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Updated WHO guidance on the use of Face Masks – What’s New

“Are fabric face masks effective in protecting myself from COVID-19?”

“Should I wear a mask if I don’t have the virus?”

“How do I know the right mask to wear?”

These are only a few of the numerous questions commonly asked by people since the use of face masks became an essential part of our everyday lives, in order to control and slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Based on new research and discoveries, the World Health Organization (WHO), announced updated guidelines on the use of face masks for the prevention or management of COVID-19, which helps answer some these commonly asked questions.

  "Masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19."  -  WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
 “Masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19.” – WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

“Today, WHO is publishing updated guidance on the use of masks for control of covid-19,” said the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press briefing on Friday, June 5th, 2020.

Here’s What’s New:

  • In areas with widespread transmission, WHO advises medical masks for all people working in clinical areas of health facilities, not only workers dealing with COVID-19 patients
  • In areas with community transmission, people aged 60 years and above, or with underlying health conditions should wear medical face masks when physical distancing is not possible
  • WHO has also updated its guidance on the use of medical face masks by the general public. Dr. Tedros advised that governments instruct people to wear medical face masks in areas where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops, or in other confined or crowded environments.
  • Based on academic research requested by WHO, the health body has also provided new information on the composition of fabric masks. WHO recommends that fabric face masks should consist of at least 3 different layers of material – an inner layer being an absorbent material like cotton, a middle layer of non-woven materials such as polypropylene (for the filter) and an outer layer, which is a non-absorbent material such as a polyester or a polyester blend.

Dr. Tedros also went on to add that “masks are not a replacement for physical distancing, hand hygiene, and other public health measures.” It is possible for people to infect themselves by using unsanitized hands to repeatedly take off and put on face masks.

Prevention of COVID-19 is a 360-degree effort, and while the use of masks is an important part, doing so in isolation could still leave you susceptible to infection.

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Lockdown messing up your sleep pattern? Try these 5 Tips

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The coronavirus pandemic has cast the entire world, into a very uncertain and unfamiliar situation. Countless countries, are on lock down, economies are stagnant or moving at snails pace, and many people live in fear for themselves and their loved ones. As people are mostly worried about how soon a vaccine will be found, it’s understandable that the importance of a healthy sleep pattern might be overlooked by certain people.  

However, while we adjust to what is becoming the new normal, and try to remain healthy in a time of COVID-19, prioritizing sleeping properly can be of immense good. 

Sleep is an integral part of physical health and effective functioning of the immune system. It’s also an important component of emotional wellness and mental health, helping to manage stress, depression, and anxiety. 

Whether you’ve had sleeping problems before COVID-19 or if they’ve only come on recently, there are concrete steps that you can take to improve your sleep pattern during this global pandemic. 

1. Reserve Your Bed For Sleep

This means that working-from-home shouldn’t be working-from-bed. It also means avoiding bringing a laptop into bed to watch a movie or series. These habits condition the body into a state where it no longer recognizes your bed as the primary location for sleep, hence, adversely affecting your sleep pattern.

2. Set Your Schedule and Routine

Establishing a routine can facilitate a sense of normalcy even in abnormal times. It’s easier for your mind and body to acclimate to a consistent sleep schedule. When your sleep schedule is irregular, your body finds it a lot more difficult to fall asleep at the appropriate time.

3. Stay Active

It’s easy to overlook exercise with everything happening in the world, but regular daily activity has numerous important benefits, including improving your sleep.

4. Watch What You Eat and Drink

Keeping a healthy diet can promote good sleep. In particular, be cautious with the intake of alcohol and caffeine, especially later in the day, as both can disrupt the quantity and quality of your sleep.

5. Contact Your Doctor if Necessary

If you seem to be having prolonged trouble sleeping. We advise that you reach out to a doctor on Tremendoc, Nigeria’s top telemedicine app, and get a professional diagnosis on what could be hindering your sleep. Click here, to get the app for free now

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Curbing COVID-19: Sterling Bank partners with Tremendoc to provide Telemedicine services to all their customers

We’re glad to announce that we have partnered with Sterling Bank Nigeria, to provide Telemedicine services to all their customers using our platform.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sterling bank is providing all Sterling bank account holders with instant access to licensed physicians for 60 days. This initiative is facilitated using the Tremendoc mobile application.

Tremendoc and Sterling bank share the same vision to provide quality healthcare to every Nigerian and this partnership is further proof of the fact.

“Its the season to be safe and Your One Customer Bank is taking it one step further by making doctors available to you anytime and anywhere” announced Sterling Bank, via their official Instagram account.

Telemedicine has proven to be a very practical tool globally in addressing patient needs since the #COVID19 outbreak. It can also be used to keep the worried people calm and away from clinical care, while steering the most at risk to the proper treatment.

The great thing about the Tremendoc app is that, by using their phone, patients will be able to get guidance about whether they need to be seen or tested, instead of showing up unannounced at the emergency room or doctor’s office and risking exposure.

“Two key advantages of telemedicine are speed and convenience. Patients can access physicians 24/7 without an appointment or physical trip to the doctor. Credit to Sterling bank for recognizing the need for this service, especially during this time of uncertainty in Nigeria.” said Jay Chikezie, Founder/CEO Tremendoc Limited.

See below for the steps to access this initiative:

Could this partnership signal the beginning a turning point for the way healthcare services are delivered in Nigeria? We certainly think so!

Click here, to download the Tremendoc mobile and get started.

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TOP 7 CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) MYTHS DEBUNKED

As the novel corona virus, and panic about the coronavirus, continues to spread around the world, so too are bogus claims, conspiracy theories and misinformation about the disease.

Here are 7 of the top myths about the virus and their corresponding facts:

MYTH: Popular malaria drug chloroquine has been proven to cure the corona virus

FACT: Contrary to popular social media reports, no health authorities have certified Chloroquine as a cure for coronavirus. Popular news outlets recently reported that the medicine which has been in the market for many years, has proven effective in treating COVID-19 and shows positive clinical effects. It is essential to note the phrase “clinical effects” does not necessarily indicate a definite cure; but rather a potential solution to the virus.

MYTH: The Corona virus is man-made

FACT: The Corona virus is not man made. As the coronavirus outbreak turned into a full-fledged public health crisis, a fringe theory about the virus’ origins started to take hold on the internet: that the virus didn’t come from nature, but had instead been created in a lab. Scientists in both China and the West have widely dismissed these theories. Experts are still trying to figure out the exact source of the virus, but research indicates that it likely originated in bats and was transmitted to an intermediate host before jumping to people.

MYTH: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the corona virus

FACT: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

MYTH: thermal scanners can detect people infected with the corona virus

FACT: Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection. However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.

MYTH: eating garlic can help prevent infection with the corona virus

FACT: Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the corona virus.

MYTH: regularly rinsing your nose with salt solution can help prevent infection with the corona virus

FACT: There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with salt solution has protected people from infection with the corona virus.  There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with salt solution can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, it has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.

MYTH: Doctors cannot give advice on the corona virus if they aren’t specialists

FACT: All board certified doctors can give credible advice regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment of the corona virus.

You can speak to board certified doctors on the Tremendoc mobile app, through instant messaging, video and audio call, if you have any questions regarding the corona virus and receive immediate feedback.

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