This animation shows how a virus spreads in an airplane –

If you thought that flying would still be possible if the middle seats remain empty, you should take a look at this animation.

Researchers from Purdue University use the images to show how quickly a virus spreads through a large part of the entire aircraft.

This was already evident at the time of the SARS outbreak. On March 15, 2003, one sick man sitting in the middle of an airplane infected 22 of the 120 passengers on a three-hour flight from Hong Kong to Beijing. That is stated in a reconstruction from that year New England Journal of Medicine.

The risk turned out to be much higher for the people who were up to three rows in front of the sick man than for the rest of the plane, but two people who were seven rows away also became infected.

Qingyan Chen, professor at Purdue University to The Washington Post, “To be honest, planes are not designed to prevent disease transmission.”

Sources): HLN


What is natural wine (and does it really make you hungover)? –

Natural wine is on the rise. In a time when sustainability and health are important themes, this is almost impossible. But what exactly is it?

Natural wine is produced with as few interventions as possible. Pesticides are out of the question, but most winegrowers also skip or filter the wine. Adding ingredients to make the wine sweeter or more acidic will never happen with natural wine. That can of course make the wine less tasty.

It is a myth that natural wine does not contain sulfite. It is a by-product of the alcoholic fermentation and is therefore always naturally in wine. It is true that extra sulphite is added to ordinary wine, so that the wine has a longer shelf life, but natural wine farmers may also add a little bit of sulphite.

Many people claim that you don’t get a hangover from natural wine. That would be because no sulfite was added to it. But that is not true. You get a hangover from alcohol, not from sulfite. However, the presence of a lot of sulphite may make the hangover worse, because sulphite, like alcohol, has to be broken down by the liver.

Organic wine is also different from natural wine. Organic wine is mainly about sustainable grape cultivation, while natural wine goes a step further and also does not allow interventions in the production process.

Natural wine remains a niche. The vast majority of people drink ordinary wine. And that’s a good thing. Production is very labor intensive so there will never be enough for everyone.


reduce your chance of infection by 50 percent ”-

It has been said before: those who come up with a drug as effective as exercise become wealthy. In corona time, specialists therefore advise to keep moving. “Enough exercise, so not too little and not too much, is one of the most efficient ways to boost your immune system.”

Viral infections
That says sports physician Ruud van Thienen to the Flemish Sporza. “If you exercise properly, you can reduce your chance of a viral respiratory infection by 50 percent. That is gigantic. A medicine will never be able to do that, ”the doctor continues.

“Most people who feel well, and therefore sleep well and eat healthy, but do not exercise, still get 3 or 4 viral infections per year. They will not always be deathly ill, but they will have a cold, for example. Those who exercise enough will only have such an infection once or twice a year. That effect has been known for a long time and generally applies to most colds or coronaviruses. Whether this also applies to this specific new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) cannot be said with certainty at the moment. ”

According to the most recent studies, sports also protect against cancer. “White blood cells attack incipient tumors. So the risk of cancer is also 20 to 50 percent lower in people who exercise sufficiently. Especially for breast, stomach, ovarian and colorectal cancer, this has already been clearly demonstrated, ”explains Van Thienen.

Sports would also have a positive effect on the functioning of our brain. “Exercise increases the plasticity of brain cells,” says the sports doctor. “If you cycle for half an hour and then read a book, you will remember 10 to 20 percent more days after that than if you did not exercise. So it is best to start with half an hour of sports every school or working day. ”

For some time now, psychologists have been advising depressed people to exercise more. Van Thienen: “You can officially treat depression with sport. That is the curative effect, but there is also a preventive effect. Sometimes I am genuinely sorry for people who don’t exercise. If you are fitter, life will run easier even if you have the same concerns. ”

How many sports?
But how much do you have to move for the maximum effect? “The WHO recommends that you exercise moderately for 150 minutes or half of it intensively. I say: sweat for half an hour to 40 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. This will allow you to earn all the health benefits of exercising. ”

“It doesn’t matter how you do that. Walking is still better than doing nothing, but it is usually not enough to reap the benefits of sports. That’s why I say you should at least sweat. ” Van Thienen recommends the 60-60 rule: exercise for 60 minutes at 60 percent of your capacity.

