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October 19, 2020

CORONAVIRUS SURVIVES ON SKIN FIVE TIMES LONGER THAN FLU: STUDY

The study backs World Health Organization guidance for regular and thorough hand washing to limit transmission of the virus, which has infected nearly 40 million people around the world since it first emerged in China late last year.

TOKYO – The coronavirus remains active on human skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers have found, in a discovery they said showed the need for frequent hand washing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pathogen that causes the flu survives on human skin for about 1.8 hours by comparison, said the study published this month in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.

“The nine-hour survival of SARS-CoV-2 [...]

 
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October 19, 2020

5 important things happening in South Africa today

Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:

Coronavirus: Global Covid-19 infections have hit 39.8 million confirmed, with the death toll reaching 1.11 million. In South Africa, there have been 1,662 new cases, taking the total reported to 703,793. Deaths have reached 18,471 (a daily increase of 63), while recoveries have climbed to 634,543, leaving the country with a balance of 50,779 active cases.

Heat wave: Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga, Free State and eastern parts of the Northern Cape are expected to experience a heat wave on Monday and Tuesday this week, with high temperatures persisting to the weekend. Stay hydrated and out of direct sunlight. [...]

 
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October 19, 2020

HEALTH MINISTER DR ZWELI MKHIZE AND HIS WIFE TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG – Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife, Dr May Mkhize, have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The minister said they were in quarantine at home and he was optimistic they would make a full recovery.

Mkhize was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms and confirmed in a statement on Sunday night that the couple had contracted the virus.

“We decided to go test yesterday [Saturday] when I started showing mild symptoms. I was feeling abnormally exhausted and as the day progressed, I started losing appetite. My wife had a cough, was dizzy, and extremely exhausted. Given her symptoms, the doctors advised that she must be admitted for [...]

 
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October 16, 2020

What’s your blood type? It may affect your risk for Covid-19

A growing body of evidence suggests that blood type may play a role in the risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus or developing life-threatening complications from the illness.

But it does not mean that any single blood type is more protective or more dangerous regarding Covid-19, and the evidence may indeed raise more questions than answers.

Two studies on the topic were published Wednesday in the journal Blood Advances, a publication of the American Society of Hematology.

In the first, researchers in Denmark looked back at data on 473,654 people tested for [...]

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