Month: June 2020

Coronavirus, spreading in Brazil’s interior, threatens to ‘boomerang’ back to major cities

By Pedro Fonseca

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The novel coronavirus, now spreading through the smaller towns of Brazil’s interior, risks returning to major cities in a so-called “boomerang effect,” as a lack of specialized medical treatment forces patients into larger urban centers.

The impact of a potential second wave of new cases in urban centers could complicate attempts to reopen businesses and get the economy going again, experts said.

“The boomerang of cases that will return to the (state) capitals will be a tsunami,” said Miguel Nicolelis, a leading medical neuroscientist at Duke University who is coordinating a coronavirus

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Should you turn off your air-conditioning if someone in your home has the coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know.

75% of all American homes have air conditioning.
75% of all American homes have air conditioning.

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  • After studies suggested air-conditioning could blow coronavirus droplets further than 6 feet, some people have asked whether they should turn off the AC in their homes.

  • Researchers in China found air-conditioning blew droplets around a restaurant, infecting 10 people. A US study found the best way to ventilate a remove to prevent viral spread is to open a window.

  • If you can’t open the window due to allergies, keep your air-conditioner on but don’t let it get too cold, because coronaviruses fare better in the cold. 

  • If somebody in your

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A Statement-Making Austin Home With a World-Class Art Collection

In the summer of 2015, Suzanne McFayden found herself in the unusual position of telling a room full of men what to do. The Jamaican-born writer and philanthropist had just purchased a house in the hills west of Austin—and had some decisions to make. “There’s something empowering about being the only woman sitting at a table with these men who were so respected in their fields,” she says, referring to the team of architects, civil engineers, and surveyors who helped transform the 7,000-square-foot Brutalist structure into a singular vision of her own creativity. “You learn to speak up in a

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July 4 Fireworks In Fairfax County: What’s Allowed At Home

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of many Fourth of July fireworks events. As families look for ways to celebrate at home, it’s important to remember the fireworks laws in Fairfax County and Virginia.

Many types of fireworks found in states with more relaxed fireworks laws are illegal in Virginia, except for use by licensed contractors. Illegal fireworks, as defined by Virginia code, “explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles into the air.” These can include firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets, skyrockets and torpedoes. Possessing, selling or using illegal fireworks in

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