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Merry GrinchMask

This  Merry GrinchMask was inspired by one of our favorite seasons (Christmas) of the year and of our favorite characters (The Grinch) of the season. To give you joy and to keep you safe the entire Christmas season.

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Vitamin C and its Role in Staying Healthy

Which is the best
repair nutrient
for your body? A nutrient I wouldn’t want to live
without?

It’s
Vitamin C.

The more health problems, the more
infection, the more challenges we have, the more vitamin c we need.

And
as we know
Vitamin C boosts our immune system and… It’s one
of the great – probably the best –
natural anti viral.

It can protect us and help us
recover
from cold, flu, influenza and other illnesses…

If we’re serious about staying
healthy, we need to consider the
crucial role Vitamin C plays in
maintaining our health.

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One thing we know for sure – every single person can help our country control the COVID-19 pandemic. From wearing a mask to washing your hands to maintaining physical distance and avoiding large indoor gatherings, each of us can follow proven public health practices that not only reduce our own chance of getting infected by SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes coronavirus disease, or COVID-19), but also prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our coworkers, friends and loved ones. Another thing that will help is testing as many people as possible.

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Testing for COVID-19 is so important that in April 2020, the NIH launched the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative to develop rapid, easy-to-use, accurate testing and make it available nationwide. As part of this effort, the RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program is about finding solutions to stop the spread of COVID-19, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable populations that have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic. Previously, we reported about the launch of this project and our plans to develop community-based approaches to study how best to implement testing and prevention strategies for populations who are disproportionately affected by, have the highest infection rates of, or are most at risk for complications or poor outcomes from COVID-19.

Scientists from the NIH and across the country are working around the clock to establish programs that will ensure access to and acceptance of rapid and reliable testing around the country. Testing can help people determine if they are infected with SARS-CoV-2 – regardless of whether they have symptoms – and whether they are at risk of spreading the infection to others. Taking measures to prevent the spread of infection will be the most effective strategy for getting us safely back to work and school.

We want to take this opportunity to articulate why widespread testing is necessary, important, and achievable.

1. Testing saves lives

Testing of all people for SARS-CoV-2, including those who have no symptoms, who show symptoms of infection such as trouble breathing, fever, sore throat or loss of the sense of smell and taste, and who may have been exposed to the virus will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by identifying people who are in need of care in a timely fashion. A positive test early in the course of the illness enables individuals to isolate themselves – reducing the chances that they will infect others and allowing them to seek treatment earlier, likely reducing disease severity and the risk of long-term disability, or death.

Testing of people who have been in contact with others who have a documented infection is also important. A negative test doesn’t mean you’re in the clear; you could become infectious later. Therefore, even if you test negative, you need to continue to protect yourself and others by washing your hands frequently, physically distancing, and wearing a face mask. A positive test makes it clear that you have to isolate yourself, and that others with whom you have been in contact since the time of your exposure should also get tested.

Since it is recognized that nearly half of all SARS-CoV-2 infections are transmitted by people who are not showing any symptoms, identifying infected individuals while they are presymptomatic, as well as those who are asymptomatic, will play a major role in stopping the pandemic.

2. Testing can be easy and quick

Initially, the only test available required getting a sample from the back of a person’s throat. New developments, some of which are supported by two other NIH projects, RADx Tech and RADx-ATP (Advanced Technology Platforms), will provide more comfortable and equally accurate tests that obtain the sample from inside the nose. On the horizon for large-scale use are tests that will use a simple mouth swab or a saliva sample.

A positive test for SARS-CoV-2 alerts an individual that they have the infection. Not only can they get treated faster, but they can take steps to minimize the spread of the virus.

This is why it is so important to get the test results quickly, ideally within a few hours or less.

Early in the pandemic, there was not enough capacity and limited supplies to collect and process the tests, which resulted in delays. However, lab equipment has improved, capacity and supply have expanded, and results are being returned, on average, within 3-4 days. In fact, point-of-care tests will be available that provide a result in less than 15 minutes!

3. Testing matters more in the communities affected the most

Communities of color are disproportionately burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some individuals in these communities are essential workers, who cannot work from home, increasing their risk of being exposed to the virus. In addition, multi-generational living situations or multi-family housing arrangements can allow the virus to spread more quickly if one household member gets infected. Comorbid conditions that worsen the health risks of COVID-19, such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes, are also more common in minority communities because of long-standing societal and environmental factors and impediments to healthcare access. Therefore, COVID-19 can spread quickly in these communities, and the impact of that spread is great. Testing, particularly of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals, is key to interrupting this spread.

