April2020

Management of masks

Regardless of the type of mask used, appropriate wear and disposal are essential to ensure that they are effective (preventing any increase in transmission). Guidelines for use, based on practice in health care settings, are as follows: Place the mask carefully, ensuring it covers the mouth and nose, and tie[…]

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The use of medical masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19

WHO recommends the use of  medical masks in health-care settings, noting that they should be used in combination with other key infection prevention and control measures (such as hand hygiene and adequate physical distancing). National decision makers may also recommend medical mask use for certain individuals using a risk-based approach.[…]

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Types of masks used against the spread of COVID-19

Advice on the use of masks has been changing constantly over the last few weeks based on emerging global evidence. There are several different types of masks that can be used depending on the need and setting. Medical masks (also known as surgical masks): These are made from a minimum[…]

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Talking with Children about COVID-19 – a new storybook

A new story book has been produced as a collaborative project between more than 50 humanitarian organizations (including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the International Federation of Red Cross, and Save the Children).The book aims to help children understand COVID-19 and the measures that have been[…]

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Relaxation of Lockdown for the Over 70s

*Details of protected time have now changed, please click here for updated post 22.6.20* At the  press conference on Monday 27th April,  Cabinet announced the relaxation of lockdown rules for anyone over 70 years.  Prior to this, the law had stated  that people over 70 may only leave the home[…]

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Are you #CovidFit?

Public Health Gibraltar have launched a new campaign CovidFit, the purpose of which is to ensure the community is best informed about the choices to make when isolating at homes during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. For those in lock down, the absence of a daily routine and often extended distance[…]

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World Immunization Week 24 – 30 April 2020

World Immunization Week, celebrated annually in the last week of April aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Routine immunization[…]

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Case Definitions for COVID-19

WHO periodically updates the Global Surveillance for human infection with COVID-19. For easy reference, case definitions are listed below. Suspect case a) A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease, e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND a history of travel to or residence[…]

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Children and COVID-19

Cases of COVID-19 infection in children are typically quite mild; however their reactions to Covid-19 can be varied. People with mild or no symptoms of infection, including children, are all likely to play a role in the transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the community. Therefore, social distancing, hand washing[…]

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COVID-19-What do you mean by “flattening the curve”?

When studying how infectious diseases are, epidemiologists look at specific parameters of risk, namely: The transmission rate (the number of people who can be infected from a single case) The fatality rate (the number of deaths seen) Whether transmission of the infection is possible whilst showing no symptoms at all[…]

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