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In Opinion "Allow schools to offer only virtual classes this fall, and convert schools and other large unused spaces into Safe Centers for Online Learning. We could call them not schools, but 'SCOLs,'" writes Shardha Jogee
 

How to Reopen the Economy Without Killing Teachers and Parents

All classes should be online, but school buildings could still serve an important purpose for the kids who need them most.

 

"...... what about the millions of kids from disadvantaged backgrounds whose homes are not conducive to online learning and who rely on schools for meals? And what about parents who cannot work from home and watch over them?.............

While some teachers could opt to work in a SCOL, most would be able to work remotely and spend their time developing effective online classes.

In addition to schools, we could create these centers in the many large venues that will sit vacant this fall, such as convention centers, stadiums, performing arts centers and parks. The physical requirements are modest. Students need only a desk and a laptop,......

It’s undeniable that online classes lack many of the benefits of in-person learning. But a suboptimal academic semester — or even a year — is one thing. Sickness and death is another...............

Less than 1 percent of the federal relief package passed in March was dedicated to K-12 education. Congress needs to step up and pass a much larger bill. Rather than spending billions on in-person classes that would put everyone at risk and not even allow us to reopen the economy, let’s fund creative options like SCOLs, which do."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/20/opinion/coronavirus-reopen-schools-economy.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

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COVID-19 tests: There's an insurmountable backlog of virus tests. A rapid test could help.

Rapid tests could alleviate delays in diagnosing the coronavirus — but they're not without flaws.
 
.......The tests produce such quick results because samples aren't sent off to labs. Instead, they're inserted directly into a machine housed at a doctor's office or a hospital. The machine does the entire analysis, so instead of hours, it takes just minutes to get results — similar to rapid flu or strep tests used by most doctors.

Six point-of-care tests are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, including two antigen tests, which look for certain proteins in the virus rather than genetic material.

As promising as the rapid tests seem to be, a significant problem prevents more doctors and clinicians from using them. Most aren't as accurate as lab-based tests, and, in some cases, they can have shockingly high rates of false negatives............

 

But some doctors say that instead of focusing on rapid tests, which are notoriously difficult to perfect — both rapid strep and flu tests also have issues with accuracy — the U.S. should focus on fixing capacity issues with lab-based tests, which are being slowed in part because of supply shortages.

"We have the equipment, but we can't get the reagents," Jerome said. "We did a little over 7,000 tests yesterday in my laboratory. But we could have done 7,000 more if we had full allotments of reagents.".............

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-19-tests-there-s-insurmountable-backlog-virus-tests-rapid-n1234622?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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As Baseball Begins Its Weirdest Season Ever, Fox Is Testing Out Fake Crowd Sounds, CGI Fans In Stands

Rather than let Major League teams play ball in front of empty stadiums on television, Fox says it will add virtual crowds, noise, and even a CGI "wave" to remind us just what a surreal year this year.

The MLB kicks off its shortened, crowd-free season tonight, with the Giants in Los Angeles playing the Dodgers, and the Yankees in D.C. playing the Nationals.

And since execs at Fox Sports couldn't get their minds around broadcasting baseball games, night after night, with completely empty stands, they're going to try something new and completely bizarre: computer-generated crowds, and laugh-track-esque canned cheers............

 

https://sfist.com/2020/07/23/as-baseball-begins-its-weirdest-season-ever-fox-is-testing-out-fake-crowd-sounds-cgi-fans-in-stands/

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3 hours ago, mr6666 said:

As Baseball Begins Its Weirdest Season Ever, Fox Is Testing Out Fake Crowd Sounds, CGI Fans In Stands

Rather than let Major League teams play ball in front of empty stadiums on television, Fox says it will add virtual crowds, noise, and even a CGI "wave" to remind us just what a surreal year this year.

The MLB kicks off its shortened, crowd-free season tonight, with the Giants in Los Angeles playing the Dodgers, and the Yankees in D.C. playing the Nationals.

And since execs at Fox Sports couldn't get their minds around broadcasting baseball games, night after night, with completely empty stands, they're going to try something new and completely bizarre: computer-generated crowds, and laugh-track-esque canned cheers............

 

https://sfist.com/2020/07/23/as-baseball-begins-its-weirdest-season-ever-fox-is-testing-out-fake-crowd-sounds-cgi-fans-in-stands/

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1 hour ago, hamradio said:

Found this quote on the Antique Radios forum.

Life is like a roll of toilet paper - The closer you get the end, the faster it goes - A.E. Neuman 

That's because the closer you get to the end, the more you ****.

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Breaking: Eight more players and two Marlins coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to at least 14 in recent days sources told @JeffPassan and @JesseRogersESPN.
 
The team's home opener against the Orioles tonight has been canceled.
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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:
SportsCenter
 
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Breaking: Eight more players and two Marlins coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to at least 14 in recent days sources told @JeffPassan and @JesseRogersESPN.
 
The team's home opener against the Orioles tonight has been canceled.

 

On the bright side, the Orioles didn't contract the bird flu.

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"I Went to Disney World...."

As the coronavirus pandemic ravaged Florida, the Magic Kingdom welcomed back its most loyal subjects—and me.

".......Disney attracts tourists from everywhere—people who have nothing in common—and a virus that spread there would proliferate madly, falling like fairy dust all over the country.........

The demise of public institutions has caused Americans to turn to private institutions, and we should probably brace ourselves for more of this trend. If you cannot trust the police, get ready to pay for private security. Don’t trust the public-health policies of the president? Instead listen to a talking mouse. The catch is that the replacement of these public goods (law enforcement, health care, infrastructure) by private ones is available only to those able to pay for them. A long weekend at Disney World cost about $2,500, which is more than I have ever paid for a vacation twice that long............

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/07/disney-world-during-pandemic-extremely-weird/614617/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_source=twitter&utm_term=2020-07-27T21%3A44%3A39

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