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Nearly 480,000 Children Infected With COVID-19 In US: Report

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WASHINGTON, Sept 2 — Nearly 480,000 child COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States since the onset of the pandemic, reported Xinhua news agency according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

While children represented only 9.5 per cent of all cases in states reporting cases by age, a total of 476,439 children have tested positive for COVID-19, said the report released on Monday.

The overall rate is 631 cases per 100,000 children in the population.

70,330 new child cases were reported from Aug 13 to 27, a 17 per cent increase in child cases over two weeks, add the report.

Children were 0.6 to 4.1 per cent of total reported hospitalisations, and 0 to 0.3 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths, said the report.

“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children.

“However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalisations, and mortality by age so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored,” said the report.

Source: BERNAMA

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12 Simple Ways By WHO About How Children Can Use Fabric Masks Safely

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Every parent wants to make sure that their children are always protected from the COVID-19 epidemic. Among them by using a face mask.

However, there are also parents who use fabric masks to save on daily expenses. The use of this fabric mask is not wrong, but it should always be clean to be safe to use, especially for children.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 12 steps that can be followed on how can children wear a fabric mask safely.

Here are the steps:

  1. Clean hands before touching the mask
  2. Inspect the mask for damage or if dirty
  3. Identify the inside of the mask which will touch the face and the upper part that will cover the nose
  4. Adjust the mask without leaving gaps on the sides
  5. Cover mouth, nose, and chin
  6. Avoid touching the front of the mask
  7. Clean hands before removing the mask
  8. Remove the mask by the straps
  9. Store the mask in a clean bag or container
  10. Clean hands after removing the mask
  11. Wash the mask at least once a day, preferably with hot water
  12. Do not share masks with others

With these beneficial measures, it is hoped that we can all continue to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, especially to children.

Source: WHO Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam & Singapore

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Kota Star EMCO Ends Today, TEMCO In Tongkang Yard Flat Continued Until October 7 – Ismail Sabri

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Following the spread of the COVID-19 case at the Tongkang Yard Flats (Seberang Perak), the government has agreed to extend the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) until October 7, 2020.

Previously, the government informed that the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Kota Setar District which started on September 11 will be ended today, September 25, 2020.

As of September 24, 2020, the risk assessment conducted by MOH members found that there are still risky locations in the Tongkang Yard flat involving 5 houses.

Through a media statement by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on the official Facebook page of the Malaysian National Security Council, TEMCO will continue to be imposed at the Tongkang Yard flat until 7 October 2020.

The extension helped the MOH to conduct a second screening of the residents in the flat.

Also closed is the Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Korok Lama which starts from September 26 to October 9, 2020.

In this regard, the PDRM and ATM will make movement control at the location to ensure the surrounding residents comply with the SOP and Quarantine Order at home.

Kenyataan Akhbar Menteri Kanan Pertahanan: Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan (PKPP) (25 September 2020)Kementerian Pertahanan Malaysia Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Posted by Majlis Keselamatan Negara on Thursday, 24 September 2020

Source: Malaysian National Security Council

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Coronavirus Mutation Seen In More Contagious And Able To Get Around Masks – Experts

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Researchers found that coronavirus could shapeshift into new forms which makes it easier for humans to catch. They could soon have the potential to overcome barriers such as masks.

Experts in Houston have been sequencing the genomes of the killer virus since March and have tracked 5,085 sequences. David Morens, a virologist from the National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), says coronavirus has become more contagious.

David said, “May have implications as to how we can control it.”

“Wearing masks, washing our hands, all those things are barriers to transmissibility or contagion, but as the virus becomes more contagious it statistically is better at getting around those barriers,” he added.

US scientists said the mutation had become more powerful by charging the biological behavior in order to fight against our methods of battling them.

Reported that there is one of the most dominant strains in the US called D614G which responsible for 99.9% of cases in Houston, Texas. It varies the structure of the “spike protein” to help it become more potent and infect more people. The virus enables one to grab on to infected cells which then increases the ability of the mutated virus to infect more cells in the body.

D614G is outperforming almost all other variations said experts from the University of Chicago and the University of Texas Austin. Those who contact it have much higher viral loads in their respiratory tract so when they cough the virus spreads more widely. Thankfully, researchers found despite the strain being more powerful, it is not more deadly.

Source: The Telegraph Daily Star

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