Worth a look: This CNN report on data coming out of China.
We could all use some good news right about now. This scientist has a realistic, not dire, perspective.
Good info on disinfecting your cell phone. In short, clean the screen and case with a disinfecting wipe, being careful not to get liquid in it. Do this especially after using it in public places.
Better yet, keep it in a plastic zip bag when you’re out and about. (Is that even still a thing?)
On the bright side, maybe this will be the end of people taking endless selfies.
They say laughter is the best medicine. (And possibly our only one until we get a reliable vaccine.) Luckily, this pandemic has some upsides. Let’s call them “coronadvantages”:
- Crime deterrent: Only a fool would break into a house without knowing if its inhabitants were infected. Plus, they’re probably home
- Ivanka’s shoes (made in China) might finally go out of business
- You now have the perfect excuse to avoid just about anything
- West Coasters have something to take our minds off worrying about The Big One
- There’s no shame in being a hypochodriac
- Terrorists may think twice: No large gatherings = no large targets
- Your neighbors will stop hosting loud parties
- Working in pajamas
- Alcohol kills germs; ergo, vodka surely has medicinal properties
- A new appreciation for canned goods
- It’s far less likely your significant other will cheat on you
Garbage: it’s not just for landfills anymore! A company in New York City has created an all-purpose cleaner made from 97% food waste plus 3% sustainably sourced natural fragrance. Lab tests indicate that it’s 99% effective at cleaning tough dirt from multiple surfaces.
Rather than adding water — which accounts for as much as 90% in most household cleaners — all the liquid in this product is directly derived from the recycled food waste.
And instead of a plastic spray bottle that might or might not get recycled, the product comes in a refillable aluminum bottle.
How’s that for cleaning up a mess?
Nurses become nurses to help people. But they can spend up to 30% of their time on unsatisfying tasks that don’t involve seeing patients, such as delivering lab samples and gathering supplies.
Now, a robot named Moxi proposes to change that. Designed to be socially intelligent, Moxi debuted at Texas hospitals in September 2018. The robot features an expressive face with an arm, hand, and four wheeled base, and can use its hand to pick up medical supplies and deliver them to nurses or doctors; remove bags of soiled linen; and bring samples to on-site labs. This helps hospitals manage their workflow and frees up more staff time for patient care.
A.I. programming even allows Moxi to learn from human teachers. Someone, please teach it to cook appetizing hospital meals!