On Monday, a routine examination revealed germs. The drinking water may only be drunk in the boiled state.
On Monday, during a routine examination of the drinking water in Ardagger (Amstetten), germs were found at two of three examination sites. The drinking water of the community water supply system is therefore not suitable for consumption with immediate effect and can only be drunk in a boiled state, said Mayor Hannes Pressl in the early afternoon.
Bacteria found in samples
On the one hand, two Escherichia Coli bacteria were found in one sample (Illersdorf) and seven Escherichia Coli bacteria were found in the second sample (Kirchfeld elevated tank). The colony-forming units in both samples are over 300 with a limit value of 100. In the third sample in the Sonnensiedlung / Römerweg area, no contamination was found, but due to the connection in the supply network, a ban on drinking and administering the water is pronounced here as well, provided this has not been boiled.
The cause is still unknown
The cause of the contamination is not yet known. “The search for the cause and its rectification is naturally a lengthy affair and you are therefore asked to adjust to this situation as quickly as possible, although a solution is sought as soon as possible. Please understand! The responsible authorities were, incidentally, immediately aware of this fact The population is informed by means of leaflets and electronic messages. The community facilities (schools, kindergartens) were instructed directly, “said the mayor.
The independent supply areas of the Stephanshart, Ardagger Markt, Kollmitzberg I and II cooperatives or the domestic and small cooperative supplies are currently not covered by the contamination.
The day of the decision: The government wants to fight Corona with a mask requirement (for example in the old people’s home), tightening of meetings and rules in gastronomy.
Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Monday new corona measures for the country. Prior to this, the top government spoke with the heads of state, who were connected via video, about the further joint action against the pandemic – and encouraged them to implement additional rules on the nationwide measures regionally. However, they could not agree on a uniform bringing forward of the curfew.
It was already fixed in advance that meetings throughout Austria be restricted even further. In addition to the curfew at 10 p.m., which was ultimately not implemented – also because of the resistance from Vienna – the expansion of the mask requirement was conceivable. A ban on face visors, for example in restaurants, has not yet been imposed. And the Pensioners Association warned as a precaution against bans on visits to retirement and nursing homes before the start of the press conference. What has now really been implemented:
“Please help! The coming months will be a red-white-red show of strength. The new measures are unpopular, but necessary”
“The second wave is spreading in Europe,” said Chancellor Kurz, and we are experiencing exponential growth, “and unfortunately that does not end by itself”. A de facto lockdown is already being experienced in Belgium and the Netherlands, and many areas have already been closed again among the Austrian neighbors. Austria is still good, “if it goes on like this”, but would count 6,000 new infections per day in December.
The Chancellor asked the Austrians: “Please help!” Everyone is already Corona-tired, but it will still be months before a vaccine can help. “The coming months will be a red-white-red show of strength. The new measures are unpopular, but necessary,” said Kurz, who announced the new measures, which will come into force on Friday at midnight.
“Generally, but especially on Halloween and All Saints’ Day, no celebrations and no big family celebrations”
The most important point is: Mask requirement for all indoor and outdoor events! Without assigned seats, sch may only meet six people indoors and twelve people outdoors – except in private rooms. Events with more people may only be held with assigned seats and a report to the health authority. The authorization requirement remains at 250 people. In addition, food and drinks may no longer be served at events (except for all-day training and further education). And the maximum number of officially approved events is reduced to 1,000 people indoors and 1,500 people outdoors.
The government also appeals to refrain from celebrations and celebrations. No celebrations should be held “in general, but especially on Halloween and All Saints’ Day”, visits to the cemetery should only be planned with one’s own household and without large family celebrations. In gastronomy, only six people are allowed to sit down at the table (plus underage children). It is forbidden to consume in front of the restaurant after curfew. With more than 50 seats (instead of the previous 200) in a restaurant, a mandatory prevention concept is now also required.
