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  1. My county’s health dept reminds people almost daily that mask is in addition to social distancing. Mask without social distancing isn’t as helpful. “The review of various published studies, paid for by the World Health Organization, had three main findings: Physical distancing: The chance of transmission at a distance of less than 1 meter (3.3 feet) was 12.8%, while that fell to 2.6% at a distance of more than 1 meter (3.3 feet). It added that distances of 2 meters (6.6 feet) could be more effective. It said that the certainty of the evidence was "moderate." Face masks: The chance of transmission without a face mask or respirator (like an N95 mask) was 17.4%, while that fell to 3.1% when a mask was worn. However, the certainty of the evidence was "low." Eye protection: The chance of transmission without eye protection was put at 16%, compared to 5.5% with some form of eye protection as a face shield, visor, goggles or glasses. However, the certainty of the evidence was "low." The researchers looked at 172 observational studies across 16 countries and six continents, including studies in health care and community settings. They didn't look at randomized controlled trials, considered the gold standard but almost impossible to implement for studying transmission of infections in people. The researchers at universities around the world analyzed studies from the outbreaks of Covid-19, severe acute respiratory syndrome virus of SARS and the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus (MERS), which are from the same family of viruses. While most countries around the world have instituted simple steps like these to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, the scientific evidence behind them hasn't always been clear-cut and has, in the case of masks, sometimes been contradictory. All experts agree, however, on the importance of washing hands with soap thoroughly and regularly. 'Major step forward' The results of the review support a policy of physical distancing of at least 1 meter (3.3 feet) and, if feasible, 2 meters (6.6 feet) or more, the researchers said. The information could also be used to inform models that predict the spread of the disease and help with contact tracing schemes, the research team, led by Holger Schünemann of McMaster University in Canada, added. Trish Greenhalgh, a professor of Primary Care Health Services at the University of Oxford who wasn't involved in the research, said that while all these results were subject to uncertainty, the overwhelming message is that physical measures are effective in preventing Covid-19.”
  2. Assuming the main form of contagion is aerosol, then going to Walmart that don’t usually have a crowd to grab some groceries is not as risky. I do generally avoid Walmart like the plague because of many bad experiences there. However there is a SuperWalmart that is a comfortable drive away which is in an industrial area and usually have only a handful of customers on weekends. Often, I can easily count the number of customers in the store when I go in to buy things.
  3. Mask can be useful when the viral load is low, for example going into a large Target that has little business all day long (I jokingly call it a Target warehouse). My neighbors have stocked up and are pretty much prepared to stay at home for weeks. We are used to powdered milk and pasteurized milk so we can make do for milk if we don’t want to leave our homes. We can also stockpile pasteurized soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk as alternatives/backup.
  4. @skimomma I’ll call just to be sure ACT Customer Care: M-F 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM CT + Test Weekends 319-337-1270
  5. We have a USPS staff that habitually dumps packages next to random mailboxes (condo) instead of delivering them to the door. Letters are also randomly dump so I often get mail for neighbors a block away in a totally different apartment complex. My upstairs neighbor’s bank statements was in my mailbox a few times with her correct address, I just went upstairs and ring her doorbell and hand deliver. I am not surprised that people didn’t receive their stimulus checks in the mail. Here we drop them off at the ballot boxes. If something is important, I’ll trust UPS to deliver rather than USPS.
  6. None of my teens activities are starting. Dual enrollment classes at community college are still going to be online for Fall quarter (has been announced). My guess is that my teens German class that is hosted at a public school will continue to be online for Fall. My county just announced that summer camps may resumed so we have to see what happens to parks and recreation classes. Some people are expecting community spread from the protests and feels like they should continue to shelter in place and order everything (including groceries) online. My condo board members have arranged with a small farm to drive their vegetables and fruits over in a big van once a week so that we don’t need to leave our complex to buy fresh produce.
  7. The marking looks exactly like the hoverfly in this link If it’s a hover fly, it is welcomed to feast on the aphids
  8. On pepper plant for the past 10mins and still there (ETA: added picture of side profile)
  9. ACT didn’t publish a list of available test centers during natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina so I doubt they will publish a list for this pandemic.
  10. That’s for CollegeBoard data mining and is really optional. My kids took selfies with their cellphones for the required photo. ” When can I register for the upcoming administrations? Priority registration for the August, September, and October SAT administrations will open on Thursday, May 28. Registration will fully open for all students on Wednesday, June 3.”
  11. Here it is a dominant party so people have become apathetic to politics. They do go and vote on the new tax and bond measures if they feel taxed to death. I have lived in areas that are predominantly one party. Protest votes has been useful to make the dominant party less complacent. My husband had lived in areas with walkovers for decades and those areas are low priority for improvements (better roads, sidewalks) since the dominant party is not afraid of losing votes.
  12. It’s mandated for inside stores here. In big size stores like SuperWalmart and the larger Targets, some customers and some staff wear their masks on their chins and no one is enforcing.
  13. List of June 13 test center cancellations
  14. Broken windows have to be board up though. No point replacing them at this time. The malls at San Leandro that were damaged were already not doing well before COVID and the damaged Walmart was “messy town”.
  15. That’s unfortunately normal. UPS trucks are often targeted too. I was at Costco today after my medical appointment and some people were “stocking up” enough to host a graduation party. Many had a cart full. People can always shop online so stores being damaged and burnt are going to hurt people who can’t shop online and/or do not have home delivery for their medical prescriptions.
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