Monthly Archives جولای 2020

Here’s What Plasma Therapy Is All About

As they wait for the Covid-19 vaccine continues, the battle rages on. Scores of people have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, many have succumbed, and many more have recovered from the infection as well.

For those patients who successfully overcome the virus, social media is inundated with requests that they donate their plasma for Convalescent Plasma Therapy – a treatment considered to be beneficial to patients who have tested positive.

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‘Plasma’ is the liquid component in the blood that carries antibodies, hormones, and various nutrients across the body...

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27 restaurants that have closed around Fort Myers, Cape Coral since the pandemic

The following Southwest Florida restaurants have permanently shuttered since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic March 11. 

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Fort Myers-area closed restaurants

Applebee’s: The chain’s location on U.S. 41 at the intersection of Cypress Lake Drive in south Fort Myers closed in late April. The California-based chain did not respond to requests for comment. The Applebee’s on Dani Drive in Fort Myers and in North Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples remain open. Find more at applebees.com. 

Aurelio’s Pizza: The chain’s location at Gulf Coast Town Center closed...

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Social Media Users More Likely to Have Misperceptions About Covid-19 Pandemic

People who get their news from social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are more likely to have misperceptions about Covid-19 pandemic, warn researchers.

The study, published in the journal Misinformation Review, revealed that those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing.

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“Platforms like Twitter and Facebook are increasingly becoming the primary sources of news and misinformation for Canadians and people around the world,” said study co-author Aengus Bridgman from the McGill University in Canada.

In the context of a crisis like Covid-19, however, there is good reason to be concerned about the ro...

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No daily temperature checks at Lee County schools, parents should keep home students with fevers

The Lee County School District announced Friday that it will not be checking students’ temperatures when they arrive at school.

In a letter to parents, the district cited guidance from the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) which does not recommend temperature checks because they are “expensive, time-consuming and not sensitive for early infection.” 

The guidance was part of a white paper the FCAAP released on July 29 to help inform the state’s superintendents as they reopen schools this fall.

The district’s policy change comes just hours after Thursday night’s 8 p.m...

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Planning To Open A Demat account? Top 5 Things You Should Know

The process of investment has seen major turns in the last couple of decades. With the arrival of online technology, things have become much more dynamic. E-commerce is gradually becoming a preferred option. The same stands for the stock market and shares. Previously, an investor would keep physical share certificates with himself and trade with them which would take up a lot of time and paperwork. With the arrival of the concept of dematerialization, things have taken a turn for the better.

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The digitization of the share market has revolutionized the way of investing in stocks. Investors and potential investors these days are keeping the prospect of opening a Demat account within their sight...

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COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports nine new coronavirus deaths, 279 more cases

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional nine COVID-19 related deaths and 279 additional cases for Lee County Friday.

The state released the following details on the nine Lee resident deaths:

  • A 60-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on June 28.
  • A 92-year-old man (Counted July 5).
  • A 59-year-old man (Counted July 7).
  • A 63-year-old man (Counted July 8).
  • An 89-year-old man who had contact with a known case (Counted July 19).
  • A 98-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted July 20).
  • A 90-year-old woman (Counted July 21).
  • A 79-year-old woman (Counted July 21).
  • An 86-year-old woman (Counted July 24).

Lee County’s total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 is now 295 ...

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Kids Below 10 Years of Age Not Major Source of Covid-19 Transmission: Study

In a fight against novel coronavirus, the researchers have found that children, especially below 10 years, are not a major source of transmission of Covid-19.

The research team from McMaster University in Canada provides high-quality summaries of research evidence to support public health professionals and policymakers in making evidence-based decisions.

“The bottom line thus far is that children under 10 years of age are unlikely to drive outbreaks of Covid-19 in daycares and schools and that, to date, adults were much more likely to be the transmitter of infection than children,” said study researcher Sarah Neil-Sztramko from the McMaster University.

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The review found among children who were infected, the transmission was trac...

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Coronavirus in Florida, July 31: State reports fourth straight daily death record with 257

For the fourth consecutive day, the Florida Department of Health reported a new daily record for COVID-19 deaths, verifying 257 Friday. 

Wednesday marked the first time deaths have surpassed 200 in the state since the pandemic began. The death toll among Florida residents now stands at 6,843. 

In July, the state verified 3,338 deaths of residents related to COVID-19. That’s an average of nearly 108 per day or 4.5 per hour for the month. Entering July, Florida had reported a total of 3,550 COVID-19 deaths from March through June.

The state’s seven-day average for reported deaths increased to a record-high of 170 Friday, more than four times the average on June 30 (38.1).

The number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 9,...

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In the Know: Reilly Brothers, historic train depot, set for demolition in Fort Myers

The almost century-old building that housed Reilly Brothers hardware store and had been a Fort Myers train station between 1927 and 1952, is being demolished this coming week.

Those who want to catch a last glimpse had better hurry and stay behind the fence near 3026 E. Riverside Drive, north of Palm Beach Boulevard, just east of downtown Fort Myers.

Reilly Brothers moved there in 1968 and closed in 2007 at what had been the abandoned Seaboard Air Line Railroad Station. The late Jim Reilly often said Henry Ford used this station when he wanted to arrive in secrecy. From there, he would walk to his vacation home off McGregor Boulevard.

The late ‘60s saw the arrival of the hardware store after the closure of the rai...

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Tired of Your Work Schedule? Here Are 6 Tips to Help You Free Yourself from Digital World

As per Nielsen, an average American uses a phone or tablet at least 3 hours per day whereas the average usage time of a computer or TV is up to about 9 hours. Time is precious and can be used for various other productivity gains.

Technology and productivity expert Cal Newport in his book, Digital Minimalism, offers advice on how to take out time and break-free from digital services. Here are 6 quick tips to start from:

Schedule Continuous Work Blocks

In the book, Newport says “If you take a two-hour block and do literally no quick checks, your mind is operating at full capacity”.

Make a table for your workday in two-hour periods and quarantine tasks that are not productive enough. This should include everything from meetings and phone calls, to planned breaks in between the blocks.

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