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"Connecting Communities for COVID19 News" 5th May 2020

Isolation Tips
Life on the inside: 10 ways to make your home isolation-friendly
Home is traditionally where the heart is, but it is easy to fall out of love when faced with the same four walls 24 hours a day. Suffering bouts of loneliness, boredom and fatigue is inevitable during lockdown, but there are ways to make our abodes feel more accommodating and inviting during these tricky times. Whether you are craving company or seeking distraction, here are some tips for making homes a place of heaven rather than hell.
Being a Parent Has Made My Pandemic Life Simpler, If You Can Believe It
Perhaps it’s the strange effect of being forced to slow down, to spend all of one’s time outside work pootling and pottering rather than actually doing things and seeing people. Perhaps it’s the atmosphere, the eerie streets, the cordoned-off playgrounds and lines of masked shoppers. Perhaps it’s just being a dad with a garden, a shelf full of Dr. Seuss stories, and sudden access to Disney’s entire back catalog. Whatever it is, something in the air is making a time that should be anxious, monotonous, and frustrating somehow pleasant, and even meaningful.
Coronavirus: Free, Must-Read picture books for kids to learn & cope
Keep the kids entertained and educated with the best free picture books and e-books that have come as a result of the global pandemic. Our top five essentials also include cheap books that come with fun, practical advice on hygiene that have become more relevant than ever in these strange and unprecedented times.
How to go on a virtual tour of landmarks including the Taj Mahal, Pompeii and Machu Picchu
As the Covid-19 pandemic brings global travel to a halt, we can but dream of our next adventures. But there is a way to snoop around some of the world's most interesting historical places without even leaving the comfort of your own home. We're talking the likes of the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and even the Louvre Museum in Paris, as reported by the Mirror. Whether it's somewhere you've always wanted to visit, or somewhere new, settle in with a cup of tea and have a look around,
Coronavirus: Dr Hilary Jones clarifies isolation advice for over 70s
The resident Good Morning Britain health expert joined Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard in the studio where he explained that while there is nothing stopping the elderly population from going out, they must understand they are more at risk. ‘There are many risk factors that we know about; diabetes, obesity, age is one of them,’ Dr Hilary began. ‘Of course, there are plenty of people in their 70s who are very fit and very active and they desperately want to go out and meet their friends and socialise and go to clubs and play sports and all the things they want to do – and they can.
Neurodiversity: the impact of lockdown and social isolation
Many of us are neurodivergent and HR always has to be aware of mental pressures people are being put under by the current crisis. Matthew Trerise and Dr Angela Armstrong discuss the challenges neurodivergent individuals may experience due to lockdown and social isolation, with tips on how to help manage them
Qatar- Advice on how to avoid injuries at home during Ramadan isolation
The Hamad Injury Prevention Programme (HIPP) has offered advice on how to avoid injuries at home during Ramadan and quarantine. Dr Rafael Consunji, director, HIPP, listed the tips in a video posted on Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) social media channels.
Surviving Isolation: A Submariner’s Tips That Could Help in Coronavirus Hell
"We’re about a month into our collective COVID-19 isolation experience, which means we have five months to go. Or at least, that’s what I am used to. A typical submarine deployment lasts six months."
Hygiene Helpers
Sanitising the city: does spraying the streets work against coronavirus?
The likely effectiveness of spraying streets and other public places depends on how the virus spreads, how the disinfectants work and what conditions these are used in. Even if the disinfectant reaches every outdoor surface likely to be touched by people, including areas shielded from the spray, there is still a problem with using bleach in the typical conditions encountered outdoors. Sunlight and the build-up of organic matter on surfaces will rapidly deactivate the chlorine, the active ingredient in bleach. This means the disinfectant would probably become ineffective before the virus is killed.
