Winners, News And Notes On February 14, 2021


WWE NXT TakeOver Vengeance Day advertised the men’s and women’s Dusty Classic tag team finals, Finn Balor vs. Pete Dunne, Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm vs. Mercedes Martinez and Johnny Gargano vs. KUSHIDA.

Last week’s broadcast of WWE NXT garnered one of its lowest numbers of all time with just 558,000 viewers up against cable news coverage of the impeachment trial.

  • February 10, 2021—558,000
  • February 3, 2021—610,000
  • January 27, 2021—720,000
  • January 20, 2021—659,000
  • January 13, 2021—551,00o

WWE NXT Vengeance Day—Key Competition 

Pro Wrestling Bits—Is WWE’s Edge Overpowered

WWE NXT Total YouTube Viewership Last Week: 1,585,054 (Down from 2,961,854 views)

  • Most-Viewed: Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon vs. Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell (285,207 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Finn Balor and Pete Dunne Collision Course (36,927 views)
  • Median Viewership: 135,786 views

WWE NXT TakeOver Vengeance Day Results—Wednesday, February 14, 2021

Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai def. Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon—Women’s Dusty Classic Finals

Josiah Williams had an absolute fire rap in the introductory video package.

Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart actually felt like a legit tag team during their entrance where they both wore horror-inspired coveralls and facepaint.

This was easily Ember Moon’s best match since her return.

Kai and Gonzalez will be facing Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler and WWE would be wise to use this opportunity to put Gonzalez over fellow monster heel in Nia Jax.

Johnny Gargano vs. KUSHIDA—WWE NXT North American Championship

This was never going to be the level of a Johnny TakeOver match given the mostly empty arena, but I’ll be damned if these two didn’t try to make it just that.

Johnny Gargano sent The Way to go looking for Austin Theory during his entrance, yet strangely none of that played into the match. I’m glad. The only thing that would have ruined a match like this was outside interference.

MSK def. Grizzled Young Veterans—Men’s Dusty Classic Finals

The Grizzled Young Veterans are usually hit-or-miss during their pre-match promos, but thankfully they saved their best for NXT TakeOver.

The first half of this match was a Grizzled Young Vets match with very little high-flying. That is, until Wes Lee tagged in like a house afire.

In a surprise twist, the most insane high spot came from the Grizzled Young Vets who hit a Doomsdsay Device/Suicide Dive combo.

MSK getting emotional after their wins is slowly becoming part of their gimmick. Their two wins away from becoming Dick Vermeil.

Io Shirai def. Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez

These women went right into the match, and didn’t even wait for the ring announcements as they knew they had a tough act to follow and needed to get to work immediately.

This match benefited by becoming the first match to use a lighting rig for a high spot.

Io Shirai won this match in the most heelish way possible by vulturing a win from the woman she still hasn’t beaten.

Finn Balor def. Pete Dunne—WWE NXT Championship

From the opening bell this match was determined to be different from anything on the show as these two went heavy on the mat wrestling. It actually played perfectly into the story of who is the best European wrestler with both men working a British strong style.

I feared this entire match would be the type of self-indulgent technical submission clinic that runs NXT viewers off from Timothy Thatcher segments every week, but it deftly built to a crescendo.

Finn Balor ripped Pete Dunne’s mouthpiece right out of his mouth and then kicked him square in the face like a G.

I like Karrion Kross, but WWE NXT really needs to be building this promotion around Pete Dunne.

This postmortem of this match finally saw the beginning of the end of the Undisputed Era with Adam Cole super kicking Kyle O’Reilly.

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Winners, News And Notes On January 1, 2020


WWE Friday Night SmackDown advertised a special request from Universal champion Roman Reigns, new Intercontinental champion Big E vs. King Corbin and Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair vs. Carmella and Bayley. SmackDown also saw the return of Sonya Deville after she lost a Loser Leaves WWE match to Mandy Rose

Last week’s broadcast of SmackDown drew the show’s best audience of 2020 with an NFL lead-in, garnering 3.303 million viewers.

