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EU health body considering airborne spread of virus as well as droplets

first_imgAndrea Ammon, who chairs the ECDC, told Reuters there was still no evidence to show what proportion of cases were spread by aerosols rather than droplets, but “we know both are a possibility”.Last week, the WHO said the virus could spread through aerosols, although it stopped short of saying this had been confirmed. The global health body had come under pressure from scientists, who wrote a letter calling on it to acknowledge the potential for airborne spread.Ammon said the ECDC was assessing risks in the workplace, which would be heightened by airborne transmission, after several localized outbreaks in plants throughout Europe, with the most serious in a slaughterhouse in Germany in June.”We are working on a technical report on occupational settings and risk factors for such outbreaks,” she said, adding dangers posed by ventilation systems were being assessed.Many of the social distancing and hygiene guidelines that countries have adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic are based on preventing contact with droplets of saliva or mucous expelled by carriers of the virus when they cough, sneeze or speak. Preventing airborne spread could require other strategies.Ammon said the ECDC still assumes droplets are the most common vehicle of transmission. She said there was no need at this stage to update the agency’s guidance, and reiterated that it was crucial that people continue to respect social distancing rules and wear face masks.  The EU’s public health body is assessing risks posed by ventilation systems and other settings at workplaces for the transmission of the novel coronavirus through the air, in addition to through droplets, its head said.The announcement by the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDP) could show a commitment tackling the potential spread through fine airborne mists known as aerosols, which the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged as a possible danger only last week.While the virus is believed to spread mainly through contaminated droplets, Europe’s ECDC has long warned it might also spread through the air in mists. That could pose extra risk in enclosed spaces, especially with poor ventilation, risks that could rise in winter as people spend more time indoors. Topics :last_img read more


Rivers Utd Romps to 2-1 Victory over KCCA

first_imgCAF CONFEDERATION CUPDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportRivers United on Tuesday grabbed a 2-1 victory over Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in a 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group A match at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt. The ‘Pride of Rivers’ is now within qualification for the quarter final of the second tier CAF competition.The victory shot the last Nigerian team in continental campaign this term to third position on six points, same as group leader, FUS Rabat of Morocco. KCCA is fourth now on same six points. Goal difference separates them all. The table is expected to change with Club Africain’s clash with FUS Rabat late last night. Rivers United got off to the best possible start as Bernard Ovoke scored from Sakin Bolaji’s corner-kick to make it 1-0 to the home side with KCCA defence exposed.It was soon 2-0 to the home side and this time it was Frederick Obomate who scored with the impressive Ovoke grabbing an assist in the 15th minute.Ovoke, who was looking lively for Rivers, nearly extended Rivers’ lead in the 21st minute, but the attacker headed over from an unmarked position.The Rivers midfielder was then denied by KCCA goalkeeper Douglas Kisembo, who was well-positioned to make a save from Ovoke’s free-kick.With the halftime break fast approaching, the visitors pushed forward in search of their first goal and they did manage to pull one back.Geoffrey Serunkuma made it 2-1 for KCCA on the stroke of halftime after the Rivers defence failed to defend a free-kick. Rivers were leading 2-1 at the interval.The home side started the second half brightly with Emeka Atuloma forcing Kisembo into a save from a free-kick just three minutes into the second half.Then Kisembo went down injured and he was replaced by KCCA’s reserve shot-stopper Benjamin Ochan nine minutes before the hour-mark.In the 64th minute, Ovoke dribbled past a few KCCA defenders, before unleashing a shot which missed the target as he looked to test Ochan.Ivorian striker Guy Keumian was introduced in the 73rd minute by the Rivers technical team as they looked to restore the home side’s two-goal lead.KCCA nearly grabbed a late equaliser, but Rivers keeper Abiodun Akande was alert as he denied Derrick Nsibambi in the 85th minute.The visitors then suffered a major blow in the closing stages of the match as Habib Kavuma was sent off after receiving his second yellow card and ultimately Rivers ran out 2-1 winners.Rivers: Akande, Nweke, Douhadji, Ovoke (Odah 78′), Olalekan, Zoumana, Obomate (Igbinoba 61′), Sakin, Odumegwu (Keumian 73′), Atuloma, Saka.KCCA: Kisembo (Ochan 51′), Okot, Awany, Kavuma; Poloto (Kayizzy 68), Muzamiru, Masiko, Muleme; Okello (Ntege 58′) Serunkuma, Nsibambi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more