The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed everything in the workplace, each staff has been asked to work remotely, stay in their homes and observe social distancing. In light of this, you need your employees to be motivated to keep up. As employees adjust how, when and where they work, it’s a great opportunity for you to do your part in the best way you can.
The closure of schools and nationwide lockdown during this Coronavirus Pandemic has left us confused with what to do with our kids. Some people have even gone as far as thinking up strategies and ways to make it memorable for our kids. I understand that as a work-at-home-parent, this would be a really challenging time and no one is actually prepared for this, but guess what? You have to make this work! I have come up with a list of suggestions on things you could do to keep your children entertained instead of driving you crazy
Small businesses have been forced to take a different turn in their business because of the current Coronavirus crisis. Unlike other crises, this is one that they have never faced before. With the lockdown everywhere, how can you keep your business going? I have decided to take time out to make a list of action items that can help you generate more leads, keep your customers and employees happy and satisfied.
The effectiveness of working from home varies from employee to employee and that is fine. Knowing what works for your employees is key to being productive while working from home. I have taken out time to list out the basic things you can put in place to make sure every employee is productive while working from home.
In the past few months, news all over the world has been filled with increased cases of Coronavirus. Everyone including myself has at one point worried about how we could protect ourselves from this deadly virus. In Nigeria, there are 174 cases of Coronavirus and 2 people have died from the virus. In this article, I will explain how to know if you have coronavirus and also, tell you what to do.
Coronavirus has now spread to Nigeria and so far, there have been 12 confirmed cases of this disease in Lagos and Ekiti states. But what is this Coronavirus really about and how can you protect yourself and your family?
The first case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Lagos. The Minister of Health, Osagie Enahire, announced this early Friday morning.
The health minister said the first confirmed case of the virus in Lagos was an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and had returned from Milan earlier this week.
"The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, we have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria," Ehanire said, adding that the patient was being treated at a hospital for infectious diseases in Lagos
COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
The Lagos State Ministry of Health has been reinforcing measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained rapidly in alliance with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Please, be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only a mild illness and recover , but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and people with underlying chronic diseases. All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
2. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms; stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
3. Maintain at least a 5 Feet distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
4. A healthy immune system is vital to protecting yourself from the virus, strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and always staying hydrated.
5. Ensure that you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing. You can also sneeze or cough into your sleeve at the bent elbow.
6. Thoroughly cook meat and eggs and avoid unprotected contact with live animals
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, ensure you seek medical care promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition.
Source: WHO, Aljazeera
I want you to take a moment to think about how you treat yourself when you make a mistake or fail to smash a target. If you’re one to beat yourself up when things don’t go as you’d like, you, like most people, can use a little more self compassion in your life.
Nurturing and forgiving yourself has a lot of very subtle benefits. Strong self-compassion can even set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. Research has proven a number of self-compassion benefits. People with higher self-compassion tend to have lower depression and anxiety levels. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, thereby lowering their own levels of related anxiety and depression.
Some people are naturally self-compassionate, but not everyone is. Luckily, it is a learnable skill. Several methods have been proposed, and training programs are being developed, to help people discover and cultivate their own self-compassion.
However, I’ll be listing ways you could boost your self-compassion skills
Always make your body feel at ease. Eat something healthy. Lie down and rest. Massage your own neck, feet, or hands. Take a walk and get some fresh air. Anything you can do to boost how you feel physically gives you a dosage of self compassion.
Write a letter to yourself. Recall instances that have caused you to feel pain (a breakup with a lover, an employment loss, a poorly delivered presentation). Write a letter to yourself narrating the conditions that made things go south, but without blaming anyone — including yourself. Use this exercise to nurture your feelings.
Encourage yourself. Think of what you would say to a friend you’re very fond of if he or she was facing a difficult situation. Then, when you find yourself in this kind of situation, direct these compassionate responses toward yourself.
Practice mindfulness. Go for a quick run, meditate for a few minutes, all these can be a great way to accept and support yourself when things are not going so great.
