Those five-inch-long “nasopharyngeal swabs,” which reach the area where someone’s nasal passages connect with their mouth, are not only deeply uncomfortable—they added to the early problems around testing. That process often makes people cough or gag, increasing the risk that a healthcare worker trying to collect a sample may get sprayed with germs, and leading to even more shortages in protective equipment like masks, gowns, and gloves, as nurses have to continually change their PPE with each test. Shortages of the swabs also slowed down the rate of testing as the outbreak began spreading in the U.S. … [Read more...] about How COVID tests are becoming a lot less uncomfortable—and safer for nurses
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Ruling BJD MLA Prasant Behera has tested positive for COVID-19, the second legislator in Odisha to have contracted the disease, an official said on Wednesday. The lawmaker from Salipur in Cuttack district was admitted to a COVID-19 hospital, he said. … [Read more...] about BJD MLA Prasant Behera becomes second legislator in Odisha to test positive for COVID-19
For one blissful hour last Thursday, I sat in my living room, enjoying a cocktail, while my preschooler, Ella, attended a virtual summer camp. She participated in a dance party led by a professional dancer from the Alvin Ailey Company and was transfixed by a ventriloquist who trotted out a parade of puppets. It was the best part of both of our days. … [Read more...] about Five things schools can learn from this new Zoom summer camp
The US government has announced it will not allow foreign students to remain in the country, if all of their classes are moved online due to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the fall season. These are students of non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 visas pursuing an education in the US. … [Read more...] about 3 Point Analysis | US student visa restriction: How will this move impact Indian students?
Best practices for a healthy built environment: Architects and planners are experts on designing sustainable and resilient places that have the ability to foster health and well-being. The built environment is our collective home, and designers are equipped to optimize our habitat to meet the needs of every community if resources are available to do so. … [Read more...] about Racism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight back