would cancel it if they could.

10.  Other than our romantic partners, the top people we plan to give gifts to today are our kids . . . another family member . . . and a friend.  And 15% of us will buy OURSELVES a gift this year.