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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:09 pm

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Giulio Gambino remembers that it was the images of hospitals in Bergamo back in March, with patients hooked up to ventilators and gasping for air, that got Italians to take the pandemic seriously. "I think the images coming out of Lombardy shocked people," he says. "There was a big, big fear. After that, people really accepted being locked down."

Back when Italy detected its first cases of Covid-19, Gambino, editor of Rome-based online newspaper TPI, remembers that Italians reacted similarly to many other countries – some blamed China, nobody wanted to go into lockdown and, many, even political leaders, were saying it was just the flu.

This was back at the end of January, when Italy declared a state of emergency and became the first country to block flights from China. "We can reassure all the citizens, the situation is under control," Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte told the nation at the time. This turned out to be incorrect. By March 9, Italy had 9,172 cases and became the first country in the world to enter nationwide lockdown. In two days, it would have the second-highest number of infections outside China, with 827 Italians dead. By March 22, as factories closed, a similar number were dying every day and the country had 59,138 cases.

But now, while cases have spiked in other European countries, Italy is a picture of relative stability. The country reported just 40.4 infections per 100,000 people in the last 14 days. This is far less than Spain (325.9), France (241.8) and the UK (117.9), and even compares well with Germany (32.1), one of the nations that has best dealt with the pandemic. Italy’s death rate is low, too, at 0.4 Covid-19 deaths per 100,000 over the last 14 days, compared, for instance, to Spain’s 3.3 deaths. While the UK, France and Spain have have all had to implement local lockdowns of varying degrees, similar measures haven't been necessary in Italy at all.

Over August, the number of coronavirus infections increased steadily each week, particularly among young people, hitting more than 1,400 on a single day – as many cases as recorded in May. "At the very beginning of the summer, there was this explosion of people going out, wanting to get their lives back," says Gambino. But this possible second wave hasn’t yet come to pass. One reason for this success is that Italian residents may simply have been terrified into compliance. It was images like the ones that scared Gambino, as well the recognition that Italy still has the sixth highest death toll in the world, that have kept Italians cautious and compliant since coming out of lockdown.

Italians has been wearing their masks devoutly – back in June, according to an Imperial College London study, 84 per cent of Italians, would be willing to wear a face mask if the government advised them to; now the practise is mandatory and those who refuse to face fines of up to €3,000 (£2,700). YouGov statistics show that in Italy people tend to wear masks and face coverings as well as avoid crowded places more often than in other European countries.

Rules are also strict – waiters must wear masks and customers have always had to wear masks when inside and not eating. Masks remain mandatory outdoors in Lombardy. To tackle spread at busy nightlife spots, since August, the government has ordered that worn in all crowded places between 6pm and 6am.

Back in February, when a 38-year-old with a high temperature was allowed to return home and infect scores of Italians, including people in his local football team, and at the hospital where he was diagnosed, the Italian government was accused of incompetence. But now it should take credit – it instituted Europe’s first and longest lockdown, and Italians are generally pleased with the government’s response. In a survey from June 2020, most Italian interviewees (65 per cent) approved the government's response to the pandemic. Because of this competence, Gambino feels that the mood towards the government has been positive, which behavioural scientists say increases compliance.

Though the country is carrying out around three times less tests than the UK, Italy's testing system may also be more efficient than other countries – the country tests the entire social network of an infected person, regardless of whether they have been exposed, a great way to catch asymptomatic cases. "This strategy has clear limitations, as it cannot be sustained indefinitely, but may be one of the reasons that has limited transmission so far. Testing has recently been introduced at entry from at-risk countries too," says Ilaria Dorigatti, a lecturer at Imperial College London's School of Public Health. Rapid testing is also available at airports, train stations and schools.

