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About Cryptoprocta

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  1. Meanwhile, Boris has tested positive. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52060791 Oops, Ed beat me.
  2. Not true.That may be the case in England, I couldn't possibly comment; but here in Scotland it's far clearer: "if staff cannot work from home, employers should ask themselves whether their business is "essential" to the fight against coronavirus." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52017771 Iain appears to be trolling, and I've just bounced into the thread to correct a half-truth and am leaving again.
  3. Best wishes to your family. What a worrying time. I don't think any thought has been given to the active 70-plusses who care for other people with special needs, of which I know a few. In previous times, people had their families much younger, so they could even be looking after a parent/parents, or any other family, friends or neighbours. The care system is getting very much stretched with careres obviously having to stay off if there is any reason at all to be concerned. Meanwhile, my sister manages a student hall of residence. One of her German postgraduate students (not registered in any way as having special needs) shouted down from her third floor room to the handyman to tell, not ask, him to help her with a box. This would be well outside his remit in any case, but now he's just dealing with emergencies. In any case, all requests for his legitmate help have to be submitted via the office. So he declined and she complained to my sister, who explained that it is not in his remit to do this, he is only attending emergencies, they were adhering to social distancing, referred her to all the CV guidelines ... So the student has taken her complaint right up the chain in the University, getting a similar answer every time, and has now posted on several German and international student sites complaining about the unhelpfulness of the university, and advising students never to apply there - and the Uni is already looking at a £58 million deficit due to Coronavirus.
  4. My views are as normal, my zooms and CTR are well above my average, however I have no Alamy sales this month.
  5. That, and also apparently children with no underlying conditions apparently (as far as we know, so far) cope well with this virus, so can help to build up the herd immunity.
  6. Maybe so, but in the countries which are shutting down schools and nurseries, who is looking after the children of the essential health and care workers? Are they being gathered informally to be 'minded' together?
  7. I try to use mulches which will eventually rot down and benefit the soil; but I've never considered, seen advised or even seen recycled tyres being used for this purpose. It's common to see people in East Africa wearing sandals made out of recycled tyres, and there seem to be lots of other options: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=recycling+rubber+tyres
  8. A former pupil who is now a consultant specialising in heart disease, whom I keep up with on Facebook, posted this by a doctor friend of hers. She totally endorses his message. Skip to about 30s to get to the start of the message. It's long, but worth listening to in full.
  9. Zooms about double my average Sales: none (my zooms have been up for a few months now, so I reverse-searched all my 'sole zooms' and most of my other zooms, and didn't find any which haven't been reported.)
  10. I had a recent search on Zambia [back]. It was a rear view of passengers boarding a plane at Livingstone Airport. I wonder (as so often) what the searcher wanted?! BTW, I've just noticed that Livingstone Airport was renamed 'Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport' in 2017; my pic was taken in 2009. Should I add 'Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport' to the keywords?
  11. Antiviral Activity The antiviral activity of TTO was first shown using tobacco mosaic virus and tobacco plants . In field trials with Nicotiniana glutinosa, plants were sprayed with 100, 250, or 500 ppm TTO or control solutions and were then experimentally infected with tobacco mosaic virus. After 10 days, there were significantly fewer lesions per square centimeter of leaf in plants treated with TTO than in controls. Next, Schnitzler et al. examined the activity of TTO and eucalyptus oil against herpes simplex virus (HSV). The effects of TTO were investigated by incubating viruses with various concentrations of TTO and then using these treated viruses to infect cell monolayers. After 4 days, the numbers of plaques formed by TTO-treated virus and untreated control virus were determined and compared. The concentration of TTO inhibiting 50% of plaque formation was 0.0009% for HSV type 1 (HSV-1) and 0.0008% for HSV-2, relative to controls. These studies also showed that at the higher concentration of 0.003%, TTO reduced HSV-1 titers by 98.2% and HSV-2 titers by 93.0%. In addition, by applying TTO at different stages in the virus replicative cycle, TTO was shown to have the greatest effect on free virus (prior to infection of cells), although when TTO was applied during the adsorption period, a slight reduction in plaque formation was also seen. Another study evaluated the activities of 12 essential oils, including TTO, for activity against HSV-1 in Vero cells. Again, TTO was found to exert most of its antiviral activity on free virus, with 1% oil inhibiting plaque formation completely and 0.1% TTO reducing plaque formation by approximately 10%. Pretreatment of the Vero cells prior to virus addition or posttreatment with 0.1% TTO after viral absorption did not significantly alter plaque formation. Some activity against bacteriophages has also been reported, with exposure to 50% TTO at 4°C for 24 h reducing the number of SA and T7 plaques formed on lawns of S. aureus and E. coli, respectively. The results of these studies indicate that TTO may act against enveloped and nonenveloped viruses, although the range of viruses tested to date is very limited. From: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273 Washing hands is still said to be the best method of getting rid of the virus; but if away from hot running water, and in the absence of hand gel, TTO could surely be worth a try, so long as we don't think it's a definite panacea, and we still wash our hands when possible.
  12. That's my worry too, I share support of my 90 yo Mum with my sister, and travel there 3or 4 days each week via two trains and a bus in each direction.
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