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A Global Crisis Means A Global Response


Millions of dollars’ worth of emergency assistance to more than 20 at-risk countries has been released by Islamic Relief (of which Islamic Relief USA is a part of) in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, help those infected and support vulnerable communities that have been the hardest hit. Thousands of hygiene kits containing essentials like hand sanitizer, surgical masks and thermometers have already been delivered to high-risk communities in places like Syria and Afghanistan where vital health infrastructure has crumbled due to conflict. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz: "Practice social distancing."

Dr.Mehmet Oz, Turkish-American, a famous doctor from The Dr. Oz Show, was interview by Ali Cinar. Dr. Oz talked about the social distancing rules, the latest on the vaccine, plasma treatment, and other issues related to coronavirus pandemic.Dr. Oz is ranked #1 of the most influential Turkish-Americans, and he was also one of the awardees of Turk of America Magazine.

When do you see the coronavirus stopping?

    1. Since this is a novel, or new, virus, it’s hard to predict when its transmission will slow or completely stop.
    2. During the coming months of April and May we hope that social distancing will impact the number of coronavirus cases and cause transmission to slow.
    3. Some medical professionals think that as the weather gets warmer (in the months of May, June and July) we may see transmission slow because the virus swell and does not travel as far thru air.
    4. We will probably see the virus come back again as the weather gets colder - and that’s something everyone, especially the healthcare system, should consider preparing for.

Any comment on a vaccine?

    1. There are multiple companies working on a vaccine right now which is good news! But unfortunately I don’t anticipate a vaccine before 12-18 months. This is because vaccines have to prove both safety and efficacy, meaning that this vaccine is not only safe for the public but that it actually works.
    2. This involves multiple clinical trials which take time and that’s why I think it will be 12-18 months before we have a vaccine

Does plasma treatment  work for the patients?

    1. Plasma treatment would mean that antibodies, proteins made by the immune system to attack the virus, could be taken people who have recovered from the virus and be given to people who haven’t had the virus yet. Essentially allowing people to be able to fight the virus off should they ever get infected
    2. Medical centers around the world are starting trials to see if plasma treatment could work and a promising report from our biggest journal JAMA is supportive

What is/are your recommendation(s) regarding people using a mask in public?

    1. The purpose of wearing a mask is to decrease the chance that people who are infected spread the disease to others.
    2. You can wear a homemade mask - but keep in mind that it offers a limited amount of protection if any protection at all.
    3. Even if you are wearing a mask, you should still be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and staying inside as much as possible

What is/are your recommendation(s) to people to protect themselves.

    1. Right now the number one thing people can do to protect themselves is practice social distancing. We don’t have a vaccine that we can deploy so our best weapon against the virus is to stay at home. This means avoiding any large gatherings and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) from others when you go places like a grocery store.
    2. People should also make sure to practice hygiene measures like washing their hands for at least 20 seconds and cleaning any high touch surfaces in their home multiple times a day.

Do you think that the estimated number of fatalities will reach the projected amount of 100k-240k?

    1. Sadly, I do think it’s possible that the estimates made by some of America’s leading experts could be reached.
    2. If people follow the recommendations made by organizations like the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we could prevent the fatality number from getting that high.

How can NYC prevent this peak or what can New Yorkers do to lower this number?

    1. The number one thing that people can do especially New Yorkers can do at this time is practice social distancing. We are evaluating some promising medical therapies to reduce the impact of infection like hydroxychloroquine and antibiotics and antivirals.

             

*Our Journalist Ali Cinar's interview with Dr.Mehmet Oz was also published on Milliyet in Turkish.

President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines until April 30

President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines until April 30

President Donald Trump organized a press conference at the White House where he announced, “The next two weeks are critical. Everybody should do their part and pay attention to social distance. This nightmare will come to an end one day. We decided to extend the precautions related to COVID-19 until April 30.”

“Today, we reached a historic milestone in our war against the coronavirus. Over one million Americans have been tested — more than any other country by far. [They are] not even close.”

Stating that his administration made serious progress on the coronavirus epidemic and they expected the death rate of the pandemic to reach its peak in 2 weeks, President Trump added that it is his expectation that the recovery process will have begun by June 1.

Over 2 Million People in the U.S. Could Die if Coronavirus Goes Unchecked

President Trump said, “It was expected that 2.2 million people could die if we hadn’t done anything, but if we come out of this with 100 to 200 thousand deaths, which is considerably less than that, then that will mean that we have done very well,” claiming that the government had carried out more tests than all of the other countries in the world and that that was the reason why the number of cases is so high.

