Coronavirus

What Is Monkeypox And Its Health Risks?

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: SOPA Images / Getty The confirmation of an outbreak of the monkeypox virus last week has many concerned as two cases have been confirmed in the United States. But initial reporting has left a space for confusion about the virus and the risks with COVID-19 still prevalent. We’ve taken some time to provide some clarity in this article. Officials with the World Health Organization have confirmed that while 160 cases of monkeypox have been discovered in the U.S. and 12 European nations along with Israel and Australia, they are confident that the spread can be stopped as these are countries where it is considered non-endemic. “As surveillance expands, we do expect that more cases will be seen. But we need to put this into context because it’s not Covid,” said ...

Mammoth WVH Cancels 6 Shows After Band & Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Rock band Mammoth WVH announced on Wednesday (April 6) that they have canceled their six remaining performances on the Young Guns Tour because band and crew members tested positive for COVID-19. Their co-headliner, Dirty Honey, will continue the tour on their own, starting from tonight’s show at The Ritz in Raleigh, N.C. Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news Mammoth WVH is the solo project of Wolfgang Van Halen, the ex-bassist of the band Van Halen and son of the late guitarist Eddie Van Halen. In an Instagram post on April 5, Van Halen said that after spending a weekend in Las Vegas for the Grammys, where his single “Distance” was nominated for best rock song, he reunited with his band in North Carolina to pick up the Young Guns Tour. The crew took ...

Miley Cyrus Says She Has COVID-19, ‘But It Was Definitely Worth It’

Miley Cyrus revealed Friday (April 1) on Twitter that she has COVID-19, but she has no regrets: “It was definitely worth it.” The pop star has been touring Latin America for the past week, with a concert in Bogota, Colombia, and a performance at Lollapalooza Brazil in Sao Paolo. “Traveling around the world, playin for 100,000 people a night & meeting hundreds of fans a day, the chances of getting Covid are pretty high,” Cyrus tweeted. “I have Covid now but it was definitely worth it.” Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news Traveling around the world, playin for a 100,000 people a night & meeting hundreds of fans a day the chances of getting Covid are pretty high. I have Covid now but it was definitely worth it. — Miley Cyrus (@MileyCyr...

Inside Track: Labels’ Back-to-Office Plans Include Massages, Mediation, Free Lunch & Concerts

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, music companies are welcoming back employees with a wide range of healthy perks to lessen the stress of returning to the office after two years of working from home. Warner Music Group and publishing arm Warner Chappell offer staffers massages, reiki sessions and even sound baths in their Los Angeles, New York and Nashville offices, as well as complimentary lunches and smoothies. Baristas also man coffee stations to encourage face-to-face conversation and collaboration among returning workers who may have only seen each other over Zoom for months. There is also a full slate of virtual programs ranging from yoga, wellness classes and meditation. WMG’s recorded music division began welcoming staffers back in late February, while the publishing company and corpo...

Concert Business Moves From Pandemic to Endemic as COVID-19 Restrictions Lift

The live event industry fought hard to implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates and mask requirements in order to bring back shows, but with dropping cases and high inoculation rates, promoters and venue owners are steadily moving away from strict safety precautions. When Coachella announced in February that it is dropping all COVID-19 safety restrictions for its upcoming event in April, it set the stage for the entire festival season to come. Coachella producer Goldenvoice, which also runs the country music-focused Stagecoach in the same location, said both Indio events would no longer require fans to show proof of vaccination, obtain negative COVID-19 tests prior to entering or need to wear masks. Coachella — with headliners Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Kanye West – was the first major fes...

An Omicron Variant Is Doubling In Numbers In New York City

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / Getty Even though it’s beginning to feel like normal again, the world is still not done with the Coronavirus pandemic as an omicron “subvariant” is rapidly spreading across New York City just as mask and vaccine mandates are being relaxed. According to The Gothamist, the omicron variant known as BA.2 is becoming the dominate strain going around New York City and studies show that it spreads 30% faster than the original BA.1. Apparently the BA.2 strain has been doubling statewide every two weeks and accounts for one in every 10 sequenced cases. Luckily it’s not as lethal as the Delta variant or even the original Rona virus that caused the world to come to a standstill in 2020. Still, even with millions of New Yorkers being vaccinate...

