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. Convalescent Plasma is the plasma collected from people who were infected and have made a complete recovery; these people develop antibodies that are of vital importance. Antibodies are proteins used by the body to fight off infections and thus provide immunity to those who have beaten Covid-19. The plasma of these patients is transfused into the blood of patients who are fighting Covid-19.

The therapy may be specifically beneficial to those who are extremely sick and haven’t responded to other treatments – often developing Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which may require ventilator support, informs Dr. Farah Ingale.

“While there isn’t sufficient data to back its efficacy, Convalescent Plasma Therapy is reported to help patients who are at higher risk, such as those with comorbidities like heart disease or diabetes, or those who have weakened immune systems,” stated Dr. Ingale, who is Director-Internal Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital Vashi, tells IANSlife.

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The therapy may be specifically beneficial to those who are extremely sick and haven’t responded to other treatments – often developing Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which may require ventilator support. IANS

WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF BLOOD PLASMA?

Antibodies once bound to the virus, neutralize it

The antibodies activate the pathways and help prevent further damage to cells

Reduces the overall viral load

Plasma transfused from at least two donors provides diverse antibodies, thus delivering greater protection to the immune system

HOW CAN YOU BECOME A PLASMA DONOR?

A donor must wait up to 14-28 days after full recovery before being approved to donate, the person must:

Not have fever

Not have any respiratory difficulties

Have normal oxygen levels i.e. between 95 percent and 100 percent

Have overall good health

At the time of infection, a valid and official diagnostic test must be done to confirm SARS-CoV

Undergo standard procedure to rule out HIV, Hepatitis B & C virus, etc.

Have two negative tests to SARS-CoV-2 at an interval of 24 hours on nasal swabs

HOW IS PLASMA COLLECTED?

Blood Plasma is collected through a procedure called Plasmapheresis which usually takes around 45minutes

During this procedure, blood is drawn and the plasma is separated; the blood cells and platelets are then returned to the donor

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Blood Plasma is collected through a procedure called Plasmapheresis which usually takes around 45minutes. Flickr

It can also be drawn from whole blood

Plasma is rather swiftly replenished in the body

The general volume of plasma to be collected is between 300ml to 600ml

Once the plasma is extracted, it is frozen at -18O C or colder within 24 hours of extraction. It can be stored for up to 12 months from the date of extraction

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ARE REPEAT PLASMA DONATIONS DONE?

If a donor may wish to donate once again, if done previously by the Plasmapheresis method – he/ she should wait for about seven days

If whole blood was donated, the ideal wait time is around eight weeks before the next donation

It is important to note that the treatment is at an experimental stage and is not yet proven to be fully effective for Covid-19, the doctor concludes. (IANS)

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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. 

Know of more closures? Email details to [email protected] with #closed in the subject line. Closures we can verify will be added to the roundup. 

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 in late March. “We would like to thank the Fort Myers community for their support over the past several years. At this time however, we have decided to close our doors,” a March 25 Facebook post reads. “Please visit our neighboring location in Naples, Florida for any pick-up orders.” The Town Center Aurelio’s opened in late 2008 according to The News-Press archives. Its Naples store is in Coastland Center mall. Call 239-403-8882 or visit aureliospizza.com for more. 

More: After 41 years, LaMotta’s says goodbye to Fort Myers, hello to Cape Coral

And: 9 Fort Myers-area restaurants ace health and safety inspections

Green Cup Cafe: The plant-based cafe closed at 1412 Dean St., downtown Fort Myers in late March, shortly after the state shut down dining rooms. It has come under new ownership, with plans to reopen by early August. Find more at facebook.com/organicgreencupcafe. 

Rusty’s Raw Bar: The local chain’s location in the Island Park neighborhood of south Fort Myers has closed. Rusty’s remaining restaurants are on Daniels Parkway in south Fort Myers, as well as in Naples, Cape Coral and Estero. Visit rustysraw.com for more. 

Sidecar Treats: The popcorn and ice cream shop announced the closure of if its store at 1512 Hendry St., downtown Fort Myers May 1 on Facebook. “We made a difficult decision to walk away. … There are no funds to be had, to keep us open – believe me, we tried,” the post read. “We want to thank the Ffort Mmyers community for you(r) loyal support.” The Sidecar Treats in Cape Coral remains open. Visit sidecartreatscc.com for more. 

