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Being Tall Is Great, Unless You're Trying To Avoid Getting COVID-19

Apparently.

COVID-19 has been around for a while and we’re finally getting some idea of what it is, how to avoid getting it, and the people who are at most risk. But apparently the list of those most at risk of getting COVID-19 extends beyond the elderly, those who don’t flush, or those who are immunocompromised as tall people are supposedly twice as likely to contact coronavirus compared those of a more average stature.

Speaking of being tall and trying to avoid getting COVID-19, the GOAT team talk about why face masks are important on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to a new COVID-19 study by the University of Manchester, taller people are more at risk of getting the coronavirus and being over 182 cm tall doubles the possibility of catching it.

Over 2,000 people from the UK and U.S. were surveyed for this study and researchers believe that COVID-19 is spread through the air at far greater rates than first thought and it’s not just droplets that fall to the ground that pose a risk. In other words, aerosol transmission is apparently a much bigger deal than we initially believed, which makes those coronavirus hotspots even more worrying.

What this in turn means is that taller people (especially those taller than 182 cm) are at higher risk of getting the coronavirus since their faces are going to be bombarded with all the COVID-19 droplets lingering high up in the air. In fact, the study suggests that the probability of taller people getting COVID-19 is more than double compared to shorter folks.

Professor Evan Kontopantelis, who is part of that University of Manchester study says, “The results of this survey in terms of associations between height and diagnosis suggest downward droplet transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is possible. This has been suggested by other studies but our method of confirmation is novel.”

Now before shorter people get all smug about this, it’s best to take this study with a massive grain of salt because it has yet to be peer reviewed and so we can’t take it as gospel. There’s still a lot of work to be done in order to really understand COVID-19 and a survey of 2,000 people is nowhere near enough data.

But irrespective of whether you’re as tall as a skyscraper or height-challenged, the bottom line is that we all have to stay safe to avoid spreading COVID-19 so keep practicing social distancing, stay clean, wear a face mask.

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Everything You Need To Know About The Current COVID-19 Hotspots In NSW

And what to do if you've visited one.

While Victoria is in a hell of a fight in trying to contain a second outbreak of COVID-19 (and the thirst radiated by people towards VIC’s Chief Health Officer), NSW is doing relatively okay in managing the whole coronavirus situation compared to its next door neighbour.

But before all those in NSW get all smug and start shitting on VIC for ignoring instructions, it isn’t out of the woods yet as the state has also seen its own uptick in community transmission of COVID-19 and new coronavirus hotspots are seemingly popping up by the day, many of which can be traced back to the fiasco at the Crossroads Hotel and Thai Rock in Wetherill Park.

Speaking of COVID-19 hotspots in NSW, the GOAT team talk about why everyone needs to wear a face mask on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

To keep everyone in the loop of what’s going on with the COVID-19 outbreak situation in NSW, here are all the locations of confirmed coronavirus hotspots in the state (listed alphabetically) as well as instructions on what to do if you’ve visited one of these locations.

This list will be updated accordingly whenever new locations are confirmed so please stay safe and responsible, which means social distancing, staying clean and wearing face masks.

List of COVID-19 hotspots in NSW

If you were at any of these outbreak locations in NSW during the times and dates listed below, the instructions are that you MUST get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days from the date you were last there. The isolation period is MANDATORY irrespective of whether your COVID-19 test comes back negative.

  • Bankstown – St Brendan’s Catholic Church: Thursday 16 July – 6.30pm to 7.30pm; Saturday 18 July – 10am to 11am.
  • Batemans Bay – Soldiers Club: Monday 13 July, Wednesday 15 July, Thursday 16 July, Friday 17 July.
  • Campbelltown – Plus Fitness: Saturday 11 July – 9am to 10am,
  • Campbelltown – West Leagues Club: Friday 10 July – 8pm to midnight; Sunday 12 July – midnight to 2.30am.
  • Casula – Crossroads Hotel: Friday 3 July to Friday 10 July.
  • Casula – Planet Fitness: Saturday 4 July to Friday 10 July.
  • Fairfield East – Ausia Funeral Services: Friday 17 July – 1pm to 8pm.
  • Harris Park – Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral: Wednesday 15 July – 5.30pm Mass; Thursday 16 July – 6pm Mass; Friday 17 July – 1pm funeral and 6pm Mass.
  • Merrylands – Anytime Fitness Gym: Tuesday 14 July –-8.30pm to 10.30pm.
  • Mount Pritchard – Mounties: Thursday 23 July -12 midnight to 3am; Friday 24 July – 11am to 3pm and 8pm to midnight; Saturday 25 July – midnight to 3am.
  • Mount Pritchard – Our Lady of Mt Carmel: Sunday July 19 – 7.30am to 8.30am.
  • Picton – Picton Hotel: Saturday 4 July, Sunday 5 July, Thursday 9 July, Friday 10 July.
  • Potts Point – Thai Rock Restaurant: Wednesday 15 July to Saturday 25 July inclusive if you were at this restaurant for two hours or more.
  • Potts Point – The Apollo: Thursday 23 July to Saturday 25 July.
  • Rookwood – St John of God Lawn: Saturday 18 July – 11.30am to 1pm.
  • Wetherill Park – Thai Rock Restaurant: Thursday 9 July to Sunday 12 July; Tuesday 14 July.

