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Social distance can stop this wave of deadly children’s disease



Social distance can stop this wave of deadly children's disease

Socially distracting steps may stop the spread of more than just coronavirus.

Acute mushy myelitis (AFM) is a rare polio disease that targets children and can cause paralysis – or even fatal. The outbreak has surged in a bigger wave of infection across the US every other summer since 2012, but doctors hope America will avoid the anticipated outbreak for this season thanks to physical distance.

“[There] is a good opportunity, based on data that has been analyzed, and only theoretically thought, that we can distance the social distance from this year’s EV-D68 outbreak, which will be fantastic, “pediatric infectious doctor Kevin Messacar said Gizmodo, refers to the virus that causes AFM.

Both EV-D68 and polio are enteroviruses, which generally cause mild infections but cannot be treated with symptoms similar to the common cold, according to to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Polio and AFM are exceptions, but polio has been eradicated from much of the world thanks to a highly effective vaccine. AFM cannot be cured and there is currently no vaccine to prevent it.

Enterovirus is spread by close contact with infected individuals, so scientists hope the lack of contact will reduce the number of infections. (However, it is suspected that the EV-D68 is not the only cause of AFM.)

Whether distance can stop this summer’s spike is very much dependent on how well Americans continue social distance.

“This year really depends on how strict the steps are implemented and if people obey them,” Messacar said.

It is also possible that, if the US misses the surge in AFM this summer, the illness will return stronger than next summer. If children avoid disease this summer, it means that next summer there will be higher levels of children without immunity.

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“With all these respiratory viruses, you have many people who haven’t been infected for a long time,” Messacar said. “So you have the potential to have a larger vulnerable group in the coming season. And no one knows what will happen in that scenario. “

However, Messacar believes avoiding this year’s summer outbreak will be the best, giving scientists valuable months to continue researching the disease, and hopefully having better prevention and treatment options with or before the next outbreak.

“You basically buy time if you delay the plague, which is good news,” he said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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