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How Does COVID-19 Compare With Seasonal Influenza?

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Despite the fact that COVID-19 and flu symptoms can be similar, the viruses are actually different. They are caused by different viruses that spread by coughing, sneezing, and touching other people.

While the flu is less harmful than COVID-19, both viruses have the potential to cause severe illness and even death. Fortunately, flu and COVID-19 are preventable with vaccination.

Flu symptoms may include a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and headache. People can also develop sinus infections, ear infections, and pneumonia. Unless the virus is very severe, most people recover in two weeks. However, if you develop a severe flu, you may need to go to the hospital. Some people may need to use a ventilator or get intravenous medications.

Both illnesses are characterized by the same symptoms, but COVID-19 is more dangerous. It may have more severe symptoms than the flu, such as a cough that lasts for months, a high fever, and a shortness of breath.

COVID-19 and flu are also different in their treatment. While both illnesses can be treated at home, severe cases require hospitalization and may need to be ventilated. COVID-19 may also be treated with supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilation on a breathing machine.

Flu symptoms can last from one to four days, while COVID-19 symptoms can last for several weeks or months. The symptoms of flu may be less severe than COVID-19, but both illnesses can be very serious.

There are two different vaccines for COVID-19, and the vaccines are matched with the dominant strains of the virus. A booster shot may be required if you have not been vaccinated previously.

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Improving Reception For Children With Cancer – Basque Family Support Association

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The association “Tous avec Agosti” wants 2023 to rhyme with new dynamics. For nine years now, the structure has been working to welcome families of hospitalized children in Bayonne. Since 2018, 47 families have been able to find some respite in an apartment in Anglet.

Apartment in Anglet

Since she has benefited from an apartment in Anglet, the association “Tous avec Agosti” has enabled nearly 50 families of patients hospitalized at the Center Hospitalier de la Côte Basque to stay close to their loved ones. This represents 600 overnight stays, 47 families from 23 departments and even from Belgium and Spain. At the beginning of 2023, the structure has just had its prefectural approval renewed and sees things big.

“We have been working in our area for years,” notes Frédéric de Arroyave, the association’s president, but “in 2023, we will show ourselves much more, on the markets for example, but also in acts. The apartment we have in Anglet is a haven of peace for families going through terrible times, but for some it is difficult to access”. The apartment is located on the alleys of the Jardins d’Arcadie, near Biarritz – Pays Basque airport. We want to get closer to the Bayonne hospital.

The association “Tous avec Agosti” was born in 2015. Agosti, 10 years old, is suffering from cancer and taken care of at Bordeaux hospital for 6 months. His father, Frédéric de Arroyave, living in Ahetze, has the possibility of integrating a parents’ house and can stay with his child. Such a structure did not exist in Bayonne, so he launched the project and the association which lives today thanks to donations from contributors and the dozen (very) active volunteers. Each year, approximately 4,000 children are hospitalized in Bayonne.

This article is originally published on francebleu.fr

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How to Develop Healthier Eating Habits?

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The key to building healthier eating habits is to get to know your body. You’ll discover what works for you and what doesn’t.

A well-stocked pantry and freezer can make it easy to eat healthy. Try to limit your intake of processed foods and sugary drinks.

Keeping a food diary will help you identify any unhealthy eating habits. This will also help you recognize good habits, such as limiting snacking. It’s important to replace these bad habits with healthy alternatives.

Healthy eating should include plenty of fruits and vegetables. Make sure to eat three meals a day. Avoid skipping meals, because this can lead to overeating and binging.

Maintaining a balanced diet is essential to keeping your hormones happy. Drinking plenty of water and low-fat dairy will help you stay hydrated.

Avoid eating when you’re tired or stressed. If you’re hungry, eat a small portion of food. Eating slowly will tell your brain that you’re full.

Avoid processed foods, which contain a lot of added salt, fat, and sugar. These ingredients are often hidden in packaged foods. Use a reusable water bottle in your purse to help you avoid grabbing high-sugar beverages.

Set aside a time each week to go shopping for healthy foods. You can get bulk items when they’re on sale. Pick up a few things at the farmer’s market.

Developing healthy eating habits is a gradual process. It takes practice and diligence to develop these habits. However, once they’re established, they can become a natural part of your daily life.

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Kraken Subvariant: Understanding The Unknown

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It could cause a new wave of Covid-19 cases in Europe but in reality, apart from its great ability to spread, not much is known about the new “Kraken” subvariant yet. This is highlighted by the latest ECDC report according to which “there is a risk that this variant could have a growing effect on the number of COVID-19 cases in the EU/EEA, but not within the following month, as the variant is currently present only at very low levels in the EU/EEA” and specifies that “due to the uncertainties associated with the growth rate of the variant, this assessment is associated with a high degree of uncertainty”.
In the aftermath of the two cases of subvariant detected in Romania, XBB.1.5 – this is the scientific name – is under careful surveillance.

To date, in fact, most of the reports come from the United States (4,111 sequences) and the United Kingdom (202 sequences) but the subvariant has also been detected in several other countries, including European ones: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark , France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. But, underlines the ECDC, “the proportion of the variant in the EU/EEA is less than 2.5% in the last two weeks of 2022 for all countries where it is possible to accurately estimate the proportions of the variant at this low level”.

According to The Data Collected

According to the data collected so far, this variant appears to have a large growth advantage over previously circulating lineages in North America (109%) and Europe (113%). But due to the uncertainty associated with the estimate, it is not yet clear whether the variant will become dominant in the US in the coming weeks: “The rapid growth in the US does not necessarily mean that the variant will become dominant in the EU/EEA, as during the important differences in the circulation of variants between North America and Europe have been observed several times during the pandemic”.

“At the moment – the Center’s experts specify – there is not enough information available to evaluate any change in the severity of the infection associated with the variant”, however it seems that Kraken is able to bind more successfully to ACE2, the receptor present on the surface of the cells of different organs, through which the virus enters the body.

This article is originally published askanews.it

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