A new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has infected 100 people in a western province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a rapid spread that has health officials concerned about the chances of an uncontrolled epidemic.
The outbreak in Equateur Province began in early June, when a cluster of cases were discovered in the provincial capital Mbandaka.
The number of cases has doubled in just the last five weeks.“The virus is spreading across a wide and rugged terrain which requires costly interventions, and with Covid-19 draining resources and attention, it is hard to scale up operations,” said Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s Africa regional director.
In the most comprehensive study of COVID-19 pediatric patients to date, researchers provide critical data showing that children play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19 than previously thought.
In a study of 192 children ages 0-22, 49 children tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and an additional 18 children had late-onset, COVID-19-related illness.
The infected children were shown to have a significantly higher level of virus in their airways than hospitalized adults in ICUs for COVID-19 treatment, according to Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC).
The study, “Pediatric SARS-CoV-2: Clinical Presentation, Infectivity, and Immune Reponses,” was published in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Findings from nose and throat swabs and blood samples from the MGHfC Pediatric COVID-19 Biorepository carry implications for the reopening of schools, daycare centers and other locations with a high density of children and close interaction with teachers and staff members.
The researchers note that although children with COVID-19 are not as likely to become as seriously ill as adults, as asymptomatic carriers or carriers with few symptoms attending school, they can spread infection and bring the virus into theirhomes.
New strain of corona virus found in Malaysia could possibly be more infectious than COVID-19 .
A new strain of the corona virus, called D614G, is currently making its way across southeast Asia — and Malaysian health officials worry it may be more infectious than even COVID-19.
Back in July, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, said that a new mutation of COVID-19 could help coronavirus replicate more easily .
Here we are now, a new strain,the strain has been seen in several countries across the continent and was originally found in a Malaysian cluster of 45 cases, according to Bloomberg Quint, which follows international news out of India.
Health officials say those 45 cases of D614G started after someone returned from India before completing his 14-day quarantine. Then, the strain was detected from several samples of COVID-19 in the Philippines.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it innovative solutions to stay safe.
The normal protocols to curb spread of the virus are 1) Personal hygiene,washing hands with soap or alcohol based hand sanitizer.
2) Use of face covering, preferably a shield as this will prevent touching face and mouth.
3) Maintain social distancing
4) Increased cleaning of surfaces ,floor and spraying of offices with chemicals that will stop the virus.
It is common now to see this sign outside offices, No face covering no entry. Many other companies are adding temperature checks, mandatory hand washing as part of protocols to stem the spread.
The use of disinfection tunnels are also used in many companies,but as in cases of emerging diseases the innovative solutions keep increasing daily.
The key point in the various innovative solutions is the fact that the solutions are getting smaller and more handy..
This is the case of the Nano spray gun, will disinfect thoroughly and can be spread over a long distance. This can be used in banks,schools,offices,cars, malls and restaurants.
A school has added this protocol to ensure safety.