The country has the highest penetration of any automated contact tracing app in the world, but one senior figure says it “wasn’t a game changer.”

But despite this early deployment and widespread use, one senior figure in the country’s covid-19 response says the real impact of Rakning C-19 has been small, compared with manual tracing techniques like phone calls.

“The technology is more or less … I wouldn’t say useless,” says Gestur Pálmason, a detective inspector with the Icelandic Police Service who is overseeing contact tracing efforts. “But it’s the integration of the two that gives you results. I would say it [Rakning] has proven useful in a few cases, but it wasn’t a game changer for us.”

Source: MIT Technology Review

Two thousand four hundred medical gloves were evaluated for leakage. Types of gloves examined (number of brands) included sterile latex (seven) sterile vinyl (four), nonsterile latex (six), and nonsterile vinyl (seven). Sampling was done from one box of each brand. Fifty gloves from each box were filled with 300 ml of water (the standard test used by the American Society for Testing and Materials). An additional 25 cm pressure was applied to water-filled gloves. Another 50 gloves of each box were donned and dipped into a basin that contained heparinized human blood. Only four brands of sterile latex surgeon’s gloves proved nonpermeable to water and blood. Other brands showed leakage that ranged from 1% to 52%. Analysis of proportions of pairs of gloves permeable to water or blood indicated a strong statistical association of nonsterile packaging or packaging in suction kits with increased leakage rates. These findings affirm that gloves can be regarded only as a means of reducing the risk of gross soilage from blood or body fluids. Quality control standards to ensure more uniform glove quality are needed.

Source: PubMed.gov

The same applies to all non-FFP3 face masks.

Authorities advise people to stay 1-2 meters apart, but researchers found that a bus passenger infected fellow travelers sitting 4.5 meters away.

The scientists behind the research said their investigation also highlighted the importance of wearing face masks because of the length of time it can linger.

Source: South China Morning Post

Any similarities are purely coincidental. Anyway, I think this looks quite familiar and “Bao Hu San” translates into protective umbrella, so they are actually Shanghai Ruilan Protective Umbrella Biotech Limited.

A global survey of attitudes towards science has revealed the scale of the crisis of confidence in vaccines in Europe, showing that only 59% of people in western Europe and 50% in the east think vaccines are safe, compared with 79% worldwide.
Around the globe, 84% of people acknowledge that vaccines are effective and 92% say their child has received a vaccine. But in spite of good healthcare and education systems, in parts of Europe there is low trust in vaccines. France has the highest levels of distrust, at 33%.
There have been major measles outbreaks in a number of countries, which have spread across the continent, linked to vaccine hesitancy.

Source: The Guardian

This is entirely good news, as it will solve lots of issues in this world. People who vaccinate and those who don’t are like the yin and the yang. We need you!

The Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as part of a major strategy to protect the environment.
The aim is to ensure that all new cars and vans on Irish roads in 11 years’ time are electric vehicles.
The proposed legislation was among 180 measures in the government’s Climate Action Plan, published on Monday.
The document also includes a target to implement an EU-wide ban on non-recyclable plastic by 2030.

Source: BBC

That will cause a massive raise on the second-hand car market.


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