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News Scan for Jun 29, 2020 | CIDRAP - CIDRAPNews Scan for Jun 29, 2020 | CIDRAP - CIDRAPViruses: Breaking new grounds in research | Results Pack | CORDIS | European Commission - Cordis NewsHelping Others Make Healthy Choices - Texas A&M Today - Texas A&M University Today"How Contagion Works" author Paolo Giordano on the environmental, social and political factors impacting coronavirus and future threats - Sydney Morning HeraldPandemic Outbreaks in the Past Decade: A Research Overview - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Business WireNews Scan for Jun 29, 2020 | CIDRAP - CIDRAPPosted: 29 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDT Ebola infects 4 more in DRC's Equateur province outbreakOfficials have reported 4 more confirmed cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Equateur province Ebola outbreak, raising the total to 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office said today on Twitter.So far, no details on the latest cases in the DRC's 11th Ebola outbreak are no…

Coronavirus: Experts say Dettol can't kill deadly disease despite claims on label - Mirror Online

Coronavirus: Experts say Dettol can't kill deadly disease despite claims on label - Mirror Online

Coronavirus: Experts say Dettol can't kill deadly disease despite claims on label - Mirror Online

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 12:00 AM PST

Experts have warned that Dettol's cleaning spray can't kill the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, despite claims on recent packaging.

Shoppers had rushed to stock up on the anti-bacterial spray after labels claimed the product could kill the human coronavirus - but scientists have warned that it has no evidence.

Amazed shoppers claimed they 'have found a cure' of the deadly Wuhan virus as they shared images of the cleaning agent on Twitter.

The label at the back of the bottle shows: "Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser is proven to kill viruses: Influenza - Type A H1N1, Human Coronavirus and RSV".

Some were shocked to the finding as one said: "How did they know this before the outbreak?"

The label at the back of the Dettol bottle read it is proven to kill viruses including human coronavirus

But experts explained that the term 'coronavirus' can be attributed to a group of RNA viruses and the recent outbreak is being referred as the Wuhan-strain, according to Plymouth Live.

Dr Jonathan Stoye, head of division of virology, The Francis Crick Institute, states the common cold can also fall under the Coronavirus category, which is most likely what the Dettol labels are referring to, not the fatal Wuhan strain.

So perhaps is not the time to start loading up fast on cheap domestic sprays at the supermarket - Dettol in particular.

Shoppers claimed they 'have found a cure for the virus' and stockpiled them

"It should be made clear that the Wuhan virus is only one of many types of human coronavirus – another is associated with many common colds," Dr Stoye said.

"Presumably, the cold virus has been tested for sensitivity to Dettol."

Professor Jonathon Ball, professor of molecular virology, University of Nottingham said: "There are lots of viruses, coronaviruses included, that contain an outer layer made of oils – or lipids to give them their correct term – and this layer is sensitive to the actions of lots of commonly used disinfectants, including soap.

Experts say the coronavirus listed on the bottle means the generic category, but not specifically to the Wuhan-strain

"Whilst these disinfectants would not have been tested directly against the novel coronavirus, the virus will have the same kind of lipids in their outer surface, which can be removed by commonly used disinfectants and soaps.

"This is well known and not new."

An expert in disease control at Exeter University said that the coronavirus outbreak should be a matter of concern but not worry or panic for people in the South West.

The virus has spread to at least 16 other countries

Dr Bharat Pankhania said at all times, not only during outbreaks, good hand hygiene went a long way towards control and reduction in person-to-person spread of infections.

"I often observe people in public toilets not washing their hands or not washing and drying them properly. It is no wonder that we have outbreaks," said Dr Pankhania, a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter's College of Medicine and Health.

A spokesperson for Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Dettol, said: "RB has become aware of speculation about Dettol products and the novel 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

"As this is an emerging outbreak RB, like all manufacturers, doesn't yet have access to the new virus (2019-nCoV) for testing and, as a result, are not yet in a position to confirm levels of effectiveness against the new strain.

"Our products have been tested against other coronaviruses (such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV) and have been found to kill those. Although 2019-nCoV is a new strain, this virus is very similar to other coronaviruses.

"We continue to work with our partners to ensure that we have the latest understanding of the virus, route of transmission and will test our product range once health authorities make the strain available."

The virus, reportedly first spread in Wuhan of central China, has killed 259 people and infected over 11,000 people globally.

Coronavirus outbreak

Public Health England confirmed the virus is now in Britain after two members of the same family tested positive for the virus.

It is believed the patients are tourists and it is understood they had been staying at a hotel in Yorkshire.

The two patients are in a high consequence infectious disease unit, said Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England.

COMMENTARY || Jason Kenney won by portraying himself as the Guardian of Alberta - Folio - University of Alberta

Posted: 23 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

A number of years ago, I wrote a book about how to become a premier of Alberta. In it, I suggested one of the keys was to cast oneself as the "Guardian" of the province's interests.

