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 […]

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 […]

What is the Wuhan Institute of Virology

What is the Wuhan Institute of Virology?

The Wuhan Institute of Virology or WIV is a research institute administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences or CAS that specializes in virology. Located in Jiangxia District, Wuhan City, in the Province of Hubei, it has been regarded as a world-class institution due to its contribution in the fields of virology, immunology, and microbiology. […]

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 […]

The Characteristics of Viruses: Definitions and Origin

The Characteristics of Viruses: Definitions and Origin

What are viruses? Where did they come from? How do they differ from other infectious agents or pathogens? These are some of the questions often raised when it comes to broadening our basic understanding of viruses. Facts about Virus: The Characteristics of Viruses Definition and General Characteristics 1. A virus is a microscopic infectious agent […]

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 […]

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 […]