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In Russia, Health authorities warn of an increased risk of Covid infection in the country

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Aden – Yasmine Abdullah Al-Tohamy – The Russian Federal Consumer Protection Agency, “Rosputrebnadzor”, said that the risk of infection with the Corona virus increased with the emergence of new types of the “Omicron” mutant this summer.

Russia.. Health authorities warn of an increased risk of Covid infection in the country

The authority stressed the importance of taking the necessary precautions to avoid infection.

Prior to that, the authority advised citizens, from the at-risk groups, to wear medical masks in crowded places and public transportation to reduce the risks of infection with the Corona virus.
The authority advised citizens, when feeling unwell, to avoid contact with others, even if the result of the Corona virus test was negative. The authority warned against practicing self-treatment at home when symptoms of the disease appear, and stressed the need to seek medical help – contact the doctor while staying at home and following his recommendations. In addition, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it is recommended to ventilate the place regularly, preferably for 30 minutes, and wash hands with soap and water.

The authority also advised to resort to vaccination, and recommended vaccination every six months.

Pavel Volchkov, director of the Laboratory of Genomic Engineering at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, announced that a runny nose and sore throat are the main symptoms of infection with subtypes of “Omicron”.

And the Russian virologist says, in an interview with Gazeta.Ru, “These symptoms indicate the peculiarity of the subtypes of the “Omicron” mutant, which does not descend into the lungs, but remains in the same place where the infection occurred. That is, in the oral cavity and nasopharynx.”

According to him, a runny nose indicates that the body is in conflict with the emerging coronavirus.

“Runny nose is necessary to clean the body of the virus,” he says. “The mucus that comes out of the nose, contains many dead neutrophils, with the formation of networks of neutrophils. It is the work of the immune system.”

Scientists have long suspected that bats are the natural reservoir of coronaviruses, and that their genetic information can help us prevent and manage future epidemics.

The study, conducted by Tulane University, says that the association between bats and coronaviruses, such as those behind “Covid-19”, SARS and other highly contagious respiratory diseases, is likely due to a common long-term history.
Hannah Frank, Ph.D., a bat expert in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, led the study in collaboration with David Ennard of the University of Arizona and Scott Boyd of Stanford University.

Frank, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, noted: “We found that bats were exposed to unusual stress from coronaviruses compared to other mammals, which supports the idea that bats are rich sources of coronaviruses and may yield insights for future prevention or treatment.” .

The study was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the flagship biological research journal of the Royal Society, and the study was funded by two National Science Foundation grants aimed at better understanding bat immunity and evolution in response to pathogens, especially in the wake of COVID-19.

“Epidemics that originate in animals highlight the need to understand how natural hosts evolve in response to emerging human pathogens, which groups may be susceptible to infection and/or potential reservoirs to mitigate public health and conservation concerns,” Frank said.

In the largest data set for bats and mammals to date, the team examined an enzyme called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (or ACE2), the host protein that acts as a receptor for the viruses that cause COVID-19 and SARS.