US Crosses 1 Million Mark in COVID-19 Cases

first_img Community News Subscribe As new symptoms arise and the US infection number crosses 1 million, experts say they still have things to learn about the Coronavirus.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its list of possible symptoms of the virus to include: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.The new symptoms reflect the varying ways the virus continues to attack patients.“So far, researchers have been able to note enough mutations among COVID-19 lineages to track the movement of a particular type, from country to country, for example,” said the Pasadena Public Health Director Ying Ying Goh. “Because of these mutations, researchers can track where the virus came from by looking at how the genetic sequence matches. However, this does not tell us if there are mutations significant enough to cause new clinical symptoms or cause reinfection in someone who was already ill with COVID-19. In fact, we do not know if someone with COVID-19 can become re-infected again, or if they will likely be immune.”According to the World Health Organization, people infected in early hotspots such as South Korea and China, appear to have suffered a relapse of the disease.“I think that the larger the population infected, and the more data collection researchers do, the more we will know about COVID-19,” Goh said. “That is why there is now more information about the symptoms associated with the virus.”When asked how long it takes for doctors and scientists to understand a virus, Goh said it was a ‘tall order.’“We have known about influenza virus for a very long time,” she said. “But what we can learn about a virus depends on the technology we have. For example, from a quick search, it appears that the first viral genome was sequenced in the late 1970s. We started the Human Genome Project in 1990 and finished in 2003. Viruses mutate. Flu mutates enough for us to require a new vaccine every year, so there is always more to learn about viruses.”On Monday, the US passed a horrific milestone when officials announced that there have been 1 million cases of the virus in the United States, and more than 58,000 people have died.Los Angeles County Health Officials announced that 1,000 people have died locally.The increasing number of cases have forced officials to update their prediction model from 67,000 to 74,000 deaths by Aug. 4.County officials fear those numbers could skyrocket if the state reopens too soon.This past weekend, residents packed local beaches in Orange County, stoking fears that numbers could spike if people do not continue to practice Safer at Home orders and practice social distancing. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Community News US Crosses 1 Million Mark in COVID-19 Cases Despite 3 Million Cases Worldwide, There’s Still Much to Learn About the Coronavirus By DAVID CROSS Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:45 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

CITY OF OLYMPIA SNOW/ICE UPDATE – TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0CITY OF OLYMPIA SNOW/ICE UPDATE – TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 8:30 A.M. Crews on 24-Hour Shifts: City of Olympia street crews are on 24-hour shifts.  Their primary focus is on lifeline roads and major hills.  Lifeline roads are the main routes that fire, police and transit use.  Olympia has five dump trucks, that have been outfitted with snow plows. Buildings with Flat Roofs: Owners/managers of buildings with flat roofs are reminded to remove snow and ice from drain scuppers (roof drains) so that thawing water can flow and relieve weight pressure. Other reminders: Information about what we use:Salt Brine Anti-Icing Agent. When snow is predicted, a salt brine anti-icing agent is applied to Olympia’s lifeline roads and hills before the snow begins to fall.  This helps to keep snow and ice from sticking to roadway surfaces for easier removal. The salt brine is a combination of whey, salt and molasses. Whey is used in place of water because it contains salt naturally, which requires less salt additive. Molasses is used to help adhere the solution to the road surface. The molasses causes some temporary staining, but it washes as the snow and ice melt. Expect Snow Berms: Due to the amount of snow being pushed by plows, residents should expect snow berms across driveways and neighborhood streets. Olympia Parks Classes Cancelled.  All Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation classes and activities are cancelled for Tuesday, January 17. Generator Warning.  Do not use outdoor heating or cooking appliances or generators in your home due to the potential build-up of deadly carbon monoxide gas. Avoid Hills: Due to heavy and wet snow, hills should be avoided. Please do not drive around road closed signs. Garbage Collection: City crews are attempting to reach regular Tuesday customers, however some areas may not be accessible.  Leave your cart at the curb if not collected. What you can do to help in case of snow and ice:As with any emergency, have on hand a minimum three-day supply of food and medication for you, your family, and any family pets.Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or shut-in neighbors.If physically possible for you, clean the storm drains near your home to keep the water from melting snow flowing.Keep a snow shovel and a container of sand in the trunk of your car and in your garage or home.Clear the sidewalk in front of your home or business.Only drive if it’s essential, or take the bus if you must go somewhere.Do not drive around road closed signs – the road is closed for your safety.Expect and be prepared for power outages.  Heavy snow could knock down trees and power lines. Awnings/Carports.  Business owners with commercial awnings or residents with porch or patio coverings or carports, please check snow and ice load, sagging and building separation. Remove accordingly, or block entry if needed. Sand/Salt Mixture. City crews also apply a sand/salt mixture, especially at intersections and on hills and inclines to help with traction.last_img read more

