Midmorning With Aundrea - March 12, 2020 (Part 1)

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Midmorning With Aundrea - March 12, 2020 (Part 1)

(Part 1 of 2) Pediatrician Dr. Keith Watson joins us to share what you need to know about the coronavirus.

And we explore the latest scams where people are likely to lose money.

Midmorning With Aundrea - March 12, 2020 (Part 1)

And tonight on the "cbs evening a a very specica midmorning starts a a very specical midmorning starts right now.

Fears of the coronavirus are growing as new cases are reported.

We've talked about this with dr. keith watson about, but he joins us again today.

On monday health officials in steven pace >> if necessary is information.

This is a way to where the website accurate information ... coronavirus it is a virus it is affecting people spreads like the cold symptoms are very much like influenza is just not the flu very similar it's a different virus very similar symptoms and because it gave i think that unfortunately has caused some of this panic or deep concern of the spread even nation leading researchers who are very they do not have as much like a virus right at a that is was concerning most people is that theyhat they would reduce the messages just as that something very similar to the flu the way it spread and also there is a vaccine right you will will affect the people like spread the visit we don't know a lot about it it's with the same pops up it has spot spread to other parts of the world in here should wear this place i have extolled the adult area as of today undetected and others of other 14 state the state these places but it is the that it's not other places this is just too expensive out at this point this virus is not a deadly plague that kills everybody this is not an armageddon type conditioning maximum the corner of all my might in front of the that write about human nature this is a virus at this point where people have died this year the flu them from the coronavirus and the binders that i've looked at your healthy individual if you get the coronavirus the best odds that you're going to survive.

The sixth was written with the case which you should become on most of the death have been are older or artist jacob had other cool issues already at hand was talk about this again with all illnesses the importance of washing your hands honestly is the best they could do right now is wash your hands biomass wear it around right now is not what you need to be doing you will not see it and you do not have some that's not to take you or others about these massacres in a row for healthcare workers who actually exposed to it there's a problem wearing a mask right now is that we need to be doing, but i did keep the hand sanitizer around and if you are sick this is the condition if you are sick don't you work don't go to school stay home to you get better perhaps some of our fears., thank you for that advice thank you dr. watson on monday health officials in washington state with more cases of the coronavirus now reported in the us, people are looking for ways isn't stopping people.

Stores everywhere are out of masks.

Disinfectant wipes are also a hot commodity.

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world-- the impact on travel is growing by the day!

The travel industry is already taking a major financial hit-- but experts say the worst may be ahead.

Mary hahoney has a closer look at the impact on the global economy.

Travel restrictions..

Canceled trips... and soaring fears of a pandemic.

The coronavirus scare could be the worst cris for the travel industry since the september 11 attacks.

Experts say the industry is already taking a huge hit... and it's just the beginning.

A kaiser family foundation survey found one in eight people have already changed their travel plans due to virus concerns.

There's been a sharp drop in travel across the pacific... not just to and from china... but also to other asian countries.

That sharp drop is seen in both leisure and business travel.

Several major conferences are canceled-- including facebook's f-8 conference.

The geneva motor show..

And ironically..

The i-t-b berlin..

The leading trade show for the travel industry itself.

And experts say millions of workers could lose their jobs or have their hours cut... if demand continues to dwindle.

The coronavirus scare is also affecting how some companies are doing business.

With some of them discouraging non- essential travel for employees.

A survey of 400 businesses by the global business travel association-- found nearly half of the businesses have canceled or postponed at least some meetings or travel.

For consumer watch-- i'm mary moloney.

Again, this is primarily the international travel community.

Most people have not cancelled spring break plans within the united states.

And our travel agent kelly mckellar continues to remind us to check the cdc website and the state department .

That's where travel restrictions are located and the most up to date information can be found there.

Mississippi state is taking precautions with it's study abroad programs as students get set to travel to countries where it's been detected... the university has a faculty member in south korea and a student in italy through study abroad programs. thankfully... they have not come in contact with the virus... however.... this summer more students are scheduled to study abroad in some of the countries that have been hard hit.

That has msu closely monitoring the illness to determine if future study abroad programs will be impacted..

It could happen to any of us.

A story sounds real - but it?s a scam.

We'll show wth the federal trade commission says americans lost nearly 670 million dollars to scams last year.

A new report from the better business bureau is ranking the scams where people are most likely to lose money.

