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"Connecting Communities for COVID19 News" 20th Apr 2020

Isolation Tips
Coronavirus: How to get to sleep during lockdown
Your hot water bottle is all warmed up, you've not looked at your phone for the past hour, you've just counted your 600th sheep - backwards - and yet still, sleep won't come. Sound familiar? Since the coronavirus lockdown, the hashtag "can't sleep" has been trending, with tales of people struggling to get their heads down for the night. One of those people is Laura Coppell. "Before the lockdown, I would sleep like a log. But now it's the opposite," the 26-year-old tells Newsbeat. If that's you, here's how you can reverse that trend.
During #COVID19, looking after your #mentalhealth is vital. Pay attention to your own needs & feelings - Engage in healthy activities - Exercise regularly - Keep regular sleep routines & eat healthy food - Keep things in perspective #TogetherAtHome
During #COVID19, looking after your #mentalhealth is vital. Pay attention to your own needs & feelings - Engage in healthy activities - Exercise regularly - Keep regular sleep routines & eat healthy food - Keep things in perspective #TogetherAtHome
For Ukrainians, quarantine: good tips for what to do at home, so as not to go crazy with boredom because of isolation
Delo.ua is giving you a range of good advice for all of you who are having to spend time at home under quarantine for the next few weeks both working remotely and looking after your young children
Isolation Observations
HOP TO IT: A kangaroo had the run of the city of Adelaide as residents stayed inside to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
HOP TO IT: A kangaroo had the run of the city of Adelaide as residents stayed inside to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
These penguins took a stroll through the quiet streets of Cape Town as residents in South Africa self-isolate amid COVID-19 lockdown.
These penguins took a stroll through the quiet streets of Cape Town as residents in South Africa self-isolate amid COVID-19 lockdown.
Most incredible thing you’ll see today. These two women are playing tennis from rooftop to rooftop in the Italian city of Liguria to pass time during the pandemic.
Most incredible thing you’ll see today. These two women are playing tennis from rooftop to rooftop in the Italian city of Liguria to pass time during the pandemic.
Wanna be Tour De France hopeful finds innovative solution during coronavirus lockdown
Wanna be Tour De France hopeful finds innovative solution during coronavirus lockdown
Hygiene Helpers
Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Here Are Some Hygiene Rules That Every New Mother Should Follow
It is important to follow strict hygiene rules for babies as they are still developing their immunity system. Check out the Hygiene tips laid by Health Experts.
A new way for opening doors
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Microdroplets might explain the rapid spread of COVID-19
Using high-definition cameras and laser lighting, NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, conducted an experiment with a group of researchers to capture the movement of microdroplets – particles that are less than 100th of a millimetre in size. They found these microdroplets are emitted every time we speak – and the louder we talk, the more are emitted. So, two people holding a conversation at a normal distance apart could easily lead to infection. The findings underline the social distancing message from the World Health Organization, which advises people to keep at least 1 metre apart at all times. It also reinforces the need to keep rooms well-ventilated.
Hygiene tips: Here’s how often you should be washing your bedding and towels
There is plenty of confusion about how often towels and bedding should be washed. One in 20 people wash their bedding once a month, and a third of people clean them every fortnight. But is this right? Should it be every week or every month? And what about during the pandemic? Is there a certain length of recommended time to wait between washes and how often should key items be replaced? Express.co.uk chats to cleaning whizz and Head of Product Development at Christy England Helena Mead to find out the answers.
Dettol Handy Helpers Programme improving hygiene of children to reduce spread of cold and flu
The Dettol Handy Helpers Programme has been designed to educate children on the impact spreading germs can have, and uses behavioural science to teach simple steps to improve hand hygiene. The project was started with an experiment with more than 1,000 children across the country, and it saw a ten per cent increase in children’s behaviour to adopt better hand washing behaviour, with 75 per cent of children taking part now practising good hand hygiene.
