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Europe faces 700,000 more Covid deaths, WHO warns

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A further 700,000 people could die of Covid by March in Europe and parts of Asia, the World Health Organization has warned.

The death toll already exceeds 1.5 million in the 53 countries of what the WHO terms as its Europe region.

The WHO warned of “high or extreme stress” in intensive care units in 49 of the nations by March 2022.

Europe is facing a surge in cases, prompting Austria to return to lockdown and others to consider fresh measures.

A number of countries – including France, Germany and Greece – could also soon make booster jabs a requirement for their citizens to be considered fully vaccinated.

But several countries have seen fierce protests against new measures. The Netherlands saw several nights of rioting over a partial lockdown.

In its assessment, the WHO warned Covid was the top cause of death in its Europe region.

“Cumulative reported deaths are projected to reach over 2.2 million by spring next year, based on current trends,” the WHO said on Tuesday.

Confirmed Covid-related deaths recently doubled to almost 4,200 a day, it added.

In Russia alone, the daily death toll has been recently topping 1,200.

A high number of unvaccinated people and the prevalence of the Delta variant in some countries were key factors behind high transmission rates in the Europe region, the WHO said.

The WHO Europe director, Dr Hans Kluge, urged those who were still unvaccinated to get the jab.

“All of us have the opportunity and responsibility to help avert unnecessary tragedy and loss of life, and limit further disruption to society and businesses over this winter season,” he said.

As well as European nations, the WHO also considers Israel and ex-Soviet states like Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as making up the region.

Source: BBC

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6 Things Men Do That Is Lowering Their Sperm Count

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Research has shown that modern men’s sperm is coming up short.

A Hebrew University research revealed that sperm counts among Western men have dropped more than 50 per cent in the past 40 years.

While scientists can’t pinpoint an exact explanation, studies have shown that certain lifestyle factors play a large role in a man’s sperm count.

The good news is that most of the time, those levels aren’t permanent.

Normal sperm production takes 60 to 90 days. That means the effects of poor lifestyle choices can be reversed in just two or three months.

Here are some of the most common behaviours responsible for lowering sperm count and what to do about them:

  • Not ejaculating enough

It’s a misconception that men have to save up sperm when it’s baby-making time. In fact, frequent sexual activity is important for sperm health.

If the body isn’t getting the message to produce sperm, it won’t produce as much.

Essentially, use it or lose it. Health experts recommend that males ejaculate once or twice a week to maintain production.

  • Heat exposure

Exposure to heat is known to affect sperm production. hot tubs and even heated car seats are all culprits, but one of the most common sources of heat is laptops.

Laptop computers can literally cook the sperm.

It’s also worth noting that certain occupations that involve heat, such as working as a chef in a hot kitchen or as a firefighter in a non-breathable uniform, can have a negative effect on sperm count.

  • Smoking 

Smoking either tobacco or marijuana may reduce sperm count, efficacy and quality. Toxins and contaminants make their way from the lungs through the circulatory system to the testicles.

Studies have shown that simply stopping smoking can have an effect on sperm count within a couple of months.

  • Getting stressed

It’s difficult to quantify the effects of stress due to its subjective nature, but fertility experts, in general, recommend that men try to reduce it.

Research has found that men who feel stressed are more likely to have lower concentrations of sperm.

Stress leads to increased levels of the hormone glucocorticoid, which can have a negative effect on the production of testosterone and sperm.

Taking anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants can worsen the problem. “Certain medications can lead to erectile dysfunction and affect the amount of ejaculate.

  • Wearing briefs or tight pants

Underwear or any clothing that hugs the scrotal sac close to the body is not recommended.

The ideal temperature for sperm production is a few degrees lower than body temperature, which is why the testicles sit where they do.

When they’re held too close to the body, the testicles can’t regulate temperature to allow for healthy sperm production.

  • Drinking too much alcohol

When consumed in high doses, alcohol can affect the ability of the testes to produce sperm.

That said, moderate consumption of red wine may actually have a protective effect on sperm.

The antioxidants found in red wine can help reduce sperm’s exposure to free radicals, which can damage cells and DNA.

 

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