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Can UV Kill COVID? Expert Lighting Group Says So

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I know, it sounds like a scam. It sounds like something out of Star Trek. Something that a certain former president might irresponsibly shout at a press briefing without ever looking into the science behind it. But UV does, in fact, kill COVID. Well, maybe not “kill,” exactly. I’ll let Eric Hansel, founder and CEO of Expert Lighting Group, explain. 

[Ultraviolet] is actually radiation, not a light. And at two hundred and fifty-four nanometers, it has proven — since the 1930s — to be able to break apart the DNA and RNA in harmful viruses and pathogens.

“It disrupts [viruses] by breaking them. [Ultraviolet] breaks down the harmful properties — by technical definition, it doesn’t kill them, but it kills the harmful properties within [COVID]. 

“So, it takes the stinger out of the bee.” 

This process of “removing the stinger” is called “inactivation.” Ultraviolet radiation, or UVC radiation, is a known disinfectant for air, water, and nonporous surfaces. It has been used effectively for decades to reduce the spread of bacteria like good ol’ tuberculosis. 

Wait, Ultraviolet Can Do What?

How UVC works against viruses and bacteria has to do with direct exposure, dose, and duration. UVC is only capable of inactivating a virus if the virus is directly exposed to radiation. Because of all the potential inhibitors (like dust or bodily fluids), most UVC is installed in HVAC systems. 

Guess what Expert Lighting Group is doing…

The best strategy for a commercial building is to [install UVC in] their HVAC system. That way it’s not exposed to the general public. You put a warning sign on the HVAC unit itself and you put a separate on-off switch. 

“That way, when the air recirculates, it passes by the ultraviolet and then it works like a car wash for the air as it passes by. It kills any viruses or pathogens and then and then pushes it back out as cleaner air.

Before you get too excited or call B.S., it’s important to note that UVC is not the end all be all. 

If [someone] hacks and coughs on you from two feet away, is that going to stop you from getting sick? Probably not. 

“But, at the end of the day, UV is working in the HVAC system continually cleaning the air. So, you’re going to come back into a cleaner environment.”

In order to properly combat and eradicate COVID-19, you need to be vaccinated and continue wearing a mask in public spaces and where appropriate. Those are, currently, the most effective methods to combat this stupid virus. 

Ol’ Joe Will Pick Up The Tab

UVC installed in an HVAC unit is an added, effective layer of protection. One that is being rewarded by the federal government. Anything that accepts federal funding like healthcare facilities, schools, or houses of worship will pay to have UVC installed in their HVAC units to help combat COVID. 

Hansel and Expert Lighting Group is installing UVC in public spaces, government buildings, football stadiums. Anything from big commercial buildings to small mom-and-pop operations, Expert Lighting Group has been efficiently installing UVC wherever necessary.

Ultraviolet, right now, is a very necessary product service that we’re offering and we’re extremely busy with the jobs with the program that that goes out to nonprofits. And as they qualify, it will be paid for in full by the federal government.

The federal government will pay to have Expert Lighting Group install UVC into your HVAC systems? Seems like a pretty sweet deal. One wonders why one wouldn’t install such a simple, effective installation. 

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Of course, Expert Lighting Group does more than install UVC. They also were on the cutting edge of the LED side. Over the next ten years, Hansel pictures this for his company:

There’s still plenty of lighting upgrade work that needs to be done. A lot of facilities have only done bits and pieces — maybe [they did] the parking lot. They still have to do their office buildings. 

“I think in the next 10 years, we’re going to see a lot of the inferior first-generation LED products fail and the need for an expert like Expert Lighting Group to come in and help them now work out.

But, for now, ultraviolet seems to be the bread and butter for Expert Lighting Group. 

And then this ultraviolet, I think there’s probably 10 years of educating the general public on how safe it is when it’s done properly and the effectiveness it has [in order] to help keep their buildings safe and give everyone under roof peace of mind.”

So, can UVC kill COVID? Not technically. Can UVC give everyone an effective, added layer of protection? You bet.

Chris Blondell is a Philadelphia-based writer and social media strategist with a current focus on tech industry news. He has written about startups and entrepreneurs based in Denver, Seattle, Chicago, New Haven, and more. He has also written content for a true-crime blog, Sword and Scale, and developed social media content for a local spice shop. An occasional comedian, Chris Blondell also spends his time writing humorous content and performing stand-up for local audiences.

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Side Hustle and Self-Employment Are Growing

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COVID-19 has changed every health facility in the US, including the one where Michopoulos worked. Protocols were restructured every day, and telehealth suddenly became a thing. A few months into the pandemic, new business applications soared. Alongside, side hustles are growing. It has already allowed millions of Americans like Michopoulos to work on their phase and generate extra income.

