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In Russia, mortality from alcohol increased during the pandemic

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Do you drink a lot while you sit at home?  


The head of the Ministry of Health, Mikhail Murashko, during a speech in the State Duma, said that in Russia during the pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19, people egan to die more often from alcohol.  He did not provide statistics, but noted that it is based on operational monitoring data on mortality rates.


 Murashko also recalled the agency’s initiative to increase the age of alcohol sales from 18 to 21 years.  According to him, now it is precisely from the age of 18 that mortality rates increase sharply, especially in men.  And this must be fought.

 Murashko noted that in conditions of self-isolation, the consumption of alcoholic beverages increased by 2-3%.  However, alcohol in the current situation can have a negative effect on immunity, making you more vulnerable to the virus.  


There are a lot of interesting stuff to do at home during the pandemic. It is the moment to spend all your time with your family, plan healthy meals and do sport. Maybe is the time to lose some weight? Do some exercises. Or maybe you want to increase your knowledge, so here you go with online courses.

Do not perceive alcohol as a method to waste your time during quarantine!

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Bemorepanda found out what to expect after lifting the restrictions. During quarantine we found out industries that are supposed to grow up rapidly during quarantine. We started using service that maybe where unnecessary for us before the pandemic. Here are the industries that are going to have a great success after the quarantine ends.


1. Grocery retail

 No matter what happens, people will be hungry.  In a stressful situation, we buy even more products.  The process of absorption of food calms, and stocks on the shelves alleviate anxiety: suddenly that, and in the house there is buckwheat and potatoes.


2. Courier services

 Grocery stores were allowed not to close; other shopping facilities were less fortunate.  They, as well as public catering establishments, are saved by courier services that take delivery on themselves.  If you leave the house (exclusively on business, of course), you can see how many people in the street are in branded clothes.  They all carry something to someone.  So the increase in revenue and the staff of courier services is a natural consequence of quarantine measures.

3. Online education

 Learning through the Internet is a trend of recent years.  It’s convenient when you don’t need to go to an English tutor through the whole city or you can get a profession sitting on your own couch.  The web has many courses on any subject - from painting to physics.  The pandemic added to the number of online students those who decided to learn something from boredom or who risk losing their profession in a crisis.


4. IT area

 Prior to the advent of coronavirus, this industry did not complain about stagnation, but the pandemic gave it new growth points.  One of them is tools for business.  Due to restrictive measures, conservative spheres, which slowly and reluctantly went online, were forced to accelerate.  Someone met a pandemic with outdated, barely working sites, while someone didn’t have a debug channel at all.  All this required immediate intervention.  This is where IT services came in handy.

5. Home fitness products

 The pandemic dispersed into the apartments and lovers of fitness equipment, and runners, and people involved in horizontal bars.  All of them had to decide the issue of training at home.  Therefore, the demand for compact exercise machines, elastic bands and expanders, weights and dumbbells has grown.

 Interest in online training has increased.  If for fitness centers this is an attempt to upgrade the brand and save at least some kind of income, then for those who initially relied on it, this is a great opportunity for growth.


6. Juridic services

 The demand for legal assistance does not come from a good life.  Unfortunately, the pandemic creates all the conditions to throw people’s problems.  We have to solve issues related to the closure of the business, job cuts, job loss, the use of credit and other banking products.


7. Intimate goods

 On the one hand, the self-isolation regime closed access to new acquaintances and non-binding sex, and even loners would like to be released in a stressful situation.  On the other hand, the couples were locked together.

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Donald Trump once again provoked the indignation of the American public opinion - even on the day when the officials from Washington announced a devastating balance of the coronavirus epidemic, the president of the United States preferred to play golf!


Trump has chosen to relax on Memorial Day, a day to pay tribute to the American military who gave their lives for their country.

 But instead of a visit to the Pentagon or Arlington Cemetery where many war heroes are buried, Trump went to his golf club, which he had not visited for more than two months.


 And at the White House, the death toll from coronavirus was close to 100,000, a figure that puts the United States at the top of both casualties and infections, over 1.6 million people.

 Asked about the fact that instead of mourning he plays golf, President Trump said he hopes to resume golf tournaments as soon as possible.


 "We want life back to normal as soon as possible. I can't wait to see golfers again and enjoy the same experience as mine," Trump said.

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The idea that the new coronavirus could decrease in intensity during the summer has long been debated. In fact, it is the reaction of the coronavirus to high temperature and humidity. One study found that it weakens in such an environment.


