In my home, we use both air cleaners and our heating system to filter the air. If you have central heating, make sure your furnace filter has a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of at least 11. This value describes how effective a filter is at removing airborne particles and contaminants from the recirculated air. The standard on most furnaces is a MERV 8 filter, and many furnaces are not capable of running with a more efficient filter, so make sure to check your filter and ask a technician before replacing it. But a MERV 8 filter is better than no filtration at all. … [Read more...] about If you have to be indoors with others, here’s how to make the air cleaner
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Yet even just a few years ago, a pandemic would have put Apple’s status as a member of the Four at serious risk. Apple has always been unique in the group, as it manufactures and sells physical objects for profit. A slowdown in employment and worries about economic prospects force greater scrutiny on every purchase. However, firms that ask the consumer to make one decision a year, or until you decide to opt out or cancel, are much more resilient, as it is often a bundle, increasing the exit costs across fewer decisions. In addition, the ability to ask the consumer to enter into a monogamous relationship (a subscription) requires a choice that is more of an IQ test than a decision. The recurring revenue bundles that get attraction are forced to be incredible value propositions from the outset. Recurring revenue bundles are expensive, hard, and enduring. … [Read more...] about Big Tech was already dominant. Has coronavirus made it unstoppable?
Is there any good news here?Yep! Stimulus checks are back in vogue. This week, 127 top economists sent a letter to Congress, advocating for “stimulus checks until the economy recovers,” calling direct cash payments “one of the quickest, most equitable and most effective ways to get families and the economy back on track.” This letter shouldn’t be confused with the June letter from a different group of 150 different economists, pushing an aid package, or the July 2020 letter from many of the same economists, promoting a large second stimulus package. Given the 0% success rates of these letters, perhaps stronger tactics might be considered? Like a nationwide economists strike? … [Read more...] about Stimulus update: Phew, stimulus checks and aid look more likely
Parsell had originally planned to send her younger son to an on-site childcare center at her other son’s elementary school. Now that the school is remote for at least the first semester, she has limited options. “I tried to see if I could get my 4-year-old into the same preschool he’s at now for the fall, and they’re already full,” she says. “I have a tour at another preschool to see if I can possibly get him in there, but it’s also the cost that I’m worried about.” It could cost more than $1,500 per month for Parsell to send her son there full time—an expense compounded by the fact that Parsell recently switched jobs and took a pay cut. … [Read more...] about ‘I worry every moment’: 3 moms on parenting kids with developmental disabilities during COVID-19
I just really wish people would understand that the masks are for everybody’s safety. It’s a little thing to ask while you’re shopping. We’re in those things for 10 hours a day. You’re in our store for maybe an hour or less. Please respect us. Respect the fact that we’ve got a mask on to protect you. Don’t grab the receipt out of my hand and crumple it up into a fist in front of me because I asked you to raise your handkerchief back up over your nose. Don’t turn around from my register and rip your face mask off because you just checked out and think you’re done. Have a little respect for everybody around you and just wear your face mask. … [Read more...] about ‘I’ve been called the Karen of Stop & Shop’: Retail workers on enforcing mask mandates