  • December 25, 2020—3.303 million
  • December 18, 2020—1.030 million viewers (FS1 Broadcast)
  • December 11, 2020—2.206 million viewers
  • December 4, 2020—2.029 million viewers
  • November 27, 2020—2.141 million viewers

WWE Friday Night SmackDown—Key Competition

  • Allstate Sugar Bowl—Ohio State vs. Clemson

Pro Wrestling Bits—WWE’s 10 Most Disliked YouTube Videos of 2020

WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership this past Friday 5,686,046 views (Up from 4,422,135)

  • Most-Viewed: Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens—Steel Cage Match (1,944,623 views) 
  • Least-Viewed: The Street Profits give Sami Zayn a Holiday Gift (178,535 views)
  • Median Viewership: 891,092

WWE SmackDown Results—Friday, January 1, 2020

Opening Segment Featuring Roman Reigns

I hope “Main Event Uso” becomes a thing.

This opening segment was Roman Reigns putting over anybody within shouting distance of him until Kevin Owens showed up.

Big E def. King Corbin by DQ

The fact that Sami Zayn has a documentary crew investigating what he feels is an ongoing conspiracy makes me so happy.

Apollo Crews saved Big E because this is WWE and unexplained black friendships is what they do.

Big E and Apollo Crews def. Sami Zayn and King Corbin

Sami Zayn made a habit of tagging himself in during this match and King Corbin was none too pleased.

As a member of the winning team, Apollo Crews should be the No. 1 Contender.

Kayla Braxton seemed happier to see Big E and Apollo Crews win their match than they were.

The Riott Squad vs. Tamina and Natalya

Billie Kay was bumped from her own match and it was very funny to watch.

If WWE is phasing out Billie Kay’ resume gimmick, it is a huge mistake.

Billie Kay entertainingly took turns giving advice to the Riott Squad and Tamina/Natalya. When the Riott Squad won, she celebrated with them. Billie Kay needs to be on television every week.

Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks vs. Carmella and Bayley

There is no end to the amount of creative spots WWE can do with Bianca Belair’s hair.

Reginald the Sommelier can flip like nobody’s business. Who knew he had so much athleticism. I see you, Reggie!

If Sasha Banks-Carmella was going to continue, Carmella had to get pinfall victory over Banks.

Sonya Deville returned in a backstage segment after being “reinstated.”

The Street Profits “Smoketacular”

I was really hoping Dawkins would kill it on the drums but he really only used them to do a rimshot.

The Street Profits were roasting the SmackDown roster unprovoked and they’re supposed to be the babyfaces. (Update: Moments after I wrote this, Kayla Braxton foolishly asked The Dirty Dawgz why they issued an “unprovoked” attack.)

This segment might have been too much Street Profits.

Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode now have Dirty Dawgz t-shirts and the commentary team still refuses to acknowledge this team name.

Daniel Bryan and Otis def. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura

Whatever Daniel Bryan and Otis were doing with their hips in the video package that aired before this match, did not look like training. It really has to be seen to be believed.

How did Chad Gable get credited with an assist for this win?

Kevin Owens def. Jey Uso

Roman Reigns had to get Paul Heyman to tell him who made tonight’s match between Jey Uso and Kevin Owens. Unsurprisingly, the answer was Adam Pearce, who has been the GM this entire pandemic. I could have told him that.

“Main Event Uso” isn’t going to take off the way it should if Jey Uso keeps losing.

Roman Reigns eventually ambushed Kevin Owens as Owens was preparing to run and jump off the stage onto Jey Uso, but it would have been so much better if Reigns speared Owens mid-sprint.

Surprisingly, Reigns didn’t punish Jey Uso for losing yet again.



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GOP senators find bodybags with anti-Trump notes on their front porches


Several GOP Senators were bombarded with dozens of bodybags at their homes on Tuesday by angry protesters pushing for COVID-19 relief after months of gridlock over negotiations in Congress. 

MCCONNELL PLANS FOR NEW CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL SIGN INTO LAW

Activists hauled the black body bags out of the back of a rented truck and lined them up in front of the Washington residences of Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell, Susan Collins, James Inhofe, and Lindsey Graham. 

