The armed forces’ interview method raises ethical questions

Peace organization PAX regularly interrogates civilians in conflict areas, especially regarding their security. “We then ask, for example, how they view the police,” says program leader Hans Rouw of Pax. It requires caution. The answers are stored digitally without the interviewee’s name, position or even the place of residence. It is no longer possible to trace the source. “Suppose that in a village many people complain about the police and that information leaks out, then the police might get the idea to get a story in that village. That is why we adjust the GPS location in such a way that only the region can be traced. ”

The Dutch armed forces have also been interviewing civilians on missions for years, in order to understand and possibly influence their behavior, wrote NRC this weekend. They do this with the marketing method BDM, with which the military want to operate more effectively, resulting in less violence and civilian casualties. However, defense acknowledges that there are still no strict guidelines and ethical and legal frameworks for the use of the method. Army boss Martin Wijnen said he wanted a political discussion about this. MPs say they ask questions, a few want a debate.

PAX calls it positive that soldiers learn more about local culture and look for nonviolent solutions, but find it necessary to discuss the preconditions. “What does the Ministry of Defense do to ensure that the local population is not harmed by the application of the method?” Says Rouw. “What, for example, are the safeguards against data breaches? In South Sudan, satellite images of burnt-down villages have fallen into the hands of militias, who used these images to burn down the saved villages. ”

Cooperation is risky

Rouw emphasizes that it is risky for civilians to cooperate with foreign military personnel, because their fellow citizens will often see them as collaborators. “We know this, for example, from local interpreters who work for intervention forces and run incredible risks. I know a Kurdish interpreter who cannot return to Mosul, but who cannot apply for asylum in the country for which he worked,” says Vincent Vrijhoef, also program leader at PAX. “The aftercare is not always well organized.”

In the summer of 2017, Dutch soldiers interviewed seventy people in a refugee camp near Mosul, the city that was then still owned by IS. “Refugees are a vulnerable group” who do not easily say no, says Vrijhoef. PAX therefore uses double permission for this type of investigation: before the interview and afterwards, so that people can withdraw their statements when in doubt. The interviews revealed, among other things, that boys aged 18 to 20 were still entering and exiting the areas occupied by IS on a moped and were prepared to provide the coalition troops with information. Vrijhoef: “Those boys have run an incredible amount of risk, perhaps more than the military think.”

The PAX researchers therefore believe that the armed forces should discuss openly more about BDM than now. The method was discussed at a PAX meeting with defense representatives at the end of 2019, Rouw recalls: “When we came to speak about its application in Burkina Faso, we asked questions such as: ‘How does it work? What is the goal?’ Nobody wanted to say anything about that. That is strange, because you always have to weigh a means and a goal against each other. That must be done in public. ”

British ex-soldier Ade Rudd, who taught Dutch military personnel in influencing operations on a number of occasions, was not involved in such debates. “There is no ethical dilemma for me,” says Rudd when asked whether you can always interview people. “People can always refuse to answer your questions, but I have every right to use all the techniques in the world to let you answer that question.” Rudd spent 24 years in the British Army, which has conducted many influencing operations in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan in recent decades. The Dutch military personnel who are familiar with the BDM method and who spoke to NRC do, however, call ethical considerations important.

Throwing rocks

British soldiers in Iraq had a lot of trouble with children who threw stones at the patrols, Rudd says. “Did the kids do that because they hated us? No, we discovered by asking them and their parents: they were just bored ”, says Rudd. “So we went to the villages, with volleyball and soccer in the back. We played with the children for half an hour and afterwards we gave them the ball. They stopped throwing stones. ” More effective and pleasant, Rudd says, than saying to the parents, “Get your kids in order, because otherwise…”

In Canada, military personnel are also trained in the BDM method, and a similar program is also running in Belgium in which military personnel try to see the world more through the eyes of the local population. At a meeting in November 2018 at the 1 Civil and Military Interaction Command in Apeldoorn, Canadians and Belgians came to see how the Netherlands approached this. Despite a shortage of whiteboards and computers with an internet connection, the atmosphere was ‘relaxed’ and participants experienced the meeting as useful, according to an evaluation.

Yet operations like this have raised ethical questions in the past, such as in the US. It was not the soldiers themselves who tried to fathom the population, but the army took cultural anthropologists, including to Afghanistan. That was controversial from the outset. Critics believed that common standards for academics, such as consent from those surveyed, would erode in a war. The anthropologist association president said to the online medium Inside Higher Ed that it was “in no way possible to obtain information under the terms of a full consent that was not enforced”. The program was quietly discontinued in 2014.