But one worry is the coming winter. As is the case throughout the northern hemisphere, there is a genuine fear that the cold may push people inside and send cases soaring. "People tend to be outdoors a lot more in hotter southern European countries," says Gary McLean, a professor of molecular immunology at London Metropolitan University. "We know the virus doesn't transmit as well outside and tends to transmit very easily indoors." Still, the government has so far been proactive about monitoring the populace – according to the Financial Times, on September 28 police checked 50,602 people and 4,939 businesses – where remote work has been encouraged – sanctioning 227 individuals and ordering the closure of three companies.

But Italy is not out of the woods yet. Schools and universities reopened just a couple weeks ago, and new Covid-19 infections rose by over 2,500 on Thursday, the highest since April, though this is partly due to increased testing. But, so far, Italy has avoided a second lockdown.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:48 pm

Symptoms of the Flu and Covid-19

With fears of a “twindemic” in the United States this fall, here’s a guide to understanding what’s making you feel terrible.

As influenza season approaches, some Americans, and especially parents, are worried that, if they or their children should become ill, it may not be easy to know which disease they have — the flu or Covid-19.

They are correct. Most symptoms of the two diseases are so similar that, short of a test — or two or three tests — it won’t be possible to know for sure. But there are some clues. (And it is possible to have both infections at the same time; some patients in China this year were found to have both.)

But first: get a flu shot

It is not yet clear whether the United States will have much of a flu season this year. Flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere, which is often predictive of activity in the United States, was 99 percent below normal during its winter. Epidemiologists believe that is because Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Chileans and other residents of the southern half of the globe were wearing masks, staying several feet apart and washing their hands to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. Those same precautions also prevent flu transmission.

Because there are very few flights between the Southern Hemisphere and the United States right now, there may be no opportunity for the usual four seasonal influenza strains to “reseed” themselves among Americans. If they do, masks and social distancing should limit their spread.

Nonetheless, experts urge all Americans to get flu shots. Before it ended abruptly during lockdown, last year’s flu season was on track to be one of the worst in recent memory. The number of children who died was equal to that in the 2017-18 season, which was the worst since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking flu-season deaths in 1976.

If you catch the flu, experts say, having had the shot makes it much less likely that you will be hospitalized or die.

Because of the fears of a “twindemic,” flu shots were made in large numbers this year and distributed to pharmacies and doctors’ offices beginning in August, which is early. As of late last month, some doctors reported difficulty ordering as many as they want, but pharmacy chains say they are getting steady supplies. To find a flu shot, try vaccinefinder.org or one of the chain pharmacy websites, such as CVS.com/immunizations/flu.

Assess the difference between a cold and the flu

There are at least 100 viruses that can cause the common cold, but only four that cause seasonal flu. Many people who catch colds assume they have the flu, but experts consistently say the same thing about how to tell the difference: “Flu makes you feel as if you were hit by a truck.” The fever, aches and headaches of a bad case of influenza are generally worse than a case of respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus or other common cold viruses.

Everyone knows the symptoms of the flu: fever, headaches, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, stuffed sinuses, coughing and sneezing — and, for infants, ear infections. Some victims, especially children, get diarrhea or vomiting too.

In severe cases, the most common complication is pneumonia. The typical signs of a flu pneumonia are shortness of breath, especially when you exert yourself, and unusually rapid breathing — doctors typically look for that in children — and sometimes pain in the chest or back.

Identify Covid-19 by its flulike symptoms

Knowing whether you have Covid-19 is much more complicated because there are so many different — and sometimes pretty wacky — symptoms, many of which echo those of the flu.

The most common symptoms are high fever, sometimes with chills, a dry cough and fatigue.

The one sign that really distinguishes the two infections is that many Covid-19 victims suddenly lose their sense of smell — not because they have a stuffy nose, but because they don’t register even strong odors like onions or coffee. Not all virus victims get anosmia, the formal name for loss of smell, but one study found that 87 percent did.

Less common symptoms include a sore throat, congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and feeling somewhat out of breath when exerting yourself. Some victims have red or itchy eyes, and some get redness or blisters on their fingers or toes — so-called Covid toes, which resemble chilblains.

