This pilot wants airplane tickets to be new toilet paper … sort of.
When news of the coronavirus pandemic first struck North America, reports of panic purchases began to spread, with toilet paper appearing to be one of the most sought after items. This causes temporary shortages of household needs which are usually easily found.
Unfortunately, not all businesses see an increase in sales. The aviation industry, for example, has been hit by a pandemic. Now, when business starts to reopen, some airline workers obviously hope things get busy again.
Chris Pohl, a captain with Virgin Atlantic, shared a picture on his Instagram page that showed him holding a sign that read, “Buy airplane tickets like you buy toilet paper.”
In the photo caption, he explained, “I have been following Dude with Sign since I started on Instagram and I saw Pilot Charlotte posting the same message. I gathered them to make my own version. “
He then asked his followers to “repost and forward this message to everyone you know, because it’s real. We need the world to start ordering tickets, which will allow airlines to refill planes and make us all fly again. The only thing hold us, is you; our loyal customer / passenger, without you, we will land. Come the world to fly again. “
So far, the post has received more than 4,300 likes on Instagram.
The post also received several comments from people who told Pohl the reason why they bought plane tickets, which included major events such as weddings but also included public holidays.
One user joked, “If you give me nine tickets for $ 4.38 then yes. But truly I hope the Atlantic virgin survives, I’ve got a vacation and waiting. “
Britain is the worst-hit country outside of the US and Brazil. It STILL won’t wear masks
This despite the UK being one of the world’s worst-hit countries by coronavirus — it stands third behind Brazil and the United States — with almost 45,000 fatalities.
And in the United States, a new study showed that one of the main drivers of cases now could be “silent spreaders,” or people who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic.
The report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that asymptomatic or presymptomatic hosts could be responsible for half of cases, highlighting how masks could be useful in preventing the spread of the virus.
“We have now identified convincing decades-old and apparently forgotten evidence, from the time when surgical masks were made of cloth and were reusable, showing that they help to prevent transmission of airborne infectious agents. There is now even some evidence that masks might directly benefit the wearer,” its author, Paul Edelstein, Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said.
Edlestein explained: “There are people without symptoms going about their daily business who are unknowingly breathing out droplets that are carrying the virus. If they had their faces covered the majority of those droplets would be caught before they can infect other people. Wearing face coverings can help save lives and prevent disabling illnesses.”
So if the basics are “simple to understand,” as Edlestein put it, why is Britain so reluctant to latch onto masks?
Becoming an outlier
It found that in late April in the UK around 25% of people wore face masks or coverings in public places. This is staggeringly low compared to 83.4% in Italy and 63.8% in Spain in the same period.
“I don’t regret that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during congressional testimony last week. “At that time, there was a paucity of equipment that our health care providers needed… we did not want to divert masks and PPE away from them.”
“People may rightly ask why you have to wear a mask on a train but not in a shop. If guidance is inconsistent people will follow their own preferences,” Ramakrishnan said. He argued British people might “not really understand the benefits or are not convinced of them.”
There have also been cracks in a UK-wide approach on masks, with the devolved nations having the power to decide their own coronavirus measures. Northern Ireland is in line with England in mandating masks on public transport but not shops. Scotland has gone one step further and made it mandatory to wear face coverings in shops from July 10. In Wales, masks are not mandatory in shops or on public transport.
In Parliament on Tuesday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government will review guidance for whether the public should wear face masks in supermarkets and retail shops in England.
When asked for a review timeframe, a government spokesperson at the Department of Health told CNN: “As we ease lockdown measures, face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if people are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms. We continue to advise individuals to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible.
“Everyone should maintain a 2-meter distance wherever possible. Where this is not possible wearing a face covering is one of the ways people can manage risk at a 1-meter distance.”
Although the uptake of face masks or coverings may have increased in the UK since late April, the Set-C report highlights how many countries implemented a policy requiring the general public to wear face masks and coverings in all public places much earlier, by mid-March 2020.
Taiwan, South Korea and mainland China, all places with widespread mask use, have seen greater success in preventing major outbreaks or reining them in once they begin.
As second and third waves begin to emerge in countries that have eased up coronavirus restrictions, mask wearing has up until this week been shunned and even ridiculed by the leaders of the worst hit countries — the US and Brazil — as they struggle to escape a devastating first wave of the pandemic.
President Donald Trump had refused to wear a mask in public for months until a visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday. The photo opportunity came after some of the President’s aides practically begged him to agree. It is hoped it will encourage skeptical Trump supporters to do the same. Meanwhile, President Jair Bolsonaro is being sued for removing his mask during an interview in which he announced that he has the coronavirus.
