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21st International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications, ICCSA 2021 ; 12954 LNCS:120-129, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1446062


The COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, as in many countries around the world, has imposed rigid restrictions on outdoor activities, resulting in forced confinement. The new condition requires an analysis and a rethinking of the way of life and of the new pre- and post-pandemic needs related to the use of domestic spaces, necessary to work, study or carry out other daily activities. Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, with the collaboration of the institute of studies and research Scenari Immobiliari, have launched a survey for exploring the new needs and preferences of residents. These needs, which arose in conjunction with the pandemic, concern not only the desire to readapt their homes, but also to change them. In order to investigate these preferences, a questionnaire was developed using the Best to Worst Scaling (BWS). The items consider both modifications of the internal distribution and interventions on the efficiency of domestic appliances and systems components. The study aims to highlight how the spread of the pandemic has changed housing needs and how physical space affects people’s well-being. © 2021, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Analecta Veterinaria ; 40(2), 2020.
Article in Spanish | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-1006008


The COVID-19 pandemic required rapid development and approval of diagnostic methods and kits. Nasal swab samples (n=1114) were derived to Faculty of Veterinary Sciences- UNLP COVID-19 diagnostic unit by the Buenos Aires Province Ministry of Health during June and July 2020, to perform molecular diagnosis of SARS- CoV-2. Samples of RNA were purified in a type II biosafety cabin and analyzed by real time RT-PCR with the GeneFinderTM kit, which amplifies 3 viral target genes (N, E y RdRp). Of the 1110 samples with positive internal control, 458 (41.2%) were positive (26.9% to all target genes, 4.2% to 2 target genes and almost 10% to one gene, mainly N). Percentage of positive samples remained similar throughout the study period, although the sample number was higher in July (781 samples;315 positive) compared to June (333 samples;143 positive). Samples from Berisso, Ensenada and La Plata had significantly lower positive rate than those coming from other counties (27.6% versus 60.7%, respectively). Positivity rate was higher in samples from patients with 3 clinical signs (55.6%). It is necessary to conduct inter-laboratory validation studies and standardization of diagnostic methods used in order to obtain reliable and reproducible results.