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How long does #Covid stay on clothes? What new study reveals - and how to clean coronavirus off clothing. Covid-19 and other similar strains of virus can survive on clothing and transmit to other surfaces for up to 72 hours, a new study has concluded. Looking into how coronavirus behaves on three fabrics commonly used in the healthcare industry, scientists from De Montfort University (DMU) found that polyester poses the highest risk for transmission. Virus present for 3 days on polyester! The study was led by microbiologist Dr Katie Laird, virologist Dr Maitreyi Shivkumar and postdoctoral researcher Dr Lucy Owen. The researchers added droplets of a model coronavirus called HCoV-OC43 (which shares a similar structure and survival pattern to that of Sars-CoV-2) to polyester, polycotton and 100 per cent cotton. 👀 Research found that polyester poses the highest risk for transmission, with infectious virus still present after three days that could transfer to other surfaces. 👀 Scientists said on 100 per cent cotton the virus lasted for 24 hours, while polycotton provided the best results, with the virus only lasting for six hours. De Montfort University said Dr Laird advised the Government that all healthcare uniforms should be laundered in hospitals to commercial standards or by an industrial laundry machine. “When the pandemic first started there was very little understanding of how long coronavirus could survive on textiles,” Dr Laird said. “Our findings show that three of the most commonly used textiles in healthcare pose a risk for transmission of the virus. “If nurses and healthcare workers take their uniforms home, they could be leaving traces of the virus on other surfaces.” Dr Laird, who is head of the Infectious Disease Research Group at DMU, added: “Once we had determined the survival rate of coronavirus on each of the textiles, we turned our attention to identifying the most reliable wash method for removing the virus. “While we can see from the research that washing these materials at a high temperature, even in a domestic washing machine, does remove the virus, it does not eliminate the risk of the contaminated clothing leaving traces of coronavirus on other surfaces in the home or car before they are washed. “This research has reinforced my recommendation that all healthcare uniforms should be washed on site at hospitals or at an industrial laundry. “These wash methods are regulated and nurses and healthcare workers do not have to worry about potentially taking the virus home.” How to launder clothing effectively in Covid-19 era If you are washing clothing because you have been exposed to the virus, these washing tips can help: - Place your clothing and reusable fabric masks in the washing machine when you remove them - Don’t shake out dirty clothing items, in case you release the virus into the air - Wash your clothing with the warmest water that’s allowable for those items - If you have a dryer, place your clothes in there, rather than air drying them How to launder clothing when someone in your household has Covid-19 If a member of your household has been ill with Covid-19, you may need to do their laundry for them. These practices will help minimise infection: - Keep their laundry in a separate hamper, rather than combining it with family members’ clothing - If you a placing laundry in a hamper you use regularly, place the clothing in a disposable bag first to minimise virus spread - Disinfect the hamper after removing the dirty clothing - After handling any of the clothing, wash your hands thoroughly - Clean your washing machine and all buttons and handles with disinfectant wipes or spray, once wash is complete, and before washing your hands - Clean the inside of the washing machine with bleach or a disinfectant wipe after removing the laundry https://www.scotsman.com/health/coronavirus/how-long-does-covid-stay-on-clothes-what-new-study-reveals-and-how-to-clean-coronavirus-off-clothing-3145502 Feb 24 2021 #CovidOnTextiles #CleaningCovid #healthcare #CovidViability
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#Texas monitor says state power-grid operator overcharged $16 billion in electricity bills during power outages. Potomac Economics, an independent market monitor for Texas' Public Utility Commission said that the state's power-grid operator massively overcharged residents as the state was rocked by a deep freeze and power grid failures in late February. The overcharges came in at a total of $16 billion, according to the filing. The report recommended that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (#ERCOT) take measures to reverse the charges. In its report, the monitor determined that as Texas was gripped by multiple snowstorms, prices were inflated for 33 hours longer than necessary. "Therefore, the [independent market monitor] recommends that the Commission direct ERCOT to correct the real-time prices from 0:00 February 18, 2021, to 09:00 February 19, 2021, to remove the inappropriate pricing intervention that occurred during that time period," the report said, adding that ERCOT should retroactively reset prices to normal. Bloomberg reported that the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which regulates ERCOT, would discuss the monitor's report at a meeting on Friday, March 5, 2021. ERCOT, largely privatized and under its own regulation system, allows for wholesale power prices to be determined by supply and demand. The report indicated that during the February storm, the Public Utility Commission directed the power-grid operator to set power prices at $9,000 per megawatt per hour, which is the highest possible price operators are permitted to change in the state of Texas. In the weeks after the freeze and power failures, ERCOT, the Public Utility Commission, and state leaders have been embroiled in crisis, as state legislators have called for new energy leadership and answers. The chairman of the Public Utility Commission resigned, and yesterday, former ERCOT CEO Bill Magness was ousted by the power grid's board. Seven of fifteen ERCOT board members have resigned since the freeze, with five resigning after it was revealed that they did not reside in Texas. The outages, widely lasting from February 10 to February 17, as natural gas and power operators were blitzed by arctic temperatures and shoddy power-grid infrastructure not meant to withstand the winter weather. Millions of Texans were left powerless, and with water damage, and at least 80 Texans died due to cold temperatures and related causes. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/texas-monitor-says-state-power-grid-operator-overcharged-16-billion-in-electricity-bills-during-power-outages/ar-BB1eg0aU?ocid=msedgdhp March 5, 2021 #PolarVortexFeb 2021 #minds #Energy
