Upcoming advances in testing such as at-home kits that would let you take a pinprick of blood and drop it on a reactive surface can’t help with that larger picture either, although more widespread testing such as the nationwide tracking now underway from the Centers for Disease Control can help define the extent of the problem. … [Read more...] about Here’s what it’s like to get a coronavirus antibody test
That said, your trusty AC window unit at home is different. That does not bring in fresh air from the outside to dilute and replenish the internal air; it merely cools and constantly recirculates the air currently in the room. That’s where it could become a problem, Allen says, “because then you’re potentially moving contaminated air around the space.” That’s a concern in public places that use only a window unit, such as restaurants, and that have a higher density of people. That risk can be mitigated if the restaurant follows limited-capacity guidelines once it reopens. “If you’re then ventilating at the same rate,” Bahnfleth says, “you’re getting a lot more dilution of whatever infectious aerosol there is in the space.” … [Read more...] about Will air-conditioning help spread the coronavirus?
“Holding someone in a jail cell overnight without giving them access to hand sanitizer or cleaning supplies in a confined environment for a long period of time certainly increases opportunities for the spread of the virus,” says Sandhya Kajeepeta, a PhD student at Columbia University, who published a paper on the rise in county mortality rates when incarceration increased between 1987 and 2016. It is not just holding protesters in jail that may advance the spread of COVID-19. Police tactics used on the ground at protests could also affect transmission. Kajeepeta says that pepper spray causes eye watering and coughing, which can expel disease-spreading respiratory droplets into the air. … [Read more...] about Will the protests spread COVID-19? The police response is the more likely culprit