Researchers with Ohio State University have discovered 33 viruses that have been preserved for nearly 15,000 years in a glacier high atop the Tibetan Plateau, with 28 of these viruses not having been known to science before now. The ice cores that contained the viruses were obtained in 2015 from
Health officials in western countries have made an about-face in regards to their official policies regarding the wearing of face masks by the general public, in that they are now recommending that people do wear these items of personal protection equipment (PPE) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The
West Africa is currently being assailed by the worst outbreak of Ebola virus ever recorded. As of 17th July, World Health Organisation (WHO) reports indicated that out of more than 1048 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 632 people had fallen victim to the deadly disease, and its rapid spread across the continent is creating serious concerns that the worst is yet to come.
The WHO report stated that the epidemic trend was “serious, with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported” and health authorities are struggling to control the epidemic, though currently no travel or trade restrictions have been imposed on the affected areas.