For these following NSW coronavirus hotspots, you don’t need to self-isolate if you visited them within the listed time frames. However, you need to monitor yourself for symptoms and immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days if anything develops, regardless of how mild the symptom is.

  • Albion Park – C1 Speed Indoor Karting: Saturday 11 July – 6pm to 7pm.
  • Albion Park – McDonald’s: Wednesday 15 July – 2pm to 2.30pm.
  • Bankstown – An Restaurant: Thursday 23 July – 9am to 11am.
  • Belfield – Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza: Friday 10 July – 8pm to 9.20pm.
  • Bowral – Woolworths: Saturday 11 July – 12pm to 9pm; Sunday 12 July – 12pm to 9pm.
  • Brighton Le Sands – Hurricanes Grill: Saturday 11 July – 6pm to 9pm.
  • Bankstown – Tan Viet Noodle House (also known as Crispy Chicken Noodle House): Wednesday 22 July – 1pm to 2pm.
  • Campbelltown – Bavarian Macarthur: Saturday 11 July – 7.30pm to 9pm.
  • Campbelltown – Macarthur Tavern: Saturday 11 July – 9.15pm to 12.40am.
  • Casula – Kmart: Friday 10 July – 5pm to midnight.
  • Chippendale – Holy Duck!: Friday 10 July – 7.15pm to 9.30pm.
  • East Maitland – Windsor Castle Hotel: Monday 13 July – 6pm to 8pm.
  • Hoxton Park – Guzman y Gomez: Sunday 12 July – 7.30pm to 9pm.
  • Malua Bay – Club Malua: Sunday 12 July – 12pm to 1.30pm.
  • Marsden Park – Costco: Sunday 19 July – 11am to 2pm.
  • Milperra – Frankie’s Food Factory: Friday 10 July – 1pm to 3pm.
  • Mount Pritchard – Pritchard’s Hotel Bistro: Thursday 23 July – 7pm to 7.45pm.
  • Mount Druitt – Westfield, Saturday 18 July – 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
  • Narooma – Club Narooma: Monday 13 July – 12.30pm to 2pm.
  • North Wollongong – Rashays: Saturday 11 July – 7pm to 9pm.
  • Paddington – Love Supreme: Tuesday 14 July – 5.30pm to 9pm.
  • Paddington – The Village Inn: Saturday 11 July – 6.30pm to 10pm.
  • Parramatta – Milky Lane: Saturday 11 July – 2pm to 3pm.
  • Revesby – Bankstown YMCA: Thursday 9 July – 4pm to 8pm; Saturday 11 July – 8am to 12pm.
  • Salamander Bay – Salamander Bay Shopping Centre: Wednesday 15 July.
  • Salamander Bay – Salamander Bay Woolworths: Friday 17 July – 2.30pm to closing time; Saturday 18 July – 4pm to closing time; Sunday 19 July – 12.45pm to closing time; Monday 20 July – 3pm to closing time.
  • Salamander Bay – Salamander Bay Shopping Centre: Wednesday 15 July.
  • Tahmoor – Pharmacy For Less: Sunday 12 July – 9am to 10.40am.
  • Villawood – Zone Bowling: Saturday 27 June – 11am to 3pm.
  • Wetherill Park – Stockland Mall: Saturday 4 July, Sunday 5 July, Thursday 9 July to Sunday 12 July, Tuesday 14 July.

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Ghislaine Maxwell's Attempts To Hide From The FBI Legit Involved Tin Foil

Who could've predicted tin foil would've failed at stopping the FBI?

As we await for the justice hammer to descend on Ghislaine Maxwell, who is in jail under some ridiculous protective measures, details of her arrest by the FBI are emerging and they’re almost something taken straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon because it involves running, hiding, and even some tin foil.

The GOAT team dive right into Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest by the FBI and some wild conspiracies on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to NBC News, Ghislaine Maxwell was chilling at her mansion with her private security team composed of former British military members until the FBI came knocking on her with an arrest warrant and a first class ticket to jail.

Rather than peacefully be taken away in handcuffs, Maxwell reportedly opted for the “run like the wind” option as the FBI agents reportedly “saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her” according to court papers arguing against her request to be released from jail prior to her trial (Maxwell was charged with six counts of sex trafficking)

The FBI were ultimately forced to break down Ghislaine Maxwell’s front door and the subsequent sweep of her house revealed that she had attempted to evade detection from authorities by, uh, wrapping her phone in tin foil.

The prosecutors said it was a “seemingly misguided effort to evade detection, not by the press or public, which of course would have no ability to trace her phone or intercept her communications, but by law enforcement,” though one has to wonder if they were also thinking “tin foil, seriously, Ghislaine Maxwell?”

She’s better off using that tin foil for some hats rather than her phones given how people are somehow linking her to JonBenét Ramsey through some wild conspiracy theory.

Anyway, It remains to be seen whether Jeffrey Epstein’s BFF will be released from jail prior to her trial so we’ll have to wait and see how this all unfolds, though it must be said that her attempts to avoid arrest by the FBI isn’t going to help her case.

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