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  • 03 Feb 2023 12:01 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitor, 72, Gets Trapped in Cell for 3 Days Without Food After Door Shut Behind Her While Cleaning

    A 72-year-old janitor spent three nights trapped inside a Florida holding cell with no access to food or diabetes medication before deputies discovered her.

    The janitor, identified by NBC affiliate station WESH as Libia Vargas De Dinas, told the outlet that the incident took place "on the top floor" of the Orange County Courthouse, which is not an area where anyone would go over the weekend.

    Orange County Florida Courthouse in Orlando

    While cleaning a holding cell on the 23rd floor on Friday night around 9:30 p.m., the door shut behind her, locking her inside, according to an incident report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office that was obtained by PEOPLE.

    She "knocked on the door and tried to pull it open," but was unsuccessful, per the report. Additionally, she was not able to call for help as she left her phone on her janitorial cart...

    More at source: People

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  • 30 Jan 2023 12:09 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Microbes are colonizing the supermarket cleaning aisle

    Cleaning products featuring live bacteria are making their way into home care

    Home care, though, is a new place for microbes to bloom. A wave of products hitting the market say they will deliver a deeper clean and a healthier domestic microbiome—if consumers can be persuaded to intentionally seed their homes with beneficial bacteria.

    These aren’t just any old bugs. According to John Harp, deployment team lead for microbial cleaners at the microbe and enzyme makerNovozymes, the species being rolled out in cleaning products are Bacillus and Lactobacillus bacteria isolated from natural environments including soil, waterways, and animal microbiomes.

    A good microbial janitor has two main characteristics, Harp says. First, it needs to excrete enzymes in large quantities. The enzymes do the heavy cleaning, catalytically breaking down recalcitrant soil materials such as grease, starch, and protein into small chunks that the bacteria can absorb and eat.

    More at source: Chemical & Engineering News

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  • 25 Jan 2023 9:23 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    To Mask or Not to Mask? CDC's Mixed Messages During the PandemiC

    The three years of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the United States’ scant public health infrastructure. The federal system’s flaws have been on display, with inconsistent guidelines and lawsuits between federal, state and local governments, all aided by a media environment that is deeply divided by tribalism. The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently put forward a report titled Building the CDC the Country Needs with recommendations for modernizing the agency, but the report is hardly the final word.

    How to breathe easier while wearing a protective mask | Folio

    On Wednesday's podcast, GovExec Daily’s Adam Butler and Ross Gianfortune discussed what the CDC pandemic response has been and how it could have been executed more effectively.

    More at source: Government Executive

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  • 19 Jan 2023 9:47 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    ‘People aren’t taking this seriously’: experts say US Covid surge is big risk

    New Covid hospital admissions are now at the fourth-highest rate of the pandemic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Covid hospitalizations declined somewhat after the summer wave, but never dropped to the low levels seen after previous spikes, persisting through the fall and rising again with the winter holidays.

    “Hospitals are at maximum capacity,” said Brendan Williams, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, of his region’s current rates. “I’m not sure what the trajectory of this thing’s going to be, but I am worried.”

    A billboard promotes Covid-19 vaccinations in Times Square in New York last month.

    The majority of Covid hospitalizations are among those 65 and older, although the share for children under four roughly doubled in 2022.

    In the past week, Covid deaths rose by 44%, from 2,705 in the week ending 4 January to 3,907 in the week ending 11 January.

    This is one of the greatest surges of Covid cases in the entire pandemic, according to wastewater analyses of the virus. It’s much lower than the peak in January 2022, but similar to the summer 2022 surge, which was the second biggest.

    More at source: The Guardian

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  • 12 Jan 2023 9:22 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    China’s COVID-19 Mass Death Toll Isn’t Public. Satellite Images Seem to Show a Lot of People Are Dying

    Recent satellite images taken of funeral homes and crematoriums in several Chinese cities show a marked increase in activity, as COVID-19 cases surge throughout the country and as reliable numbers on the death toll have become hard to find.

