Social lockdown period may allow society time, space to create new pandemic-free normal
Water and wastewater infrastructure are considered “lifeline critical infrastructure” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Therefore, it is fortunate that a technical brief from the World Health Organization provided reassurance that current mechanisms of filtration and disinfection are capable of inactivating COVID-19 and that current evidence indicates low risk to drinking water supplies. It was also noted that COVID-19 does not transmit through the sewage system, with or without treatment, based on the evidence to date. However, this important sector is facing some substantial challenges.
Countries can make destinies by addressing challenges linked to geographic and historical realities, professor says
As the novel coronavirus spreads around the world, it has become clear that some states are better prepared for pandemics than others. Some success stories are truly surprising, and so are some failures. There is one thing that most well-prepared countries have in common: they used to occupy security border regions during the Cold War — the 20th century global rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that made war more likely among their allies. Some of these countries continue to be in the most volatile regions of the world — this, more than any other factor, has forced them to be well-organized in the face of such massive national challenges.
Even a fatality rate of 1% would leave everyone touched with tragedy, mathematics professor says
I was not worried about the previous outbreaks such as SARS or H1N1. However, I’ve watched with interest and horror since COVID-19 started spreading in the Wuhan province of China a few months ago. What grabbed my attention is its ability to spread via people not showing symptoms and its long incubation period, enabling it to hide and spread throughout a community without being detected until it’s too late. Still, I assumed that by the time it reached the U.S., that we would be fully prepared with personal protective equipment such as masks, as well as testing equipment, to prevent COVID-19 from hiding and spreading “in the shadows.” Unfortunately, for whatever reason, those assumptions were not correct.
Exclusionary policies that limit or deny vital resources intensify as political and public ethics quandaries
It’s undeniable that when discussing the topic of immigration in the U.S., even at the best of times, opinions are strongly held. Compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, that puts into question access to all types of goods and resources for every person within the U.S., and divisive lines related to citizenry are further intensified.
Stakes have been raised immeasurably for hospitals, newly minted nursing graduates
In 1933, Dr. John Gifford of what is now the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vermont, nicked his finger while performing surgery on a patient with a streptococcal infection. Gifford contracted the then-deadly disease and died several weeks later despite treatment from the best specialists and staff at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston (now called the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center).
“That which has been is that which shall be, and that which has been done is that which shall be done. There is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
Norwich will host a virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT to celebrate the Class of 2020. President Emeritus Richard W. Schneider, RADM, USCGR (Ret.) is looking forward to his keynote address to the Class of 2020.
Convocation is a calling or coming together of an entire community in recognition of student success and scholarly achievement. For seniors, it is a time of culmination and fruition; for juniors, it is a time of solidification; for sophomores, it is a time of exploration; for freshmen, it is a time of transition. It is appropriate that as a community, we come together to remind ourselves of our shared responsibility to our students and their pursuit of academic excellence. This year’s ceremony will be broadcast live on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1:30 PM EDT and will feature President Mark C. Anarumo as our keynote speaker.
Speaker: Corine Wegener, art historian and retired U.S. Army reservist
Details: The “Monuments Men and Women” of World War II provided a roadmap for cultural heritage protection in war, later codified in the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Despite efforts to improve training and security, loss of cultural property during armed conflicts has increased in recent years, partly because of intentional targeting by armed nonstate actors. Wegener will describe the work of the Word War II Monuments Men and Women and the modern military’s role in cultural heritage protection.
In a new project unveiled in October, Wegener will help train modern “Monuments Men” — service members who will work to preserve cultural treasures during wars, ABC News and other outlets reported. The program is part of an agreement between the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.