France: Countrywide, people are required to have a certificate to leave their home for any reason, including to buy essential supplies and for walks outside their home, including with a pet. For a business trip, they must have a signed document from an employer. People can be fined for failing to comply. International travel is also restricted. … [Read more...] about Lockdown, quarantine or shelter in place: Here’s where you can go and what you can do
Much of the world economy has shuddered to a halt. In the United States alone, a record 3.3 million people filed for unemployment benefits in late March. President Donald Trump once mused about lifting pandemic restrictions by mid-April to prevent more economic damage, but ultimately settled on extending federal advice to maintain physical distancing through the end of April. Trump reversed course after epidemiologists warned that a return to normal behavior could spark an explosion of COVID-19 infections, killing as many as 2 million Americans. With strong interventions, models reviewed by the White House suggest, deaths could be reduced to 100,000 or perhaps fewer. … [Read more...] about Modelers weigh value of lives and lockdown costs to put a price on COVID-19
Other South Asian countries, too, are wrestling with difficult choices between disease control and the economy. Bangladesh, which has a total of 49 reported infections, has locked down the country until 4 April. Sri Lanka has more than 100 confirmed cases, but has shut down only eight of its 25 districts, citing the hardship to the poor. Pakistan, which has reported the region’s largest number of cases, 1625, has also locked down only a few areas. In an address last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said with one-quarter of its population falling below the poverty line, the country could not afford to a complete shutdown. … [Read more...] about 1.3 billion people. A 21-day lockdown. Can India curb the coronavirus?
Sound is even more important than video. Bob suggests placing some towels around to mute the harsh sounds in small places. If you're experiencing bandwidth issues, it's OK to transmit in 720p format. There's just no need to try to stream 4K or even 1080p if you want to save your pipes. If you need a makeshift tripod, consider using a lamp. Most nightstand-style lamps have a 1/4-20 screw holding on the shade. This is the same thread as is used for most tripod mounts. Credit for this idea goes to internet photo phenom Peter McKinnon. Your next step up in video quality will be a webcam. It's often good to use a webcam because laptops tend to capture video from unflattering angles. Even though your DSLR has an HDMI-out port, you can't just plug that into the HDMI port on your computer. You'll need an interface device like the ATEM mini to make it work.Bob talked about streaming PlayStation 4 games. He provided a link with some helpful tips.It's possible to have a very workable home … [Read more...] about Lockdown video: Making video conferencing and streaming work from home
Data consumption has surged 30 per cent with businesses switching to work-from-home amid the coronavirus outbreak, and there is an urgent need for states to align their policies with Centre's 'Right of Way' rules, industry body TAIPA said on Tuesday. Some metropolitan cities like Hyderabad and Bengaluru have already seen cellular network data consumption increase by 70 per cent since the lockdown began, the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association(TAIPA) said. "COVID-19 has created an unprecedented crisis across the globe because of which the Government has allowed and directed public and private employees to work from home, which has lead to over 30 per cent increase in data consumption and (this) will continue till lockdown exists," TAIPA said. TAIPA has written to the telecom secretary, and chief secretary of states in this regard, the statement said adding the association has highlighted that telecom connectivity is pivotal for several essential services and applications … [Read more...] about Urgent need for states to align policy with ‘Right of Way’ rules: TAIPA