“Yes, a fresh start will now be necessary, with the mood that we had so successfully in the spring. Each and every one of us is part of the solution again”
Mandatory corona tests are being introduced for people who come from abroad and work in “body-friendly” services. Some measures also specifically target the vulnerable groups in old people’s homes. Mouth and nose protection is mandatory in all general areas there, and tests are carried out for new and re-admitting residents. In addition, uniform regulations are being introduced for the duty of mouth and nose protection for staff who also receive regular screenings. Health checks, pre-registration and a mask requirement are provided for visitors. A hygiene and prevention concept for all facilities becomes mandatory. “We have a number of cases of infection in old people’s and nursing homes,” said Health Minister Anschober. With regard to the measures, “I ask for your understanding, this is not about isolation,” said the minister.
Therefore, the federal states should further tighten regionally depending on the infection situation. Among other things, the federal government recommends further restrictions on events up to a complete prohibition, the bringing forward of the curfew, a ban on alcohol (and sales ban after curfew) as well as a mask requirement in busy places outdoors. In universities and schools, the number of those present should be “thinned out” and put on distance learning. Old people’s and nursing homes could still be refined and entry bans for restaurants and retailers as well as quarantine measures for communities and districts are conceivable. “Yes, a new start will now be necessary, with the mood that we had so successfully in spring. Each and every one of us is part of the solution again,” said Anschober. “Some do not support the measures, they then have to bear the consequences,” said Interior Minister Nehammer, adding that the rules were strictly monitored.
The former DSDS participant has been missing since September 2018. He has still not been pronounced dead. But why actually?
Daniel Küblböck is said to have disembarked during a cruise almost exactly two years ago. He has been missing since then. His father, Günther Küblböck, is primarily responsible for this. He’s been fighting for months against his son being declared dead.
The Passau district court knows no mercy: the singer should have reported to the authorities by this September, otherwise it was announced that he would be declared dead. It is now October and Daniel Küblböck is still “only” missing. How can that be?
Father does not accept death
It is clear that the application for the declaration of death is already there. However, this still needs to be checked and confirmed. Means: In the coming weeks Daniel Küblböck will actually be declared dead.
However, his father continues to fight the authorities with hands and feet. “I have filed two written objections to the proceedings. We as a family do not want Daniel to be declared dead this way,” said Günther Küblböck. He makes it clear that he will not accept his son’s death any longer.
Loss of smell and taste, chronic exhaustion, heart and brain damage: A new episode of the coronavirus is now known.
It remains to be seen whether he will ever be able to hear again: In the specialist journal “British Medical Journal”, doctors report on a man who lost his hearing in the course of his illness with the novel Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
After the 45-year-old suffered from Covid-19 symptoms for ten days, he was admitted to the hospital, where he was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit and was intubated for 30 days. At the same time he received remdesivir, steroids and numerous other drugs.
In addition, his blood plasma had to be replaced. Treatment was made more difficult by the sudden occurrence of pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension (pulmonary hypertension), anemia and pneumonia caused by ventilation.
Not an isolated case
The treatment worked and the patient could soon be transferred to a normal ward. But then he noticed left-sided tinnitus, then sudden hearing loss. The doctors checked his ear – but they could not find any blockages or inflammation.
He was treated with steroid pills and injections, after which his hearing partially recovered, but not completely, the medics said.
“This is the first reported case of sensorineural hearing loss after Covid-19 infection in the UK,” the researchers note. However, it is not the first in the world, as Kevin J. Munro from the Manchester Center for Audiology and Deafness reported in July 2020 in the “International Journal of Audiology”. Accordingly, hearing impairment occurs in 13.2 percent of former Covid 19 patients.
According to the study, which included the data from 138 ex-corona patients between 44 and 82 years of age, men in particular have to struggle with tinnitus or hearing loss after their supposed recovery.
