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Friday, April 24, 2020

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised pregnant and breastfeeding women

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised pregnant and breastfeeding women to take routine preventative actions to avoid the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.⁣

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.⁣

Ihekweazu said that the preventive measures were recommended in alignment with the Department of Family Health, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).⁣

He listed the measures to include diligent hand-washing, avoiding close contact with people exhibiting symptoms of infection, and covering sneezes and coughs.⁣

He said that it was not currently known if pregnant women were more susceptible to COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they were more likely to have the illness as a result.⁣
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Madagascar’s President Promotes Unproven Herbal Cure For COVID-19


  • Madagascar’s president, Andry Rajoelina, unveiled an unproven cure for COVID-19 that is derived from a plant, Artemisia annua.
  • His comments at a launch of the herbal remedy on April 20 suggested that the remedy, called COVID-ORGANICS, would act both as a cure and a vaccine.
  • No evidence from any clinical trials was shared to back up the claims.
  • The World Health Organization did not respond to Mongabay’s questions about COVID-ORGANICS, but the agency has warned against the spread of misinformation and purported miracle cures.
  • The president of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, on April 20 appeared to promote an unproven treatment for COVID-19.  The remedy, named COVID-ORGANICS, is effective against the virus, Rajoelina said, speaking in Malagasy at the launch of the product in the capital Antananarivo. The product strengthens the body’s immune system, he added.

    The president’s office did not respond to Mongabay’s request for information supporting the claim that the product helps cure COVID-19. Rajoelina shared images of the product on his social media page: bottles of a dark amber liquid with the label COVID-ORGANICS and Tisane Bio. The word tisane refers to herbal teas.

    The principal ingredient in the concoction is derived from Artemisia annua or sweet wormwood, a green leafy plant that emits a striking odor. Dried leaves from the plant are considered  to have medicinal properties in Madagascar. But there is no evidence to show it actually works against COVID-19, a respiratory disease that has claimed more than 165,000 lives and infected almost 2.5 million people across the world.

    Herbal remedies made from A. Annua leaves are often touted as a cure for malaria. But its use against malaria is controversial. “WHO does not recommend the use of A. Annua plant material, in any form, including tea, for the treatment or the prevention of malaria,” a 2012 position paper from the World Health Organization said. The WHO’s office for Traditional and Complementary Medicine had not responded to questions about its use for COVID-19 by the time this article was published.  However, artemisinin, a compound isolated from the A. Annua plant is used in combination with other drugs as a treatment for malaria.

    “There is as far as I know no evidence that the artemisinins can treat COVID-19,” Arjen M. Dondorp, a professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford told Mongabay in an email. “There are anecdotal reports that artesunate was tried in China when the outbreak was rampant there, and that the drug had no clear clinical benefit.  As far as I know, no official clinical trials with artesunate to evaluate whether artemisinins are beneficial in COVID-19 have been registered.” Artesunate is derived from artemisinin.

    The product also bears the stamp of the Malagasy Institute for Applied Research (IMRA), where the purported cure was developed.

    Madagascar has a low number of confirmed COVID-19 cases — just 121 out of a population of 26 million — and no reported deaths as of April 20. The country declared a national emergency after the first confirmed cases emerged on March 20, and placed the major cities of Antananarivo, Fianarantsoa and Toamasina under lockdown. But on April 20 some restrictions were eased in these cities.

    It was not clear if the preparation the president unveiled is supposed to act as a cure or a vaccine. Rajoelina suggested not just that patients of COVID-19 were treated with it but that students would have to drink it in order to return to school, implying that it would prevent them from getting the disease.

    He also said the product will be made available for free to the poor.

    The raging spread of the disease and the global economic fallout from measures to contain it have created a cavernous demand for a cure. However, no proven cure has emerged yet. The WHO has specifically warned against the spread of misinformation and miracle cures.

    Banner image of a screenshot showing bottles of the purported cure, COVID-ORGANICS, on the Facebook page of Madagascar’s president, Andry Rajoelina.

    Malavika Vyawahare is a staff writer for Mongabay. Find her on Twitter: @MalavikaVy

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    COVID-19: Atiku's Son Moves To ICU



    Mohammed Atiku-Abubakar, a son of Nigeria’s former vice-president, has being moved to Intensive care unit were he is battling for survival as his case for coronavirus worsen on Wednesday, Ebonyitvnews learnt.

    Mr Atiku-Abubakar who is 31, tested positive for the virus on March 19. He was subsequently moved to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, where most COVID-19 cases around the Nigerian capital are treated.

    After undergoing all the necessary medication, including antiretroviral and immune-boosting vitamins, he has continued to test positive 35 days on which is quiet very strange.

    Medical experts knowledgeable with COVID-19 cases have said the virus can last for 37 days. But Mr Atiku’s son at 35 days, is now the longest carriers of the virus so far in Africa.

    How to block your ATM and Sim card

    Losing your phone and wallet or having them stolen can be very frustrating. However, in case that happens to you, there is no time to get desperate – the first thing you need to do is take care of your security. Here is how to block your SIM card and bank account in case of an emergency.

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    1. Why Do You Need To Do It?

    When your mobile phone or wallet with bank cards are stolen or lost, you may think that your biggest loss is the phone or cards themselves. But there is an even bigger threat – with the help of your phone or cards, the perpetrator or the person who finds your lost items can get access to your finances and even your identity.


    Read more: How Can I Apply For The Coronavirus Relief Package In Nigeria?


    Like many Nigerians, you probably have your bank data connected to your mobile phone number. By having your phone at hand, the criminals can enter your online banking account and transfer the money from your account to theirs. And that’s not even the most dangerous thing that can happen. There have been cases where the victim’s entire identity was copied or stolen after their mobile phone or bank cards got into the wrong hands. That is why blocking your SIM card and bank accounts is the first thing you need to do in case there is an emergency.

    2. How To Block Your SIM Card

    There are three primary ways to block a SIM card remotely when your phone got misplaced or stolen:

    1. With IMEI

    IMEI is a unique identification number that is written on the inside of your mobile phone. You can also find the IMEI in the phone settings or in the box that your smartphone was shipped in. If you bought your phone used without a box, the best idea is to write down the IMEI number somewhere.


    Read more: Everything You Need To Know About Android Q


    If your phone got lost and you have your IMEI number, first visit the police station to file a report. Then take the report and your ID to your service provider. They will block the phone by IMEI and the SIM card that was installed in the smartphone at the time of the loss.

