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Netflix comes to Google’s Nest Hub devices – Engadget

From today, Netflix is available to stream to Google’s Nest Hub and its Nest Hub Max, enabling you to catch up on your favorite shows wherever you’ve connected those devices. As with any Nest setup, you simply need to connect your account inside the Google Home or Assistant app. To celebrate, Google is boasting about the discounts its offering right now to get people to buy one of these devices for your kitchen or hallway.

If you’re not a paid-up member of the Nest ecosystem, you may have thought that Netflix was already on the platform. After all, Nest Hub devices have Google Cast built-in, and it can already stream other video services, including Hulu, CBS All Access and Disney+.

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Decision day comes for Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott – NBC Sports – NFL

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With fewer than 24 hours until the window closes on a long-term deal until after the 2020 season, the Dallas Cowboys and franchise-tagged quarterback Dak Prescott are no closer to an agreement than they were months ago.

Per a league source, the two sides still aren’t talking. The Cowboys made their most recent offer in March, and they’ve done nothing since then to kick-start discussions.

While it’s possible that the Cowboys will make one last push at getting Dak to sign, they’ve done nothing to lay the foundation for whatever it is that they may offer before the clock strike 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

The Cowboys’ latest offer consisted of a five-year deal, with a percentage of guaranteed money too low for a five-year deal. Their options are to increase the guarantee significantly or to cut the offer to four years, the length for which Prescott has been pushing.

Ultimately, the question continues to be whether the Cowboys will offer Prescott enough to get him to trade in the $31.4 million he’s due to make this year, the $37.68 million he’d make under the tag in 2021, and the three-headed monster the Cowboys would face in 2022: Transition tag in excess of $45 million, franchise tag in excess of $54 million, or unrestricted free agency for Dak.

Some have suggested that Dak shouldn’t assume that he’ll be tagged again in 2021, and that he likewise shouldn’t assume anyone else would pay him $37.68 million next year. The fact that the Cowboys used the highest possible franchise tender this year (they could have saved several million under the non-exclusive version) suggests that they aren’t willing to risk the possibility that he’d leave now. So why would they take an even greater risk of him leaving later by not tagging him a second time?

Indeed, if Dak goes after 2020, who would they replace him with? They got lucky with Dak in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. How lucky will any team get in 2021 if there’s no college football season and a draft pick who hasn’t played college football in 20 months suddenly is expected to perform at the NFL level?

Barring a catastrophic injury or a dramatic dip in performace, Dak is looking at $69.08 million over the next two years, followed by either a gigantic payday from the Cowboys or a chance to see what the open market will bear.

Considering how that worked for Kirk Cousins in 2018, Prescott should be exited by the possibility of becoming the first quarterback in league history who received the exclusive version of the franchise tag, didn’t sign a long-term deal, and then became a free agent. If the Cowboys want to keep that from happening, it’s time to do what they should have done the moment his third regular season ended: Make him an offer he can’t refuse.

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Eye care comes into focus during coronavirus – The Washington Post

What is it about the eyes that have prompted the repeated coronavirus warnings?

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned again and again. Wear a face mask, which may be effective because they remind you not to touch your face and eyes, among other things. Or use face shields, if you are a health-care worker.

“If someone sneezes in your face or if you touch a contaminated surface and then rub your eye,” says Jessica Belser, a microbiologist at the CDC, you risk getting the novel coronavirus in your eyes.

You want to protect your eyes from respiratory viruses for two main reasons. There is a direct connection between the eyes and the nasal passages, which can lead to respiratory infection. And viruses can infect the eyes themselves, which is called conjunctivitis — or pinkeye.

Eyes have natural protective mechanisms such as tears to wash irritants away and immune mediators to combat threats that hang around. But viruses can take advantage of the eye in a couple of ways. They can bind to proteins in the eye, which are similar to those in the lining of the nose and throat. Then they can enter (infect) cells and replicate themselves. Viruses can also travel with tears through tiny holes in the eyelids and down a duct that drains into the nose.

“Sometimes people put eye drops in and find they can taste them,” says Laura Di Meglio, an optometrist at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.

The story with covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is far from definitive. But observational studies suggest that eye protection reduces transmission, according to a review article published this month.

Scientists know much more about other viruses, such as those that cause flu and colds. Belser studies flu viruses and has demonstrated that exposure to the eyes can result in respiratory illness in an animal model. (This experiment used ferrets with customized goggles to deliver virus-containing aerosols.)

“Influenza can cause conjunctivitis and respiratory infection,” says Sonal Tuli, an ophthalmologist at the University of Florida. The same is true for adenovirus, a common cause of colds and bronchitis.

“At a day care or school, when you see an outbreak of conjunctivitis, you think adenovirus,” says Tuli, who also is a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Conjunctivitis is an umbrella term for inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eye. It can be caused by viruses or bacteria, or allergens.

“Viral conjunctivitis is the most common and most contagious,” Di Meglio says. “It’s self-limiting, like the common cold.” That means it slowly goes away over time.

Bacterial conjunctivitis is less common and characterized by a lot of goop or crustiness around the eye, she says. In this case, see a doctor who can prescribe an antibiotic.

Antibiotics will not work on viruses. For viral pinkeye, the treatment is comfort care, Tuli says. Artificial tears can be soothing, as can cool compresses. Reducing eye irritation can also reduce the urge to rub your eyes.

Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis both are contagious. So don’t touch your eyes unless you’ve washed your hands, and don’t share towels or pillowcases.

There’s a day or two of infection before symptoms show, which is why most often both eyes are affected, Tuli says. It’s easy to cross-contaminate your eyes before you know you are infected.

If, in addition to being red and watery, your eyes are itchy then allergens likely are the culprit, Di Meglio says. Over-the-counter eye drops, including those that contain antihistamines, can help, as can oral allergy medications.

People who wear contacts are at more risk of any of these triggers because they’re putting something foreign in their eyes. Mind your hygiene, Di Meglio says, by washing your hands and disinfecting your lens case.

Many chemicals can irritate the eyes as well, such as cleaning solutions and hand sanitizer. “Alcohol” — the main ingredient in hand sanitizer — “can cause significant irritation and damage the surface of the eye,” Tuli says.

Certain autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can also cause eye redness.

How risky is it to see an eye doctor during the pandemic? Eye doctors are upping their safety procedures to keep patients, and themselves, safe. As other health-care providers are doing, they are minimizing time spent in the waiting room, screening patients and checking their temperatures, and requiring face masks.

“Everything we do is an extension of what we do normally,” says Ruth Williams, another clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She wears an N95 mask and her regular glasses. Some of her colleagues wear goggles or face shields. Sometimes the doctor will tape a patient’s mask down to prevent fogging of equipment or to correct an ill-fitting mask.

“We have to weigh the risk of viral transmission to the ease of taking care of our patients,” Williams says.

Her practice, at the Wheaton Eye Clinic in Illinois, has been open since the second week of May without any covid-19 cases.

Williams says that people who are wary of being in such close quarters with an eye doctor can put off their eye exams or routine screenings for a while. Symptoms that should prompt a visit are decreased vision, pain, redness, flashes or floaters or double vision. These could be signs of something potentially serious.

“Protecting vision is such a high value thing,” she says.

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