The research was conducted by the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center at the request of the US Government. Specialists observed a regressive reaction of the virus to strong sunlight.


High heat and humidity could weaken the coronavirus

In fact, the sun kills the virus on surfaces and in the air. "Our most striking observation to date is the strong effect that sunlight appears to have on killing the virus, both on the surface and in the air," a Homeland Security spokesman, Bill Bryan, wrote Thursday. 

"I saw a similar effect on both temperature and humidity. The increase in temperature or humidity or both is generally less favorable to the virus, "the official added.


Does the virus weaken when summer comes?

Scientists have been researching the possibility of the virus weakening since the temperature rose with the arrival of summer in the northern hemisphere.

"We identified one of the weak links in the chain of virus transmission. We have identified that humidity and heat are weak elements in this chain. We have identified that sunlight, UV rays are a weakness in this chain ", insisted Bill Bryan, an expert in Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security.


80% humidity is almost fatal for Covid-19

To support his claims, the expert presented some data in figures from the study - conducted by the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center.


According to these data, the half-life of the virus - the time required to halve its power - is 18 hours at a temperature between 21 and 24 degrees Celsius and a humidity of 20%, on a non-porous surface. These are surfaces such as door handles.


But this half-life is reduced to six hours, when the humidity level rises to 80% and to only two minutes when sunlight intervenes in the equation.


When the virus is suspended in the air, the half-life is one hour, at a temperature of 21 to 24 degrees Celsius and 20% humidity.

At the same humidity level and temperature, but in sunlight, this duration decreases to a minute and a half. Bill Bryan concludes that summer could create "an environment in which transmission can be reduced." But that doesn't mean the pathogen is completely eliminated.


And the results of this study alone cannot justify a lifting of the social distancing measures in place in the United States, he warned. Previous studies have shown that the virus survives better in cold and dry weather than in heat and humidity.


However, US health authorities believe that even if the number of new coronavirus infections decreases over the summer, the level of infection is likely to rise again in the fall and winter - as is the case with seasonal viruses.



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Good news for Facebook employees!  The founder of the famous social network made an unusual announcement on Thursday, May 21.  He said he would allow a considerable number of Facebook's 50,000 employees, as well as new recruits, to work from home all the time!

 Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday, May 21, that in the next five to 10 years, about 50% of Facebook's workforce will work remotely.  The founder of the social network added that this will involve, among other things, a radical change in the way the famous Silicon Valley-based company operates.


Mark Zuckerberg explained that the process is a long one and that it will take place in a series of steps that must be followed exactly in order to be successful.  The first step is "an aggressive opening of distance recruitment," first in the United States, then abroad, beyond urban centers where Facebook has offices.  "I don't think it's good to limit employment to people living around offices," said the Facebook CEO.


The Facebook founder is not the first to think of such a radical measure!  Also on Thursday, the head of Twitter announced that his employees could work from home indefinitely.  The Canadian e-commerce company Shopify announced a similar measure later that day, as the coronavirus pandemic paved the way for unexpected changes in the organization and operation of large companies around the world.

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The countdown has begun until the great release, announced by the authorities on May 15.  Plans are being made about the operation of restaurants, hotels, rules have been imposed for the reopening of hair salons.  The somewhat normal life is enjoyed by the citizens of other European states. The images of Austrians rushing into shops, or those of Spaniards enjoying sports and walks are as optimistic as they are disturbing.  Authorities warn that the danger has not passed.

 Since 1 May, Austria has further relaxed measures imposed in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and allowed the reopening of hairdressing salons, larger shops and shopping malls.  And the images speak for themselves about the impatience with which people have been waiting for this relaxation. Queues formed in front of clothing stores, sidewalks were crowded, and parks and markets became promenades again.

Austria will further relax its containment measures from May 15, when restaurants and cafes will be reopened and religious services will be able to resume, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was quoted as saying by Reuters on Tuesday.

Relaxation also is in Spain, one of the hardest-hit countries in terms of deaths due to the new coronavirus.  Over the weekend, in Barcelona, ​​runners and cyclists littered the streets near the beach, where surfers enjoyed the waves.

In Madrid, cyclists and young people on skateboards walked the boulevards, crossing police lanes trying to prevent congestion.  Spain was one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and imposed strict containment measures in March. Sports and recreational activities have been banned in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.


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