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You’ve got mail! How postal workers are staying safe during the pandemic

first_img“It feels surreal, but, it made me proud that we’re needed,” said Romero. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – While many essential workers are fighting on the front lines, local postal workers are making sure you get your mail in this crisis. At the United States Postal Service facility in Binghamton, one of the mail delivery workers is Frank Romero. He’s been working in the service for 17 years and says the pandemic is not going to stop him from delivering on his route. With the CDC informing people that the coronavirus can live on surfaces like paper and cardboard for much longer than originally thought, Gendrin says it’s best to be careful when picking up your packages from your mail carrier. He says while he can’t stop by and say “hi” to people around the area, Romero says many are showing gratitude by waving to him, leaving him cookies, and other things.center_img Romero added he is following protocol, saying USPS supplies them with wipes, hand sanitizer, cleaner spray, and more to make sure whatever they touch and hand off is clean. Meanwhile, USPS Supervisor, Shawn Gendrin, says he’s proud and thankful of how hard the employees at his facility have been working. He added they are not just delivering your bills and letters, but also, “We deliver people’s remains, medications, a lot of different things that people count on every single day.” The best thing to do is to open the package, slide the item out without touching it, discard the boxing, and immediately wash your hands.last_img read more

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Indonesia launches media blitz about avian flu

first_imgSep 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia launched a month-long, nationwide media campaign today to warn people to take precautions against H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services.Public service announcements on radio and television will urge people to wash their hands after contact with poultry, keep birds out of living areas, and cook poultry products thoroughly, according to a Bloomberg News report. People are also being urged to report sick birds to authorities and to seek treatment for illnesses that follow contact with poultry.”We want bird flu to become part of history,” said Bayu Krisnamurthi, head of the country’s avian flu commission, as quoted in an Associated Press article in the Jakarta Post today.The campaign is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Japanese government and supported by the World Health Organization, Bloomberg reported.A UNICEF official in Indonesia, Gianfranco Rotigliano, warned that the government faces a “huge challenge” in trying to teach the rural population about avian flu, given the country’s great size and many ethnic groups, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.The government said last month that about 30 million families keep backyard chickens, and during avian flu containment efforts, many refuse to turn in their birds despite offers of compensation, AFP reported.Indonesia has had 60 human cases of H5N1 infection, 46 of them fatal, the second highest case count (after Vietnam) and the highest death toll.In other news, Chinese officials are seeking 500 volunteers for the second clinical trial of an H5N1 vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech Ltd., AFP reported yesterday.No serious adverse reactions were reported among 120 volunteers who participated in the first trial of the vaccine, officials announced earlier this week.The Beijing Youth Daily said the aim of the second trial is to see how long the vaccine’s protective effect lasts, according to AFP.Sinovac announced this week that it plans to produce 20 million doses of the vaccine annually over the next few years, AFP reported.last_img read more

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Daewoong Pharmaceutical says anti-parasitic drug effective against coronavirus in animal tests

first_imgThree other companies around the world are testing niclosamide as a coronavirus treatment, but Daewoong is the only one that offers the drug in a form that is not given orally, the company official told Reuters.The company tested the drug on ferrets for around three months.”Based on the positive outcome of the animal test, we plan to complete human trials and get approval of the COVID-19 treatment drug by the end of this year,” said Jeon Seng-ho, CEO of Daewoong Pharma.There is no treatment for COVID-19 and human trials of several other antiviral drugs have not shown conclusive benefits.Shares in Daewoong Pharma jumped 48.2% in three trading days after last week’s announcement, as of Tuesday. Topics : South Korea’s Daewoong Pharmaceutical said its anti-parasitic drug niclosamide had eliminated the novel coronavirus from animals’ lungs during testing.Drugmakers worldwide are rushing to develop treatments for the illness caused by the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 400,000 globally since it first emerged late last year in China.Daewoong said its experimental anti-viral drug completely cleared up the disease in ferrets’ lung tissues and inhibited inflammation. The company plans to start human clinical trials in July.last_img read more

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