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    Fire officials announced continued success in the fight against the massive Bobcat fire, with U.S. Forest Service officials reporting the blaze is 50% contained. “Progress continues to be made on containment,” the Forest Service said in a tweet Thursday morning. “Fire activity has moderated and only 253 acres were added overnight, for a total of 113,986.” Containment estimates for the destructive fire are now holding steady at Sept. 30, one month earlier than initially projected. It’s something fire crews attribute to cooperative weather and the successful placement of containment lines around much of the blaze’s vast perimeter. “A lot of it came down to doing tactical firing and securing lines,” said Forest Service spokesman Larry Smith, adding that “hard work,...
    Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield speaks at a hearing on COVID-19 response held by the House subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2020.Al Drago | Pool via Reuters A majority of the U.S. remains susceptible to a coronavirus infection, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers Wednesday. Covid-19 has spread across America at varying rates since it crossed U.S. shores in January, infecting as much as 15% to 20% of the population in some states and less than 1% in others, he said. One state said almost a quarter of its residents have had the...
    Covid-19 carriers with no symptoms are just as likely to transmit the coronavirus as those who feel ill, according to scientists. Two studies published today have given further clues about the role played by 'silent' spreaders – who make up around one in five of the infected.  One study of South Korean Covid-19 cases revealed asymptomatic patients had the same viral load as those with signs of the disease, such a fever, a new and persistent cough or a new loss or change of taste or smell. Viral load is a measure of how many viral particles someone has circulating in their body and how likely they are to transmit the virus to others by coughing or talking, for example. ...
    Savannah Rychcik September 22, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance Americans can follow to slow the spread of the coronavirus while celebrating the upcoming holiday season. “As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply,” the CDC wrote. The agency added, “When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel,...
    At least 1,600 Americans have flown while at-risk for coronavirus, potentially exposing nearly 11,000 people on their planes, according to a Washington Post report of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.  The CDC investigated at the passengers who may have been infectious while traveling, and the thousands of people they shared a cabin with.   Some of their fellow travelers did develop coronavirus after the flights, but the health investigators could not pin down whether they caught the virus while in the air, or elsewhere. 'An absence of cases identified or reported is not evidence that there were no cases,' said Caitlin Shockey, a spokeswoman for the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine told the Washington Post.  'CDC...
    The amount to time you are exposed to coronavirus may partially dictate how likely you are to catch the potentially deadly virus, a new study suggests.  Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) re-examined a now-infamous Washington state choir practice, in which one person with coronavirus unwittingly spread the virus to 52 others.  They determined that the virus was primarily transmitted between the singers via aerosols - very fine drops of spit and mucus sprayed into the air while we breathe, talk and sing.  And the ability for the singers to be infected by these tiny floating aerosols was compounded by the amount of time - two-and-a-half hours - that 60 people spent in close quarters with one...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly removed information from its website saying that COVID-19 can spread through the air and that it may travel distances farther than six feet. It also removed statements saying that the virus usually spreads when people inhale particles produced by others. The information was added in an update over the weekend and was taken down from a page called “How COVID-19 Spreads” earlier today. A banner at the top of the site now says that the information was posted in error. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) tweeted that the change is “very likely a scandal.” Experts were thrilled to see the original update. Many have stressed for months...
    (CNN)The United States is closing in on the somber milestone of 200,000 deaths from Covid-19 as more than half of states are reporting a rise in cases. The climb comes after many states had seen case numbers decline following a summer resurgence of infections. Among the states reporting more new cases in the last seven days are Wisconsin, Idaho, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas, all of which also are reporting a coronavirus positivity rate above 15%. The positivity rate is the percentage of all the tests given that come back positive for coronavirus.Most of the US is headed in the wrong direction again with Covid-19 cases as deaths near 200,000Track the virus in your state and across the USRead MoreThe...
    (Reuters) - Coronavirus infections slowed in Australia and New Zealand, while Britain said it was at a "tipping point" on COVID-19 as European countries mulled tightening restrictions to curb a sharp resurgence in cases. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser. * For a U.S.-focused tracker with a state-by-state and county map, open https://tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser. * Eikon users, see MacroVitals cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?navid=1592404098 for a case tracker and summary of news. EUROPE * Britain is at a tipping point on COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock said, warning that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don't follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the...
    Bill Gates has said he is 'optimistic the pandemic won't last indefinitely' and predicts the United States will be 'back to normal' by the end of 2021.  The billionaire, a longtime philanthropist on issues of global healthcare and poverty, told Fox News host Chris Wallace in an Interview airing Sunday: 'If a vaccine approval comes by early next year as I expect, then by next summer the U.S. will be starting to go back to normal and by the end of the year our activities can be fairly normal.' America on Sunday neared 200,000 deaths from coronavirus with the University of Washington predicting the number of fatalities will nearly double by January. The virus continues to spread and there is currently no...
    Former president Bill Clinton slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his 'power play' to push forward with a new SCOTUS pick following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. McConnell vowed on Friday night, hours after the death of Ginsburg, also known as RBG, to call a vote for whomever President Donald Trump nominated as her replacement. RBG died at the age of 87 on Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.   'This is what they do. Both for senator McConnell and President Trump, their first value is power and they're trying to fill the court with as many ideological judges as they can,' Clinton told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. 'It's a power play, and they think they...
    Washington (CNN)As the US continues to combat the coronavirus, wearing a mask has become a politicized issue. A day after Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested masks might be even more important than a vaccine in the fight against the virus, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows argued that masks don't actually make a difference in stopping the spread of the virus. "I will gladly wear my mask each and every day if that's what makes the difference -- and it doesn't --and I think that even a Dr. Redfield, Dr. Fauci or anybody else would suggest that it is a mitigating effort, but it is not something that is designed to, to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the first time since declaring a state of emergency in March over the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tim Walz outlined this week what he believes is needed to end the peacetime emergency. The governor is looking for a decline in positivity rates and community spread, Teddy Tschann, a spokesperson for the governor’s office said. He added: “All 50 states are in an emergency. Our goal is to get COVID under control, that’s how the emergency ends.” The Star Tribune first reported on what the governor is looking for to end the peacetime emergency in an interview published Thursday. Currently, the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate is at 5% as of Sept. 8, according to the state’s Dial...