The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) gives two versions of forecasts for the US: one in which everyone wears masks, and one in which they don’t. This week the IHME model projected as many 208,000 American coronavirus deaths by November 1, but just under 163,000 if most people wear a face mask to help contain the spread of the virus.
Why the resistance?
“To understand why people don’t wear face coverings it is essential to examine behavioural factors such as the public’s understanding about masks and how to wear and re-use cloth coverings,” said Melinda Mills, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at the University of Oxford and lead author on the SET-C report.
“What is clear is that it isn’t the public’s fault for not wearing masks in the UK. Rather, consistent policies and effective public messaging is vital, which have even differed across England, Scotland and Wales,” Mills argued.
Notably, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson — who was hospitalized in intensive care with the virus — had not, until Friday, worn a mask in public, yet Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had.
Mills said people in countries like Italy and Spain, without a previous history of mask wearing, have “rapidly adopted face coverings during the Covid-19 period largely because the authorities provided them with a consistent policy and clear guidelines to understand why they should wear them.”
Spain, for example, which has recorded more than 28,000 deaths, has legally required everyone over the age of six to wear face masks indoors and outdoors in public spaces when a minimum two-meter distance is not possible since May 21. In June, the country’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ordered that this remain the case even after the country’s state of emergency ended on June 21.
The Set-C report, which states consistent and effective public messaging is “vital” to public adherence to wearing face masks and coverings, highlights a UK government tweet on June 27. The report said the “face coverings make the shop safer” message in the tweet was good for its “altruism” message but bad because it focused only on protecting others and not self protection. The campaign image featured an older woman, who the report says is already in the vulnerable group and less likely to break the face covering advice.
The report also concludes that a lack of uptake of face masks and coverings in the UK may also be attributed to factors such as an “over-reliance on an evidence-based medicine approach,” “inconsistent and changing advice from supranational organizations (WHO, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control),” and “supply concerns of PPE shortages of surgical face masks.”
It’s not too late
Since then, the consultant in infectious diseases at Cambridge University hospitals in England and professor at the Tsinghua University School of Medicine in Beijing has moved to the US to take up a new post as associate professor of experimental medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He’s noticed masks are “much more visible” in the US than the UK, and he puts that down to the “establishment” unifying around masks early on in the pandemic.
In the US “many shops here have not hesitated in mandating masks if you want to go and use their store… shops don’t seem to be suffering as a result,” he said in a phone interview with CNN.
Javid believes the UK has indeed become somewhat of a mask experiment “control group,” “certainly compared with most European countries,” although he points out the Netherlands and the Nordic countries also have very low uptake of face mask use. There are confounders, he said, “because of the UK’s very long lockdown and… because the UK was hit very hard… case counts are really dramatically falling in the UK now, so it’s hard to disentangle.”
“I think there is reasonably compelling evidence that states that mandated masks earlier cut down their transmission rates more quickly in the upswing phase of the outbreak,” he added.
Javid thinks the UK government’s attempt to make the mask mandate as loose as possible has meant “a very muddled and fairly watered-down message.”
“They were so worried about securing PPE supplies, so then the focus shifted to face coverings and the reality is not all face coverings are created equal. That’s just the bare bones truth, a loose scarf is always going to be less effective than a well-fitted, well-made cloth mask,” Javid argued.
“If you are going to have a lowest common denominator message that any face covering will do it’s then hard to hand on your heart and say this is going to protect you. Whereas, actually, a well made cloth mask will protect you. I think that’s incontrovertible.”
He said “in terms of economics masks are one of the most cost-effective interventions we can have” in the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus. He is not in favor of “perpetual lockdown” and believes masks are one way of trying to get out of lockdown quicker but they are not the beginning and the end of the pandemic. “This isn’t a simple solution, it’s just one part of a package.”
After a deadly first wave of the virus, Javid believes “it’s not too late” for the UK. “Now is a great time to increase our mask usage because it might allow us to open up even more and more safely.” This is a claim echoed by Royal Society President Ramakrishnan, who said: “The virus has not been eliminated, so as we lift lockdown and people increasingly interact with each other we need to use every tool we have to reduce the risk of a second wave of infection.”
Will we ever see Brits wearing masks in pubs? “The reason why pubs and clubs are higher risk activities is because you are much more likely to be engaging in speech and we know that speech is associated with transmission,” Javid said. “Realistically how many people will wear a mask, take it off for a quick sip of their pint and then put it back on again straight away? I just can’t see that happening.”
Coronavirus ‘storm’ as South Africa cases surge: Live updates | Coronavirus pandemic News
South Africa is reporting another 13,497 new coronavirus cases for a total of 264,184 including 3,971 deaths. More than a third of cases are in new hot spot of Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and capital, Pretoria. Health minister Zweli Mkhize earlier warned of a COVID-19 “storm”.
