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At Home: Some service companies add COVID-19 precautions – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Everything looks different in the age of COVID-19, including routine home maintenance and repair services.Three Topeka companies weighed in on how their business practices have been altered by the pandemic and what they’re doing to keep consumers safe.Have customers been expressing concern or asking about health and safety precautions during the pandemic?Dennis Bowser, owner of Countryside Chimney Sweep, said, "It’s 60/40. Some will shake your hand because it’s good luck to shake a sweep’s hand, and then we’ve had probably 10 percent cancel their annual appointment and then reschedule six months to a year out."Bowser says he’s made it a habit to ask customers what makes them comfortable before entering a home. Some customers prefer to be outside while the work is done, while ot...
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Wellness Design Solutions Address Retracted CDC Aerosolized Covid-19 Transmission Risk Guidance

Smart home technology can reduce the risk of indoor Covid transmission. Delos - Anthony Barcelo (Photographer) The Centers for Disease Control posted updated Covid-19 transmission information on its website last Friday and removed it on Monday, claiming the posting was done in error with draft copy. The crucial information in the update concerned aerosols and small airborne particles carrying enough of the virus to infect people beyond the six-foot radius often cited as a safety margin, especially within poorly-ventilated spaces. This mirrored guidance that the World Health Organization addressed last July. Aerosolized transmission can have a significant reopening impact for schools, gyms and other public and commercial facilities – but it also impacts living spaces, includin...
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Healthcare Furniture Market (COVID19- UPDATED) Tremendous

Healthcare Furniture MarketGlobal Healthcare Furniture Market Growth 2019-2024, Covid 19 Outbreak Impact research report added by Report Ocean, is an in-depth analysis of market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional and country breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies for this market. It traces the market’s historic and forecast market growth by geography. It places the market within the context of the wider Healthcare Furniture market, and compares it with other markets., market definition, regional market opportunity, sales and revenue by region, manufacturing cost analysis, Industrial Chain, market effect factors analysis, Healthcare Furniture market size forecast, market data & Graphs and Statistics, ...
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Can indoor air filtration protect you against COVID-19? Maybe | Local News

MERIDIAN — Like many other business owners in the Treasure Valley, J.P. Green decided he needed to make changes to reopen his business this spring, after he was legally able to do so, following historic closures meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.He owns and operates CycleBar Village Meridian, a studio that offers stationary bike classes. The risk of the spread of the virus was there, he knew, but he was legally able to open the business again in May. He took precautions: smaller class sizes, a contactless check-in process, a 30-minute window between each class for deep cleaning.Green said he wanted to go further in making the studio safe for customers and staff, so installed the REME HALO, an air purification device that attaches to the studio...
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How do students get hands-on education that vocational schools are known for during COVID-19? Students and teachers adapt to a new reality. – News – Wicked Local

UPTON – Connor McNamara, 17, watched the towering piece of equipment he programmed to make a chessboard Tuesday morning, as it whirred, drilled, and cast piles of white shavings onto the floor.The day was one of about four per month when McNamara and his classmates have on-site classes at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, under coronavirus safety precautions.“Despite remote learning, I am on track,” the advanced manufacturing and fabrication student said, noting that a lot of his study, like learning coding, doesn’t require him to practice on the machine regularly. “All of our textbooks were previously online to begin with.” A room over, in a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration shop class, 17-year-old Nick Loschiavo didn’t feel t...
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City of Vancouver loads up on new, high-end furniture amid COVID-19 cash crunch

© Global News New, high-end furniture is loaded into Vancouver City Hall. After saying it is facing a financial crisis, the City of Vancouver has moved ahead with the purchase of new high-end office furniture for city hall. Global BC cameras were present last week as a batch of designer-brand Herman Miller Furniture was delivered to the building. Read more: COVID-19 cash crunch: Vancouver mulls financial impact of 3-, 6- and 9-month lockdowns The equipment was part of a $2.6 million renovation for city hall's second floor, the City of Vancouver confirmed. Nearly $317,000 of that figure was for furniture, including desk chairs that can retail for $1,500 each, and plastic guest chairs that can sell for up to $650 each. Mayor Kennedy Stewart's office issued a statem...
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COVID-19 long-hauler: 22-year-old shares experience

