COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Helsinki

COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Helsinki

November 4, 2020

Ten amazing dogs sniff out COVID-19 carrying passengers in Finland’s Helsinki airport.

In a pilot program, passengers are asked to volunteer to run a test wipe across their skin to collect a sweat sample.  The wipe is placed in a cup in a nearby booth, where the dogs quickly go to work and make a physical sign to indicate samples that carry the virus.

These canines can detect the virus in only ten seconds, and up to five days before symptoms even appear.  If one of the dogs indicates that a passenger carries the virus, the person is then sent for a nasal swab test for confirmation.

The airport is hopeful that it can eventually use medical dogs as part of the normal screening process to find effective and efficient ways to keep travelers safe.


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This post is based on the Science Alert article, Dogs Deployed at Helsinki Airport Can Detect COVID-19 With Almost 100% Accuracy, by Michelle Starr, September 25, 2020; the Yahoo! Life article, Dogs Continue reading

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Made in Italy at Amazon

Made in Italy at Amazon

 

The pandemic has been a boon for Amazon. Worldwide.

Even in places like Italy where people prefer to shop in stores, Amazon has been able to assume a dominant role during the pandemic. When stores were forced to close, Amazon filled a genuine need for goods. As the economy reopened, the appeal of convenience triggered a sudden, but durable, consumer behavior shift. Can small merchants that depend on the “old world” image rethink their operations to survive e-commerce? Based on the video, many already have.

 


Video Spotlight: Amazon Academy’s ‘Made in Italy’ Program


This post is based on The New York Times article, Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy in the Pandemic, by A. Satariano and E. Bubola, September 26, 2020, and the YouTube video, Amazon Academy ‘Made in Italy’ – Brussels 2019, by AmazonNewsEU, December 9, 2019. Image source: Pixtal / AGE Fotostock.

Discussion Questions:

1. For Amazon, what are the threats and opportunities in Italy?

Guidance: The main opportunities are a change in consumer habits, a high unemployment rate, and a second wave of virus spread. The threats are an older population that might be more resistant to Continue reading

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During the Pandemic, Jeans Lose Their Cool

During the Pandemic, Jeans Lose Their Cool

 

Consumers’ on-and-off love affair with jeans has suffered a new setback during this pandemic.

Work from home as well as expanding waistlines have boosted the appeal of gym shorts, joggers, and sweatpants. A little over a year ago, Levi’s was betting on a new strategy and injection of capital to revive its fading image. Today, it finds itself in a dire situation after sales plummeted during the second quarter. Should jeans companies reinvent the iconic wardrobe staple or diversify their product mix during a period of uncertainty?

 


Video Spotlight: Levi’s CEO Remains Optimistic


This post is based on The Washington Post article, Goodbye, Jeans. The Pandemic Is Ushering in an Era of Comfort, by A. Bhattarai, July 28, 2020, and the YouTube video, Levi’s CEO Breaks Down How the Covid-19 Affected Second-Quarter Sales, by CNBC Television, July 8, 2020. Image source: alexandre zveiger / Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1.  Think about your own pairs of jeans. What are their best features? What are their worst?

Guidance: The best features are likely to revolve around durability, versatility, looks, fit, color, and style. The worst features will probably be lack of comfort (especially in the Continue reading

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