Unfortunately, there still is a lot of confusion about where to get a test and who should get tested. It is becoming clear that for a person to test positive, they have to have a significant amount of the virus in their system. This means that if you have no symptoms but think or were told that you were in contact with a person with COVID-19, you should isolate yourself immediately, call your health care provider, and then get a test. If you have any question, always call your health care provider or local county public health office. You can also contact the CDC Hotline at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Staying informed is essential. We encourage you to look to up-to-date, trusted sources of information about COVID-19, such as resources from the NIH website or MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer information resource.

Over the next few months, you’ll have opportunities, such as those listed at the NIH’s vaccine trial sites, to help scientists discover if the vaccines being evaluated now are effective. If you become ill with COVID-19, you can to participate in clinical trials underway to develop and evaluate a wide range of potential treatments, as well as several possible vaccines. So that these therapies will work for everyone, it is important for people from diverse communities across the country to participate in this research. We hope that in the not too distant future, these efforts will lead to therapies that will put an end to the pandemic.

In the meantime, let’s all continue to protect ourselves and others from getting infected, and get tested if you believe you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.

Article published on https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/why-covid-19-testing-key-getting-back-normal

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Here’s What You Need to Know if COVID-19 is Affecting Your Wedding Plans

No matter how much you’ve planned for your wedding, no one could have planned for COVID-19 and the impact it would have on spring weddings around the world. If the conversation of postponing your wedding plans has come up (or is inevitably fast approaching) here are a few of the most important topics to discuss with your partner and how to plan accordingly.

Keeping or changing your wedding date

With quarantining, shut downs, and social distancing in full swing chances are that the decision to postpone your wedding may have already been made for you based on venue closures and government policies surrounding gatherings of certain sizes.

Every day is changing and we don’t have a crystal ball to see into the future so if your date is on the horizon and you aren’t sure when to start thinking about postponing, contact your vendors and see where they’re at in the rescheduling process. Vendors are most commonly rescheduling in chronological order. For example, if your wedding is in late May, but your vendors are currently rescheduling late April weddings, your wedding will not be on the forefront of their rescheduling plans as other couples are taking top billing since their wedding is coming up sooner than yours.

Getting married in quarantine is becoming an increasing trend. If you are set on moving forward on your wedding date and have someone willing to officiate, stand on the front steps or out in the street with your officiant more than six feet away to celebrate your wedding from a safe social distance or get married inside with your officiant Videoing in from their residence. Even better, all your guests can still be in attendance for the nuptials with the help of Zoom, Skype or any group streaming service. Be safe and remember that nothing is worth putting loved ones at risk in any way, shape, or form.

You aren’t required to stick to your date by any means so if you want to wait until everyone can be together to share the joy in person, postpone the celebration altogether and let your guests know that a future date will be forthcoming (or what the future date is if you’ve already decided). Be sure to let them know personally and not with a generic social media post that they may not all see.

Working with your vendors

Clear and open communication with your vendors is critical during this time, but not as important being kind. ALWAYS be kind with your wedding professionals. This is just as stressful a time for them as it is for you. If you are working with a wedding planner, reach out to them for guidance. They will oversee communication with your vendors and coordinate finding a new date that works for most or all of your vendors.

Choosing your new date

Once you get available dates from your vendors you can start to make decisions. For example, if all of your vendors but one are available on your new date, you’ll need to ask yourself if you want to find a new vendor to replace them or keep looking for a date that works for everyone (or works for the vendors you have your heart set on). Would you rather choose the date that your photographer is available or your DJ? Your caterer or your bartender? You may be asked these tough questions so make sure you talk these decisions out with your partner before confirming a new date.

Getting help

If you don’t already have a wedding planner, now is the time to look into getting planning assistance. There are a few ways to go about this, keeping in mind no way is the wrong way.

Look for free/discounted advice – Many planners and other wedding professionals are currently offering advice on their social media channels for those whose events are being affected by COVID-19. Follow experienced planners who have been in the industry for a long time and/or work in an area that’s been affected by rescheduled events such as hurricanes or snowstorms.

Speak with your day-of coordinator – If you’ve already hired a day-of coordinator, reach out to them to see if they are able to help or are extending their services beyond that day. Remember, vendors and event professionals have been heavily effected and are losing work and income so do not assume that any vendor is looking to take on more work or go beyond their scope for free.

Consult a lawyer – Having signed vendor contracts for each of your wedding professionals, you may want to consult a lawyer if you are unsure of the impact COVID-19 is having on your contracts, especially when it comes to deposits and final payment in the event that you need to terminate your agreement with a vendor who is not available on your new date.