More: Are restaurant reviews done? In the age of COVID, it’s a definite maybe

And: As Florida restaurants reopen dining rooms, many believe the future is digital

Leopardi’s Italian Restaurant: After 18 months in business in the castle-like building at 13851 S. Tamiami Trail, Leopardi’s closed in mid-March. A restaurant spokesperson declined to comment at the time of its closure. Leopardi’s opened in November 2018 in the 11,000-square-foot space that first belonged to Dwyer’s. The space has housed several concepts — Icabod’s, Balleyorney, Tilted Kilt, Belushi’s, Leopardi’s — in recent years. 

Square 1: The Tampa-born chain known for its burgers and cocktails closed in early July at Page Field Commons in Fort Myers. “With the current conditions due to the pandemic the business is no longer viable,” a July 6 message to employees said. The local store was one of Square 1’s last locations. Only one remains, in The Villages in Central Florida. Find more at square1burgers.com. 

Sweet Tomatoes: The buffet chain known for its endless soup and salad bar shuttered all of its 97 restaurants nationwide in early May, including locations in south Fort Myers and Naples. The Sweet Tomatoes in south Fort Myers opened in 1997. The North Naples location opened in spring 2010. 

Tijuana Flats: Readers report the location at 8001 Dani Drive off Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers has closed, as well as the store in Gulf Coast Town Center. Neither is listed on the fast-casual chain’s website. Tijuana Flats has not responded to requests for comment. The website shows stores in Estero and Naples as open. It says the south Fort Myers location at 12640 Cleveland Ave. is temporarily closed. Visit tijuanaflats.com for more. 

Cape Coral’s closed restaurants

BAM German Bakery: BAM closed July 11 after six years in south Cape Coral. “For all of those who don’t know, we unfortunately are closing down due to the covid-19,” the bakery posted to its Facebook page July 10. “We have found out bankruptcy is our option we are forced to take. We are so heart broken and disappointed, you could never imagine.” BAM opened in April 2014 in the former Oltimes Bakery space at 1507 SE 47th St. In December 2018, business partners Remy Gratesol and Alain Lamartiniere teamed with longtime local French baker Andre Gratesol to take over the bakery. 

More: Fort Myers restaurant news: One chain closes, another opens (with free pizza)

Perkins: The restaurant at 1502 Cape Coral Parkway appears to have closed in early May. Its sign has been painted black and the location is no longer listed on the chain’s website. The Perkins at 1551 Del Prado Blvd. remains open. Visit perkinsrestaurants.com for more. 

Ruby Tuesday: The locations at 2514 Santa Barbara Blvd. and 1851 NE Pine Island Road closed in late March along with about 100 other of the chain’s restaurants, according to reports from readers and thelayoff.com. The area’s only remaining Ruby Tuesday is at 9001 Park Royal Drive near HealthPark Medical Center in south Fort Myers. A location in Estero also closed in late March. Visit rubytuesday.com for more. 

Naples’ closed restaurants

3 Pepper Burrito Co.: The Cape Coral-born fast-casual chain has closed its location at 1514 Immokalee Road No. 116, Naples. 3 Pepper has nine restaurants in operation from Estero to Sarasota. Visit 3pepperburrito.com.

Agave: The Mexican-inspired grill closed in early May at 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road. It opened in September 2011. Agave temporarily closed when the state ordered dining rooms to shutter March 20. It reopened March 25 offering takeout. The building is set to become The Butcher in November, a high-end steakhouse from the owners of Sails Restaurant on Fifth Avenue South. 

More: Naples restaurant owners to open The Butcher in former Agave space

Citrus Seafood: The restaurant closed in late March at 455 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Citrus had been a mainstay on the busy street for more than a decade. It specialized in locally caught Gulf seafood featured in its fish cakes, grouper tacos, ceviche, shrimp and grits, and more. Citrus’s owners, Paula and Jay Powell, could not be immediately reached for comment. 

Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar: The final Naples location for this one-time local chain closed in late June at Mercato in North Naples. The lone remaining Naples Flatbread is at Miromar Outlets in Estero. Visit naplesflatbread.com for more. 

Pei Wei Asian Kitchen: The fast-casual chain closed its two Collier restaurants on Vanderbilt Beach Road and Collier Boulevard. The area’s only remaining Pei Wei is at 16441 Corporate Commerce Way, across from Gulf Coast Town Center in San Carlos Park. More at peiwei.com. 

