Covid 19 Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/covid-19/ Second Vermont Republic Thu, 20 Jan 2022 11:21:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://vermontrepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-LogoSample_ByTailorBrands-1-32x32.jpg Covid 19 Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/covid-19/ 32 32 7 Ways To COVID-Proof Your Office https://vermontrepublic.org/covid-proof-your-office/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 15:03:45 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=6391 In the past few years, the world has gone through a pandemic, and to this day, we are still struggling with it. These are especially difficult for offices, because they are gathering places for people. As a precaution, it is important that you COVID-proof your office as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips on …

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In the past few years, the world has gone through a pandemic, and to this day, we are still struggling with it. These are especially difficult for offices, because they are gathering places for people. As a precaution, it is important that you COVID-proof your office as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips on how to -proof your office.

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Conduct Temperature Checks

As a rule, it is important that your office implements temperature checks on all your employees. Remember that the very first indication of COVID-19 is a high temperature. As a rule, you should have your guards check everyone’s temperature.

The normal temperature is around the 35 to 36 mark. If an employee has a temperature that reaches around 37 then you should have him or her rest a bit before having another temperature check.

However, if the employee still gets a high temperature, then you are obligated to send the employee home. It might seem like a harsh rule to implement, however, you should remember that a moment’s carelessness could get your whole office infected.

Keep Tabs On COVID-19 Development

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been around for more than a year, it is still a very unpredictable enemy. Vaccines have been invented, and mass produced. However new variants have begun to spread and it is very dangerous to be careless nowadays. As a precaution, it is important that you keep tabs on any new developments in the fight against COVID-19. This will arm you with the means to protect yourself, and your coworkers from the variants.

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Have Your Office Workers Wear Face Masks

While vaccines have been doled out, and they have been known to help prevent severe symptoms, they are still not capable of totally eradicating the virus. This means that an unwary individual could still spread it around the office. As a precaution, you and your employees should be obligated to wear masks around the office.

Some of your office workers might complain about this setup. Which is understandable because face masks are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. However, they are still your first line of defense against the spread of the virus.

Have Everyone Understand The Situation

One of the biggest challenges of combating COVID-19 is a lack of unity. Remember that we are all affected by the virus. It is a dangerous time, and we all need to pull together in order to get through these trying times.

As a rule you should brief all your employees about the daily  protocols. If there are any new protocols, it is also imperative to introduce these protocols to your employees. Remember that all it takes is one breach,and you might have to close your office for weeks and be submitted to quarantine, so everyone of your employees must be on board with your safety protocols.

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Mental Health Is Key

One of the most common yet unrecognized effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is on mental health.  Ever since the pandemic reared its ugly head last year, mental health issues have skyrocketed.

There is a sense of uncertainty in the air. If you want your office to run at full efficiency, it is a good idea to keep an eye on everyone’s mental health. Remember that people handle stress differently.

Some can talk about their fears openly, while some would rather keep it balled up. In order to make your office as conducive to work and progress as possible, it is important that you promote a transparent and supportive atmosphere. It is also a good idea to promote a more positive outlook in your office. Remember that the whole world is going through a crisis, so we should all be in this together.

Utilize Air Purifiers

If you want to rid your office of contaminants, itbis a good idea to invest in air purifiers. These machines are meant to purify the air around a specific area. They are also meant to filter the air for any contamination or pathogens. Air filter uses molecular sieves to absorb particles in the air. They then separate the particles from the air, and release fresh air. As a precaution, it is a good idea that you invest in Jalonzeolite molecular sieves as well. They are an integral part of air purifiers.

Aside from getting molecular sieves, it is also a good idea to buy flexible plastic packaging as containers for hand sanitizers. Remember that you will need large amounts of sanitizers at all times. However, it could be a bit pricey to hang hand sanitizers on the walls.