Coronavirus: Scientists divided over report recommending widespread use of face masks
A report submitted to UK government advisers advocating the widespread use of face masks to prevent further coronavirus transmissions has divided scientists. Face masks, including those that are home-made, could be an “important tool” in reducing Covid-19’s spread, according to Delve – a multi-disciplinary group convened by the Royal Society. Their report, published on Monday, concluded face masks could reduce transmissions if widely used in situations where physical distancing is not possible, such as busy public transport, shopping areas or workspaces.
Here are some coronavirus shopping tips to keep you safe at the supermarket
The more people we encounter, the higher the risk of virus transmission. So, how do we keep safe when going to the shops? Plan ahead so you don’t have to go to the shops often – and opt for home delivery if possible. If using them, put on your mask or gloves before you go into the store. Use surface cleaning wipes if you brought them, or use those provided in the shop to wipe the trolley or basket handle before you touch it. When queuing, keep a distance of two metres from other people.
Community Activities
Dutch Farmers Are Writing Special Messages in Their Tulips (Video)
Dutch Farmers Are Writing Special Messages in Their Tulips (Video) - these fields call on you to Stay Strong
Tens of thousands of flamingos have returned to Mumbai as humans stay home
Tens of thousands of flamingos have returned to Mumbai as humans stay home
Working Remotely
How Remote Working Is Reshaping A Future New World Of Work
Under these conditions, business leaders had to consider more personal issues than ever to accommodate parents who are homeschooling and providing the tech equipment for teleworking. As a result of these accommodations, attitudes and habits have changed, and things will never be the same. Experts predict we won’t go back to “normal.” We will go back to “a new normal,” and that’s not all bad, according to many sources who cite the unexpected benefits of WFH. But what will that look like?
Work From Home Is Here to Stay
Are you still working, doo-doo?” This is the interruption that the Stanford University economist Nick Bloom hears several times a day as his 4-year-old daughter runs into his office and summons him to play by using his nickname. It’s just one of the myriad challenges that Bloom says makes working from home less than ideal at the moment. (Another challenge is his two oldest kids’ in-house bagpipe lessons, spurred by Bloom’s Scottish wife.)
Coronavirus Will Incentivise Companies To Adopt Remote Working
During these times of transition, companies need to offer things that people can use and take firm grasp of immediately. For us, that meant focusing on webinars and how to help customers connect to colleagues and their clients – all at once, if need be – and put a human touch to their communications. Also, it meant reconfiguring messaging and education so people can effectively use the tools at their disposal. And informing people at all levels on how to create an automated workflow and tie together a landing page, a marketing email, a Facebook ad and a webinar – whether for the first time or as someone just going about it a different way.
Career Services guiding students through world of remote work
Career Services has also created a new COVID-19-specific website to provide links to information, services, and strategies to support students who are looking for remote work or who are currently working remotely. The website also provides tips about how to stay connected with colleagues, how to develop useful skills, how to stay healthy while working remotely, and links to Queen’s Human Resources and IT guidance.
Even the Supreme Court is working remotely
The first U.S. Supreme Court arguments conducted by teleconference played out smoothly on Monday, with even the typically silent Justice Clarence Thomas joining the fray.
Virtual Classrooms
Free K-12 STEAM Lessons in the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom
In an effort to ensure that culture and education don’t stop even while we’re stuck on lockdown, many institutions are coming up with innovative ways to spread their knowledge. This includes the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Not only are they organizing virtual tours of some of the architect’s well-known buildings, but now they’re helping all ages stay engaged with the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom.
As Coronavirus forces in-classroom learning to go online across the world, a project on Syrian refugees in Turkey might already set an example - Turkey
While the growing COVID-19 pandemic closed all schools, universities, public and private education centers, the outbreak also could spur a new wave of education logic and system for millions. But this time more innovative, inclusive, sustainable and accessible for all. Crisis and human progress have often gone hand in hand throughout history in such challenging times. An education project with Syrians in Turkey sails through an uncharted digital territory and the result are most promising.