Alexis Michopoulus is a US-based doctor who dreamed of having her own private clinic. No matter where she worked, whether at a primary care center, an urgent care clinic, or a community health center, she was forced to attend to patients every 15 minutes or so. That’s why she couldn’t develop a real relationship with her patients. The clearcut solution was to start her own practice, but she kept putting it off for several reasons. 

With the surprising increase in business, new applications spiked to record highs, soaring as much as 89 percent above 2019 data. And those numbers don’t even count those Americans who have pursued side hustles while keeping their full-time jobs. On Etsy, sales surged by almost 25 percent in 2021. Meanwhile, registrations on the freelancing platform Fiverr grew twice during the past two years. 

“The numbers are remarkable. People see increasing market opportunities, given the new normal we’re headed to.” – Professor John Haltiwanger, University of Maryland. 

Since side hustles are growing, it has also contributed to an era of mass resignations and forced employers to extend more benefits to existing full-time workers. And if the business explosion continues, it could give America a much-needed jolt of dynamism. Haltiwanger said that job creation would be robust and there would be lots of innovation.

From Stagnation To Explosion

Most Americans don’t pursue self-employment, and most businesses have been around for many years. However, there’s a reason economists like Haltiwanger worry about entrepreneurship. It’s vital for the health of the economy in the long run. New businesses create an inequality in the share of new jobs because they hire people with less experience and fewer credentials. But they drive innovation by trying new things. Moreover, they encourage more competition in the marketplace, reducing prices for consumers.

Before the pandemic, America’s startup rate had been a downtrend for many years. In 1984, the rate was recorded at 13.1 percent. By 2006, it went down to 10.1 percent, and in 2019 it was only 8.2 percent. Surprisingly, the pandemic awakened the country from its entrepreneurial inactivity.

At the same time, the number of citizens registering for an employer-identification number skyrocketed. In March 2022, applications for EINs were higher than 40 percent compared with the monthly average in 2019. And that statistic most likely misses the rise inside hustlers, who often don’t apply for EINs. Statistics show there are now at least 3.7 percent more self-employed Americans than before the pandemic.

Will Side Hustle and Self-Employment Explosion Last? 

The big challenge now is how long the entrepreneurial boom will last. Will it weaken once life returns to something close to normality? Or will we consider the pandemic as a turning point for the economy?

At least, the boom in self-employment and side hustles proves that it was wrong to give up on American entrepreneurship that weakened over the past few decades. 

“One of the essential lessons to learn from the pandemic is that there is a lot of motivation for people to go independent,” economist Adam Ozimek told the Business Insider. He also said that it is a matter of the conditions fit for people to start businesses.

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The 8 Sexiest SaaS Companies of 2022 (So Far…)

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Did someone say, Sexy as a Service? No? Too bad. Because here at Owners’ Magazine, we think SaaS are some of the sexiest services out there right now. The deeper society dives into the online world, the hotter SaaS gets. You can think of SaaS as a new kind of infrastructure, like roads and power, but on the internet. 

Companies that are developing their own SaaS technology are building our future one digital brick at a time. To celebrate some of these companies, here is our list of the 8 Sexiest SaaS Companies of 2022. 

So far… 😉

ProtonVPN

Nothing is sexier than quality VPN. This VPN service was founded in 2016 by the Swiss company Proton Technologies (the company behind ProtonMail). They tout a heightened focus on security, a free, no-ad version of their VPN, and a much faster speed as differentiators. In a September 2019 TechRadar review:

ProtonVPN’s network is small, and we had some performance issues during testing. Still, speeds are generally better than average, the apps are well-designed and we have to applaud any genuine VPN which offers a free, unlimited bandwidth plan.” 

ProtonVPN currently has 1,529 servers in 61 countries. They are available for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS. 

Linktree

You know what’s not sexy? Not having all of your social media links in one place. Thanks to Linktree, that’s no longer an annoyance. This freemium social media reference landing page was inspired by that very annoyance. It was reportedly created in six hours and had 3,000 users overnight. 

In 2019, Linktree was included on CNBC’s ‘Upstart 100’ list of “brightest, most intriguing, young startups promising to become the great companies of tomorrow.” 

Printify

You ever have a sexy tshirt idea but don’t know where you can get it printed? Worry no more. Printify, founded in 2015, is a freemium printing platform for artists, entrepreneurs, and more who need to produce their designs on any material – apparel, wall art, home decor, accessories, tshirts, even tablecloths. 

Tablecloths? That’s ridiculous. Sign me up. 

Tripactions

Sexy as it is, traveling is a real pain in the ass, no? Tripactions is a software-based solution to those ever-so-troublesome travel management issues. It’s a cloud-based, one-stop-shop for business travel that allows companies to book hotels, flights, and accommodations with zero hassle. 

Book trips, file receipts, modify reservations, track travel itineraries, chat with travel support agents, and reconcile expenses. Only thing that’s missing is a selfie for the haters. 