It would save you more money if you just bought hand sanitizing liquid in bulk, and put them in reusable containers. The company creates some of the most varied designs for plastic containers. Just give them your specific designs, and they will make the containers for you.

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Follow Health Protocols

At the start of the Pandemic, organizations such as WHO and the CDC have made health protocols for every situation. These health protocols are meant to be followed within the house and the office. As a rule, your office manager should keep tabs on these protocols and follow them accordingly. These protocols change as time passes, so it is imperative that the office stays up to date with these protocols.

If it is possible, you should have your janitorial staff clean your office on a regular basis. When they clean the surfaces, they should wear PPE gear, such as gloves, face shields, and surgical aprons. All these precautions may seem work intensive, however, it is better to be safe than sorry during these times.

Conclusion

If you are going to COVID-proof your office, it is important that you have a set plan. With these tips, you’ll be able to COVID-proof your office in the most effective way possible.

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Latest Judiciary News and Top Stories for 2023 https://vermontrepublic.org/latest-judiciary-news/ Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:15:12 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=3655 The Vermont judiciary has extended the emergency order to suspend all jury trials for criminal and civil litigations to help courts clear the backlog of cases as the House passes a bill that cuts the state’s operational expenses. In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Vermont Supreme Court announced the extension of its judicial emergency …

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The Vermont judiciary has extended the emergency order to suspend all jury trials for criminal and civil litigations to help courts clear the backlog of cases as the House passes a bill that cuts the state’s operational expenses.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Vermont Supreme Court announced the extension of its judicial emergency order to delay criminal jury trials as well as civil court trials. The new order modifies the emergency order issued in March and suspends all jury trials in criminal cases until Sept. 1, 2023. In addition, all civil cases have been suspended until Jan. 1, 2023.

Nonetheless, the wheels of justice will continue to turn, however slowly, as the Supreme Court has eased some of the restrictions that were put in place at the start of the global health crisis.

Non-emergency proceedings have resumed since June 1 but judges will hear cases remotely whenever possible. The established rules for electronic filing eCabinet or Odyssey File and Serve apply. Concerned members of the public are also advised to remotely access court records here.

Concerning the decision to maintain remote hearings, Chief Superior Judge Brian Grearson said that the legal system is trying to reduce the numbers of individuals who are coming to court since courts will have to face a surge of cases greater than they have seen over the last two months.

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Grearson also commented on the order of hearings as stated in an 18-page document, titled “Blueprint for Expansion of Court Operations”, which outlines the order of hearings as the legal system plods forward.

Upon resumption of non-emergency hearings, priority will be given over criminal jury trials to juvenile cases and those that involve defendants who were detained pre-trial.

“There is a lot of work ahead to get these cases ready for trial and then actually conduct the trials in what is essentially a new working environment,” said Grearson.

However, on the lengthy extension of jury criminal hearings through Sept. 1, the Vermont Supreme Court wrote that date is not necessarily set in stone. The order is subject to modification following favorable developments.

The court also cautioned that the lifting of the suspension of the non-emergency hearings is not tantamount to the immediate resumption of hearings across all court dockets. Instead, courts will schedule hearings at the discretion of judges.

Judges will weigh several factors including the possibility of meeting social distancing requirements, staff availability, and the availability of the parties and their attorneys. Remote technology will be used for certain hearings. This was evident in a news release that announced that oral arguments will be live-streamed on the judiciary’s YouTube channel.

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Meanwhile, Vermont lawmakers have advanced a bill for short-term state budget as they weigh how much the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the financial status of the state.

The three-month spending plan is expected to take effect in July, even as Gov. Phil Scott’s administration has proposed wide-ranged cost cuts across the state. The executive has proposed that lawmakers trim operating costs in many agencies and departments by 8% annually, starting from the first quarter of the 2023 fiscal year.

However, Rep. Kitty Toll (D-Danville), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, does not agree with these cuts. Toll argues that slim-fitting the budget without an accurate revenue forecast and input from the general public would be an irresponsible move.