Masks Question

Regarding the concerns about “the lack of medical equipment” in New York hospitals, Trump stated,

“How do these hospitals’ need for masks go from [10,000]–20,000 to 300,000 masks per week? There is something going on in New York hospitals. You should look into this situation as journalists. Where are these masks going? Are they going to elsewhere through the back door?”

Upon being reminded that he had earlier stated, “I want to restore the country to its previous state until Easter on April 12,” President Trump said, “I just said this as an aspiration.” Trump, who said that “there is nothing worse than declaring victory before winning it,” stated,

“The American youth is affected more than the European youth.”

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House’s coronavirus task force, stated in a speech that they hope that projections that show the virus killing between 100,000 and 200,000 people in the U.S. are false and added, “Unfortunately, American youth is affected more than European youth. That’s the reason why every model may not be very correct.”

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that the U.S. could see millions of coronavirus cases and 100,000 or more deaths.

Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin highlighted that the $2.2 trillion package would support the economy and employees for ten weeks, and if additional time is required, the government will evaluate what may be needed.

The disease caused by the new coronavirus has killed at least 2,945 people in the United States as of March 30.

President Trump: “The worst could be behind us around July or August.”

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke at the daily press conference of the Coronavirus Task Force, which has been created to combat the coronavirus. On a question posed as to when the worst would be behind us in the coronavirus crisis, Trump said, “There are those who say July or August, or even later.”

President Trump said, “My son has been asking how bad it is... It’s bad.” and He warned people against getting together in groups of 10 or more.

“Here, I meant that the steps taken by my administration against the virus are under control, not that the virus itself is under control,” said President Trump. “The virus isn't under control anywhere in the world right now.”

Trump, who also stated that the first trial of the vaccine against COVID-19 was being carried out today, said, “This is one of the fastest developed vaccines in history.”

“We may be going towards a recession, but we are faced with an invisible enemy.”

Trump was asked about the fall in the stock market and coronavirus’ impact on the economy as well as concerns regarding a possible recession in the U.S. He said, “We could be heading towards a recession. We are facing an invisible enemy, a problem that no one could know a month ago. Our priority is to eliminate this problem. Then everything will fall into place.”

He said that there could be a major improvement in the economy after the coronavirus crisis and that U.S. airline companies would be supported 100 percent during this process.

Coronavirus Warning from the White House: “Do Your Part”

Following the announcement by President Donald Trump at the press conference of the Task Force established as part of the fight against the coronavirus, the White House issued a series of warnings about measures to prevent the virus from spreading.

The notification, which has been published, contains warnings such as, “Don’t go to work or go out if you are sick,” “Don’t send your children to school if they are sick,” “Don’t go out if anyone from your family has been diagnosed with corona,” and “Don’t go out if you are old aged or have a chronic illness.”

In the statement, the message was given that the public had been advised to do their part in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Measures at the Pentagon

There has been a statement from the office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense regarding the fight against the coronavirus. It was stated that Secretary Mark Esper would be working from a physically different location than his deputy and the rest of his team.

According to the statement made by a Pentagon spokesperson, restrictions have been brought to visits to Secretary Mark Esper, and visitors were being scanned. In the statement, it was said that so far, 18 soldiers had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Yale Academician Kaveh Khoshnood: “Don’t Panic!”

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Kaveh Khoshood, Faculty Director of InnovativeHealth and Program Co-Director of the Global Health Ethics Program at Yale University, spoke to Turk of America on the coronavirus threat. He highlighted that the coronavirus is a brand new virus, and a vaccine license for the coronavirus would take over a year to implement. He also has two recommendations for the public:

a: There is no point to panic or be fearful

b: Don’t ignore the reality

He also stated the following: “U.S. has a lot of resources and can contribute globally. WHO same thing but doesn’t have a position for testing or funding. WHO role to play a source/guidance where it is collecting data from countries. Some countries don’t trust West, however, they trust WHO.”

Latest Developments on Coronavirus(03.17.2020)

Confirmed Cases: 182,100

Death Toll: 7,305

Impacted Countries: 140 countries

Top Leading Countries: China, Italy, Iran

As of today, at least 4,482 people in 49 states, have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 86 people have died.