    2. Without IMEI

    In case you didn’t save the IMEI number of your mobile phone, don’t worry – you can still block it whenever you need. You can choose to block only your SIM card – in that case, you will need to contact your service provider. Alternatively, you can request your service provider to block the device even without the IMEI number – they will request your ID and will ask a few questions to determine whether you are the original owner of the device.

    3. With Your Account

    If you have an Apple or Android mobile phone, you can not only track its location, but also remotely block your phone so that no one can use it. Simply open the Find My Phone or Find My Device for iOS and Android respectively, enter your login information, and proceed with the next steps.

    2. How To Block Your Bank Account

    If you have your mobile phone with you but your bank cards were stolen or you worry your financial data may be compromised in another way, you can block your bank account by simply dialling a certain number on your mobile phone.


    Read more: See Who Makes The List Of Forbes Billionaires In 2020


    Some banks require you to call a number to block your activity, while others allow you to do it via a USSD code. Note that while you can block the account from your phone, you will need to pay a physical visit to the bank if you want to unlock it.

    For every bank, the USSD code or phone number is different. You can learn the necessary code by calling your phone’s customer service line or by checking the contacts section on their website. Here are some of the numbers you can use if you want to block your bank account:

    • For Zenith Bank – #966*911#
    • For GTBank – *737*51*10#
    • For First Bank – text “BLOCK” to 30012
    • For Union Bank – text “BLOCK CARD NUBAN” to 20123
    • For FCMB Bank – call + 2342798800


    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Yul Edochie warn people begging him for money because of lockdown

    Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie ,warn online beggers . He politely said it on his twitter handle. He said that should stop asking of money because lockdown is also affecting him. He said ,he is not doing money ritual in real life.  
    See the twit.
    Some folks are still sending me account numbers, after 3 weeks of lockdown. Come on now guys, na all of us dey the matter oo. 3 weeks nothing don enter, no work. Na for film I dey do money ritual, it's not real. I dey wait for alert from Federal Govt. e don red everywhere.

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Nova Scotia Shooting: Suspected Gunman Evaded Police For About 12 Hours After Killing 16 People

    Nova Scotia authorities have begun investigating the shooting of a gunman who may have been disguised as a police officer and went on 12-hour rampage that left 16 people dead in a small town.

    A confrontation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began after a manhunt for the fleeing suspect overnight Saturday. Multiple crime scenes and hours of evasion later, the gunman was killed Sunday in a shootout with police. Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) took over the investigation into the death, according to a statement from SiRT.

    Gabriel Wortman, 51, was identified as the suspect and was confirmed dead by RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather.

    The motive behind the shooting, one of Canada's deadliest, is still under investigation, Leather said. Some victims, he said, "appeared not to have a relationship with the assailant shooter."

    The chaos began when police were first called to a property around 10:30 p.M. Saturday. "When police arrived at the scene the members located several casualties inside and outside of the home," Leather said.

    One of those killed was Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and 23-year veteran of the RCMP. Another officer is in the hospital receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries he suffered in the incident, the RCMP said on Facebook.

    RCMP were led to several crime scenes miles apart beginning in Portapique and stretching to Enfield, where the suspect was found, Leather said. Wortman was believed to have been wearing part of what looked to be an RCMP uniform, and may have been driving a vehicle made to look like a police car, Leather said.

    "The fact that this individual had a uniform and a police car at his disposal certainly speaks to it not being a random act," Leather said.

    Police told the public on Twitter the gunman may have been wearing a RCMP uniform and driving a silver Chevrolet Tracker that appeared to be a police vehicle, but had a specific number -- 28B11. They clarified that he was not employed by the RCMP.

    The gunman was considered "armed and dangerous," so RCMP told people to stay indoors. The suspect was ultimately found at a truck stop in Enfield between 11 a.M. And noon on Sunday, about 12 hours after the initial 911 call came in to police.

    Ontario truck driver Tom Nurani told CNN media partner CTV News that he was at the truck stop when he heard a staff member shouting.

    "She goes, 'Oh my God, lock the doors, he's here! And I peek out of the window and I saw some RCMP vehicles and there was four or five uniforms with guns," Nurani said.

    Witness Glen Hines was driving past and told CTV he heard gunfire.

    "All I could hear was gunshots and my wife, I thought I was going to call 911, because she was going into panic, it scared her so bad," Hines said.

    Politicians respond to shooting rampage

    Stephen McNeil, the premier of Nova Scotia, called the shooting spree "one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history."

    "I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia," McNeil said.

    a group of police officers riding on the back of a car: Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers prepare to take a suspect into custody at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia on Sunday April 19, 2020. Canadian police arrested a suspect in an active shooter investigation after earlier saying he may have been driving a vehicle resembling a police car and wearing a police uniform. (Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers prepare to take a suspect into custody at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia on Sunday April 19, 2020. Canadian police arrested a suspect in an active shooter investigation after earlier saying he may have been driving a vehicle resembling a police car and wearing a police uniform. (Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press via AP)

    © Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press via AP

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted "our hearts go out to everyone affected by the shooting," adding "we're keeping all of you in our thoughts."

    "To the Portapique community, we're keeping all of you in our thoughts. And on behalf of all Canadians, I want you to know that we're here for you - and we'll be here for you in the days and weeks ahead," he said.

    National Police Federation President Brian Sauvé said the NPF was "working hard to ensure all our Members and their families are supported."

    "We are there for them now and will be there for them for the coming days and months as they work through this tragedy," Sauvé said. "As Canadians, we are extremely fortunate these incidents are not common."

    Canada's Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Sunday was "a truly heartbreaking day in Canada."

    "Tragedies like today are horrific and should never happen," Blair said. "I know the people of Nova Scotia will band together to heal and mourn those who were lost. All Canadians will stand with them."

    How To Spot SEO Myths: 7 Common SEO Myths, Debunked


    There’s a lot of advice going around about SEO.

    Some of it is very helpful, some of it will lead you astray if acted on.

    The difficulty is knowing which is which.

    It can be hard to identify what advice is accurate and based on fact, and what is just regurgitated from misquoted articles, or poorly understood Google statements.

    SEO myths abound.

    You’ll hear them in the strangest places.

    A client will tell you with confidence how they are suffering from a duplicate content penalty.

    Your boss will chastise you for not keeping your page titles to 60 characters.

