'If everyone is not doing it there are still going to be people spreading it. There are things we're going to have to do - we have to go to the grocery store, we have to go to the pharmacy. There are people working in hospitals. But we can all do our own part and everyone has to do it. I think the police need to get involved in it just as far as implementing strict distancing measures.' … [Read more...] about America is the first country in the world with more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a day as fears grow that Detroit will be next epicenter after Michigan deaths double in three days
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Extinction Rebellion protests go global London, UK Police arrested 217 people in London on Monday. Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked traffic and glued themselves to cars. Sarah Lasenby, an 81-year-old retired social worker among the arrested, told the Associated Press, "It is imperative the government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and global powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels." … [Read more...] about What do futurists imagine for the post-coronavirus-pandemic world?
While all the equipment being used at the Nightingale is "new kit", according to leaked documents, some health officials have expressed reservations about how communications might work in the vast, open building, normally used as a venue for trade fairs and exhibitions. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale becomes world’s largest critical care unit
Resident in London since the mid-1990s, Anas argues that the ideologues of modern international Islamist terrorism have grotesquely distorted the teachings of his late father-in-law, who was assassinated in 1989. In his book, written largely by the journalist Tam Hussein, Anas says that Osama bin Laden and a host of other senior al-Qaida figures rejected what he sees as Azzam’s more moderate definition of jihad. This may be partly true, and Azzam may not have explicitly encouraged terrorism of the sort we have seen in recent years, but his argument that all Muslims are obliged to defend the world’s community of believers irrespective of where an attack might take place was a key contribution to the vision of a global force of militants fighting the west and other enemies of the faithful that developed in the 1980s. … [Read more...] about To the Mountains by Abdullah Anas and Tam Hussein – review
Is there any way to disaggregate the widespread use of face masks from other measures – like social distancing – to understand how effective they are? Howard: We absolutely can’t. There are four measures – rigorous testing, contact tracing, quarantine of potentially infected persons and universal mask-wearing – that represent a known good recipe. We don’t know exactly which combination of those things works and how important each one is. We’ve just got to do what works. … [Read more...] about Face masks: can they slow coronavirus spread – and should we be wearing them?