Feb 9, 2019

You're most likely to get "ghosted" in Austin

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In Austin, Texas, men are more than 6 times as likely to ghost someone than in other U.S. cities, according to the Singles in America survey by Match.

The big picture: They are also 5 times more likely to breadcrumb, almost 4 times more likely to become relationship "zombies" and 4 times more likely to constantly check their phone on a first date.

  • "Ghosting" is a relatively new dating term referring to the act of disappearing without explanation from all communication with someone after weeks or months of regular texting, messaging, calls and/or dates.
  • A "zombie" will come back to text or interact on social media with someone they ghosted a while before.
  • "Breadcrumbing" consists of regularly messaging someone via text, dating apps or social media with no real intention of starting a relationship.
  • "Benching" is when you don’t really want to date someone seriously, but want to keep them “on the bench” for those lonely nights. This is done by consistent yet infrequent communication.

Sound smart: Benching differs only slightly from breadcrumbing, in that, breadcrumbing requires no in-person communication.

  • "Orbiting" is one of the newest online dating terms, which refers to the act of cryptically viewing or liking a love interest or ex's social media accounts. "The way it feels to be orbited depends on your relationship to the orbiter," according to the New York Times.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 618,043 — Total deaths: 28,823 — Total recoveries: 135,736.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 104,865 — Total deaths: 1,709 — Total recoveries: 894.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill to provide businesses and U.S. workers economic relief.
  4. State updates: A group of Midwestern swing voters that supported President Trump's handling of the coronavirus less than two weeks ago is balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter. Alaska is latest state to issue stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month.
  5. World updates: Italy reported 969 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the country's deadliest day.
  6. Business latest: President Trump authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to direct General Motors to build ventilators for those affected by COVID-19. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has been appointed to enforce the act.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancing.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Coronavirus updates: World case count tops 600,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned that the novel coronavirus pandemic could worsen if people fail to take the appropriate containment measures, at a news conference in Tokyo.

The big picture: The U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases, as the number of global cases nears 615,519. Governments around the world are trying to curb the medical and financial fallout of COVID-19, as infections surge across Europe and the U.S.

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The one-minute coronavirus story

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News about the coronavirus is so big and coming so fast that it's hard to remember what happened just last week, let alone last month.

Here's the quickest possible review of the story so far — how it happened and how the U.S. lost control.

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