Many of the bags were tagged with white signs that said “Trump COVID Death” and were meant to symbolize the more than 270,000 people who have died in the United States as a result of the pandemic. 

“GOP senators led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been blocking House-passed COVID relief for months,” the SPACEs In Action group said in a post on Twitter. “Today we brought the bodies to their doorsteps.”

A spokesperson for Inhofe told Fox News the senator shares the frustration of those waiting for additional COVID-19 relief and he has voted for additional COVID-19 relief three times since September. But Senate Democrats blocked the legislation, the spokesperson said.

“May I suggest they try sharing their concerns with Speaker Pelosi or Sen. Schumer? They are the ones holding up relief – not Sen. Inhofe,” the spokesperson said.

The dramatic display on a cold, rainy day in the nation’s capital comes as lawmakers announced a $908 billion bipartisan agreement to stave off another economic shutdown as coronavirus cases skyrocket across the nation and unemployment claims continue to climb rapidly. 

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS UNVEIL $908B CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PROPOSAL AMID GRIDLOCK

The agreement — backed by 10 senators and endorsed by the House Problem Solvers Caucus, a 50-member bipartisan group that’s evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats — allocates about $300 billion in funding for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, $240 billion in aid for state and local governments, $180 billion to extend boosted unemployment benefits at $300 per week for four months and a temporary moratorium on COVID liability lawsuits to allow states enough time to design their own laws. It notably does not include a second stimulus check, a major pain point for Democrats. 

Meanwhile, McConnell struck down the effort by his colleagues earlier in the day and said he is more focused on putting forth a GOP COVID relief effort that will be signed into law by President Trump, adding that he has spoken to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to get an idea of what that may look like. 

With just seven legislative days left on their calendar, it’s unclear whether lawmakers will be able to reach an agreement before the year’s end.

Government funding ends on Dec. 11 at 11:59 p.m., and Congress must pass a new spending bill to avert another shutdown.

McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has squabbled endlessly with his Democratic colleagues, who have accused him of taking a partisan approach and pandering to President Trump instead of passing comprehensive aid to tackle the mounting joblessness and health concerns Americans are facing as a result of prolonged lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions. 

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Winners, News And Notes On November 20, 2020


WWE SmackDown featured a contract signing between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns, a presumable blowoff match between Seth Rollins and Murphy and the return of Daniel Bryan. Friday Night SmackDown marked the final WWE television broadcast before WWE Survivor Series 2020.

Last week’s broadcast of SmackDown was up with 2.234 million viewers.

  • November 13, 2020—2.234 million viewers
  • November 6, 2020—2.209 million viewers
  • October 30, 2020—2.286 million viewers
  • October 23, 2020—881,000 viewers
  • October 16, 2020—2.124 viewers

WWE Friday Night SmackDown—Key Competition

  • Cable news coverage
  • NCAA Football on ESPN 2: East Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bearcats

Pro Wrestling Bits—WWE’s Next 4 Years Might Really Suck

WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership Last Friday

10,817,143 views (Up from 10,817,143)

  • Most-Viewed: Kevin Owens vs. Jey Uso (2,011,628 views) 
  • Least-Viewed: The Storied History of Bayley and Sasha Banks (228,907 views)
  • Median Viewership: 927,490

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results—Friday, November 20, 2020

Opening Segment with The New Day and The Street Profits

Given how much WWE books black wrestlers in blocks, I’m becoming increasingly suspicious that WWE will move forward with Big E and The Street Profits as The New Day and pray nobody notices. 

The New Day walked onto SmackDown with little to no explanation of why they’re on the Blue Brand. 

The second Sami Zayn got involved int he opening segment, he had to know he was going to get roasted badly and that’s exactly what happened. 

I love all this brand pride that is just now starting to develop days before Survivor Series. 

The Street Profits and The New Day def. Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn

The New Day and The Street Profits have zero negative tension between the four headed into Survivor Series, although they did try their best with an inevitable miscommunication spot between Kofi Kingston and Montez Ford. 

Dolph Ziggler was in perfect position to break up the deciding pinfall and couldn’t be bothered to do so. 

