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Covid-19 is here to stay - Bizcommunity.com
South Africa's Covid-19 death rate is likely to be three times higher than the official figures
“Even once vaccines are rolled out successfully in a given country, unless the global community is vaccinated no one is safe, especially as variants have been shown to disperse fairly rapidly including possibly eventually to countries where there is a high level of vaccination. As a result, Covid-19 is not going to simply disappear. In fact, I believe it will be with us for the rest of our lifetimes.“Covid-19’s rate of mutation caught many scientists by surprise; they weren’t expecting such rapid mutations especially not in key components of the virus that we’re targeting with vaccines," he said. Right now, there is another variant that has been identified in Tanzania, which seems to be even more problematic than the SA variant in terms of additional mutations that will probably confer even greater resistance to the vaccines. San Francisco has also identified variants that are relatively vaccine resistant. It is about controlling the magnitude of severe disease and the number of people that die. Between 10,000-11,000 people die from seasonal flu each year in South Africa and Madhi said that if we get to the point where the number of people who die each year from Covid-19 is around the same level, that will be a positive scenario. Death rate Madhi said currently the Covid-19 death rate is about three times the official figure.Most South Africans probably think our death rate from Covid-19 is around 50,000 people. But it is likely triple this amount based on South African Medical Research Council modelling. Even if one assumes that only 70% of our excess mortality is due to Covid-19, which would be conservative, South Africa still ranks 11th globally with a mortality rate that is higher than Spain, Italy, the UK and even the US. “This shows how potent the virus is, and how unsuccessful our efforts to contain it have been,” Madhi said. Vaccine Speaking about the pause in the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine rollout due to an extremely rare blood clotting disorder, he said the AstraZeneca and Pfizer probably have had similar rates of the described side effects. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has recommended the pause on the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine be lifted... 2 days ago Those affected range from four to five individuals per million. Mortality rates since the pandemic began in South Africa are at 1,800 of every million assuming only 70% of excess mortality is due to Covid-19. The risk of dying from Covid-19 is nowhere near the risks of the rare occurrence of blood clots from the vaccines. “In South Africa, we unfortunately don’t have the same luxuries as countries like the US, who can afford to pause a vaccine while another one fills the gap. The lesson here is to truly consider the benefit/risk ratio before taking such a decision.”
Covid and flu - Should you still have the flu shot? - Bonitas - Bizcommunity.com
Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa, Head of Operations at Bonitas Medical Fund, unpacks the differences and similarities between 'flu' and Covid-19, how it affects your body and offers compelling reasons why you should consider getting the flu vaccine this year...
|Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa, Head of Operations at Bonitas|
- Healthcare workers
- Individuals age >65 years
- People with comorbidities like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People living with HIV and AIDS
- Even if the flu vaccine is not 100% effective against the current flu strain it will reduce your chances of getting the flu and, if you do get it, it will be a great deal milder.
- More importantly, by having the flu vaccine you will protect others, via what is called ’herd immunity’. Others may be vulnerable family members such as small babies and the elderly as well as those who are immune compromised.
Frame your greatest design ideas: How Maps Maponyane transformed his living space with the Samsung Frame TV - Samsung South Africa - Bizcommunity.com
Maps Maponyane recently gave his view of the elegant 4K UHD Smart TV that transforms into a gallery-like art display...
“I want my home to be a reflection of me. After all, that is my sanctuary, away from the world. I never expected to be able to transform my living space with a TV, but The Frame gives you a premium entertainment experience combined with an aesthetically-pleasing design. As an art lover, it opens up a new world of possibility for me,” says Maponyane. Maponyane’s personal tastes span from classic to contemporary African art. Fortunately, The Frame TV comes pre-loaded with artworks from world-renowned artists and 1,000 pieces of art - which are easily available from Samsung online. This creates the possibility to change the tone and mood of a living space effortlessly. Maponyane believes in a minimalist approach to décor with striking and personalised highlights. The Frame TV, therefore, perfectly adapts to the concept. Also important to Maponyane is the idea that you can choose to move away from the art theme and reflect a more personalised touch with your photos and memories, uploaded via a mobile device or USB drive. According to Maponyane: “We live in a world filled with inspiration, which means our tastes evolve, so I enjoy being able to go from an art gallery filled with my current favourites to appreciation of a new genre, whilst still retaining the sophistication of my living space.” For Maponyane, The Frame TV had to also embrace an important factor in design – the merging of form and function. Fortunately, The Frame TV has four times more pixels than Full HD for a rich, stunning viewing experience. Essentially, it’s an immersive viewing experience captured in cinematic clarity. Care has also been taken to the details like a No-Gap wall mount. “Every detail has been considered, I have access to a world of art or the option of displaying my own images. It’s a really great TV, with bright, rich colours, giving you the finest viewing experience in any light. My living room has been transformed and I love it,“ concluded Maponyane. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at https://news.samsung.com/za/
Mid-Level Social Media Manager job, Johannesburg - Bizcommunity.com
Want to work for a leading, innovative and fun digital agency? We're hiring a talented mid-level social media manager. Experience: Minimum of four years' experience in an agency.Key responsibilities and skills: Community management: social media monitor…
|Remuneration:||R25000 - R30000 per month Basic salary|
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- Minimum of four years' experience in an agency.