Rib City: The Fort Myers-born barbecue chain has closed its restaurant in East Naples after more than 20 years in operation at 3871 Tamiami Trail E. According to ribcity.com the restaurant still has more than a dozen locations open in Collier and Lee counties. 

Sweet Tomatoes: The buffet chain known for its endless soup and salad bar shuttered all of its 97 restaurants nationwide in early May, including locations in south Fort Myers and Naples. The Sweet Tomatoes in south Fort Myers opened in 1997. The North Naples location opened in spring 2010. 

More: Sweet Tomatoes buffet chain permanently closing 97 restaurants including Fort Myers, Naples

Zoes Kitchen: The fast-casual Mediterranean chain has closed its locations at 22941 Lyden Drive No. 110, Estero and 9108 Strada Place No. 14110 at Mercato in North Naples. The only remaining Zoes in Southwest Florida is in the Whole Foods plaza at 6881 Daniels Parkway No. 100, south Fort Myers. Visit zoeskitchen.com for more. 

Bonita Springs and Estero closed restaurants

Applebee’s: The California-based chain’s location on Corkscrew Road in Estero, west of Interstate 75, was closed as of late April. The restaurant 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. 

Hurricane Grill & Wings: The Coconut Point location of this national chain announced its closure Wednesday night via its Facebook page. “We closed today and wish all of you well,” the statement read in part. “We sincerely hope that all of the good will and friendships made at our restaurant will be everlasting.” Hurricane’s website shows the Cape Coral and Naples locations as open; hurricanewings.com. 

Metro Diner: The restaurant at 3250 Bonita Beach Road SW has closed. The Jacksonville-based chain, which once had multiple Lee and Collier locations, now has just one remaining locally at 1625 Cape Coral Parkway E., Cape Coral. Visit metrodiner.com for more. 

Perkins: The location at 27940 Crown Lake Blvd. closed in early May. Located at the corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road, the building has been a Perkins for more than two decades. Perkins has 31 locations remaining in Florida, according to its website, including stores in south Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh Acres, North Fort Myers and two in Naples. Visit perkinsrestaurants.com for more. 

More: New York Pizza & Pasta coming to old south Fort Myers Perkins

Ruby Tuesday: The location at 21301 Town Commons Drive, Estero, closed in late March along with about 100 other of the chain’s restaurants, according to reports from thelayoff.com. The area’s only remaining Ruby Tuesday is at 9001 Park Royal Drive near HealthPark Medical Center in south Fort Myers. Two locations in Cape Coral also closed in late March. Visit rubytuesday.com for more. 

Zoes Kitchen: The fast-casual Mediterranean chain has closed its locations at 22941 Lyden Drive No. 110, Estero and 9108 Strada Place No. 14110 at Mercato in Naples. The only remaining Zoes in Southwest Florida is in the Whole Foods plaza at 6881 Daniels Parkway No. 100, south Fort Myers. Visit zoeskitchen.com for more. 

East Lee and LaBelle closed restaurants

The Eatery & Drinkery: The Lehigh Acres restaurant, which opened in November 2019, announced its closure July 6 on Facebook. “We are sad to inform you we were not able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and have closed our doors permanently,” the post reads. “We want to thank everyone for their support. It was truly appreciated.” 

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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 role that the consumption of social media is playing in boosting misperceptions,” Bridgman added.

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Compared to traditional news media, false or inaccurate information about COVID-19 is circulated more on social media platforms like Twitter. Pixabay

For the findings, the research team looked at the behavioural effects of exposure to misinformation by combining social media analysis, news analysis, and survey research.

They combed through millions of tweets, thousands of news articles, and the results of a nationally representative survey of Canadians to answer three questions.Those three questions were: How prevalent is Covid-19 misinformation on social media and in traditional news media? Does it contribute to misperceptions about Covid-19? And does it affect behaviour? Results showed that, compared to traditional news media, false or inaccurate information about COVID-19 is circulated more on platforms like Twitter.

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The researchers point to a big difference in the behaviours and attitudes of people who get their news from social media versus news media – even after taking into account demographics as well as factors like scientific literacy and socio-economic differences. Canadians who regularly consume socialmedia are less likely to observe social distancing and to perceive Covid-19 as a threat, while the opposite is true for people that get their information from news media.