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How long does #Covid stay on clothes? What new study reveals - and how to clean coronavirus off clothing. Covid-19 and other similar strains of virus can survive on clothing and transmit to other surfaces for up to 72 hours, a new study has concluded. Looking into how coronavirus behaves on three fabrics commonly used in the healthcare industry, scientists from De Montfort University (DMU) found that polyester poses the highest risk for transmission. Virus present for 3 days on polyester! The study was led by microbiologist Dr Katie Laird, virologist Dr Maitreyi Shivkumar and postdoctoral researcher Dr Lucy Owen. The researchers added droplets of a model coronavirus called HCoV-OC43 (which shares a similar structure and survival pattern to that of Sars-CoV-2) to polyester, polycotton and 100 per cent cotton. 👀 Research found that polyester poses the highest risk for transmission, with infectious virus still present after three days that could transfer to other surfaces. 👀 Scientists said on 100 per cent cotton the virus lasted for 24 hours, while polycotton provided the best results, with the virus only lasting for six hours. De Montfort University said Dr Laird advised the Government that all healthcare uniforms should be laundered in hospitals to commercial standards or by an industrial laundry machine. “When the pandemic first started there was very little understanding of how long coronavirus could survive on textiles,” Dr Laird said. “Our findings show that three of the most commonly used textiles in healthcare pose a risk for transmission of the virus. “If nurses and healthcare workers take their uniforms home, they could be leaving traces of the virus on other surfaces.” Dr Laird, who is head of the Infectious Disease Research Group at DMU, added: “Once we had determined the survival rate of coronavirus on each of the textiles, we turned our attention to identifying the most reliable wash method for removing the virus. “While we can see from the research that washing these materials at a high temperature, even in a domestic washing machine, does remove the virus, it does not eliminate the risk of the contaminated clothing leaving traces of coronavirus on other surfaces in the home or car before they are washed. “This research has reinforced my recommendation that all healthcare uniforms should be washed on site at hospitals or at an industrial laundry. “These wash methods are regulated and nurses and healthcare workers do not have to worry about potentially taking the virus home.” How to launder clothing effectively in Covid-19 era If you are washing clothing because you have been exposed to the virus, these washing tips can help: - Place your clothing and reusable fabric masks in the washing machine when you remove them - Don’t shake out dirty clothing items, in case you release the virus into the air - Wash your clothing with the warmest water that’s allowable for those items - If you have a dryer, place your clothes in there, rather than air drying them How to launder clothing when someone in your household has Covid-19 If a member of your household has been ill with Covid-19, you may need to do their laundry for them. These practices will help minimise infection: - Keep their laundry in a separate hamper, rather than combining it with family members’ clothing - If you a placing laundry in a hamper you use regularly, place the clothing in a disposable bag first to minimise virus spread - Disinfect the hamper after removing the dirty clothing - After handling any of the clothing, wash your hands thoroughly - Clean your washing machine and all buttons and handles with disinfectant wipes or spray, once wash is complete, and before washing your hands - Clean the inside of the washing machine with bleach or a disinfectant wipe after removing the laundry https://www.scotsman.com/health/coronavirus/how-long-does-covid-stay-on-clothes-what-new-study-reveals-and-how-to-clean-coronavirus-off-clothing-3145502 Feb 24 2021 #CovidOnTextiles #CleaningCovid #healthcare #CovidViability
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#Texas monitor says state power-grid operator overcharged $16 billion in electricity bills during power outages. Potomac Economics, an independent market monitor for Texas' Public Utility Commission said that the state's power-grid operator massively overcharged residents as the state was rocked by a deep freeze and power grid failures in late February. The overcharges came in at a total of $16 billion, according to the filing. The report recommended that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (#ERCOT) take measures to reverse the charges. In its report, the monitor determined that as Texas was gripped by multiple snowstorms, prices were inflated for 33 hours longer than necessary. "Therefore, the [independent market monitor] recommends that the Commission direct ERCOT to correct the real-time prices from 0:00 February 18, 2021, to 09:00 February 19, 2021, to remove the inappropriate pricing intervention that occurred during that time period," the report said, adding that ERCOT should retroactively reset prices to normal. Bloomberg reported that the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which regulates ERCOT, would discuss the monitor's report at a meeting on Friday, March 5, 2021. ERCOT, largely privatized and under its own regulation system, allows for wholesale power prices to be determined by supply and demand. The report indicated that during the February storm, the Public Utility Commission directed the power-grid operator to set power prices at $9,000 per megawatt per hour, which is the highest possible price operators are permitted to change in the state of Texas. In the weeks after the freeze and power failures, ERCOT, the Public Utility Commission, and state leaders have been embroiled in crisis, as state legislators have called for new energy leadership and answers. The chairman of the Public Utility Commission resigned, and yesterday, former ERCOT CEO Bill Magness was ousted by the power grid's board. Seven of fifteen ERCOT board members have resigned since the freeze, with five resigning after it was revealed that they did not reside in Texas. The outages, widely lasting from February 10 to February 17, as natural gas and power operators were blitzed by arctic temperatures and shoddy power-grid infrastructure not meant to withstand the winter weather. Millions of Texans were left powerless, and with water damage, and at least 80 Texans died due to cold temperatures and related causes. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/texas-monitor-says-state-power-grid-operator-overcharged-16-billion-in-electricity-bills-during-power-outages/ar-BB1eg0aU?ocid=msedgdhp March 5, 2021 #PolarVortexFeb 2021 #minds #Energy
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