Pages with tag Coronavirus
Instacart shoppers planning strike next week amidst huge demand from customers sheltering from Coronavirus
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is well underway, with people around the world following shelter-in-place orders. To get food some of us have turned to Instacart (and other delivery services) to have food brought to our homes, rather than to risk virus exposure in the stores. That means Instacart's Shoppers are risking virus exposure in the store, rather than those of us hunkering down at home. To make it worse, Instacart Shoppers, as independent contractors, do not have the protections a regular employee would have. As a result, a group of Instacart Shoppers plan to stage a strike next week.
Of course people are confusing Corona Beer with the Coronavirus, unfortunately
The Coronavirus is apparently a very serious issue. The World Health Organization just declared a world health emergency over this disease outbreak. Since they did that after only 300 or so deaths indicates that officials see something serious in the pattern of this disease that it is feared it will become a major problem. On the other hand there is a spike in Google Searches for the phrase "corona beer virus" - which just tells us that a lot of people are easily confused. Hey! People! It's not about Corona Beer!
Romanian tech lab, Modulab, develops autonomous disinfection robot amid Coronavirus worries
With the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic well underway we all face a challenge of protection against a disease where only a small number of people have immunity. A technology team in Romania has developed an autonomous robot capable of disinfecting an area regardless of what pathogen is present, meaning it is useful not only for COVID-19 but for any other similar disease in the future. The new robot is the teams first prototype, and they are aiming to develop it further, and to find interested agencies who want to buy copies.
Sen. Sanders, others, question Amazon about COVID-19 safety in its warehouse and shipping operations
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing us to stay at home, many are turning to online retailers like Amazon to delivery necessary supplies. But if the shipping facilities are themselves infected with COVID-19, the infection can reach into our houses even if we don't go outside. Sen. Bernie Sanders and others have sent queries to Amazon over whether conditions in Amazon's warehouses are safe for workers, and by extension safe for the products shipped through those facilities.
Using ultraviolet (UV-C) light to disinfect public spaces from COVID-19 and other pathogens
As of this writing the world in the grips of a Pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus that is killing people around the world. This disease easily spreads, especially in areas where there is a high density of people in close quarters. This makes public spaces in large cities a potential danger zone. The mass transit systems we need to decrease traffic congestion are potential vectors for spreading not just the COVID-19 virus, but any other pathogen. An infected person could easily get on a bus, cough a lot, wipe some mucous on a seat-back, etc, leaving behind infectious pathogens that will be picked up by the next person to sit in that seat. What if there were an easy and inexpensive way to disinfect public spaces to reduce this risk?
Video on internal UV light COVID-19 treatment supposedly yanked from YouTube
A few days ago Pres. Trump made a strange statement about using ultraviolet light inside the body as a COVID-19 treatment. At first that seemed like another of Trump's stupid ideas, but then news surfaced of a company (Aytu Bioscience) who has licensed just such a technology from Cedars-Sinai Hospital, and is rapidly trying to commercialize it. But then YouTube seems to have pulled a video from the company touting the technology, followed by a right wing agitator trying to gin up a controversy via a series of Twitter posts. The agitator is claiming this matches an existing pattern where YouTube is supposedly suppressing right wing conservatives because YouTube supposedly has a liberal bias.