    Sometimes the myths are obviously fake. Other times they can be harder to detect.

    The Dangers of SEO Myths

    The issue is, we simply don’t know exactly how the search engines work.

    Due to this, a lot of what we do as SEOs ends up being trial and error, and educated guesswork.

    When you are learning about SEO it can be difficult to test out all of the claims you are hearing.

    That’s when the SEO myths begin to take hold.

    Before you know it you’re proudly telling your line manager that you’re planning to “BERT optimize” your website copy.

    SEO myths can be busted a lot of the time with a pause and some consideration.

  • How exactly would Google be able to measure that?
  • Would that actually benefit the end user in any way?
  • There is a danger in SEO to consider the search engines to be omnipotent, and because of this, wild myths about how they understand and measure our websites start to grow.

    What Is an SEO myth?

    Before we debunk some common SEO myths we should first understand what forms they take.

    Untested Wisdom

    Myths in SEO tend to take the form of handed-down wisdom that isn’t tested.

    As a result, something that might well have no impact on driving qualified organic traffic to a site gets treated like it matters.

    Minor Factors Blown out of Proportion

    SEO myths might also be something that has a small impact on organic rankings or conversion but is given too much importance.

    This might be a “tick box” exercise that is hailed as being a critical factor in SEO success, or simply an activity that might only cause your site to eke ahead if everything else with your competition was truly equal.

    Out of Date Advice

    Myths can arise simply because what used to be effective in helping sites to rank and convert well no longer does but is still being advised.

    It might be that something used to work really well.

    Over time the algorithms have grown smarter.

    The public is more adverse to being marketed to.

    Simply, what was once good advice is now defunct.

    Google Being Misunderstood

    Many times the start of a myth is Google itself.

    Unfortunately, a slightly obscure, or just not straightforward piece of advice from a Google representative gets misunderstood and run away with.

    Before we know it a new optimization service is being sold off the back of a flippant comment a Googler made in jest.

    SEO myths can be based in fact, or perhaps these are more accurately SEO legends?

    In the case of Google-born myths, it tends to be that the fact has been so distorted by the SEO industry’s interpretation of the statement that it no longer resembles useful information.

    When Can Something Appear to Be a Myth

    Sometimes an SEO technique can be written off as myth by others purely because they have not experienced success from carrying out this activity for their own site.

    It is important to remember that every website has its own industry, set of competitors, the technology powering it, and other factors that make it unique.

    Blanket application of techniques to every website and expecting them to have the same outcome is naive.

    Someone may not have had success with a technique when they have tried it in their highly competitive vertical.

    It doesn’t mean it won’t help someone in a less competitive industry have success.

    Causation & Correlation Being Confused

    Sometimes SEO myths arise because of an inappropriate connection between an activity that was carried out and a rise in organic search performance.

    If an SEO has seen a benefit from something they did then it is natural that they would advise others to try the same.

    Unfortunately, we’re not always great at separating causation and correlation.

    Just because rankings or click-through rate increased around-about the same time as you implemented a new tactic doesn’t mean it caused the increase.

    There could be other factors at play.

    Soon an SEO myth arises from an overeager SEO wanting to share what they incorrectly believe to be a golden ticket.

    Steering Clear of SEO Myths

    It can save you from experiencing headaches, lost revenue, and a whole lot of time if you learn to spot SEO myths and act accordingly.

    Test

    The key to not falling for SEO myths is making sure you can test advice whenever possible.

    If you have been given the advice that structuring your page titles a certain way will help your pages rank better for their chosen keywords, then try it with one or two pages first.

    This can help you to measure whether making a change across many pages will be worth the time before you commit to doing so.

    Is Google Just Testing?

    Sometimes there will be a big uproar in the SEO community because of change in the way Google displays or orders search results.

    These changes are often tested in the wild before they are rolled out to more search results.

    Once a big change has been spotted by one or two SEOs, advice on how to optimize for it begins to spread.

    Remember the favicons in the desktop search results?

    The upset that caused the SEO industry (and Google users in general) was vast.

    Suddenly articles sprang up about the importance of favicons in attracting users to your search result.

    Whether favicons would impact click-through rate that much barely had time to be studied.

    Because just like that, Google changed it back.

    Before you jump for the latest SEO advice that is being spread around Twitter as a result of a change by Google, wait to see if it is going to hold.

    It could be that the advice that appears sound now will quickly become a myth if Google rolls back changes.

    7 Common SEO Myths

    So now we know what causes and perpetuates SEO myths, let’s find out the truth behind some of the more common ones.

    1. The Google Sandbox

    It is a belief held by some SEOs that Google will automatically suppress new websites in the organic search results for a period of time before they are able to rank more freely.

    It’s something that many SEOs will argue simply is not the case.

    So who is right?

    SEOs who have been around for many years will give you anecdotal evidence that would both support and detract from the idea of a sandbox.

    The only guidance that has been given by Google from this appears to be in the form of tweets.

    As already discussed, Google’s social media responses can often be misinterpreted.

    Tweet about Google sandbox

    Tweet about Google sandbox

    Verdict: Officially? It’s a myth.

    Unofficially – there does seem to be a period of time whilst Google tries to understand and rank the pages belonging to a new site.

    This might mimic a sandbox.

    2. Duplicate Content Penalty

    This is a myth that I hear a lot. The idea being that if you have content on your website that is duplicated elsewhere on the web, Google will penalize you for it.

    The key to understanding what is really going on here is knowing the difference between an algorithmic suppression and a manual action.

    A manual action, the situation that can result in webpages being removed from Google’s index, will be actioned by a human at Google.

    The website owner will be notified through Google Search Console.

    An algorithmic suppression occurs when your page cannot rank well due to it being caught by a filter from an algorithm.

    Chuck Price does a great job of explaining the difference between the two in this article that lays out all of the different manual actions available from Google.

    Essentially, having copy that is taken from another webpage might mean you can’t outrank that other page.

    The search engines may determine the original host of the copy is more relevant to the search query than yours.

    As there is no benefit to having both in the search results yours gets suppressed. This is not a penalty, this is the algorithm doing its job.

    There are some content related manual actions, as covered in Price’s article, but essentially copying one or two pages of someone else’s content is not going to trigger them.

    It is, however, potentially going to land you in other trouble if you have no legal right to use that content. It also can detract from the value your website brings to the user.

