I also wondered if it was that bad. But if you see coffins in the coffee rooms, you know it ‘- Wel.nl

With the second corona wave just around the corner, Edzo Doeve, chairman of the board of funeral director Dela, looks back on that first wave in de Volkskrant. “We hadn’t made it for another six months.”

At the time, there were three to four times as many funerals as normal. “We were one of the first to see where the dead came from. Not only from hospitals, but also from nursing homes, ”he says. “And what was added: nobody wanted to keep a dead person in the house for fear of contamination. We had to set up extra morgues and cooling to be able to recover the dead, sometimes hidden behind screens so that the public did not have to see it. ”

Doeve emphasizes that it was precisely thanks to the lockdown that it was possible to offer everyone a suitable funeral. “Had we not responded adequately in Uden, such a massive outbreak could have occurred everywhere. I also wondered at first if it was that bad. But if you see coffins in the coffee rooms, then you know. ”

The CEO of Dela belongs to the risk group. “But I also wanted to have a look at the crematoria myself. I was shocked by the number of deaths, we have added a lot of additional cooling capacity. ”

But that could not go on. “It was great that we could solve it like this, but we had not kept it up for another six months.”

Edzo Doeve
Photo: Marcel van Hoorn

Bron (nen): De Volkskrant


Spain reports more than 30,000 new corona infections since Friday – Wel.nl

MADRID (ANP / RTR) – Spain has registered 31,428 new corona infections since Friday. The Health Ministry confirmed on Monday that a total of 671,468 people in the country have now contracted the virus. More than 30,000 patients have succumbed to Covid-19.

The Madrid region in particular has been hit hard by the second wave of the epidemic. Local authorities have declared a partial lockdown for the areas where corona strikes the hardest. In fact, residents are only allowed on the road if their work requires it or if they have to see the doctor elsewhere. That decision sparked a lot of protest.


Scientists impressed by spectacular photo of Jupiter – Wel.nl

NASA shared a particularly impressive snapshot of the planet Jupiter on Friday. The Hubble space telescope even captured the gas giant, which is at least 588 million kilometers from Earth, with one of its moons in the background.

At the rear left of the spectacular photo, we see icy moon Europa, which is suspected of hiding a liquid ocean beneath the ice crust. Most striking, however, is the large red spot on Jupiter itself, which has been visible since the first observation in 1930. It is a gigantic storm that has likely raged through the planet’s atmosphere for centuries. That storm alone is bigger than Earth.

Below the red spot is a white spot, a storm called Oval BA. It was still very red in 2006, but is now much lighter in color. An elongated white spot can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. This is also a storm, NASA reports.


Flight without destination sold out within 10 minutes – Wel.nl

Flying used to be a necessary evil, now people get on a plane for fun, even if it has no destination. At least in Australia, a 7-hour tour over the continent sold out in 10 minutes.

Down under the borders are still closed. That’s why Qantas Airlines offers enthusiasts the opportunity to fly around the main tourist attractions. On October 10, a 150-passenger Dreamliner will depart from Sydney Airport for a tour of the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru Rock and Sydney Harbor to land in the same spot.

Travelers do need to wear a face mask. A ticket costs at least 500 euros, people have to pay 2,300 euros for a place in the business class. Then they will receive Qantas pajamas, a chef’s lunch and a special certificate. For the airline it is a way to generate extra income in these difficult times. The airline has to cut at least 6,000 jobs.


“Current infection figures create devilish dilemma” – Wel.nl

The corona virus is spreading again, but still mainly among young people. It was reason for the cabinet to tighten up the corona rules a bit, but not to go all out. Experts explain to the NOS that we are at a difficult point in the epidemic, but that something needs to change.

“There is no clear moment from here and no further,” concludes medical microbiologist Marc Bonten of the UMC. “But the trend is not going to change by itself. Sooner or later this will lead to risks for the elderly. ”

“Something happened that we had not predicted: a lot of infections in young people and few hospital admissions,” says Bonten. That creates a “devil’s dilemma”. “Are you going to intervene in the group with the most infections but the least consequences?”

Epidemiologist Patricia Bruijning of the UMC is more certain. “It always takes a while before you also see the effect in hospital admissions.” She calls it naive to think that the Netherlands is capable of spreading the virus only among young people. “Nowhere in the world has a country succeeded.”

She therefore thinks that the new measures are not strict enough. “My feeling is that it is too little.” According to Bonten, we have to wait and see. “It’s one big experiment. With these measures, the threshold for getting together is somewhat higher. But they are small steps, in the hope that it works. ”

Bron (nen): WE


‘The penis is the canary in the coal mine’ – Wel.nl

Men with erectile dysfunction only want one thing: for him to do it again. And thanks to pills, it is usually not that complicated. That is why erectile dysfunction is insufficiently researched, says Professor Guy T’Sjoen (UZ Gent), who is famous in Belgium as a doctor of men’s ailments. “In any case, it pays to keep researching erectile dysfunction. It could be an indication of type 2 diabetes or heart problems. The penis is the canary in the coal mine, it could be an indication of other problems. ”

According to T’Sjoen, men are hardly concerned with health and too much with side issues, such as whether their penis is big enough.