“There is growing evidence that misinformation circulating on social mediaa poses public health risks. This makes it even more important for policymakers and social media platforms to flatten the curve of misinformation,” said study co-author Taylor Owen. (IANS)

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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. deadline for parents to select how they want to send their kids to school this fall: in-person, Lee Home Connect, Lee Virtual School or parent-led homeschool. As of noon Tuesday, just over half of the school commitment surveys for the district’s 85,000 students had been submitted. Any student without a completed form turned in by the deadline was to be automatically enrolled in face-to-face instruction.

The Lee School District said in its letter Friday that parents should contact their child’s school directly if they want to change their instruction choice based on the temperature check policy change.     

While the academy does not recommend temperature checks upon arrival at school, it does state that parents should take their child’s temperature each morning. The FCAAP says children with a fever greater than 100.4 should not be sent to school.   

Lee schools did do daily temperature checks of students during its face-to-face summer learning program. The school year is slated to start on Monday, Aug. 31.

Here is the district’s email in full:

Good morning,

The School District of Lee County continues to gather and receive information from our Health Partners regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. The latest guidance relates to taking student temperatures as they arrive at school.

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) released a white paper for Superintendents stating: “… the FCAAP does NOT recommend temperature checks at school. It is expensive, time-consuming and not sensitive for early infection.”

In addition, local pediatricians and experts from the Florida Department of Health – Lee County have also recommended removing temperature checks because:

  • Fever is only one of many symptoms that children may present with (45% up to age 9, and 35% age 10-18);
  • Infected children are just as likely to be asymptomatic as they are to have fever;
  • Infected patients are most likely to transmit the virus in the few days prior to developing symptoms; and
  • A normal temperature may create a false sense of security

Due to this new guidance, the School District of Lee County has made the decision to not check student temperatures as they arrive at school. In accordance with the FCAAP, we are instead asking parents and guardians to check their child’s temperature at home before sending child to school each day. If a child has a temperature, or any symptoms related to COVID-19, s/he should stay home.

If you wish to update your instructional model selection based on this change in procedure, please contact your child’s school.

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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. If you happen to be one of them there are 5 things which you should bear in mind prior to opening a Demat account.

What Is A Demat account?

A Demat account is just like a bank account with the difference that it deals with, in electronic form, stocks instead of cash. A Demat account uses the concept of dematerialization for its operative function. Dematerialization is the process in which physical share certificates are converted into electronic form. A Demat account, accordingly, uses this technology to store all of an investor’s stock under one roof: these include government securities, mutual funds, shares, bonds, etc. Just like a bank account deals with credit and debit of cash, a Demat account engages in buying and selling shares respectively. 

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Understanding what is a Demat account is the first step towards having one and investing in stocks. Pixabay

Under the guidelines of SEBI, there are two depositories in India: National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) and Central Depository Securities Limited (CDSL). Though NSDL is the largest and biggest Demat Depository in India, last year CDSL overtook it in the total number of accounts: 

TYPES NSDL CDSL
Investor Accounts 19,638,964 19,721,768
Live Companies 29,941 14,321
DP Locations 39,212 19,553
Custody value of DemAt (in $Trillion) 192.5 21.6

As of December 31, 2019. Data Source: Business Standard

How To Open A Demat account

After having a brief idea about the Demat account, the question which immediately follows is how to open a Demat account?  Opening a Demat account is totally an unambiguous method. 

Opening a Demat account is extremely simple. SOURCE: Pixabay

You merely have to follow certain simple and easy steps to know how to open a Demat account. These steps are given below:

  • Opting For A Depository Participant

Choosing a Depository Participant (DP) is the first step towards opening a Demat account. A DP acts as an intermediary between you and the depository with whom you will be having your account. From stockbrokers to many online platforms, you have innumerable options to choose from to get a DP. Therefore, it will not be difficult for you to find them on the basis of your convenience and compatibility. Once you have picked a DP for yourself, they can also assist you in further queries about how to open a Demat account. 

  • Filling A Demat Application Form

After choosing the DP, you will be asked to fill a Demat account form. In it, you will be required to write the necessary details to make a profile by which you will be operating your Demat account.

  • Submitting Verification Documents

Following the first two processes, you will be required to submit verification documents containing income proof, address proof, and identity proof. These documents would generally include your PAN card, Aadhar Card, Voter’s ID, electricity bill, etc.

