Prof Catherine Bennett, the chair of epidemiology at Deakin University, says the isolation on Christmas Island or the mining accommodation in Darwin “appears almost draconian … but that’s the extra step of caution that’s protecting a lot of people, including healthcare workers”. She says there are limited places where people can go for quarantine, and without those facilities it would be harder for people to return home at all. … [Read more...] about ‘Things are changing so quickly’: will Australia cope with coronavirus if the worst happens?
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Meanwhile, parents of pupils at Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic School in Brighton were told two people from the school have been advised by Public Health England to self-isolate for 14 days after coming into contact with a coronavirus case. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Brighton reacts to the spread of the illness in the city
U.S. money is still made from a blend of cotton and linen, which has been shown to have higher bacterial growth than plastic polymers. Several countries are transitioning from money made of natural fibers to plastic, which may be less friendly to bacteria. Canada has had plastic money since 2013, and the U.K. transitioned to a plastic-based bank note last year. … [Read more...] about Dirty money: 80% of cash carries cocaine — and more