More dangerous symptoms — which mean you should get immediate medical attention — include serious breathing difficulty; pain or pressure in the chest; blue lips or blue face; confusion or incoherent answers to simple questions; and collapsing or losing consciousness.

Adding to the disease’s fearsome nature is that it can cause blood clots that lead to heart damage, brain damage and lung damage. And even some cases that appear mild or asymptomatic create signs of what doctors believe may be long-lasting heart damage.

Another unusual aspect of Covid is that people sometimes develop pneumonia without realizing how sick they are. Doctors are unsure why; one theory is that the air sacs in the lungs are damaged in a way that does not cause the buildup of carbon dioxide, which creates that “desperate for air” feeling.

Many doctors recommend buying a pulse oximeter, a fingertip device that measures oxygen levels in the blood. Multiple readings below 92 percent should trigger a call to a doctor. The earlier pneumonia is caught, the better the outcome.

Understand that Covid-19 symptoms in children are similar to those in adults.

Children generally get through Covid-19 with few problems; for the youngest ages, it is thought to be less dangerous than the flu.

Children have the same constellation of symptoms that adults do, although parents may be more likely to notice it when their youngsters have runny noses, red eyes and the exhausted crankiness that comes from just feeling terrible.

Dangerous symptoms include difficulty breathing, bluish lips, confusion or inability to wake up, and intense abdominal pains or inability to keep down any liquids. If there are any sign of these, it is important to get a child to a doctor or hospital quickly.

In very rare cases, children can get multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which is thought to be caused by an overactive immune response and can cause shock and organ failure.

But doctors emphasize that it is rare and that parents should realize it is highly unlikely their sick child has it.

Expect potential difficulties with testing

For Covid-19, symptoms can begin two to 14 days after exposure, but most begin five to seven days after it.

However, as with diseases like measles, you can start spreading the virus two days before you begin to feel sick. So if you think you might have been exposed, it is very important to warn others and isolate yourself from them as soon as you can, especially if they are older or medically fragile.

It is an axiom of general medicine that when one disease is sweeping through an area and a patient has its symptoms, it is usually safe to assume that’s what the patient has and begin treating it, rather than waiting for test results. So unless both the flu and the coronavirus begin circulating heavily at the same time in your city, do not be surprised if your doctor does not recommend a test.

And getting tested for the coronavirus can be tricky, especially with so many test delays. The PCR type is more accurate than 15-minute “rapid antigen tests,” but it can take hours or even days to return results, depending on whether it has to be sent away to a central lab.

One positive test probably means you are infected, but one negative test should not be trusted; too many things can go wrong. Two negative PCR tests taken at least 24 hours apart are a better indication of whether or not you are infection-free.

If your insurance company will pay for only one test, you might consider paying for the second one yourself for the peace of mind.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:12 am

AI mask monitors now policing UK stores

CCTV that blocks people from entering a shop if they are not wearing a face covering is being set up across the UK

The cameras use artificial intelligence to determine whether a person walking towards the shop doors is wearing a mask in a bid to help staff tackle 'difficult' customers.

A screen fitted outside the shop's doors will display a green or red message to automatically allow or deny access to the person.

Customers who aren't wearing a mask will be refused entry automatically and the doors will remain shut.

The cameras use artificial intelligence to determine whether a person walking towards the shop doors (pictured) is wearing a mask in a bid to help staff tackle 'difficult' customers

CCTV.co.uk, who install CCTV systems across the UK for both home and commercial clients, said the technology will protect staff from difficult shoppers or 'potentially worse'.

But it has not been specified how the technology will work around those who are exempt from wearing a face mask.

Tom Ironside, Director of Regulations at the British Retail Consortium (BRC), told MailOnline:

'While technology can undoubtedly make a useful contribution, the important thing is we are all reasonable and respectful of one another and the rules.

'For safety of staff and customers we urge everyone to follow the safety measures being implemented in stores across the country.'

Meanwhile, CCTV.co.uk's James Ritchey said: 'The technology is just fantastic.