Are homeschooling and virtual classrooms the future of schooling?
Now, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which is upending our lifestyles and the way things work, millions of kids in many developed countries of the world are being forced to be homeschooled (well kind of), whether their parents like the idea or not. Fortunately, the students still have their teacher taking classes for them.
With schools going virtual, cyber schools take center stage
Schools, like every other big gathering in society have been canceled for the duration of the pandemic. In some states, like Pennsylvania, it’s for the remainder of the school year. Districts are instead operating remotely, introducing a new reality to students three-quarters of the way through the year. That’s been a struggle for many, but at Agora Cyber Charter School, CEO Michael Conti said his students “never missed a beat.” “We’re very fortunate that our infrastructure is built for something like this,” he said
Public Policies
Promote hand hygiene to save lives and combat COVID-19
As the world marks the annual WHO "SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands" campaign on 5 May, which is also the International Day of the Midwife, it is imperative that Member States continue to enhance hand hygiene in health care. Based on WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme global estimates, 35% of health facilities in the Region lack functional hand hygiene facilities at points of care and toilets. Effective infection prevention and control measures, including hand hygiene, are crucial to ensuring health facilities do not become hubs of COVID-19 transmission, and to reducing health care-associated infections from other pathogens, which account for an estimated 8 million deaths globally each year. Nurses and midwives in particular must be provided the resources and training required to implement good hand hygiene practices to respond to the pandemic and to safely maintain essential services.
Coronavirus Vaccine Research Gets $8 Billion in Pledges From World Leaders
The E.U. organized a teleconference to raise money for coronavirus vaccine research, drawing contributions from around the world.
Coronavirus: The beginning of a solution to the virus crisis
In our lifetime, we have had to get used to a bewildering array of acronyms. Especially in this digital age. LOL and ROFL among them. Now, enter a new one. Stand by for TTI. Unlike the social media shorthand, I can translate that one with ease: it means Test, Trace, Isolate. We will all come to know about TTI only too well. I suspect we may come to loathe it, even although today it appears to offer the beginnings of a solution to the coronavirus crisis. To be entirely fair to the first minister, she made no attempt to sugar the pill when introducing us to TTI. Firstly, she explained that it was very far from a panacea.
NYC is now doing something really big: offering hotel rooms to people with mild/mod covid-19 who need to relocate in order to keep their household from being infected.
NYC is now doing something really big: offering hotel rooms to people with mild/mod covid-19 who need to relocate in order to keep their household from being infected. Patients need to be referred by one of the below health providers. This is an early phase and will be expanded.
Coronavirus tracing in Wales could need 30,000 tests a day - report
A draft plan has been drawn up on how that could work - saying that as many as 94 teams across the country would be required with a total workforce of up-to 1,600. It says if all "symptomatic members of the population" were to be tested, this would generate a demand of "approximately 30,000 tests" per day. Current testing capacity is 2,100 a day.
UK workplace rules after lockdown may include extensive hygiene measures
Employees could have to return to work with physical shields to separate them from colleagues, personal protective equipment (PPE) and limits on time spent close to each other, according to Ben Wallace, the defence secretary. In a round of broadcast interviews, Wallace said there was a range of measures that could be used in workplaces where maintaining a two-metre distance between colleagues is not possible.
Coronavirus: SAGE membership revealed after criticism over transparency
The membership of the UK government's scientific advisory group guiding coronavirus policy has been revealed after a list was published online. Having previously refused to release the names of those on the scientific advisory group for emergencies (SAGE), the government has done so after weeks of pressure over a perceived lack of transparency around their meetings and recommendations.
Canada pledges $170M to develop online mental health services amid coronavirus outbreak | TheHill
Canada will invest more than $240 million, or $170 million in U.S. dollars, toward developing virtual and mental health care amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday. The funds will be used to create digital platforms and apps to improve access to mental health support and expand capacity to deliver health care virtually, according to Trudeau’s announcement.