“We’ve all been mis-grown by watching too much porn. The men in it all have a larger size. Otherwise they might not be selected. The average length of the Fleming is 14 centimeters when erect. That’s an average. That means that a penis of 11 or 17 centimeters is normal. Many men have a different idea about that. I can reassure them with this data. ” When he says that to a man in his office, it rarely helps.

“Of course not, because they have come up with the idea that maybe something could be done to make their penis longer. But those possibilities do not exist. In the best case, you can gain two centimeters through all kinds of interventions. That makes no sense. Another misconception is that men who come too quickly would benefit from circumcision. Nor is it the case. Research has shown that. ”

The biggest taboo among men? “Based purely on my experiences, I would say: talk about feelings. Everything technical – pills, exams, injections – usually goes smoothly. But when it comes to feelings, fears, men often close. ”

Bron (nen): The morning


Lockdown in Madrid again – Wel.nl

Parts of Madrid will go into lockdown again from this weekend. Now that the number of corona infections in the Spanish capital continues to rise, the regional government has no choice but to take heavy measures again.

“We need to act as quickly as possible,” said Regional Government Deputy Health Minister Antonio Zapatero at a press conference. Measures to “limit the freedom of movement and for meetings” will come into effect this weekend, the Flemish news agency Belga notes.

6.4 million people live in the Madrid region. It is still unknown which parts will be locked. Almost 40 percent of all new corona infections take place in and around the capital. Yesterday, 1207 positive corona tests were counted in 24 hours.

Spain is one of the hardest hit countries in Europe. There are more than 600,000 official infections and at least 30,000 corona deaths.

Bron (nen): HLN


“It’s just like in April” – Wel.nl

Doctors in the Marseille region are sounding the alarm: 95 percent of all IC beds are already taken. The number of corona infections has risen sharply in and around the southern French city. And therefore also the number of patients who end up in hospital.

France is facing a major new corona outbreak. A dark record was set on Saturday, with 10,561 infections within 24 hours. There were never that many before. Professor Dominique Rossi, who heads the Medical Commission of the University Hospitals in Marseille, tells Reuters news agency: “We are working as in April again. Completely according to the scenario we used during the peak of the first corona wave. ”

The percentage of positive corona tests is above 10 percent in the southern French region, where 5.3 percent is average for France. According to the French government, a percentage of more than 5 percent means that the virus is not under control.

There are also many more infections in the Netherlands, but it remains calm on the ic’s, but that can be calm before the storm, as in the south of France. Belgian virologist Marc van Ranst warns against this on Twitter: “For those who think we can have many Covid cases without hospital admissions, because ‘the virus is weakened’: we don’t,” he writes. “We dissect more than 1,000 complete genomes in our laboratory. There are no mutations that indicate a weakening of the virus. ”

Bron (nen): HLN


“October and November will be the most difficult in Europe” – Wel.nl

Although the number of corona infections is increasing, few people are still dying from the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) thinks that will change. “October and November will be very difficult.”

That says WHO regional director Hans Kluge in an interview with AFP. It is the result of a resurgence of the virus almost everywhere in Europe. A vaccine will not immediately be the solution. “I keep hearing: the vaccine will be the end of the epidemic. Of course not!” says Kluge.

“We don’t even know if the vaccine will be effective for the entire population. Some signs currently indicate that it will work for some, but not others, ”stressed the WHO director. “And if we suddenly have to order different vaccines, it becomes a logistical nightmare.”

Research of more than 8,000 British doctors further shows that almost 90 percent are counting on a second wave in the next six months. According to them, the failing source and contact investigation (just like here) is the main cause that the number of infections gets out of hand again.

Bron (nen): The Guardian


The coronavirus also threatens your brain – Wel.nl

In March, we thought the coronavirus was causing lung problems. Now – almost 7 months later – we know that it is a many-headed monster that can take care of your whole body.

There is now also a threat to the brain. How the virus enters the brain is not clear. But about half of patients have neurological symptoms, including headache, confusion, and delirium.

A new study provides the first evidence that the coronavirus enters the brain and wreaks havoc there. It multiplies in the brain. The virus also seems to soak up all the oxygen nearby, killing neighboring cells.

Brain infection is likely rare, but some people may be susceptible due to their genetic background or other reasons.

“If the brain becomes infected, it can be fatal,” Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University, told me. New York Times.

And that’s how we learn more and more about the virus.

Bron (nen): NOW