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South Carolina announces latest COVID-19 update (October 18, 2020) – WYFF4 Greenville

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 157,394 and confirmed deaths to 3,439.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 722 new confirmed cases and 20 new probable cases of COVID-19, 12 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 157,394, probable cases to 6,596, confirmed deaths to 3,439, and 211 probable deaths.
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CDC issues ‘strong recommendation’ for mask mandate on airplanes, trains – CNBC

The interim guidance also calls for facial coverings at transportation hubs like airports and train stations.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday issued a “strong recommendation” that all passengers and employees on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-share vehicles should wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The interim guidance also calls for facial coverings at transportation hubs like airports and train stations.
“Broad and routine utilization of masks on our transportation systems will protect Americans and provide confidence that we can once again…

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CDC to passengers and workers: Wear a mask when you are on a plane, train, bus or other public transit – The Washington Post

The guidance was issued following pressure from the airline industry and amid surging cases of coronavirus in the United States and strong evidence on the effec…

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The recommendations fall short of what transportation industry leaders and unions had sought, and come long after evidence in favor of mask-wearing was well established.
The CDC had previously drafted an order under the agencys quarantine powers that would have required all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public transportation, according to a CDC official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Such orders typically carry penalties. The …

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ISS Crew Just Found an Elusive Air Leak Using Floating Tea Leaves – ScienceAlert

Cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin released some tea leaves to float inside the station, then saw them cluster around a “scratch” in the wall.

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The International Space Station has been leaking an unusual amount of air since September 2019.
At first, crew members held off on troubleshooting the issue, since the leak wasn’t major. But in August, the leak rate increased, prompting astronauts and cosmonauts on board the orbiting laboratory to start trying to locate its source in earnest.
Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, announced on Thursday that crew members had finally pinpointed the leak’s location after devising an unusual test: They…

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