Community Activities
One world, #TogetherAtHome! #COVID19
LIVE: One world, #TogetherAtHome! #COVID19
Who's Who of pop culture unites for 'One World' coronavirus special
Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey on Saturday headlined a special broadcast of music, comedy and personal stories celebrating those around the world on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The #TogetherAtHome concert has ended, but our appreciation to all the health care workers of the world continues: Thank you for working round the clock to fight the #COVID19 pandemic. Thank you for the difference you are making, every day and everywhere
The #TogetherAtHome concert has ended, but our appreciation to all the health care workers of the world continues: Thank you for working round the clock to fight the #COVID19 pandemic. Thank you for the difference you are making, every day and everywhere
On video, dancers from l'Opéra de Paris show elegance and grace as a way to beat the coronavirus
Confined, the artists of the Paris Opera do not stop dancing. In a video produced by Cédric Klapisch, they pay tribute to all those who are fighting on the front line against the coronavirus pandemic. A gesture of hope and solidarity.
Social Bite delivering 4,000 free food packs to help those hit with hardship amid coronavirus lockdown
Social Bite says it has changed emphasis to meet the increased demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It said: "In a nutshell our social enterprise cafes and our corporate catering business were forced to close during the outbreak, yet more people than ever need our help with many support services closing down. “We responded to this crisis by re-purposing our kitchen, cafes and teams to create a free food delivery service - focusing on getting supplies out in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.
Over 3 lakh women leading fight against Covid-19 in Assam, says state minister
"Over 30,000 Self-Help-Groups, 1.20 lakh peoiple are involved in the fight against the coronavirus, 44,000 Asha workers in the state helping make masks and PPE where they can. It is great for Assam that a large number of women are involved with such kind of activities,"
Coronavirus: Bristol Rovers players deliver food to vulnerable fans
Bristol Rovers players have delivered food and supplies to some of their vulnerable season ticket holders. The club, nicknamed The Gas, wrote to 700 of its fans over 70 to ask them if they needed extra help. Along with toilet paper, bread and milk, the players also delivered fans a surprise free Rovers shirt. Captain Ollie Clarke said: "I don't ...
Captain Tom Moore, 99, says he is 'overwhelmed' by raising $23 million for the NHS
Captain Tom Moore, the now famous 99-year-old British war veteran who has raised more than £19 million ($23.7 million) for the UK's National Health Service (NHS) by walking 100 laps of his garden, has said he is "absolutely overwhelmed" by the sum he has been able to raise. Moore, who will turn 100 later this month, began a JustGiving fundraiser on April 8, initially hoping to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, which raises funds for UK hospitals, including for staff, volunteers and patients affected by the coronavirus crisis. He completed the challenge on Thursday, after walking 10 laps of his garden each day, aided by a walking frame. He told CNN he never anticipated being able to raise such a sum.
Please stay home! Hearing impaired Syrian children share this message via sign language.
Please stay home! Hearing impaired Syrian children share this message via sign language.
He got a call to pickup a patient from the hospital. When he arrived, doctors and nurses surprised him with a standing ovation, plus an envelope of money.
In Spain, a taxi driver was known for taking patients to the hospital, free of charge. One day, he got a call to pickup a patient from the hospital. When he arrived, doctors and nurses surprised him with a standing ovation, plus an envelope of money.
4 Look for the Helpers: Volume 3
One of our biggest sources of inspiration right now is you. The people of 417-land have pulled together to help each other in a crisis, and we're collecting their stories here.
Coronavirus: Chefs unite to feed Bristol's key workers
A group of Bristol chefs and restaurant owners are pledging to feed key workers during the coronavirus outbreak. The Food Union has been set up to keep the businesses in operation while many have closed to regular customers. "For chefs to down tools when people needed feeding was unconscionable, the money we raise to feed these people goes back to the restaurants and supply chain," said Aine Morris. "It's to make sure the restaurants are still there when this is all over." The Food Union offers meals for £6 that can be gifted to a key worker. Of that, £4 goes directly to the restaurant with the rest going on delivery and administration.
Drawing Covid-19: Artists around the world illustrate coronavirus in their community
With Covid-19 surpassing half a million cases globally, the pandemic has left no community untouched. We reached out to artists in six countries asking them for a snapshot into how coronavirus has transformed their daily lives.
