FRENCH COVID HEALTH PASS.

What is a covid health pass

The people in France will need to show a covid health pass to enjoy usually routine activities .It will show that you are vaccinated or have tested negative for Covid-19 for access to public venues for more than 50 people. On August 9 the health pass requirement will be extended to a range of new settings, including long-distance transport, restaurants and cafés.
The border health pass will be useful when boarding a flight to France, of a health proof (complete vaccination scheme, or PCR or antigenic test performed less than 72 hours before boarding) in electronic version (via the TousAntiCovid application or other foreign electronic proof) or in paper version https://www.sante.fr/how-to-obtain-a-french-health-pass.

How useful will the covid health pass be

The Covid tests can be undertaken in anyway including using modern testing devises like those offered by research institutions like Docsun. But usage of these devises depends on policies of different organizationshttps://www.thelocal.fr/20211125/explained-the-new-rules-for-the-french-health-pass/
The activity health pass consists of the digital (via the TousAntiCovid application) or paper presentation of one of the following three health proofs to participate in certain activities in France:
Completion of a full vaccination schedule according to French rules (2 weeks after the 2nd injection of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zeneca, 4 weeks after the injection of Johnson and Johnson, 2 weeks after an injection in people who previously contracted Covid).
A PCR or antigenic test less than 48 hours prior to the event
A positive RT-PCR or antigenic test result demonstrating recovery from Covid-19, at least 11 days old and less than 6 months old.

Any of the following documents can be used as a covid health pass in France:
• Proof of having completed a vaccination program  (two doses of an EU-approved vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson)
• A negative PCR or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours
• A Covid-19 recovery certificate that is less than six months old
Anyone who enters an establishment without showing a valid pass can be fined €135 for a first offence.

Where a covid health pass is required

• Cinemas
• Libraries
• Nightclubs,
• Gaming rooms, casinos
• Museums
• Zoos, amusement parks, circuses
• Swimming pools and sports centres
• Theatres
• Concerts and festivals
• Indoor sports facilities
• Cruise ships, ferries
• Hotels, holiday resorts
• Cafés and restaurants
• Fairs and conferences
• Care homes
• Long-distance transport
• Medical establishments
• Hotels, holiday resorts and full-service camp sites
• Access to shopping centers

Who will the covid health pass apply to?

The health pass rules will apply to minors age 12 and over. The French citizens are also encouraged to undertake covid testing as a way to safeguard against further spread of the virus. It is argued that if one knows of their covid status then they will not knowingly infect the others. They are encouraged to use innovative devises like mobile apps. An example is the Docsun mobile app which uses OCT technology to scan and give a health report in less than ten minutes. The results are emailed to you to guarantee privacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC8ppSTQgyE.
These devises have come up as part of the mobile health initiative that seeks to make healthcare affordable to everyone. These includes individuals who are limited geographically from accessing the requisite medical care that they need. The Docsun mobile app only needs to take a scan of the user, read the users vital signs like temperature and feed the data into its data base. The data is then processed to see if it matches any that is in its servers. The servers contain a lot of information from medical experts and certified by leading health organizations .This goes along way in making sure that the diagnosis provided is certifiably up-to-date.

Distinct Look on COVID-19 Variant Strains

blood sample vials of different covid-19 samples

As the pandemic has progressed, new Covid, coronavirus variants have been detected around the world. Scientists have been at the forefront in conducting studies on them so as to gather more knowledge on the Covid -19 virus .Some that have been in the news are:
• B.1.1.7 (the Covid variant first seen in the United Kingdom)
• B.1.351 (the Covid variant first seen in South Africa)
• P.1 (the Covid variant first seen in Brazil)
In addition to these, there are also other Covid  variants that are currently circulating. Since they’ve emerged so recently, there’s a lot of scientists still don’t know about  the covid-19 coronavirus variants. This means there is a deficit of available published and verified information on emerging variants of the covid-19 virus.

B.1.17The United Kingdom Covid variant

B.1.1.7 was first identified in the United Kingdom in the fall of 2020. It then proceeded to be transmitted very rapidly, becoming the dominant strain in the U.K .The B.1.1.7 variant has several mutations that affect the spike protein. This protein is found on the surface of the virus. It’s what the virus uses to bind to and enter a host cell in your body. This variant transfer more quickly between individuals.https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/an-offshoot-of-the-delta-variant-is-rising-in-the-uk

B.1.351The South African Covid variant

B.1.351 was initially identified in South Africa in early October 2020.B.1.351 contains some of the spike protein mutations present in B.1.1.7, the Covid variant first seen in the U.K. However, it also contains some others. There’s currently no evidence that B.1.351 causes more severe illness than earlier versions of the coronavirus. One of the main concerns about this variant is the effect that its mutations appear to have on immunity. There’s some evidence suggesting that the mutations in B.1.351 affect antibodies. Because B.1.351 may evade antibodies, people who contracted the new coronavirus earlier could contract this new variant, despite their existing immunity. It’s also possible that current vaccines may be less effective for this variant.B.1.351 may also be transmitted faster.https://www.cfr.org/blog/new-covid-19-variant-detected-south-africa

