Alert! WHO warns the circulation of counterfeit Corona Virus drugs!

Alert! WHO warns the circulation of counterfeit Corona Virus drugs!

The positive case of Corona virus has now touched numbers 1.7 million more. It's a lie that society doesn't feel panic about it. Unfortunately, amidst the distress of the world, there are some who instead utilize this condition by selling a fake corona virus remedy!

Until now, there is no definite cure to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All medications are administered only to suppress symptoms, while the efficacy of blood plasma therapy is being researched further.

Reported from Detik.com, one of the experts of the World Health Agency (WHO), Pernette Bourdillon Esteve, explained that the value of counterfeit medicines in countries with middle income (developing countries) can reach 470 trillion rupiah!

This is all happening because of the increasing panic of society, so it is easy to believe that the medicines can cure Corona virus patients.

Please note, the counterfeit medicines referred to by the WHO are contaminated drugs, different active substances, and also drugs that have expired.

New research, Corona Virus found in positive patient sperm

New research, Corona Virus found in positive patient sperm

New research, Corona Virus found in positive patient sperm
Again the latest research around corona viruses shows surprising results. Apparently, this virus is found in the sperm of a positive man infected with COVID-19. Although it is small, it opens up a chance that corona viruses can be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

Quoted from LiveScience, this research found doctors at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital, China.

The researchers conducted a test of 38 men treated with corona virus infections. As a result, 6 of them have sperm with corona viruses.

Nevertheless, the research published in the journal JAMA Network Open is not yet certain its truth because only a handful of people are new in the test.

Advanced research is required to prove that sex relations may be instrumental in the spread of the COVID-19.

"This is indeed an interesting finding. But there should still be further confirmation of whether Corona viruses could actually stay in the male sperm or not, "said Dr Stanley Perlman, Professor Of Microbiology, immunology, and paediatrics at the University Of Iowa, who was not involved in the study.
WHO continues its support to Fiji’s response to COVID-19

WHO continues its support to Fiji’s response to COVID-19

WHO handing over laboratory equipment for COVID-19 testing to Fiji Centre for Disease Control
Working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, WHO has so far delivered over 32000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) and over USD $100,000 worth of PCR (laboratory)  testing supplies to support its COVID-19 response. WHO has also embedded a full-time staff working with the Emergency Operations Centre to provide technical support.

On Sunday, the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services of Fiji received a boost in its testing capabilities following a handover of further testing supplies and testing kits by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO Representative to Fiji and the South Pacific, Director of the Division of Pacific Technical Support, Dr. Corinne Capuano handed over the kits to the Fijian Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete at the Fiji Centre for Disease Control laboratory in Tamavua.
Lao health system continues to offer immunization services despite COVID-19 pandemic

Lao health system continues to offer immunization services despite COVID-19 pandemic

Despite the arrival of COVID-19 in Lao PDR last month, the health system here is continuing to provide essential health services – and in particular immunization. This message was endorsed by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to mark the start of World Immunization Week (WIW).

Dr Panome Sayamoungkhoun, Acting Director of Mother and Child Health Center, the Ministry of Health, stated “Every infant and every child in Lao PDR has the right to a healthy start to life that vaccines bring. Even though COVID-19 has arrived in our country, diseases such as measles, pertussis, diptheria and many other vaccine preventable diseases have not gone away. These disease can still damage or even kill our children unless we vaccinate them.”
Baby in Tegal Kena Corona, new dad and uncle coming from Bekasi-Tangerang-Indonesia

Baby in Tegal Kena Corona, new dad and uncle coming from Bekasi-Tangerang-Indonesia

The 9-month-old infant in Tegal Regency-Indonesia was deemed positively infected with the Corona virus or COVID-19. These baby Swab patients test results out on Saturday (18/4) night.

 "Even then the status is ODP, the patient still we take the swabs and new overnight results came out with positive indications. Therefore, this toddler we took another Shuttle from his house,  "said spokesman Task Force acceleration Handling COVID-19 Tegal District Dr Joko Wantoro to reporters, Sunday (19/4/2020).
Joko reveals that the baby lives in Kertaharja village, Pagerbarang Sub District, Tegal Regency. Previously, said Joko, the baby is a patient of RSUD Dr Soeselo Slawi with the status of people in Monitoring (ODP) Corona virus.

These patients were first treated in hospitalization on Monday, (6/4) then with fever complaints, cough, colds, and diarrhea. During the treatment week, patients were repatrised on Monday (13/4) due to improved conditions.

It is suspected that this virus transmission occurs by transmitting from nearby people. The results of the tracking of medical team in the health office of Tegal District mentioned that there are two people who can be contacted in one new house that comes from Bekasi and Tangerang, namely the father of toddlers and uncle.

 "Already done tracking by the medical team. There are two contact persons in one house, uncle of a toddler father. These two people just came from Bekasi and Tangerang, "he explained.

 "Secondly we set as an unsymptomatic person (OTG) and independently isolated in his home by applying physical distancing, wearing masks and a number of other health protocols, " Jelas Joko.

It is currently awaiting good fast test results. Independent isolation does not only apply to the father and uncle of infants but also all other family members living in the house.

