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MIT-designed robot can disinfect a warehouse floor in 30 minutes -- and could one day be employed in grocery stores and schools

  • The university's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) worked with Ava Robotics -- a company that focuses on creating telepresence robots -- and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to develop a robot that uses a custom UV-C light to disinfect surfaces and neutralize aerosolized forms of the coronavirus.
  • While household cleaning solutions are able to reduce the spread of the virus, an autonomous robot capable of quickly and efficiently cleaning large areas such as warehouses or grocery stores could prove to be essential.
  • The team tele-operated the robot to teach it to navigate around the warehouse by setting up predefined waypoints, and the team said that it is currently exploring how to use the robot's onboard sensors to adapt to changes in the environment.
  • The UV-C array affixed to the top of the mobile robot emits a short-wavelength ultraviolet light that kills microorganisms and disrupts their DNA in a process called ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, the researchers said.

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United Airlines executive said social distancing on planes is for PR - Business Insider

  • American Airlines said last week that it would stop blocking middle seats and limiting capacity on its planes, drawing sharp criticism from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes for Helath, CDC chief Dr. Robert Redfield, and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
  • Delta, however, said that it will continue to block middle seats and limit capacity on its planes to about 60% through at least September.
  • United has not blocked the seats or put any limits on capacity during the pandemic.
  • Airlines and industry representatives, including the International Air Transport Association, have argued that social distancing on flights is not necessary due to airflow patterns on planes, High Efficiency Particulate Air filters that prevent microbes in the air from recirculating, other cleaning measures, and the use of masks.

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United Airlines executive said social distancing on planes is for PR - Business Insider

  • American Airlines said last week that it would stop blocking middle seats and limiting capacity on its planes, drawing sharp criticism from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes for Helath, CDC chief Dr. Robert Redfield, and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
  • Delta, however, said that it will continue to block middle seats and limit capacity on its planes to about 60% through at least September.
  • United has not blocked the seats or put any limits on capacity during the pandemic.
  • Airlines and industry representatives, including the International Air Transport Association, have argued that social distancing on flights is not necessary due to airflow patterns on planes, High Efficiency Particulate Air filters that prevent microbes in the air from recirculating, other cleaning measures, and the use of masks.

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Still Only One Coronavirus Strain and Progress to Treatments and Vaccines

  • There have been many reports of multiple strains of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Strain can also refer to viral genotypes that are functionally distinct.
  • Functional distinctness of strains requires more experimental, clinical and epidemiological data than is currently available.
  • There is a hypothesis that there are two SARS-Cov-2 strains.
  • There is concern that there is swine flu spreading in pigs in China.
  • However, only one to two dozen are strong possibilities for getting proven in clinical trials and then scaled for treating large numbers of the public.
  • The WHO lists all of the possible vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.
  • There are 17 vaccines undergoing clinical evaluation.
  • The Milken Institute is tracking 172 Vaccine candidates and 257 COVID-19 treatments (as of June 26, 2020).
  • The public and governments know that wearing face masks, social distancing and frequently cleaning hands can reduce the spread of the disease by 90%.

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