Q&A on Coronavirus – COVID-19 in the workplace WHO’s Dr Rosamund Lewis

Recorded version of the live Q&A #askWHO with Dr Rosamund Lewis and WHO’s social media manager Aleks Kuzmanovic on the subject of COVID-19 in the workplace. This show was originally broadcast on 27 February 2020, live from WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

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  1. I am curious as to the mortality rate of the elderly with pre-existing conditions. Seems to me the numbers are not entirely accurate as most young people show little or no effects but the elderly are the ones to die. In China, 90,000 infected and 3000 deaths, 60,000 of those infected are probably under age 60, so that leaves 3000 deaths for only 30,000 people. Am I wrong?

  2. The evidence suggests airborne if you ask me. I think you guys are deliberately allowing this to spread. You need a new job now Ebola is gone. I bet Bill Gates is struggling to contain his excitement right now. This is, at the very least, Eugenics. I'd suggest, attempted (currently) Genocide.

  3. If we stop work then the economy suffers but if we continue, its us that suffers. Why do we care about the fat cats when they are the only ones that can afford the financial loss?
    Inverted reality

  4. Credibility –  ”Let us not make a mistake: The TPLF is first and foremost a Communist Party,” author Teshome Beyene Berhe warns. Dr Tedros of the WHO belongs to TPLF

  5. Antiviral activity of chloroquine against human coronavirus OC43 infection in newborn mice.

    Keyaerts E, et al. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2009.

    Authors

    Keyaerts E1, Li S, Vijgen L, Rysman E, Verbeeck J, Van Ranst M, Maes P.

    Author information

    1Laboratory of Clinical Virology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Rega Institute for Medical Research, University of Leuven, Minderbroedersstraat 10, B3000 Leuven, Belgium.

    Citation

    Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2009 Aug;53(8):3416-21. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01509-08. Epub 2009 Jun 8.

    Abstract

    Until recently, human coronaviruses (HCoVs), such as HCoV strain OC43 (HCoV-OC43), were mainly known to cause 15 to 30% of mild upper respiratory tract infections. In recent years, the identification of new HCoVs, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, revealed that HCoVs can be highly pathogenic and can cause more severe upper and lower respiratory tract infections, including bronchiolitis and pneumonia. To date, no specific antiviral drugs to prevent or treat HCoV infections are available. We demonstrate that chloroquine, a widely used drug with well-known antimalarial effects, inhibits HCoV-OC43 replication in HRT-18 cells, with a 50% effective concentration (+/- standard deviation) of 0.306 +/- 0.0091 microM and a 50% cytotoxic concentration (+/- standard deviation) of 419 +/- 192.5 microM, resulting in a selectivity index of 1,369. Further, we investigated whether chloroquine could prevent HCoV-OC43-induced death in newborn mice. Our results show that a lethal HCoV-OC43 infection in newborn C57BL/6 mice can be treated with chloroquine acquired transplacentally or via maternal milk. The highest survival rate (98.6%) of the pups was found when mother mice were treated daily with a concentration of 15 mg of chloroquine per kg of body weight. Survival rates declined in a dose-dependent manner, with 88% survival when treated with 5 mg/kg chloroquine and 13% survival when treated with 1 mg/kg chloroquine. Our results show that chloroquine can be highly effective against HCoV-OC43 infection in newborn mice and may be considered as a future drug against HCoVs.

  6. Whether N-95 mask helps the traveler at the crowded place e.g., Airport, Train, Bus to prevent or reduce risk of acquiring infection? since the mask is cheap and can be used for 8 hours, can we carry and use such during exposure to crowded places?

  7. This is very informative!
    Please upload it on your official Facebook page to reach more people around the world (some countries use Facebook more compared to Youtube), preferably chopped to clips per question. Thankies~

    More power on preventing misinformation!

  8. 11:47 but we don't get updated regularly enough in our communities to know if is in our communities because we don't have great infrastructure because the Eurogroup don't want us to live and prosper, they dealt us a bad rap in 2015 – See Euroleaks for more.

  9. Looking for specific information about what to do in the workplace if someone tests positive and had frequented/worked in the previous days. Are we to close down or simply "self-monitor" for symptoms?

  10. first I was like, what is this woman talking about? "you dont have to worry about..there not many cases..if covid does arrive to ur community..??!!." WTF? Then I checked the date this video was posted, March 3, that explain…🙄
    For what we know now, for what people from Europe are telling us, I say do wear a mask, gloves, sunglasses and if you have long hair, wear it on a bun, and cover it.
    Take the gloves and wash your hands BEFORE removing your mask, the correct way). Then remove your mask and WASH YOUR HANDS AGAIN.
    Always bring spare masks and gloves to work or when you have to go out..this is just in case:
    you need to go to the bathroom, you will need to remove your gloves AND PUT THEM IN GARBAGE, use the bathroom, Wash Your hands, dry them and put your new gloves…

  11. I really disagree with your opinion that people in general are not supposed to ware a mask because I strongly believe we must protect ourselves as much as possible from this kind of virus. Moreover, not waring a mask, those who never know they have infected the virus without showing any symptoms can spread it very easily. Ironically, up to the present, WHO has not recommended people to ware it, and you can see the deleterious consequential outcomes on people in some countries. Although, only using a mask cannot protect us from the virus 100% because we need to apply many strategies combined, from my perspective, it can minimize the risk. Prevention is better than cure!!!

  12. Do you have any animal husbandry tips for keeping Pangolins and Fruit Bats as domestic pets? If it’s not too much trouble could you also also throw-in a few ‘ten-minute recipes’ as well?

  13. What about the smaller droplets that can be moved by ACs and ventilators that flow within the office. Physical distancing won't help. What are the risks in a confined workspace?

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