  • In-person Verification

After having submitted the verification documents, you will be asked to make an in-person verification. This can be done in two ways: either you will be asked to be present in the DP’s office or it can be done online with the help of a webcam. 

  • Agreement And ID Number

The final step will include signing the agreement stipulating the terms and conditions between you and the DP. Also, you will be given an identification number with which you will be operating and conducting your account transactions.  

Types Of Brokerage

In India, there are basically two types of brokers: discount brokers and full-service brokers. Discount brokers offer you services in terms of carrying out your decisions and help you in acquiring equities and other trading services. Whereas, a full-service broker provides investment opportunities in mutual funds, equities, IPOs, etc. Their service also ranges from managing your profile to giving you advice to handling other technical issues that you might face with your Demat account and stock.

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In India, there are basically two types of brokers: discount brokers and full-service brokers. Pixabay

Types Of Charges

The question which usually follows how to open a Demat account is what types of charges does a Demat account comes with? Charges differ with different DPs and it is needless to say that you should pick the one which provides quality at a reasonable price. Nevertheless, the following are the types of charges involved with a Demat account:

  • Account Opening Charges: There are some DPs who usually charge a nominal fee for opening a Demat account. However, recently there are more and more DPs who do not charge anything for opening a Demat account. 
  • Annual Maintenance Charge (AMC): To maintain your account, DPs charge AMC. However, with different DPs the AMC varies with some even offering the first year to be free of any AMC.
  • Dematerialization Charge: For converting your shares from physical to electronic format, you have to pay dematerialization charges. The charges are also applied for reconverting them back into the physical format.
  • Transaction Fee: For the buying and selling of each share, you will have to pay a transaction fee. With some DPs, the transaction fee is applied for the whole month whereas for others it is imposed on each transaction. 

Benefits Of A Demat account

The most important question, perhaps even more important than how to open a Demat account is what are its benefits. Following are some of the perks which come along with opening a Demat account:

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  • It can be maintained with zero balance. 
  • There is no fear of the damaging of the shares.
  • Ease of accessibility as it can be used from a smartphone or a computer.
  • You can freeze the account for a given period and thereby, stopping all immediate activities.
  • Regularly updated and faster than the physical maintenance of shares.
  • Stocks in a Demat account can be used to avail a loan.
  • Provides the benefit of rematerialization: the process in which electronic stocks are converted back into physical stocks.

Such benefits serve as an impetus for an investor to make a Demat account. From the steps of how to open a Demat account to its benefits, the account offers only convenience and ease of access from all spheres. Now that everything is being digitized, why should your stocks remain behind? In any case, the point is if you are going to invest anyway why not do it with an advanced and more reliable option of the Demat account? If nothing else, there would be nothing lost in giving it a try at least.   

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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 with 137 of those deaths (46.4%) reported in July.

The 279 COVID-19 cases reported Friday for Lee was the highest since July 23. However, Lee’s seven-day average decreased slightly to 195.86.

Lee’s overall positivity rate increased slightly to 14.28% Friday. However, the seven-day average percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Lee County slipped to 9.4%, the sixth decline in the past seven days.

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 969 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Friday, but that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.

As of approximately 11 a.m. Friday, there were 164 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s four fewer patients than were reported at approximately the same time Thursday.  The county also had 16.8% of its total hospital beds available and 18.4% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 22.4% (hospital beds) and 16.5% (ICU beds), respectively.

The Florida Department of Health is not reporting how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

Other numbers include the following demographics breakdown:

Age

  • Age Range: 0 to 101
  • Median Age: 41

Gender

  • Male: 7,047
  • Female: 7,853
  • Unknown/No data: 237

Race

  • Black: 1,412
  • White: 6,188
  • Other: 625
  • Unknown/No Data: 6,912

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 3,376
  • Non-Hispanic: 4,563
  • Unknown/No Data: 7,198

Residency

  • Residents: 15,137
  • Non-residents: 279

City of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 6,265
  • Cape Coral: 3,493
  • Lehigh Acres: 3,054
  • Bonita Springs: 1,013
  • North Fort Myers: 548
  • Estero: 332
  • Missing: 159
  • Alva: 90
  • Fort Myers Beach: 62
  • Sanibel: 36
  • Bokeelia: 28
  • Saint James City: 20
  • Tice: 13
  • Matlacha: 9
  • Boca Grande: 3
  • Buckingham: 3
  • Captiva: 3
  • Miromar Lakes: 3
  • San Carlos Park: 2
  • South Fort Myers: 1

Tests reported in Lee (through July 30)

  • Total tested: 107,954
  • Positive: 15,416
  • Negative: 92,491
  • Awaiting testing: 22
  • Inconclusive: 47
  • Percent positive: 14.28%

View yesterday’s report. View yesterday’s line list of cases and deaths.