    Verdict: SEO myth

    3. PPC Advertising Helps Rankings

    This is a common myth. It’s also quite quick to debunk.

    The idea is that Google will favor websites in the organic search results which spend money with it through pay-per-click advertising.

    This is simply false.

    Google’s algorithm for ranking organic search results is completely separate from the one used to determine PPC ad placements.

    Running a paid search advertising campaign through Google at the same time as carrying out SEO might benefit your site for other reasons, but it won’t directly benefit your ranking.

    Verdict: SEO myth

    4. Domain Age Is a Ranking Factor

    This claim finds itself seated firmly in the “confusing causation and correlation” camp.

    Because a website has been around for a long time and is ranking well, age must be a ranking factor.

    Google has debunked this myth itself many times.

    In fact, as recently as July 2019, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller replied to a tweet suggesting that domain age was one of “200 signals of ranking” saying “No, domain age helps nothing”

    Tweet about domain age as a ranking factor

    Tweet about domain age as a ranking factor

    The truth behind this myth is that an older website has had more time to do things well.

    For instance, a website that has been live and active for 10 years may well have acquired a high volume of relevant backlinks to its key pages.

    A website that has been running for less than 6 months will be unlikely to compete with that.

    The older website appears to be ranking better and the conclusion is that age must be the determining factor.

    Verdict: SEO myth

    5. Tabbed Content Affects Rankings

    This idea is one that has roots going back a long way.

    The premise is that Google will not assign as much value to the content that is sitting behind a tab or accordion.

    For example, text that is not viewable on the first load of a page.

    Google has again debunked this myth as recent as March 31, 2020, but it has been a contentious idea amongst many SEOs years.

    In September 2018, Gary Illyes, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, answered a tweet thread about using tabs to display content.

    His response:

    “AFAIK, nothing’s changed here, Bill: we index the content, its weight is fully considered for ranking, but it might not get bolded in the snippets. It’s another, more technical question how that content is surfaced by the site. Indexing does have limitations.”

    If the content is visible in the HTML there is no reason to assume that it is being devalued just because it is not apparent to the user on the first load of the page.

    This is not an example of cloaking and Google can easily fetch the content.

    As long as there is nothing else that is stopping the text from being viewed by Google it should be weighted the same as copy which isn’t in tabs.

    Want more clarification on this?

    Then check out Roger Montti’s post that puts this myth to bed.

    Verdict: Myth

    6. Google Uses Google Analytics Data in Rankings

    This is a common fear amongst business owners.

    They study their Google Analytics reports.

    They feel their average sitewide bounce rate is too high, or their time on page is too low.

    So they worry that Google will perceive their site to be low quality because of that.

    They fear they won’t rank well because of it.

    The myth is that Google uses the data in your Google Analytics account as part of its ranking algorithm.

    It’s a myth that has been around for a long time.

    Google’s Gary Illyes has again debunked this idea simply with, “We don’t use *anything* from Google analytics [sic] in the “algo”.”

    Tweet about using Google Analytics data in rankings

    Tweet about using Google Analytics data in rankings

    If we think about this logically, using Google Analytics data as a ranking factor would be really hard to police.

    For instance, using filters could manipulate data to make it seem like the site was performing in a way that it isn’t really.

    What is good performance anyway?

    High “time on page” might be good for some long-form content.

    Low “time on page” could be understandable for shorter content.

    Is either right or wrong?

    Google would also need to understand the intricate ways in which each Google Analytics account had been configured.

    Some might be excluding all known bots and others might not.

    Some might use custom dimensions and channel groupings and others haven’t configured anything.

    Using this data reliably would be extremely complicated to do.

    Consider the hundreds of thousands of websites that use other analytics programs.

    How would Google treat them?

    Verdict: SEO myth

    This myth is another case of “causation, not correlation.”

    A high sitewide bounce rate might be indicative of a quality problem, or it might not be.

    Low time on page could mean your site isn’t engaging, or it could mean your content is quickly digestible.

    These metrics give you clues as to why you might not be ranking well, they aren’t the cause of it.

    7. Google Cares About Domain Authority

    PageRank is a link analysis algorithm used by Google to measure the importance of a webpage.

    Google used to display a page’s PageRank score, a number up to 10, on its toolbar.

    Google stopped updating the PageRank displayed in toolbars in 2013. In 2016 Google confirmed that the PageRank toolbar metric was not going to be used going forward.

    In the absence of PageRank, many other third-party authority scores have been developed.

    Commonly known ones are:

  • Moz’s Domain Authority and Page Authority scores.
  • Majestic’s Trust Flow and Citation Flow.
  • Ahrefs’ Domain Rating and URL Rating.
  • These scores are used by some SEOs to determine the “value” of a page.

    That calculation can never be an entirely accurate reflection of how a search engine values a page, however.

    Commonly, SEOs will refer to the ranking power of a website often in conjunction with its backlink profile.

    This too is known as the domain’s authority.

    You can see where the confusion lies.

    Google representatives have dispelled the notion of a domain authority metric used by them.

    Gary Illyes once again debunking myths with “we don’t really have “overall domain authority””

    Tweet about Google having an overall domain authority metric

    Tweet about Google having an overall domain authority metric

    Verdict: SEO myth

    Conclusion

    Some myths have their roots in logic and others have no sense to them.

    Now you know what to do when you hear an idea that you can’t say for certain is truth or myth.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    Victory at last: Vaccine to be ready for global distribution, Bill Gates warns it isn't from him


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    Apr 14, 2020 8:49 AM
    The much awaited cure for the deadly virus (covid19) seem to be coming in pretty sooner than we all thought. This which was confirmed by a report issued in by "Times of Israel"

    According to the filed report a vaccine had been gotten and confirmed by a British vaccinologist who's currently spearheading advanced efforts in the search of immunization.
    The report which further included that Dr. Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology had gotten a vaccine built by her team, and was close to a 100% sure of it's potency.

    In her words she said" there’s a high chance that it will work based on the results gotten from several researchs carried out with it” Dr. Gilbert told The Times of Israel
    It should be ready for distribution in about 5months she added.
    According to the Israeli scientist; we would not fold our arms and watch millions of people die from the virus. The virus would be ready soon but might take a little time for distribution.
    comment below? Should these scientist be relied upon even after bill gates claims he has nothing to do with it?

