COVID-19 Facts: Survivability of SARS-CoV-2 in the Environment

Survivability of SARS-CoV-2 in the Environment

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, previously known by the provisional name nCoV-2019 and the particular coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, has the potential to survive outside of a host and in the environment for several days, thereby making it virulent and a potentially disease-causing contaminant. Remember that the primary mode of transmission of the virus is through tiny […]

Handwashing 101: How Does Soap Work?

Handwashing 101: How Does Soap Work?

The World Health Organization and other medical associations across the world have recommended handwashing using soap as one of the preventive measures against transmissible diseases. In fact, during the Ebola outbreak in Africa and COVID-19 pandemic, proper hand hygiene has been advanced as one of the solutions for containing these diseases. The Science Behind Handwashing […]

Difference Between COVID-19, Influenza, and the Common Cold

Difference Between COVID-19, Influenza, and Colds

The emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 in December 2019 in China and the subsequent global outbreak beginning in January 2020 have raised another concern: how is it different from influenza or flu and the common cold? Remember that COVID-19 is caused by a type of coronavirus now called SARS-CoV-2 […]

The Characteristics of Coronaviruses

The Characteristics of Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause diseases in mammalian, avian, and reptilian species. Note that some species such as bats serve as mere reservoirs of these viruses without causing symptoms associated with an infection. In humans, some of these viruses can cause respiratory tract infections with varying severity ranging from mild illnesses […]

Facts: 2019-nCoV is Not a Lab-Made Bioweapon from China

Here’s Why SARS-CoV-2 is NOT a Lab-Made Bioweapon from China

A report published by The Washington Times made a case for linking the 2019 novel coronavirus or SARS-COV-2, previously known as 2019-nCoV, to a Chinese covert biological weapons program, thereby suggesting that the Wuhan outbreak originated from a laboratory accident. Arguments for Linking the Novel Coronavirus to a Bioweapons Program The evidence? A rebroadcasted television […]

Fast Facts: The SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Outbreak

Fast Facts: The SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Outbreak

SARS-CoV-2, previously known as the 2019-nCoV, is the name for a particular type of virus and a more specific type of coronavirus first reported to affect a cluster of people in Wuhan City, China in late 2019 and has been the particular pathogen behind the 2019-2020 COVID-19 outbreak. What is the Novel Coronavirus? Where did […]

Why Tobacco Smoking Can Lead to Impotence

Why Tobacco Smoking Can Lead to Impotence

There is an undeniable link between tobacco smoking and impotence or erectile dysfunction. Of course, impotence can also be caused by a range of physical and psychological factors. But researchers and health experts have also concluded smoking as a risk factor. Separate studies from S. G. Korenman and I. Peate revealed that the incidence of […]

Health At Every Size: The 5 Principles of HAES

Health At Every Size: The 5 Principles of HAES

The Association for Size Diversity and Health or ASDAH has developed and promoted the Health At Every Size or HAES approach as a central element of its advocacy to end discrimination and stigma related to weight, lessen the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness, and promote acceptance of diverse weights and sizes. Originally developed […]

WHO: Three Dimensions of Burnout

WHO: Three Dimensions of Burnout

The World Health Organization or WHO included burnout in the 2019 iteration of its International Classification of Diseases or IDC-11. It specifically defined the condition as a phenomenon applied in an occupation context, and thus, a syndrome conceptualized resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. Note that the organization limited the […]

Criteria for Defining Hospital-Acquired Infection

Criteria for Defining Hospital-Acquired Infection

A hospital-acquired infection or HAI is essentially an infection acquired by an individual from a hospital or other health care facilities such as outpatient clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and other clinical settings, among others. Note that HAI is also known as nosocomial infection. The term “nosocomial” directly means “originating in a hospital.” Moreover, several […]