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The World Health Organization is considering “airborne precautions” for medical staff after a new study showed the coronavirus can survive in the air in some settings.


The virus is transmitted through droplets, or little bits of liquid, mostly through sneezing or coughing, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told reporters during a virtual news conference on Monday.


“When you do an aerosol-generating procedure like in a medical care facility, you have the possibility to what we call aerosolize these particles, which means they can stay in the air a little bit longer.” She added: “It’s very important that health-care workers take additional precautions when they’re working on patients and doing those procedures.”


World health officials say the respiratory disease spreads through human-to-human contact, droplets carried through sneezing and coughing as well as germs left on inanimate objects. The coronavirus can go airborne, staying suspended in the air depending on factors such as heat and humidity,


they said.


Kerkhove said health officials are aware of several studies in a number of countries looking at the different environmental conditions that COVID-19 can persist.


Scientists are specifically looking at how humidity, temperature and ultraviolet lighting affects the disease as well as how long it lives on different surfaces, including steel, she said


Health officials use the information to make sure WHO’s guidance is appropriate, and “so far … we are confident that the guidance that we have is appropriate,” she added. Health officials recommend medical staff wear so-called N95 masks because they filter out about 95% of all liquid or airborne particles.


“In health-care facilities, we make sure health-care workers use standard droplet precautions with the exception … that they’re doing an aerosol-generating procedure,” she said. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Congress last month that the agency was aggressively evaluating how long COVID-19 can survive, particularly on surfaces.


“On copper and steel, it’s pretty typical, it’s pretty much about two hours,” Redfield said at a House hearing. “But I will say on other surfaces — cardboard or plastic — it’s longer, and so we are looking at this.”


Redfield added infections contracted from surfaces rather than through the air could have contributed to the outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Separately, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that there’s been a rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases over the past week, adding, “we have not seen an urgent enough escalation in testing, isolation and contact tracing, which is the backbone of the response.”


“We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test. Test every suspected case, if they test positive, isolate them and find out who they have been in contact with two days before they developed symptoms and test those people, too,” Tedros said.



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Trado medical expert, Oko Oloyun Assassinated In Oyo

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The popular Lagos-based trado-medical expert, Mr Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun, has been assassinated by some unknown gunmen.The herbal guru, who has his office along the LASU/Iba Road around Igando area of Lagos State, was reportedly shot dead by some hoodlums at Igboora.It was further gathered that the popular herbal medicine practitioner, was reportedly shot dead along Abeokuta-Iseyin road in Oyo State.The reason for the assassination is yet to be known just as details surrounding his death are also still sketchy.However, Oko Oloyun, who before his gruesome murder was the President of Physiotherapists Association of Nigeria, gave up the ghost around 5pm on Thursday.

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INTRIGUING: President Buharis Medical Records Leaked (FULL DOCUMENTS and PHOTOS)

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President Muhammadu Buhari is suffering from a combination of prostate cancer, sickle cell anaemia, Crohn’s disease and dementia, a confidential study on his health has revealed.

 

According to Sahara Reporters, The report also revealed that the prostate cancer afflicting the President “may have become incurable”. To reach its conclusions, the report examined a string of issues, including the timeline of the President’s international travels alongside medical assessment, the travel patterns, information from sources in independent private hospitals and a list of doctors considered the best in the UK for the treatment of prostate cancer.

 

A detailed review of data as part of the study revealed that Buhari sought medical treatment abroad (mainly in the UK) multiple times. He had visited both Nigerian and European hospitals, and spent almost half of 2017 being treated in London. It found out that the President may suffer from more than one condition, all of them severe.

 

A part of the study read: “Buhari is being constantly treated for prostate cancer in UK. The first diagnosis of prostate cancer dates back to 2014 at the latest. The underlying cause of this cancer may be Crohn’s disease (relationship between these diseases is explained in the report). Moreover, he likely suffers from sickle cell disease, which also could increase the risk of prostate cancer and complicate cancer treatment.

 

“He was recently mocked for incoherency and confusion in his public appearances. Dementia may be due to age and fatigue from medical treatment, but is also associated with a common treatment (ADT) for prostate cancer. Therefore, dementia may be either an independent condition, or a result of lengthy cancer treatments. “Data analysis suggests a certainty of the prostate cancer diagnosis, a high probability of Crohn’s disease, and a likelihood of both dementia and sickle cell anemia.

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Each condition in itself can be seen as debilitating; together, and given the nature of cancer treatments, they are preventing Buhari from fulfilling his presidential functions.” The study reached the following conclusions: “The President suffers from multiple severe medical conditions, that are likely to significantly impair his ability to serve for another term. His treatment pattern (detailed in the report) suggests that his cancer may have become incurable. “In 2017 he was intensively treated and spent most of the year in the UK. In 2018, he only took short trips for medical reasons, implying he was no longer undergoing significant cancer treatments.

This is compatible with statements from individuals associated with the hospital where he underwent treatment. They state he underwent a surgery, following which he must undergo follow-ups at least once in three months for five years.” Whether due to cancer or to dementia, Buhari did not resume work travels and rarely leaves the country, which raises many concerns, given his previous extensive travel pattern.

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Nigerian court blocks bid to reveal Buhari's medical bill.....

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari does not have to reveal the cost of his treatment for an undisclosed illness that incapacitated him for several months, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Buhari, 75, spent a large part of last year in London but the exact nature of his condition remains a mystery. He has said only that it involved multiple blood transfusions and tests.

His absence from the helm of Africa's most populous nation prompted speculation about his fitness to govern -- as well as whether Nigerian taxpayers footed his private medical bill.

Civil society group the Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative made a freedom of information request to the Central Bank of Nigeria for details.

When the request was denied, trustees took the CBN and its governor Godwin Emefiele to court.

Judge John Tsoho said the Freedom of Information Act provided for an exemption where personal information is not publicly available and the individual has not consented.

"There is no evidence of the president having consented to disclosure of personal information relating to his health and the information is certainly not publicly available," he said.

"I therefore hold that the information sought by the applicant... is exempt," he told the Federal High Court in Abuja in a ruling.

"On the whole, the applicants' suit is not sustained and it is struck out."

The judge said the applicants should have sought the information from the office of the president's chief of staff but he would likely have refused for the same reasons.

Representatives from the civil society group made no comment afterwards, according to an AFP reporter.

The group previously sought an injunction to stop Buhari being sworn in as president after his election victory in 2015.

Buhari is seeking a second four-year term at polls in February next year.

Source: www.msn.com

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