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Nearly 1 in 5 adults who had Covid have lingering symptoms - US study

Publish: 09:53 AM, 23 Jun, 2022


Nearly 1 in 5 American adults who reported having Covid-19 in the past are still having symptoms of long Covid, according to survey data collected in the first two weeks of June, US health officials said on Wednesday.

Overall, 1 in 13 adults in the United States have long Covid symptoms lasting for three months or more after first contracting the disease, and which they did not have before the infection, the data showed.

The data was collected from 1-13 June by the US Census Bureau and analyzed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Long Covid symptoms range from fatigue, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, cognitive difficulties, chronic pain, sensory abnormalities and muscle weakness. They can be debilitating and last for weeks or months after recovery from the initial infection.

The CDC analysis also found that younger adults were more likely to have persistent symptoms than older adults.

Women were also more likely to have long Covid than men, according to the study, with 9.4% of US adult women reporting long Covid symptoms compared to 5.5% of men.

The survey found nearly 9% of Hispanic adults have long Covid, higher than non-Hispanic white and Black adults, and more than twice the percentage of non-Hispanic Asian adults.

There were also differences based on US states, with Kentucky and Alabama reporting the highest percentage of adults with long Covid symptoms, while Hawaii, Maryland and Virginia reported the lowest, according to the survey.

- Reuters

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Health Minister urges everyone to take booster dose

Publish: 03:01 PM, 16 Jun, 2022


Health Minister Dr. Zahid Maleque has urged all to get booster doses against the deadly coronavirus. 

He said that coronavirus case is increasing in Bangladesh as well as in neighboring countries. For this, everyone should take booster dose.

The health minister said this after a meeting with the pharmaceutical industry association at the secretariat on Thursday afternoon.

Zahid Maleque said that in the proposed budget, the prices of some raw materials used for making medicines have gone up. This will also affect the price of medicines. The government is working in coordination with the manufacturing companies to keep the prices of medicines affordable.

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1 crore people to receive booster dose in vaccination week

Publish: 03:27 PM, 04 Jun, 2022


Health Minister Zahid Maleque today said one crore people across the country will be given booster doses during the booster dose vaccination week.

He said 85,000 workers from 16,650 centers across the country would take part in the program. So far, 12.87 crore people have been given the first dose, 11.77 crore people have been given the second dose and 1.5 crore people have been given the booster dose.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said this at the inaugural function of Booster Dose Vaccination Week at Manikganj Colonel Malek Medical College Hospital at around 12:30 pm on Saturday.

At that time, Zahid Maleque said Bangladesh has garnered praise from all over the world for COVID vaccination. Everything is normal in the country due to COVID control. We want to keep the countrymen better. 

During this, he urged the vaccinators to get vaccinated in a fair and peaceful manner.

The function was attended by senior officials of local administration including the director general (DG) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

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Booster Dose Week 4-10 June

Publish: 01:20 PM, 31 May, 2022


Booster dose week will be observed across the country from June 4 to 10 to prevent the ongoing epidemic of coronavirus infection. Everyone from 18 years of age and older can take a booster dose at this time.

This information was given in a notification of the Management Information System (MIS) branch of the health department on Tuesday (May 31).

The notification said that, the corona vaccine booster dose week will be observed across the country from June 4 to 10. A third or booster dose can be taken at the nearest immunization center on any of these seven days. However, everyone must be wearing a mask when coming to the vaccination center.

It further said that under the campaign, all citizens aged 18 and above will be able to get third or booster dose of Covid vaccine. The booster dose can be taken four months after the second dose.

According to the department, vaccination will start from 9 am in all vaccination centers in the country. In this case, vaccination card is mandatory. In addition to the booster dose, the normal functioning of the Covid vaccination will continue.

Noting that the vaccine is an effective solution to prevent corona, the department said that a third or booster dose must be taken to get the full benefit of the vaccine.

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Monkeypox presents moderate risk to global public health, WHO says

Publish: 09:32 AM, 30 May, 2022


The World Health Organization said on Sunday that monkey pox constitutes a "moderate risk" to overall public health at global level after cases were reported in countries where the disease is not typically found.

"The public health risk could become high if this virus exploits the opportunity to establish itself as a human pathogen and spreads to groups at higher risk of severe disease such as young children and immunosuppressed persons," WHO said.

As of May 26, a total of 257 confirmed cases and 120 suspected cases have been reported from 23 member states that are not endemic for the virus, the health agency said in a statement. There has been no reported fatalities so far.

WHO also said that the sudden appearance of monkeypox at once in several non-endemic countries suggests undetected transmission for some time and recent amplifying events.

The agency added that it expects more cases to be reported as surveillance in endemic and non-endemic countries expands.

Monkeypox is an infectious disease that is usually mild, and is endemic in parts of west and central Africa. It is spread by close contact, so it can be relatively easily contained through measures such as self-isolation and hygiene.

Most of the cases reported so far have been detected in the UK, Spain and Portugal.

"The vast majority of reported cases so far have no established travel links to an endemic area and have presented through primary care or sexual health services," the UN agency said.

- Reuters

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Monkeypox: Not as contagious as Corona

Publish: 10:19 AM, 24 May, 2022


The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning as monkeypox has been spreading new panic all over the world recently. The virus has also been reported in several countries in Europe and America.

Infection experts say the monkeypox virus is not as contagious as Covid. It requires prolonged exposure. It is not transmitted without a very close relationship. This can be through direct or indirect close contact with those who have traveled to Africa. However, it is a Self-Limited Disease. The disease usually gets better on its own, but the disease is painful and the vision is bitter. The special feature of this disease is that as a result of its visual acuity, the patient isolates itself. As a result, monkeypox infections are much less likely to spread like corona.

According to public health experts, early symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, sweating, back pain, muscle strain and fatigue. When the fever subsides, rashes appear on the body. In most cases, rashes appear on the face at the beginning and later it spreads to other body parts. The rash spreads especially on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. At the same time, scars like spring appear on the skin of the victims.

The virus was first identified in the United States in 2003. However, this is the first case of the virus outside of Africa. At that time a total of 81 people were infected with this disease. But no one was killed. Almost all of those previously infected with the virus had a history of traveling to countries of origin. However, in recent times there have been exceptions in the case of victims.