Shapr3D

The feeling of designing the perfect design is one of the sexiest feelings out there. Shapr3D is a modeling app for iPad Pro that’s way hotter than the competition. It’s a free app – all modeling tools are included within the app itself. It’s perfect for engineers, industrial designers, jewelry makers, 3D hobbyists, architects, and doodlers regardless of their experience in design. 

The Computer-aided design (CAD) industry is expected to blow up in the next few years. So, might want to hop on the Shapr3D train. 

Lokalise

If you want your work team to be at their sexiest, you might want to get ahold of Lokalise. This cloud-based localization and translation management system was designed primarily “for tech-driven teams managing iOS, Android apps, web, games, IoT or digital content, and software in general.

Lokalise is recognized for its “web-based collaborative editor, cross-platform projects and localization options, and plugins.” This hot little app streamlines the translation and localization process and collaboration among developers, designers, translators, and project managers.

Hopin

Zoom may be overdoing it, but Hopin is making video teleconferencing sexy again. Hopin has hosted over 80K events, working with organizers like United Nations, NATO, and Unilever. 

There are customizable rooms and user experiences. That means that hosts can create a number of creative programming. You can hop from room to room like one would at a live exposition. 

Not only that, but hosts will have access to a full suite of analytics to understand which events worked and which did not. 

Recorded Future

You can’t get much sexier than some serious security, right? Recorded Future is an intelligence platform designed to provide active recommendations around security. They specialize in the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of threat intelligence. 

By using their special patented machine learning and natural language processing methods to continuously collect and organize data from open web, dark web, and technical sources. These are the security kids you want on your side. 

What do you think are the sexiest SaaS companies of 2022? Is there anyone we didn’t include that you think you should have? Comment below and tell who you think should be included in our list of the Sexiest SaaS Companies of 2022.

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Helix-Tower: Amazon’s New Virginia’ HQ2′

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Here’s the other Amazon forest! The multinational online shopping firm will build a helix-shaped tower dubbed Amazon Virginia HQ2. The proposed infrastructure is complete with tree-lined “mountain” visitors can visit during the weekends. Arlington officials recently approved the construction of the tall building. 

According to a Daily Mail report, Amazon’s second headquarters in Virginia will sit in the middle of the company’s new $2.5-billion campus just across the River Potomac from Washington DC.  

The Arlington County Board unanimously approved the construction of the 350-foot-tall building. The NBBJ designed the building. NBBJ is an American global architecture, planning, and design firm with offices worldwide. 

Amazon Virginia HQ2 Will Dominate the Region’s Skyline

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There’s a law that prohibits skyscrapers within the District of Columbia. The Height of Buildings Act of 1910 was approved by the 61st United States Congress on June 1, 1910, to limit the heights of buildings in DC. It generally bans building heights along residential streets to 90 feet and along commercial corridors to the width of the street’s right-of-way or avenue on which a building fronts, or a maximum of 130 feet, whichever is shorter.

The Amazon building will be one of the tallest structures in neighboring Arlington County. The Helix will dominate the region’s skyline from some vantage points like no building other than the Washington Monument. The structure generally features a spiral hike around its exterior, lined with trees, allowing visitors to follow an encircling outdoor ramp around the edge of the building to its summit. 

The proposed building was first launched by Amazon in February 2021 and is one of many large offices that the web giant on the site will construct.

It will be completed by 2025 and will welcome around 25,000 workers. Once fully operational, the campus will also include a separate park, a community high school, and multiple shops. 

Amazon has claimed that the Helix will have its artist in residence and meeting space for the staff. 

The online shopping leader’s global headquarters is in Washington, with Virginia now set to become its second-most-important US base. 

It spent years searching for a possible second headquarters, with multiple cities setting out its stall across the US.

Some even confirmed recommending amendments to local laws to simplify Amazon to settle and start doing business in the area. They did so, hoping that its presence would beef up their economies. 

Why New York City?

Amazon ultimately announced it had chosen New York City as its site in late 2018. It said it was planning to open a vast new base on Long Island City in Queens, just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan.That sparked fury from the cities that had lost out, who were angry that a metropolis already replete with jobs had landed yet another multinational firm.

Many New Yorkers were also angry and feared Amazon’s presence would further gentrify a notorious city for its astronomical cost of living.

There were also fears from progressive lawmakers – including US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – that the new Amazon Virginia HQ2 would price out poorer locals.

On Valentine’s Day 2019, the firm announced it had withdrawn its bid for its New York headquarters and was instead concentrating on building its Arlington site, which was announced alongside the Long Island City deal.

Following the release of The Helix’s design, people on the internet poke fun at its unusual structure, suggesting it resembles everything from soft-serve ice cream to a poop emoji to a Christmas tree and a cartoon turd.

NBBJ previously designed giant orb-shaped greenhouses for Amazon’s US headquarters in Seattle.

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