Tag: safety

Keeping student-athletes safe amid the coronavirus outbreak will be a top priority for the Pac-12 this year. <span class="copyright">(Ralph Freso / Associated Press)</span>

Member of Pac-12’s COVID-19 advisory committee ‘very confident’ in athlete safety

Keeping student-athletes safe amid the coronavirus outbreak will be a top priority for the Pac-12 this year. <span class="copyright">(Ralph Freso / Associated Press)</span>
Keeping student-athletes safe amid the coronavirus outbreak will be a top priority for the Pac-12 this year. (Ralph Freso / Associated Press)

Like a coaching staff fine-tuning a game plan, the Pac-12 Conference’s COVID-19 medical advisory committee is finalizing its suggested protocols as athletes prepare to return to campuses for voluntary workouts.

The advisory committee, comprising sports medicine physicians and infectious disease experts from every school in the conference, plans to present its suggestions before June 15, the earliest that athletes will be allowed to come back on campus.

UCLA and USC have not announced when they will allow their athletes to return as they wait for Los Angeles County officials to move into a more lenient phase of their reopening plans. But one member of the Pac-12 advisory committee said Friday that adequate safeguards should be in place by the time that happens.

“I feel very confident that the

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Seasonal and undocumented workers in Portugal fall through safety net

Seasonal and undocumented workers in Portugal fall through safety net

By Victoria Waldersee

LISBON(Reuters) – Fatima, 57, was midway through a course for the long-term unemployed at her local job centre in Lisbon, earning about 10 euros a day selling jewellery and knick-knacks at street stalls and community centres to make ends meet.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“I’m so embarrassed to be here,” she told Reuters as she picked up her daily meal from Comunidade Vida e Paz, a community organisation delivering food to the needy every night.

“Without this pandemic I would never have considered it. But I’m not earning a cent.”

Like tens of thousands of undocumented, migrant or seasonal workers in Portugal hit hard by the outbreak, Fatima is falling through the national safety net.

They lack the contracts and payslips needed to apply for unemployment benefits, and many are turning to charities for help.

Although unemployment rose 9% in March, spending on unemployment benefits fell

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Gyms reopening after coronavirus lockdown with new health and safety rules

Gyms reopening after coronavirus lockdown with new health and safety rules

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SoulCycle studios and boutique and big-box gyms alike are putting in guidelines to re-open once coronavirus pandemic restrictions are relaxed or lifted to keep spaces clean and to reduce person-to-person contact.

Contactless check-ins, pre-workout temperature checks, masked workouts and limited amenities or perks are some of the ways gyms throughout the country are trying to meet keep members and staff healthy.

“With no way to predict what will happen, the best way we can prepare is to respond and evolve as the situation develops—with nothing but your safety in mind,” SoulCycle said on its website.

Gyms in at least 45 states closed in mid-March when the virus broke out in the United States, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

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Travel industry offers new safety procedures in bid to revive business

Hoping to give Americans confidence to travel again, the nation’s biggest travel trade group has unveiled enhanced cleaning, social distancing and touchless payment procedures for hotels, airlines, airports, theme parks, restaurants and cruise lines.

The protocols by the U.S. Travel Assn. are an attempt by travel business leaders to help revive an industry that was setting profit and passenger total records only a few months ago but has been losing about $18 billion a week since the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S. in March.

The protocols for operating in a post-COVID-19 world don’t dictate when it’s safe to travel again but set basic standards that all travel and hospitality businesses must adhere to once government and medical experts lift stay-at-home orders and give a green light for leisure and business travel.

Travel businesses, such as airlines, hotels and cruise lines, will be encouraged to adopt specific protocols for

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Chasing Safety

Chasing Safety

Illustration by Patrycja Podkościelny

Osamah Mahyoub wasn’t always a man on the run, or the target of a murderous rebel group. He used to live a comfortable life in Taiz, a city in Yemen with chocolate-brown masonry and some of the finest coffee in the world. He was a happy child who played soccer all day long with his favorite cousins, Abdelsalam and Jamil. Sometimes, if the cousins promised to be good, they were allowed to go to the market with Mahyoub’s uncle, a local imam, to buy mangoes, tomatoes and onions. Soccer, cousins, the market. Happy memories.  

When Mahyoub grew up, he studied accounting at a local college and was making a good living at it until his home became the setting of a new story: a bloody, never-ending war.

Taiz became a city of snipers, and Mahyoub became a target. In March 2015, when Mahyoub was 27 years

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Confident Froome trusts Tour de France safety measures

Confident Froome trusts Tour de France safety measures

Paris (AFP) – Chris Froome’s hunger for a fifth or even sixth Tour de France victory remains undiminished although he is unsure the race can go ahead in 2020 due to coronavirus, he told French daily L’Equipe in an interview published on Tuesday.

The Tour’s postponement until late August suits the four-time winner who has been fighting to regain fitness from severe injuries sustained in a training crash last June.

“It’s an advantage for me, the race being put back, but it’s not something to celebrate,” said Froome.

The Kenyan-born racer feels the Tour may still be cancelled due to the pandemic, but is training hard for victory at his Monaco base.

“I’m confident I’ll be 100 percent fit at the starting line,” said Froome, who turns 35 next month and who is in the final year of his Ineos contract.

“Maybe it won’t take place, but I’m training as

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Lives could be at risk from thousands of new ventilators for the NHS, warn safety experts

Lives could be at risk from thousands of new ventilators for the NHS, warn safety experts

The rush to create thousands of new ventilators for the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak could cost lives if staff make inadvertent mistakes due to different machine designs, experts have warned.

Nurses and doctors working in intensive care units and at the new NHS Nightingale field hospitals could be forced to use 10 different types of ventilators to help patients breathe, with risks staff may accidently press the wrong buttons or misread information on their screens.

Patient safety specialists from The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) have warned that the multiple companies drafted in by the UK government to help build new machines must follow a standard design and protocols to prevent avoidable harm to patients.

It has put together a panel of experts who are working with intensive care doctors to draw up guidelines for the safe design of new ventilators and to come up with

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The coronavirus pandemic has made Trump's psychiatric issues clear. We should remove him for our own safety

The coronavirus pandemic has made Trump’s psychiatric issues clear. We should remove him for our own safety

We knew this presidency would be deadly. We were not exaggerating when, three years ago, we put together the public-service book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. We meant in part that the president would be dangerous to civic life, to democracy, and to the nation’s mental health — but we also meant that he would endanger lives.

Politics did not concern us. We are health professionals. Everything falls secondary to life and death, including politics.

After we got together to write the book, hundreds, and later thousands, more mental health professionals gathered from all over the country and the world with their shared concerns. Together we formed first the National Coalition, and then the World Mental Health Coalition, to organize around our goal of societal safety.

Through consultation with Congress members, letters, petitions, and education of the public, we tried

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