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Due to the pandemic scare, many countries have enforced measures like social distancing, closure of transport options to decrease mobility and stay-at-home orders. These policies come in the shape ...
The Official WHO policy until recently on masks was that they are to be worn by those who are sick and those who are taking care of the sick (doctors and nurses) or are at potential hazardous zones...
Due to a shortage of masks, people are reusing them, or buying used ones from the black market, or making homemade ones, which are essentially useless.
Strangely enough, wearing a mask al...
To get an idea of just how worrying this new virus is, and how important it is to be protected, note that according to a report in a Chinese newspaper, thousands if not millions of people are poten...
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In China, cutting the capacity of buses is enforced with onboard cameras. Chinese officials also dispense hand sanitizer at transit hubs.
Authorities in Hong Kong have added robots that spray a hydrogen peroxide solution to disinfect train cars.
In Beijing, officials are testing a "subway by appointment" system during peak hours.
To reduce rush hour traffic, major employers in Asia and Europe have brought workers back on rotating weekday schedules, provided them private transportation, and temporarily housed them within walking distance of their offices.
The risk of contagion on the subway is reasonably high. Its an enclosed space, poorly ventilated and have high foot traffic.
The subway will have to regain the trust of riders. The move to shut down the subway for four hours every night for disinfecting trains, equipment and stations is the first move to safeguard the system. Halting the service at night will also provide time to test new, more efficient disinfecting technologies.
The last three months have been extremely difficult for the entire world since the new virus made its presence known. People are requested to remain in quarantine worldwide in order to enable the h...
During these dark days of the pandemic, countries chose to respond differently in front of their common enemy: while China made a goal out of saving as many lives as possible, the US seems to have decided on prioritizing the economic system over the health care one.
When faced with a danger like the current virus, individuals tend to have a reaction of whether extreme fear or one of denial.
These reactions could be explained through a number of well-known facts such as our tendency to take into account the first-order effects, rather than the second- or third-order ones, the overall mentality which is mostly linear, not exponential and the focus on one-off solutions rather than trying to refine routines.
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