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Masks for medical use

Masks for medical use

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic period we are currently living through shows a cruel lack of masks to protect oneself. This is an opportunity for us to review respiratory masks: the different types of masks? for whom? for what use? how to use them? That’s as many questions we’re going to try to answer. What is this…

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The COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic

In the evening when the French President of the Republic has just announced important measures to protect the population from the deleterious effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it seemed important to me to put in order all the information concerning this new coronavirus. Human coronaviruses Four coronaviruses are responsible for the second cause of respiratory…

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The coronavirus a biological weapon ? or how to create a fake news

The coronavirus a biological weapon ? or how to create a fake news

We have often spoken in this blog about biological agents and their possible applications as biological weapons. This is the case of Lyme disease, anthrax, smallpox, plague, prions, influenza or even Ebola. While the Covid-19 epidemic is on the point of becoming a pandemic, and authorities in all countries are mobilized to stop the progression…

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Coronavirus Background They belong to the family Coronaviridae. These are enveloped viruses in which the nucleic acid is a single-stranded RNA. They owe their name to the presence of protuberances on their periphery giving them a “crown” appearance under the electron microscope. Pathogenicity A number of them directly infect humans (human coronavirus) and are found…

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What are the real threats of bioterrorism?

What are the real threats of bioterrorism?

We have already mentioned that the concept of weapons of mass destruction tends to be replaced by that of weapons of mass disruption (NBC-NRBce). After a new study of the bibliography, it appears that biological weapons are evolving very rapidly with new technologies and in particular those allowing genome manipulation: these new data are shaking…

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One bag may hide another: the evacuation bag, the CBRN patient transport stretcher, the CBRN body bag.

One bag may hide another: the evacuation bag, the CBRN patient transport stretcher, the CBRN body bag.

When a CBRN event occurs and there are casualties, the problem of transporting victims arises. At the same time as first aid must be administered, care must take into account the fact that these victims can contaminate their surroundings and cause cross-contamination, the dramatic consequences of which could be measured during the sarin gas attack…

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Protecting farmers

Protecting farmers

Farmers are subject to particular health risks, the main ones being accidental risks (machines…), physical constraints (noise, vibrations…), plant protection products, respiratory problems, biological agents and psychosocial risks (suicide). The handling of chemicals by farmers is undoubtedly an important activity of their profession and we will be particularly interested in personal protective equipment to protect…

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Bats and war !

Bats and war !

Strange animal that the bat is! The only flying mammal (the flying squirrel can only glide from one tree to another), it is guided by an echolocation system by emitting ultrasounds (12,000 to 100,000 hertz) that it recovers the echo in its ears. With a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, it lives on average…

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The 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and bioterrorism

The 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and bioterrorism

In a mini-review published in “ADC Letters for infectious disease control”, Eto A. and Kanatani Y. explain how Japan is preparing for a possible bioterrorist attack. The strategy to make Japan “the safest country in the world” is based on a “Sakigake” pilot project to promote the development of innovative drugs and other medical devices….

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