    (CNN)Not only are Michigan health officials dealing with the coronavirus, but they're also trying to contain the spread of a rare mosquito-borne disease.Authorities are urging people to stay indoors after dark and protect themselves from mosquito bites after a resident in Barry County was suspected of having Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a potentially deadly illness caused by the EEE virus. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the suspected EEE case on Tuesday. Heres how to protect yourself (and your pets) from EEE, the deadly mosquito-borne virus"This suspected EEE case in a Michigan resident shows this is an ongoing threat to the health and safety of Michiganders and calls for continued actions to prevent exposure, including...
    Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman of Facebook, speaks on the second day of the 56th Munich Security Conference. The fight against propaganda campaigns and other attempts at manipulation costs Facebook billions every year.Tobias Hase | picture alliance | Getty Images Facebook on Thursday announced new policies that will limit the spread of private groups on its social network that focus on giving users health advice as well as groups with ties to violence.  The company will no longer show health groups in its recommendations, saying that "it's crucial that people get their health information from authoritative sources," in a blog post. In the past, closed groups have been used by Facebook users to spread misinformation about vaccines and Covid-19.  Similarly, the company...
    Robots have become key players during the coronavirus pandemic and United Airlines is using one to disinfect planes with the hopes of encouraging people to take flight again. The firm has designed a 100-pound robot to disperse an antimicrobial spray that forms a long-lasting bond on surfaces and hinders the growth of microbes. Called NovaRover, the system is equipped with an omnidirectional nozzle atop a poll that sprays the fine mist in six directions as it rolls down the aisle. United explains that it only takes one and a half minutes to disinfect a majority of planes and is set to release these robots at 10 airports across the US that help during a craft's 'deepest cleaning' overnight. Scroll down...
    President Trump Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has been the most difficult part of his presidency but he believes he’s done everything he could to slow the spread of the virus. “I think we did a very good job,” Trump told an undecided Pennsylvania voter who asked him about his greatest challenge as president during a town hall with ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos. He said the virus has taught him “that life is very fragile. I knew people that were powerful people, strong people, good people, and they got knocked out by this.” TRUMP PRESSED ON WHY HE TOOK 'FOOT OFF THE GAS' ON COVID RESPONSE  Stephanopoulos asked him if he felt he could have taken more action against the...
    Influenza outbreaks may enable the spread of the novel coronavirus, a new European study suggests. Researchers from Belgium, Italy, Norway and Spain created a mathematical model of SARS-CoV-2 transmission during the early days of the pandemic. They found up to a 2.5-fold increase in coronavirus cases among the period in which the flu was co-circulating. The team, led by the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, says the findings suggest the need to increase flu vaccination not just to prevent influenza but also to curb the coronavirus, which has killed more than 900,000 people worldwide.  A new study, led by the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, found between a two-fold and a 2.5-fold increase in...
    Japanese tech company SoftBank has created a version of its Pepper robot that can detect whether office workers are wearing a mask.     The 47-inch-high robot with human-like features is already in operation in some countries welcoming visitors to shops, exhibitions and other public spaces. But the upgraded version is designed to stand at the entrance to offices, conferences, airports and other public spaces, to provide a gentle reminder to people to wear masks.  Pepper uses enhanced AI face detection to scan a person's face and if it detects the lower half is uncovered, it displays a red circle around on the screen on its chest and says: 'I see one of you is not wearing a mask.' If it sees that...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Saturday over the agency’s potential deportation of illegal immigrants back to Somalia, citing coronavirus fears as a reason to halt the deportations. “ICE is set to deport dozens of individuals from my district to Somalia, risking the spread of COVID,” the Minnesota Democrat tweeted. “ICE’s actions will not only put these individuals at risk, but could have far-reaching consequences for Somalia. This week, I sent a letter to ICE to get answers.” ICE is set to deport dozens of individuals from my district to Somalia, risking the spread of COVID. ICE’s actions will not only put these individuals at risk, but could have far-reaching consequences for Somalia.This week, I sent a...
    Asymptomatic children can transmit COVID-19 to adults, research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed.  A new CDC study, published on Friday, traced 184 students, teachers and family members connected to three daycare centers in Salt Lake City, Utah between April 1 and July 10.  Doctors and researchers have noted that children are less likely to be severely impacted by the coronavirus than their adult counterparts. However, many experts have asserted that infected children will be able to spread the virus to adults even if they do not show symptoms. The new CDC studies affirms that theory.  Over the course of the three month CDC study, 12 of the 110 children ultimately tested positive for the virus....
    Meaghan Ellis September 11, 2020 0 Comments The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that dining out could be one of the riskiest activities contributing to the spread of the coronavirus. The public health institute released a report on Thursday explaining why dining is such a high risk citing the removal of masks to eat and drink while patronizing restaurants. CDC officials conducted interviews with more than 300 people who experienced coronavirus-related symptoms, roughly half tested positive for COVID-19. Out of all the tests administered, approximately half returned with positive results. “Eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options might be important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the report states. It continued,...
    SPEAKING more quietly can drastically reduce the spread of deadly coronavirus, a study has found. A reduction of just six decibels can have the same effect on cutting transmission than doubling a room's ventilation, scientists claim. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1Speaking quietly can drastically reduce the spread of deadly coronavirus, say researchersCredit: Alamy "The results suggest public health authorities should consider implementing 'quiet zones' in high-risk indoor environments, such as hospital waiting rooms or dining facilities," wrote researchers from the University of California. In July, the World Health Organisation changed its guidance to acknowledge the possibility of aerosol transmission, such as during choir practice, or when in noisy restaurants or fitness classes....
