The Daily Populous

Thursday July 23rd, 2020 morning edition

image for Face shields did not protect people from the coronavirus in an outbreak in Switzerland, but masks did, health officials say

There was an outbreak of "several" coronavirus cases at a hotel among staff and guests in Switzerland.

Health officials found that only people who wore plastic face shields were infected.

The WHO and other authorities have advised that face shields can offer an added layer of protection, but in addition to a mask, social distancing, and handwashing, not as a substitute.

A health department in Switzerland is now warning against wearing plastic face shields without a mask after a recent outbreak in which those wearing only shields were infected with coronavirus, while people wearing masks were fine.

Local health officials determined that all those infected had been wearing only plastic face shields as protection.

Local health officials told the Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes that the face shields could create a false sense of security, leading wearers to take unnecessary risks or lapse in other precautions.

The WHO supports face shields as a tool to curb coronavirus spread, but warns that no face covering will stop the virus entirely. »

QAnon conspiracy kicked off Twitter as platform bans thousands of accounts

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Twitter is removing thousands of accounts and tweets that support the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory from its platform, citing the movement as "coordinated harmful activity" that leads to harassment and other harms.

"In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called 'QAnon' activity across the service.".

The FBI last year warned that QAnon and other "anti-government, identity-based, and fringe political conspiracy theories" posed a concrete threat to domestic safety. »

Ajit Pai urges states to cap prison phone rates after he helped kill FCC caps

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is urging state governments to impose price caps on prison phone calls, three years after Pai helped kill Obama-era FCC rules that limited the price of such calls.

Shortly after President Trump appointed Pai to replace Wheeler in early 2017, Pai instructed FCC lawyers to drop the commission's court defense of a cap on intrastate calling rates.

That helped lead to a June 2017 court victory for prison phone company Global Tel*Link in its lawsuit against the intrastate cap. »

Trump announces 'surge' of federal officers to Chicago

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Donald Trump has announced he will “surge” federal law enforcement officers to Chicago “immediately” to quell violence there, building on a similar force already operating under legally questionable orders in Portland.

Portland protesters clash with federal police 1/17 A group of moms stands between federal agents and demonstrators during a Portland protest REUTERS 2/17 A group of moms link arms to stand between federal officers and demonstrators in Portland.

Courthouse in Portland, Oregon Getty Images 6/17 A federal officer pepper sprays a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. »

5 Times Ernest Hemingway Cheated Death

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True to his larger-than-life fortitude, Hemingway seemed to court death wherever he went — and to do so with vigorous good humor.

During World War I, Hemingway served on the Italian front lines as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross.

He emerged with 237 bits of shrapnel (by his own count), an aluminum kneecap, and two Italian decorations.”. »