Written by Dr. harold Gunatillake- on requests for my comments. You should not compare the COVID-19 infection, with other respiratory tract viral infections, as most studies reveal.The common other viruses that mostly affect the respiratory system are mostly the upper part of the tract, and they include respiratory syncytila virus (RSV), influenza A virus (FluAV) and human parainfluenza virus type 2 (hPIV2). They are referred to as ‘Upper Respiratory tract Infections-URTI)InterferonsInterferons are a group of signaling proteins made and released by host cells in response to the presence of the viruses mentioned. Interferon is released by the infected cells in the mucosa of the respiratory tract, white blood cells, fibroblasts and so on. This protein when released causes the nearby cells to heighten their anti-viraldefenses.The synthetic form of interferon is used to treat various cancers like leukemia, melanoma AIDs related Kaposi’s sarcoma.This interferon both secreted by the respiratory mucosal cells ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251387/eight_col_159707164_l.jpg?1607814086 A new variant of coronavirus has been found which is growing faster in some parts of England, MPs have been told. Photo: 123rf.com Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at least 60 different local authorities had recorded Covid infections caused by the new variant. He said the World Health Organisation had been notified and UK scientists were doing detailed studies. He said there was “nothing to suggest” it caused worse disease or that vaccines would no longer work. He told MPs in the House of Commons that over the last week, there had been sharp, exponential rises in coronavirus infections across London, Kent, parts of Essex and Hertfordshire. “We’ve currently identified over 1,000 cases with this variant predominantly in the South of England although cases have been identified in nearly 60 different local authority areas. “We do not know the extent to which this is because of the new variant ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/99052/eight_col_141990330_l.jpg?1585568770 Intergenerational inequality is growing larger by the day and things will only get worse unless action is taken, an ANZ Bank report says. Photo: 123RF It says young people are disadvantaged by a trifecta of labour market conditions that favour older skilled workers, unaffordable housing and an ageing population, in addition to a climate change crisis, which would cost future generations in more ways than one. ANZ senior economist and report author Miles Workman said the government could narrow the gap, but it would require transformational change, which would not be easy against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic. He said some of New Zealand’s lost economic activity may never return and international tourism was unlikely to fully recover. Reduced business investment would also keep New Zealand’s capital stock on a lower-than-otherwise path. “That means, in short, that we can’t make as much stuff,” he said. “All else equal, ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government has agreed in principle to implement all 44 recommendations contained in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terror Attack on Christchurch masjidain. The independent Royal Commission was set up to investigate what State Sector agencies knew about the terrorist’s activities before the attack, measures agencies could have taken to prevent the attack, and measures agencies should take to prevent such attacks in the future. “The Royal Commission found no failures within any Government agencies that would have allowed the individual’s planning and preparation to have been detected but did identify many lessons to be learnt and significant areas needing change,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “For many years, the Muslim community has raised concerns over issues like the disproportionate scrutiny by security and intelligence agencies. This report confirms there was an “inappropriate concentration of resources”. It also identifies failings within the firearms licensing system. “The Commission ...

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Is it a risk factor for heart disease?Transcript:Yes, that is our discussion today.Prevalence of obesity world-wide is becoming an uncontrollable disease and has increased over the last few decades reaching epidemic proportions.There is one exceptional country, the French seem to walk everywhere, and their healthy lifestyle makes them to stay fit.Obesity is defined simply having an excess fat mass in your bodyThe World Health Organization WHO defines obesity as an excess fat mass that negatively affects health.Obesity is measured in body mass index (BMI), which is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his or her height in meters.A person with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.In the US. 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. In Sri Lanka there have been an escalation of obesity rates attributed to change in ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251410/eight_col_000_8WW6WF.jpg?1607884026 South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has warned Covid-19 restrictions may be raised to the highest level after a second day of record increases in cases as the country battles a harsh third wave of infection. Seoul is under level 2.5 restrictions which limit gatherings to 50 people and prohibit restaurants serving customers after 9pm. Photo: AFP Presiding over an emergency meeting at the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters for the first time since February, Moon on Sunday urged vigilance and called for an all-out efforts to contain the virus. “Unless the outbreak can be contained now, it has come to the critical point of considering escalating social-distancing measures to the third level,” he said, referring to the tightest curbs under the country’s five-tier system. Greater Seoul, home to about half of South Korea’s 52 million people, is under level 2.5 restrictions. Gatherings of more than 50 people are ...

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  There is NO AUSTRALIAN who depicts this great big brown Island Continent better than him. Slim Dusty, born David Gordon Kirkpatrick in 1927 and sadly passing on, in 2003, at 76 years of age, Slim Dusty, fondly known as “The man in the hat”, was the very epitome of Australia, as I saw him. He married Joy McKean in 1951, and she bore him two children, Anne & David.            Like most Country Music Stars, Slim did not have an easy life, to begin with. The son of a Cattle Farmer, he had his work on the farm cut out for him, and in addition, being musically minded, perhaps because of his father who was an amateur musician nicknamed “Noisy Dan”, he started to learn to play an old acoustic guitar, and at about 10 years of age, David Gordon Kirkpatrick began dreaming of being ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/98033/eight_col_IMG_3427.JPG?1584062744 Strong sales, cost savings and significant one-off gains has seen kiwifruit exporter Seeka lift and narrows its full-year profit guidance. Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles The company expects underlying earnings between $15 million and $17m, compared with its previous guidance of between $9m and $12m In a statement to the stock exchange, the company said the update reflected an improvement in its operational earnings, cost savings and the gain it expects from the sale and lease back of its Australian kiwifruit orchards. Covid-19 and the drought had cost the company about $10m but despite this, its underlying profit was still ahead of its 2019 result. The company is in the process of completing the sale and lease back of its orchards in Australia. The deal, for $A26m ($NZ27.4m) had received approval from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board. Seeka said money from the sale would be used to pay down its ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, Phil Twyford, welcomed the entry into force today of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus). “PACER Plus will be instrumental in supporting Pacific economies to rebuild from the devastating impacts of COVID-19,” Phil Twyford said.  “The Agreement provides opportunities for goods and services produced in the region to be sold within the Pacific and globally, thereby using trade as an engine of economic growth and sustainable development,” Phil Twyford said. This landmark trade and development agreement demonstrates New Zealand’s enduring commitment to the Blue Pacific. As a part of that commitment New Zealand has agreed to commit 20 per cent of our Official Development Assistance towards Aid for Trade activities in the region. This support will provide opportunities to build capacity, enhance infrastructure and improve the ability of countries to benefit from trade opportunities such as those ...

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