Does not depend on the severity of the course
The case of the American Meredith Harrell shows, among other things, that women are not immune to these long-term consequences and that even symptom-free Covid-19 courses can lead to it. The Sars-CoV-2 infection was only detected in her because the doctors were looking for the cause of the sudden ringing in the ear.
“It was like flicking a switch,” CNN.com quoted Harrell, whose hearing has not yet been restored. “I hope people finally understand that Corona is not a joke.”
Worse than other viruses
Even in their case, doctors cannot say with certainty that the virus is affecting the inner ear because there is a risk of tissue damage when performing a biopsy of the inner ear. But studies of people who have died as a result of a Covid 19 infection speak for themselves.
The virus could be detected in two of the three corpses in the middle ear and the mastoid bones in the skull, which is located directly behind the ear. The study was published in the journal “Jama Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery”.
Matthew Stewart of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who performed the autopsy, told CNN that viruses like measles, mumps, and meningitis are known to cause sudden hearing loss. “But I think Sars-CoV-2 has the potential to be worse.” We all know that it triggers blood clots in other areas of the body and is obviously no exception to the “extremely small blood vessels” in the inner ear.
Kevin Munro agrees: “The capillaries in the inner ear are the smallest in the human body, so it doesn’t take much to block them.”
“Remothered: Broken Porcelain” continues the horror after “Tormented Fathers”. Again, it is: Playfully top, but technically there is reason for criticism.
“Remothered: Tormented Fathers” showed in the “Today” test a strange balancing act. The unexpected emergence of dangers and the great soundscape as well as the credible-creepy narrative met technical weaknesses such as a constant change from sharp to blurred graphics, strangely rigid movements of the character and a somewhat dazed artificial intelligence of the otherwise feared enemies.
Does the sequel “Remothered: Broken Porcelain” (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) do better? In terms of content, the game is both a prequel and a sequel of the original. The player takes on the role of Jennifer, who connoisseurs of “Tormented Fathers” will already know. The young woman is supposed to start as a maid in the huge vacation property Ashmann Inn, but soon realizes that the recreation center is actually a place of horror. There is also a reunion with Rosemary, the protagonist of the original game, because she tries to discover the secrets of the property, which is apparently inspired by “The Shining”.
For connoisseurs and newbies
In contrast to the preview versionWhere text overlays were still the order of the day, the game is now convincingly set to music in English, with German subtitles. If you haven’t played “Tormented Fathers”, you shouldn’t have to worry: In a “The Story so far” video sequence, the player learns the most important events from “Tormented Fathers” at the beginning before “Broken Porcelain” starts. The plot is told in the new part not only more profoundly, but also more linearly than in the somewhat nested predecessor.
There are always allusions to “Tormented Fathers” for connoisseurs of the original, but newbies still get their money’s worth. In terms of gameplay, little has changed in essence: players can expect the well-known and well-made cat-and-mouse game with shocking residents of the property, with mostly sneaking and hiding. However, in far sharper graphics, with more intelligent pursuers, well-placed shock moments and numerous smaller video sequences. There are no more muddy graphics.
Better enemies and more weapons
If your own character is discovered, enemies do not just let go of it because it is hidden behind the nearest closet. The opponents can now apparently locate us acoustically better and no longer search the surroundings at random. Nevertheless, there are minor weaknesses. So Jennifer sometimes persistently refuses to enter rooms – or button prompts to hide in boxes and rooms simply do not want to appear. Sometimes the figure even gets stuck in the middle of the hiding animation or between two rooms and cannot go back or forward. This is frustrating, because escape passages often have to be reloaded two or three times before they can be technically completed. Even when searching for items in dark surroundings, the cursor tends to become invisible.
In many ways, however, the game also changes playfully. In contrast to its predecessor, many more items can be used and collected, but the space in the inventory is still very limited. However, this tempts you to mix up the items you have taken with you again and again and thus bring variety to the action. “Remothered: Broken Porcelain” does not rely exclusively on stealth: In many situations you can use dozens of weapons or even deal powerfully in close combat. The controls are limited to aiming and shooting or button mashing to escape handles and punches.