Starting the rescheduling process

Every day is changing so here are a few things you can do to keep yourself prepared.

Pay attention to the news – Watching the news can be daunting these days, but make sure you are keeping your eye on the current Center for Disease Control guidelines and your local government protocols as they pertain to quarantine, group sizes, and the opening of venues or other event spaces.

Keep open communication with your vendors – Don’t assume that once your vendor told you all the dates that they’re available, that they’ve kept all those dates open for you. If you need a week to make a decision, let them know. If you have questions, ask them. If you have a date in mind you’re considering, ask them about it.

Air on the side of caution – If it looks like your wedding date may fall on the cusp of possibly being able to be held, you may want to put the plans in motion to reschedule for later in the year. The further into the year we get, the more dates will begin to book up with rescheduled weddings.

No matter what is happening in the world, there’s one major factor that won’t change. You’ll always have each other. Whether you have a postponed wedding a few months from now, years from now or you elope and skip a wedding altogether, you will always have each other to rely on when times get tough.

Un tissu imprégné de cuivre peut-il détruire le coronavirus?

Copper Clothing Limited (vetementscuivre, distributeur en France) est une entreprise qui incorpore des formulations antimicrobiennes de cuivre dans des tissus, tels que des lits, des draps, des chaussettes, des masques, des gants, des pyjamas, etc., et les vend aux consommateurs. En 2014, il a financé des recherches pour tester l’efficacité de l’activité viricide du tissu de cuivre sur le coronavirus bovin. Le test a été réalisé par un laboratoire viral spécialisé de l’Institut d’hygiène et de microbiologie du Dr Brill + Partner GmbH. L’activité viricide du matériau traité a été évaluée en comparant l’activité viricide du matériau non traité. L’étude a révélé que le tissu imprégné de cuivre peut lutter efficacement contre le virus et le détruire.

 

En résumé, la différence observée entre les matériaux testés est basée sur le processus d’inactivation durant le processus de séchage de 10 minutes (facteur de réduction de 3,94 log du cuivre traité et 1,13 log du matériau non traité)

 

Explication des résultats du journal:

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Tous nos tissus en cuivre sont antimicrobiens, par exemple: notre tissu qui est utilisé pour faire porter notre lit a atteint une réduction de plus de 6,7 log contre le SARM. Par exemple, si 1 000 000 de bactéries SARM entraient en contact avec du cuivre, une seule bactérie survivrait, c’est ce que nous appelons une réduction de 99,9999%

 

Les tissus en cuivre sont connus pour être antimicrobiens et peuvent facilement détruire toutes les bactéries et virus, car il y a eu des tests récents pour montrer qu’il détruit, le virus VIH, le virus de la grippe et le coronavirus

 

Tout sur le coronavirus: ce que le cuivre peut faire

Selon le New York Times, la Commission chinoise de la santé a signalé 361 décès dans le pays en raison de l’épidémie de 2019-nCoV au 2 février 2020. L’épidémie de coronavirus est très grave. Ce n’est plus seulement le problème de la Chine; il a capté l’attention du monde. Le coronavirus est détecté dans d’autres pays, ce qui a incité le gouvernement chinois à mettre en quarantaine Wuhan, la septième ville du monde.

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Le virus se propage par aérosol et par contact direct. Les derniers rapports indiquent également que la voie oculaire est un mécanisme clé pour l’infection. Cela a suscité un nouvel intérêt pour les vêtements imprégnés de cuivre, qui ont montré des résultats prometteurs pour tuer le virus.

 

Qu’est-ce que le coronavirus?

Le coronavirus appartient à une grande famille de virus trouvés à la fois chez les animaux et les humains. Ce virus est connu pour infecter les gens et provoquer des maladies allant du rhume à des maladies plus graves telles que le syndrome respiratoire du Moyen-Orient (MERS) et le syndrome respiratoire aigu sévère (SRAS).

 

Qu’est-ce que le Novel Coronavirus 2019/Covid 19?

Le Novel Coronavirus 2019, ou 2019-nCoV/Covid 19, est une nouvelle souche de Coronavirus qui provoque des maladies respiratoires graves et a été identifiée pour la première fois à Wuhan, dans la province du Hubei, en Chine, en décembre 2019.

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Quels sont les symptômes courants du coronavirus?

