Dr. John Amoasi, an infectious disease professional, has advised the government to review its COVID-19 safety protocols in light of mounting evidence that the novel coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Dr. Amoasi, said: “We need to immediately begin to look at revising some of our recommendations as we wait for further information.”
“I won’t be surprised if sooner, rather than later, the government will issue some precautionary measures which will address this risk [of airborne spread],” he also opined.
An open letter from more 239 scientists from 32 countries outlined evidence they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.
They also posited fears that the World Health Organisation (WHO) was underestimating the possibility of airborne transmission.
Because the smaller exhaled particles can linger in the air, the scientists have been urging WHO to update its safety guidelines.
WHO subsequently acknowledged the emerging evidence that COVID-19 could effectively be airborne in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings.
But its officials have cautioned that the evidence is preliminary and requires further assessment.
This growing threat of airborne spread, in Dr. Amoasi’s view, limits the effectiveness of existing safety protocols.
“If there is consensus on the aerosolisation, it means that all these recommendations will need to change significantly. The implications are actually dire,” he stressed.
The recommendations from the Ghana Health Service, have focused on social distancing, regular washing and sanitising of hands and the wearing of face masks.
The health service has largely operated based on WHO guidelines.
WHO has so far only said that the virus is transmitted through droplets when people cough or sneeze.
But the tiny particles suspended in the air which may contain the virus are produced by merely talking.
These developments come as Ghana has eased most restrictions that were imposed because of the pandemic.
The Electoral Commission is engaged in the voter registration exercise and final year students are in school ahead of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
Ghana currently has 22,822 of the virus with 129 deaths and 17, 564 persons discharged after treatment.
The government has noted workplaces as contributing to recent surges in COVID-19 cases.
The workplace cases compelled the government to outline safety measures to guide institutions in tackling the spread of the virus at their premises.
We’ll sanction officials breaching COVID-19 protocols at registration centres
The Electoral Commission (EC) has begun investigating the breaching of COVID-19 protocols by its officials at some voters’ registration centres.
This follows the circulation of a video showing how some registration officials at some centres are failing to clean the fingerprint scanners before and after their use.
The EC said it will not hesitate to sanction officials involved in the act.
“The Electoral Commission’s (EC’s) attention has been drawn to a post circulating on social media about the failure of some registration officials at certain centres to clean fingerprint scanners before and after their use.
“The EC will not hesitate to take the necessary action against any official found to be negligent in the observance of the COVID-19 protocols. Additionally, the EC has alerted its monitoring teams to put that agenda on their radar as well as re-echo the precautionary measures to its temporary staff,” the EC said in a statement.
There have been reports of disregard for COVID-19 safety protocols at some registration centres since the exercise kicked off, forcing the EC to introduce some measures to ensure a greater level of compliance to COVID-19 preventive measures.
The EC introduced the queue management system at all of its registration centres to tackle issues with overcrowding.
The queue management system will ensure that the first 150 applicants who arrive at the registration centres will be provided with “numbered chits”, according to the EC.
The first half of this number will be served from morning to early afternoon, while the second half will be asked to leave the centres and return in the afternoon when the registration process for the first batch has been completed.
Police probe case involving officer who slapped woman at registration centre
The Ghana Police Service has commenced investigations into circumstances under which a police officer slapped a woman in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
The incident, which was captured in a video that has gone viral shows a woman who was in a queue at an unknown centre being slapped by a police officer after a few exchanges.
They were later separated by other registrants at the centre.
“The attention of the Police Administration has been drawn to a video circulating on social media in which a police officer is seen slapping a woman at a place believed to be a Voters Registration Centre.
“The Police Administration wishes to assure the public that it has commenced investigation into the matter and will provide facts of the matter to the public in due time, all should be assured,” the statement said.
There have been pockets of the violence at some centres since the EC began its registration exercise.