Again there were technical defects
In terms of atmosphere, the game from the Italian developer Stormind Games shudders so much from the first few minutes of the game that your nerves are tense. Unfortunately, like the original “Tormented Fathers”, “Broken Porcelain” has technical flaws that repeatedly pull the player out of this great atmosphere. It starts with the controls: the characters’ movements are now more realistic, but in addition to the errors mentioned in actions and item selection, the character sometimes moves painfully slowly through the hallways, while enemies show lightning-fast reactions and movements.
The latter shortcoming is especially noticeable in boss fights, when we have to sneak up on an enemy for a few seconds, but the enemy turns around and attacks faster than our character needs for a single step. It is also a bit strange that keyboard commands are not executed as intended. In car chases it sometimes happens that you open a door into a dead end and thus kill yourself instead of throwing a bottle at the head of the enemy and thus being able to escape.
Ingeniously creepy, technically well
Technically, “Remothered: Broken Porcelain” is unfortunately served rather lukewarm. The bugs with cursor displays and the wedging of the game character when hiding are sometimes so bad that only restarting the game over the last save point helps. It’s a shame, because in so many ways “Remothered: Broken Porcelain” is just as big a horror hit as the original. The atmosphere is incredibly dense, the graphics have been spruced up and the characters move much more realistically through the gloomy property.
Generally speaking, the designers deserve praise. Every room and every corner of the property is different, there are fully equipped rooms, bars, kitchens and the like with the appropriate utensils. Floors, carpets, furnishings, no two rooms are the same here, just as hardly any object. The music of the game is also excellent, depending on the situation, it swells or glides quietly, but always makes the heart race with short, shimmering tones. Hopefully an update will fix the game’s bugs. Because without them, “Remothered: Broken Porcelain” would be a horror masterpiece that every genre fan would have to experience.
Researchers have found that the coronavirus survives on the skin much longer than previously thought – even longer than flu viruses.
So far, droplet infection has been considered the main route of transmission of the coronavirus. But you can also get infected through contact with contaminated surfaces.
Recently, Australian researchers found that viruses can survive on smooth surfaces such as cell phone displays and ATMs for up to 28 days.
A study from Japan has now shown that the virus can also survive on the skin for significantly longer than assumed. The coronavirus differs from some flu viruses.
Coronaviruses can survive on human skin for up to nine hours. To do this, the research team from Kyoto applied both influenza viruses and coronaviruses to the skin. As the comparison showed, the flu viruses of the type Influenza-A survived just two hours.
The importance of hand hygiene reaffirmed
In a second experiment, the scientists simulated the transmission by sneezing or coughing by mixing the CoV-2 viruses with mucus. Then they stayed on the skin for up to eleven hours. However, with an ethanol-based disinfectant, it only took 15 seconds to kill them.
“The nine-hour survival time of SARS-CoV-2 on human skin could mean an increased risk of contact transmission compared to the influenza A virus,” the authors conclude in the study published in the journal “Clinical Infectious Diseases”.
Even completely healthy people without previous illnesses can have a strong coronavirus course. A study found a possible reason.
In the past few months it has been observed that young, healthy people without previous illnesses also get seriously ill with the coronavirus, while people from a risk group can have a mild course.
Researchers have now found a possible answer to this. The individual immune response should play an essential role in the severity of the disease.
Concentration of messenger substances in the blood
A research team led by Jérome Hadjadj from the University of Paris studied immune messenger substances such as interferons and regulating genes. Some messenger substances play an important role in combating viral and bacterial pathogens. They examined the gene activity and messenger substance concentrations in the blood in 50 coronavirus patients and 18 healthy people.
They discovered that patients with a severe course had inflammatory messenger substances in their blood. The production of the messenger substances was highly regulated. There was also a deficiency in the messenger substance interferon-alpha, which is important for virus defense.