Working Remotely
15 Best Practices for Working Remotely From Home
We’ve got decades of experience in working in the same place where we live – here are the time-tested practices we at ITPro Today rely on to establish, maintain and grow business as usual.
It’s Not Just Working Remotely; Hiring and Onboarding Go Virtual, Too
For her first day on the job at Accenture last month, Danielle Mizrachi planned to walk to the consulting firm’s offices near New York’s Grand Central Terminal wearing the work clothes she bought after accepting their offer back in November. Instead, Ms. Mizrachi, a 26-year-old software engineer, found herself at her grandmother’s house in Stamford, Conn., awaiting delivery of her company laptop and attending weeks of virtual orientation.
Sudden Rise in Remote Work Self-Isolation and Health-Related Anxiety
Following a surge in anxiety caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, managing and supporting mental health at work has never been more crucial. With the whole world facing unprecedented challenges around COVID-19, John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices explains why it’s an ideal time for businesses to place a sharper focus on talking about employee mental health, whether teams are working onsite or remotely.
Presenter Polly Bartlett plays violin version of STV News theme tune while working from home
Reporter by day and violin supremo in lockdown; super-talented Polly wants to lift spirits across Scotland and was inspired by BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans
Work will transform after this crisis
Now is the time to retool businesses for a remote economy, improve the quality of life for parents, and retrain the workers who lack digital skills. In fact, the response to coronavirus may reveal that some workers and employers prefer remote work after all.
Holyrood committees to be held remotely
Holyrood committees are to be held remotely, Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh has announced, as MSPs will be asked to approve rule changes. Changes to Scottish Parliament standing orders are to be proposed on Tuesday, when MSPs return to Holyrood after the Easter recess, which will formalise virtual meetings. Previously, only committee hearings held in person within the Scottish Parliament were considered formal meetings.
It's not too early to plan for the future of work in a post-pandemic Ireland
The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on all our lives. Employers and employees across all sectors found themselves adapting overnight to an entirely new way of working. Remote Working- With much of the workforce now working remotely, a good step for employers is to look at their remote working policy. They should check it is fit for purpose and communicate with staff to ensure they understand the content.
Rapid Remote Work: 10 Tips For Success
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing a multitude of workers to face the challenge of working from home. So how can you work productively and successfully from home? How can you continue to be heard and hear others? What tools do you need? Here are my top 10 tips for successful rapid (sometimes emergency) remote work.
Even Banksy is working from home during the lockdown
Coronavirus lockdown measures mean people around the world are making adjustments to their daily lives, and sometimes their homes. Famed street artist Banksy has joined those who have had to adapt their working life, bringing his outdoor work inside. "My wife hates it when I work from home," Banksy posted on Instagram Wednesday, alongside a set of images showing illustrated rats larking around in his bathroom.
Virtual Classrooms
Who will take BBC’s virtual lessons? The Doctor, of course
The footballer Sergio Agüero, the Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker and the EastEnders actor Danny Dyer will be among the celebrities leading lessons as part of the BBC’s plans to help to educate the nation’s schoolchildren during the Covid-19 crisis. The broadcaster has announced details of its virtual learning programme, which launches today as children would normally have returned to their classrooms after the Easter holidays.
Delivering education online: coronavirus underscores what's missing in Africa
In Africa, about 297 million learners have been affected. Their teachers and resources, will remain underutilised for a while. The question for society is, “what next”? This is a valid concern given that no one is certain how long the health crisis will last.
Kerala govt backed ICTAK pushes for virtual classrooms during coronavirus lockdown
In the wake of the prolonged lockdown on account of Covid-19, the state-run Information and Communication Technology Academy of Kerala (ICTAK) has got down to work to prepare schools and colleges for online classroom sessions. The agency will submit a proposal in this regard to the government through the IT department to help out educational institutions affected by the lockdown.
Covid19: Education sector grapple with technology, virtual, online classrooms
Private colleges and universities no longer engage students face-to-face and have switched to online learning to arrest the spread of Covid-19. Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU) said students should not assume and treat alternative assessments as being “easier”. Its president Datuk Parmjit Singh said the degree of challenge posed by the approved alternative assessments may be at par, if not more stringent than traditional examination methods. He said the Higher Education Ministry and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) had issued guidelines for the alternative methods.
