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The efficiency of coronavirus transmission “is very surprising,” Fauci said

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on June 30 in Washington, DC.
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The World Health Organization on Thursday released a new scientific report detailing how coronaviruses can move from one person to another – including through the air during certain medical procedures.

The report also notes that there are still many unanswered questions about airborne transmission and how the virus actually spreads.

The report came just days after the publication of a letter signed Monday by 239 scientists who urged the agency to be more open about the possibility that people could catch the virus from droplets floating in the air.

“Transmission of the virus through the air can occur in health care settings where certain medical procedures, called aerosol-producing procedures, produce very small droplets called aerosols. Several outbreak reports relating to crowded spaces in the room have suggested the possibility of aerosol transmission, combined with droplet transmission, for example, during choir practice, in a restaurant or in a fitness class, “says a new WHO report on coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2.

However, “current evidence suggests that transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurs mainly between people through direct, indirect, or close contact with infected people through infected secretions such as saliva and respiratory secretions, or through their respiratory droplets, which are excreted when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks or sings, “the report said. “Respiratory drops from an infected person can also land on objects.”

The report also said that “the COVID-19 outbreak was reported in a number of closed settings, such as restaurants, night clubs, places of worship or workplaces where people might shout, talk, or sing. In this outbreak, aerosols of transmission, especially in locations in a room where there is a crowded and not ventilated room where an infected person spends a long time with someone else, cannot be ruled out. “

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In general, according to WHO, airborne transmission refers to an infectious pathogen that causes disease to spread in the air and remains contagious when floating in the air for long distances and time.

Dr Benedetta Allegranzi, WHO’s technical leader for Infection Prevention and Control, said in a briefing in Geneva on Tuesday that the agency had discussed and cooperated with many scientists who signed a letter stating that WHO was not forthright about airborne transmission.

“We recognize that there is evidence emerging in this field, as in all other fields about the Covid-19 virus and pandemic, and we therefore believe that we must be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding the mode of transmission, and also about preventive measures. that needs to be taken, “Allegranzi said.

For some time, “we have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission, as one of the modes of Covid-19 transmission,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical leader for coronavirus and head of the emerging disease and zoonosis response. The unit, which was previously said during a briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

“This is a respiratory pathogen and it is therefore important that what we know fits into the guidelines we have, which is why a comprehensive intervention package is needed to be able to stop transmission,” Van Kerkhove said. “This does not only cover physical distance. This includes the use of appropriate masks in certain settings, specifically where you cannot do physical distance, and especially for health workers.”

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Portuguese tennis player Gonçalo Oliveira in the doubles final of the Lisbon Belém Open

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Oliveira and Kolar defeated France’s Manuel Guinard and Venezuela’s Luis David Martínez in the semi-finals for first place in the series, in straight sets with partial scores of 6-1 and 6-2 after 58 minutes of play.

In the title match, they will take on the Ukrainian duo of Vladislav Manafov and Oleg Prikhodko, who eliminated Jivan Nedunchezhyan of India and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia 6-4 and 6-2 in the semi-finals.

For the 27-year-old Portuguese tennis player, this will be his 31st doubles final at the ATP Challenger Tour and third at the Lisboa Belém Open after reaching the final in 2017 with compatriot Frederico Gil and champion in 2020 with Dominican Roberto Cid Subervi.

In singles, Italian Marco Cecchinato, semi-finalist of Roland Garros in 2018, beat Spaniard Carlos Taberner 7-6 (7-2) and 6-4, scheduling a meeting in the semi-final with the “Reserve” Kazakh Timofey Skatov, responsible for eliminating Frenchman Benoit Pera, in three matches, with a score of 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5.

The other semi-final of the Lisbon tournament will be discussed between Austrian Filip Mizolich, who defeated Giulio Zeppieri 6-4 today, and Frenchman Luca van Assche, the executioner of compatriot Alexander Müller, who finished seventh. parts 6-4 and 7-5.

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Portuguese fund CA Património Crescente wins European award for highest return – Imobiliário

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Portuguese fund CA Património Crescente wins European award for highest return - Imobiliário

Open-ended real estate investment fund CA Património Crescente has once again received the MSCI European Property Investment Awards in the Diversified Portfolio category for 2021.

This is the 12th time that the Portuguese fund, established in 2005, has received this award, which distinguishes the national real estate portfolio with the best return. In 2021, CA Património Crescente’s real estate portfolio returned 7.8%, compared to 6.3% in the benchmark.

The largest share of real estate income was received through shopping centers and offices: 8.7% and 8.6% respectively, according to the Portuguese fund Negócios, which at the end of August had a portfolio of 141 assets worth 1,031 million euros.

CA Património Crescente is one of the six funds managed by Square Asset Management, with Grupo Crédito Agrícola being the custodian bank and responsible for its marketing and investments mainly in real estate destined for trade, offices, services, industry, logistics or hotels.

The CA Património Crescente fund returned an annualized return of 5.1% in April, which declined slightly to 4.23% after two years, rising to 4.72% after three years and 4.74% after five years. . The average ten-year yield was 3.95%.

Square AM was also once again awarded by Euromoney, which recognizes major leaders in real estate financial products and services, as the “Best Investment Manager” of 2022.

Square AM has been on the market for 17 years and is one of the largest real estate fund managers in Portugal with €1.3 billion in assets and over 25,000 investors.

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Benfica announces a partnership with Portuguese driver Miguel Santiago.

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Benfica announces a partnership with Portuguese driver Miguel Santiago.



Young competes at the National Speed ​​Championship and the FIM GP Junior World Championship.

Benfica have announced a partnership with driver Miguel Santiago, a Portuguese driver who works in the National Speed ​​Championship and the FIM Junior World Championship. Santi, who started taking his first steps in motorsport in 2016, was pleased with someone during the presentation. “The dream has come true! When I was little, before riding motorcycles, I played football, went to Benfica’s school in Mafra, I always dreamed of becoming a Benfica athlete. I never thought! A few years ago, if you had asked me, I would have said no, I believed that one day I would be here, it is a great pride. I have no words. I just hope to reach the goals, glorify the club. I have the race, the desire and the ambition.” , repeated the 18-year-old BTV pilot.

Miguel Santiago is thinking about becoming the queen of motorcycle racing.

“In recent years, the FIM Junior GP has attracted many riders to the Moto GP where 20 out of 24 riders [que participam] come from this contest. Participation in Moto GP is considered the greatest school of prodigies, I am proud to be there and so close to the level of Moto GP,” he said.

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