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Virus, “mortality lower than seasonal flu”. Study on blood tests in Japan

The figure, in terms of the fight against coronavirus, is surprisingly encouraging: the actual mortality of Covid-19 would be 00:01%, even lower than that of milder seasonal flu, but the Japanese researchers themselves put their hands forward by calling for caution. Moreover, since the outbreak of the pandemic, experts have been divided on the criteria for assessing the mortality of the virus and on the comparison with the effects of the flu waves that affect the world every year with more or less dangerous consequences. Not to mention the non-homogeneous way of calculating mortality in the world.


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The research comes from City Medical Center Hospital of Kobe, city of 1.5 million inhabitants west of Osaka on the east coast of Japan. A city that in normal times is a destination for a strong tourist flow, also international, all year round.

The doctors of the hospital, which boasts a university and solid international collaborations, carried out tests on the blood of a thousand people (a significant sample) who entered the hospital for reasons other than the coronavirus epidemic, which in the country, however, triggered measures much less severe containment than in Italy.

Well, as reported by NHK-World Japan, the analyzes revealed that 3.3% of the people (33) who attended the hospital’s surgeries in March and in the first part of April showed traces of Covid-19 antibodies. . If projected on the population of the city – explain the doctors – these data may suggest that at least 50 thousand inhabitants of Kobe have been infected. Many more than those currently known.


The director of the hospital, Kihara Yasuki, said that it is indeed possible that many more people than expected were infected with the virus without suffering the consequences and are now carrying antibodies.

A circumstance that could suggest a mortality of 0.01% (one death per 10 thousand patients) for the coronavirus, thus demoted, in terms of danger, to less than a normal flu. A scenario that in turn could guide governments in choosing the virus containment measures in order not to cause further slowdowns to the economy. Heavy topic everywhere, starting right from Japan, for example, forced to postpone the Olympics.

At this point, however, the doctors of the Japanese hospital invite caution in evaluating the results of their research: they remember that the accuracy of the tests and the fact that their sample is made up only of people who have attended the surgeries of their Hospital. This figure on the alleged low mortality of Covid-19 arriving from Kobe must now be accompanied by the results of other research carried out in Japan.

And Professor Katsuda Yoshiaki of the Kansai University of Social Welfare recommends respecting social distancing and staying at home because infected people could be many more than those officially known.

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Coronavirus map: track spread in the United States and around the world

The COVID-19 epidemic that started in China has affected thousands of people around the world.

By Monday, the new coronavirus outbreak in the United States has grown to at least 35,345 cases in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. There are epidemic groups in New York, Washington State and California, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is monitoring relationships and confirming them with local health departments.

The number of cases in the United States and around the world is the subject of some debate, as the tests have been implemented unevenly and the criteria for diagnosis (through clinical means or laboratory tests) have varied from country to country.

For more information on COVID-19 cases in your state, see your state’s health department website, listed below. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain statistics nationwide, but are not updated as often. Johns Hopkins University information is not independently verified by ABC News.

The growing number of laboratory confirmed cases in the U.S. at this point still pales in comparison to seasonal flu, which kills around 12,000-61,000 people a year and affects between 9 and 45 million people in the country, according to the CDC.

However, experts warn that COVID-19 should not be minimized or compared with a bad case of flu. Instead, respiratory disease is more similar to severe pneumonia and, in severe cases, patients who have difficulty breathing have been hospitalized and worn ventilators.

What is unknown is the way in which deadly coronavirus, which has no treatment at this point, is compared to the flu or how severe its effects are for those who are sick but don’t die.

Of those cases in the United States (pictured above), at least 48 were diagnosed in individuals who were repatriated to the United States on government charter flights from Wuhan, China, and the Diamond Princess cruise ship. But many others are cases of unknown origin, or potential spread of the community, where there is no known connection to travel.

Monitoring of new coronaviruses worldwide

In the meantime, the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to dozens of countries in regions around the world.

The new coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China in late December and has since affected at least 353,692 people worldwide, including at least 35,345 in the United States, and killed thousands, mainly in mainland China and Italy, according to data from Johns Hopkins. At least 100,443 people have already recovered, JHU said.

