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Alison Strachan: RFK, George Floyd, the NFL, and My Existential Crisis
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Domus Realty’s Dawn Dauphinee On Metro Halifax Real Estate In Pandemic Times: ‘Multiple Offers Across The Region’
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Part II: Realtor Dawn Dauphinee On Health Of The Real Estate Scene In HFX Hydrostone Neighbourhood
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Halifax Port: Exclusive: New Study Tallies Cruise Ship Economic Spinoffs To Halifax & Region – Optimism For 2021 Bookings
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Bird Construction’s Risk Management VP Monitors Former Email Account Of Ian Boyd, Now A Competitor
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Thursday Edition, Below
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Exclusive: Prominent Commercial Broker Tom Gerard On The Job – Brokers $24M Windmill Road Apartments – The Prize Is A City Hall Approved Tower Development Site
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Exclusive: How Hot Is The Metro Halifax Real Estate Scene? Well, How About A Cole Harbour Split-Entry Bidding War – 23 Offers Collected
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Exclusive: Frank McKenna’s 20th Annual Shindig At Fox Harb’r Will Be One For The History Books – Will Obama Or Hillary Clinton Speak?
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Wednesday’s Edition, Below
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A Message From The Notebook: ‘From The Bottom Of My Heart Thanks For Sticking With The Notebook In a Global Meltdown & In Pandemic Times’
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Development: Meet Tim Moore: The Halifax Apartment Developer
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Alison Strachan: Don’t Let (American) News Break To The Point Of Breaking You
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Pollster Don Mills & Furniture Mogul Jim Mills Raise $200,000 For Arthritis Society of NS – But Celebrity Roast Re-Scheduled To 2021
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Development: Jim Mills On Life Living In A Box: Latest To Occupy Posh Pavilion Condos By Jim Spatz
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Putting The $52M Toronto Star Sale Price Into Perspective: The Time Conrad Black Offered To Buy The Halifax Herald For $100M
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Encore: Book Excerpt: The Time Conrad Black Bought The HFX Daily News For $20M From Harry Steele
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Cottage Life: Attn My Millennial Readers: Chester’s ‘Tiny Mansion’ Goes On The Market – A Real Deal At $232,000
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A Nova Scotian Vacation: Top Ten Things To Do In Canada’s Ocean Playground This Summer
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Summertime Is Made For The Beach: Exploring The Best Beaches In NS, NB & Of Course The Beach Province Of PEI
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Tuesday Edition, Below
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Breaking News: MacPolitics: Tory John Hamm Faced Tough Conservative Leadership Choice – Back Close Friend O’Toole Or Support Hometown Candidate MacKay? – Now Endorses MacKay
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MacPolitics: For The Record, Here Is John Hamm’s Statement Endorsing Peter MacKay
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MacPolitics: Former PC MP NS South Shore’s Peter McCreath: ‘No Need To Twin HWY 103 – Just Hire Additional Mounties To Issue More Speeding Tickets’
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Monday Edition, Below
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Charity Gift-Giving: An Idea From Tom Rose & Partnership With Sara Napier’s United Way Has Helped Raise $6.7 M For Newly Created Atlantic Compassion Fund & Counting & Growing
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Sunday Edition, Below
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Our Sunday News Scoop: Halifax Port: That $12M Crane Being Shipped To Southend Container Terminal Delayed Off Coast Of Africa
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Premier Stephen McNeil & Highways Minister Lloyd Hines Usher In Golden Era For NS Road Builders – A Title Once Given To John Buchanan
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103 HWY: NS Highways Minister Lloyd Hines Offers Reasons Twinning Paving Tender Results In Bids $5 Million Lower Than Department’s Own Budget Estimates
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Don Mills: 103 HWY Twinning Tenders Ought To Have Been Issued In Winter – Criticizes McNeil Government Tardy Tender Practices
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That Extra $230 M In Road Building Work Does Not Include Twinning To Bridgewater Nor The Canso Causeway – We Asked The Question Of HWYs Minister Hines
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Notebook Archives: Before He Died, John Buchanan Confessed: ‘I Could Not Say No To The Voters’
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Saturday Edition, Below
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Cottage Life: Richie Mann On Pros & Cons Of Northumberland Strait Cottage Ownership
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Dr. Sarah Fraser: How Long Can The Coronavirus Stay On Surfaces?

By Sarah Fraser

The number of COVID-19 cases now exceeds 378,000 worldwide. This new coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, is having unprecedented global effects. The number of deaths in Italy surpasses 6,000 and there is a lockdown in many countries. The number of worldwide cases of COVID-19 increases each day and it is important we do everything we can to prevent the spread of disease. To achieve this, we need to understand how the virus works. Fortunately, we have research.

To understand the research on COVID-19, it helps to know that there are different types of coronaviruses. The SARS virus was a coronavirus. The common cold can be caused by a coronavirus, too. You can think of these other types of coronaviruses as cousins to COVID-19. In February, a group of researchers studied how long these cousins of COVID-19 remained on different surfaces. They reviewed 22 studies and found that other coronaviruses could live on surfaces for up to nine days. They also found that coronaviruses remain longer on plastic and metal.

Another study published in March compared how long COVID-19 remained active on different surfaces. They found that COVID-19 can live up to three days on plastic and on stainless steel. It can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on copper for up to four hours.

It’s important to be aware that even if you are practicing safe physical distancing from others, the virus could be present on surfaces nearby. If you touch a surface that has not recently been cleaned, you could be at risk of getting the infection. That’s why it is important to maintain clean surfaces, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Interestingly, a study from 2015 found that people touch their face on average 23 times per hour.

What you can do:

  • The coronavirus can stay active on surfaces for days. Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently, especially high touch surfaces like door knobs, light switches, countertops, phones, keyboards, faucets and toilets.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Listen to public health officials.
  • If you stay at home, you will save lives.

Dr. Sarah Fraser is a physician in Nova Scotia and is working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her blog can be found at www.sarahfrasermd.com

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