PolitiFact | Early findings show fabric can neutralize coronaviruses

  • “Electroceutical fabric” was developed in 2017 as an antimicrobial wound dressing, but a new study shows it is also effective at neutralizing coronaviruses.
  • The makers are seeking FDA emergency approval to use it for COVID-19 face masks.
  • Metal embedded in the fabric creates an electric current that stops the virus from assembling and attaching to the host after a minute of exposure to the electrical field.
  • These findings are in a preliminary study that has not yet gone through the peer-review process.
There’s reason to be skeptical of any Internet post claiming something kills the coronavirus.

Facebook in particular can be a deluge of home remedies that range from unproven to downright dangerous.

So you’d be forgiven for raising your eyebrows if you came across a May 21, 2020, Indianapolis Monthly article shared widely on Facebook saying researchers have found a “fabric that kills coronaviruses.”

But this claim has science behind it — preliminary though it may be. Researchers discovered low-level electric fields can render the coronavirus unable to infect a host after just a minute of exposure to the field.

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook).

Here’s what we know so far about this product.

Based on an FDA-approved concept

Though the application to the novel coronavirus is new, the technology isn’t.

The concept — called electroceutical fabric — was developed several years ago by Chandan Sen, now the director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering at the Indiana University School of Medicine. While working at Ohio State University in 2017, he created an electrically-based antimicrobial wound dressing that has been approved by the FDA and sold by Vomaris.

Sen detailed the potential application to COVID-19 on May 14, 2020, in a preliminary study released online at the preprint server ChemRxiv. The site publishes early versions of studies ahead of formal peer review and publication.

When the coronavirus pandemic began, Sen thought about ways his research could help, he said in a YouTube video released through Indiana University.

Source: PolitiFact | Early findings show fabric can neutralize coronaviruses

Police: Parole violation in Johnstown leads to discovery of heroin, more than $70K | WJAC

Johnstown police say two people were taken into custody after a parole violation lead to the discovery of heroin and more than $70,000 cash Thursday. According to Johnstown Police, 43-year-old Tione Thomas is facing charges related to drug manufacturing and endangering the welfare of children.

Johnstown police say two people were taken into custody after a parole violation lead to the discovery of heroin and more than $70,000 cash Thursday.

According to Johnstown Police, 43-year-old Tione Thomas is facing charges related to drug manufacturing and endangering the welfare of children.

Police say the incident started when officers were asked to help state parole and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force locate a woman on parole who was allegedly selling drugs from the basement of her home on the 400 block of Edith Ave.

Officers say they were told Thomas, who was also on parole, was staying at the home without the permission of State Parole.

Source: Police: Parole violation in Johnstown leads to discovery of heroin, more than $70K | WJAC

Low-income riders not happy Port Authority will return to fare collection June 8 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Public transit is as essential as housing and utilities to low-income people and if there can be no evictions or utility cutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic then Port Authority shouldn’t reinstitute fares, either.

That was the primary message Friday from more than two dozen speakers who told the authority board during an online meeting the agency shouldn’t reinstitute full fares for low-income riders when it resumes fare collection June 8. The agency had suspended fare collection in March when it began having riders enter the rear door of vehicles for social distancing during the health emergency, but it is supposed to resume front entry on Monday and fare collection one week later.

Source: Low-income riders not happy Port Authority will return to fare collection June 8 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bored at home? Start an online newspaper! This family did – CNN Video

Wisconsin mom Laura Lundgren is the editor of “The Quarantine Times,” and her daughters Claire and Rachel are two of the writers and illustrators. With schools closed and families staying home, “kids don’t have much to look forward to,” Lundgren said, “and I thought this would be a great communication piece between kids at home.”

Source: Bored at home? Start an online newspaper! This family did – CNN Video

Source: https://www.flipsnack.com/thequarantinetimes/

Authorities rescue Pittsburgh worker who fell down a hillside on Mt. Washington | TribLIVE.com

A Pittsburgh construction manager working on a landslide mitigation project in the city was rescued Friday after he fell down a hillside.2689007_web1_pittsburgh-rescue

Authorities said police, EMS and firefighters responded to a call for a construction worker over a hillside around 9:30 a.m. near the intersection of Arlington Avenue and William Street in the city’s Mt. Washington neighborhood.

Source: Authorities rescue Pittsburgh worker who fell down a hillside on Mt. Washington | TribLIVE.com

Eat’n Park Makes Safety Changes To Restaurants To Prepare For Reopening In The ‘Green’ Phase – CBS Pittsburgh

A smiley cookie could be in your future as Eat’n Park plans to reopen with new safety restrictions.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A smiley cookie could be in your future as Eat’n Park plans to reopen with new safety restrictions.

The area’s largest family dining restaurant will welcome back guests next Friday.

They’re currently training staff on the new safety procedures and installing plexiglass at the counters.

The CEO of Eat’n Park tells KDKA that he bought all new cleaning supplies and blocked off certain tables to maintain social distancing.

Next Friday, they’ll be allowed to open, but only able to fill up the restaurant at 50% occupancy.

“When you come in and for some reason we’re on a wait, rather than wait in the lobby, we now have an order procedure where you can come in and put in your name and make and model, and we’ll actually come out to the car and let you know when it’s your time,” said CEO Jeff Broadhurst.

The salad bar at the restaurants will not be open when the restaurants reopen, but they’re hoping that can change soon.

Source: Eat’n Park Makes Safety Changes To Restaurants To Prepare For Reopening In The ‘Green’ Phase – CBS Pittsburgh