The COVID report with David Blake: Aerosol spread of the coronavirus

Thursday, Oct. 15

The guidance on public health for the coronavirus has recently changed to include aerosol spread. That means small bits of water from an infected person’s lungs can, if their concentration is high enough, infect others. It also means we have a new set of weapons to fight the coronavirus, mainly those of indoor air quality.

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Top 10 pandemic movies to binge while quarantined

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Stay entertained during this quarantine period with one of the pandemic-themed movies below. (pexels stock)

By Casey Combs |
Staff writer

In the last week, most Americans have seen a complete upheaval of normality due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.

The government’s recommendations to self-quarantine have led to social event cancellations, closures of schools and offices and product shortages at grocery stores.

While some may have thought a world-wide pandemic impossible, Hollywood has been predicting this exact scenario for years. Whether to give into fear with a realistic portrayal or escape into fantasy with a science-fiction thriller, here are the best pandemic-themed movies to watch while quarantined:

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Should Augusta bars and restaurants close their doors? 

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Employees and business owners wrestle between closing for safety precautions and working as usual to make ends meet. (Pexels stock)

By Mary Will Showman|
Design editor

As COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, spreads across the country, governors in many states are doing their part to contain it by closing restaurants and bars and urging citizens to stay home.

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Students adjust to life during COVID-19 suspension

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Augusta University students and the community prepare and adjust to changes during grocery store panic and new class platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pexels stock)

By River Gracey|
Staff writer

If you try going into any general store in the greater Augusta area this week, you will notice that all the hand sanitizer, Lysol sprays and, in many places, toilet paper have completely run out.

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Augusta area and its students have started to feel the impact on their lives.

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President Keel breaks down suspension procedures during town hall

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AU President Brooks Keel speaks on COVID-19 and plans for students, faculty and staff during the Summerville campus town hall on Friday, March 13. (Bell Ringer staff photo)

By Ravyn Chatmon|
Online editor

Update: Dr. Brooks Keel announced Monday night, March 16, that all instruction for the remainder of the semester will be online. Dr. Keel added: “The decision to move courses online also means that students will need to move out of the residence halls. We will develop and communicate a plan for students to move out of the residence halls in a structured and orderly fashion that is consistent with the concept of maintaining an appropriate level of social distance.”

Augusta University President Brooks Keel held a town hall meeting on Friday, March 13, to answer questions and discuss procedures related to the temporary suspension of instruction due to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

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Online classes to continue for AU students

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Students prepare for online classes during temporary suspension of in-person courses while students who are already online continue as usual. (Pexels stock)

By Sam Turner|
Staff writer

Online classes at Augusta University are to continue during the two-week temporary suspension period starting March 16.

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Augusta business fights against coronavirus with magic

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With fabric, glitter and a little magic, Wardrobe of Wishes (WoW) continues to stay open during the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Pexels stock)

By Sam Turner|
Staff writer

A local Augusta business is determined to keep doors open during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) scare with a little magic.

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Delays due to coronavirus bring film industry to a halt

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Theaters are closing and postponing releases as the novel coronavirus threat continues. (Pexels stock)

By Casey Combs|
Staff writer

The current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has already swept the nation with increasing impacts on business and travel sectors and is now creating serious repercussions in the film industry.

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USG to have temporary suspension of instruction due to novel Coronavirus

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Due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USG institutions will be postponing instruction for two weeks. (photo by Ravyn Chatmon)

By Ravyn Chatmon|
Online editor

All University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will suspend instruction for two weeks, starting Monday, March 16.

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