NEW WAVE OF COVID IN NORTHERN EUROPE

NEW WAVE OF COVID IN NORTHERN EUROPE

Several countries in Europe, including the UK and Germany, have reported a significant increase in Covid-19 cases, in what is called the autumn wave. Lax public health measures, lack of knowledge about booster doses of the vaccine, as well as a perception of “false safety” could be contributing to the increase in transmission.

According to a joint official statement by the European Commission (EC) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), although the pandemic is considered to have decreased in urgency compared to last year, humanity may soon face a new wave of infections tukif.

WHO officials said that among the variants circulating in Europe are the BA.4/5 sub-variants of Omicron, which dominated this northern summer and are still behind the majority of infections. However, new sub-variants of Omicron are being tracked.

 

UK, GERMANY, ITALY, FRANCE AMONG THE WORST HIT

Last week, the WHO said cases in the European Union reached 1.5 million, up 8% from the previous week. Hospitalisation figures have also been rising in several countries in the bloc, as well as in the UK, according to CNN.

The president of the German Hospital Association, Gerhard Gaß, said on Wednesday 12 October that the country’s hospitals were at capacity. He also reported that the number of beds occupied by positive patients had increased by 50 percent compared to last week.

UK, GERMANY, ITALY, FRANCE AMONG THE WORST HIT

According to the WHO, France already has an incidence of 800 cases per 100,000 population of coronavirus. On the other hand, for the week of 4 October, admissions for Covid-19 in Italy increased by almost 32% compared to the previous week, according to data from the independent scientific foundation Gimbe cited by CNN.

 

MORE VACCINES BUT FEWER VACCINATED

Now, while the European Parliament is investigating the Pfizer contracts, new vaccines adapted to the omicron variant have been launched on the European continent. These, which have been available since September, address the BA.1 and BA.4/5 sub-variants, alongside existing first generation vaccines. While in Great Britain, they are only approved for the BA.1 sub-variant.

The authorities in these countries have approved late booster doses for a select group of people, especially the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. However, confusion over choosing which vaccine to use, as well as a false sense of security, have been two obstacles to vaccination, according to experts in the field.

MORE VACCINES BUT FEWER VACCINATED

Martin McKee, a professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that “the message that it’s all over, coupled with the lack of a major publicity campaign, is likely to reduce uptake (of the vaccine),” as quoted by CNN.

However, the WHO insists that prevention measures and vaccination, which is “our most effective tool”, must be maintained. The agency also urges other nations to make additional efforts to protect the most vulnerable segments of the population by distributing influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.

 

 

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NEW VARIANTS OF COVID, NEW ALARM?

NEW VARIANTS OF COVID, NEW ALARM?
Centauro, the new variant of the covid that worries ( Pexel)

The year 2020 was a nightmare for many. Being locked up at home for so long left scars on our society and economy that even today, more than two years later, we are still trying to repair. Therefore, it is not surprising when panic appears before a potential new threat.

In the case of COVID-19, there have been numerous variants that have emerged since its first appearance. Beta, Delta and Omicron are some of the most striking. However, thanks to the timely appearance of vaccines and other factors, each of them has been controlled.

However, currently there have been cases of a new variant that is presumed to be much more dangerous than the previous ones: Centaur or “Centaurus”. Originally from India, where at least 20% of the cases known so far are registered, it has managed to spread to countries such as Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom at a worrying speed.

 

THE SYMPTOMS THAT YOU CAN IDENTIFY

It is still early to assume that we know everything about this new variant. At the moment, there is hardly any information about its level of transmissibility or evasion, as well as the effect it may or may not have on the vaccines that the majority of the population currently has.

However, it is recommended to remain alert to the presence of:
• Strong headaches that occur continuously and for periods of acute without external explanation.
• Fever, cough and nasal congestion, as main alerts of airway blockage.
• Throat pain.
• General discomfort.

 

WHY IS CENTAUR MORE DANGEROUS?

According to data provided by Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the OMS, Centaur has 16 mutations noted with respect to previous variants. Two of them, G446S and R493Q, are the ones of greatest concern to the scientific community porno français, due to their potential ability to evade immunity from vaccines and previous infections.

However, this aspect is still under study and there is still not enough evidence to confirm it. This does not necessarily mean that we are safer. On the contrary. By not knowing the limits of this variant, acting on it is a gamble.

WHY IS CENTAUR MORE DANGEROUS?

HOW TO STAY SAFER?

In order to keep the population safe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make the following recommendations:
• To start with, an additional dose of mRNA vaccine is recommended. In the first instance, this is of vital importance for people with weakened immune systems due to natural causes or compromised by external factors. According to the recommendation, it should be given at least 2 weeks after the second mRNA vaccine booster.
• Preventive health control measures.
• Priority on anti-COVID security protocols in public spaces.
• Pay attention to general health and immediately visit a health professional in case of symptoms of COVID-19.
• Immediate isolation of patients who present any symptoms.
• Follow the previously established indications in case of infection of this or any other of the variants.