Like many college students, Natalie Hakala spent spring semester of her senior year taking classes in her parent’s home in Eugene, Oregon. She followed all the lockdown regulations and did everything she could to keep herself and her family safe from COVID-19. As restrictions started to lift, she and some friends planned a camping trip to celebrate college graduation. The six campers thought they’d be protected if they stayed in their own tents and interacted outside.“(Outdoors is) supposed to be a lot safer,” the 22-year-old told TODAY. “Everything seemed fine then a couple of days later my friend called and said, ‘Hey, I just tested positive for COVID.’”On July 4, Hakala received a rapid COVID-19 test, and learned she had it too. The next day she lost her sense of smell. A few days later...
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Pest Control during COVID-19: What the Food Industry Needs to Know

FSM eDigest | September 15, 2020 Pest Control during COVID-19: What the Food Industry Needs to Know By Brittany Campbell, Ph.D. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health crisis has forced businesses to make critical operational changes for the safety of their customers and staff. While some businesses may have closed their doors temporarily, many food processing and service-oriented facilities continue to work with limited crews to keep up with the increasing demand for food. With less foot traffic, however, pests have been able to roam unfettered in search of food, entering buildings and creating additional challenges for...
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COVID-19 Long-Hauler | College Runner Struggling With Symptoms Weeks After Diagnosis

COVID-19’s affect on your health is a rapidly developing situation. For the most up-to-date information, check in with your local health officials and resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly.One sign that runner Natalie Hakala is making progress in her recovery from COVID-19: She can finish her sentences now. Just a few weeks ago, she would have to stop after a few words to catch her breath. The struggle to hold a conversation is just one of the problems Hakala, 22, has experienced in the two months since she was diagnosed with COVID-19. She’s what’s known as a COVID-19 “long-hauler,” someone whose symptoms persist for weeks or months. Hakala described having a rapid heart rate, brain fog, and consistent headaches unlike any headache she’s had befo...
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Gettysburg College locks down students in dorms amid rising covid-19 cases

On Tuesday, administrators ordered everyone at the Pennsylvania college, which typically enrolls about 2,600 students, to stay in their rooms 24 hours a day for a full week, except for trips to the bathroom or to pick up food. As part of the new restrictions, students can’t leave to work out or to stroll outdoors, according to a memo from the college.“I will say it’s a little hard to be stuck in a room 24/7. Especially, mentally. It’s good to get outside and get some air and to be able to walk around and get some exercise,” Lauren Mitchell, a Gettysburg student, told WHTM.As the school imposed the tight new rules, some students blamed fraternities and sororities, suggesting the groups ignored social distancing and mask guidelines during their recruitment weeks. They also questioned why cam...
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The Importance of Restaurant Pest Control During COVID-19

For good reason, pest control providers have been deemed essential by the Department of Homeland Security and can operate during this ever-evolving time. What you may not realize, however, is why pest control is so essential, especially in light of COVID-19. Just because a restaurant is closed, doesn’t mean it’s still vacant. In fact, it may be more susceptible to pest infestations as decreased traffic allows pest hot spots to go undisturbed and unmonitored. Plus, with the abrupt closing of establishments, it’s likely that critical cleaning and sanitation steps were overlooked. This is a dangerous combination, since unkempt restaurants can attract rats, mice and German cockroaches, especially as they search for new food sources. With the closure of restaurants comes a decrease in trash, ...
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Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on the US Structural Pest Control Market | Access Infiniti’s FREE Downloadable Resource Now

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Infiniti Research is the world's leading independent provider of strategic market intelligence solutions. Our market intelligence services are designed to connect your organization’s goals with global opportunities. Infiniti’s recent market analysis study by industry experts - COVID-19 Impact Analysis of the U.S. Structural Pest Control Market, is now available for FREE download. The resource provides key insights into: An overview of the US structural pest control market COVID-19 impact analysis of the market Key market trends and drivers Strategies for pest control companies to enhance profit margins The rapid spread of COVID-19 has increased the production of EPA registered disinfectants that are known to be effective against the virus, resu...
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Rethinking indoor air to stop the spread of COVID-19

As we learn more about how COVID-19 spreads, it’s clear that air flow is a big deal, and that’s why masks are effective at slowing infection. That’s a problem for offices and commercial buildings and some homes because over the last couple of decades buildings have less ventilation. Instead, they recirculate air to save energy by not letting that cooled or heated air escape. But these buildings also end up recirculating viruses, especially if heating and cooling systems aren’t paired with really good filters that remove viral particles from the air.  I spoke with Jeffrey Siegel, a professor of engineering at the University of Toronto who specializes in indoor air quality. He says it’s a great time to talk about all of this. The following is an edited transcript of our conv...
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Teachers refusing to return to classroom in Sharon, citing COVID-19 safety concerns

