This coronavirus suit protects you inside a literal bubble

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It’s a hazmat suit for the urban commuter. And even though it’s just a concept, it can’t be realized soon enough. More than 83,000 people in 56 countries across the globe have contracted coronavirus. The World Health Organization has updated its global risk assessment of the virus from “high” to “ very high .” Thousands of people have died, while major industries have been disrupted in the virus’s wake. And in China, where coronavirus struck first, major city centers have become ghost towns as both public fears and government quarantines keep people at home. Read Full Story

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A few superspreaders transmit the majority of coronavirus cases

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Some sick people might not spread the virus much further, but some people infected with the coronavirus are what epidemiologists call “superspreaders.” Early in the outbreak, researchers estimated that a person carrying SARS-CoV-2 would, on average, infect another two to three people . More recent studies have argued, however, that this number may actually be higher . Read Full Story

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Bad design kills: Why COVID-19 spread like wildfire at one of America’s worst prisons

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Poorly designed architecture has exacerbated the spread of COVID-19 at San Quentin, where more than two-thirds of inmates have been infected. In California’s San Quentin State Prison, the toll of the coronavirus has been staggering. More than two-thirds of the prison’s roughly 3,200 inmate population has been infected with the virus, and 25 people there have died, including one guard . According to experts, a major reason the outbreak has been so extreme in San Quentin and at other prisons is their design. Read Full Story

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This is the safest indoor space to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a mechanical engineer

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Let the outdoors in! The vast majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs indoors , most of it from the inhalation of airborne particles that contain the coronavirus. The best way to prevent the virus from spreading in a home or business would be to simply keep infected people away. But this is hard to do when an estimated 40% of cases are asymptomatic and asymptomatic people can still spread the coronavirus to others . Read Full Story

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Nursing home design is deadly. Here’s how to change it

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COVID-19 exposed the fatal flaws in eldercare. Nursing homes have long been seen as grim and sterile, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve also been fatal— 1.3 million individuals living in nursing homes around the world have died from the virus. While elderly people and those with preexisting conditions are high-risk populations, the infection’s rapid rate of spread is also due to the way nursing homes are designed. Most rooms have two or four beds that are placed in close proximity; sinks and windows can be hard to access; and dated systems require surfaces to be frequently touched. In the face of coronavirus, it’s time to rethink how nursing homes are designed. Here’s what experts suggest. Read Full Story

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The high-tech arsenal we need to fight the coronavirus

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As officials scramble to find basic protective gear and the life-or-death equipment patients need, researchers are racing to discover drugs that could fight the virus. The best way to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus is old-fashioned—a mix of social distancing and isolating people who are vulnerable—but health providers are also turning to an array of old and new technologies to combat the disease and its effects. Read Full Story

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9 maps that show which areas could be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic

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A collection of interactive maps shows areas with high concentrations of seniors, density, and the uninsured. We’ve known from the beginning that the coronavirus pandemic won’t affect all American populations evenly. If you’re older, uninsured, or otherwise lack access to healthcare, you could be especially more vulnerable to COVID-19, and new data shows that the majority of ICU admissions and deaths in the United States have been occurring in people over 65. Read Full Story

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Humans can now infect their pets with the coronavirus

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A pet dog, a Pomeranian, has tested positive for the virus after its owner came down with the disease in Hong Kong. If you’ve got the coronavirus or think you may have it, you’re probably following the recommended precautions of self-isolating from your friends and family. But now it appears that infected people need to isolate themselves from their pets as well. That’s because Hong Kong has reported its first human-to-animal transmission of the coronavirus. Read Full Story

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In coronavirus’s wake, gig workers are demanding paid sick leave

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When people who take gigs for companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Instacart can’t work, they don’t get paid. And working could be dangerous. As the coronavirus spreads, many people are having to consider remote ways of working. But for contingent workers—such as those who drive your Uber or deliver your groceries—the virus’s impact is particularly fraught with peril. Read Full Story

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