    A satellite image taken on Jan. 3, 2022, shows a funeral home in Huzhou with a packed parking lot. An image taken in January of last year features far fewer cars. (Maxar)

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, Beijing has been accused of hiding its actual COVID-19 figures, especially as neighboring Hong Kong, which also pursued zero-COVID policies, recorded some 1.5% of adults over 80 are dying from the disease by the end of its fifth wave of infection. Hong Kong and mainland China similarly struggled in vaccinating its elderly population, and Hong Kong’s infections spiked in early 2022 after an outbreak of the Omicron variant.

    More at source: Time Magazine

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  • 09 Jan 2023 9:35 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Rare COVID-19 Vaccine Complication Linked to Circulating Spike Protein in Blood

    Young adults and adolescents that suffered from rare cases of myocarditis following vaccination with a mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine had increased levels of the viral protein spike in their bloodstream, found a recent study carried out by a team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. However, it also concluded that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination still greatly outweigh the risks.

    Coronavirus particles, illustration - SARS-CoV-2 virus

    Myocarditis occurs when heart muscle tissue becomes inflamed, often resulting in chest pain and fatigue. It is observed in a number of conditions including viral infections and inflammatory diseases. In extremely rare cases—roughly one or two people per 100,000— myocarditis can result from vaccination by an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine such as those developed by Pfizer and Moderna.

    More at source: Inside Medicine

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  • 02 Jan 2023 11:46 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Elon Musk Fires Twitter Janitors, Reportedly Forcing Staff To Bring Own Toilet Paper

    Twitter CEO Elon Musk is cutting costs at his struggling company right to the bone, even firing janitors, which is reportedly forcing some staffers to bring in their own toilet paper.

    Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters — and the company’s Seattle office — are getting smelly and gross after Musk boasted that he’s “cutting costs like crazy.”

    Elon Musk Finally Takes Charge Of Twitter | Business Post Nigeria

    Compounding the issue are moldy takeout meals and workers now jammed onto two floors at Twitter headquarters after four other floors were shut down.

    “The smell of leftover takeout food and body odor has lingered on the floors ... bathrooms have grown dirty,” The New York Times reported Thursday, citing accounts from employees. With janitors gone, some “workers have resorted to bringing their own rolls of toilet paper from home.”

    More at source: Yahoo News

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  • 02 Jan 2023 11:21 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Virus Found in the Brain: Autopsies Reveal Startling New Information

    An analysis of tissue samples from the autopsies of 44 people who died with COVID-19 shows that SAR-CoV-2 virus spread throughout the body—including into the brain—and that it lingered for almost 8 months. The study was published on December 14 in the journal Nature.

    Medical Examiner Autopsy Concept

    Scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) tested samples from autopsies that were performed from April 2020 to March 2021. They conducted extensive sampling of the nervous system, including the brain, in 11 of the patients.

    More at source: Science Tech Daily

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  • 27 Dec 2022 7:24 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Report: 250 million Chinese infected with COVID in first 20 days of December

    Some 250 million people in China may have been infected with COVID-19 in the first 20 days of December, according to leaked figures from Beijing’s senior health officials reported by US media.

    According to the information published by Bloomberg and the Financial Times, 37 million people were estimated to have caught the virus on Tuesday alone, in contrast to official data counting 3,049 cases on that day, and 62,592 symptomatic infections during the first 20 days of this month.

    A man stands in front of a cordoned-off area, where COVID-19 patients lie on hospital beds, in the lobby of the Chongqing No. 5 People's Hospital in China's southwestern city of Chongqing on December 23, 2022. (Noel Celis/AFP)

    Citing two sources involved in the matter, the Financial Times reported that Sun Yang, a deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, presented the shocking figures to a meeting of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Wednesday.

    More at source: The Times Of Israel 

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  • 21 Dec 2022 8:23 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    China’s new covid nightmare could become a global catastrophe

    China has troubled days ahead. Among those 60 years and older, only about 69 percent have received booster shots, and the uptake is even less among those over 80 years old. They are extremely vulnerable to omicron, and reports from China have indicated that a surge of deaths has already started, with crematoriums working around the clock.

    Under China's new COVID rules, some face the same old restrictions - Marketplace

    Mathematical models predict 1 million or more deaths early next year. China’s government has announced a plan to accelerate vaccination campaigns for the elderly, who have been hesitant to get the shots. For a long while, China has grossly underreported deaths due to covid and probably will continue to do so.

    More at source: Washington Post

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