So far, COVID-19 health guidelines have largely concentrated on social distancing, hand-washing, and other measures.
But now scientists are imploring the World Health Organization to consider the likelihood that the coronavirus is spread through the air.
The over 200 scientists from at least 30 nations have cautioned that airborne spread of the novel coronavirus is a possibility as infections continue to spike worldwide.
In an upcoming paper named ‘It Is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of COVID-19,’ the 239 signatories aim to increase awareness that transmission is possible via aerosols that remain in the air.
It’s worth noting that the virus is highly infectious in tiny quantities. Something that was uncertain previously.
With this new revelation, do you think that the WHO will fully recognize the potential of COVID-19 to transmit through the air and issue relevant directives?
Australian State Shuts Borders and Initiates Lockdowns as COVID-19 Cases Rise
After a spike in COVID-19 cases in the last week, the Australian state of Victoria has taken measures to effectively shut itself in.
The authorities in the state announced on Monday that they were closing the border with neighboring New South Wales.
According to Daniel Andrews, the State Premier, a 90-year-old man died of COVID-19 in a Victoria hospital on Sunday.
On Saturday, the premier put 3,000 people under ‘hard lockdown’ in nine Melbourne public housing towers.
So far, in the towers, 398 people have been tested, and 53 of them found positive. Additional mass coronavirus testing in Victoria identified 127 new infections by Sunday.
Asia Stocks Climb as China Blue Chips Hit Five-Year Peak
Even as COVID-19 devastates economies, the movement of Asian shares has baffled market analysts and investors globally.
On Monday, Asian stocks scaled 4-month peaks, and investors took advantage of this fiscal stimulus and extra-cheap liquidity to maintain economic recovery globally.
This action comes amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases worldwide and delayed re-openings in the United States.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 1%, its highest level since February.
All eyes were focused on China’s blue chips after they leaped 3%, after a 7% gain the previous week. This is the shares’ highest level in five years!
Surprisingly, even the Japanese Nikkei, which has been lagging with a soft home economy, also experienced a 1.3% rise.
Do you think this is good news for the stock markets, the COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding?
Over 800 Professors at Georgia Tech Oppose Reopening Minus Mandatory Masks
Georgia Institute of Technology staff have opposed plans for a fall reopening if masks would not be mandatory.
According to the over 800 professors, such an action disregards scientific consensus, and puts lives in danger.
The professors voiced their protests in an open letter addressed to the Board of Regents and University System of Georgia.
The letter was signed by some highly celebrated members of faculties at Georgia Tech, another name for the prestigious university.
Keeping in mind that the university boasts about 1,100 faculty members, this means that over two-thirds have made their protest known.
Don’t you think that if this issue isn’t resolved, operations at the university would be crippled?
Tony-Nominated Broadway Actor Nick Cordero, Dies of Coronavirus
Canadian actor, Nick Cordero has died of COVID-19 on Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital.
Cordero got a Tony nomination for the 2014 musical Bullets Over Broadway, and all signs pointed to a very successful career before being hospitalized.
The actor, who was 41 at the time of his death, was hospitalized late in March and diagnosed with the coronavirus.
After being hooked to a ventilator, he developed blood clots that led to the amputation of the right leg.
Cordero stood an impressive 6-foot-5, and his signature baritone voice and dark hair gave him an imposing presence on television shows, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Blue Bloods, and Lilyhammer.
But the actor was mostly known for his roles in Broadway Musicals such as A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, where he played the part of a charismatic brute to perfection.