>Post-pandemic plane cabins
With mandatory masks and empty middle seats, air travel certainly looks different during the Covid-19 pandemic.
But London-based transportation design firm PriestmanGoode has taken it a step further, and re-imagined how airplane cabins could be outfitted to make the environment safer for passengers and crew.
PriestmanGoode proposes staggering the rows of seats, so that people have more private space.
Between each row of seats, a screen divider would extend from the ceiling to the top of the seat for additional protection.
One innovation that PriestmanGoode is touting is fabric that changes color after it's been cleaned.
The seat fabric is treated with "photochromic and thermochromic ink" that reacts to cleaning supplies to indicate that it's been disinfected with heat and light.
The design firm also proposes using far-UVC light to kill airborne germs and virus particles in the cabin.
The lights would be blue during the UVC light cleaning process, then shift to warm yellow when complete.
>Safe 'hugging booths' created
Some Texans are trying to relieve the loneliness and isolation that many elderly Americans are feeling during the coronavirus pandemic by creating safe "hugging booths".
Amber Crenshaw and her husband, Steve Crenshaw, own a business called Handle with Care and work with Unlimited Care Cottages, an assisted living facility.
Amber said she and her husband designed and built the hugging booths after one of the nurses suggested the idea.
Amber said that she and her husband designed it to fit into a standard door without gaps, and built it with materials that coronavirus cannot transmit through, allowing family members to hug each other safely.
"Just the power of touch is so important because it's been since March since these family members and the residents at the homes have been able to touch and hug," she said. "Through this, we've been able to create an opportunity for them to reach out and have a touch. It's huge, it brings lots of joy."
>$1.5M gold coronavirus mask
An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world's most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million.
The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy.
Levy, owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other demands: That it be completed by the end of the year, and that it would be the priciest in the world.
That last condition, he said, "was the easiest to fulfill."
He declined to identify the buyer, but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the US.
The glitzed-up face mask may lend some pizzazz to the protective gear now mandatory in public spaces in many countries.
But at 270 grams - nearly 100 times that of a typical surgical mask - it is not likely to be a practical accessory to wear.
>Power, water shutoffs in LA
The mayor of Los Angeles has said the city will be authorized to shut off water and power to properties where large parties and gatherings are held despite restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The order targets repeat offenders who have hosted large gatherings several times during the pandemic, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
It's meant to deter them from hosting parties or events in the future, during a period of the pandemic when California continues to lead the country in coronavirus cases.
Garcetti called the parties "super-spreader events," attended by "super-spreader people."
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