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Early Bird: Two hurricanes are headed for the USA. Treatment of Covid-19 with blood plasma. Apple opens a branch on the sea surface

Ing. Petra Zelená
24.Aug 2020
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A new week has begun and the Early Bird is here to keep abreast of what's going on in the world and at home. Sit back comfortaby, we're about to start…

The day when reduced quarantine will apply has been postponed

The reduced isolation period of those infected with Covid-19 and quarantine of their contacts from two weeks to ten days, which was announced last week, will apply later than originally stated. Last Monday, the government's health risks council agreed to change the rules for the isolation of those infected with Covid-19 and quarantine of their contacts. Under the new rules announced by government comissioner for science and research in healthcare Roman Prymula last week, infected asymptomatic people will have to stay in isolation for ten days instead of the original two weeks. No test will be required to finish quarantine or isolation.

Luxusní byt na prodej, Praha 7- Bubeneč - 150m
Luxusní byt na prodej, Praha 7- Bubeneč - 150m, Praha 7

Green roofs have seen rocket growth

The amount of the subsidy from the state has increased by 60 percent since May this year, that is from 500 to 800 crowns per square meter of green area on the roof. Depending on the chosen type of roof, vegetation and method of implementation, the subsidy can now cover the full amount of eligible costs. Green roofs on houses save energy costs, cool buildings and reduce rainwater runoff, as well as dust and noise levels. According to the communication officer of the State Environmental Fund, Stanislava Beyerová, the interest in supporting vegetation roofs is growing. Vegetation roofs are growing at an estimated year-on-year rate of about 30%, a trend we have seen in the last five years.

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Zelené střechy zaznamenaly raketový růst.
Zelené střechy zaznamenaly raketový růst.Source: pixabay.com/cs

Two hurricanes are crashing in the USA at the same time

Tropical Storm Marco intensified to a hurricane on Sunday. The wind now reaches a speed of 120 kilometers per hour. The hurricane will hit the south of USA on Monday. And to make matters worse, Tropical Storm Laura is advancing in the same direction and threatens to intensify to a hurricane as well. The two hurricanes are likely to arrive in the US state of Louisiana shortly after each other. According to meteorologist Dagmar Hons, despite the fact that both hurricanes will reach the first two categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale, they will not be the most destructive hurricanes due to their rapid progression – there is a high risk of floods from torrential rains. "This is something we haven't had here yet, two expected hurricanes in our state so close behind," Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said, urging the White House to declare a federal state of emergency.

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Zkrácená karanténa začne platit později.
Zkrácená karanténa začne platit později.Source: pixabay.com/cs

America treats coronavirus with blood plasma

Treatment using a patient's own blood plasma which is high in antibodies naturally produced in the body in response to infection has long been administered to patients suffering from infectious diseases. People with Covid-19 can newly also undergo plasma therapy as an emergency treatment. "Its benefits far outweigh the potential risks," said Stephen Hahn, an FDA commissioner, according to whom the condition of patients infected with coronavirus had improved by 35%. The greatest success of plasma therapy is seen in people under the age of 80 who are not connected to a respirator.

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Léčba vlastní krevní plasmou zaznamenala úspěch v boji s onemocněním covid-19.
Léčba vlastní krevní plasmou zaznamenala úspěch v boji s onemocněním covid-19.Source: pixabay.com/cs

Apple Store on the water

Apple opens its third branch in Singapore - on the sea surface! The technical mogul placed the new store in a domed structure sitting on the water in Marina Bay Sands, which used to serve as a nightclub from 2011 to 2016. However, the opening date has not yet been specified.

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Nový AppleStore bude stát na vodě.
Nový AppleStore bude stát na vodě.Source: pixabay.com/cs

Finally free! Victoria's Secret as a standalone company

L Brands, Inc. plans to make the brand Victoria's Secret independent. It should soon start operating as a separate unit. This is expected to not only reduce costs by approximately $ 400 million per year, but also streamline the sharing of corporate and other functions.

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Dva hurikány najednou mohou způsobit nevyčíslitelné škody.
Dva hurikány najednou mohou způsobit nevyčíslitelné škody.Source: pixabay.com/cs

That's all for today and we'll be looking forward to seeing you again with more news tomorrow! As the English writer Virginia Woolf once said:

"Change was incessant, and change perhaps would never cease."

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