China is taking these steps to avoid a second wave of COVID-19
China is easing lockdowns as the number of new coronavirus cases dwindles. But it remains vigilant to stop a second wave of infections. New measures promote “civilized behaviour.” Social distancing and hygiene measures remain in force.
UK government will urge remote working to continue after lockdown
Office workers will be urged to continue working from home as part of the UK government's roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions, according to reports. The proposal is among a list of guidelines drawn up by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) following consultations with bosses, unions and trade bodies. The documents are thought to be a crucial element of an announcement from Boris Johnson on how the government plans to ease the lockdown in order to get the UK's economy moving, which he is expected to make on Thursday, according to The Financial Times.
Maintaining Services
Coronavirus: Hotel association releases strict cleaning guidelines amid pandemic
Industry trade group American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released its new “Safe Stay” guidelines on Monday, aiming to elevate the standards of the hotel business’ best cleaning practices and operational protocols in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, USA Today reports. The new recommendations follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and were issued in partnership with major chains, including Hilton, Walt Disney, Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels Corp., Best Western and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.
Collaboration platforms may provide tools for working remotely among physicians, staff
As physicians and their staff continue to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several collaboration platforms and other organization tools that can help them stay connected now and as practices begin to reopen, according to a presenter at the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives Annual Conference.
Delhi International Airport comes up with coronavirus COVID-19 exit plan: All you need to know
As India prepares for the third phase of the coronavirus COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown which has been extended until May 18, the situation of air travel is not clear yet despite Centre removing many restrictions in an advisory issued on Saturday. But the Delhi international airport has come up with an exit plan for resumption of operations. From check in to forecourt here is all that is going to change in your travel experience post lockdown:
Sensor taps and no door handles: Covid-19 shows it's time to rethink public toilets
Public health experts, designers and architects say the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental flaws in the design of public toilets that risk spreading a second wave of coronavirus, and possibly even new pandemics. The pandemic has sparked calls for the introduction of building codes and design innovation for all future structures to comply with infection control measures, with greater input from disease specialists in construction projects that often see the design stage as a chance for cost cutting. Some of the suggested innovations include a greater uptake of sensor taps, fully self-cleaning cubicles, designing exits that don’t require human contact, and having bathroom attendants.
Healthcare Innovations
UK scientists create coronavirus antibody test with '99.8% accuracy and results in 35 minutes'
UK scientists have developed a new coronavirus antibody test which they say produces results in 35 minutes with 99.8 per cent accuracy. Edinburgh researchers at blood-screening company Quotient have developed kit to see if people are immune to Covid-19 by spotting antibodies to the disease. Each serological screening machine has capacity for up to 3,000 tests a day. But there are fears the NHS could miss out on the test due to interest in Europe. It has 12 screening machines available, with a further 20 expected to be ready by the end of the year, but it has already had talks with interested parties across the continent.
Roche Coronavirus Antibody Test Wins FDA Approval for Emergency Use
Roche’s test, which identifies antibodies made by the body to fight off the new coronavirus, is designed to tell people whether they have been infected in the past. For many diseases, antibodies remain in the blood for weeks, months or even years after infection. Antibody tests are performed on a blood sample and are different from the swab tests used to diagnose a current infection.
Coronavirus: Discovery of antibody to stop human cell infection
Antibody found to block infection by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in cells. The '47D11' antibody targets the 'spike protein' of the destructive coronavirus. It could alter the 'course of infection' or protect an uninfected person exposed
SA engineers produce two mechanical ventilator prototypes for COVID-19 patients
Government has tasked experts at the Square Kilometre Array with testing the most promising technologies to conceptualise a local ventilator design
expert reaction to an ONS report on deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation
Prof Dave Gordon, Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute and Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol, said: “There are a range of reasons why the death rates in the 30% of the most deprived areas are more than twice as high as in the richest areas.