Daniel Bryan Returns with a Backstage Promo

Daniel Bryan’s last return happened amid a sea of wrestlers in a throwaway segment. This time around, it was done backstage with a mask on. WWE really needs to start giving Daniel Bryan his damn respect.

Sami Zayn made more enemies tonight than just about every heel in WWE currently has. 

Natalya def. Tamina—Last-Chance Qualifier for Survivor Series 2020

The Survivor Series qualifying matches on SmackDown have just become one big game of Musical Chairs with yet another Last-Chance Qualifying Match.

Given how much she loses without Roman Reigns lifting a finger to help her, it’s possible Tamina’s seating assignment is at the end of the table if not under it.

Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre’s Contract Signing

Segments like these, especially with soft-speaking badasses like Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre, are a blessing because both get to use their inside voices and that’s all they need.

I love WWE piping in crowd heat for Roman Reigns calling Drew McIntyre a secondary champion when, in reality, at lest half of a real crowd would have reacted to that line like it was a well-played roast joke.

They didn’t touch this whole segment, and now I can’t wait for this match on Sunday.

Murphy def. Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins brought up some sound points about Murphy betraying him despite saving his career. By the end of the promo, Rollins was almost the more sympathetic figure.

I hope Murphy knew that, by dating Aalyah Mysterio, he’d also be essentially dating the entire Mysterio family, who was ringside for this entire match.

Seth Rollins kicked Murphy, as a counter, while folded up between the top and middle turnbuckles. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that in WWE before.

Tonight would have been a good night for Murphy to debut new ring gear instead of dressing almost identically to Rollins.

After “Eye for an Eye,” I was 100% certain this was the worst feud of 2020. Yet, over the past month or so, it has produced a series of great matches and might have made three new stars (Dominik, Aaliyah & Murphy). How?!

After the biggest win of his career, poor Murphy was almost immediately bumped in favor of “Boss Time.” I don’t think this was a legit time constraint, I think this was a way to protect Seth Rollins from such a big loss.

Sasha Banks and Asuka Face Off Before WWE Survivor Series 2020

Sasha Banks really leaned in to be the de facto heel of this feud.

This segment did wonders for Carmella’s “untouchable” gimmick as Asuka didn’t lay a finger on her throughout her entire beatdown on Sasha Banks.

Daniel Bryan def. Jey Uso

The announcers treat Jey Uso matches with the same concerned and somber tone they use for Roman Reigns matches.

Jey Uso dominated much of this match, which signaled to me that he was losing.

This match was framed as Daniel Bryan stealing one, the show went off the air teasing Jey Uso facing Roman Reigns, similar to how a student faces a principal.



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Google adds family-oriented features to Google Assistant devices, like dictating notes that stay on the display, family location map, and educational options (Ian Carlos Campbell/The Verge)




Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:

Google adds family-oriented features to Google Assistant devices, like dictating notes that stay on the display, family location map, and educational options  —  New and improved features for smart displays and Fi plans  —  Google has announced new family-oriented updates for Assistant and Fi …





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Winners, News And Notes On October 23, 2020


WWE Friday Night SmackDown featured a one-on-one showdown between Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy, Bianca Belair’s SmackDown debut and Roman Reigns announcing the “Tribal Consequences” for Jey Uso ahead of their match at WWE Hell in a Cell.

Last week’s broadcast of Friday Night SmackDown was down for the season premiere with an average viewership of 2.124 million.

  • October 16, 2020—2.124 viewers
  • October 9, 2020—2.178 million viewers
  • October 2, 2020—2.155 million viewers
  • September 25, 2020—2.032 million viewers
  • September 18, 2020—2.037 million viewers

WWE Friday Night SmackDown—Key Competition

  • MLB World Series, Game 3—Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays

Pro Wrestling Bits—The Rock vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 37 is a Must

WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership this Past Friday

10,484,404 views (Up from 9,077,410 )

  • Most-Viewed: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman—Universal Championship Match (2,979,792 views) 
  • Least-Viewed: Fox Sports Insider Jay Glazer Breaks Down SmackDown’s Draft Haul (71,260 views)
  • Median Viewership: 451,415

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results—Friday, October 23, 2020

Opening Segment Featuring The KO Show with Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan noted he’d like to see the Intercontinental Championship defended every week, which sounds like somebody’s been watching AEW’s TNT Championship division.