Nonetheless, Toll says that the committee is prepared to make tough decisions at the end of the summer when it reconvenes to conclude the state’s annual spending plan.

“This budget is intentionally far from complete, as this difficult work will happen in August when our fiscal picture is clearer and decisions can be made based on facts and fully understanding the needs of Vermonters,” said Toll during a remote meeting of the House.

The legislation seeks to allocate over $47 million of the $1.25 billion federal Coronavirus Relief Fund while level-funding most government entities. Consequently, the House would allocate $15 million apiece to the Vermont State Colleges System and the University of Vermont. $5 million is set as allocation to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. An additional $6 million of the federal funding is set as allocation to the Secretary of State’s Office, state’s attorneys, and the legislature.

To maintain Vermont’s credit rating, the bill would also fully fund the state’s pension obligations, a move that Toll deems to be an essential and critical signal to Wall Street that the state intends to pay its debt and fulfill its obligations.

At the end of the meeting, the House decided not to cut funding. In lieu of this, it formalized a hiring freeze for all but essential positions during the three months. Furthermore, it was agreed that certain pay raises, negotiated by the Vermont State Employees’ Association before the pandemic, will be honored.

However, while Toll characterized the legislation as a simple, bare-bones budget, Rep. Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) questioned if it was prudent to pay state workers more and to avoid budget cuts when uncertainty hung over forecasts on preliminary revenue. Browning said she is concerned that the House was already spending ahead of its revenue and funding.

According to recent projections from the state’s economists, Vermont is likely to lose $378 million in the next fiscal year. This represents a 15 percent decline from previous forecasts.

Rep. Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) shared these sentiments as she reiterated that sustaining current levels of operations puts Vermonters at much higher risk for deeper cuts in the remaining three quarters of the next fiscal year.

In addition, Rep. Randall Szott (D/P-Barnard) criticized the failure of Toll’s committee to consider emergency deficit spending. According to him, those most at risk during an economic meltdown are unfavorably affected by austerity budgeting.

However, legislators voted 142 to 5 in favor of the bill and the House is expected to give final approval by the third week of June. After this, the bill will be presented to the Senate for consideration. Szott, Donahue, Browning, and two other Republican lawmakers opposed the budget.

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How an Orgasm can Prevent the Transmission of COVID – 2023 Review https://vermontrepublic.org/orgasm-can-prevent-transmission-of-covid/ Fri, 29 Jan 2021 13:53:00 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=5111 Sexuality is something very broad and personal. Everyone understands and lives it in a different way. It is a whole process of discovery through various intimate tests. The most important part is sexual pleasure. The effects of sex on the human body are very numerous. Some are simpler and more visible than others. It can …

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Sexuality is something very broad and personal. Everyone understands and lives it in a different way. It is a whole process of discovery through various intimate tests. The most important part is sexual pleasure.

The effects of sex on the human body are very numerous. Some are simpler and more visible than others. It can be very beneficial if practiced well. This means having enough information to be able to protect yourself. Something that the escorts in Skokka Australia know very well, since it is their livelihood.

There are consequences within the body that even scientists have not truly deciphered yet. Studies are continuously being done to check and see all the chemicals and hormones released during these relationships and how they affect each person.

It has always been said that sex is very beneficial because it releases the hormones of pleasure (dopamine) and happiness (serotonin), helps release stress, reduces anxiety, involves physical activity and increases self-esteem. But it also helps reduce the likelihood of a number of diseases. After all, sex is more than just physical contact.

Why? How does it affect the immune system?

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Before and during sex, many fluids and very sensitive parts of the body come into contact. Even if they are natural bacteria from the areas, such as from the genitals or mouth, they still pose a certain danger to the other person.