Difficult to keep up? Give it a try for 4 to 6 weeks and you will automatically notice the difference. “You feel better, you sleep better, your mood is better, … After that 4th or 5th week, the benefits of sports speak for themselves,” said the expert.

Sources): Sporza


Brad Pitt imitated me wonderfully –

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the virologist who is a member of Donald Trump’s corona workgroup, commented that Brad Pitt imitated him in the “At Home” broadcast of the Saturday Night Live program. According to Fauci, “Brad did a fantastic job.” He said this in an interview with Un Nuevo Dia.

79-year-old Fauci, who has become hugely popular in recent weeks for his skilful appearances in daily press conferences in America, joked to a CNN journalist a few weeks ago that Brad Pitt seemed like a suitable candidate to emulate him in the show, should it come. And SNL quickly worked on that. The Oscar winner took care of the opening of the show and concluded his performance with a word of thanks to Fauci and other aid workers.

“I’m a big fan of Brad Pitt and that’s why I mentioned him when I was asked that question. He’s definitely one of my favorite actors. Again, he did a great job and I really enjoyed watching look, “said Dr. Fauci.

In the sketch, Pitt, in his role as Fauci, mocked a number of President Trump’s statements.


“Setbacks can lead to people coming to nothing” –

As the corona crisis continues, people get harder. Support for the strict measures is declining. The roads are getting busier again. The well-known neuropsychologist Erik Scherder (68) therefore believes that “the brain is being put to the test.”

The date on which we can “do things again” is always shifted by a few weeks. That makes it tough. “With a date of finite you live somewhere,” says Scherder in an interview with the AD. You know you have to make sacrifices, but then you think “I’ll keep it up,” because there is a reward ahead. On that day it will (partly) come to an end. You live there. Now that day, for understandable and essential reasons, is shifted a bit every time and that puts our brains to the test. The reward you were on will be postponed for a while. “

The lack of structure and support gives stress. “Negative news causes stress, and long-term stress lowers your resistance. Exactly what you don’t want. It is therefore a cry of heart to me, if it is not strictly necessary, to bring less negative news. Especially if the nuance is missing or predictions are made of what is ‘perhaps’ all ahead of us. The effect is that you can think, “Oh my God, what else can happen to me ?!” People just get more anxious, get even more stress and stress is bad for health. ”

The neuropsychologist is known as a great believer in movement. This is certainly important now. “Movement provides better protection, less vulnerability. Also seen from your immune system. Also against the corona virus. About 70 percent of people sit too much, which is bad for their health. This leads to obesity and the risk of diabetes. This crisis will change that. I’m convinced of that. Walking in nature is an optimal enrichment of your brain. It evokes creativity, makes you more productive, you deal with your brain more efficiently. ”

It is also important to keep in touch with others. “Stress blocks motivation and taking initiatives. Setbacks can lead to people coming to nothing. The brain does not feel like being reminded every day that you are in trouble, have lost your job or are in danger of losing your company. That is why it is important for others to say, “Come on, put your shoulders under it.” We must all keep a close eye on that in the near future. ”

Sources): AD


Employer Erik lashes out at farmer’s wife Annemiek –

Farmer Annemiek sent both Jelte and Erik home, as was shown in the broadcast of Farmer Seeking Woman two weeks ago. She didn’t like the first one and the second one lived too far away. A glue attempt by presenter Yvon Jaspers last week was to no avail.

It may have been the strangest end to a sleepover week, but not entirely unexpected. Annemiek frequently made it known that all the men she had chosen did little to her. If she really liked horse breeder Erik, they would have found a solution for that “huge” distance of 70 kilometers.

Erik runs a horse farm in Gelderland together with his parents. In addition, he helps on the care farm of Zwier van der Weerd. Where Erik has been banned from speaking by Farmer Seeking Woman, Van der Weerd may have his say. He does that in gossip magazine Weekend.

“I have reservations about the program,” he says. “It is nice that Annemiek is participating, but what I wonder: have those boys had the opportunity to talk intensely with that girl at all? Then Yvon, such a mother figure, comes to the farm to calm things down and asks Erik: “Would you like to?”

The owner of the care farm thinks that the men who came to stay with Annemiek are not happy with their participation afterwards. The cool farmer’s wife often spoke negatively about them. “If those boys had known what she thought about them, I don’t know if they had stayed that long,” it sounds.