    Climate change could trigger the spread of potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases around Africa and beyond, a new study shows.  Disease-carrying mosquito species, such as the aedes aegypti or yellow fever mosquito, are attracted to the excess heat caused by climate change.   US researchers have predicted when and where in Sub-Saharan Africa malaria will decrease and other mosquito-borne diseases will rise.  They also warn of 'public health disaster' if the continent fails to focus on strategies tailored to mosquito-borne diseases other than malaria.  They highlight that different species of the flying pest thrive at various temperature ranges and transmit different diseases.  The anopheles gambiae mosquito transmits malaria to humans, but aedes aegypti is also a huge threat and transmits several different viruses,...
    TikTok is racing to take down copies of a disturbing video showing a man's apparent suicide, which has gone viral on the video-sharing platform in recent days. Users across social media platforms are warning others to avoid the graphic video if possible.  The man originally live-streamed the disturbing scene on Facebook in late August, but since then clips have been copied and spread across a variety of social media platforms, including, most recently, TikTok.  "On Sunday night, clips of a suicide that had originally been livestreamed on Facebook circulated on other platforms, including TikTok. Our systems, together with our moderation teams, have been detecting and removing these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes...
    With temperatures in the 90s, hanging out in the sun all day can make for sweaty leather. The local hospital prepared for emergency room visits from bikers — an aging demographic — who might experience heat exhaustion, cardiac issues, or strokes. Jim Urquhart for Insider. Hundreds of thousands of unmasked bikers flocked to Sturgis, South Dakota, for its annual rally last month.  Researchers studying the spread of COVID-19 have found that more than 250,000 new cases since August 2 — or 19% — can be traced to the rowdy two-week event.  The public health cost of the event could be over $12.5 billion, according to researchers. The research, from the Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies at...
    Fears have arisen that bubonic plague could spread into China after its bordering country Mongolia reports its third victim who died of the Black Death this year. A 38-year-old man had died from the plague on Monday in Mongolia's western Zavkhan province after eating marmot meat last month, said the local authorities. It comes as China's Inner Mongolia region, near the Chinese border with Mongolia, has recorded two deaths caused by the plague in August, prompting the authorities to impose partial lockdowns and quarantine residents. Fears have arisen that bubonic plague could spread into China after its bordering country Mongolia reports its third victim who died of the Black Death this year. This picture taken on September 4 shows...
    New GPS tracking data from 45 million cell phones in the US  shows that coronavirus spread  more slowly among Americans after stay-at-home orders social distancing restrictions were put into place.  The amount of time it took for the number of US coronavirus cases to double was stretched by three-fold after more Americans started moving less, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers found.  As the pandemic took off across the  US, 42 states issued stay-at-home orders or advisories in a desperate attempt to slow the spread of the virus.  Much of the country protested the measures as draconian and prohibitive to businesses.  The US economy did indeed reel from sudden sea-change, millions lost their jobs, but the new study leaves little doubt that...
    Photo by Dave BergerIt is a simple one-word message: SLOW! How many times have you passed by the little plastic neon green figure with the word “SLOW!” on its midriff? This “Kid Alert! Visual Warning Signal (V.W.S),” with its bright red cap and reflective orange flag, encourages us to be careful in our neighborhoods. It gives us a moment to pause and to think of others, to protect the vulnerable, and increase our mutual safety. Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting social upheaval, we need to embrace this same advice to slow down in our everyday lives. The “new pandemic normal” is not just about social distancing and wearing face masks. It has also meant that extremism, violence,...
    Singing happy birthday may be good for timing how long to wash your hands, but a new study reveals it could also be spreading coronavirus infected droplets. Aerosol researchers at Lund University, Sweden studied the amount of particles emitted when we sing, and the impact this has on the spread of Covid-19.  To understand how many virus particles are emitted when we sing, researchers had 12 healthy singers and two people with Covid-19 sing into a funnel.  The study shows that singing – particularly loud and consonant-rich singing found in songs like Happy Birthday – spreads a lot droplets into the surrounding air. Researchers say if singers wear a face mask and venues practice social distancing and implement good ventilation,...
    TikTok is trying to remove graphic videos circulating the app that show a man shooting himself with a gun, and banning accounts from people who are re-uploading the clip. TikTok says the clip was originally streamed on Facebook and has appeared on other apps. As the TikTok community became aware of the clip, many creators started posting videos warning their followers to look out for an image — a man sitting in front of his desk with a grey beard — and swipe away from the video. Other creators spoke about the most disturbing part of the video being hidden inside more innocuous looking TikToks. A TikTok representative confirmed to The News Brig that “clips of a suicide” started...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – As the battle against the coronavirus pandemic continues, many companies are touting products that claim to kill dangerous pathogens in the air, or on surfaces, using ultraviolet light. However, questions remain regarding how effective these products — from lamps to wands — can actually be at preventing the spread of the infection. Scientists are warning consumers to beware of false claims. On a hot August day, Goettl technician Brian Jimenez climbs into an attic in a Simi Valley home to install a UV light in the air conditioning unit. Jimenez says the tiny UV light will reduce the amount of bacteria or viruses circulating in the air. “Once the pandemic occurred, we saw a huge rise...
    SAN ANTONIO – Fearing a spike in COVID-19 cases following the last major holiday of the summer, officials in San Antonio are warning people to not let their guard down this Labor Day weekend. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued another plea on social media Thursday night after his daily coronavirus briefing, urging people to avoid large crowds and wear a mask when heading out. “We can’t let our Labor Day mirror the Fourth of July,” he said, referring to a time period when Texas was setting new records for virus cases and hospitalizations. “Things are moving in the right direction, but we’ve seen first-hand how quickly they can turn around.” View this post on Instagram Stay safe this...
    WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has issued a directive halting the eviction of certain renters though the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.Federal, state and local governments have approved eviction moratoriums during the course of the pandemic for many renters, but those protections are expiring rapidly. A recent report from one think tank, the Aspen Institute, stated that more than 20 million renters live in households that have suffered COVID-19-related job loss and concluded that millions more are at risk of eviction in the next several months.The administration's action stems from an executive order that President Donald Trump issued in early August. It instructed federal health officials to consider measures to temporarily halt evictions. The...