Alone Together podcast - how parents juggle time and turn homes into classrooms in coronavirus lockdown
The coronavirus lockdown meant that things, more or less, changed overnight. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, parents suddenly became teachers, classrooms turned virtual, and homes transformed into schools. On this week’s episode of Alone Together, our guests offer advice for parents who need to both entertain and educate their children during the lockdown.
Public Policies
Denmark Extends Business Aid to Increase Spending By $15 Billion
Denmark extended the duration of its aid programs to businesses and workers and added some new measures to increase spending by about 100 billion kroner ($15 billion). The government agreed with all parties in parliament to keep aid measures available until July 8, a month longer than previously planned, according to a statement on Saturday. Companies will now be able to get back some value added tax (VAT) payments they made last year as zero-interest loans.
With Broad, Random Tests for Antibodies, Germany Seeks Path Out of Lockdown
It was the first large western democracy to contain the spread of the coronavirus and is now the first to methodically go about reopening the economy. And now others are watching
Coronavirus: Pay front line COVID-19 workers military-style bonus, say Lib Dems
NHS and care staff battling the pandemic should receive a military-style active duty bonus in recognition of their service, according to the Liberal Democrats. The party is calling for the key workers fighting COVID-19 to receive a £29-a-day "front line service reward", similar to the deployment allowance paid to troops.
'Road map' to recovery report: 20 million coronavirus tests per day needed to fully open economy
In a report titled "Bulwark of Democracy -- Massive Scale Testing as the Path to Pandemic Resilience for a Free Society," set to be released on Monday, a blue-ribbon panel of thought leaders across the political spectrum called COVID-19 "a profound threat to our democracy, comparable to the Great Depression and World War II." "It's a moment for a 'Can Do America' to really show up and put itself to work," Danielle Allen, lead author of the report and a professor at Harvard University's Edmond J.Safra Center on Ethics, told ABC News. The report says that ending the quarantine safely will require testing, tracing, and supported isolation, a combination known by the acronym TTSI.
Maintaining Services
Coronavirus: Madrid’s medical heroes in the fight of their lives
"We're not heroes; we're health workers," insists Hernando Trujillo, a doctor tackling the coronavirus emergency in the working-class south of the capital. The hospital has capacity for 1,300 beds and, at the height of the Covid-19 epidemic, close to 1,000 were being used to treat coronavirus patients. "There was almost no transition. It was really quiet and then suddenly a mad rush. The collapse came in a day," says Laura Andújar, a 37-year-old emergency nurse.
Three million packs of paracetamol from India to replenish British supermarkets shelves
After stockpilers emptied paracetamol from shelves of left British supermarket and retailers, Britain has bought around 3,000,000 packs of paracetamol from India. The Government ordered the huge amount from India, where the drugs are made, who have approved the export of 2,800,000 packets which will be distributed to leading UK supermarkets and retailers. The shipment followed India's decision to lift export restrictions on essential drugs including s request from the UK government for paracetamol. India produces 5,600 metric tons of paracetamol every month while the domestic requirement is only around 200 metric tons.
Healthcare Innovations
Germany starts mass-testing for coronavirus antibodies in bid to learn more about COVID-19
Germany is carrying out Europe’s first large-scale coronavirus antibody testing to help assess infection rates and monitor the spread of the virus. Antibodies in the blood are an indication that someone has had the virus. The theory is that those people will have at least some level of immunity, although there is no guarantee of full immunity or how long it would last. The research will involve blood donations in four regions of the country where there've been large outbreaks of the virus, as well as a representative study of the broader population.
UK scientists to make a million potential COVID-19 vaccines before proof
A million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by British scientists are already being manufactured and will be available by September, even before trials prove whether the shot is effective, the team said on Friday. The Oxford University team’s experimental product, called “ChAdOx1 nCoV-19”, is a type known as a recombinant viral vector vaccine and is one of at least 70 potential COVID-19 candidate shots under development by biotech and research teams around the world. At least five of those are in preliminary testing in people.