    Nigerians with less than ₦5000 in their account balance will benefit from Buhari's cash transfer - Minister

    Nigerians with less than ₦5000 in their account balance will benefit from Buhari's cash transfer - Minister

    Poor Nigerians with an account balance of ₦5,000 or less will be among the beneficiaries of the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer scheme.

    The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, made this known on Tuesday.

    Nigerians who regularly top their mobile phones with between ₦100 and ₦200 will also benefit.

    The third category of beneficiaries are the daily wage earners as well as people living with disabilities.

    The minister, who had earlier updated the president on the activities of her ministry, revealed that those saddled with the responsibility of carrying out president’s directive on expansion of the social register would focus more on the urban poor. “You are also aware that Mr President in his broadcast yesterday has directed that we expand the beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer by one million. “In this regard, we are going to focus more on the urban poor. “These are people who depend on informal sector to earn their livelihood – They are daily wage earners and these are people we are really going to focus more on as well as people living with disabilities,’’ she said.

    The minister further explained that apart from the National Social Register, the Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) and previous record of purchase of recharge card by mobile phone owners would form parts of criteria in identifying the beneficiaries of the cash transfer “We are also using the mobile network, people that top up their phones with maybe N100, N200. These are the people we consider to be poor and vulnerable,’’ she added.

    She stated that the prospective beneficiaries would be part of the additional one million households approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to boost the nation’s social register.

    President Buhari had on Monday in a broadcast directed that the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks.

    Monday, April 13, 2020

    The Dirty Truth About SEO In 2020


    Search engine optimization is one of those things that most marketers pretend to know a lot about (myself included). The truth is, no one really gets SEO.

    What Google does is highly secretive, based on complex algorithms and machine learning. You’ll probably hear a lot of mumbo jumbo from some SEO consultants.

    Once upon a time, it was easy to fool Google’s crawlers with keyword stuffing and backlink spamming. Nowadays, Google’s natural language processing is much better, and older “black hat” SEO strategies are more likely to hurt you than help.

    What we do know for sure is Google’s ultimate goal for search results: Put the most relevant content at the top of every search page. It has gotten pretty good at this over time. So, where does that leave regular business owners? How does anyone go about “doing” SEO in 2020?

    Stay on top of each Google update.

    Google launches updates to its algorithm several times a year. While updates over the last year have made elements such as Google Voice a little more important, overall, search works the same as we were accustomed to before.

    With the sheer amount of content already out there (over 1.7 billion websites and counting, according to Statista), it’s going to be a battle to rank on page one, and especially position one, for any target keyword you might have in mind. That leaves businesses with two options: Go big or go niche.

    How can you ‘go big’ with SEO in 2020?

    Let’s pretend, for the purposes of this article, that you own a second-hand bicycle shop in New York City. Let’s say you want to target the obvious big keywords, such as “used bike nyc” and “used bicycle.” The good news is that a ton of people are searching for these terms. But because they’re so popular, they’re also some of the hardest keywords to rank for.

    What does that mean for you, the bike shop owner? Simply put, you’d need a massive content strategy with some powerful backlinks. That means dozens of well-written, targeted articles each month. You also need to ensure that your content is getting in front of the right influencer sites and blogs for an effective backlinking strategy.

    If you’re a large corporation, the solution is simple: Throw money at the problem until you start showing up on page one. This is what a lot of challenger brands do in content-heavy sectors such as online prescription drug coupons, for example. The ROI will be there, but it takes a lot of time and quite a bit of money.

    How can you ‘go niche’ with SEO in 2020?

    In this case, you’re a used bike shop owner. Your budget is pretty limited. You can’t possibly compete with “Big Bicycle” that is currently dominating the major keywords. So, what do you do?

    You go niche. You do your homework and find a smaller segment within your target audience. You look for related, low-hanging fruit keywords that, for whatever reason, aren’t as competitive.

    Instead of trying to capture the entire New York City used bicycle market, you could try “used bike parts nyc.” You could go local and use “used bikes east village” or “used bicycle bushwick”.

    Yes, you’ll still need a compelling website with helpful, educational content that your ideal customers actually want to read. Try to get a backlink or two from reputable local blogs. Whatever the case, identifying those low-hanging keywords is the first step.

    There are no shortcuts.

    SEO is about the fundamentals — smart keyword research, quality content creation and helpful backlinks from real sources (not black hat ones) — more than it ever has been.

    Don’t get taken for a ride by a nefarious SEO agency. Do your homework, and make sure they’re not pushing a strategy that worked back in 2010.

    Friday, April 10, 2020

    5 reasons your content won’t rank – even though it’s optimized


    The Yoast SEO plugin helps you to easily optimize the text of your posts and pages. People use it to try and get higher rankings. But unfortunately, perfectly optimizing your post does not magically put it at the top of the search results. So, if your perfectly optimized post isn’t ranking, what could be the matter? What is keeping your content from reaching that coveted #1 position? In this post, I’ll discuss five reasons why content doesn’t rank, even though it has been optimized with the Yoast SEO plugin.

    1. There’s too much competition

    In most cases, the reason a post doesn’t rank is that there’s simply too much competition. If you optimize your blogpost for competitive keywords and keyphrases, such as [cat behavior], [robot vacuum cleaner], or [real estate agent], chances are high you won’t rank for that term. 

    To find out if this is the problem, check the results pages for your keyword. Do high authority sites, such as Wikipedia or Amazon, dominate the first page? Do you see many sites that have already firmly established themselves in this niche? Odds are, your site doesn’t have the authority that these other sites have (yet). So you can optimize all you want, but unfortunately, that’s not enough to rank high in the search results if your niche is too competitive. 

    How to fix it:

    If you want to rank for highly competitive terms, you should try a long tail keyword strategy. Write blog posts that target related long tail keywords and phrases before tackling the competitive keywords. If these long tail articles start ranking, you’ll be able to rank for more competitive terms as well. Such a strategy requires long-term efforts, but in the end, it will pay off.

    Read more: Why you should focus on long tail keywords »

    2. Your site has technical issues

    If your post doesn’t show up in the search engines at all, technical issues could be preventing it from appearing in the search results. You could have conflicting plugins causing problems, and we’ve also seen some themes that actually prevent Google from indexing your site. And, while Yoast SEO takes care of many technical issues under the hood, it should be set correctly to do that properly.

