CNBC takes a look at what’s next for the workspace based on what the big tech companies are doing.

Tech offices, from Apple’s 2.8 million square-foot “spaceship” campus, to Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters complete with a botanical garden, have always pushed the envelope of office space. But coronavirus may make this type of work environment a thing of the past, at least for the near future, as companies try to balance communal work with safety. Here’s a look at how tech companies are changing their offices and work policies as they ease into reopening. 

The Infographics Show provides a look at the industries hit hardest by the COVID shutdown.

With nearly the whole world in quarantine, more business are being forced to close their doors, and some may never re-open. In today’s video we’re going to look at the industries affected most by the global pandemic. Places like hotels, music venues, and movie studios have all closed down. What ripple effects will these massive shut downs cause to the economy? Watch today’s informative video to find out which work places have been hit the hardest by this insane pandemic.

The 3D Handyman shares an interesting technique to address the mask shortage in light of the COVID pandemic.

However, there are safety concerns you should take seriously. Highlights added.

I’m sharing this video here to inspire folks to use the tools and expertise at their disposal to fight this awful disease.

Your safety is no joke! Read all this information!

WARNING! The activated carbon layer of the MERV 16 filter used in this video appears to contain fiberglass!

Other home air filters may also contain Fiberglass! Do not use fiberglass based materials for breathing devices! One possible test is if you can melt the filter material into a plastic blob with a standard lighter it is likely a synthetic material. If the material can not be melted, there is a high likelihood that it is fiberglass. That said, it can be very difficult to determine what these filters are made of and some may be a small percentage fiberglass. Use extreme caution when making any type of breathing device! Emailing the manufacturer may be the only way to find out what the filter is made out of.

There are lots of materials that can be loaded into this and other 3D printed mask designs. According to “tests at Missouri University and University of Virginia, scientists found that vacuum bags removed between 60 percent and 87 percent of particles.” This article also mentions “A 600 thread count pillow case captured just 22 percent of particles when doubled, but four layers captured nearly 60 percent.” This may indicate that a double layer of a MERV 12 filter (or lesser rated filters) may have much better filtration performance than just a single layer. ALSO “The problem with air filters is that they potentially could shed small fibers that would be risky to inhale. So if you want to use a filter, you need to sandwich the filter between two layers of cotton fabric.” Good advice! https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/well/live/coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-DIY-face-mask-ppe.html

It appears many 3D printed masks do not have enough filter surface area and negate the manufacturer filtration ratings and can actually lead to CO2 build up in the mask cavity and in your body. This particular design appears to have enough surface area to function without these issues. However, keep this in mind and if you choose to wear a device like this

REMOVE IT if you feel light headed, dizzy, headache, confusion, etc. (Carbon Dioxide Poisoning) and NEVER wear a mask while sleeping.

Time Index:

  • 0:00 – Intro and Basic Concept
  • 3:00 – Method and Materials
  • 8:38 – Design
  • 14:39 – 3D Print
  • 16:08 – Closer Look at the Design (Animation)
  • 17:07 – Finishing and Assembly
  • 20:27 – Testing and Review
  • 25:02 – Cost and Conclusions

DrWD40 explains the science behind blood types and susceptibility to the SARS-Cov-2 virusa.

This is update 10 of the SARS-CoV-2 discussions we’ve been having on my Twitch livestreams. This was pulled from a livestream on March 18th, 2020 (apologies for the emotes flying around and the background music). This video goes into a paper the was recently released regarding how different blood types might be more susceptible to COVID-19. I first go over blood types so we can fully understand the paper. I then go over my skepticism about the paper starting at 10:25.

Colby Fayock teaches us how to create a new map with confirmed cases using the Novel COVID Coronavirus API.

He’ll walk through bootstrapping an app with the Leaflet Gatsby Starter, fetching data from the API, and applying it to the map with Leaflet.

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RNZ interviews Jacob Glanville, one of the stars of Netflix documentary Pandemic. He runs Distributed Bio which has been working to find an antibody therapy.

Yesterday he tweeted we should get ready for a positive announcement this week. He joins Lisa Owen via Skype from San Francisco.Scientists around the world have been racing to develop treatments, cures and a vaccine for COVID-19 – and are getting closer by the day.