Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com Another COVID variant has been identified. Known as XBB.1.5. or the 'kraken' variant, it has been detected in 28 countries and is showing signs of being able to evade national immunity or protection offered by vaccines. It is cause for concern due to low vaccine intakes in countries such… Continue reading Don’t ditch your face masks just yet…
COVID-19 vaccine protection is fading as the number of cases increase
Researchers in the UK have found that the protection offered by the Pfizer/Biotech and AstraZeneca vaccines begins to fall after six months. The researchers have linked this to the need for booster shots for those who already had two doses of the vaccine. While major countries like the US, UK and also the EU are… Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine protection is fading as the number of cases increase
Do you need to wear a face mask outside?
Face masks have become part of our new normal over the past year both indoors and outdoors. While they're highly recommended inside heavily populated areas like supermarkets/grocery stores and public transport, there's not much guidance when it comes to outside. According to Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, the risk of catching COVID-19 outside is quite low.… Continue reading Do you need to wear a face mask outside?
Update: EMA concludes that benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks
EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concludes that the benefits of the #COVID19Vaccine AstraZeneca still outweigh its risks despite possible link to rare blood clots associated with low levels of blood platelets. 👉Read more: https://t.co/WCdaKqOPxB pic.twitter.com/0NO8kh5a48 — EU Medicines Agency (@EMA_News) March 18, 2021 The EMA safety committee held a meeting on 18th March and found that:… Continue reading Update: EMA concludes that benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks
AstraZeneca vaccine suspended in Europe due to safety concerns
Several countries across Europe have suspended the AstraZeneca vaccine due to safety concerns. There have been reports of blood clotting and deaths in people who have been administered the vaccine. In comparison, there seems to be little trouble with the rollout of the vaccine in the UK with scientists there insisting that the jab is… Continue reading AstraZeneca vaccine suspended in Europe due to safety concerns
4 COVID-19 Expert Quotes
Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has taken the world by storm, and after a frenzied period at the beginning of the year, many countries are seeing a rise in the number of cases. Despite the efforts from scientists and researchers across the globe, there is still no vaccine for the virus. This means society is still relying… Continue reading 4 COVID-19 Expert Quotes
the effect of COVID-19 on mental health
I wish it would just go away. That is a common sentiment everyone's heard at least once this year thanks to the coronavirus, COVID-19, the global pandemic that's taken the world by storm since early February. COVID-19 has left a huge and unprecedented impact on modern society. An article in Brain, Behavior and Immunity states COVID-19 ‘threatens our basic need for… Continue reading the effect of COVID-19 on mental health
the benefits to wearing face masks outweigh any downsides [quote]
“There is increasing evidence through comparisons of what’s happening in different countries and in different states, in terms of mask usage and mandates, that masks help slow transmission of COVID-19. Of course, it would be ideal if everyone had access to high-quality masks, but masks do not have to be 100% effective to reduce one’s… Continue reading the benefits to wearing face masks outweigh any downsides [quote]
viruses will always lurk in the shadows
But however secure and well-regulated civilized life may become, bacteria, Protozoa, viruses, infected fleas, lice, ticks, mosquitoes, and bedbugs will always lurk in the shadows ready to pounce when neglect, poverty, famine, or war lets down the defenses. — Hans Zinsser
Why wearing a mask might not prevent the spread of coronavirus
The question has remained: are masks effective when it comes to preventing droplets from spreading?
In short, no.