... our exhalations — even if we’re not coughing or sneezing — can still contain a gas cloud of viral particles. And a particularly powerful sneeze can send these particles, both in droplets and in a puff of gas traveling through the air, flying much farther than six feet. Under the right conditions, they can go 23 to 27 feet, Bourouiba has found.

Six-foot rule to protect against coronavirus may not be enough, MIT professor says

Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions Potential Implications for Reducing Transmission of COVID-19

Bourouiba Research Group

Looks like good stuff ...

In the United States, buildings consume approximately 70% of the country's electricity. But a breakthrough in solar glass could offset that demand by converting the windows of every building into solar panels.

This glass could turn skyscrapers into power generators

The stimulus package is offering small businesses S.B.A.-backed loans to pay for basic expenses. They would not have to repay portions that were spent on paying employees, a mortgage, rent or utilities. The banks lending the money would be reimbursed for those portions by the Treasury Department, which is receiving $377 billion to fund the program.

Small Businesses Will Get Help Paying Workers, if They Can Wait

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Mayor Glenn Jacobs said on Friday that the Regional Forensic Center examined nine suspected suicide cases – eight of which are from within Knox County – in the past 48 hours alone.

Knox Co. seeing an increase in suspected suicides during coronavirus pandemic

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported the average cost for coronavirus treatment could be more than $20,000.

William Luking, a doctor in rural North Carolina who runs a clinic with his brother about 25 miles north of Greensboro, said he treated one of his regular patients last week who had a dry, hacking cough and trouble breathing. The longtime patient turned scarlet when Luking said he should go to the hospital.

Amid wheezing and a severe fever, Luking’s patient said he couldn’t afford that kind of care. He didn’t have insurance.

Coronavirus challenges states that rejected Medicaid expansion, leaves uninsured with few options

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Mar 23 2020
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Spell Restaurant Group announced Sunday they will lay off employees at 12 restaurants across the country due to the coronavirus crisis and permanently close two Babalu locations, one in Knoxville and another in Birmingham, Alabama.

Babalu in Knoxville closing permanently amid coronavirus pandemic

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Germany has expanded curbs on social interactions to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak, banning public gatherings of more than two people.

Coronavirus: Germany tightens curbs and bans meetings of more than two

Germany's low coronavirus mortality rate intrigues experts

Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned.

Exclusive: U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before virus outbreak

"Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic," the state's Water Resources Control Board said in a news release.

Disinfecting wipes are being flushed down toilets and causing major pipe problems

Pollution-monitoring satellites operated by NASA and the European Space Agency observed drastic decreases in air pollution over China over a two-week period in February when the quarantine was in effect. The satellites measured concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, which is released by cars, power plants and industrial facilities, from Jan. 1 to Jan. 20, and then again from Feb. 10 to Feb. 25. The difference was unmistakable.

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Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine.

Germany tries to stop Trump from luring away firm working on coronavirus vaccine

Germany tries to halt U.S. interest in firm working on coronavirus vaccine

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Mar 16 2020
04:14 am

Several good candidates, but it seems like Rep. Katie Porter would be a good Cabinet or maybe VP candidate.

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding. (Source)

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