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Circle of influence: a tool to reduce our worries | Happiness Lab Blog

The coronavirus has awakened a tsunami of concern. We are concerned about how it can affect us or our loved ones; we are shocked to read the death toll and we don’t know when this nightmare will end. We live in a world of present and future concerns. But there is an alternative. We have the possibility to reduce the weight of what worries us and to pass the storm in a kinder way. To do this, we need to train our attention and have specific tools to drive the mindset of change. Obviously, its practice takes time. All our worries are not going to disappear overnight, in one fell swoop.

In any deep crisis we will experience anger, fear or sadness, but knowing some techniques will help us to go through it better and faster. Years ago the teacher Stephen Covey already proposed to work our circle of influence. Let’s see how we can practice it at times like today.

Let’s think about what worries us. Let’s list our concerns and write them around a circle that we’ll call our circle of concerns. We can write uncertainties like can I get infected? Will I be able to heal if I have become ill or if someone close to me has happened to him? Will I get my job back? We must detail everything that concerns us in a specific and concrete way. Next, we need to ask ourselves a powerful question. It is the key to change: What can I do? In any circumstance, desperate as it may be, we have room for maneuver. The psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, a prisoner in Nazi death camps like Auschwitz, explained it very well. Even in extreme situations we have room for maneuver to decide, even if it is only the attitude with which we want to live that has touched us. Therefore, we cannot let ourselves be carried away by the feeling of powerlessness. We can all influence what surrounds us, however small it may seem.

From this perspective, we return to our previous exercise. Let’s go through each of our concerns and ask ourselves: what can I do about this situation? What is up to me? With the answers we configure the circle of influence, smaller, but more powerful, since it gathers all the actions that depend on us to face the concerns. For example, I can stay at home, I can be supportive, I can accept the situation and learn from it, you can update my curriculum or study something new … Whatever we decide.

The third step is the most challenging, as it is related to attention. Every time a concern strikes us, we must engage, that is, focus on what is in our hands, in our circle of influence. We cannot feed concerns with our mental ruminations, but we have to act. For this, it is important to train our mentality, become aware of what we think and focus on what we can do. As Covey wrote, When we pay attention to our circle of influence, we feel that it is enlarging and that our room for maneuver is much greater when faced with a problem..

This exercise helps us develop positive energy that increases our ability to act. However, when we only stay in the complaint or in our circle of concern, our ability to act is reduced and the negative energy we develop makes our circle of influence seem smaller. If we only feed our concerns, we place ourselves in a reactive or victimized place where we hope that others will help us solve our problems. Nevertheless, Focusing on what depends on us, or on our circle of influence, helps us develop a proactive attitude and feel protagonist in situations, however complex they may be. If we train this mentality in the face of change, we will go through any storm winning the psychological battle that always comes along.


The social worker, 39, was found dead by her boyfriend pending the results of the coronavirus tests

A “fun and loving” 39-year-old social worker was found dead by her boyfriend pending the results of coronavirus tests.

Natasha Ott, from New Orleans in the United States, was discovered on Friday by her devastated partner Josh Anderson on the floor of her kitchen.

The HIV consultant was waiting to find out if she had the flu-like virus after refusing the possibility of being tested when she first got sick to save kits for the most vulnerable patients, according to the advertiser. of New Orleans.

In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Josh explained how Natasha had been “healthy” and pleaded with others to take the pandemic seriously.

Her boyfriend posted about his loss on Facebook

“The time to joke about Covid-19 is over,” he says.

“Now is the time to protect yourself, your loved ones and everyone else.”

He described how Natasha, a former Peace Corps volunteer, experienced cold-like symptoms for the first time on Tuesday, March 10.

He had told his partner that his illness looked like a “respiratory cold” and that he felt he had “a tiny fever”.

Although she would have been able to take a coronavirus test through her workplace, she declined it because there were only five kits available.

Believing he was at low risk, he decided to allow the most vulnerable people to use them and instead went to his doctor for a flu test, which turned negative.

On Friday March 13, he wrote Josh a message saying, “Hey, they don’t think I should get tested unless I develop a fever. Everything seems fine. “

Natasha had described the feeling of “something” in her lungs

But after getting tired and feverish over the weekend, she texted him again on Sunday evening, saying, “Hey, I still don’t feel so hot. I could test it at work tomorrow.

“I’m probably fine. I just tried drinking medicinal whiskey and I don’t feel well. I’m fine. I love you.”

He finally did a coronavirus test on Monday, and Thursday he felt well enough to accompany Josh for a walk with his dog Zola.

Although she had “more energy than she had in days”, she also complained that she felt like “something” in her lungs.