    If you were ranking well before, but suddenly disappeared from the search results, go over your site’s security and make sure you weren’t hacked! If a site is hacked, existing content will decrease in ranking as well. New posts won’t rank as easily as they used to do. This will all evolve rather slowly, depending on how much crap is published on your site, without you knowing it. In most cases, getting hacked probably isn’t the cause of ranking troubles. But if you’re sure none of the other problems apply to your site, it may be worth looking into. Of course, it’s always a good idea to make sure your security is tip-top!

    How to fix it:

    First, make sure that Yoast SEO is indeed set correctly. In the first step of the Yoast configuration wizard you’re asked whether your site is ready to be indexed. If you answer ‘no’ and forget to change it to ‘yes’ later, your content will not appear in the search results! But, if this is the case, you will see a warning in your Yoast SEO general dashboard, so that’s easy to check. For individual posts and pages that aren’t ranking: check the ‘advanced’ tab in the Yoast metabox underneath the post whether search engines are indeed allowed to show the post in the results. Keep in mind, that after you change a setting to allow search engines to index your content, it may still take a while until you see it starts ranking. 

    If your Yoast plugin settings are all correct, it’s time for some more digging. Check your plugins and/or theme and make sure your security is in order!

    3. Your site doesn’t have a proper internal linking structure

    Another reason why your content doesn’t show up in the search results: a crucial part of your SEO strategy is not in order. Don’t underestimate the importance of site structure – the internal linking structure – for your SEO strategy. Having a clear site structure leads to better understanding of your site by Google. If your internal linking structure is poor, chances to rank high are lower – even when your content is well-optimized and awesome. 

    How to fix it:

    Start adding those links! Make sure that your important posts and pages have the most internal links to them. But don’t randomly add links: make sure you add relevant, related links that add value for your users.

    You can use the Yoast SEO orphaned content filter to find posts without incoming internal links. Yoast SEO premium will help you even more by offering helpful linking suggestions as you’re writing. And if you really want to improve your site structure, check out our site structure training!

    Read on: Site structure: the ultimate guide »

    4. There are few backlinks to your site

    If you just started out with your website, your content won’t instantly rank. Not even if every page is optimized perfectly and every bullet in Yoast SEO is green. To be able to rank, you’ll need some links from other websites. After all, Google has to know your website exists. 

    How to fix it:

    In order to get (more) backlinks, you can reach out to other websites. You’ll need to do some PR or link building. Ask them to mention your site or talk about your product and link to your site. You can also use social media to get the word out! Learn all about link building strategies in our All-Around SEO training!

    5. You’re targeting the wrong type of intent

    One final thing that could be the reason your content isn’t ranking: it doesn’t match the intent of people searching for your keyword. Search intent is becoming an increasingly important factor for search engines these days: do people want to buy something, go to a specific website, or are they looking for information? Even if you’re targeting a more long tail keyphrase, if your content doesn’t match the dominant intent of searchers, odds are search engines won’t show it in the results because it won’t be what people are looking for.

    search results for 'training your puppy'

    Let’s look at a few examples. Say you’re a dog trainer who wants to rank for puppy training services, so you optimize for [training your puppy], with transactional intent in mind. But if you look at the search results, you’ll see that there are informational videos, and all the results explain how to train a puppy yourself. So searchers actually have informational intent. This can work the other way around too. If you’ve written a step-by-step guide for your blog on how to make your own garden decoration, aiming to rank for [flower garland garden decoration], you may have trouble ranking for that term if people just want to buy that, not make it themselves.

    Now, it should be noted that not every search term has one dominant type of intent. Also, it isn’t impossible to rank with content for differing intent. Still, it can be worthwhile to look into this if your optimized content doesn’t rank in the search engines.

    How to fix it: 

    Unfortunately, you don’t have the power to change the intent of search engine users. But you can adapt your content strategy. If your optimized content isn’t ranking, take a good look at the search results (preferably in private mode) and analyze what you see. Is one specific type of result dominant? Are there images or videos? Which related queries are shown? This is where your opportunities are. If you find mostly informational intent for a query, you can write content about that to get people to your site, establish your brand as a reliable source of information and stay top of mind when people do want to buy something. If you find a lot of images in the search results, you may need to focus more on image SEO. Take what you see on the results pages into account when determining your SEO strategy.

    Optimized content not ranking?

    There are multiple reasons that could prevent a post from ranking. If you optimized it correctly with Yoast SEO, the most common cause will definitely be that the competition in a niche is just too fierce. Unfortunately, SEO is a long-term strategy. You need to work hard and be patient. In the meantime, there are a lot of other aspects of your SEO (site structure, link building) you can tackle. Try to focus on all aspects of website optimization, try to be that best result. It will pay off eventually!

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Teens And Technology



    Technology is all around us, whether it’s for entertainment or work.

    Technology is also playing a bigger role in your child’s classroom.

    In Brad Newitt’s classroom, there’s no lack of technology. Laptops, smart boards, and even cell phones are incorporated into his lessons.

    “I’ll tell you the big thing I have them use their phones for is data collection, timing things, we video a lot of stuff when we do labs. So kids will video it and then they can go back and watch the video and go oh, here’s what that did when I ran that experiment, and go watch it,” Newitt said.

    He teaches AP physics, and says incorporating technology allows students to visualize what they’re learning and stay engaged.

    “I think for them to be able to see, here is some technology and here’s how I can apply it to something I’m studying or maybe something I may even do someday as a job, that’s really valuable for them,” Newitt said.

    In addition to the technology he uses inside the classroom he also records his lessons for students to view at home.

    Dr. Kayli Reece says while technology offers benefits, it’s also important to remember too much screen time can have some negative effects.

    “There’s good research to show that it’s tied to obesity, depression, other mental health issues, possibly musculoskeletal pain, it can make people more sedentary. So we definitely do see possible issues. Sleep is a huge association,” Reece said.

    She says setting good habits for technology use is important, adding that a little parental guidance can go a long way.

    “One good way I heard it said is, as a parent you want to know where your child is, how long they’re going to be there, who they’re with. And it’s the same thing online, so you can teach them that good guidance of how to browse online safely, not to give out that private information to strangers,” Reece said.

    And by teaching teens safe practices and guidance, technology can become less disruptive and instead, beneficial.

    “As a teacher it’s kind of like, you set your boundaries on what’s okay and what’s not okay, and once those are established I think it goes pretty well,” Newitt said.

    Reece added that the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a family screen time plan, allowing families to designate a personalized plan to set aside time for technology use in their household.

