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  • 14 Sep 2021 11:37 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to levels not seen since last winter, erasing months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements.

    The cases — driven by the delta variant combined with resistance among some Americans to getting the vaccine — are concentrated mostly in the South.

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s case for sweeping new vaccination requirements. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    While one-time hot spots like Florida and Louisiana are improving, infection rates are soaring in Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee, fueled by children now back in school, loose mask restrictions and low vaccination levels.

    The dire situation in some hospitals is starting to sound like January’s infection peak: Surgeries canceled in hospitals in Washington state and Utah. Severe staff shortages in Kentucky and Alabama. A lack of beds in Tennessee. Intensive care units at or over capacity in Texas.

    More at source: AP News

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  • 07 Sep 2021 5:30 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Florida’s COVID-19 death toll has risen by 1,064 since Friday, according to the latest data from the CDC posted Monday.

    Those fatalities didn’t all happen over the weekend — many of the deaths are backlogged and go back weeks — but they reflect the toll this summer surge has had in the state.

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    More than 6,600 people died with COVID-19 in Florida in August, an average of more than 213 people per day, and there may still be more August fatalities to be added. Already it is the deadliest month of the pandemic in the state.

    Since the start of the outbreak, the state has confirmed 3,354,836 COVID-19 cases and 46,973 deaths connected to the virus.

    Florida reported 46,105 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, the latest CDC metrics show.

    These numbers reported by the CDC come from the Florida Department of Health, which only releases a public report with its COVID-19 data weekly on Fridays.

    More at source: Local10.com

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  • 30 Aug 2021 4:12 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    When To Clean Solar Panels

    There isn’t an established cadence that’s recommended for solar panel cleaning. Some people do it, others don’t. The only time you truly need to consider cleaning your solar panels is if they’ve accumulated a lot of bird droppings on them. In general, rain is enough to keep debris like dirt, dust and grime from building up on your solar panels.

    Worried about a reduction in efficiency from dirty solar panels? Most professionals say you shouldn’t be. Since most solar panels are installed on a slant, debris simply runs off during rainstorms. It’s estimated that you may only see about a 5% reduction in efficiency if your solar panels aren’t clean, and that may improve as rainwater cleans them.

    How To Clean Solar Panels

    Safety Considerations

    Since solar panels are installed on your roof, there are plenty of safety precautions to be aware of when cleaning solar panels. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

    • Avoid going up high: Probably the best(and safest) way to tackle the job of cleaning solar panels is to use a tool like a broom or sponge with a long handle. A telescoping rod allows you to reach your solar panels without having to get on the roof. This, of course, will work better for a one-story home than it will for a three-story home. So if that’s not possible, and you find you need to go on the roof, it’s best to take some precautions.

    More at source: Forbes

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  • 24 Aug 2021 9:31 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Spooky season is starting early this year with TikTok's latest obsession: gravestone cleaning. 

    For Caitlin Abrams, a software developer in Vermont who volunteers to clean gravestones in her spare time, working alongside the dead is a "therapeutic" escape. 

    "The other day I was super hyped up and anxious about something and for my lunch break from work I was like, 'Going to go clean a grave' and I did because it's very meditative," she told Insider. 

    A side by side of two screenshots of videos from Caitlin Abrams' TikTok account, left showing her smiling in front of a cemetery and right scrubbing down a headstone.

    Abrams, who goes by @manicpixiemom on TikTok, has over 1.3 million followers tuning into her gravestone-cleaning videos where she tells stories about the people buried beneath. Her most popular TikTok, delving into the life of an 11-week-old baby called Silas Reed who died from "lung fever," has over 30 million views at the time of writing. 

    More at source: Insider

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  • 08 Aug 2021 7:43 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Joseph Allen runs a major public health research project at Harvard University, probing how indoor air quality affects human health and cognition. He consults with companies on ventilation and air filtration, and during the pandemic he became a prominent voice on public health, writing dozens of op-eds criticizing early guidance from health authorities and debunking misconceptions about how the virus spreads. But none of it would have happened if he hadn’t washed out as an FBI recruit.


    The son of a New York City homicide detective who opened his own investigative agency, Allen spent his teens and 20s helping with the family business. He did surveillance, undercover work, computer forensics, and skiptrace—tracking down people who left town to avoid alimony. Eventually he took over the agency, leading investigations and supervising eight agents..... 

    More at source: Science Magazine

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