Whiteley's Garden Centre in Mirfield, near Kirklees, West Yorkshire, has already got the system up and running since last week.

They welcome 450 visitors a day, and staffing the door was a full-time job.

But since its installation, they have seen a 50 percent decrease in customer non-compliance.

The solution has been developed because it is now the responsibility of shops to protect both their own staff and the health of their customers.

Customers who aren't wearing a mask will be refused entry automatically and the doors will remain shut

Mr Ritchey added: 'Retailers are working so hard to stay open during these most difficult times, and this system means staff aren't in the firing line from customers unhappy about current restrictions.

'The other side of using an automated system is it gives customers worried about the virus confidence as they enter a tightly controlled secure Covid-19 store.'

It follows the revelation that more than 1,000 AI scanners are monitoring how close pedestrians get to each other in London, Manchester and other British cities to supply the government with data on social distancing.

The sensors were initially intended to track the flow of traffic, cyclists and walkers to work out how roads were being used, but after lockdown in March were fitted with the new feature.

Manufacturers Vivacity said the data is used to 'inform policy decisions', and in response to privacy concerns said that none of the footage is saved, streamed or used for enforcement purposes.

Its CEO Peter Mildon told BBC Radio Kent: 'They are not recording any footage, they are not streaming any footage and no one is actually watching it.

'We've trained an algorithm to be able to recognise what a pedestrian looks like as opposed to a cyclist or a van or truck.

'We're creating a set of statistics on how behaviour is changing in terms of how people are staying close together or apart.

'And it is that data that is then useful for informing policy decisions on whether there should be a two metre rule or a one metre plus rule or whether local lockdown measures are having the impact they are envisioned to.'

The sensors are also in operation in Oxford, Cambridge and Nottingham.

The issue of privacy was brought up at a Kent County Council scrutiny meeting on Tuesday after councillor Simon Jones revealed the cameras were 'in the pipeline' for the area, according to Kent Online.

Mr Mildon added: 'Even if Kent Council wanted to use them for enforcement purposes they wouldn't be able to.

'The [cameras] enable us to provide anonymous data on how the road is being used. There are huge benefits in understanding how that space is being used and how that can be improved or how it can be made safer.

'The idea is to provide an evidence base to check that the interventions that are being put in and are having the policy benefits that the council envisioned in the first place.'

The installation of CCTV cameras which use AI come after the rollout of facial recognition cameras last year, in places such as King's Cross, triggering privacy campaigners to claim Londoners are being monitored by 'Chinese-style surveillance'.

The developer behind the 67-acre site in the capital earlier admitted it had installed the technology, which can track tens of thousands of people every day.

Canary Wharf was in talks last year to install facial recognition across its 97-acre estate, which is home to major banks like Barclays, Credit Suisse and HSBC.

Big Brother Watch said the use of facial recognition on such a scale in the 'worst case scenario for privacy' and Liberty called it 'a disturbing expansion of mass surveillance' that threatens 'freedom of expression as we go about our everyday lives.'

Argent, the property developer for the King's Cross estate, previously said: 'These cameras use a number of detection and tracking methods, including facial recognition, but also have sophisticated systems in place to protect the privacy of the general public.'

FACE MASK POLICY IN THE UK

Face masks must be worn on public transport and in many indoor spaces, including shops, shopping centres, indoor transport hubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries.

It is currently the law for passengers to wear face coverings in taxis and private hire vehicles, in hospitality venues, like restaurants and bars, other than when you are eating and drinking. Staff in retail and hospitality settings are also legally required to wear face coverings.

If necessary, the police and Transport for London (TfL) officers have enforcement powers including issuing fines of £200 (halving to £100 if paid within 14 days).

It comes after the World Health Organisation and numerous studies suggested they are beneficial.

As announced, the Government will bring forward changes to mean that for repeat offenders these fines would double at each offence up to a maximum value of £6,400.

The Prime Minister has also announced tougher enforcement measures, with businesses facing fines or closure for failing to comply with coronavirus rules, meaning there will be consequences for pubs that try to serve you at the bar.

