Doing so can actually impair the system's performance: Smaller pores in HEPA air filters make it more difficult for it to push air. Using denser filters can affect the efficiency of the unit and strain the fan, while decreasing indoor air quality -- the opposite of what you desire. … [Read more...] about Can the AC filter in your home, office or local mall protect you from Covid-19?
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“Our report shows that COVID is threatening to throw us even more off course,” Winnie Byanyima, executive director of UNAIDS said Monday at the report’s launch in Geneva. “COVID is a disease that is claiming resources — the labs, the scientists, the health workers — away from HIV work. We want governments to use creative ways to keep the fight going on both. One disease cannot be used to fight another.” … [Read more...] about Progress in AIDS/HIV Fight Uneven, UN Says
The Facebook group “grindr aesthetics” is dedicated to critiques of app interactions gone awry. In early May, a member posted screenshots of a conversation in which he explained to another man that he couldn’t meet up because of the pandemic. … [Read more...] about These Californians found new sex partners to help ease stress during coronavirus
The outcry has started to get some results. On Sunday morning in New York City, embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to reallocate some of the NYPD’s $6 billion budget to youth initiatives and social services — though he did not offer specifics. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced last week that he would reallocate as much as $150 million from the police force’s budget to other programs. Neither mayor’s pledge come anywhere near the scope of what may now happen in Minneapolis, where the police force had already faced serious criticism, regarding both the treatment of people of color and addressing serious crime, long before four of its officers killed George Floyd two weeks ago. The Appeal noted on Sunday: … [Read more...] about Minneapolis City Council Says It Will Disband Police Force
We need them to be onboard with the idea that the status quo’s not working, and also that a bad cop is bad for good cops. We need to have a system that requires accountability for police officers that break the rules and break the law. Because here’s part of the problem — and I say this as a former prosecutor: Every time we talk about consequence and accountability, it seems to be directed at the person who’s been arrested, and not at the system. Are we holding the system accountable, and are we creating consequences when it’s not? That’s where we have to be, which is to say, the system also has to be held accountable, there have to be consequences when the rules are broken, when the laws are broken. That’s really the focus of our bill, the Justice in Policing Act. It’s very narrowly tailored to address the accountability and consequence piece on the issue of policing. … [Read more...] about ‘The Status Quo’s Not Working’: A Conversation With Kamala Harris