Therefore it is highly recommended to use protection, whether it is an intimate relationship with your partner or with one of the escort girl. If you hire escort girls, hire from a reputable website like panamescorte. Some contraceptive or barrier systems such as condoms, for example. Ways that help you enjoy yourself, reducing the worries of possible unwanted pregnancies or the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

But this is not the only thing, enjoying regular orgasms can boost the immune system. There are several types of antibodies that protect against bacteria and viruses. One of the main ones is immunoglobulin A (IgA), which is present in humans, especially in the most sensitive areas of the body and in contact with the environment. For example, in the mucous membranes, saliva (mouth and nose), as well as in the gastrointestinal tract and the genitals, main entrance of pathogens and infections.

Why do orgasms stimulate the creation of immunoglobulin A?

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It is simply a natural response of the human body. This is due to the exchange of fluids and the amount of viruses and bacteria involved in sexual intercourse. These are areas that are very sensitive to all kinds of infections and it is the internal result of self-protection.

It is key since this type of pleasure makes the immune system work harder and strengthens it for a better general or specific response to a particular virus.

Many studies have shown after a series of tests and analyses of people that, after having sex, the level of this type of antibody and the concentration of Immunoglobulin A (IgA) were higher. So it is clearly related. But does any type of sexual practice work? Chemical and hormonal secretions are very similar in any case. Even with masturbation on these special days where social distancing is more than recommended.

However, it is important to remember that maintaining an adequate amount of IgA does not ensure that you are one hundred percent immune to all kinds of diseases or infections even though it does help. In the current case of the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the body’s natural defenses is good though not enough to prevent someone from getting the virus. According to European Union publications, it is not an STD, but sexual intercourse can further spread it by physical contact and by the absence of personal distance, as well as by the absence of staying in ventilated places. This has given a rise to sensitive issues that have been discussed on television such as “having sex in open spaces” during the pandemic.

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Therefore, it is recommended to reduce social and physical encounters, with loved ones or professionals, in most countries. With your partner, the people you live with normally, erotic toys or on your own, are the best ways to have sex nowadays.

People need to relate and enjoy different sexual practices. The intimacy that is produced, the self-knowledge, discovering what is most liked and what is not… But above all the relief that it produces after being twenty-four hours listening everywhere news about the statistics and measurements of the Coronavirus.

Sex is often used as an escape route and one of its great benefits is “letting off steam”. It is a physical activity that releases hormones, including the hormone of happiness. By having pleasurable sex and therefore orgasms, people forget about their other worries, and coping with the situation becomes easier.

Hundreds are the opportunities that exist, despite the days of quarantine, confinement and pandemic. Even the number of people visiting websites with pornographic content has increased worldwide. No longer just out of boredom or too much free time.

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This is the case, for example, of the options that have emerged as a result of the Internet sex pandemic. Sexting or video calls. It is a good option to have a long-distance relationship or, for instance, when hiring an escort service. If you can’t do it physically, you can always do it virtually, and these platforms are the ones that bring pleasure closer in these times of pandemic in which all contact is more difficult, but it doesn’t have to hinder pleasure. It is a good way to avoid thinking about the need to meet friends, leave the house and therefore expose oneself to the virus.

So with a little imagination, the internet and whatever you can get your hands on, you can enjoy great pleasures. So without having to give up sex, in the same way, without knowing it or being aware of it, the immune system is strengthened. Today, it is necessary, more than ever, to continue doing it but being aware and taking care of yourself.

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10 Things to Do After Quarantine https://vermontrepublic.org/things-to-do-after-quarantine/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 10:24:40 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=3951 The pandemic has been hard on everyone. It has taken a toll on us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Who knew we would have to lock up and think of all the things we once took for granted? Looking back at life before Covid-19 makes us nostalgic. What if this pandemic ends, and how do we …

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The pandemic has been hard on everyone. It has taken a toll on us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Who knew we would have to lock up and think of all the things we once took for granted? Looking back at life before Covid-19 makes us nostalgic.