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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 traced back to the community and home settings or adults, rather than amongst children within daycares or schools even in jurisdictions where schools remained open or have since reopened.

Kids under 10 less likely to drive Covid-19 outbreaks: Study
Families are undergoing considerable stress during the pandemic. Pixabay

“Within household clusters, adults were much more likely to be the index case than children. The quality of evidence is moderate, and the findings are consistent,” the authors said.

The review included consideration of 33 research publications. In the second research, the review also found that families are undergoing considerable stress during the pandemic.

“We found that families are under strain, especially female caregivers and children, with increasing gender gaps in employment and household labour and poor mental health outcomes in children,” said Neil-Sztramko.

The researchers also found gender gaps in employment between women and men have grown during the pandemic, with women more than men experiencing reduced hours and job losses.

Kids under 10 less likely to drive Covid-19 outbreaks: Study
The researchers also found gender gaps in employment between women and men have grown during the pandemic. Pixabay

Women and higher-income earners are more likely to be in occupations that could be done from home, and among parents who can work from home, mothers reduced their work hours more than fathers, particularly mothers of primary school-aged children.

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

“We recognised early on that there was a significant need to summarise the overwhelming amount of research evidence emerging on Covid-19, appraise its quality, and distribute widely that evidence to support public health decision making in Canada,” the authors wrote.

Recently, another study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, revealed that mothers with Covid-19 infection are unlikely to pass the virus to their newborn if correct hygiene precautions are observed. (IANS)

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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 9,007 Friday, marking the 38th consecutive day the state has recorded more than 5,000 new cases. However, the state has recorded six straight days with fewer than 10,000 new cases, the first time that’s happened since June 26-July 1.

Florida has counted a total of 470,386 cases since the pandemic began.

The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 26,533 since the pandemic began. The Department of Health notes the total figure is cumulative and does not reflect the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals.

Here’s a breakdown of the latest numbers in Florida:

Overview

  • Total cases: 470,386
  • Deaths of Florida residents: 6,843
  • Hospitalizations: 26,533

Testing

  • Total tests: 3,633,393
  • Positive: 470,386
  • Negative: 3,157,702
  • % positive: 12.95%
  • Inconclusive: 5,305
  • Awaiting testing: 3,363

Deaths in long-term care facilities

  • Total: 2,986

Top 5 cities with confirmed cases

  • Miami: 73,347
  • Orlando: 21,916
  • Jacksonville: 19,384
  • Tampa: 17,623
  • Hialeah: 17,256

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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 railway.

“We kept running the business until 1993, when my husband passed away,” Laura Reilly, wife of the late Jim Reilly Sr., told me last fall, when I first heard the buildings would be demolished. Then their son continued operating the hardware and plumbing supply store until 2007.

Lee County issued the demolition permits July 22.

Randy Price, a real estate developer from western Michigan who has spent the past 20 years visiting Fort Myers for vacations, bought the property plus the adjacent former gas station. He combined them into a five-acre parcel.

Price purchased the Reilly Brothers location for $1.2 million in 2018 and added the out-of-business former Mobil gas station fronting Palm Beach Boulevard for $300,000 last year. He had intended to build a self-storage facility. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crunch prompted him to put any future development on hold. He wants to see how things play out financially and explore other long-term opportunities.

“Right now, I just want to get the buildings demolished,” Price said. “They’re a bit of an eyesore and a bit of a hazard. We’ve had instances of people taking advantage of them lying vacant and so forth.

“We want to get the demolition done and get the lot cleaned up.”

For now, Price will leave the metal building on the north side of the property standing, as he allows a local non-profit organization to use it for storage.

“We’re looking at several different opportunities for the property,” said Price, who also developed Mandolin Bay Villas in Fort Myers and owns restaurant groups and other properties in Michigan.

“I liked the direction the city’s going,” Price said of Fort Myers. “There’s a lot of energy. I invested in that property. I had done some research on what used to be there. The building itself however is so far gone, so deteriorated, both from termite infestation and just the way it’s been put together over the years. There’s nothing of architectural historical significance there. We had that looked at by the city before we got our demolition permit.”