Disabled South Africans: know your rights – Infographic

first_imgSouth Africa has progressive policies to protect and uplift the disabled. For Human Rights Month, we take a look at how disabled South Africans are included in the workplace and in society.Research and text: Shamin ChibbaDesign: Sachin BabooClick on the image for a larger view.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

Time to scout: Here’s what to watch for

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now is an optimum time to scout your corn and soybean fields. This time of year you can begin to gain knowledge on the progress and condition of your crop.Some key items to assess in the corn crop can be, but aren’t limited to: pollination, kernel development, and amount and/or type of foliar disease present in corn fields. Some soybean key items to assess can be: pod set, flower development, pod fill and amount and/or type of foliar disease. However, there seems to be fairly common objections from growers when it comes to scouting fields during this time frame. Whether it has to do with the heat, humidity, pollen shed or wet soybean canopies from morning dews, whatever your objection might be, let’s take a look at the disease triangle and how it can help guide our scouting trips to make them more efficient and productive. Three things must be present for diseases to occur, also known as the three legs of the disease triangle. These include: disease inoculums, susceptible host and favorable conditions.The first leg of the disease triangle to consider is that the disease inoculums must be present. Each plant disease has differing modes for diseases to be introduced. Some diseases over winter on residue, others move in on storm fronts, others reside in the soil, and or they can come from multiple points. For example, frogeye leaf spot can over winter on residue or it can be deposited via storm fronts from southern regions of the country. Non-rotated fields and no-till fields favor higher residue levels and will have more residue present to overwinter disease inoculums. Field history can determine which fields have the highest probability of having disease inoculums present. By taking management practices and field history into account, you can start narrowing down which fields you need to scout for certain diseases.The second leg of the disease triangle is a susceptible host. These fields can also be narrowed down in the office before you start your scouting trips. Corn hybrids and soybean varieties have differing susceptibilities to foliar diseases due to differences in genetic background. There are three sources to use to determine which hybrids or varieties are more susceptible than others. The first is your local seed dealer. The second is literature or seed guides from the respective seed company. The third is your own experience with a hybrid or variety.Seed companies, publish ratings for the common foliar diseases on a rating scale or they may rate a product’s response to foliar fungicides. It is important to reference the legend for the ratings, as each company may use a different scale for ratings. For example, a rating of 1 from company A represents the best and a rating of 1 from company B represents the poorest. Also, ratings are only relative to that company’s product ratings and cannot be used in comparison to another company’s product. The third source of information is your own experience with a product, which can be the most influential source. Past experiences with a product may be your best indictor of whether or not it is susceptible since it was in your fields and under your management practices. However, remember that the other two legs will influence the amount of disease that is present, especially the third leg.The third leg of the disease triangle is favorable conditions — the most variable and dynamic influencer on disease presence is the environmental conditions. This is due to the fact that each disease favors slightly different conditions for acceleration and that environmental conditions change so rapidly across a field, across time, and throughout the day. For example, gray leaf spot thrives in warm wet periods with temperatures between 75degrees F to 85degrees F and 90% relative humidity. In contrast, northern corn leaf blight favors more moderate temperatures 64degrees F to 81degrees F and high relative humidity. Conditions that favor disease development may be present in bottom fields, fields bordered by woods, irrigated fields, or environments that foster higher relative humidity.Consideration of the three legs of the disease triangle: disease present, susceptible host and favorable conditions can help prioritize your scouting trips to make them more efficient and productive. Then you can use the information you have gathered from product ratings, field history, environmental conditions and your in-field observations to determine whether or not further management practices need to be implemented. Additionally, Extension publications can be helpful for disease identification, fungicide timing or trigger levels or future management tools.last_img read more