National Police Chiefs' Council chairman Martin Hewitt said: 'Individuals, businesses and households all have a responsibility to ensure the virus is suppressed and police will play their part in supporting the public to navigate the measures in place for our safety.

'Our approach of engaging with people and explaining the regulations in place will remain. The vast majority of situations are resolved following those two stages, with little need for further encouragement or enforcement action to be taken,' he said.

'Police will continue to work with their communities and only issue fines as a last resort.

'Chiefs will be stepping up patrols in high-risk areas and will proactively work with businesses, licensing authorities and local authorities to ensure the rules are being followed.

'If members of the public are concerned that the law is being broken or they are experiencing anti-social behaviour, they can report this to the police, who will consider the most appropriate response and will target the most problematic behaviour.'

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:34 pm

French streets empty

The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night as a new curfew was enforced

The controversial overnight curfew is aimed at curbing the soaring Covid infection rate in France, which is one of Europe's coronavirus hotspots.

There have been complaints from restaurant owners, whose businesses are already suffering after the two-month lockdown in the spring.

New measures are also to be announced in Italy due to a rise in cases.

Italy, which was the first European country to be hit significantly by Covid in the first wave, registered a record number of new daily cases on Saturday.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will announce fresh restrictions on Sunday.

Local media said the new rules could target non-essential activities including gyms, pools and amateur sporting events.

In France, about 20 million French people are covered by the month-long curfew in cities including Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Toulouse, as well as the capital. The curfew runs from 21:00 to 06:00 every night.

President Emmanuel Macron said the curfews were necessary to avoid the risk of hospitals being overrun.

But many are concerned about the effect it could have on businesses.

"There will surely be employees who will lose their jobs," Stefano Anselmo, manager of Italian restaurant Bianco in Paris told the Reuters news agency. "It's a disaster."

France reported a record number of new cases of the virus on Saturday - a rise of 32,427, the health ministry said. A day earlier the country recorded 25,086 new infections.

What is the other Covid news from Europe?

Slovakia's Prime Minister Igor Matovic has said the country will test every person aged 10 and older for coronavirus amid a surge in confirmed cases and deaths.

The government declared a state of emergency earlier this month, and introduced new restrictions this week - including a ban on church services and other mass events, the closure of fitness centres and pools, and a switch to remote learning for schools.

"Testing will be free of charge," Mr Matovic announced at a press conference, but didn't clarify whether it would be mandatory or voluntary.

"If we manage to pull this off, we can set an example for the entire world."

Slovakia has a population of 5.4 million.

Protesters attacked the offices of the Slovak government on Saturday over measures to stem the spread of Covid-19.

The crowd, made up of about 500 neo-Nazis and hardcore football fans, threw bottles and stones at the building in the capital Bratislava.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged people to stay at home as Covid cases continue to surge.

"We have to do everything to prevent the spread of the virus from getting out of control," she told a weekly video podcast.

"Every day counts. Meet with fewer people, either at home or outside. Please refrain from any journey that is not absolutely essential, every gathering that is not absolutely essential. Stay in your home, where at all possible."

Bars and restaurants in higher-risk areas now must close early.

Switzerland has reacted to a sharp increase in infections by making the wearing of face-coverings in indoor public spaces compulsory from Monday. Gatherings of more than 15 people in public are also banned.

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In the Netherlands, the royal family cut short a holiday in Greece amid intense criticism. They embarked on the controversial trip shortly after the government introduced a partial lockdown and urged people to travel as little as possible. PM Mark Rutte admitted he should have given better advice.

In a statement, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima said: "We see people's reactions to media reports. They are intense, and they affect us. We do not want to leave any doubt about it: to get the Covid-19 virus under control, it is necessary to follow the guidelines. The discussion of our holiday does not contribute to that."

In the country, all bars, restaurants and coffee shops closed on 14 October, except for takeaway, and households can only have a maximum of three guests per day.

