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Students sit in a classroom of the Petri primary school in Dortmund, western Germany, on June 15, 2020 amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. [Photo/Agencies]

>Blankets needed for class
Schools in Germany are advising pupils to bring blankets to class, and wear hats, coats and scarves during lessons as part of the fight against the coronavirus.
Head teachers have issued the advice in response to new government guidelines that require schools to ventilate classrooms by opening windows every 20 minutes.
Leaving the windows open a crack is not enough.
Schools have been told to open classroom windows fully for 3 to 5 minutes, and to open doors as well when possible so air can circulate.
Daytime temperatures are already as low as 5 C in parts of Germany, and many classrooms are too cold to study in comfort.
With winter temperatures often falling well below zero, no one is under any illusions about how cold classrooms could get.
Doctors have spoken out against the new government regulations, warning they will cause a wave of colds and other infections.


>Machines to do half our work
Half of all work tasks will be handled by machines by 2025 in a shift likely to worsen inequality, a World Economic Forum report said.
The think tank said a "robot revolution" would create 97 million jobs worldwide but destroy almost as many, leaving some communities at risk.
Routine or manual jobs in administration and data processing were most at threat of automation, WEF said.
But it said new jobs would emerge in care, big data and the green economy.
The Forum's research spanned 300 of the world's biggest companies, who between them employ 8 million people around the world.
More than 50% of employers surveyed said they expected to speed up the automation of some roles in their companies, while 43% said they were likely to cut jobs due to technology.

A member of medical staff takes a swab from a person in a car at an NHS coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Wolverhampton, Britain, April 7, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Rapid COVID tests at airport
Passengers flying from London Heathrow to Hong Kong will be able to have a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport before checking in, after the UK's first pre-departure facility opened on Oct 20.
The tests, which must be pre-booked, cost £80, and results will be available within an hour.
Although a very limited number of passengers are expected to use the facility this week, the move is regarded as a significant breakthrough in demonstrating the possibility of clearing passengers as healthy before travel and potentially ending quarantine rules.
The tests will be carried out by Collinson nurses in new facilities inside Heathrow terminals 2 and 5.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific will be the first airlines to offer it, according to Collinson and its partner in the facility, Swissport.




>Bacon-scented face masks
In a year defined by a pandemic, no accessory has been more essential - or controversial - than the face mask.
But as this accessory becomes more of a mainstay, one brand has found a sizzling way to make safety a bit more ... appetizing?
Hormel has released the Black Label Breathable Bacon face masks, which, according to its description, features "the latest in pork-scented technology with two-ply multi-fiber cloth to keep the delicious smell of bacon always wrapped around your nose."
Unfortunately, though, these new masks can't be picked up at the local grocery store along with your favorite pork products - they're only available through a contest at BreathableBacon.com through Oct 28, while supplies last.
Winners of the bacon-scented masks will be announced on Nov 4.

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