If you're in your early 20's or 30's you're probably more concerned about making money and blowing up your finances than you are about your cholesterol. But it's important to know your numbers — and it's not something you should put off till you're middle or old aged.
Why? Because studies show that high cholesterol can have long-term effects on your heart health. And because it doesn't have obvious symptoms, you could have it without knowing.
Why cholesterol screening is extremely vital
Your body needs some cholesterol to perform certain functions. But when there's too much of it circulating in your blood, it can start to build up on the inside walls of your blood vessels, which restricts the flow of blood to your heart and brain. Eventually, this could cause a heart attack or stroke.
Statin therapy and certain lifestyle changes are effective ways to bring high cholesterol down to a healthy range. But most people won't know that they have high cholesterol just by the way they feel.
That's where screening comes in. A lipid panel is an easy, affordable screening blood test that can be very helpful in identifying patients that are at risk for cardiovascular disease.
What is a lipid panel blood test?
A recent Cleveland Clinic survey found that only one in five Americans are aware that lipid panel cholesterol testing should begin in a person's 20s, even if they don't have symptoms of heart disease.
Young healthy adults who do not have heart disease should have their cholesterol levels checked every 4 to 6 years, starting at age 20.
People who have heart disease or who are taking cholesterol-controlling medications, or those who have additional risk factors, may need to have it tested more often.
Your primary care doctor can conduct this test. While there are cholesterol home test kits that can be purchased at drug stores or online, it is recommended that you have this done at a professional laboratory.
A lipid panel will measure some or all of the following:
Total cholesterol. Optimal total cholesterol level is < 200 mg/dL.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also called bad cholesterol. The optimal level is < 100 mg/dL.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) also called good cholesterol.The optimal level is > 60 mg/dL.
Triglycerides, which are another kind of fat molecule. The optimal level of triglycerides is < 150 mg/dL.
If your numbers do not fall into a healthy range, your doctor may prescribe a statin or recommend making some changes to your diet or lifestyle.
Cholesterol management is really vital to minimizing your risk for heart disease and stroke — but it's important to remember that it is only one factor that contributes to your risk. Your doctor can work with you to determine your risk based on your cholesterol numbers plus other risk factors like family history, cigarette smoking, blood pressure and age.
Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that in 2020, there are 398 suspected cases, 163 confirmed incidences and 24 deaths, with Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) of 15.7 percent in nine states and 32 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The cases were reported in Bauchi, Ebonyi, Edo, Ogun, Ondo, Plateau, Taraba. 89% of all confirmed cases are from Edo (38%), Ondo (38%) and Ebonyi (11%) states
The government is making conscious efforts to contain the Lassa fever virus but there are some measures you can take to keep yourself safe and away from the infection.
When you need care — anytime, day or night — Chatting with a doctor can be a convenient option. From treating flu and fevers to caring for sore throat and allergies, you can chat with a doctor online 24/
It's almost the end of the year which means many people are headed to music concerts. While flocking to a music concert is a great way to spend some free time, it’s important to know that noise levels at concerts can exceed 135 decibels, which is equivalent to a jet at takeoff – a level that can contribute to hearing loss.
More than 70 percent of Nigerians know that exposure to loud sounds can cause hearing loss; however, just 50 percent correctly recognized that both one-time exposure to a loud sound and cumulative exposure to moderately loud sounds can harm hearing health.
Hearing loss affects more than 38 million people nationwide, and it could become even more widespread in the coming years: more than 1.1 billion young adults worldwide are at risk of developing hearing loss, according to a study by the World Health Organization.
This is a reminder for people to take note of their hearing health – and that of their loved ones – to help prevent the condition or, if necessary, obtain treatment. Hearing health is crucial to overall health, as research shows hearing loss is associated with social isolation, dementia, depression and increased risk of falls.