    The mayor of Cincinnatti has urged Ohio's governor to keep bars in the city open later, arguing the 10pm alcohol curfew has led to an increase in shootings.  In a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine, Mayor John Cranley wrote: 'We have no doubt that the 10 p.m. closures were imposed to save lives, but as we gather more evidence, we believe we should adjust accordingly. We know that the current shutdown rule is leading to more shootings; therefore, we should try something different.' At least 18 people were shot, including four killed, as gunfire erupted in several places around Cincinnati over the weekend of August 16.  Gov. DeWine said his office are looking into whether Cincinnati may be exempt from the curfew.  Police chief Eliot...
    Donald Trump doubled down on his claim Tuesday that a plane full of Antifa came to Washington D.C. in an organized attempt to cause chaos in the National's Capitol – but it appears this claim is repeating a similar rumor that was spread earlier this summer. 'What happened is the entire airplane filled up with the looters, the anarchists, the rioters – people that obviously were looking for trouble,' Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One to head to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. He defended the claim as well, insisting that an individual 'you know' was on the airplane when it became filled with uniformed Antifa rioters. 'I will see whether or not I can get that person to...
    North Korea has ordered soldiers and police to 'shoot on sight' anyone within half a mile of the country's border with China in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Pyongyang sources only learned of the draconian new measure less than a day before it took effect at midnight on Thursday. Police in the city of Hoeryong said they would kill anyone within such a distance of the boundary 'regardless of their reason for being there', RFA reports.  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, pictured, has ordered soldiers and police to 'shoot on sight' anyone within half a mile of the country's border with China in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus The policy is being...
    Children are six times less likely to spread coronavirus than adults, a study has claimed as children in England return to school today. The research tracked how the coronavirus spread in a group of 1,900 people, mostly children, who spent five weeks at summer camps in Spain. They were mixing in similar situations to schools but spent most of their time outdoors and not in classrooms, the researchers in Barcelona said. Swab testing every week found 30 infected children passed the virus on to just 12 others, despite having more than 250 close contacts in their 'bubble'.  The children's R rate - the number of people an infected person transmits the virus to - was 0.3. In comparison, the R rate...
    Saudi Arabia is locking up African migrants in hellish detention centres to stop them spreading the coronavirus, it has emerged.   Images leaked to the Sunday Telegraph show emaciated migrants packed into cramped cells in the searing Middle East heat.  Prisoners say they are 'treated like animals' by Saudi guards who beat them with whips and electric cords and toss away the bodies of migrants who died of heatstroke or suicide.  Images leaked to the Sunday Telegraph show emaciated migrants packed into cramped cells in the searing Middle East heat  Saudi Arabia came under pressure for deporting thousands of illegal migrants when the pandemic first arrived, and has since been cramming them in prisons to stop them spreading the disease in their...
    STANFORD, Calif. (KGO) -- Starting this Tuesday, Stanford will be closing its campus to most of the public.The campus is being divided into zones to help limit the spread of the COVID-19.RELATED: INTERACTIVE MAP: Here's what's open, closed in the San Francisco Bay AreaEach zone has certain requirements to enter depending on the student, staff or faculty member's role.There will be a few community zones for the public near the edge of the campus.These include the Arboretum and the Stanford Golf Course.Only a third of Stanford students will be on campus this semester.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the story in a new windowVIDEO: Coronavirus: Here's what goes into creating vaccine for COVID-19EMBED More News Videos...
    A White House official’s flippant response to concerns about the maskless crowds of attendees at the Republican National Convention—and the GOP’s ignoring of the coronavirus’s horrific toll—have sparked widespred outrage this week. “Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually,” a senior White House official told CNN‘s Jim Acosta Thursday. Reporting on the fourth night of the convention, Acosta said, “We not only heard a lot of gaslighting tonight, we possibly saw and witnessed some superspreading from this event.” Approximately 4,000 Americans died of Covid-19 during the four-day Republican National Convention this week, and more than 180,700 Americans have perished from the virus since the pandemic began. Neither figure was mentioned during the RNC spectacle, which is also under scrutiny for potential violations of the Hatch...
    Benjamin Currie After more than two months on hiatus, Washington, DC’s Sauf Haus Bier Hall and Garten reopened for rooftop dining on May 29. Before customers could sit down to taste the pub’s oversized pretzels and slurp down steins, they were given the option to pass through its new Cleanse Portal—a white entry gate emitting UVC light meant to zap any remnants of the coronavirus on their bodies and in the air around them. The portal is made by Healthe, a “lighting science” company that markets its Cleanse line as a chemical-free way to sanitize air and surfaces in busy environments. “Because let’s face it,” Healthe’s website states, “sharing isn’t always caring.” Health care workers across the country used...
    Following individual human stories in a sprawling event like a global pandemic is a challenging task. Making thoughtful connections between the two is even harder. But this long read from The California Sunday Magazine on America’s first COVID-19 epicenter, a nursing home in Washington state, does the job with compelling and tragic precision. It focuses on two inhabitants of a single room in the nursing facility, the Life Care Center of Kirkland, part of the largest privately held chain of long-term care centers in the US. It tracks how the coronavirus spread through the facility “like a spectral haunting,” and how underpaid and overworked staff battled against the odds to bring it under control. Nursing home residents account for...
    BREAST cancer is the leading cause of death in women under the age of 50 in the UK. But a combination of better treatment and earlier detection through screening is helping to give women a better chance at survival. 2Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding has revealed she is battling advanced breast cancerCredit: Twitter In fact almost nine in 10 women will beat the disease - and survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years. However, when breast cancer is not picked up early and given the chance to spread - known as advanced - it becomes incurable. It can most commonly spread to the bones, brain, lungs or liver. There are an estimated 35,000 people living with advanced, or...
    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is among the Republican governors who has been applauded by medical experts for his response to the coronavirus pandemic and implementing social distancing measures in his state. But some Republicans in Ohio’s state legislature believe that DeWine committed an unforgivable sin by trying to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in his state and are calling for his impeachment. Leading the anti-DeWine effort in the Ohio House of Representatives is Rep. John Becker, who has drawn up ten articles of impeachment against DeWine and created a website called “Impeach Mike DeWine” — which offers updates on efforts to impeach the conservative Republican governor. The articles, announced on August 24, slam DeWine for, among other things, issuing...
    GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Clear Creek in Golden was closed indefinitely on Monday in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. That means no inner tubes, canoes or other floating vessel will be allowed in the water in Golden city limits. (credit: CBS) People are also prohibited from swimming as well. Last week, rangers warned some 900 people on that shore and in the water that social distancing is required. Anyone trespassing in the creek or on the banks will be cited. On Monday, the first day of the full closure, barriers will be put into place, along with signage, to ensure tubers and other waterway recreators exit the creek before they reach the Golden city limits. The restrictions...
    Florida’s daily positivity rate for the coronavirus this weekend fell to a level not reported since mid-June. Florida’s Department of Health reported that the positivity rate for the coronavirus fell to 4.89% on Saturday. The positivity rate was last at such low levels on June 13, according to the Sun-Sentinel, and health experts consider a positivity rate below 5% as meaning the virus is under control. “Obviously this community has made some large and meaningful gains in suppressing the spread of this virus,” Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said last week. In Kerner’s county, the Department of Health reported a 4.12% positivity rate on Saturday, down from 5.24% on Friday. “Florida update: percent positive today is...
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    DENVER (CBS4)– The extension of the state mask mandate by Gov. Jared Polis to at least Sept. 13 may prolong a skin problem. A lot of people are experiencing skin irritation and breakouts caused by the face coverings. It’s what some are calling “maskne.” (credit: CBS) “It’s definitely been something that I’ve had to get used to,” said Jordan Dwyer, Director of Inpatient Transplant Services at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSL). She now wears a mask 10 to 12 hours a day. It is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For Jordan, it has started a different problem. “You know around my chin, up my cheek bones, even a few like underneath my eyes where the mask touches,” she...
    As wildfires continue to tear through parts of California and Colorado, Google has launched new tools to help people stay informed about their progress. Starting today, Google search queries for information about the fires will turn up more than just news stories and alerts — they’ll also display maps of the fires’ boundaries. The Google Maps app will display the same wildfire boundaries to people attempting to enjoy the height of summer nearby, and will also provide warnings and “ambient alerts” to those who begin to approach affected areas. But here’s the most important part: That crucial fire map information is being updated hourly. To make sure people get the most accurate view possible, Google has been using...
    Facebook announced new guidelines on Wednesday intended to limit the reach of movements tied to violence such as the QAnon conspiracy. Hide In a post on its blog, Facebook stated that it would begin taking action against not only Facebook Pages and Groups but Instagram accounts as well. Hide Groups specifically cited by Facebook alongside QAnon include anarchists “that support violent acts amidst protests” and militia organizations. “We already remove content calling for or advocating violence and we ban organizations and individuals that proclaim a violent mission,” the company said. “However, we have seen growing movements that, while not directly organizing violence, have celebrated violent acts, shown that they have weapons and suggest they will use them, or have individual...
    Virus updates: Texas passes staggering 10K deaths 5 Items That Are Making Your Grocery Bill Skyrocket Transfer VHS Tapes, Film, and Photos to Digital Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Biggest single-game NBA playoff upsets The Orlando Magic shocked the Milwaukee Bucks in their NBA playoff opener Tuesday, 122-110. The Magic were 14-point underdogs, according to Bet MGM. What were some of the other single-game stunners?
    The flush of a urinal causes coronavirus-laden particles to 'climb violently' into the air, a study found, with experts now recommending wearing masks in public toilets. Researchers from China simulated how particles are expelled from urinals when the latter are flushed — creating an invisible spray of potentially infectious droplets. They found that 57 per cent of the particles are ejected away from urinal, where they can hit the thigh of a user within less than six seconds. The findings follow previous work by the team which found regular toilets also issue clouds of potentially viral aerosols when flushed — especially if the lid is left up. However, the spray from urinals is predicted to travel both faster and further. Urinals...
    A growing body of evidence shows that deforestation can greatly increase the prevalence of zoonotic viruses in which viruses are passed from animals to humans. Six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic. In an uninterrupted environment, viruses carried by animals are limited by their ecosystems. However, deforestation and other environmental disturbances displace the animals carrying these viruses as their sources of food are lost and habitats destroyed. As humans encroach on these areas, human-wildlife contact can increase, resulting in a high incidence of zoonotic viruses as pathogens jump from animals to humans. More than a third of the Earth’s land is used for agricultural purposes, and humans’ desire for beef, soy, palm oil, and wood products...
    We’re shuttering businesses, inspecting workplaces and re-imagining education to keep COVID-19 at bay. But we’re all thumbs when it comes to dealing with what has become the Achilles’ heel of our coronavirus prevention plan: rogue parties that have helped send infection rates soaring among young people in Los Angeles County. It seems like almost every week some illicit event with super-spreader potential makes news — at a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, a celebrity compound in Calabasas, an estate in Holmby Hills, a warehouse in the industrial Harbor Gateway neighborhood. Police show up but don’t do much — unless a partygoer gets shot, which has happened during at least three recent events, including a Hollywood Hills party where a woman...
    (CNN)The Covid-19 death toll in the United States has soared to more than 170,000, just 18 days after the nation marked 150,000 lives lost.As cases have increased in the US, the lull between grim milestones has grown shorter. It took 54 days for the number of people killed by the virus to go from one to 50,000, and then 34 days to cross 100,000 mark on May 27. Now, more than 5.4 million people have been infected and 170,052 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.By September 5, the number of deaths could grow to 189,000, according to a projection from an ensemble forecast by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More than 1,000 coronavirus deaths have...
    America. “data-reactid =” 12 “> A study ruled out that the spread of syphilis in Europe, a disease that wreaked havoc between the 15th and 18th centuries, had its origin in America. How this sexually transmitted disease spread across Europe has been a long topic of debate among researchers: while some claim that it already existed on this continent, others argue that it was spread by Christopher Columbus’s crew that arrived in America. Treponema pallidum, which causes syphilis, among other diseases, existed in Europe before Columbus left for America. “data-reactid =” 14 “> Research by the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich suggests that there is a“ reasonable possibility ”That the bacterium Treponema pallidum, which causes syphilis,...
