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CDC: Coronavirus ‘Does Not Spread Easily’ on Surfaces

CDC: Coronavirus ‘Does Not Spread Easily’ on Surfaces

Covid-19 may not spread as easily on surfaces as originally thought.
In updated guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus “is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person,” and it “does not spread easily” on surfaces such as countertops and handrails.
The coronavirus, the CDC said, is believed to spread mainly from person to person.  This would include between two or more people who are …

Coronavirus Update: CDC Releases More Guidelines, N.Y. ‘Back to Where We Started,’ Says Gov. Cuomo

Coronavirus Update: CDC Releases More Guidelines, N.Y. ‘Back to Where We Started,’ Says Gov. Cuomo

IN BRIEF
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promulgated guidance for schools, businesses, and mass transit systems as opposed to what was released last week, this document provides specific guidance and instructions for different sectors to detect and trace the virus based on exposure and risk after the pandemic.
The language in the document is somewhat watered down from what was in the original document. Language that tells schools to “ensure social …

InterContinental Hotels Announces the ‘Clean Promise’ in Partnership with the Cleveland Clinic

InterContinental Hotels Announces the ‘Clean Promise’ in Partnership with the Cleveland Clinic

InterContinental Hotels Group announced it plans to introduce a program in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab, and Diversey to address hotel cleanliness and disinfection amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The program will use “new, science-led protocols and service measures,” the hotelier said, and builds on the IHG Way of Clean, a program launched in 2015.
“We’re focused on protecting their health and wellbeing,” said IHG CEO Keith Barr, referring to guests.
Using …

Hackers Hit EasyJet in Cyberattack Exposing Data of 9 Million Customers

Hackers Hit EasyJet in Cyberattack Exposing Data of 9 Million Customers

EasyJet said Tuesday that the personal information of nine million customers was accessed in what it termed a “highly sophisticated” cyber-attack on the airline’s computer systems
The airline said on Tuesday that the hackers accessed email addresses and travel details, adding that it would contact the customers affected. It said it had reported the breach to the National Cyber Security Center and the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Of the nine million people whose data …

How to Use an Elevator Without Getting the Coronavirus

Elevators are generally far more convenient than going up and down the stairs, but today – in the age of the coronavirus – each ride appears fraught with peril.
While the first known elevators were likely designed and built by Archimedes, a modern passenger elevator was first built in 1793 by Ivan Kubilin and installed in the Winter Palace or Зимний дворец in St. Petersburg.
Fast forward to 1852, when Elisha Otis …

Coronavirus Update: Cases Approach 5 Million, N.Y.C. Close to Reopening, Japan is in a Recession

Coronavirus Update: Cases Approach 5 Million, N.Y.C. Close to Reopening, Japan is in a Recession

IN BRIEF
New York City’s mayor said the city may meet the criteria to begin to reopen the economy there in the first half of June.
Joseph La Lima, a barber in Kingston, New York, who defied the state’s lockdown measures and continued to cut hair from the back of his shop, may have infected over a dozen people, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Ulster County district attorney’s office has launched …

Coronavirus Update: Cases Hit 4.5 Million, Talking Can Propel the Virus, Grocery Prices Rise

Coronavirus Update: Cases Hit 4.5 Million, Talking Can Propel the Virus, Grocery Prices Rise

IN BRIEF
A new study suggests that respiratory droplets produced during normal conversation may be just as important in transmitting the novel coronavirus and other infectious pathogens, especially indoors.  The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the University of Pennsylvania.
In the United States, grocery prices saw their sharpest increase in nearly 50 years as food suppliers continue to struggle to …