 "If (Quick Test Aya and Uncle Baby results) Positive, then we will continue with the Swab test to prove that this local transmission has actually happened, " he concluded.
Coronavirus: 10 reasons why you don't have to panic

Coronavirus: 10 reasons why you don't have to panic

Regardless of whether we consider a new coronavirus as a pandemic or not, it is a serious issue. In less than two months, this plague has spread to various continents.

Pandemic means continuous and consistent transmission of the disease simultaneously in more than three different geographical areas. Pandemic does not mean how deadly a virus is but more to the distribution and its geographical additions.

What we definitely get is the pandemic of fear. Media from around the world are fixed on coronavirus. There has been deep thinking and mass planning for the worst scenarios. And of course, the impact is propagating from the global healthcare world into politics and business.

But it is certainly true that we should not panic. It would be wrong to say that there is good news coming from COVID-19, but there are reasons to be optimistic because there may be a way to ward off and defeat this virus. And the lessons can be used for the future.

1. We already know the illness

The first cases for AIDS occurred in June 1981 and it took more than two years to know the virus (HIV) that caused the disease. For the COVID-19, severe cases of pneumonia were reported in China on 31 December 2019 and on 7 January 2020 the virus had been successfully identified. The viral genome is already available on the tenth day.

We already know that there is a new coronavirus coming from the 2B group, from the same viral family as the SARS that we named SARS-CoV-2. The disease is called COVID-19. Previously thought to be associated with coronavirus coming from bats, but genetic analysis has confirmed that there is a new natural proposal (between late November and early December) and that, although the viruses live by mutating, their levels of mutability will likely not be too high.

2. We know how to detect the virus

Since January 13, a test to detect the virus has been available.

3. The situation has improved in China

Strong control and isolation actions from China are already fruitful. For the next few weeks, the number of cases diagnosed every day decreases. A very detailed advanced epidemiology is being implemented in other countries; Plague spread is very specific in some areas, which makes it easier to control.

4.80% Case Lightweight

The disease does not cause symptoms or in medium/mild scale in 81% of cases occurring. Of course, 14% can cause severe pneumonia and 5% can be critical or even fatal. But it is still unclear how the rate of death. It could be lower than the current estimate.

5. Many people can heal

A lot of data shows an increase in the number of positive cases and the number of deaths, but most infected can heal. There are 13 times as many cases heal when compared to death, and this proportion increases.

6. Symptoms less noticeable for children

Only 3% of the cases occur in people under 20 years, and the mortality rate for those under 40 years old is 0.2%. The symptoms are less noticeable in children so it can be undetectable.

7. The virus can be wiped clean

The virus can be effectively shut off from surfaces using ethanol fluid (alcohol 62-71%), hydrogen peroxide (0.5% hydrogen peroxide) or sodium hypochlorite (0.1% bleach), within just a minute. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is also the most effective way to avoid transmission.

8. Science is in depth in the world

Today is the age of international science working together. In just a month, 164 articles can be accessed on PubMed for COVID-19 or SARS-Cov-2, as well as many articles that have not been reviewed.

They are preliminary studies on vaccines, treatment, epidemiology, genetic and phylogeneology, diagnosis, and clinical and other aspects.

These articles were written by about 700 authors and distributed throughout the world. It is cooperative science, free to share. In 2003 when the SARS epidemic, it took more than a year and a half to reach half the number of the article. In addition, most scientific journals have made free publications to be accessed for coronavirus topics.

9. There is already a prototype vaccine

Our ability to make a new vaccine is spectacular. There are already eight ongoing projects to look for the new coronavirus vaccine. There are groups working on vaccination projects for similar viruses.

A vaccine group from the University of Queensland in Australia, has announced that it has been working on a prototype using a technique called "molecular clamp", an amazing technology. This is just an example that can make future vaccine making faster. This vaccine prototype will soon be tested to humans.

10. An antivirus experiment is ongoing

Vaccines are useful to prevent. Nowadays, treating people who are already sick is important. There are more than 80 clinical trials that analyse coronavirus treatment. It is an antivirus that has been used for other infections, which have been approved and proven to be safe.

One of the anti virus that has been tested in humans is remdesivir, a wide-spectrum anti-virus that is still in research that has been tested against Ebola and SARS/MERS.

Another candidate is chloroquine, an anti-malaria that also has a great power against viruses. We know that chloroquine blocks viral infections by increasing endosome pH, which is required when viruses are fusion/joined by cells, thus blocking the entry path. This content has been shown to block coronavirus in vitro (outside living organisms) and has been used for patients with coronavirus pneumonia.

Other experiments are based on the use of oseltamivir (used against influenza viruses), interferon-1b (proteins with anti-viral functions), antiserum of people who have been cured or monoclonal antibodies to neutralize the virus.

New therapies have been proposed by involving obstructions such as Baricitinibine, which is chosen by artificial intelligence (AI).

The flu pandemic in 1918 led to a death of 25 million people in less than 25 weeks. Will we experience something similar? It doesn't seem; Our preparations have never been so good at combating a pandemic. The Conversation

Ignacio López-Goñi, Catedrático de Microbiología, Universidad de Navarra