    (CNN)An inmate at a Connecticut prison was confirmed dead this week after he was found with a cloth mask intended to prevent the spread of Covid-19 tied around his neck, according to the state Department of Correction. The inmate's death has been ruled a suicide, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told CNN. Resources for helpNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-TALK (8255) Trevor Lifeline1-866-488-7386 Trans LifelineUS: 1-877-565-8860Canada: 1-877-330-6366 Crisis Text LineText "741741" Daniel Ocasio, 32, was found just after 5 a.m. Wednesday at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Montville, Connecticut, with a ligature tied around his neck, DOC spokesman Andrius Banevicius said in a statement sent to CNN."The ligature was made from the cloth mask issued to the offender population to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live. But it’s also led to a wave of innovations to help people avoid the virus. A supermarket in Helsinki, Finland is taking a hands-off approach when it comes to COVID-19. With shoppers worried about touching surfaces, the store added freezer door handles customers operate with their arms. There’s no touch needed at a mall in Bangkok, Thailand, where shoppers put their best foot forward. “So we came up with this idea of the hand-free, foot-operated elevator,” says Prote Sosothikul, vice president of Seacon Square Department Store, which oversees the mall. On the elevators, pedals replace buttons and are not only used to summon the elevator, but also choose...
    A Connecticut inmate, 32, hanged himself in his cell this week using a prison-issued face mask given to him to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to authorities.  Daniel Ocasio, from Windsor, Connecticut, was found with a ligature around his neck by prison guards at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center early Wednesday morning. The ligature had been fashioned from a cloth mask, the Department of Corrections said.    Ocasio's death comes amid a growing storm over the distribution of face masks among the prison population as advocates say they are vital to protecting inmates trapped in the virus hotbeds while prison guards warn inmates could use them to harm themselves and others.  A Connecticut inmate, 32, hanged himself in his cell at...
    Cutting the fat between young adulthood and midlife can half your risk of a premature death, a new study shows. Reductions in body mass index (BMI) between the ages of 25 and 40 is critical to living a long life, US researchers said.  People whose BMIs went from the 'obese' range in early adulthood down to less than 'seriously overweight' in midlife cut the risk of dying by 54 per cent, they report.  Weight loss after middle age does not significantly reduce the risk of death, however, showing people are best advised to combat fat in midlife at the very latest.  Changes in weight between young adulthood and midlife may have important consequences for a person's risk of early death ...
    “This type of information should not be exaggerated,” they warned from the international health agency The explanation came after China claimed to have found COVID-19 particles in imported food. Photo: Anna Shvets / Pexels The World Health Organization (WHO) assured this Thursday that transmission of the new coronavirus through food should not be feared. The international health agency ruled on the issue after China announced it had found COVID-19 particles in imported food. “We do not believe that the coronavirus can be transmitted through food. If we have understood correctly, China looked for the virus in wrappers, he checked it with hundreds of thousands and only found in very few. Less than 10 tested positive, ”explained...
    Brittany Snow Lists Contemporary Spanish Style Home Tested: 2020 Tesla Model S with Cheetah Mode Delivers Real Gains How To Sell Your Home For The Best Price Possible Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life These States Are Doing the Worst Job of Limiting Person-to-Person Spread The coronavirus can spread in various ways, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it mainly spreads through person-to-person contact. That's why social distancing is so important. Most research shows that respiratory droplets produced by infected people typically doesn't spread further than six feet, depending on the activity, which is...
    The NCAA’s chief medical officer and two of its infectious disease expert advisers warned Thursday the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus throughout the United States remains an enormous obstacle for college sports to overcome. “I feel like the Titanic. We have hit the iceberg, and we’re trying to make decisions of what time should we have the band play,” said Dr. Carlos Del Rio, executive associate dean at Emory. Del Rio, a member of the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel, appeared with NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline on a webinar hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Earlier this week, the Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five conferences to decide not to play football, or...
    Members of the white-power accelerationist group The Base pose during paramilitary training exercises at a site in northeastern Washington state in 2019. Of all the radical right’s multiple permutations in the era of Donald Trump—Proud Boys, QAnon conspiracy theorists, “Patriot” militiamen, and “Boogaloo Bois” among them—the most worrisome by far is the spread of white-power “accelerationism”: a belief system predicated on the idea that modern human civilization (and especially its multicultural features) is a blight, and that the only solution is to encourage its destruction through acts of terroristic violence. Its followers explicitly embrace violence as the only viable means for change, because they see politics as a waste of time. That phenomenon—like QAnon—is now spreading globally. A new report...
    Even as many states move forward with reopening plans, including schools and restaurants, the pandemic doesn’t seem to be slowing down. A group of researchers at Duke University studied multiple types of masks to determine which did the best at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The group studied the efficacy of masks by looking at respiratory droplets during regular speech. The test found that three-layer surgical masks, cotton masks, and N95 performed well, with the N95 performing the best in the group. What didn’t perform well? Neck fleeces often used by runners. “We were extremely surprised to find that the number of particles measured with the fleece actually exceeded the number of particles measured without wearing any mask,”...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Contact tracing is a key tool in bending the curve in the coronavirus pandemic. And now, thanks to a new incentive, more people are cooperating with the process."Without their help, we won't be able to bend the curve," said Victor Scott, Public Health Specialist.Bending the curve of Covid-19 infections: that is the sole purpose of the 2600 contact tracers working right now for the LA County Department of Public Health."It's one of our tools and since the beginning of this pandemic, we've been tried to use it to the best of our ability," said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director, Department of Public Health.So far, the public health department has issued more than 210,000 isolation and quarantine orders...