    This Female Mechanic In Nigeria Is Teaching African Women How To Fix Their Cars


    Nigeria is home to Africa’s largest economy and population. One entrepreneur based in the country’s largest city, Lagos, is helping women gain some independence by teaching them a skill many assumed you “need” a man to do: fixing their car.

    Sandra Aguebor is Nigeria’s first female mechanic. She developed an interest in cars at a young age but her passion was met with shock by her father. Despite his attempts to discourage his daughter from her interest in cars, Aguebor was determined to find a way to pursue her passion.

    Aguebor attended Benin Technical College for a vocational course in repairing vehicles. She began her career at a local garage, where she learned everything she needed to know about cars. After gaining some more work experience and graduating she went into business for herself. She has worked in her own shop in Lagos for 22 years.

    Inspired by her experience as the only female mechanic on hand, Aguebor founded the Lady Mechanic Initiative, which teaches women how to fix cars and become financially independent. Her non-profit organization brings women from all over Africa to Lagos to learn how to fix cars. Her classes consist of hands-on skills training and detailed curriculum focused on auto mechanics, electrician training, professional driving, generator repairs, speedboat repairs, and house plumbing to empower women to have more independence.

    “For me, to become the first female mechanic in Nigeria, I had to work five times harder… and prove myself.” she told CNN. Her goal is to reach 100,000 women with her non-profit organization to help them one day open their own garage and businesses.

    How to rank in particular keyword


    Got your sights on a keyword? Want to see your website on the elusive first page of Google for a given search term? Prepare yourself: Unless you’re Wikipedia or The New York Times, it won’t be easy. But it’s not impossible, either. Seriously – we do it all the time!
    Ranking for a keyword in organic search is a repeatable process. You won’t get the results you want 100% of the time, especially if you’re a new website trying to rank for a popular keyword, but if you take content marketing and SEO seriously, you can start to make things happen. Things like rankings, and traffic, and sales, oh my!
    Here are the ten steps to rank for a keyword in Google.

    Step 1: Lay the Groundwork

    This is really more of a pre-step than a first step. You’ll need to have some basics in place before you can hope to rank for any random keyword. These pre-requisites include:
    • A strong website – The longer your website has been around, accruing authority and links, the better. It’s also key that your entire site follow SEO best practices – start with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines if you don’t know what that means.
    • A network to draw on – In order to rank quickly for a keyword, it’s very useful to have a built-in network to share new content with – a blog following, an audience on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, email contacts you can reach out to for occasional help with a link. If you don’t know what that means, it’s time to start thinking about link building as relationship building.
    Don’t rush this stuff in your race for Internet gold. If you don’t do things right the first time, you’ll just have to do them again later.

    Step 2: Do Your Initial Keyword Research

    You may think you know what keyword you want to target, but fact-check your instincts. Use several keyword tools to get a sense of the search volume for the keyword as well as the competition before you finalize your keyword choice. Your main considerations will include:
    • Choosing a keyword with good volume, but not too much volume – In general you don’t want to target a keyword that has low relative search volume if there’s an equivalent term that is much more popular. For example, there are usually over twice as many searches for “blah blah jobs” versus “blah blah careers.” However, don’t always automatically go for the keyword with the highest volume or difficulty; some keywords are simply too competitive and not worth your time. You’re not going to rank for “airline” unless you are, in fact, an airline.
       
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    • Choosing a keyword that’s relevant to your business model – You’re more likely to succeed in ranking for a keyword if the term is relevant to your site and your business. You’re also more likely to get some real return on your ranking – remember that rankings in and of themselves aren’t particularly valuable, unless they’re driving worthwhile traffic and leads. For example, a party planning business might target “how to cook for a party” – but “how to cook rice” isn’t really going to be relevant to them or their target audience.
    At this stage of the process, you should also make a list of close variations on your primary keyword. These will be helpful in writing and optimizing your content later on.

    Step 3: Check Out the Competition

    Once you’ve settled on a keyword, do a search for it on Google and a few other search engines to see what your competition is already doing. Pay particular attention to:
    • The domains and URLs – How many are exact match domains? Does every URL in the top 10 include the keyword?
    • The titles – How do the title tags incorporate the keyword?
    • The type of content that’s ranking – Product pages? Blog posts? Videos?
    • The types of businesses that are ranking – Are they huge brands? Small businesses? News sites?
    • How authoritative those sites are – You can use a plugin to check the age of the sites in the top 10, the size of their link profiles and so on.
    You’re looking for ways that you can differentiate yourself. You’ll need to do at least as much as your competitors are doing to beat them. Ideally, you should be doing more, and doing it better.

    Step 4: Consider Intent

    The more specific the keyword (think long-tail keywords), the easier it is to gauge the searcher’s intent, and the easier it will be to serve up what those searchers are probably looking for. In search marketing, “intent” is our best guess at what the person using the search query really wants. Consider the following keywords and notice how much easier it is to guess the intent from the words alone as you go down the list:
    • glasses
    • eyeglasses
    • discount eyeglasses
    • discount eyeglasses frames
    • discount eyeglasses frames for kids
    Ask yourself, what kind of content best serves the keyword? In this case, it would obviously be a selection of kid’s eyeglasses for sale. From the first term, you can’t even tell if the person is looking for eyeglasses or drinking glasses. And even for the second, the person might just be looking for pictures of eyeglasses; there is no clear intent to buy. An e-commerce business is mostly going to be trying to rank for commercial keywords.
    Google’s founders have said that the perfect search engine would serve only one result. You want to be that one result that satisfies the searcher’s need so they don’t bounce back to the search results, looking for a better answer.

    Step 5: Conceptualize the Content

    Next, form a plan for the actual content you’re going to create that will – hopefully – rank for your chosen keyword. There are many paths to ranking for a keyword, including but not limited to:
    • An article
    • A blog post
    • A product page
    • An index or directory of links (to other pages on your site or around the web)
    • An authoritative guide
    • An infographic
    • A video
    How long will it take to create the content? Who should create it? Will you be doing everything in-house or outsourcing? Do you have all the resources and budget you need? Don’t get defeated: No matter your size or your budget, you have the ability to create a blog post. Content like infographics and videos will require more resources. Sometimes, the best way to answer a search query is with some sort of tool, like a mortgage calculator. If this is the case, you'll need engineering resources.

