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The Journal of Medical Practice Management : MPM ; 37(6):270, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1989297

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While HIPAA restrictions were eased during the pandemic, you should by now have secure connections and HIPAA-compliant policies and procedures in place. Professionalism: Make sure your appointment scheduling, processing, payment procedures, and behavior look and feel like a face-to-face visit to your practice. Source: Physicians Practice, December 10, 2021;https://www.physicianspractice. com/view/choosing-the-right-setting-fora-telemedicine-call

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ASHRAE Transactions ; 127:246-253, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1980710

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The purpose of a ventilation system for indoor spaces is to create a safe environment for the occupants by diluting the concentration levels of hazardous contaminants and to minimize the risk of infection due to spread of airborne pathogens. The effectiveness of ventilation system depends on several inter related factors including the supply airflow rate, number and locations of supply diffusers, and number and locations of return grilles. With the help of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analyses, this study systematically evaluates the impact of three different HVAC configurations on the airflow patterns, distribution of contaminant, and the risk of infection in a small office space with two cubicles. The HVAC configuration with a single supply and a single return can create adverse airflow patterns which can promote spread of contaminants and increase the risk of infection farther from the source. When an additional supply diffuser is introduced with the same single return, the zone of high risk of infection remained in the vicinity of the source. However, the overall risk of infection in the space remained the same. Addition of another return created aerodynamic containment zones in the space which provided easy path for the contaminated air to leave the space and reduced the overall risk of infection. Since the location of an infected individual is not known a priori, the aerodynamic containment with distributed supply and distributed return can be the best strategy for reducing the probability of infection in indoor spaces. These studies demonstrate that CFD analyses can help in identifying the potential risk of high infection due to poor airflow distribution into a space and can provide valuable insights for developing appropriate mitigation strategies to create safe indoor environment.

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Strategic HR Review ; 21(4):127-131, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1973432

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Purpose>This study aims to explore how changing technology can be harnessed by HR teams to improve the efficiency of the workplace and elevate the employee experience. It analyses whether technology contributes to more issues than it solves, and whether HR teams should consider adopting measures grounded in technology.Design/methodology/approach>This study stemmed from the recent publishing of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development employee well-being report and months of research into the key issues that HR teams face within the industry, offering a perspective on why they should consider technology as the solution to these.Findings>By adapting HR strategy, technology can be used to better employee health and well-being, as well as business turnover. The future of HR doesn’t lie in rejecting these new systems and ways of working, but rather by accepting them and implementing the necessary boundaries to preserve and even improve employee health.Originality/value>The value of this study is to provide HR teams with a comprehensive take on the role that technology currently plays, and will continue to play, as a solution to the issues that plague the industry.

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ASHRAE Transactions ; 128:340-347, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1970581

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The wavelength band of200-280 nm of UV-C radiation generated by the Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) system can destroy the reproduction ability of microorganisms. Severalfactors related to UVfixtures, HVAC layout, and the resulting airflow flow patterns can affect the performance of upper-room UVGI applications. With the help of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analyses, this study systematically evaluates the impact of UV-C intensities on the effectiveness of an upper room UVGI system. It shows that the addition of even a small amount of UV-C energy in the upper region of space can significantly reduce the probability of infection as predicted by the Wells-Riley model. Increasing the UV-C output shows a further reduction in the infection probability, although with a diminishing impact. A further investigation is necessary to evaluate the effect of airflow patterns on the performance of UVGI systems. These studies demonstrate that CFD analyses can help optimize the performance of UVGI systems to minimize the probability of infection in indoor spaces.

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Journal of Thought ; 56(1/2):3-16,77, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1970501

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Online courses have moved from the margins to the center of higher education. Some scholars greet this trend cheerfully while others express concerns about quality and equity. Regardless of one's position, online education is here to stay and we have a limited window in which to chart the course of its development. While scholars debate many aspects of online education, we advocate focusing on three priorities (1) reasonable class sizes, (2) meaningful student-faculty connection, and (3) equity in fostering humanistic education. In the following work, we ground this argument in the current literature and our experiences as college educators and researchers.

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Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences ; 113(4):43-45, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1934671

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The students now looked to faculty to help them understand what their old face-to-face, on-campus course was going to be like as a new virtual pandemic course and how we were going to help them get through it. How were international students who went home over spring break going to maintain contact with the content now that they were banned from returning to the states and were living a continent away? Because I didn't want my students to flounder, or stumble or falter, my new provisions included releasing my own intact lecture notes in both PowerPoint and PDF formats fully online;previously, the student version of the notes made available to them contained fill-in-the-blank slides as an incentive to attend class. [...]I revamped our lively classroom conversations for those who could not physically join us by creating real-time interactive discussion groups on a virtual discussion board or through chat rooms in D2L, our online learning course management system. Summer's Stride and Fall's Foreshadowing As with my spring colleagues, we summer educators worked extraordinarily long hours and demonstrated astonishing dedication in preparing course materials for our virtual classes.

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American Educational History Journal ; : 59-64, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1749364

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[...]this hat is interwoven with my brain cells, so it is never really removed when I wear my other hats, but that is a different story. [...]early March, we had heard of the news about the COVID-19 virus and its spread in other areas of the world. Interest rates were declining to historic lows, and new houses were being built at reasonable prices (well, up to a certain point of time before they sky rocketed). Higher education institutes started offering sought-after courses for free online, libraries doubled or even tripled their educational offerings for all ages starting with infants all the way to senior citizens, major publishers and content developers offered their products for free or at a discounted rate (especially for educators), tutoring services and homeschooling programs flourished and developed, innovative educational content was being created and available for all at no cost, world-renowned magazines and journals became open access to benefit all of humanity, to those who cared to learn, and doors opened for all.

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The Journal of Services Marketing ; 36(1):1-8, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1626381

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PurposeThe purpose of this study is to propose a conceptual framework of beautification/modification services, to introduce the special issue on the topic “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall! Examining the Bright and Dark Side of Face and Body Beautification/Modification Services” and to provide a future research agenda.Design/methodology/approachBuilding on the available literature, the authors developed the “Nip and Tuck” service framework of beautification/modification services depicting the motives, benefits and outcomes while it identifies current industry trends.FindingsThe authors explore the antecedents and consequences (positive and negative) of consuming face and body beautification/modification services and integrate these in the “Nip and Tuck” service framework. In the framework, the authors acknowledge the critical role of new technologies such as augmented reality apps and the internet in enabling and transforming beautification/modification services into commodities. The framework also identifies the benefits consumers seek and derive from these services while it recognizes current trends that shape the industry. The authors conclude with a set of future research directions that arise from the framework and the papers in the special issue.Practical implicationsThe attained insights are useful to managers of beautification and modification services seeking to understand and satisfy their customers’ needs while securing their well-being.Social implicationsUnderstanding the role of beautification and modification services in consumers’ well-being is essential for business managers and policymakers.Originality/valueThe authors propose a novel, “Nip and Tuck” framework of face and body beautification/modification services and its key antecedents and consequences while considering both their bright and dark sides.

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