    A Florida sheriff has banned his employees from wearing face masks at work, despite the state seeing a record daily surge in coronavirus fatalities.  Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods issued the surprising command via email on Tuesday, in spite of the fact the local government passed has mandated the use of face coverings inside businesses.  'My order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn,' Woods wrote in the email, which has been obtained by The Ocala Star Banner.  Officers will be able to ask for exemptions when attending court, jail, schools or hospitals. However,Woods expects his employees to go mask-free everywhere else.  'As for special details and/or any...
    Hawaii is now battling the highest rate of coronavirus transmission in the nation, new data shows. COVID-19 cases are spreading in the tropical state at a rate of 1.6, which means every person who gets sick is infecting at least one other person on average, Hawaii News Now reported. “That is very, very high,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told the outlet. Meanwhile, the next worse states are South Dakota, at 1.2, and Texas, which is at 1.16. “It’s just a glaring example of how we need to be serious about this,” said Dr. Scott Miscovich, who has overseen mass testing events in the state. “We need to wear masks, we need to social distance.” He urged Hawaiians to spend more...
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    As students prepare to head back to school, a new study will be tracking the rate of novel coronavirus spread among children and their families. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) is looking at transmission among nearly 2,000 households across the US.  Researchers hope to determine the percentage of children who become infected, how many adults subsequently contract the virus, and if infection differs between children who have asthma or other allergic conditions and children who do not It comes as several studies and anecdotal reports have been published over the last month, which have found that children of all ages have become infected, and then pass the disease on to their family members.  The National...
    DURHAM, N.C. (CBS LOCAL) – Duke University researchers wanted to test how easily germs can spread even during normal conversations. They used a box, laser, lens, and cell phone camera to visualize droplets and filmed people speaking into the box. Martin Fischer, Ph.D., is with the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at Duke University. He says, “It’s astounding how much stuff comes out of you when you just speak, you didn’t even have to sneeze or cough. It’s the speaking itself that already generates lots of droplets.” According to Dr. Eric Westman in the Department of Medicine at Duke University, “You may not know that you’re spreading the disease, you won’t see it.” Dr. Fischer and Dr. Westman’s team tested...
    France could lose control of its coronavirus outbreak at any time, according to the country's top scientific body. The scientific committee warned that a second wave was highly likely in a report published by the Health Ministry's website on Tuesday.  It said that the situation was 'under control, but precarious. We could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control.'  The warning came as authorities grapple with a sharp increase in fresh cases which has seen more than 7,000 new infections within the last week as well as a rise in the number of people being treated for the disease in intensive care.   The global coronavirus death toll has now topped 700,000.   The warning came as...
    Air transmission of Covid-19 is being underestimated - which could impact guidelines on social distancing, ventilation systems and shared spaces, warns new research. Researchers at Heriot-Wyatt University and University of Edinburgh found evidence that both small and large droplets can travel relatively long distances through the air - and not always in predictable directions with airflow.   The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned aerosol transmission of Covid-19 is being underestimated as a study reveals droplet spread from humans does not always follow airflow. Researchers say the new findings on droplet migration may have important implications for understanding the spread of airborne diseases such as COVID-19.  It comes after top US infectious disease specialist Dr Anthony Fauci admitted during a Monday JAMA interview...
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    DONALD Trump has called for Antifa to be investigated after wide-spread riots and unrest spread across parts of the United States. "I think Antifa should be investigated — not the law enforcement," the president said during an interview with Axios that aired on Monday night. 2Trump said that 'Antifa should be investigated'Credit: Axios "It's Antifa and anarchists that are causing the problems — not law enforcement," he continued. "Take a look at what they've done to the courthouse. Take a look at what they’ve done to the streets." Trump went on to say that the federal officers that he deployed throughout the country are "unmarked" because of "these terrorists, these Antifa people." A "The Right of the People...
    Plastic face shields are likely not as effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus as cloth face masks, experts believe. As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States and around the world, doctors continue to urge the public to wear masks, observe social distancing and wash their hands. In one recent example, during an outbreak of the virus at a hotel in Switzerland, health officials said employees wearing only face shields tested positive, while those wearing masks did not contract it, a local news outlet reported. One guest, who had interacted with the employees wearing face shields, also tested positive. A top doctor in the country warned that the shields "create a false sense of security." Face shields may...
    Catching coronavirus on public transport is far less likely than once feared, fresh data suggests. Trains, buses and planes were earmarked as potential Covid-19 hotspots by experts around the world at the start of the crisis. This is because Covid-19 thrives in enclosed indoor spaces with little ventilation and densely packed crowds of people. But research suggests that, if masks are worn and social distancing is adhered to, the chance of the virus spreading on public transport is minimal.  Contact tracing studies looking into hundreds of Covid-19 clusters in France, Austria and Japan linked fewer than 1 per cent of 'super-spreader' events back to public transport. The likelihood of catching the virus was found to be far higher when working in...
    Luke Fernandez - Susan J. Matt August 2, 2020 11:30PM (UTC) Disaster movies like "Contagion" and "Outbreak" depicted pandemics as dramatic, even action-packed. It turns out the opposite is true: a nascent real-life pandemic problem, it seems, is that Americans are experiencing an uptick in boredom. In June, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard released "The US National Pandemic Emotional Impact Report," which found that 53% of Americans surveyed reported being more bored than before the advent of COVID-19. Perhaps that's why many are disregarding rules about quarantines and crowds as they go off in search of fun; indeed, a July study just published suggested boredom might be undermining health precautions such as social distancing and self-isolating....
              Governor Mike DeWine has issued several new recommendations in the wake of an uptick in coronavirus cases. The number of coronavirus cases in Ohio has recently gone over 90,000 and almost 3,500 people have died, according to The COVID Tracking Project. Thirteen Ohio counties are under the Level Three Public Health Emergency. Level Three means that a county has “very high expose and spread” of the coronavirus. DeWine noted that the virus was spreading to more rural counties on Twitter. Here is this week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. The good news is that more people are wearing masks in our urban counties and we are seeing the spread slow. The bad...