Boy, did Daniel Bryan get into his ring gear fast for the eight-man tag team match in the next segment.

Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens and The Street Profits def. Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler

Angelo Dawkins doesn’t get nearly enough credit for how exciting his comeback is.

I’m at the point where I’d much see both heel tag teams feud with one another than team with one another.

Bianca Belair def. Zelina Vega

Here’s WWE commentary for ever Bianca Belair match ever: “Bianca Belair is a freak athlete whose athleticism is going to athletically athlete her to the top of the athletes here in WWE. What an athlete!!”

Zelina Vega is in no-woman’s-land as a full-time wrestler. WWE needs to play to her strengths and find somebody for her to manage and develop ASAP.

Lars Sullivan def. Shorty G

Pre-Match Thoughts: If Shorty G wins this match I’ll donate one year’s salary to Kanye West’s presidential campaign.

Either of these men would actually be great candidates to be managed by Zelina Vega.

If a taking guaranteed loss to Lars Sullivan wasn’t enough, Shorty G had to also remind the wrestling world that both Raw and SmackDown all but neglected him during the draft process.

Even when WWE throws Shorty G a bone creatively, his quitting gimmick was already done done by Austin Theory two days prior on WWE NXT.

Shorty G noted he was going back to being Chad Gable. Hopefully this means he’ll grow his hair back out and don an amateur wrestling singlet again.

Bayley Signs the Contract to Face Sasha Banks at WWE Hell in a Cell

Corey Graves correctly noted that Sasha Banks cannot legally make Bayley sign a contract under duress. He noted this on commentary. Banks proceeded to make Sasha Banks sign the contract and Michael Cole announced that this made the match official. Unbelievable.

As good as this feud has been, this go-home segment was a very flat finish.

Law and Otis—Money in the Bank Trial with JBL as Judge

Ron Simmons as a bailiff was such a hilarious choice.

Rey Mysterio is so above doing a segment like this, but of course, he was great in his limited role.

Seth Rollins def. Murphy

There’s no reason why Seth Rollins and Murphy’s first blowoff match shouldn’t be at Hell in a Cell. More evidence of a truly senile era in WWE.

Murphy has defaulted back to his superior ring gear he wore prior to becoming a Seth Rollins disciple.

These two sure did work this match like it was on pay-per-view. For a moment, I even thought Murphy might actually win this thing.

Rey Mysterio insisted the Mysterio family cannot get involved in this feud as they were watching this match backstage on the monitor.

Roman Reigns Announces “Tribal Consequences” for Jey Uso Ahead of WWE Hell in a Cell

The final segment saw Jey Uso cutting a promo on Roman Reigns via satellite, but it wasn’t Jey Uso, it was Jimmy. Fooled me hook, line and sinker.

If Roman Reigns vowed to kick The Usos out of the Anoa’i tribe if he quits against Roman Reigns at Hell in a Cell. Savage.



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COVID-19 can remain infectious on bank notes, other surfaces for weeks: study


TORONTO —
A new study looking at how long the novel coronavirus can survive on surfaces found that it can remain infectious on some surfaces — including bank notes — for at least 28 days, provided the temperature is right.

Published this week in the Virology Journal, the new paper describes how researchers tested the virus on several surfaces, including cotton and bank notes, at numerous temperatures in order to measure the lifespan of the virus under these different circumstances.

They found that the virus dies significantly faster on surfaces in hotter temperatures, and can survive on several non-porous surfaces for up to four weeks — much longer than previous studies have indicated.

Overwhelmingly, evidence has shown that the primary way COVID-19 is spread is through droplets and through sharing air with others, but that hasn’t stopped the fear of surface transmission. Hand washing is still one of the most important prevention methods that health officials tout.

Previous studies have looked at how long SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, remains infectious on different surfaces, with some studies finding it to be a matter of hours, and others saying it could be days.