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Natasha had told her partner that her test results had been delayed and that she expected to receive them again on Monday.

He wrote it again on Friday morning saying that he felt “a little better and full of hope”, but then he stopped responding to messages and calls.

When Josh worried and went to her house to check on her that evening, she went in to find her dead on the kitchen floor.

In an emotional tribute on Facebook, he wrote: “Seeing a woman I knew was so full of life lying on the lifeless floor was devastating.

“I was afraid to touch it. I kept it anyway.

“Natasha was a deeply gentle, passionate, fun and loving 39-year-old woman in good health … she loved those who were lucky enough to be close to her with every gram of her heart.”

It had not long been tested for the disease

Asking others not to underestimate the dangers of the killer insect, she added: “The absolutely less interesting thing about her was the way she died, but I would like to talk about it here now because I would like everyone to wake up to the reality of what we are facing. “

Natasha’s test results have yet to be confirmed and are not to be returned until Monday.

More than 27,000 Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed in the United States, with 340 deaths.


Coronavirus sufferers say they don’t “smell or taste” days after recovery

Coronavirus sufferers – including a British Member of Parliament – are reporting that the disease makes them unable to taste and smell.

Health minister Nadine Dorries, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 last week, revealed that an unexpected side effect was that she had “absolutely zero” of both senses.

In a Twitter post, she said that when she eats or drinks, she can now only say if something is hot or cold, saying, “It doesn’t make sense to put a tea bag in the water.”

The claim has now been supported by German virologist Hendrik Streeck, who says that the interviews he has conducted with patients have revealed symptoms of which doctors were previously unaware.

Health minister Nadine Dorries was the first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus

Streeck also says that a lower test rate, focused on those who are symptomatic, could explain the high mortality rate in Italy compared to other countries such as Germany.

“If one follows the study and assumes that 91 percent of Covid-19 has only mild or moderate symptoms, the Italians initially focused only on the remaining nine percent,” explained Streeck.

It comes as the number of coronavirus deaths in England has risen to 177 with another 40 reported today.

Dorries – who has now self-isolated at home – says she didn’t go abroad or get in touch with anyone who had had positive results before the test.

Writing in the Sunday Times, he said getting confirmation of contracting Covid-19 was like “ice water running down my back.”

Her 84-year-old mother, who she described as “not in good health”, was also diagnosed with a flu-like virus.

“I stopped listening for a second while the thought crossed my mind: my mom will take it and it’s my fault. I had brought Covid-19 home from Westminster and I had unwittingly passed it on,” he added.

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Mid Bedfordshire MP, known for her stint in I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, advised people to think of everything as contaminated.

Britain’s battle against coronavirus entered a new phase on Friday, when Boris Johnson ordered the closure of all pubs, bars and restaurants.

The Prime Minister told a press conference that people should stay home while warning of “fatal consequences” for the community if people violate the new restrictions.


“I survived the coronavirus: here’s what all parents should know about Covid-19”

An SSN worker who had coronavirus shared his story about having the disease in an attempt to reassure people during the pandemic.

Laura Jacobs, 31, contracted the virus after her parents returned from Italy in mid-February – going through all the typical symptoms such as high fever, aches, painfully tight chest and fatigue.

While he wants people to take the virus seriously and follow government directions, he also wants to ease the concerns that people may have.

Hospital employee Laura from Wales posted on Facebook: “I feel it is important to share my story, especially with all the panic and unrest going on.

“My symptoms came from nowhere. I felt absolutely good at work and then crashed, all the symptoms came immediately.

“I had a high fever, chills, intense pain in the back and neck, sore throat, painfully tight chest and fatigue.”

Together with Matthew, five-year-old daughter Ava and 10-month-old Miles, Laura was tested on Monday March 9 – a day after her mother – by a nurse.

Laura Melissa Powell’s mother, right, and her husband Matthew also had coronavirus after being positive at home

Laura’s mother, Melissa Powell, and her husband Matthew, also had coronavirus after testing positive at home.

He told Wales Online: “I wanted people to see that you shouldn’t take it lightly, but also that there are so many negative things reported in the media, I think people just want reassurance.

“My mother had been to Italy and had gone to an area that was not infected at the time, there were no reported cases, they returned on Sunday 22 February, within three days my mom started showing symptoms and then I caught her. “

Laura, of Neath, explained that her mother had worse symptoms since she had a history of pneumonia.