“Based on our study, we suggest an IFN deficiency [Interferon-Mangel] Type I is an indicator of severe Covid-19, “the researchers conclude in their study.
The coronavirus uses signaling pathways to multiply, as researchers found. These could be blocked by cancer drugs.
Scientists all over the world are looking for a vaccine as well as a substance to treat coronavirus. In an experiment, researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have now succeeded in stopping the spread of coronaviruses and, as a result, the Sars-CoV-2 disease.
Kevin Klann and his colleagues have for the first time created an overall picture of the communication of a cell that is infected by Sars-CoV-2. They analyzed what changes a virus attack causes. In this way they found a possible way of treatment.
If signal pathways are interrupted, the virus cannot multiply
“The host cell’s signaling pathways in particular, in which a growth signal is passed into the cell from outside, are apparently used by the Sars-CoV-2 virus. If these signaling pathways are interrupted, the virus can no longer multiply “, called it in a communication from the Goethe University Frankfurt. “The signal pathways of growth factors can be blocked directly where the signal from outside the cell docks to a signal receiver – a growth factor receptor,” explains Christian Münch from the Institute for Biochemistry II at Goethe University.
That means cancer drugs that disrupt growth factor signaling pathways could be used in coronavirus treatment. “We tested five of these active ingredients on our cells, and all five led to a complete stop of Sars-CoV-2 replication,” said the researcher.
These five active ingredients are as in study listed, Pictilisib, Omipalisib, RO5126766, Lonafarnib and Sorafenib.
Franz Allerberger considers up to 4,000 new corona infections daily in winter to be possible. He still rejects a lockdown.
The numbers of the last few days are not good news. New record values for new infections with Covid-19 have been set in Austria in the past few days, with the number always above the thousand mark. Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warns. According to the head of government, the new infections have reached a “very worrying extent”, which is why he is now calling for stricter measures.
Hard corona winter is imminent
His former advisor, the head of the public health department at the state health agency AGES, Franz Allerberger does not have good forecasts for the winter with regard to the development of the corona numbers.
He believes that the new infections recorded in November and December can reach new record levels of 3,000 to 4,000 within 24 hours. However, he does not welcome a lockdown.
A month ago, Allerberger was convinced that you have to learn to live with the CoV virus. Because, he emphasized: “We can tick the hope that we can eradicate the virus with strict measures.”
In September he pointed out that SARS-CoV-2 would “join” the other winter infections in the future. “You have to be prepared for that.”
For the first time it has been possible to capture how a star is torn apart by a black hole – a process known as spaghetti.
Astronomers have succeeded in capturing the final moments of a star torn apart by a supermassive black hole. Using telescopes from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), they were able to observe the star’s flash of light produced during the process.
If a star gets too close to a supermassive black hole, it is sucked in by the extreme gravitational pull and can be pulled into long threads – a process known as spaghetti. When strands of the star are sucked into the black hole, a flash of light is created. Until now, astronomers have had difficulty examining these flashes of light because they are often hidden by a curtain of dust and debris.
The researchers working with first author Matt Nicholl from the British University of Birmingham have now been able to examine the phenomenon of the so-called tidal disruption event in unprecedented detail. At a distance of just over 215 million light years from Earth, it was also the closest process of its kind to date.
Spaghetti builds a curtain out of dust and debris
“The idea that a black hole would suck up a nearby star sounds like science fiction,” said Nicholl. “But that’s exactly what happens at a tidal disruption event.” Since the astronomers discovered the flash of light only a short time after the star was torn apart, they were able to watch the curtain of dust and debris build up. The luminosity first increased over the course of about six months and then gradually faded.
The observations suggested that the star was roughly the same mass as our Sun, Nicholl said. The black hole, however, is “a monster that is over a million times more massive”. The team hopes that its discovery will help to better understand the behavior of matter in the gravitational environment of supermassive black holes. They published their latest results in the specialist magazine “Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society“.