In this study, the surfaces researchers tested the virus on included Australian bank notes — which, like Canadian bank notes, are polymer — paper bank notes, glass, vinyl, stainless steel and cotton.

Researchers noted that they wanted to include money because it is an object that travels frequently between different people. Stainless steel, vinyl and glass are materials found in most public spaces, and cotton is often found in clothing and bedding.

When a virus gets onto a surface, it is often through a sneeze or through droplets expelled from the mouth. Researchers diluted SARS-CoV-2 “in a defined organic matrix […] designed to mimic the composition of body secretions” before placing it onto the materials to measure the longevity.

They noted in the paper that the concentration of the virus in each sample was high, it still “represents a plausible amount of virus that may be deposited on a surface.”

Samples of each material with the virus on it were placed into a “humidified climate chamber” so a set humidity of 50 per cent relative humidity could be maintained while the samples were tested at different temperatures and timeframes.

Samples were tested at 20, 30 and 40 degrees Celsius, and were inspected 1 hour, 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, 21 days and 28 days after the virus had first been introduced to the material.

Researchers found that at 20 degrees Celsius, the virus could survive for at least 28 days on every material except for cotton, the most porous of the materials tested.

SARS-CoV-2 couldn’t be detected on cotton after 14 days had passed.

“The majority of virus reduction on cotton occurred very soon after application of virus, suggesting an immediate absorption effect,” the report said.

Does this mean every bank note in our wallets could infect us? According to Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, we shouldn’t jump straight to alarm.

“What we’re seeing empirically, clinically, with contact tracing, is that COVID is not spreading heavily through touch,” he said.

It is possible to contract the virus through surfaces, he said, “but it’s not happening very often.”

He said that earlier in the pandemic, when we had a looser understanding of the virus, there was a bigger fear of things like groceries or the mail in terms of surface transmission. But at this point, we have a greater understanding of how COVID-19 predominantly spreads.

“It’s shared airspace,” Furness said. “It’s droplet and aerosols and shared air with poor ventilation and prolonged contact. That’s how you get sick. That’s the thing to be scared of, which is why I’ve been very, very worried about indoor dining. And it’s not because you might touch contaminated cutlery. It’s because you’re in this room with a lot of other people and not wearing a mask and sharing air.”

This study carried out its experiments at a lab at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, with the samples in complete darkness “to negate any effects of UV light” — just one way that the conditions of the experiments differed from real life.

“[This study] tells you what can happen under laboratory conditions,” Furness said.

A bank note in your pocket or your wallet is rubbing up against other things, he explained, not sitting undisturbed to measure the longevity of a virus. If surfaces are exposed to sunlight as well, that can aid with a faster decay of any virus on the surface.

These studies are the first step, he said, and then researchers “need to test in the real world. What is the real significance of this?

“And those numbers are usually quite different.”

The raw numbers of the study also don’t paint the full picture. Although the virus was still detectable on most surfaces at the 28 day mark, it reduced in concentration much faster than that.

“Viruses aren’t alive,” Furness said. “They can’t regenerate, they can’t metabolize or protect themselves as soon as they leave your body. As soon as you exhale some virus, the virus starts to die.”

The half-life of the virus (the time it takes for it to reduce by 50 per cent) on a paper bank note at 20 degrees Celsius was 2.74 days, showing the viral load decreases in concentration far faster than the 28 days would suggest. After 9.13 days, 90 per cent of the virus was gone.

On cotton, at 20 degrees Celsius, the half-life was 1.68 days, and it took 5.57 days for a 90 per cent reduction in the virus.

Five to nine days is still a long time for a virus to remain infectious on a surface, although it’s still unknown at what point the viral load would be too small to actually make a person ill.

Researchers said in the paper that the extended half-life in this study compared to others could be down to the controlled conditions that they created for the experiment.

While this study does not mean we should panic about surface transmission, which remains one of the rarer ways to transmit the virus, it does provide insight into how temperature interacts with the virus’ survivability.

