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first_imgIn comparison, Italy, with a median age of 46.5, has recorded more than 35,000 deaths, while Pakistan’s official toll is about 6,300.To date, the South Asian nation has confirmed more than 295,000 infections and currently is recording a few hundred new cases per day.Observers say that with only limited testing the true number of infections is likely considerably higher. One testing exercise in Lahore suggested as many as seven percent of the city’s population had been exposed to the virus.But anecdotal evidence from hospitals across Pakistan supports the downward trend.While healthcare facilities were initially swamped, doctors across Pakistan told AFP they are now no longer seeing a coronavirus-related rush on emergency services.”Regardless of the reasons, the good thing is the first wave of the virus is almost over in Pakistan,” said Khizer Hayat, a doctor at Nishtar hospital in the central city of Multan.”The situation is now under control and the number of coronavirus cases is dropping, the wards are emptying. It’s hard to know why.” Topics : ‘Smart’ lockdowns A flattening curve is all the more curious considering how the coronavirus has hit India, which with a median age of 26 and crowded cities has a somewhat similar demographic.Over the weekend, India set a new global record for the highest number of daily cases, with 78,761 new infections recorded in 24 hours, though Delhi is testing at a far higher rate than Islamabad.India has also reported more than 64,000 deaths — the third-highest globally after the United States and Brazil.Since recording its first case in late February, Pakistan has responded in fits and bursts to the pandemic, rolling out loose lockdowns that were later reversed, while crowds shunned social distancing guidelines and continued to flock to markets and mosques.Still, the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has been quick to bask in the progress, crediting itself with “smart” lockdown policies and other measures, even though these were often not enforced.Last month, Pakistani authorities lifted most of the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions after new cases dropped for several weeks.Restaurants and parks have reopened while people have flocked to theatres, malls, and crowded back onto public transport. Schools and universities are set to reopen later in September.Masks have become an increasingly rare sight, spurring warnings from experts for the public to remain vigilant over fears of a second wave. “People think we have defeated COVID-19 but my belief is that the chances of the second wave are still there,” warned Hassan Waseem, a microbiologist based in Pakistan.However, other doctors suspect the country has experienced the peak of the pandemic.”I would reluctantly say that there won’t be a second wave in Pakistan. Most urban centers in Pakistan like Lahore and Karachi have already seen the worst when it comes to coronavirus,” said Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq, head of the department of virology and infectious diseases at Chughtai Lab.”People must also understand that [the virus] is not completely gone,” he added. “Precautions must be taken still.” Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have dodged the worst of the pandemic, baffling health experts and dampening fears its crowded urban areas and ramshackle hospitals will be overrun.Following an initial surge, the number of infections has plummeted in recent weeks, with COVID-19 deaths hovering in the single digits each day, while neighboring India tallies hundreds of fatalities.Pakistan has a long history of failing to contain myriad infectious diseases such as polio, tuberculosis and hepatitis, while successive governments have underfunded its healthcare sector for decades. Added to that, many Pakistanis live in crowded, multi-generational homes or packed apartment buildings that favor rampant virus transmission.”No one has been able to explain this decline… We don’t have any concrete explanation,” said Salman Haseeb, a doctor at Services Hospital in the eastern city of Lahore.Pakistanis have proposed numerous hypotheses for their country’s seeming ability to weather the pandemic, crediting everything from the young population and the hot and humid climate to unproven claims of natural immunity.Its median age is only 22 and the coronavirus is known to disproportionately impact older people with prior health complications.last_img read more


first_imgMedia Release – American College of Pediatricians 6 February 2015According to a review published by the American Psychological Association, the link between children’s exposure to violent media and violent behavior in real life “is stronger than the relationship between calcium intake and bone mass; stronger than the relationship between condom use and the risk of contracting HIV; and stronger than the exposure to second-hand smoke and the risk of lung cancer.”With the increased production of video games, television programs and movies laden with all forms of violence, the American College of Pediatricians urges parents to be ever more vigilant and to teach their children to be discriminating about the media they view. A prime example is the soon to be released film Fifty Shades of Grey. The movie is based upon the novel by the same name which is the first in a best-selling trilogy. The novel portrays a relationship between a 28 year old mega-millionaire, Christian Grey, and a 22 year old college student and virgin, Anastasia Steele. Central to their relationship, however, is the normalization of dating violence, intimate partner violence (IPV) and the romanticizing of bondage, submission and sadomasochism (BDSM). Due to the well documented association between adolescents viewing violence and sexual behavior in the media and then engaging in those risky behaviorsB, it is imperative parents “immunize” their children and adolescents against the toxic messages in this series of novels and film.Dr. Amy Bonomi and colleagues analyzed Fifty Shades of Grey the novel for episodes of IPV using criteria from the CDC and Smith’s conceptualization of perceived threat, managing, altered identity, yearning, entrapment and dis-empowerment experienced by abused women.C These researchers found evidence of emotional abuse in almost every encounter between the two main characters. Examples included stalking, intimidation and isolation. They found sexual violence to be “pervasive” starting with Christian’s use of alcohol to compromise Ana’s consent to engage in a sexual relationship. Furthermore, they documented that Ana demonstrates reactions experienced by abused women: constant perceived threat, an altered identity and stressful managing. They conclude that the character of Ana, with whom young women come to identify, “becomes dis-empowered and entrapped in the relationship as her behaviors become mechanized in response to Christian’s abuse.”http://www.acpeds.org/fifty-shades-of-wrong-media-influences-childrenlast_img read more


first_imgTo celebrate National Parent’s Week; Lifestart & Parentstop are inviting parents, grandparents and carers of children to a Pampering Morning on Tuesday next in the Family Resource Centre, Donegal Town. (opposite St. Patrick’s R.C church)by Paul O’SullivanThe event runs from 10am to 12.30pm with lots to do, things to see and experience. Weight Watchers will be there to offer support and professional advice on how to lose those extra pounds, while a representative from Style Fish fashion (as featured on Dragon’s Den) will be there to give advice on how to look and dress well regardless of age or body shape.Get a free “NCT” on yourself and see what your blood pressure and sugar levels are. There will be some enjoyable pamper treats available as well.Spread the word: All parents, grandparents and child carers are invited to a free Pampering Morning on Tues 21st Oct in the Family Resource Centre, Donegal Town from 10am to 12.30pm. Refreshments will be served.PARENTS TO GET PAMPERED IN DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownPamperPARENTSlast_img read more

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