Gina Sabiston, vice president of the Lee Trust for Historic Preservation, said it pained her that another building from Fort Myers’ early-city years would be destroyed. She saw plenty of historical value in trying to keep and refurbish the old depot.

Like a time capsule, part of the word “white” still can be seen on the outside and above one of the doorways, a reminder of the city’s segregated past, as the depot had separate entryways for white and Black passengers.

Sabison wished the owner would keep and refurbish the building so as the city grows, it could do so around an architectural remnant from the past.

“It’s been the same story for decades, where people just don’t want to deal with property maintenance or code issues or vandalism, and they use that as an excuse for tearing down buildings,” Sabiston said. “It’s easier to tear a building down than to restore it. But when you restore it, there are multiple studies that show the building becomes even more valuable.”

The hardware store’s demise resulted from another historical trend, the rise of big-box retail outlets.

“We lost a lot of customers when Lowe’s and Home Depot businesses came in,” Laura Reilly said.

After the City of Fort Myers changed the traffic routes, making Palm Beach Boulevard a one-way, westbound road right in front of Reilly Brothers, that impacted business even more.

“The people couldn’t find us,” Reilly said. “They would get lost with the detours. So it became very difficult to keep running the businesses.”

By November 2006, business had taken a 42% drop from the previous year. That’s when James Reilly Jr., decided to sell all the inventory and close, leaving five acres vacant.

“We were not that emotional about it, because it had served its run,” Laura Reilly said.

The old depot and store is infested with termites, has a caving-in roof and just isn’t safe, Price said.

The amount of residential development nearby would support self-storage in that location, Price said, but again, he wanted to see the ramifications of the economy first.

“If I do a project, I don’t think people will be disappointed in the appearance, I can tell you that,” Price said. “When I do a project, I take a lot of pride in it. This could be years in the future. It’s just going to take time. It’s an interesting time in history.”

Connect with this reporter: David Dorsey (Facebook), @DavidADorsey (Twitter).

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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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Tired of Your Work Schedule? Here Are 6 Tips to Help You Free Yourself from Digital World
Meditation is a good and productive practice to work alone. Pixabay

Spend Time With Yourself

The first thing that we do as soon as “boredom” hits us is to grab our phones. Newport believes that we suffer from a “solitude deficit,” which could be a reason for a 5% hike in anxiety-related disorders from 2017 to 2018.

Meditation is a good and productive practice to work alone. One can also try physical activities like jogging, to focus on a single complication with all attention. Practicing 2 or 3 sessions like these once a week, will improve your concentration levels and will tame your screen-check impulse, according to Newport.

Send Fewer and More Thoughtful Emails

According to the Radicati Group, an analytics firm, An average office worker sends or receives approximately 125 emails per day. This leads to a waste of many hours on low-quality communication.

Newport provides a solution to this problem: Ignore every email that doesn’t require a response, and for those that do, write one that minimizes the number of subsequent emails—instead of “Let me know when you want to meet up,” try “Let’s meet at Rocko’s Coffee at noon or 12:30.”

Connect With Your Friends

Newport says that “Our brains don’t really understand a ‘like’ or a ‘happy birthday’ on Facebook”, which means that neither is digital interaction the best way to communicate, nor it is a substitute for a real-time conversation. Gestures on social media don’t create a sense of attachment or connection.

If you have a packed up schedule and can’t meet your friends then, call them up. You’ll feel relieved.

Tired of Your Work Schedule? Here Are 6 Tips to Help You Free Yourself from Digital World
Take out time for your favorite productive task and create something you’ll be proud of. Pixabay

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Clean Out Your Digital Toolbox

Taking a 30-day break from digital tools like Reddit, and other social media platforms or video games is recommended by Newport.

After 30 days, once the detox is complete, set productivity goals and restore your digital accounts on the tools which help you achieve them. Set some limitations for yourself, for example, check Facebook only on your computer or laptop.

Indulge in Your Hobbies

In the process of dealing with your digital compulsions, don’t forget to make time for your hobby. It doesn’t matter what your hobby is, if it makes you happy then go, indulge yourself in it. Take out time for your favorite productive task and create something you’ll be proud of. This will also help you forget your digital and official commitments for some time.

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