Laura, pictured with her family, said: “I wanted people to see that you shouldn’t take it lightly but also that there are so many negative things reported in the media, I think people just want reassurance”

He said, “At first I thought I had the flu, I knew it wasn’t a cold. It was much worse, I hadn’t had my flu jab like every two years.

“Over time we have seen in the news that cases have been reported in the Italian part where they went and it could not have been a coincidence.

“So mom took a test and was rated positive, which was Sunday March 8 and March 9 – I was tested. At the time they were doing community tests, since only a handful of people in Wales had been confirmed.

“A community nurse came home with protective clothing, a mask and a visor. She tested me, my husband and my children at the same time.

“It was terrible. We pre-warned my daughter that she was fine, she was not thrilled by the lump, but they were fine.

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“The children came back as negatives and we were surprised because we constantly surround them, giving them kisses and hugs. But this shows that people are worried about their children, I have received many messages from people, but it seems that they are much more resistant. “

Laura said: “I wasn’t feeling really good, I’m healthy, I’ve never been really bad to compare it.

“The worst was the fever for days, chills at high temperatures, horrible pains in the back and neck, you feel like you can’t move, exhausted.

“After the fever got up, I started feeling a little better in myself, it went down my throat, so I have a sore throat and then I had a drier cough than I still have now. The fever is definitely the worst thing. “

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However, her husband Matthew has been worse off since the 35-year-old has asthma and developed viral pneumonia and was hospitalized overnight in Morriston.

“He’s on the mend in the past two days, he’s eating more,” he said, adding how the couple dealt with having the family home quarantined with two young children.

“The consultant advised us to isolate ourselves from the children as much as possible, which is difficult because they are so young. But we constantly wash our hands before feeding and dressing them, anti-baccing door handles, table remote controls and avoiding kisses and hugs. Everything for Miles is still sterilized because it is under one, “said Laura.

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“It was difficult, it was a little scary for my five year old boy. Suddenly she was told that she could not go to school, leave the house, go up the park and dad is not well and a nurse is coming. “

Laura said she had a lot of messages about children and hoped that her post would show people the virus, since most people wouldn’t have sick people forever.

“I think people are really scared,” said Laura, who hopes to be able to help practically those who get sick of viruses when she is completely healed.

“I think it is because it is something new and unknown and you have no answers for how long you will be sick, it gets worse, what the complications are and this is a common thread in the messages I have had.

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“People want answers, if they have had a cough and for how long, and there is a lot of negativity with the number of deaths, the cases doubling, the ITU beds are full, it is necessary to know if people are improving and more people will feel talk about those stories, the better. “

Laura hopes that when she is able to go back to work, she will be of help, but she is currently limited to open spaces because of her cough.

He said, “My consultant is pretty sure that once you have it once you won’t have it anymore.

“I hope I can help people now and we’re in a good position to help people drop things. And I work at Morriston Hospital.

“I don’t have direct contact with patients more than an administrator role, but work as I know will be suspended now.

“It might be nice for me to make multiple face-to-face contacts as I can’t catch anyone.

“But it’s all waiting and seeing for now.”


How does COVID-19 coronavirus compare to influenza? – Health

Many people who get sick with new coronavirus experience mild, flu-like symptoms.

But COVID-19 is not equal to the flu.

So far, the new coronavirus appears to be more contagious, more deadly and has more potential to overwhelm the health care system.

Here’s how the two compare.

The ways in which COVID-19 and flu are similar

Viruses cause both flu and COVID-19, and their early symptoms are often very similar.

They can cause fever, cough and sore throat and in both cases the symptoms can range from mild to fatal.

Although none of us have any immunity to the new coronavirus, research shows that our immune systems respond the same way as influenza.

The immune cells that emerge in the blood before patients recover from COVID-19 are the same cells that we see in people before they recover from the flu.

Since both viruses are transmitted in the same way, via respiratory droplets, both require good hygiene and adequate respiratory labeling.

This means washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, covering your cough and sneezing with your elbow or a tissue and, if you are sick, avoid contact with others.

COVID-19 is more contagious

Epidemiologists use a couple of different measures to understand how far a virus is likely to spread.

One of these is called the “base play number”, otherwise known as R null, or R0.

R0 refers to the number of secondary infections generated by an infected individual, said Sanjaya Senanyake, an infectious disease specialist from the Australian National University.

“For COVID-19, that number goes from 2 to 2.5. This means that a person with COVID-19 continues to infect two or two and a half people,” said Dr. Senanyake.