P.1 The Brazilian Covid variant

P.1 was first detected in early January 2021 in travelers from Brazil who were tested upon entering Japan. It was first found in the United States in late January 2021P.1 contains 17 unique mutations Trusted Source. These include some of the key spike protein mutations present in both the variants first identified in the U.K. and South Africa, as well as several other mutations. As with the other two variants, P.1 may be more transmissible.P.1 was highly prevalent Trusted Source in samples that were collected during a January 2021 surge of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Manaus, Brazil.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/01/health/covid-19-coronavirus-brazil-variant.html

The variant had been absent in previous samples. Because P.1 shares some mutations with B.1.351(the south Africa Covid variant), it’s possible that this variant may have effects on immunity and vaccine effectiveness. There’s already some evidence for this. Let’s go back to the COVID-19 surge of confirmed cases in Manaus. A survey of blood donors in the city found that about 76 percent Trusted Source of people had contracted the new coronavirus by October 2020. This implies that some individuals in the January surge could have had a repeat infection with P.1.

What’s the way forward on the Covid-19 variants

There has been tremendous progress in the medical field in the fight against the spread of covid-19. Some companies have developed apps that can easily conduct the covid-19 screening. They take the persons vitals in terms of temperature, oxygen levels and others. This will make it easier and convenient for people to take the tests and know ones Covid status at their own convenient time. Vaccination is also lauded as a milestone in reducing further spread of the virus. The vaccinations available are said to be over ninety percent effective in the fight against further infection against covid-19.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC8ppSTQgyE

CREATIVE WAYS TO SUPPORT HOSPITAL PATIENTS DURING COVID-19

As the global fight against the new covid-19 virus continues, companies across the world are manufacturing products to help doctors treat patients, including an Arizona toy company that designs interactive learning spaces for kids in public libraries. Burgeon Group’s work can be seen in over 700 libraries throughout North America. Their learning spaces have been featured everywhere from USA Today to Architectural Record.

An aerosol box invention to help covid-19 patients

A Taiwanese doctor released his design for an “aerosol box” on March 21, according to Taiwan News. The boxes are designed to help doctors when they’re connecting a patient to a ventilator, which provide breathing assistance for someone who is seriously ill from pneumonia and is no longer able to inhale and exhale on their own. A ventilator requires a tube to be inserted into the windpipe in a process called intubation. Doctors can use the box while intubating a patient to protect themselves from any particles that could be released from the patient’s airway during the procedure. Usually, doctors would wear protective equipment during intubation but many hospitals are facing a shortage of personal protective equipment, and such a box could be a solution.
In the age of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Stanford Children’s Health has been forced to reimagine its ability to provide support and care to young patients, especially children with complex chronic conditions who are susceptible to infection, like 12-year-old Denielle Santos. First diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, and now recently diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, four years ago, Denielle is no stranger to the shelter-in-place lifestyle at the hospital—wearing a mask, constant handwashing, and practicing social distancing—but the state mandate order in March did not make the situation any easier for her and her family. Fortunately, the specialists at the Child Life and Creative Arts Department have found resourceful ways to keep patients like Denielle busy and entertained while at the same time helping them cope with their hospitalization and illness.

Providing extra care for children suffering covid-19

Holley Lorber, CCLS, a Child Life Specialist in hematology/oncology, says that working amid the COVID pandemic has given her the opportunity to think outside the box in supporting patients and family members. “As soon as our team was made aware that we might be limited in our ability to provide support to patients in an effort to minimize the risk of exposure of COVID to both patients and staff, we immediately began thinking of creative ways to be able to support patients from a distance. By providing play in their room, Child Life specialists help patients process their experiences and provide them with therapeutic play, distraction and relaxation techniques to reduce pain and encourage positive coping during procedures and tests.
During her stay, Denielle had to be ruled out for COVID, similar to other patients on the unit, and needed a COVID swab test, which caused her to feel nervous and anxious. Despite the fact that Holley could not physically be present in the room during testing time, she was still able to provide a continued supportive presence by talking to her from outside the room. “I was able to take what I knew about Denielle, prepare her for the swab, and work with her to devise a coping plan to help minimize her anxiety before, during, and after the test.”
It is often through this form of trust that children feel safe to express to their child life specialists any fears or worries they may have, as they would with a close friend.

Diverting stress and anxiety suffering covid-19 like symptoms

Child life specialists aim to help reduce stress and anxiety in patients by utilizing developmentally appropriate education, therapeutic play, and preparation and support during procedures. Seeing the impact that the inadvertent isolation is having on patients, the Child Life and Creative Arts team has come up with new, safe, and creative ways to keep patients engaged and ease feelings of loneliness. These activities minimize patients’ stress and help them cope more effectively.
Another innovative way has been the technological research undertaken by companies such as Docsun biomed .it has come up with a convenient way to conduct covid testing .it is a painless and private way to undertake the covid test.
Web Portal
Functional Features
This technology enables one to read their vitals using a desktop, laptop, any display i.e. TV etc. this is convenient because it’s also accessible to anyone with a smart device and therefore making life easier for our users

Web Portal Application
Docsun web platform enables users to uncover the possible causes of their covid-19 symptoms though a computer or a tablet device.
FEATURES INCLUDE:
• Detect user’s facial landmarks
• Detect redness/ coloration in the eyes
• Read SPO2 levels
• Detect heartbeat per minute
• Estimate age range
• Face recognition using the device’s camera
• Response on whether a user is positive or negative
• Sharing results via E-mail
• QR code validation