Telecommuting was a hit in the COVID-19 shutdown. So who's rushing back to the office?
MIAMI — Tony Argiz, CEO of a big accounting and advisory firm with offices stretching from Coral Gables to New York and India, was a bit of a telecommuting skeptic. Until the coronavirus pandemic hit.Literally overnight, Argiz’s firm dispatched 700 employees home to work safely and remotely. After a slow start, business is now up 10% over last year, Argiz said. Telecommuting worked out so well that when more than half of his employees at Morrison Brown, Argiz & Farra told their bosses in a survey they wanted to keep working from home, executives readily agreed.“We’ve been killing it on all cyl...
Virus-proofing could become popular feature in vehicles after coronavirus
DETROIT — Automakers and suppliers around the world are investigating ways to virus-proof their vehicles to win customers in a post-COVID-19 market.Ideas under consideration include blasting car interiors with ultraviolet light, using foggers to spray disinfectants, upgraded air filtration systems and antimicrobial materials.A third of vehicle shoppers recently told Cox Automotive they are more likely to consider air quality features for their next vehicle than before COVID-19.“Safety is definitely top of mind for car shoppers,” said Vanesa Ton, Cox senior industry intelligence manager. “Not o...
Detroit Free Press
New research reveals how future asthma treatments could improve
New insights into common asthma aerosol medications have been uncovered thanks to recent research from the University of Manchester in England.According to a press release, the findings could provide help for future improvements that could benefit the millions of people who suffer from the condition around the globe.It’s estimated that there are 330 million asthma sufferers across the world, with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reporting that 26.5 million Americans have it.Directly inhaling medicine into the lungs has been found to be the most effective method of treatment...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
COVID-19 Diagnostics: Technologies, Players and Trends
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. The outbreak of COVID-19started in December 2019 with the first case reported in China. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the outbreak of COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. By April 2020, there are over 2 million confirmed cases, and it has brought the economies of many countries to a halt. COVID-19 Diagnostics testing is possibly the only efficient way to monitor the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 in time and space, enabling policymakers and healthcare workers to track and mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19. The WHO has appea...
How the coronavirus overwhelmed Washington state's early efforts to contain it
SEATTLE — The Sammamish Lunar New Year Celebration was one day away, but as Jun Wang and her companions unpacked boxes of red lanterns for the Jan. 25 festival, they couldn’t ignore the panic all around them.For weeks they’d heard reports from family and on Chinese social media about a virus terrorizing Central China, where several had relatives. Now the new coronavirus had landed at their doorstep. On Jan. 21, Washington state had announced the nation’s first confirmed case of what would come to be called COVID-19: in a Snohomish County man who had returned from Wuhan, the epicenter of the cr...
The Seattle Times
The feds fell short on PPE, so everyday Americans stepped up
States are desperate for medical supplies, governors are pleading with the federal government to secure dwindling lifesaving equipment, and the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to rise nationally.But emerging from this crisis has been a widespread effort by small businesses, university labs and everyday Americans to create personal protective equipment for vulnerable health care professionals who are keeping patients alive and fighting the contagion.In Illinois, many manufacturers are retooling to make essential medical supplies for local hospitals: N95 masks, hand sanitizer and sec...
FDA waives regulations to get more COVID-19 tests on US market
In an effort to get COVID-19 tests to the public more quickly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is waiving the normal regulations and allowing test makers to market scientifically valid products in the U.S. immediately.The FDA announced updated federal guidelines Monday night — which it called “unprecedented” — to allow new point-of-care and laboratory diagnostic tests for COVID-19 to go onto the U.S. market. The guidelines say test makers need to independently ensure the tests work, and include disclaimers noting the test is not definitive and has not been reviewed by the FDA.“This actio...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)