Sources): DenD


Do blood clots lead to death? –

Why some people die from the coronavirus and others don’t is still not entirely clear. Blood clots in the lungs may be related to it. It is a hitherto little known complication of Covid-19, writes The Washington Post, among others.

Patients who become seriously ill from the coronavirus often have severe breathing problems, but also organ failure. But doctors are now also seeing blood clots in the lungs and other places in the body in some patients. These can lead to blockages in the blood vessels leading to strokes, heart attacks and possibly death.

New York autopsy data shows that about 40 percent of patients who died after leaving the hospital had blood clots in the body. There were sometimes hundreds of small lumps in the lungs. Dutch researchers state that about a third of corona patients had a complication from blood clots.

“The problem we have is that while we understand that there are blood clots, we still don’t understand why they are there,” said Professor Lewis Kaplan of the University of Pennsylvania. “We simply don’t know. And that frightens us ”.

“Doctors annually treat people with coagulation complications, from persons with cancer to victims of severe trauma, but what we now see in corona patients is unseen,” the scientist concludes.

Sources): HLN


Coronavirus has been in the Netherlands for much longer –

The coronavirus was at least twelve days earlier in the Netherlands than previously thought. RIVM concludes this after research into the first corona patients.

On February 27, a man from Loon op Zand in Brabant was officially diagnosed with Covid-19 for the first time in the Netherlands, but he was anything but the first. Around February 15, there were already several infections, the RIVM now says, but there have been signs for some time that the coronavirus appeared in our country before the 27th.

For example, there is a 49-year-old woman from Altena in Brabant who ended up on IC with corona on February 21 and who was “already weeks” ill. A survey of 86 infected hospital workers in Brabant showed that 7 of them also started complaints in mid-February.

More than two weeks before former minister Bruno Bruins announced the first infection live on TV, the virus had already been recognized in our country. During that period we still went en masse to football matches, theaters and concerts. These were crucial weeks when the reproduction factor was probably around 2. “We were following the facts, were not alert enough,” says virologist Ab Osterhaus.

Sources): AD


Ferrari with 370 km on empty autobahn –

In Germany you are allowed on the autobahn as fast as you dare. But that is often also limited by Others road users. But Germany is also closed and the highways are often empty.

The video shows a white Ferrari LaFerrari, which after some time exceeds the maximum speed of 350 and eventually drives 372. To give you an idea: at that speed you drive from Utrecht to Paris in an hour and a half.


Older people pay the price for the coronavirus approach –

Sweden continues to insist that there is no need to freeze public life because of the corona crisis. Meanwhile, it is the elderly who pay the price for it, experts say.

The voices about the Swedish approach are twofold: on the one hand there is praise. After all, the crisis is not getting out of hand, while the economy is largely going through. On the other hand, there is a lot of criticism. The number of infections and fatalities is much higher than elsewhere in Scandinavia and it is the elderly who die in large numbers in nursing homes.

Last week it was even reason for the architect of the Swedish strategy, state epidemiologist Anders Tegnel, to express his concern. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven briefly considered introducing stricter measures. With falling figures, that now seems to be off the track.

Last week, there were numerous reports in the Swedish media about the dramatic situation in nursing and care homes, where healthcare personnel still had to work without masks and other protection.

Huge mistake
The country’s biggest critic, virologist Lena Einhorn, said in the British newspaper The Observer, “They have to admit they made a huge mistake, saying all the time that the main purpose was to protect the elderly,” said Einhorn. “They say it is very annoying, that they are going to investigate and that it is mainly a matter of training staff, but what they refuse to recognize is that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread is also a factor.”

The approach to the coronavirus, which also includes the fact that healthcare personnel wear little protective material, is based on the opinion that “spread by people without symptoms hardly occurs”.

Mouth masks
“Where I work, we don’t have face masks at all and we work with the most vulnerable people of all,” a care home employee tells The Guardian. “We don’t even have hygienic hand gel, just soap. Everyone is concerned. ”

Tegnell colleague AnnaSara Carnahan told the Swedish radio on Friday that the number of deaths in homes for the elderly is “probably an underestimate.” Many elderly people who have died have not been tested at all, regional employees confirm.

Sweden’s approach has worked so far, because at no point has the health care system really become overloaded, but the elderly are paying the price for the risky strategy.

Sources): The Guardian