This week, as record low temperatures are sweeping across the country, the homeless population in areas like Chicago are struggling to stay warm, and alive. Some areas of Chicago have seen temperatures of lower than 22 degrees below zero in the past week.
A group of 70 homeless people were attempting to keep warm using a nearly 100 propane heaters at an encampment of tents in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood the other night when one of the heaters exploded, destroying many of the shelters.
Luckily, no one was hurt in the explosion.
Fire Department Chief Walter Schroeder said that blast happened because a propane tank was too close to a space heater.
“We responded to a fire. When we got there, the fire was extinguished, and they found all these propane cylinders. That’s when we escalated it to a Level I Hazmat. There was a significant amount of propane there, and with that many cylinders, that’s like a bomb going off,’’ Schroeder said, according to The Hill.
To make matters worse, when the fire department showed up, they confiscated the remaining heaters and informed the public to not donate any more of them.
“This is extremely unsafe,” Major David Byrd, the Illinois State Police Region commander, said of the heaters, not recognizing that the alternative of being on the streets without heat was far more dangerous.
During extreme cold weather, we understand that people want to help our homeless population. However, we ask that under no circumstance should you donate propane tanks which are potential fire hazards. Propane tanks can cause potential fires and explosions.
— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) January 30, 2019
After the explosion, 70 homeless people were left without heat or shelter, and the nearby Salvation Army was warned about the incident and began to prepare beds as quickly as possible. However, in the meantime, an anonymous good samaritan booked hotel rooms for all of the people in need
Jackie Rachev at the local Salvation Army told CNN that she is not sure who the anonymous donor is, or even what hotel was booked.
“The Salvation Army was prepared to welcome approximately 70 individuals who were affected by the explosion but was notified those services were not necessary as the individuals were already being taken of. We are thrilled that they are safe and warm. We know Chicagoans have very big hearts, but we ask that they do not provide propane tanks, as they are very dangerous,” Rachev told CNN.
Another business in Chicago, Aeslin Pup Hub, has opened up their doors to homeless people and their pets since most shelters do not allow animals.
“I thought, ‘who do I need to do this, who do I have to call? And let’s make this happen’ because this weather’s ridiculous and nobody at all – not one human being or dog – should be sleeping overnight without help,” Leah Bindig told CBS.
It has been reported that at least 10 people have died as a result of the cold temperatures, and the homeless population is at a greater risk than anyone.
Twins Born In Different Years, But Only 15 Minutes Apart, In Rare Birth
In a heartwarming start to the New Year, a pair of California twins were born only 15 minutes apart — in separate years, with one born minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2021 and the other born at precisely midnight on New Year’s Day in 2022.
Their Mother, Fatima Madrigal, gave birth to her son Alfredo Antonio Trujillo at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the Natividad Medical Center, which announced the birth on Sunday.
Alfredo’s sister, Aylin Yolanda Trujillo, was born precisely at midnight in a new year with a different birthdate, just 15 minutes after Alfredo’s brother.
Dr. Ana Abril Arias, a family physician at the hospital, described the deliveries as being “uniquely timed” and “one of the most memorable deliveries of my career.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022,” Arias added in the release. “What an amazing way to start the New Year!”
After spending time in the hospital with their mother and father, Robert Trujillo, the two newborns will travel home to meet their three older siblings – two girls and a boy.
Game Changer: The FDA Approved Eye Drops That Replace Reading Glasses
The Food and Drug Administration authorized eye drops that may possibly replace reading glasses for millions of people in October, and they entered the market this week.
“It’s definitely a life changer,” trial participant Toni Wright told CBS. “I would not need my readers as much, especially on the computer, where I would always need to have them on.”
The drops, known as pilocarpine, and sold by pharma outlet Allergan under the name “Vuity,” might help the 128 million people in the United States who are nearsighted. One drop in each eye, according to the business, may enhance closeup eyesight for six to ten hours, according to CBS News.
The drops function by utilizing the eye’s natural capacity to shrink its pupil.
“Reducing the pupil size expands the depth of field or the depth of focus, and that allows you to focus at different ranges naturally,” George Waring, lead investigator of a clinical trial, told CBS.
At $80 for a 30-day supply, the drops aren’t cheap, but they’re also not excessively pricey, considering the benefit..
However, it is not a cure-all, and headaches and burning eyes are two of the most common adverse effects reported. The manufacturer also advises against using the drops at night while driving or when operating machinery.
Middle-aged adults are the ones who benefit the most from the drops. According to CBS, those over the age of 65 will be less affected by them.
Millions of people find wearing reading glasses inconvenient, therefore getting rid of them is surely appealing.
Along with revolutionary technologies like Lasik, humans are continually moving towards a future where problems with eyesight are a thing of the past. Nice.
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