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WHO chief: Pandemic is a test and world is failing

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WHO chief: Pandemic is a test and world is failing

“Pandemic is a test and world is failing”, said WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus when he was asked, “When will Covid-19 end?”

Addressing the International Olympic Committee meeting in Tokyo, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief said, “It’s a question I am often asked, and which the people of the world are asking: when will this pandemic end? Indeed, the Covid-19 pandemic has asked us many questions: About ourselves; and about our world.”

“Anyone who thinks the pandemic is over because it’s over in the area they live in, they are living in a fool’s paradise,” Ghebreyesus further said.

Tedros said, “More than 4 million people have died and more continue to die. Already this year, the number of deaths is more than double the last year’s total.”

“In the time it takes me to make these remarks, more than 100 people will lose their lives to Covid-19. And by the time the Olympic flame is extinguished on August 8, more than 100,000 more people will perish,” Ghebreyesus said.

“Millions of survivors continue to suffer from long-term health consequences of Covid-19, which we are still learning about. The people of the world are sick and tired…And yet, 19 months into the pandemic, and seven months since the first vaccines were approved, we are now in the early stages of another wave of infections and deaths. This is tragic,” Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

“How can this be? Weren’t vaccines meant to douse the flames of the pandemic? Yes, and in countries with the most vaccines, they [vaccines] are helping to do that. But here’s the thing about an inferno: if you lose only one part of it, the rest will keep on burning. And the embers of one fire can easily spark another, even more ferocious blaze somewhere else,” he said.

“The threat is not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere. Anyone who thinks the pandemic is over because it’s over where they live, is living in a fool’s paradise. Vaccines are powerful and essential tools. But the world has not used them well,” Tedros said.

“Instead of being deployed widely to quell the pandemic on all fronts, they have been concentrated in the hands and arms of the lucky few; deployed to protect the world’s most privileged people, including those at lowest risk of severe disease, while the most vulnerable remain unprotected,” he said.

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Know about some common types of cancer

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Know about some common types of cancer

Cancer is not just one disease. There are more than 100 types, which can start anywhere in the body. They are named by the organ or tissue in which they start growing. They can form in organs, bones, muscles, tendons, fat, blood vessels, an lymph fluid.

Examples of more common types include:

  1. Carcinoma- This is the most common type, which forms a solid mass of tissue (tumor). Brest, lung, an colrectal cancer are types of carcinomas.
  2. Leukemia– This cancer starts in the blood, occurring when large number of abnormal white blood cells build up in the blood an bone, crowding out healthy blood cells. A lack of healthy blood cells can lower one’s immune function, increasing the risk of frequent infections, fatigue, and recurrent bruising or bleeding.
  3. Lymphoma- this cancer arises in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.lymphocytes normally fight infection, but here they grow out of control. This can cause swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
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Here are some sleep hygiene tips

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Here are some sleep hygiene tips
  1. Try to avoid large meals, heavy snacking, or alcohol 2-3 hours before bed.
  2. Ensure a comfortable temperature, as feeling too hot or cold can disrupt sleep.
  3. Stop using electronic devices an hour before bed, especially those emitting blue light such as smartphones, tablets, and televisions.
  4. If your are sensitive to caffeine, try to avoid drinking caffeinated beverages 4-6 hours before bedtime.
  5. Schedule before-bed activities to signal that you are winding down, such as changing into pajamas and brushing teeth.
  6. If you awaken and can’t return to sleep, don’t stay in bed. Get up and do quiet Relaxing activities, such as reading, until you feel tired enough to fall back asleep.
  7. create a quiet, dark, relaxing environment in your bedroom. Dim lights and turn off your cell phone’s sound and vibration modes if possible.
  8. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. Try to go to bed at night and awaken in the morning around the same times, even on weekends. This helps to regulate the body’s sleep cycles and circadian rhythms.
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How do you know if your back pain is serious?

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How do you know if your back pain is serious?

Back pain:

Back pain develops without a cause that your doctor can identify with a test. Conditions commonly linked to back pain include muscle or ligament strain.repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments.

Signs that indicate, that its time to consult doctor for your back pain:

  1. If you have been in pain for over a week
  2. If the pain extends to other body parts
  3. If you have numbness, tingling or weakness
  4. If you have pain after an accident
  5. If your pain is worse at certain times or in certain positions
  6. If you are having problems with bowels or urination
  7. If you have unexplained weight loss
  8. If you have a fever
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