Spain saw 11,000 more deaths between July and October than in the same period last year, according to El Pais newspaper. This is double the number of Covid deaths reported in these months - the official number from the health ministry is about 5,400.

Catalonia said restaurants in the region would only be allowed to serve takeaway. Gyms and cultural venues will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, while shops and large shopping centres must be limited to 30% capacity.

What are the restrictions in other parts of Europe?

    On Thursday, Poland designated red zones where schools and gyms will close, including in the capital Warsaw

    Schools in Italy's southern Campania region, including the city of Naples, are to close for two weeks

    In Portugal, the government said gatherings would be limited to five people from Thursday. Weddings and baptisms can be attended by up to 50 people but university parties will be banned

    Movement is limited in the Russian capital Moscow, and from Monday senior schools (for children aged 13-18) will be closed
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:12 pm

Wales's circuit breaker lockdown

The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has announced a two-week national lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus

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The “stay at home” circuit breaker comes into force at 6pm on Friday 23 October and will remain in place until the start of Monday 9 November. The Welsh government says it definitely will not be extended after this but cannot rule out more restrictions later this year or next.

Why have the measures been brought in?

The Labour-led government says a “strict and deep” circuit breaker is needed to prevent the NHS in Wales from being overwhelmed. The R number is at 1.4 and the seven-day rolling incidence rate stands at more than 120 cases per 100,000 population. The government argues that if it does not bring in the circuit breaker now even more extreme measures such as an open-ended lockdown could be needed. It says the time will be used to improve the test-and-trace system and prepare field hospitals.

Are the restrictions the strictest in the UK?

England has so far resisted a national circuit breaker, preferring its three-tiered system of restrictions. Northern Ireland has brought in a form of circuit breaker that covers the whole country but people there have more freedom to meet, shop and play sports than they will in Wales. Scotland has brought in strict restrictions for the central belt but, again, they are not as severe as the Welsh moves.

What has the reaction been to the Welsh circuit breaker?

The Tories in Wales are very critical. They claim this will be the first in a series of “rolling lockdowns” and argue it is not proportionate because some areas of Wales – such as parts of the west – have low levels of coronavirus. Plaid Cymru backs the move and has called for the nation to come together. Hospitality and tourism chiefs have expressed concern that it could lead to businesses collapsing and jobs being lost.

What will the restrictions be?

People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes. They must not visit other households or meet people they do not live with. Bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels and non-essential shops must close. Hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists and sports and massage therapists are required to shut. Libraries, golf and tennis clubs and refuse tips must close. Driving lessons and tests must be postponed. Places of worship will not be open to the public, other than for wedding or civil partnership ceremonies or funerals.

How will the circuit breaker be enforced?

People who breach the rules could face fixed penalty notices or fines but the government has said it expects the measures to be self-policed. It wants the country to act collectively in a “concerted national effort”.

Who will be able to leave home?

Key workers and people whose jobs mean they cannot operate from home can go to work. Others can only leave for very limited reasons including food shopping, picking up medicine, exercising – though this should start and finish from home whenever possible – hospital visits or to provide care.

Are people allowed to cross the border?

People can cross the border to work if they cannot do their job from home. But people are not allowed to travel around or into Wales for a holiday, nor can they visit second homes.

What about schools?

The Welsh government has repeatedly said it will do everything to keep children in education, but it has not quite been able to keep all schools open. Primary schools and childcare settings will be allowed to open but secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years 7 and 8. Pupils will be able to come in to take exams.

What will happen in universities and colleges?

Universities are to be allowed to continue to provide a combination of in-person teaching and blended learning. All students living in Wales, and all Welsh students living elsewhere, are being asked not to travel between university and home unless absolutely necessary. Colleges will move to online-only provision for the week following half-term.

What support will be made available for businesses and people affected?

Businesses will be supported with a fund of almost £300m, which will open next week. Drakeford has written to the UK chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to ask for Welsh businesses to be given early access to the job support scheme from Friday.

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