Cruise industry’s tiptoe into reopening already a disaster

When even the professional sports teams trying to perform without live audiences can't stay virus-free despite every effort, what in the world makes the cruise industry believe they can operate safely now? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/03/two-cruise-ships-hit-by-coronavirus-weeks-after-industry-restarts Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts Outbreaks of Covid-19 recorded on MS Roald Amundsen in Norway and the … Continue reading Cruise industry’s tiptoe into reopening already a disaster

What additional protection does one get from a face shield?

from Washington Post's Coronavirus Update email of July 29, 2020 “What additional protection does a face shield provide if I’m also wearing a mask (e.g., on a plane)?" — Laura in D.C. There hasn't been much research on the benefits of face shields for the general public, but many experts believe they offer at least … Continue reading What additional protection does one get from a face shield?

How to be a good friend during these hard times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/smarter-living/coronavirus-how-to-check-in-with-a-friend.html? In a perfect world, when you’re checking in with someone who’s struggling, you’d have your conversation together in a calm, private setting. Phones and devices would be silenced and stashed out of sight. Food and drinks tend to put people at ease, so you’d nosh on snacks or sip a beverage together, too. But … Continue reading How to be a good friend during these hard times

Another reason to get your flu and pneumonia shots — keep your mind

https://www.nextavenue.org/flu-pneumonia-vaccines-alzheimers-risk/ Taking a close look at two studies released at the Alzheimer's Association conference By Sherri SnellingCaregiving ExpertJuly 30, 2020 Credit: Adobe With vaccines top of mind at the White House and across the globe during the coronavirus pandemic, two studies presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2020, shed new light … Continue reading Another reason to get your flu and pneumonia shots — keep your mind

Just think what you can do with four days

The period of isolation is changed for those who have experience COVID-19 and does not apply to those who have been exposed and don't yet know if they've acquired the virus. https://www.radio.com/news/cdc-changes-covid-19-guidance-on-self-isolation-rules CDC Changes COVID-19 Guidance on How Long Patients Need to Self-Isolate https://players.brightcove.net/5757251889001/SkXmVqJHX_default/index.html?playlistId=1660364253580567221 By Tarrah Gibbons, RADIO.COM July 26, 2020 3:35 pm The Centers … Continue reading Just think what you can do with four days

Why you still can’t find disinfectant wipes

https://slate.com/business/2020/07/why-its-still-so-tough-to-find-disinfectant-wipes.html Why It’s Still So Tough to Find Disinfectant Wipes Too few materials, too many coronavirus outbreaks, and a never-ending canister shortage. By Aaron Mak July 21, 20205:08 PM Every time there’s a surge in coronavirus cases, the supply of these things gets … wiped out. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Four months into the United States’ … Continue reading Why you still can’t find disinfectant wipes

Quarantine could be easier with a little company sharing my space

I've seen the odd articles about celebrities who are isolating themselves with not only their nuclear family, but also layers of family above, below, and sideways. They've seemed happy groups but that's what media does, right? As a single person in heavy quarantine, I've relied heavily on the company of my two cats, one of … Continue reading Quarantine could be easier with a little company sharing my space

Masks serve more purposes than we’ve realized

I've only recently been sprung from my apt to do a few small ventures outdoors so long as I'm masked at all times and maintain a social distance. I'll acknowledge wearing a mask is less comfortable than not wearing one, but it supports my health and that of the community. Turns out the Japanese habit … Continue reading Masks serve more purposes than we’ve realized

What does COVID-19 do to children and how contagious are they?

The CDC has put out guidance about re-opening schools but this article from the National Geographic addresses the real concerns of parents. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/07/coronavirus-infection-spread-in-children-cvd/? Here's what COVID-19 does to a child's body As schools prepare to reopen, experts weigh in on whether youth protects against the virus, and how readily kids can spread it to adults. … Continue reading What does COVID-19 do to children and how contagious are they?

New elevator protocol compulsory if tall office buildings are to survive

I've already heard anecdotal stories about businesses eager to get employees back under their eyes but finding elevators a major roadblock. In buildings as tall as in Manhattan, it could take hours to get everyone upstairs. And then you need to begin getting them down. https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-remakes-elevator-etiquette-11595077202?mod=hp_lista_pos4 Covid-19 Remakes Elevator Etiquette Office buildings limit passengers and … Continue reading New elevator protocol compulsory if tall office buildings are to survive

14-day quarantine to go to a wedding in Scotland

It's compulsory to quarantine when arriving in certain countries or states. This is an excellent description of the process there and in the U.S. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/to-attend-our-daughters-wedding-we-spent-14-days-quarantined-in-scotland/2020/07/16/cfaaa1f4-c141-11ea-b178-bb7b05b94af1_story.html? To attend our daughter’s wedding, we spent 14 days quarantined in Scotland The author and her family got familiar with the views from the windows of the Edinburgh flat where … Continue reading 14-day quarantine to go to a wedding in Scotland

Biggest climate risk to NYC now? Heat

As one of those who made the choice to come to NYC, rather than just being born here, I chose again not to leave despite what should be a rugged next few years. Fortunately, despite its other problems, NYC's weather problems are few despite climate change. We get stronger storms but -- so far -- … Continue reading Biggest climate risk to NYC now? Heat