MAGA Actor Ricky Schroder Has Another Meltdown Over Mask Mandate

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: VALERIE MACON / Getty Former child star, actor, and MAGA affiliate Ricky Schroder has yet another public meltdown captured on video after being asked to follow masking rules intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The incident, which was shared on social media by Schroder through his Instagram account, shows the former NYPD Blues actor becoming irate with security guards at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Schroder stopped there while en route to Washington D.C. to join the purported “freedom convoy” of truck drivers protesting against vaccine and mask mandates throughout the United States. The video, which was shared by the Patriot Takes account on Twitter on Sunday (March 6th), shows the guards at t...

John Mayer Tests Positive for COVID-19 Again: ‘This One’s Got the Better of Me’

COVID-19 has derailed John Mayer‘s Sob Rock tour once again. The musician announced late on Thursday (Feb. 24) that additional members of his band have contracted coronavirus, including himself — for a second time. “More members of the band tested positive for Covid today, and I was one of them,” the “Wild Blue” singer shared in an Instagram post, explaining that the next four shows will be rescheduled once again. “This is a bummer for everyone in the band and crew, to say nothing of the question hanging over everyone’s head – mine included – as to how I tested positive on PCR twice in two months.” Explore Explore John Mayer See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news He added that while his first bout with COVID was “extremely mild,” he hasn’t been quite as fortu...

Many ETHDenver attendees report positive COVID-19 tests and few masks

The transmissibility of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 seems to have affected many attendees at the ETHDenver developer conference, who reported symptoms and positive test results following the event. Many social media posts from ETHDenver attendees after the conclusion of the Feb. 11–20 conference claim they tested positive for the virus. A local news outlet reported that more than 12,000 people from 100 countries attended the event, which resulted in many infections among both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Finally got my first COVID infection courtesy of #ETHDenver pic.twitter.com/TDR3OEteI5 — T h i r k (@theThirk) February 22, 2022 According to ETHDenver’s COVID policies, attendees and staff were required to “take a rapid [antigen] test, on-site, prior to picking up their badge” and...

Justin Bieber Tests Positive for COVID-19, Postpones Las Vegas Concert

Justin Bieber has tested positive for COVID-19, Billboard has confirmed with a representative for the singer. As a result, the 27-year-old pop star has postponed his concert at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Sunday (Feb. 20). “Due to positive COVID results within the Justice Tour family, we will unfortunately have to postpone Sunday’s show in Las Vegas,” reads a statement on the venue’s website. “Justin is of course hugely disappointed, but the health and safety of his crew and fans is always his number one priority. The tour launch in San Diego was a massive success, and Justin is excited to bring this spectacular show to his Las Vegas fans as soon as possible.” Explore See latest videos, charts and news Bieber’s Las Vegas show has been rescheduled for June 28, but that date in contingent o...

Queen Elizabeth II Tests Positive for COVID-19, Experiencing Mild Symptoms

Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday (Feb. 20) and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, Buckingham Palace said, adding that she still plans to carry on working. The diagnosis prompted concern and get-well wishes from across Britain’s political spectrum for the famously stoic 95-year-old. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a fixture in the life of the nation, the queen reached the milestone of 70 years on the throne on Feb. 6, the anniversary of the 1952 death of her father, King George VI. She will turn 96 on April 21. The palace said the queen, who has been fully vaccinated and had a booster shot, would continue with “light” duties at Windsor Castle over the coming week. “She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guide...

Crypto community condemns Canada for freezing dissidents’ Bitcoin wallets

Global cryptocurrency enthusiasts have expressed concerns over Canadian authorities freezing bank accounts and crypto wallets involved in funding local COVID-19 protests. On Thursday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Calum MacLeod issued an order freezing all the digital assets and bank accounts associated with “Freedom Convoy,” a series of ongoing protests against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions. According to a report by the Toronto Star, the amount of funds frozen so far in bank accounts and digital wallets with Bitcoin (BTC) and other assets is estimated at more than $1 million. “The names of both individuals and entities as well as crypto wallets have been shared by the RCMP with financial institutions and accounts have been frozen and more accounts will be frozen,” Deputy Pri...