    Step 6: Execute

    Here’s where the rubber meets the road. Execute on your plan. Again, you shouldn’t rush any of these steps, but it’s especially important not to rush this one. More and more, search engines are looking for high-quality content that benefits the searcher, not keyword-stuffed spam or pages full of ads that only benefit you. If you’d rather buy traffic than put in the effort it requires to earn “free” organic search trafficinvestigate PPC. “SEO isn’t easy” should be your mantra.

    Step 7: Optimize for Your Keyword

    In reality, steps 6 and 7 should be intertwined. Optimize your content while you’re creating it, rather than applying optimization after the fact. This is where the list of keywords you formulated in step 2 comes in. Leverage those keywords where you can in your content, but not to the point of sounding like a crazy robot. Remember that there are a lot of “invisible” places for keywords, and I’m not talking about using white text on a white background or anything else that violates Google guidelines. I mean stuff like image file names – users won’t see these if they’re not looking for them, but they can increase your keyword rankings.
    For a full list of on-page optimization factors, check out SEOmoz’s guide to the “perfect” page. Another good tip is to copy Wikipedia, whose pages tend to have stellar on-page optimization.

    Wikipedia Keyword Rankings

    Before you hit “publish,” it’s a good idea to quickly double-check your keyword research. It’s possible that your content has evolved during the development and creation phases, and you’ll need to make sure that there’s still alignment between keyword and content.

    Step 8: Publish

    It’s (finally) time to push your content out into the world. Depending on the type of content it is, you may need to be careful about scheduling this step. This isn’t usually a consideration for evergreen content, but it may be important for content that’s tied to something in the news, an event or a trend. You may also need to coordinate with PR or other interested parties at your company, for example when launching content related to a new product or service.

    Step 9: Promote

    This step is important and should come immediately after publishing – in fact, for big pieces of content, it’s great if you can do some media outreach before the piece goes live. Make sure you do what you can to get your content in front of as many eyeballs as possible before it even has a chance to rank for the keyword:
    • Share your content through your business’s social accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn et al. If you can, do this through your personal accounts too.
    • Use social buttons or widgets on your site to promote independent sharing – Make it easy for readers and viewers to keep the chain going. They’re more likely to tweet or share your article if all they have to do is click a button.
    • Build links to your content – Whatever the future of PageRank, link building is still a huge part of SEO (even if it is the most annoying part). Check out our blog archive on the topic if you’re looking to learn about link building.

    How to Increase Keyword Rankings

    Accruing page views and social shares will help you accrue links, which will help you earn that ranking.

    Step 10: Analyze

    You’re not quite done yet! The web is a living medium, and it’s never too late to better optimize your content. Check your keyword ranking manually (be sure you’re signed out and not seeing overly personalized results) or with a rank checking tool. Also use your analytics to see what keywords your content is actually ranking for – they might not be the exact ones you initially targeted. If, after a couple of weeks or so, you’re not ranking for the right keywords, you have more work to do. Make sure that your content:
    • Is truly optimized
    • Is truly high-quality
    • Is truly visible
    It’s also possible that the keyword you chose is too competitive and you need to scale back your ambition. Try targeting less competitive keywords until you’ve built up more authority.
    That’s it! This is the process we follow to rank for hundreds of keywords related to search marketing. Whatever your business niche, you can make the same process work for you

    Why patients are overcoming Coronavirus infection, by UCH CMD


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    The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, has revealed why patients people are overcoming Coronavirus infection within days.

    Stressing that the development should not be a surprise to people, Otegbayo said a combination of factors including having underlying diseases, immunity level and viral load determines who can survive within days of confirmation of Coronavirus infection.

    He disclosed this in an exclusive interview with The Nation on his experience in self-isolation while infected. The CMD tested negative last week, less than eight days after testing positive to the virus.

    The CMD explained that the virus thrives better and wreak havoc more in persons who have underlying diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes etc, adding that those with weak immunity will most easily fall prey to the deadly virus.

    He said: “Result coming back negative within days is largely a function of the status of immunity and viral load. Some immunity status may be weak or strong depending on individuals. For instance, if somebody is having a common cold and he is sneezing, some people will interact with them and nothing will happen. Whereas some people will pass by them and start sneezing within hours. Two, those who have underlying diseases are likely to have symptoms and high level of viruses or low immunity. If someone has cancer, heart disease, diabetes etc they will most likely have weak immunity.”

    Otegbayo, however, said it is wrong for people who just test negative to immediately return to work and interacting with others, pointing out that it is against National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines. “For those who are returning to work after testing negative, their action is not in tandem with the NCDC guidelines. After the second test, you are supposed to stay at home for seven days before going to work. So, those doing that are flouting regulations.”

    Scientists find drug that kills COVID-19 in 48 hours


    Scientists in Australia have found an already existing drug that kills COVID-19 in the laboratory within 48 hours.

    The drug, Ivermectin, is used to treat head lice and is available all over the world. Researchers at Monash University found that a single dose of Ivermectin stops the SARS-CoV-2 virus growing in cell culture.

    But the research is in its early stages and Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, has not yet been tested on persons infected with COVID-19. According to British tabloid Daily Mail, the next step is for scientists to determine the correct human dosage, to make sure the level used in vitro is safe for humans.

    The scientists warned that it could take at least a month before human trials start. ‘We found that even a single dose could essentially remove all viral RNA (effectively removed all genetic material of the virus) by 48 hours and that even at 24 hours there was a really significant reduction in it,’ Daily Mail quotes Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute’s Dr Kylie Wagstaff as saying last Friday.

    He added: “In times when we’re having a global pandemic and there isn’t an approved treatment, if we had a compound that was already available around the world then that might help people sooner. “Realistically it’s going to be a while before a vaccine is broadly available.’

    The study is the work of Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity.

    Ivermectin was discovered in 1975 and came into medical use in 1981.

    It is on the World Health Organization (WHO’s) List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system.

    The wholesale cost in the developing world for the tablets is about US$0.12 for a course of treatment.
    Ivermectin is available around the world in its trade names Stromectol and Soolantra cream.

    It has been used since the 1980s to treat and prevent diseases related to parasites in humans, pets and livestock, and works by paralysing invertebrate parasites.

    Ivermectin is also a second-line treatment for scabies.

    The pharmaceutical company that makes Ivermectin, MSD, has also been donating the drug to developing countries to treat the parasitic diseases river blindness and elephantiasis for the past 30 years.

    When used at the recommended dose, Ivermectin is generally well tolerated. Some of the common side effects include diarrhoea, nausea, dizziness and drowsiness.

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