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The New England Journal of Medicine - Aerosol & Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 vs SARS-CoV-1The Lancet - Latest Articles & CorrespondenceNature Microbiology - SARS-CoV-2 detection in patients with influenza-like illnessNature Microbiology - Latest ArticlesEnvironmental Science & Engineering - Covid-19 resources for Waste & Water ProfessionalsScientific American - Are Viruses AliveCenter for Disease Control (US-CDC) - Chemical DisinfectantsNCBI-National Centre for Biotechnological Info - Use of Disinfectants: Alcohol & BleachJohn Hopkins Medical Center - What is CornavirusWikipedia on CoronavirusWikipedia on SARS - Both SARS-CoV-1 (of the early 2000’s) and the current CoV-2OETC has seen an unprecedented surge in new admissions. With our remote 7day/wk trainer access, 72hr upload commitment and 7-day/wk Municipal Group Account creation objective, OETC already had a liberal and progressive Work from Home policy in place when the pandemic hit. As such, we’ve been able to not only keep up with the surge in new enrollments, but thrive and evolve into the pandemic.We have updated and streamlined our Municipal Account process. Group operator enrollments have moved to an semi-automated activation system that has all operators/students: Enrolled, Emailed login credentials with Invoices created instantly when your Account Rep. activates your order (usually within 12hrs of receiving the Municipal Invoicing Form). Of course your Municipal Account Representative is always available for any changes, updates or just to answer questions. The telephone wait time however, is still being worked on. If we don’t answer, please leave a message, we will get back to you that day.Our annual server upgrade, scheduled for December holidays 2020 was accelerated and completed in May. The project was expanded to handle the surge in bandwidth, ensuring load times remained at, or exceeded, the speeds our clients expect. the e-Trainer system is now able to handle hundreds of Canadian and Ontario operators concurrently completing their training 24/7/365. Our December holiday 2020 upgrade is still on track, but the scope has changed. This next upgrade will include multiple parallel servers, completely separate, but mirrored in (almost) real time. This will protect from denial of service attacks which has been on an alarming rise. The upgraded system will allow us to abandon / wipe infected servers while transferring operations to parallel systems with no loss of data and less than 24hrs interruption to up-time.As Canada’s first online training provider of Director/Regulator Approved CEU’s we continue to expand and evolve on other fronts too. We will keep you updated on our progress and provide notification of new online course offerings through our newsletter.Did you receive your “Control Room Companion” in the Summer Edition of the Ontario Pipeline.If not, Contact us to request a copy free of charge. If you have a municipal account with multiple operators, we’ll send you a few.
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The VirusSevere Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2The short form for the Virus is: SARS-CoV-2
The DiseaseCoronavirus DiseaseThe short form for the Disease is COVID-19
OETC’s take on masks:If wearing a mask to protect yourself (as well as others), then be sure to use N95 or greater for small particle filtration. It is our opinion that these are not being recommended due to the continued shortage for medical worker PPE. If this shortage did not exist, then a respiration type filtration mask would probably be recommended by the officials. This would provide protection to both the wearer and the public at large.Don’t forget your eyes. As we know from Drinking Water, viruses are the smallest infectious materials known to exist. Virus can be present in particles of spittle smaller than the eye can see. And from fluid dynamics, we know that these micro sized particles can remain suspended in the air for hours and be carried extensive distances before colliding with an object. Don’t let that object be your eyes.See how many particles are suspended in the air when you catch a ray of morning sunlight through a window. These particles hang suspended, influenced by any passing air current. They don’t settle because their density is less than air in which they float. Micro spittle particles are no different.