Corona Virus Information

For up-to-date information on the Corona Virus go to the Center for Disease Control.

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CDC Authorizes Use of Imported Non-NIOSH-Approved Disposable Filtering Facepiece Respirators

You probably have heard of the shortages of disposable facemasks for hospital and first responder persons. To exacerbate the problem even further, some old stockpiles in hospitals had elastic that broke or fell apart when doctors attempted to put them on. At an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital emergency room had this happen, as reported by the New York Times:

At a Los Angeles emergency room, doctors were given a box of expired masks, and when they tried to put them on, the elastic bands snapped.

To alleviate the shortage, The FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Agency) is allowing the use of non-NIOSH-approved masks. NIOSH is National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health does research and makes recommendations to the FDA.

In a letter dated March 24, 2020, the FDA said:

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President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Every household in the United States has now receive (or should receive very soon) a postcard from The White House and the CDC (Center for Disease Control). I was surprised seeing this with all the conflicting rumors spreading on social media like Facebook. It is a welcomed change.

It gives us 15 pieces of advice to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The advice to the young and healthy is golden:

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Morton Borough 5K Walk Run – Saturday June 1, 2019

The Morton Borough 5K Run/Walk in Morton, PA is for the benefit of their Parks and Recreation. The race is on June 1, 2019 and starts at 9:00 am.

The course is a closed 3.1 miles and a water station is provided at the halfway point.

Registration is $25 and advanced registration is recommended. Procrastinators can register the day of the race starting at 7:00 am, but it will cost you an extra five-spot – $30.

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Orionids meteor shower peak this Saturday and Sunday, Oct 20th and 21st

This coming week, the coming Orionids meteor shower is expected to put on a show.  The peak of the shower will occur Saturday and Sunday nights, Oct 20th and 21st.  This year is expected to be a little less that the spectacular display in 2008.

Marshall Space Flight Center October 19, 2015

The Orionids historically have shown 10 to 20 meteors an hour and sometimes peaking at 100 per hour.  The Orionids appear to originate from the constellation Orion. They are part of the dust and debris from Haley’s Comet.

This is also a great time to take some dazzling pictures.  See How to take photos of a meteor shower for hints on taking some great pics!

Marshall Space Flight Center October 19, 2015

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