Yale University Prof. Forman:"Coronavirus is far from dangerous for the majority of young, healthy individuals."

 Turk of America interviewed Prof.Howard Forman from Yale University regarding coronavirus threat.

How is the coronavirus outbreak going to end?

It is likely that we will see #covid19 as a new seasonal (or not) threat for the foreseeable future.The critical issue, at the moment, is whether it can be contained this year, sufficiently, to spare premature deaths.

In a global world, we are all in a position to advance public health and contain, or failing that, mitigate harm.My guess is that this will appear much worse rather than much better in a month;In 6 months, we will see that we turned the corner.

- Are U.S. and World Health Organization doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

The WHO has limited capacity to prevent spread but they certainly are using their expertise, voice, and resources very prudently. The United States has lagged many peer nations in standing up testing/detection capacity.

It seems that we are still 1 or 2 weeks away from being able to adequately test the entire population. But over the last few days,We are seeing evidence that capacity is rapidly advancing and that our health providers and systems are developing appropriate plans for quarantine, isolation, and compassionate treatment.

-How people to prepare for coronavirus?Do you recommend not to travel globally?

The greatest risk from global travel is quarantine.If you are heading “home,” that is not a great risk.But if you are going on a work-related trip, that may be a greater risk than you are willing to accept.For the foreseeable future,I think that we will see a dramatic reduction in global travel, as many countries will block entry or require 2 weeks of quarantine, upon arrival (which is tantamount to blocking travel, unless you are going home).

This virus is far from dangerous for the majority of young, healthy individuals. unfortunately, it is very dangerous to older and sicker individuals and it is in the public’s interest to prevent further spread precisely to protect the most vulnerable among us.

-When could coronavirus be ready?

i do not have any more info than from what i see reported:It sounds like 12 -18 months if all goes well.thanks for your time.

About Prof. Forman:

Professor Forman is a Professor of Diagnostic Radiology (and faculty director for Finance), Public Health (Health Policy), Economics and Management. Professor Forman directs the Health Care management program in the Yale School of Public Health and teaches healthcare economics in the Yale College Economics Department. He is the faculty founder and director of the MD/MBA program as well as the faculty director of the healthcare focus area in the School of Management’s MBA for Executives program. As a practicing emergency/trauma radiologist, he is actively involved in patient care and issues related to financial administration, healthcare compliance, and contracting. His research has been focused on improving imaging services delivery through better access to information. He has worked as a health policy fellow in the U.S. Senate, on Medicare legislation.

Dr. Oz Says Medical Marijuana Could be Key in Ending Opioid Crisis

By Jade Scipioni - Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute of Health. The misuse and addiction of these prescription pain killers has ignited President Donald Trump to formally declare it a national emergency—which is expected this week. Cardiothoracic surgeon and talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz said the biggest problem causing the epidemic is that many doctors were misled on the safety of the narcotics early on.

Global Wellness Institute Launches Wellness Moonshot: Destination—A World Free of Preventable Disease

Lifestyle related diseases and the continuously skyrocketing cost of healthcare are creating a global crisis that is affecting us both physically and mentally. The stark reality is that roughly 70% of all deaths each year are a result of preventable diseases (CDC), while the global cost of largely preventable chronic disease could reach $47 trillion by 2030, according to the World Economic Forum. On the opening day of the 2017 Global Wellness Summit, health and wellness leaders united behind the first global commitment to achieve a world free of preventable disease, a moonshot that is arguably as urgent as it is massive in scope.

Turkish University Focuses On Health Technology

by Guc Gonel, AA ISTANBUL - Istanbul Technical University is working on future health technologies such as early detection of cancer and the use of 3D-printer technology, it said on Wednesday. The university is taking help from its engineering departments to produce these technologies which include an early detection mask for lung cancer, said a statement released by the university.

Dr. Ayse Gurses, Receives An Award from the Federation of Associations of Behavioral & Brain Science

Image Dr. Ayse Gurses, a native of Turkey and a human factors engineer here at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality recently received an award from the Federation of Associations of Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS). Dr. Gurses received the Early Career Investigator Award for her work to improve the safety of patients who undergo heart surgery.

Dr. Oz's Tips for Losing Those Last 10 Pounds

Image By Meghan Holohan - We?ve all been there. There?s extra weight around the belly and it seems like the additional 10 pounds of padding won?t budge despite diet and workout. Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. told TODAY that events such as stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. And, he shared a few tips to help shed those pounds.
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