Naomi ruchim reports.

"i try to do thre or four applications a day" when we talked to michael poling last year he was posting his resume on employment sites looking for work.

A company reached out with a customer service position he could do from home.

"nothing reall odd about it, uhm or anything like that to me.."

He was sent a check for 5- thousand dollars to buy home office equipment and was told to return any money left over.

But when an acquaintance warned him it could be a scam... he didn't cash the check and reached out to authorities instead.

"they advised me t stop all contact, just don't talk to them, don't respond to them."

That's because con artists often ask victims to send back money..

Only to find out later the check was a fake.

Employment scams like this one top the better business bureau's list of riskiest scams from 2019.... with victims losing an average of 15- hundred dollars.

19:38 naomi: why are these employment scams so prevalent mel: i think there's a lot of people looking for flexible job opportunities."

Melissa trumpower from the b-b says the top ten list includes many scams we've seen in the past including fake money orders, romance and tech support scams. but there's a new one for 2019 - cryptocurrency scams. con artists are reaching out to people by email or social media offering big returns if they invest in the digital funds.

16:31 "what happen is they essentially don't return anything, they take that money pocket it and leave you with nothing."

Trumpower says always ask questions when someone is asking for money.

"if it sounds to good to be true it probably is and do your homework."

That can help keep you from becoming a scam victim.

Naomi ruchim, cbs news, new york.

Robocalls are among the most annoying problems in modern life.

However, there may be a way to make a buck on the scammers by making them pay for annoying you.

Take a look.

Security experts estimate that half the calls people get are robocalls from telemarketers or scammers.

More than 26 billion were logged last year.

"they'r unbelievably annoying,'' said frank cassidy.

Kaitlin marks said there seems to be no way to shut them down.

She said she gets them every day.

An app called do not pay now promises to turn the tables on the robocallers with its "robocal revenge."

"it gets you cas compensation every time a robocall calls you up,'' said inventor joshua browder.

"that's u to $3,000 per call."

The app starts by making sure the user is on the "d not call" registry broder said that makes it a federal civil crime to call a person.

Once a caller violates that, they're open to being sued.

"how would i d that?"

Asked fran cassidy.

"i don' have the money to sue people."

The app does the suing.

"when they cal you, the app will make a log of the call and it generates all the paperwork so you can sue them under something called the telephone consumer protection act," browder said.

Do not pay also generates a fake credit card number that can be given to the robocaller - even if they're using a spoofed number.

"when they try an run the card through the payment network, through the payment network, we get their phone, address, and name," federal law mandates a $500 fine if a company calls using an auto-dialer without permission.

That fee triples if the number is on the "do not call registry.

There's also no limit to the number of times a telemarketer can be sued.

Plastic bags are disappearing from store checkouts across the country as more communities impose bans.

New york is the latest state to get rid of them in hopes of reducing pollution.

But as nancy chen reports the move away from plastic has created a new problem.

Grocery shopping involves plenty of decisions -- but at stores in new york -- paper or plastic won't be one of them.

Plastic bags are checking out sunday when a statewide ban takes effect.

"anything t helps the environment is a good thing."

Avi kaner and his family have owned the manhattan- based chain "morton williams for more than 50 years.

He says shoppers will have to bring their own reusable bag..

Or buy one like this for 99 cents..

Or the foldable cloth version for 20 cents.

Under the new law customers could also pay a nickle for a paper bag... but for kaner that's not really an option... 1020 "paper bags wit handles are not even available to purchase in the united states."

Stores across the country are having trouble stocking paper bags.

There's been a sudden surge in orders as more communities dump plastic bags.

Four states have single-use plastic bag bans... while maine, vermont, delaware and connecticut will join the list later this year or next.

Several major cities also have rules limiting plastic bags in an effort to reduce pollution.

0023 i'm so for it -- yeah, 1000% for it.

0011 shopper: we need to protect our planet, and we have too much plastic in the world.

I grew up with paper bags, a kid from the 60's."

But industry experts believe paper bag shortages could continue for years.

0006 nancy: what kind of transitions as a retailer do you expect here.

Avi: well transitions are difficult.

And generally, people, customers, retailers, don't like change.

Proponents of this change predict shoppers will adapt..

And make reusable bags a new habit.

Nancy chen, cbs news, new york.

New york officials says more than 23 billion plastic bags are used in the state every year.

When we come back, a shared home is changing lives.


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