How using an air purifier in your home can and can’t prevent the spread of Covid-19

On Friday, the world learned that President Donald Trump has contracted Covid-19, just two days after his advisor Hope Hicks tested positive. Trump and Hicks traveled together this week on Air Force One, including to and from the presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday.

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The turn of events reinforces the idea that spending time indoors with others in close proximity can be risky. So as the weather turns and people spend more time indoors, what you can do to lower your risk of contracting Covid-19?


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In addition to continuing to socially distance and wear a mask, buying a portable home air purifier is a popular choice right now, and for good reason.

The virus that causes Covid-19 is mainly spread through respiratory droplets that are expelled when an infected person talks, coughs, sneezes or breathes, and are inhaled by another person. But the virus

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South African Coffin-Maker Saw COVID-19 at Work and at Home | Business News

By CARA ANNA, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coffin-maker knew death too well. The boxes were stacked in his echoing workshop like the prows of ships waiting for passengers. COVID-19 was turning his business upside down.

Then it moved into his home.

Casey Pillay’s wife was a midwife, delivering babies for coronavirus-positive mothers in Johannesburg, the epicenter of the pandemic in South Africa — once fifth in the world in number of cases — and on the continent.

That she would be infected, they knew, was a matter of time.

When she fell ill during the country’s surge in cases, she retreated to the main bedroom. Pillay withdrew to a bedroom next door. Scared, he barely slept, managing a few hours before dawn as his wife wrestled with some of the worst days of her life.

“I’d literally be on eggshells listening to what she was going through,” Pillay

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Washington state family loses home to wildfire, then gets Covid-19

Jessica and Matthew Graham have had the kind of month that could be described as 2020 in a nutshell: They lost their home to wildfires that pretty much wiped their hometown of Malden, Washington, off the map. Then they got Covid-19.

Luckily, Jessica and Matthew; their five children, ages 5 to 10; her parents; and his mother all survived the coronavirus, and the couple are already on the hunt for a new home. But it wasn’t easy.

They fled the Sept. 7 Babbs-Malden Fire and sought refuge at the home of Jessica’s parents before moving on to stay with friends.

“As we drove to my in-laws, my kids all excitedly got out of the minivan to go in to see Grandma,” Matthew, 36, said Saturday. “And Jessica informed me that everything was gone.”

Then, in a matter of days, the Grahams contracted the coronavirus.

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Kennedy: Ideas for repurposing those COVID-19 masks, from beard bibs to hamster hammocks

If your family is like mine, you probably have a stack of COVID-19 face masks.

We have a basket on a table near our back door that’s overflowing with throwaway paper masks, comfy cloth masks, super-safe KN95 masks.

There are masks with valves, masks made of fleece and masks with pleats. We have masks with filters that are not being used — too complicated. There are masks that anchor around your ears, and others with elastic straps that encircle your head.

At the bottom of our basket, I even found a seersucker mask — which would be perfect on days that I decide to dress like Atticus Finch.

Our mask stockpile is sufficient for the foreseeable future.

Which brings me to today’s topic: How will we repurpose all these masks once the pandemic is over? We shouldn’t just toss them out.

This repurposing occurred to me last Sunday driving home

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DIY Home Improvement Retailing Market- Actionable Research on COVID-19 |Technavio

Advent of E-commerce will Drive the Market Growth During the Forecast Period

The DIY home improvement retailing market is expected to register a CAGR of over 4% during 2020-2024, as per the latest research report by Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the market in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.

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Due to the extensive spread of the virus across the globe, the Consumer Discretionary industry is anticipated to have Negative impact. The DIY home improvement retailing market will showcase Negative impact during

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Dallas EMS crew sent home after not wearing masks while treating patient with COVID-19

Members of a Dallas Fire-Rescue crew were sent home this week after they did not wear masks while treating a patient who has COVID-19, a spokesman for the department said Friday.

a fire truck parked in front of a bus: Members of a Dallas EMS crew were sent home this week after treating a COVID-19 positive patient while not wearing masks.

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Members of a Dallas EMS crew were sent home this week after treating a COVID-19 positive patient while not wearing masks.

The incident, which was first reported by KDFW-TV (Channel 4), occurred Sunday at Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite.

The department did not say whether anyone sent home had since tested positive for the virus.

It is unclear how many members of the crew were sent home, whether they are quarantined or if they have worked since Sunday. Spokesman Jason Evans said the matter is under investigation, and that appropriate disciplinary actions would be determined.

“Due to HIPAA restrictions, we are unable to confirm or discuss specifics when

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Grand Palais’s Renovation Scaled Back in Wake of Covid-19

The hotly anticipated renovation of Paris’s historic Grand Palais is to be somewhat less grand following government intervention in the project, The Art Newspaper reports. Costs, originally projected at $543 million, soared to $700 million, prompting the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais (RMN-GP), the government entity which oversees the structure, to step in and pare the scheme back to fit the original budget.

The initial plans for remodeling, announced in February 2018, would have reconfigured the site and required extensive excavation of the grounds surrounding the 120-year-old structure as well as its interior. Among the changes originally put forth by French-Italian architects LAN (Local Architecture Network) were a new entrance and an internal “pedestrian street” that would connect the different parts of the massive building, which hosts the popular annual fairs Paris Photo and the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC).

The rising costs were to have been offset by a

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How we’ve kept our grocery spending the same during COVID-19

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When the pandemic-related stay-at-home orders went into effect in March, we lost a part of our income. But our spending dropped, too, so we didn’t feel the need to worry about our finances at first. 

We thought the loss of some of our income was temporary and that things would get back to normal much sooner than they have. But of course, that hasn’t proven to be true. Luckily, we’ve been able to keep our grocery spending in check. In fact, we have found that we spend the same amount on groceries as we did pre-COVID, although we are now eating three meals a day, seven days a week at

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COVID-19 business effect: Solstice closes, Mr Friendly’s reopens

Owner Ricky Mollohan’s posts announce closing of popular northeast Columbia restaurant, reopening of Five Points mainstay

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The announcement hit social media around 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 — Ricky Mollohan has closed Solstice Kitchen in northeast Columbia.

Mollohan, who can be outspoken on social media, said in the Solstice Facebook post that money became the main issue. He had closed both Solstice and Mr Friendly’s restaurants in mid-March, as per Gov. Henry McMaster’s orders in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

WLTX’s Whitney Sullivan and I had interviewed Mollohan on March 17 at Mr. Friendly’s in Five Points. It was supposed to be the restaurant’s 25th anniversary but instead marked the last week of operation — until today. More on that in a minute.

The decision to shutter Solstice was not an easy one. Mollohan had applied for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding from the

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COVID-19 in Charlotte: Positivity rate stable, caseload low

A carefully watched coronavirus metric — the percent of positive tests — is stable in Mecklenburg County after steadily falling for the last 12 weeks, the latest public health data show.

The weekly average positivity rate locally is 5.7%. In North Carolina, the governor and health officials have said they want the percent of positive tests to reach 5% before contemplating reopening more businesses.

That’s in line with the World Health Organization’s guidance for states still seeing widespread COVID-19 transmission. “If a positivity rate is too high, that may indicate that the state is only testing the sickest patients who seek medical attention, and is not casting a wide enough net to know how much of the virus is spreading within its communities,” according to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

The Charlotte region continues to see improvement with other coronavirus trends, including the daily caseload and hospitalizations. But Mecklenburg

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