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Coronavirus updates: 28 members of a California family all infected, father dead – SF Gate

A 27-year-old Southern California man is sharing his family’s experience with coronavirus to encourage people to practice social distancing.

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University of Houston researches create heated air filter that can kill coronavirus ‘instantly’ – Fox News

Researchers at the University of Houston claimed to have designed a special air filter that can trap the novel coronavirus and blast it with heat to kill the disease on contact.

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Researchers at the University of Houston claimed to have designed a special air filter that can trap the novel coronavirus and blast it with heat to kill the disease on contact.
Dr. Zhifeng Ren, director of the Texas Center of Superconductivity at UH, is the brains behind the project, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Ren worked with Medistar CEO Monzer Hourani to bring about a “unique design” made from heated nickel foam, which was detailed in a paper published by Materials Today Physics.
Researchers reportedly conducted tests at Galveston National Laboratory and found that 99.8 percent of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was killed “instantly,” after a single pass through the filter. The process does, however, require the foam to be heated at 392 degrees Fahrenheit.
TEXAS SEES HIGHEST NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES RECORDED SINCE START OF PANDEMIC
“This filter could be useful in airports and in airplanes, in office buildings, schools and cruise ships to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Ren explained. “Its ability to help control the spread of the virus could be very useful for society.”
He also said Medistar is looking into offering smaller personalized models that could purify the air around a single employee’s desk or work station, according to the Chronicle.
Dr. Garrett Peel of Medistar, who helped craft the design, suggested that the filters be deployed to “high-priority venues where essential workers are at elevated risk of exposure (particularly schools, hospitals and health care facilities, as well as public transit environs such as airplanes),”
“It’s basically a high-performance COVID-19 killer,” he said. “This is safe and effective. We want to roll this out of Texas first and start deploying them in schools, nursing homes. This unit could be deployed in 60 days.”
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“It provides an extra sense of security, knowing that our children and elderly are protected,” Peel added. ‘We need our leaders to step up and create private and public partnerships to get this product into our schools and protect our children.”

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COVID-19 warning signs appear in Tyler neighborhood – KLTV

As more positive COVID-19 cases arise within east Texas, a particular area within smith county is seeing a cluster of currently active cases prompting the city of Tyler to put out COVID-19 community spread signs.

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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – As more positive COVID-19 cases arise within East Texas, a particular area within Smith County is seeing a cluster of currently active cases, which prompted the city of Tyler to put out community spread signs.
As travelers drive by the intersection of Old Bullard Road and Grande in Tyler, they may have noticed signs issued by the city saying COVID-19 community spread has been potentially identified in this area.
Jenny Wells, a spokeswoman for the City of Tyler, explained the reasoning behind it.
We use these signs when there seems to be what we would call a cluster or an outbreak of coronavirus in a particular area, Well said.
Kimberly Tanton, a tenant of an apartment complex near the signs, said shes worried.
We had no idea it was a cluster area, Tanton said. It made us kind of nervous because we both have family members who are immunodeficiency, and I have asthma and severe allergies and everything like that, so it makes me extremely nervous because weve gone to the pool, weve checked our mail, and we had no idea.
Wells said these signs are meant to inform the community in shared spaces.
It doesnt mean that theres a massive spike of everybody in this area; it just means that weve had more than four cases identified in a certain clump, Wells said. Were just letting people know if youre using shared space, say a park or a swimming pool or a trail, that youre taking additional precautions to protect yourself from the virus and to protect your families.
Tanton said these signs surprised her and some members in the community.
Nobody had any idea at all, Tanton said. We talked to multiple neighbors, and nobody had any clue that there were this many cases or that there was more than one case from before we even moved in.
The Smith County Emergency Operations Center is in charge of making decisions on when and where these signs are placed in order to inform the community.
Wells said there arent any additional currently identified places of an outbreak within Smith County.

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Victorian healthcare workers continue to face shortages of PPE as coronavirus cases ramp up – ABC News

Healthcare workers continue to struggle to get hold of personal protective equipment and fear they may be facing even more shortages as cases climb and the Victorian Government recommends everyone in the state starts using masks.

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Victorian healthcare workers are yet again appealing for more urgent action to boost supplies of personal protective equipment as the number of coronavirus cases in hospitals and aged care facilities continues to climb.
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  • Staff from hospitals, aged care and disability are reporting ongoing shortages of personal protective equipment at work
  • Unions are worried the shortages are putting their members at risk of contracting the virus and passing it onto patients
  • It comes as a growing number of people linked to hospital and aged care facilities in Victoria contract coronavirus

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he predicted the number of hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19 would soon get much worse.
“We will see an increase in hospitalised and ICU cases, and in deaths, in the coming days because of the spike that we have seen in recent days,” he said at a press conference on Friday.
“It is because we’re seeing people who are most vulnerable, the elderly, those with chronic illness, coming down with

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