The findings were based on a study of over 70 years worth of premier speeches and campaign materials. I found the most successful premiers (from Bible Bill Aberhart to Ralph Klein) had spoken in a distinct "code" of Alberta politics that defended the freedom of the province—freedom for individuals to pursue happiness and businesses to pursue profits, but also freedom from foes outside Alberta's borders.

Most frequently, this meant casting prime ministers and other premiers as antagonists. Peter Lougheed chose Pierre Trudeau, just as Klein villified Jean Chretien. (The plot seems most convincing when Liberals are in power in Ottawa. Less successful Conservative premiers Don Getty, Ed Stelmach, Alison Redford and Jim Prentice lacked a suitable foils in Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper.)

Standing up to Ottawa—or more recently Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia—is a proven formula. Premiers portray themselves as the champions, even saviours, of Albertans as a means of externalizing their opposition.

Opponents within the province—like other party leaders, union leaders, academics and environmentalists—are forced to play cheerleaders or traitors in the premier's grand narrative.

A rare, but predictable role

This is what makes Jason Kenney's rise to prominence on the provincial and national stage so rare, yet predictable.

No other opposition leader in Alberta history—indeed, perhaps no other provincial opposition leader outside Quebec—was as successful in asserting himself in the Guardian role. Previously, that place has been reserved for premiers alone (including premiers-in-waiting within the governing party, like Klein).

How did Kenney do it? Put simply, he never considered himself an opposition leader and didn't pretend to be one.

Opposition leaders focus on domestic politics, while Guardians look beyond their borders. Opposition leaders are parochial, while Guardians are statesmen. Opposition leaders lurk in the shadows, while Guardians appear on the covers of national magazines and make foreign visits. Opposition leaders seldom rise to power in Alberta, while Guardians command it.

A bold strategy

Long before the relatively short Alberta election campaign, Kenney employed a bold and persistent strategy to provoke his targets into legitimizing him by responding as if he were the Guardian he professed to be.

Consider the following three tactics, which to my knowledge, have never been employed (at least as successfully) by a provincial opposition leader in Canada. In doing so, he successfully cast himself in premier-like roles in the courts, in Parliament and in the national media.

On the first count, Kenney was likely the only provincial opposition party leader ever to apply for intervenor status in an out-of-province court case. He did so to support Saskatchewan's constitutional challenge of the proposed federal carbon tax.

In doing so, he established himself as Premier Scott Moe's peer—and Moe reinforced the notion by publicly acknowledging and supporting his application to appear before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

A fierce carbon opponent

Second, Kenney, a formal federal cabinet minister, returned to Parliament Hill to appear before the Commons Finance committee examining federal carbon pricing. Such a role is usually but not exclusively reserved for subject matter experts, but the federal Conservatives, sensing Kenney's reputation as one of Canada's fiercest opponents of the carbon tax, invited him to testify. This, too, lent credibility to his Guardian status.

Third, Kenney goaded the federal government into breaking a related rule of intergovernmental relations by engaging a provincial opposition leader by name. Kenney's persistent and at times bombastic attacks on the Trudeau Liberals struck nerves among senior federal ministers.

One engaged directly with him on Twitter over his record on pipelines, and the prime minister responded directly to reporter's questions about Kenney's personal attacks on his intelligence. Questions remain as to whether the latter move went one step over the line of political civility. But the reaction, not the insult, was the intended result.

Through these and other moves, and the unwitting assistance of his opponents, Kenney assumed a prominent Guardian role in Alberta long before his victory over NDP Premier Rachel Notley.

Notley was no slouch

Notley was certainly no slouch in the Guardian role. Over the course of her four year mandate, she proved adept at identifying outside threats in a host of unlikely places.

Picking fights with Saskatchewan over procurement policy (the "licence plate spat" ) was somewhat predictable given the age-old animosity between the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP. Yet her ability to make an ally of Moe and enemies of her New Democratic counterparts in B.C. and Ottawa on the pipeline issue was a master stroke.

Like many leading women in Hollywood, her success in these instances is all the more remarkable given society's general perceptions about women in leading roles where the projection of masculine power is paramount.

Kenney's privileged position as a white, male, conservative leader in a historically conservative province gave him a sizeable advantage in this regard (a fact not lost on critics who decried his ubiquitous use of masculine symbols like his blue pickup truck on the campaign trail).

Nonetheless, Notley's strong Guardian portrayal was not enought to inoculate her against mainstream criticism that she puts other things (like her party or ideological commitments) ahead of Albertans' own economic interests.

In the end, perhaps Kenney's greatest feat since his return to Alberta had less to do with his unique status among other provincial opposition leaders, past and present. Rather, it was his success in convincing everyone he never really was an opposition leader.The Conversation

Jared Wesley is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science.

This opinion-editorial originally appeared April 21 in The Conversation.


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