- Brazil, the world‘s number-two coronavirus hot spot after the United States, has recorded 1,071 new deaths from the outbreak, pushing its death toll to 81,469, with a total of 1,839,850 confirmed cases, the health ministry said.
US President Donald Trump, who has avoided wearing a mask in public even as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, donned one on Saturday at a military medical facility outside Washington where he visited wounded soldiers and front-line healthcare workers.
More than 12.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 562,000 have died, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.96 million patients have recovered.
Here are the latest updates.
Sunday, July 12
04:21 GMT – Taiwan holds events as situation returns to normal
Taiwan has wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony as it stages more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases, the Associated Press news agency reported on Sunday.
Actors and others lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing Saturday night, and participants didn’t wear face masks in historic Zhongshan Hall in the capital of the self-governing island off China’s east coast.
Government officials say there have been 451 confirmed coronavrius cases and seven deaths on the island, which has a population of about 23 million people.
Also on Saturday, a baseball game in the city of Taichung drew more than 10,000 fans for the first time this season. Health authorities have been gradually allowing larger crowds since the baseball season began in April with no fans.
03:51 GMT – Australia’s Victoria state marks week of triple-digit coronavirus cases
Australia’s Victoria state reported 273 new cases of the coronavirus and another COVID-19 death on Sunday, marking a week of triple-digit increases in infections, as state authorities battle fresh outbreaks of the pandemic, Reuters news agency reported.
Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s second most-populous state, went under a six-week lockdown on Thursday after a spike in community-transmitted cases.
“This is a dangerous time,” Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews told a news conference.
Sunday’s cases, the second highest for Victoria, home to a quarter of Australia’s 25 million people, follow a record 288 infections reported on Friday. The increase partly reflects increased testing, with the state conducting more than 30,000 tests daily.
03:27 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 248 to 198,804
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 248 to 198,804, Reuters reported on Sunday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.
The reported COVID-19 death toll rose by three to 9,063, the tally showed.
03:00 GMT – Okinawa governor wants tougher action as 61 US Marines infected
Denny Tamaki, the governor of Japan’s Okinawa island, has demanded a top US military commander take tougher prevention measures and more transparency hours after officials were told that more than 60 Marines at two bases have been infected over the past few days, AP news agency reported on Sunday.
Okinawan officials on Sunday reported a total of 61 cases – 38 of them at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is at the center of a relocation dispute, and another 23 at Camp Hansen – since July 7. They said that US military officials told them the two bases have since been put in lockdown.
The disclosure of the exact figures came only after Okinawa’s repeated requests to the US military.
“Okinawans are shocked by what we were told (by the US military),” Tamaki told a news conference on Saturday. “We now have strong doubts that the U.S. military has taken adequate disease prevention measures.”
02:38 GMT – New York COVID-19 hospiltalisations drop
The number of New Yorkers hospitalised with the coronavirus has fallen to the lowest point in nearly four months.
State officials reported 799 COVID-19 hospitalisations on Saturday, which is the lowest number since March 18.
However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is concerned a resurgence in cases is inevitable amid outbreaks in other states.
Earlier, Cuomo told WAMC radio that the state’s quarantine rules for travelers returning from hard-hit areas are difficult to enforce. He says the only question is how high New York’s rate will rise.
02:20 GMT – Greece announces 41 new cases
Greek authorities has announced 41 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with 11 detected in incoming tourists. There were no new confirmed deaths.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 3,772 and 193 deaths.
01:54 GMT – South Korea reports 44 new cases, one new death
South Korea’s new virus cases bounced back on Sunday as cluster infections in the greater Seoul area and the southwestern city of Gwangju continued to increase amid a sustained rise in imported cases, according to Yonhap news agency.
The country added 44 cases, including 21 local infections, raising the total caseload to 13,417, Yonhap quoted the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) as saying.
The tally marked a rise from 35 new virus cases reported on Saturday but a slight fall compared with 45 tallied on Friday.
The country also reported one additional death, bringing the death toll to 289.
01:35 GMT – Football match call off in Brazil after 14 players test of COVID-19
Authorities cancelled one of southern Brazil’s biggest footballing derbies less than 24 hours before kick-off on Saturday after 14 members of one side tested positive for COVID-19, Reuters reported on Sunday.
The Santa Catarina state championship restarted on July 8 with four games, including Chapecoense’s 2-0 home win over Avai.
The return match was due to kick off on Sunday but was cancelled on the orders of the state’s Health Secretariat.
Santa Catarina state has recorded 42,026 cases of the new coronavirus, with 485 deaths. So far, 71,469 people have died in Brazil, more than any other country outside the United States.