Two men who were recently engaged in a fight with machetes at the E.P church registration centre at New Town in Accra have been re-arrested after being freed by some sympathizers
DSP Afia Tenge said all arrested persons have been arraigned.
“On 7th of July, two persons were arrested at the EP registration centre in Accra Newton for engaging in a fight and wielding machetes.
“An action security detail on the ground suspect was likely to cause a breach of peace. On their way to the Police station for proper custody, some young men suspecting to be sympathizers of these suspects crossed the Police vehicle and impunity and forcibly the two persons. They have all been arrested and arraigned. ”
Nine things that are killing your phone battery
Gone are the days when phones were used for the sole purpose of making calls and sending text messages. The smartphones we have nowadays can do most of what a computer can do. We can surf the net, look for new friends, play games and record audio and video with this little device.
However, we can only perform this task when there is sufficient battery power. How painful is it when we run out of battery power right in the middle of a chat or conference call. Here’s a list of common things that kill your battery quickly.
You’re waiting to see the doctor or travelling on a train and the boredom soon kicks in. To pass away the time it’s not uncommon to get out our phone and play candy crush or clash of titans.
Firing your brain cells to find three matching pieces on candy crush makes time pass away swiftly, but it also drains your battery quickly, mainly due to their high graphic quality (and sound if you have it turned on).
It is hard to find people with smartphones who don’t check their Facebook feeds at least once a day.
Social media lets you keep up to date with what’s going on, or just chat to friends or post on their wall. But it’s also a battery drainer and if you don’t close the account down it’ll often be running in the background too.
3. Screen Brightness
Most smartphones nowadays come with extra-large screens which can be great if you’re watching videos on them. Of course you need some amount of brightness to see your phone screen, but keeping it bright drains the life out of your battery. If you use it for a torchlight it empties the battery even quicker.
Bluetooth can be a blessing. Not only does it allow you to enjoy the generosity of people, but it also keeps you productive as well. With Bluetooth, you can connect your phone to a Bluetooth enabled headset, share and receive files and so much more. When your Bluetooth isn’t needed, be sure to turn it off.
Forgetting to turn it off, as many people do, will drain your battery faster than a bullet train travelling to Tokyo.
5. Location Services
Some of us have become so dependent on location services on our phone that we could get lost without it. GPS allows us to find places via Google Maps and saves you having to ask people the directions to a place if you haven’t been before.
But if you leave it on for too long you run the risk of losing power even before you reach your destination. It’s a good idea before leaving home to download the map so they can be used offline, as using GPS whilst also being connected to the Internet is a sure-fire battery drainer.
6. (Music Players) Spotify
Music is life. We often turn to services like Rhapsody and Pandora to get the music we need.
The problem is that Spotify, the most popular music service, drains the life out of our battery pretty quickly, especially if you’re not listening to music with earphones. It’ll save your battery life if you have the songs downloaded to your phone and not connected to the Internet.
Everyone can guess what you are doing with your phone when you pull a weird gesture with your face before typing a message. There is a 90% chance that you are on Snapchat, and you want to let some folks envy you a little.
If you still love your battery, you just have to turn off the geofilter and rainbow puking. Snapchat is a big battery killer because it makes use of your camera and location service at the same time.
8. Facebook Messenger
This is one of the coolest messaging apps that allow us to do incredible things like sending a GIF or emojis to friends. Almost everybody who uses Facebook also uses Facebook Messenger.
As sweet as the app may be, it is a big-time battery killer. If your battery is running low, your best bet is to resist sending that hilarious picture to your friend until you get your phone back on charge.
Netflix allows you to watch HD videos over a WIFI network. The movies list and TV shows on it are almost endless! This cool streaming service takes us to an entirely new world of fantasy, helping take our mind off the stress of life.
As good as this may be, one thing it won’t do for you is give life to your battery. This is due to its high HD display and the data it burns. In simpler terms, Netflix is your phone battery’s enemy.
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