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People wearing protective masks walk on bicycles past the sign of social distance at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park during the coronavirus pandemic on May 17 in New York City. Pictures of Him Dipasupil / Getty

Public health officials have asked people to remain six feet apart to slow the spread of the corona virus through so-called respiratory droplets. But three experts warn that six feet may not be enough – and they say the world needs to take airborne viruses seriously.

In a commentary published in the journal Science, experts called for “regular and extensive testing” to find cases without symptoms, and they pointed to places where mask use was universal and viruses had been controlled, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan. The guidance of the World Health Organization may not be enough in all situations, they say.

“Evidence shows that (the coronavirus novel) spreads silently on aerosols exhaled by highly infected people without symptoms,” wrote Chia Wang of the National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan and Kimberly Prather and Dr. Robert Schooley from the University of California, San Diego.

“More and more evidence for (coronavirus) suggests a WHO recommendation of six feet may not be enough in many indoor conditions where aerosols can remain in the air for hours, accumulate over time, and follow the flow of air at distances greater than six feet , “they wrote.

Three experts, who are specialists in chemistry and infectious diseases, said aerosols from breathing and talking “can accumulate, remain infectious in the air in the room for hours, and are easily inhaled deeply into the lungs.” That makes wearing masks even more important, they say, even when people keep their distance.

More about this: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focuses on so-called respiratory droplets that result when a person coughs or sneezes. Drops don’t linger in the air, but the CDC says they “can land on the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or may be inhaled into the lungs.”

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Spread is more likely to occur when people are in close contact with each other, or “within about 6 feet,” the CDC said. That’s because breathing droplets are relatively large and fall to the ground – unlike aerosols, which are smaller and more likely to stay in the air longer.

Despite the focus on droplets from US and other health officials, experts say “a large part of the spread of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) appears to occur through aerosol transmission through the air produced by asymptomatic individuals during breathing and speaking.”

While more research is needed, they are calling for a strong testing scheme and say people need to cover up. “In order for the community to continue, measures designed to reduce aerosol transmission must be implemented, including universal screening and periodic extensive testing to identify and isolate infected asymptomatic individuals,” they said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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