>COVID incubation period explained
The incubation period for COVID-19, the time between exposure to the virus and the onset of symptoms, is about three to seven days for most people and can be up to 14 days, during which these pre-symptomatic patients can be contagious, according to China's latest national guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 published on Wednesday.
The five days after symptoms occur are when the disease becomes highly transmissible, the guideline said.
Respiratory droplets and close contact with infected patients are the primary methods of transmission, and exposure to virus-contaminated objects can also cause infection.
In terms of the effect of the novel coronavirus on the body, the virus can damage the lungs, spleen, bone marrow, cardiovascular system, liver, kidney, brain and digestive tracts.
>TCM giant opens fusion cafes
Tongrentang Group, a renowned traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy, has opened two fusion cafes offering drinks and healthcare services in Beijing. The shops have been quite popular among consumers, especially young people.
Tongrentang, which was founded in 1669 and mainly targeted middle-aged and elderly consumers, has gone viral online for its recent decision to sell coffee and milk tea.
The cafe provides coffee drinks infused with herbs such as licorice, monk fruit and cinnamon. It also offers various teas mixed with Chinese wolfberry and grapefruit.
Its healthy coffee series, such as motherwort rose latte and monk fruit Americano coffee, have become the store's star products, with prices ranging from 16 to 32 yuan.
>Apple hits $2 trln market cap
Apple hit a market capitalization of $2 trillion on Wednesday, becoming the first publicly traded US company to reach that milestone.
Based on a share count of more than 4.275 billion, Apple broke the barrier just before 11 am ET Wednesday, as its share price rose to $467.77.
Apple shares traded at a high point of $468.65 during the day and $462.83 per share at closing.
Apple first reached a $1 trillion market cap on Aug 2, 2018, and now accounts for close to 7% of the S&P 500's total market value.
Its market capitalization is about equal to the combined values of the S&P 500’s 200 smallest companies.
Apple surprised Wall Street, as it was able to get loyal customers to buy iPhones, iPads and Macs online even as several brick-and-mortar stores remained closed due to the coronavirus lockdowns.
Apple has pushed its revenue beyond the economic outputs of Portugal, Peru and other countries.
>'Chocolate snow' in village
Residents of the town of Olten, Switzerland, located between Zurich and Basel, found their town lightly dusted in a fine cocoa powder from a nearby Lindt & Spruengli factory last week.
The Lindt & Spruengli company confirmed to the AP the powder was a result of a cooling ventilation system malfunction, which spewed "cocoa nibs" all over the town due to strong winds in the area.
The nibs are crushed cocoa beans that are the basis for making chocolate.
Photos of cars and other objects that were given a chocolaty coating have been shared by local news sources and social media. People have been responding to the news with good humor, of course, because who doesn't love the idea of living in a land of chocolate?
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