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MONKEYPOX: WHO CONTEMPLATES MASS VACCINATION

MONKEYPOX: WHO CONTEMPLATES MASS VACCINATION
Infected with monkeypox

After going through COVID-19, our society never imagined that it would take so little time before facing the next health emergency. It turns out that it arrived much earlier than we thought, and with more than 16,000 people infected in 75 countries in less than a year.

Even when it has not been as mediatic as COVID-19, Monkeypox already registers numbers that raise alerts from the World Health Organization. As a consequence, the Director General of this organization, Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared a little less than a month ago that the disease is already classified as a global health emergency xnxx.

 

HOW SERIOUS IS THE SITUATION?

With the increase in the registration of cases worldwide and the scenario worsening day by day in Brazil, it was a matter of time before government and private organizations dedicated to health considered some countermeasures. Among them, the possibility of a massive vaccine began to appear.

However, the WHO denies the need for this measure. In recent statements, Rosamund Lewis, a specialist in this disease at the UN agency, recommended post-exposure vaccination as a countermeasure. However, the project is still in the coordination process for the release and distribution of the vaccines.

Currently, the recommendation for infected patients is partial or total isolation until recovery. Likewise, it is important that these patients check their temperature and possible symptoms between 9 and 12 days after infection.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE MONKEYPOX?

Unlike COVID-19, we are fortunate to be facing a less silent and aggressive threat. Its characteristic hives and other physical symptoms make it much easier to spot. In addition, its clinical manifestation is usually mild.

Until now, Africa registers a 3.6% mortality according to the data registered in Europe. The most affected are usually children and young adults, as well as immunosuppressed people. Outside of this group, most patients have recovered within weeks.

The biggest complications are precisely skin infections, delusions and eye infections that decrease vision. Of this group, only about 6% have deaths. Mostly children with other health problems.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE MONKEYPOX?

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE MONKEYPOX?
MONKEYPOX

Being of mild clinical manifestation, the disease does not currently have a specific protocol or a defined treatment. Symptoms often simply disappear within 9-12 days without the need for treatment, implying that the human body naturally fights the disease and overcomes it without problems.

As key recommendations are:
• Monitor body temperature.
• Treat eye infections with standard treatment.
• Take care of skin infections by letting the area dry. If necessary, it can be covered with moist bandages.
• Avoid contact with the mouth or eyes.

Always remember that, for more information, you can consult the direct sources in the information portals of the WHO and other health organizations.

 

 

 

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Mental Health and the Pandemic

Mental Health and the Pandemic

Worries and anxiety about the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact can overwhelm anybody. The rapidly changing situation has drastically changed people’s lives and the global, public and private economy. The uncertainties and fears caused by the pandemic outbreak, lockdowns, and economic recessions increase the risk of mental disorders and suicides. Various studies point to an increase in mental issues across the general population.

 

The More Vulnerable Groups

A review study on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health in the general population identified several predictive factors. Females were more vulnerable to developing the signs of various types of mental conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic. These disorders include stress, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Women represent a higher percentage of the workforce prone to the pandemic’s negative effects like healthcare, retail, and service industry porno. This partly explains why women are more affected than men are. 

Persons under the age of 40 showed more adverse mental symptoms during the pandemic. Why is this group affected? Most of them, particularly women, are caregivers providing financial and emotional care to children and the elderly. Job loss and uncertainty caused by the pandemic are particularly stressful to this group. A significant chunk of this group consists of students who may undergo emotional distress due to school closures, reduced study efficiency related to remote online classes, and postponed exams.

Persons with chronic conditions and a history of psychiatric illness exhibited more symptoms of anxiety and stress. The cause of distress in patients with chronic diseases was partly due to compromised immunity (due to pre-existing conditions), making them more susceptible to the infection and threat of mortality. Individuals with a history or current mental disorders are more sensitive to external stressors like social isolation linked to the pandemic.

 

Psychological Stressors Related to the Pandemic

According to several studies, frequent exposure to news related to covid-19 caused anxiety and stress symptoms. Regular use of social media exposes people to potential disinformation, fake news that tends to aggravate anxiety. With the situation remaining unpredictable, a lot of unknown information about the novel virus, fake news, and misinformation were spreading easily through social media platforms. Through news reports and social media, sadness and anxious emotions could also arise from constantly viewing community populations suffering from the pandemic.

Various studies point out that unemployment, poor economic status, and lower levels of education increase the risk of developing symptoms related to mental disorders. Populations under these descriptions were more prone to developing depressive symptoms during the covid-19 pandemic. The outbreak of the virus led to various governments imposing strict stay-at-home orders, which led to reduced demand for goods and services. This led to a rise in unemployment rates in many countries. A diminishing quality of life coupled with uncertainty because of financial hardship exposed people to the risk of developing adverse psychological symptoms.

Taking Care of Mental Health the Pandemic

Since the pandemic is here, it is crucial that you take steps to avert mental conditions. The best approach is to implement self-care strategies and get the care necessary to help you cope. Take care of your body’s health by getting sufficient sleep, engaging in physical activities, have healthy meals, limiting screen time, and relaxing. It is also vital to avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Reducing stress triggers can also help with taking care of the mind. For example, maintain a routine, limit exposure to news (persistent news about the pandemic), stay busy, and focus on positive thoughts.