SUPERINTENDENT. AND STUDENTS ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. WE DO NOT FEEL SAFE. REPORTER: THE TEACHERS UNION IS CLEAR, THEY WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO CLASS IN ANY WAY UNTIL THE TO ADDRESSES UNRESOLVED ISSUES. >> THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WITH BATHROOMS, PASSING TIME BETWEEN CLASSES, WITH THE VENTILATION, CLEANING PROCEDURES, WHO CLEANING, ARE THE STUDENTS CLEANING -- SO IT BECOMES DAUNTING AND OVERWHELMING, JUST THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS. REPORTER: NOT EVERYBODY IS HAPPY WITH HER TEACHERS AND THEIR POSITION, THE PARENTS SAID THEY HA MONTHS -- THEY HAD MONTHS TO FIGURE OUT A PLAN. >> I AM FRUSTRATED THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO THE LAST DAYS OF AUGUST AND MY CHILDREN DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WILL BE WALKING INTO. REPORTER: THEY SHARON SCHOOLS DO NOT START UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1 AND ...
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Owners install filtration systems to limit potential COVID-19 spread

Judith Lyons-Picard was diligent as she prepared to reopen her Candler business, The Lyons Mane Salon, at the end of May. She stocked up on personal protective equipment. She purchased disinfectants to use on the salon’s surfaces. And then she got to thinking: Was there a way to not only disinfect surfaces, but to disinfect the air?  Her close friend and local orthodontist Tim Scanlon told her about a new air sanitation system he had recently installed in his three Western North Carolina offices. Intrigued, Lyons-Picard forked over $1,500 to add an ionizing device to the salon’s heating and cooling unit.  “It was a no-brainer for me,” Lyons-Picard says. “The vast majority of the people who come into my business fall into what one would consider a high-risk category for COVID-19. And as a b...
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Argentinian fruit exports delayed due to a case of COVID-19 among Senasa staff

There will be a temporary stoppage of fruit exports from the Alto Valley after a worker in the pest monitoring area of the National Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa) in the Customs and Phytosanitary reservation of Villa Regina tested positive for COVID-19. All of the personnel involved were placed in quarantine. According to ATE delegate, Cristian Krause, “the pest-monitoring room is closed, a measure that will be maintained at least until Monday. This affects other organizations, packaging, and dispatchers who cannot work due to the stoppage of work at Senasa,” he said, while insisting they had requested that the national body implemented measures to avoid the risk of infection. Once the coronavirus case was confirmed on Tuesday, August 18, the pest-monitoring room was eva...
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81 Million Americans Live in Homes That Lack Enough Space and Bathrooms to Follow COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Recommendations

WASHINGTON - An article published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that 25 million dwellings that house 81 million Americans lack adequate space or plumbing to allow compliance with recommendations that a person who may have COVID-19 maintain physical separation from others in their household. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise those who are infected with or have been exposed to COVID-19 stay at home, confining themselves to a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the City University of New York at Hunter College used data from the American Housing Survey to determine the feasibility of providing separate bedrooms and bathrooms in U.S. dwellings. They ...
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Rapid City swim center, ice arena to reopen Tuesday with COVID-19 mitigation restrictions | Local

Shared fitness equipment at the swim center will be available for use with COVID cleaning procedures enforced. The basketball hoop, interactive play feature and water slide will be open, Lowe said.Swim center programs will begin in October with land exercise, yoga classes and water exercise classes limited in size and in the number of offerings. Swimming lesson class sizes and offerings will be determined.Other additions include sneeze guards at both check-in stations and at concessions. Only pre-packaged foods will be sold at concessions and available when exiting the facility, Lowe said.Chairs and tables will be removed in the lobby. All facility staff will wear masks and staff will have temperature readings at the beginning of each shift. Lifeguards will wear masks while not on the chai...
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Volunteers Tackling COVID-19 Problems In Their Communities : Goats and Soda : NPR

Artists Shawana Brooks and her husband Roosevelt Watson III started the 6 Ft. Away Gallery in their yard in Jacksonville, Florida. They created it as a way to showcase Roosevelt's art at a time when galleries were closed due to the pandemic. Marc Mangra hide caption toggle caption Marc Mangra Artists Shawana Brooks and her husband Roosevelt Watson III started the 6 Ft. Away Gallery in their yard in Jacksonville, Florida. They created it as a way to showcase Roosevelt's art at a time whe...