To help encourage better hearing health, consider these tips:
Reduce exposure to loud noises: You should limit your exposure to loud sounds, such as music, machine equipment, etc to no more than 20 minutes at a time. If you’re attending a sports game or music concert, wear ear buds to protect your ears. These precautionary measures should be especially emphasized for young people, children’s ears are more susceptible to harm caused by exposure to loud sounds. While hearing loss is more common among older Nigerians, younger people can also be affected: about 20 percent of people over age 12 experience some level of hearing loss.
Choose noise-cancelling headphones: One contributing factor to the increased risk of noise-induced hearing loss is the growing popularity of earbuds. People should consider over-the-ear headphones – especially models with noise-cancelling – as those are generally considered a better option than earbuds. When using earbuds, try to use them for no more than 60 minutes at a time and at no more than 60 percent of the player’s maximum volume. If someone else can hear your music while you’re using earbuds, it’s an indication of excessive volume.
Talk to a health professional and schedule a hearing test: Common signs of hearing loss include turning up the volume on the TV or radio to levels that others find too loud, having trouble hearing people on the phone, and difficulty following conversations in noisy environments.
Follow these easy tips to protect your hearing.
Ways to reduce tension in the neck and back.
With so many of us staring into computers or gazing down at our smart phones most of the day, it’s no wonder most of us have had an aching back or sore neck ruin a nice day — some of us more often than others.
A stiff neck typically is the result of muscles weakening over time from poor posture or misuse, but what if there was a way to completely avoid or minimize your next bout of this misery?
Try these simple remedies to relieve yourself of the pain whenever it sprouts.
1. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. But certain types shouldn’t be taken too often or for too long. Follow your doctor’s prescription for medicine use.
2. Strike a spine-friendly pose — at work, while driving, when texting, etc. Poor posture may contribute to back and neck strain. It may help to:
Adjust your workstation. For instance, keep your computer screen at arm’s length. Feet should touch the floor or be supported.
Switch positions as often as possible. For example, if you sit for work, get up to stretch or walk around.
When driving distances, stop frequently for breaks to walk and stretch.
Browsing on your smartphone? Try to keep it at either chest or eye level.
3. Lighten up. Excess weight equals excess strain on your spine.
4. Have a partner gently massage the sore or painful areas.
5. Sleep on a firm mattress without a pillow or with a designated neck pillow.
It’s a simple truth: If your spine isn’t happy, you may not be happy for long. Don’t stand for it. Actually, do take a stand — for your back and better health.
When you’re already aching.
These tips may ease pain — and help the healing process. If the pain persists and continues to get in the way of your daily activities, consult your GP.
Patients with gastroenteritis present severe acute watery diarrhea and excessive vomiting. Those infected with microorganisms causing the disease show signs and symptoms within 12 hours to one week after ingesting contaminated food or water. The disease affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated.
Medical Scientists report they have discovered a new strain of HIV for the first time in almost 20 years.
The new strain is a part of the same family of virus subtypes that have fueled the global HIV pandemic, according to Abbott Laboratories, which conducted the research with the University of Missouri.
The strain has been classified as subtype L in HIV-1 Group M. HIV has several different subtypes or strains, and like other viruses, it has the ability to change and mutate over time.
There are two main types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. Within HIV-1, there are multiple strains. Group M, which can be traced back to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the strain that led in the global HIV epidemic.
Forms of this new strain of the HIV virus might be circulating, both in the DRC and elsewhere, but are unclassified as of now.
But Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that existing treatments for HIV work against this strain.
"There's no reason to panic or even worry about it a little bit," Fauci told CNN. "Not a lot of people are infected with this. This is an outlier."
"This discovery reminds us that to end the HIV pandemic, we must continue to out think this continuously changing virus and use the latest advancements in technology and resources to monitor its evolution," study co-author, Dr. Carole McArthur, a professor in the department of oral and craniofacial sciences at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, said in a statement.
About 36.7 million in the world are living with HIV, according to the World Health Organization. UNAIDS estimates that in 2016, some 1.8 million people became newly infected.