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) got into a heated exchange with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday while discussing the impact the nationwide protests have had on the spread of COVID-19. During the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing, Jordan grilled Fauci on whether the last two months of protests have spread the coronavirus. "Crowding together, particularly when you're not wearing a mask, contributes to spreading the virus," Fauci said when asked about protests spreading COVID-19. Jordan then asked Fauci, "Should the government limit the protesting?" The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases replied, "I don't think that's relevant. I'm not in a position to determine what the government can...
    "Let us all keep a cool head about Asian influenza as the statistics on the spread and the virulence of the disease begin to accumulate." ~New York Times editorial, Sept. 17, 1957 "So, what was it like to live through the Asian flu of 1957?" I recently asked my father. "What's the Asian flu?" replied my father, who was in second grade at the time. "Well, do you remember the Hong Kong flu of 1968?" I followed up, thinking that surely he'd remember something that killed around 100,000 people (the equivalent of 160,000 today) when he was in college and very news-savvy. "I remember the riots in '68 and the oil crisis in the '70s, but don't recall anything...
    "The View" co-host Meghan McCain tweeted on Friday that Dr. Anthony Fauci's recent comments before Congress showed why Republicans were angry amid shutdowns and restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. She was responding to a video clip in which Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asked Fauci whether the U.S. government should block protests in the wake of George Floyd's death. "Should government limit the protesting?" Jordan asked. Fauci, who said protesting without masks could spread the virus, said he wasn't sure how Jordan's question was "relevant." "Come on man!!!" McCain tweeted in response. "This is part of the reason republicans are so pissed - Fauchi [sic] will comment on everything from what kind of tinder sex people can have to baseball but...
    A map has shown where Americans are wearing face masks to help get the coronavirus pandemic under control. Public health officials say wearing face coverings can slow the spread of the virus, but they are not being adopted widely in every state.  Redditor bgregory98 collected data from The New York Times and research firm Dynata to plot out all 3,141 counties in the US. The map shows that residents of hotspot states like California, Texas and Florida - and former hotspot New York - are the most compliant about mask use with between 70 and 100 percent of people wearing them in public. Meanwhile, residents in counties located in the Plains and Midwest, which is starting to see an uptick...
    A new Pew Research Center survey found over three-quarters of American adults blame the Chinese government for the global spread of the coronavirus and over 60 percent of respondents said the country has done a poor job handling the aftermath of the outbreak. The survey, which polled 1,003 individuals and was conducted from June 16 to July 14, showed 73 percent of U.S. adults have an unfavorable view of the country, which marks the most negative rating in the 15 years that Pew Research Center has been conducting polling on the subject, according to a press release. Negative views toward China have also increased by 7 percentage points over the last four months alone and have gone up 26 points since 2018. The survey claimed 83...
    Visitors walk past face mask signs along Decatur Street in the French Quarter on July 14, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Sean Gardner | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Wednesday advised public officials against trying to achieve so-called herd immunity to the coronavirus by allowing it to rapidly spread throughout their communities, saying it will overwhelm hospitals and kill a lot of people. Herd immunity is necessary to really contain a virus, according to epidemiologists. That is generally achieved once enough people either get vaccinated or survive the virus so they have the antibodies to fight off new infections and the virus doesn't have enough new hosts to spread.  Most scientists think 60% to 80% of the population needs...
    (CNN)Students returning to school in the fall will likely teach the nation even more about the unknowns of Covid-19, the United States' top infectious disease doctor said.With schools closed since March and April -- as coronavirus cases soared to more than 4.3 million and deaths climbed to 149,256, according to data from Johns Hopkins University -- a knowledge gap has persisted around how young children experience and spread the virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Tuesday.Coronavirus means many school bus riders could be left with no seat"We don't know the full impact," Fauci said during a discussion with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. "We don't have the...
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    SAN ANTONIO – The Alamodome is now home to hundreds of contact tracers, working to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Bexar County. Right now, there are about 200 investigators on the city’s COVID-19 Response Team, but the space has the capacity to accommodate up to 250. The job of a contact tracer is to find out who has tested positive and who they may have exposed. Investigators then contact those people to inform them, so they can quarantine for 14 days while monitoring for symptoms. “We are collecting info from them about how the epidemic is spreading thorough our community and they are the most important source of information to help us stop the spread... so we really need...
    At the moment when nature is altered or destroyed, ecosystems are weakened and the spread of potentially pathogenic agents is facilitated. The main causes that promote the loss of biodiversity on our planet are deforestation, species trafficking, intensive agricultural and livestock exploitation and climate change, according to WWF. The World Health Organization (WHO) has detected more than two hundred zoonotic diseases, that is, they are transferred from animal species to humans. In addition, the international organization indicates that 70% of human ailments have precisely that origin. Climate change, therefore, plays a dual role in processes related to the development of diseases: it directly impacts people’s health and amplifies the main threats that affect biodiversity, which favors the spread of viruses...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA investigator Meghan Schiller enlisted the help of a local laboratory to see if all face coverings are equally effective. As the mask debate continues to play out across the nation, Pennsylvanians face the reality of wearing masks with no end in sight. KDKA’s Meghan Schiller went to find out if one mask reigns supreme. “This is called a sheep’s blood ager plate and it’s typical in any lab,” said microbiologist Jack Rihs. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Rihs invited our cameras into Special Pathogens Laboratory to cough it out and see what sticks. To stay safe, KDKA’s Meghan Schiller took her temperature that morning and remained in one room for the duration of the experiment. Rihs wore his...
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    Once hailed as a breakthrough technology, the coronavirus pandemic may now spell the death-knell for the touch-screen era as car giant Jaguar Land Rover pioneers new ‘touch-free’ contactless screens to help fight the spread of the virus.  New patented ‘predictive touch’ technology, developed by the Britain’s biggest car-maker in conjunction with Cambridge University scientists, uses artificial intelligence and sensors to control in-car ‘infotainment’ systems without occupants needing to physically touch the screen. Jaguar Land Rover says it ‘offers dual benefit of keeping drivers’ eyes on the road and reducing spread of bacteria and viruses in post Covid-19 world’. Range Rover models will also benefit from the system, which should resist the spread of germs Lee Skrypchuk, a human-machine interface...