European Immunisation Week

The World Health Organization (WHO) European Region celebrates this week every year to raise awareness of the importance of immunisation in preventing diseases and protecting life. A key slogan being: Prevent. Protect. Immunize. Read more on local immuisation HERE and from the WHO HERE.

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COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): New virus variants

Studies show that all viruses mutate over time and new variants emerge regularly; some disappear whilst others persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented globally since the onset of the pandemic. Experts’ concerns focus on four variants three of which have been found in the[…]

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Stay Safe this Christmas

With the Christmas and New Year holiday period fast approaching, Public Health Gibraltar re-enforces its advice on staying safe by: Maintaining hand and respiratory hygiene Wearing masks/face coverings as advised Avoiding crowded areas Maintaining recommended physical distancing guidelines As with all festive bank holidays, there will be a limited number[…]

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Covid-19 and Diabetes

On Thursday 30th January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern with millions around the world known to be affected. People of all ages can be infected with Covid-19; and for the majority of those infected, symptoms are[…]

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Returning to normal life in the midst of a continuing pandemic

Over the last 6 months, many people have spent a lot more time indoors than normal, especially those who have been shielding because of a health condition(s). Whilst many have begun an attempt at ‘normal’ life, it may feel strange and take a while to get used to things that[…]

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Transmission of COVID-19 by droplets and aerosols

COVID-19 is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As is the case with many other respiratory viruses, COVID-19 is believed to be transmitted from human-to-human by droplets, aerosols, and objects  such as clothes, utensils and furniture (‘fomites’). The subject of infection transmission by viruses through droplets and[…]

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Is it Flu or COVID-19?

Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses with very similar symptoms. However, they are caused by different viruses. Flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses; there are two main types – Types A and Type B. These viruses are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. Flu viruses can[…]

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Herd Immunity

When a high percentage of the population is vaccinated, it is difficult for infectious diseases to spread, as there are not many people who can be infected. In the case of measles, for example, if someone with measles is surrounded by people who are vaccinated against measles, the disease cannot[…]

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Prevent the spread of COVID-19

Recent evidence from the Campo and the Costa clearly suggests that the coronavirus is being spread at parties, barbeques, family gatherings and, especially, in nightclubs.  Young people are reminded that parties are active breeding grounds for Covid-19 and there is a serious risk that a youngster at a party can[…]

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Plastic face shields are not as effective as masks!

Every time we speak, thousands of aerosol droplets are sprayed into the air in front of us, most of which are invisible to the naked eye. There is now growing evidence that airborne aerosols carrying the coronavirus may play a major role in its spread. Current global guidance suggests that Covid-19 spreads rapidly[…]

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