Researchers did not measure any of the virus samples at less than 20 degrees Celsius, but they observed how much the rate of virus decline sped up when the temperature increased from 30 to 40 degrees Celsius. Extrapolating backwards from that, they posit that if the temperature dropped significantly from 20 degrees Celsius, the lifespan of the virus on various surfaces could increase.

“This data could therefore provide a reasonable explanation for the outbreaks of COVID-19 surrounding meat processing and cold storage facilities,” they theorize.

Furness said the temperature is a huge factor when it comes to a virus’ survivability.

“In the winter, in freezing temperatures, COVID will last [longer] on surfaces,” he said.

“So if you’re going to a playground in the winter, it can be quite worrisome. I wonder whether we’re going to see that COVID does spread more by touch in the winter. I can’t say that it does, but it’s entirely possible that it will.”

He said the concept of temperature is something that hasn’t been emphasized enough as Canada begins to tackle its second wave.

“It’s not just the numbers are going up,” he said. “Numbers are going up, while temperatures are going down.”

The best thing to do?

“We should continue to wash our hands and be vigilant,” Furness said. “In fact, during COVID, I would say the best outcome of washing your hands is actually so you don’t get any other colds that would make you afraid that maybe you have COVID.”



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Matt Rowell taking notes sets off social media, Gold Coast Suns draw with Essendon


The Gold Coast Suns and Essendon have played out a thrilling Wednesday night draw at Metricon Stadium.

In a contest that went back and forth in the final term the siren sounded with the ball agonisingly close to goal from the Suns and finishing all tied up at 11.7 (73) to 11.7 (73).

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The AFL world has fallen head over heels in love with young Suns star Izak Rankine, but he drew the ire of fans when with 50 seconds to go he marked 50m from goal.

Rankine went all the way back on the mark and kicked the ball with only 16 seconds left on the clock but left it a long way from home which resulted in a packed crowd fighting over the ball before it went out of bounds.

“First thing Rankine has done poorly, lack of judgment/game awareness there,” former AFL player Mitch Hallahan wrote.

“Love Izak Rankine but he 100 per cent did the wrong thing at the end,” senior AFL write Ashley Browne tweeted.

Essendon stormed home in the final quarter, kicking four unanswered goals to pinch the lead before the Suns responded through towering forward Ben King.

Despite the thrilling contest between the two teams, it was injured star Matt Rowell who stole the limelight.

Rowell hasn’t played since dislocating his shoulder in round 5 against Geelong and has shifted to a coaching role which was evident on Wednesday night.

Ahead of the game getting underway, Rowell watched over fellow rookie Noah Anderson warming up as he took notes. Images of him jotting down notes quickly sent footy fans wild and producing some absolute gems.

As good as all of those efforts are, the winner on the night was this brutal shot at Essendon and their barren finals run.

The result leaves the Suns in 12th place on the ladder with the Bombers moving up into ninth spot, two points behind the eighth placed GWS Giants.

Essendon will look to bounce back next Sunday when they take on St Kilda at the Gabba while the Suns will go up against Richmond in a Monday night epic also at the Gabba.



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Sam Burgess cheat sheet notes for 2017 season vs Cowboys


Sam Burgess’ cheat sheet notes for his team’s 2017 clashes with the Cowboys and Broncos have revealed some incredible details.

The notes were posted on Reddit Monday night and revealed the incredibly complex gameplan and extraordinarily specific scouting done on the opposition.

The notes were compiled ahead of the Bunnies’ 23-10 loss to the Cowboys in Cairns and shows Burgess was provided specific direction on trying to dominate Cowboys wrecking balls Jason Taumalolo and Coen Hess.

The leaked document also shows specific game notes on the strength and weaknesses of Broncos players and how South Sydney believed it would stop shut them down when the Broncos had the ball.

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It singles out star playmaker Anthony Milford, former fullback Darius Boyd and former halfback Ben Hunt as players that could be stopped from having an influence on the game — if the Rabbitohs’ got their defence in order.

The cheat sheet became and extreme attention to details were two of the core-skills of former Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire before he was sacked by the club at the end of 2017 and former assistant coach Anthony Seibold took over.



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