- Community management: social media monitoring, listening, reporting and engaging across multiple platforms on social media.
- Manage multiple accounts on various online platforms for brands.
- Manage communities and respond accordingly.
- Grow organic followers on social media platforms.
- Reviewing user-generated comments and posts in a quick and timely manner.
- Social media management: managing, publishing and scheduling social posts.
- Social media strategy: social media advertising and budget management.
- Ability to report accurately and draw insights for future optimisation.
- Follow international brand pages and competitors.
- Social media analytics: data, insights, reporting and analytics.
- Social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, etc.
- Social media and online PR: crisis, PR and online management.
- Live event coverage.
- Supply information on trends to the agency as well as up and coming social media platforms that may suit a brand.
- Conceptualise and manage social media competitions and giveaways.
- Researching industry-related topics.
- Updated CV
- Links to social media pages/accounts you've managed.
- Portfolio (PDF/Web/Behance)
How FlySafair is improving its customer experience as airlines face recovery - Bizcommunity.com
FlySafair has just launched a new mobile app to make its customer's experience much simpler, by centralising all booking details into one place, enabling customers to manage their journeys on their own devices...
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Noise pollution is harming sea life, needs to be prioritised, scientists say - Bizcommunity.com
Far beneath the ocean surface, a cacophony of industrial noise is disrupting marine animals' ability to mate, feed and even evade predators, scientists warn...
With rumbling ships, hammering oil drills and booming seismic survey blasts, humans have drastically altered the underwater soundscape – in some cases deafening or disorienting whales, dolphins and other marine mammals that rely on sound to navigate, researchers report in a metastudy published online Thursday, 4 February, and in the Friday edition of the journal Science that examines more than 500 research papers.Even the cracking of glaciers calving into polar oceans and the rattle of rain falling on the water’s surface can be heard deep under the sea, said lead author Carlos Duarte, a marine scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Chronic problem "It’s a chronic problem that certainly weakens the animals all the way from individuals to populations," Duarte said in an interview. "This is a growing problem, one that is global in scope."These noises and their impacts need more attention from scientists and policymakers, particularly the effects on sea turtles and other reptiles, seabirds, seals, walruses and plant-eating mammals such as manatees, the study says. The international team of researchers called for a global regulatory framework for measuring and managing ocean noise. Much of the human-caused noise should be easy to reduce, Duarte said. For example, measures such as building quieter ship propellers and hulls and using drilling techniques that do not cause bubbles and water vibrations could cut noise pollution in half, he said. Having the world use more renewable energy would lessen the need to drill for oil and gas. The benefits to marine life could be dramatic, he said, noting a resurgence in marine activity during April 2020 when shipping noise, typically loudest near coastlines, died down as countries went into lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. SOUTH AFRICA Entrepreneurs, executives, investors, scientists and government representatives from around the world recently gathered online for Ocean Innovation Africa... 21 Dec 2020 Humans eliminating natural sounds But humans have not only added noise to the ocean, they have also eliminated natural sounds, the study found.Whaling in the 1900s, for example, removed millions of whales from the world's oceans – along with much of their whale song. And the chirp and chatter around coral reefs is growing quieter as more corals die from ocean warming, acidification and pollution. Climate change has also changed the soundscape in parts of the ocean that are warming by altering the mix of animals living there, along with the noises they make. Oceanographer Kate Stafford at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory praised the timing of the metastudy, as the United Nations calls on governments to set aside 30% of the world’s land and sea areas for conservation. "The review makes it clear that, to actually reduce anthrophony (human noise) and aim for a well-managed future, ... we will need global cooperation among governments,” Stafford said. Source: Reuters