This figure is higher than that of influenza, for which R0 varies, but it is estimated to be around 1.3.

This means that the new coronavirus is about twice as contagious as the flu.

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COVID-19, however, appears to spread somewhat slower than influenza, which has a shorter incubation period (the time from infection to the onset of symptoms).

“When we talk about infectivity … the other measure is something we call a serial interval, which is the speed between infections,” said Dr. Senanyake.

While pre-symptomatic transmission (when the virus spreads before symptoms appear) is an important flu transmission factor, COVID-19 is not likely to be the case.

While there are people who can get rid of the COVID-19 virus 24-48 hours before showing symptoms, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), this doesn’t seem to be a driving factor in its spread.

COVID-19 is more deadly

Most people who get the new coronavirus or flu will improve.

“Eighty percent of people with COVID-19 have only mild to moderate disease that lasts around two weeks,” said Dr. Senanyake.

However, the fraction of people who develop severe disease with COVID-19 is higher than it is for the flu.

According to the WHO, 15% of COVID-19 cases are serious infections that require oxygen and 5% are critical infections that require ventilation.

The mortality rate for COVID-19 also appears to be higher than that of influenza, particularly seasonal influenza.

“For seasonal flu it tends to be around 0.1 percent,” said Dr. Senanyake.

This equates to about one in 1,000 people.

At a rate of 1%, COVID-19 would be about 10 times more deadly than seasonal flu, which is estimated to kill between 290,000 and 650,000 people worldwide every year.

But the real mortality rate will take some time to fully understand, as there are many mild cases that have probably not been reported yet.

Those most at risk

The people in the community most at risk of serious flu are:

  • children,
  • pregnant women,
  • Senior citizens,
  • people with chronic conditions (such as asthma),
  • people who have compromised the immune system.

For COVID-19, those most at risk are:

  • people who have recently been to a high-risk country or region (Mainland China, Iran, Italy or Korea),
  • people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19,
  • Senior citizens,
  • people with chronic medical conditions,
  • people who have compromised the immune system,
  • Aboriginal peoples and of the islands of the Torres Strait (as they present higher rates of chronic diseases).

But health experts have warned younger adults not to be pleased with their risk, as it is not impossible for them to have a serious form of the disease or even die from it.

While children are the key drivers of influenza transmission in the community, initial data from the COVID-19 pandemic suggest that children are much less affected than adults.

No treatment for COVID-19

Unlike the flu, for which we have antiviral medicines and vaccines, there are currently no vaccines or drugs authorized for COVID-19, although there are several in development.

While the flu shot is not effective against coronavirus, it is highly recommended that you be vaccinated whenever possible.

“What we don’t want is for people to get flu and COVID-19 at the same time,” said Dr. Senanyake.

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Nurse tested for coronavirus health care system is failing workers – NBC 7 San Diego

A San Diego nurse who is being tested for coronavirus says the health system is not doing enough to protect workers and patients, and fears that she has unwittingly exposed others to the virus while they were at work.

he spoke exclusively to NBC 7 on FaceTime on Wednesday.

“Hi, so I’ve just been tested for coronavirus,” explained nurse Megan Ucich in a cell phone video recorded at home earlier this week.

Ucich treats patients in three separate health centers.

“So last Tuesday,” continues Ucich, “I started having this strange chest tightness, almost like chest pain.”

She thought it was right
muscle soreness, so he continued to work.

So on Monday he started to vomit, he had diarrhea and a high fever.

“This sucks,” Ucich described. “For people who think this is just like the flu – no.”

Now it is
quarantined in her bedroom – away from her husband – while she waits
test results.

I think this is revealing cracks in our healthcare system that are occurring
for a long time, “said Ucich in the Facetime interview on Wednesday.

The cracks to which it refers
be the lack of protective devices and the lack of tests for healthcare professionals.

In fact, her primary care physician sent to her home, telling her that she probably had just had the common flu.

the answer we should give to our healthcare professionals, “said Ucich.

He went to another
hospital where she was screened and tested immediately.

“If we don’t have the resources to keep ourselves safe, we can’t even protect you. And that’s what’s scary. That’s what needs to change,” he said.

Ucich hopes that officials will soon undertake routine tests for healthcare professionals.

“We are probably adding fuel to the same fire we are trying to put out every day,” said Ucich in one of his home videos.

We want to be clear: Ucich’s test results are still pending. However, it has already shown negative results for influenza A, influenza B and RSV, the most common strains of influenza and common respiratory infections.