01:08 GMT – Italy reports 188 coronavirus infections
Italy has confirmed another 188 coronavirus infections, a third in the hard-hit Lombardy region, according to AP news agency.
Public health officials say the outbreak remains under control in Italy, the onetime epicenter of the outbreak in Europe, but they are paying attention to clusters of domestic and international infections.
Italy halted all air traffic with Bangladesh and 13 other countries after more than two dozen cases were linked to charter flights of returning Bangladeshi immigrants. On Saturday, eight of the 19 new infections in the Lazio region around Rome were linked to the Bangladeshi community cluster.
Another seven people with the coronavirus died in the past day, bringing Italy’s total confirmed deaths to 34,945.
00:49 GMT – Mexico reports 6,094 new coronavirus cases, 539 more deaths
Mexico’s Health Ministry has reported 6,094 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 539 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 295,268 cases and 34,730 deaths.
The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases, according to Reuters news agency.
00:30 GMT – Native American tribe grapples with coronavirus deaths, infections
Navajo Nation officials have reported 10 additional deaths from COVID-19 as the tribe’s sprawling reservation remains under the latest weekend lockdown imposed to combat the coronavirus outbreak, AP news agency reported.
The Native American tribe’s death toll rose to 396, as tribal officials reported 56 additional confirmed cases, increasing the reservation’s total to nearly 8,100. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested. Studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
The lockdown began Friday night and ends at 5 am on Monday. All businesses on the Navajo Nation are also required to close during the lockdown.
00:10 GMT – US coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse
A long-expected upturn in United States coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.
According to an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day rolling average for daily reported deaths in the US has increased from 578 two weeks ago to 664 on July 10.
Daily reported deaths increased in 27 states over that time period, but the majority of those states are averaging under 15 new deaths per day. A smaller group of states has been driving the nationwide increase in deaths.
California is averaging 91 reported deaths per day while Texas is close behind with 66, but Florida, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and South Carolina also saw sizable rises. New Jersey’s recent jump is thought to be partially attributable to its less frequent reporting of probable deaths.
“It’s consistently picking up. And it’s picking up at the time you’d expect it to,” said William Hanage, a Harvard University infectious diseases researcher.
00:01 GMT – South Africa reports 13,497 new cases
South Africa is reporting another 13,497 confirmed coronavirus cases for a total of 264,184 including 3,971 deaths. More than a third of cases are in the new hot spot of Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria.
Already, public hospitals are expressing concerns about shortages of available beds and medical oxygen. The percentage of tests that are positive is now over 25 percent, but the National Institute of Infectious Diseases says that could reflect both the rise in infections and more targeted testing.
The country’s health minister has said the “storm” that authorities have been warning citizens about has arrived.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
You can find all the key developments from yesterday, July 11, here.
Alabama Five Guys workforce who reportedly refused to provide cops have been fired or suspended, restaurant claims
“Five Men and the Daphne, AL franchise want to thank the Daphne Police Division for their help in operating collectively toward a resolution,” Five Men explained in a statement Friday. “The steps the Daphne, AL franchise have taken consist of termination and suspension of the workers concerned.”
A community Fox 10 news outlet noted that law enforcement officers were refused assistance Tuesday night by numerous Five Guys personnel.
The officers claim that six or seven personnel in the establishment turned their backs on the officers as they entered the cafe chain. Just one officer reportedly heard an employee say, “I’m not serving them.”
The officers then still left and went to a further restaurant.
“The Daphne Law enforcement Department appreciates the outpouring of guidance from our local community and from supporters of Legislation Enforcement across the state,” Daphne Police explained in a statement previously this week. “We also want to thank 5 Fellas on a company and local degree.”
“The Daphne Police Department does not assume that the steps of a few workforce represents Five Guys as a whole,” the statement explained.
The statement additional that the Daphne Law enforcement preferred to explain some misinformation that had been spread on social media.
The officers initially entered the constructing and then returned to their autos right after remembering the facial area mask requirements in position. “All a few officers ended up sporting masks the complete time they were inside of of the establishment,” the law enforcement assertion claimed.
At the time back within, the employees allegedly turned their backs on the officers.
The 5 Fellas is situated at the Jubilee Square browsing middle, in accordance to Fox 10, and has at this time closed to give further teaching to all staff members.
“We apologize to all those officers and also want to make it obvious that 5 Guys and its franchisees are dedicated to good, respectful, and equal remedy for all shoppers,” the 5 Men assertion browse. “We will go on to investigate the make any difference.”
Police officers all over the place have faced different ranges of scrutiny immediately after mass protests broke about across the nation adhering to the death of George Floyd in police custody in late May possibly.
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