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At least 3 feet of social distancing likely reduces COVID-19 spread, study confirms

At least 3 feet of social distancing likely reduces COVID-19 spread, study confirms

Health
June 1 (UPI) -- Staying at least 1 meter -- just over 3 feet -- from other people, as well as wearing face coverings and eye protection, is the best way to prevent spread of COVID-19, an analysis published Monday by The Lancet has found. Two meters -- about 6 1/2 feet -- is preferred, said researchers who conducted the study to assist the World Health Organization prepare pandemic guidance. Advertisement They said, however, that none of the approaches studied -- including social distancing and face coverings -- provides complete protection from the disease caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. "Our findings are the first to synthesize all direct information on COVID-19, SARS, and MERS, and provide the currently best available evidence on the optimum use of these common and simple int...
Trade can spread economic toll of local disasters globally, study finds

Trade can spread economic toll of local disasters globally, study finds

Science
May 4 (UPI) -- Damage from a natural disaster in one place can spread globally due to urban trade networks, a Yale study said Monday. Researchers developed a simulation with an urban trade network model to map cities dependence on each other across the globe and how a disaster in one area can effect other areas, according to the study, published in Nature Sustainability. "Cities are strongly connected by flows people, of energy, and ideas -- but also by the flows of trade and materials," Chris Shughrue, lead author of the Yale study, said in a press release. "These connections have implications for vulnerability, particularly as we anticipate cyclones and other natural hazards to become more intense and frequent as a result of climate change over the coming decades." Shughrue, who is now...
US university tracking virus’ spread warns of layoffs, cuts

US university tracking virus’ spread warns of layoffs, cuts

Health
Johns Hopkins University is planning to cut salaries and expecting to furlough and lay off employees because of multimillion-dollar losses arising from the pandemicBy REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated PressApril 22, 2020, 9:36 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBALTIMORE -- Johns Hopkins University, whose researchers have been at the forefront of the global response to the new coronavirus, is expecting to cut salaries and furlough and lay off employees because of multimillion-dollar losses arising from the pandemic, its president has announced. The private university’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering has played a globally prominent role in tracking and modeling the spread of the virus. But the university said the reductions would have n
Fast decisions in Bay Area helped slow virus spread

Fast decisions in Bay Area helped slow virus spread

Technology
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the morning of March 15, as Italy became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, a half dozen high-ranking California health officials held an emergency conference call to discuss efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tight-knit group of Bay Area doctors organized the call to discuss a consistent policy on public gatherings for the region's 7 million people, which then had fewer than 280 cases and just three deaths. Soon, though, the conversation focused on the potentially catastrophic emergency on their hands and how stay-at-home orders could slow the advance of the virus. Many factors have fueled the speed of the disease spread throughout the world. But that three-hour call and the bold decisions to come out of it we...
More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

Technology
More evidence is emerging that coronavirus infections are being spread by people who have no clear symptoms. The findings complicate efforts to gain control of the pandemicBy MIKE STOBBE AP Medical WriterApril 1, 2020, 9:55 PM5 min read5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK -- Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier. A study by researchers in Singapore became the latest to estimate that somewhere around 10% of new infections may be sparked by people who carry the virus but have not yet suffered its flu-like symptoms. In response to that study and others,...