What if this pandemic ends, and how do we deal with the “new normal”? There is no denying things have and will continue to change in many aspects. So here at LiveTray, we’ve made a list of ten things to do after quarantine.

Give out hugs

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Hugs are a way of showing emotions and fondness. How many months has it been since you felt the warmth of a caring hug? It relieves and comforts in ways that are often incomprehensible. As soon as this pandemic ends, make sure you hug someone, even a stranger. It will surely make you feel blessed, and you will brighten someone’s day.

Attend a live concert

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Music always brings people together, and concerts were a popular event before COVID. If music is a massive part of your survival tactics during the lockdown, it’s time to attend a real event. All those months of virtual events, Zoom calls, and social media interactions can take a back seat. It doesn’t matter if it’s your favorite band or a small local concert; artistes need your support now more than ever.

Attending a live show will enable you to contribute to the artists and refresh your mind and spirit.
Besides, the synchronized singing will also help you appreciate humanity a lot more.

Visit the museum

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If you have been too comfortable in your cocoon of isolation for these past months, it’s common to face social anxiety. But you can’t hide out forever and will need to interact with the rest of humanity sooner or later.

You can start slowly and stealthily by visiting a museum. You can still practice social distancing and relearn how to appreciate socializing without involving directly on interactions.

Go to the beach

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Lack of Vitamin D often leads to lower serotonin production, which might explain why you sometimes get a wave of sadness in isolation. Many people on social media have been posting about how much they miss the beach. Going to the beach will immediately rejuvenate your thoughts and help you relax.

The warm sun, the cheerful voice of people, and the sea birds are a better Vitamin than anything
else.

Attend a sports event

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We’ve missed the long queue to the home games and cheering for our favorite team, along with thousands of fans! Many annual sporting events were canceled like never before.

So if you are a sportsperson or a fan, head on to the first match and cheer as loudly as possible, whether it is soccer, baseball, football, basketball, it doesn’t matter. Make sure you head on early to grab the best seats.

Eat at your favorite restaurant

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Another activity we’ve all been missing during the lockdown is eating at a restaurant. Many have unleashed their cooking skills and even started small food delivery services. But nothing beats the satisfaction of sitting at a restaurant to eat.

The change in ambiance, the feeling of being served, and not having to do the dishes are some perks of dining out. Home delivery is comfortable and convenient, but feeling the environment and savoring the food with many others hits a different pleasure zone.

Visit the Dentist

Besides practicing personal hygiene like washing hands and using sanitizers, let’s not forget our physical health too! It’s already half a year, and a visit to the dentist is crucial after quarantine. Oral and dental hygiene is necessary for physical well-being.

If you haven’t visited the dentist during the lockdown, make an appointment as soon as possible and keep it on your top priority list.

Groom yourself

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Months of self-care, home therapy, and DIY beauty hacks are all fun and games, but sometimes everyone needs extra help. All the trims and scrubs at home may be acceptable for staying home, but once you are ready to socialize, you need to pay attention to the little details. Because let’s face it, we don’t want to look shabby for anyone.

So head to your favorite beauty salon and let someone else take care of you because you’ve taken care of yourself long enough.

Pool Parties

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Pool parties have always been a fun way to socialize. Remember how risky it is to share a pool with a stranger during the lockdown? When quarantine over, you can go back to the “new normal” with your close friends and relatives at a pool party.

It is a fun way to reconnect with your loved ones, and it is also a great way to relax the mind with some physical activities.

Travel to a new destination

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One of the biggest let-downs of the pandemic was travel restrictions. There is no way to go on holiday and escape from anywhere without following high-security protocols or risking our health. When this quarantine is over, explore some near or far places that you’ve never been to before.

There is so much in the world that needs exploring. The money will come and go, but the memories you make while traveling to a new destination is priceless.

So what are you waiting for? Start Google mapping your next destination and plan your trip so that you will be ready to hop right out when the quarantine ends. You can also contact LiveTray and share with us your plans after quarantine.

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