L’infection 2019-nCoV/Covid 19 peut provoquer des symptômes bénins, tels que maux de gorge, écoulement nasal, fièvre et toux. Il peut être grave, voire mortel chez certaines personnes, entraînant une pneumonie, des difficultés respiratoires et la mort.

 

Qui est à risque pour les infections à coronavirus?

Bien qu’il y ait beaucoup à apprendre sur la façon dont 2019-nCoV affecte les gens, les éléments suivants semblent être plus vulnérables à devenir gravement malades avec le virus:

 

Les personnes plus âgées

  • Les personnes ayant des conditions médicales préexistantes, telles que les maladies cardiaques et le diabète.
  • Les personnes vivant ou voyageant dans une zone où le virus 2019-nCoV circule (actuellement, le virus est dominant en Chine).
  • Les personnes qui ont récemment voyagé de Chine ou qui ont été en contact étroit avec ces voyageurs.
  • Agents de santé chargés de prendre soin des personnes infectées par le 2019-nCoV.

Comment les infections à coronavirus sont-elles diagnostiquées?

Les médecins analysent les échantillons respiratoires du patient et le sérum isolé du sang pour rechercher les infections à coronavirus. Bien que des tests de diagnostic pour le nouveau coronavirus soient en cours de développement, sa précision et sa spécificité pour le virus ne sont pas encore vérifiées. Une fois cela confirmé, ces kits de diagnostic seront disponibles dans les établissements de santé du monde entier.

 

Quels sont les traitements des infections à coronavirus? Peut-on prévenir les infections à coronavirus?

Aucun médicament spécifique n’est recommandé pour prévenir ou traiter le nouveau coronavirus. Cependant, les personnes infectées par le 2019-nCoV/Covid 19 devraient recevoir des soins de soutien optimisés pour soulager et traiter les symptômes.

 

Comment vous protéger contre l’infection par le coronavirus

 

  • Lavez-vous souvent les mains avec de l’eau et du savon ou utilisez un désinfectant à base d’alcool pour éliminer le virus s’il est présent sur vos mains.

 

  • Maintenez une distance sociale d’au moins 3 pieds ou 1 mètre entre vous et les autres personnes, en particulier celles qui présentent des symptômes de rhume. Une personne infectée par 2019-nCoV peut projeter de petites gouttelettes de virus lorsqu’elle éternue ou tousse, et si vous êtes trop près, vous pouvez facilement respirer le virus.

 

  • Si vous avez une toux, de la fièvre et des difficultés respiratoires, consultez immédiatement un médecin. Informez vos soins de santé si vous avez voyagé de Chine ou si vous avez été en contact étroit avec une personne qui vient de Chine ou qui est allée en Chine et qui souffre de symptômes respiratoires. Il est essentiel de consulter rapidement un médecin si vous avez des symptômes respiratoires, en particulier si vous avez des antécédents de voyage, directement ou indirectement, en Chine ou en Chine.

 

  • Évitez de toucher les yeux, le nez et la bouche. Vos mains touchent de nombreuses choses ou surfaces qui peuvent être contaminées par le virus. Si les mains contaminées touchent vos yeux, votre bouche ou votre nez, le virus peut être facilement transmis à votre système. Afin de prévenir la transmission du coronavirus, il faut porter des gants ou des masques imprégnés de cuivre.

Le cuivre est connu pour ses pouvoirs antimicrobiens depuis plus d’un siècle. Désormais, la technologie permet au métal d’être tissé en tissus. Les vêtements imprégnés de cuivre comme les masques faciaux et les gants peuvent combattre la transmission de ce virus.

 

Un tissu imprégné de cuivre peut-il tuer le coronavirus? Il peut, dit une étude menée par le Dr Brill et le Dr Steinmann

Copper Clothing Limited (vetementscuivre, distributeur en France) est une entreprise qui incorpore des formulations antimicrobiennes de cuivre dans des tissus, tels que des lits, des draps, des chaussettes, des masques, des gants, des pyjamas, etc., et les vend aux consommateurs.

En 2014, il a financé des recherches pour tester l’efficacité de l’activité virucide du tissu de cuivre sur le coronavirus bovin. Le test a été effectué par une méthode interne de l’Institut d’hygiène et de microbiologie du Dr Brill + Partner GmbH. L’activité virucide du matériau traité a été évaluée en comparant l’activité virucide du matériau non traité. L’étude a révélé que le tissu imprégné de cuivre peut lutter efficacement contre le virus et le tuer.

 

Efficacité de CopperClothing sur le coronavirus – Rapport de test. (Rapport en anglais)

Source : Copper Clothing, 6 Mars 2020

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