All around the world, many of us are being asked to stay in our homes and avoid any contact with other people – this is known as social distancing or isolation.
It is important that everybody adheres to the advice and instructions given by their governments in order to stop the spread of Covid-19 (the coronavirus that is sadly killing and hospitalizing a lot of people).
However, sitting at home watching television can get pretty boring after a while.
So – what can we do to make use of all of the time we have on our hands?
1. Maintain your physical health
It is important to stay healthy while you’re at home. This can be done by eating a healthy and balanced diet. It might be tempting to binge on ice cream and chocolate, but bearing in mind that our physical activity is going to be limited, it is better to limit junk food and opt for healthier alternatives.
Exercising at home is also a great way to stay healthy. This can be done using home equipment and online workout videos/routines. Read More »
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If you haven’t heard already, the incidence of COVID-19 is now increasing across the globe increasing the likelihood of it being declared a pandemic (a disease that affects people worldwide i.e. in multiple continents).
Action plans and predictions have been flying around over the past week due to the worsening spread of the virus in Iran, South Korea and Italy. The UK has seen its cases grow and the US reported its first virus-related death over the weekend.
Growing concerns have led to mass buying of essentials like hand sanitisers – an effective tool in combating the spread of the virus.Read More »
Coronavirus is the scientific name for a group of viruses that cause things like common colds and more serious illnesses like SARS (severe acute respiratory symptom). They can be transmitted from humans to other humans or from animals to humans.
Why is it in the news today?
The coronavirus we’ve been hearing about is a new strain of the virus that nobody had come across before it struck patients in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China last year. It has now been named COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) and as of yet, there is no vaccine. It is a serious issue now because of the rate at which it is spreading and the fact that it can be fatal.
As of writing there has been 79,000 reported cases and over 2400 deaths (you can keep up to date with the current figures here.
According to one of the first reports on Coronavirus by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention the majority of reported COVID-19 cases are mild. However, the disease has the potential to be severe, or in worse cases – critical. Read More »
According to the European Union, rare diseases are classified as one that affects less than 5 in 10,000 of the general population. Similarly, the NIH defines it as: ‘one that affects fewer than 200,000 people’. This means that it’s possible that most people aren’t aware that rare diseases exist unless it affects them personally. Moreover, if we consider that the world is made up of 7 billion people, these rare diseases don’t seem so rare after all.
It is estimated that up to 25 – 30 million Americans are affected by rare diseases. Similarly, it’s said that 3.5 million people in the UK and 30 million people in Europe are already/will be affected by rare diseases. Read More »