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The Zika Virus and how to stay protected

The Zika Virus and how to stay protected

Introduction

There is nothing that worries a pregnant woman more than the possibility of harm to her unborn child. So the news that there is an untreatable illness that is linked to significant birth defects has left millions of American and even the rest of the world wonder what this infectious disease is all about- The Zika Virus and how to stay protected.

What is the Zika Virus?

Zika is a virus transmitted primarily by aggressive Aedes Aegypti bjlgfkyidtmosquito, the same species that spreads dengue. It was initially identified in 1947, but it was isolated for the first time in 1968. For most people, this virus causes just a brief mind flu-like disease, but for pregnant women, this illness is linked to an alarming increase of a birth defect known as microcephaly-an abnormal small head and a condition associated with incomplete brain development. According to CDC website, Zika virus cannot be transmitted from person to person and the brief mildness illness it causes to most people, seldom require hospitalization, and it rarely proves to be fatal.

Although the Zika virus is not new, it is new to Americans. The first case was recently reported in Brazil, and it has spread through South and Central America and the Caribbean. The virus arrival and its rapid spread in the country mean that everyone should be extra careful and take extra precaution to avoid infection considering that this virus has no vaccines, cure or even preventative medication so far.

How to stay protected From Zika Virus.

The only way to avoid a mosquito bite is to use insect repellents that are approved by Environmental Protection Agency and one that contain at least 20 percents of picaridin, DEET or oil of lemon-eucalyptus, especially when venturing outdoors. It is also recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants especially near dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are very active. CDC also recommends that you use permethrin-treated clothing and gears such as boots, socks, pants and even tents.

,jhgfgdIf you are pregnant (any semester), you should consider postponing travel to areas where the Zika virus is active, and if you have to, talking to your doctor first and following the necessary precaution measures during your trip is imperative.

Even though there are no vaccines and medications, for now, there are ways you can treat the symptoms, i.e., by drinking plenty of fluids, getting rest, and taking medication that can relieve pain and fever.

There is a lot we are yet to know about The Zika Virus, but scientist and researchers all over the world are trying all they can to create a Zika Vaccine. But until their effort bears fruit, it is important to keep yourself informed about the Zika Virus and how to stay protected at all times.

Tips on how you can clean your computer of unwanted programs

Tips on how you can clean your computer of unwanted programs

Are you getting frustrated with how your computer or laptop has been working lately? Before you consider purchasing a new one, you might want to check the hard disk first. It may have been victimized by unwanted software or programs that are causing your computer to function slowly. With this, you are not only making your device work faster, but also sparing yourself from spending a lot of money in buying a new gadget.

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Most of the time, users keep software programs on their computers that are intended for different purposes. However, over time, they are forgotten. There are even some which are beyond the owner’s knowledge. These programs are actually unnecessary, and they are only taking up much of the memory. Hence, they slow down the function of the computer.

Once a computer or laptop has been switched on, it will start by Windows loading the different software that is installed on it. This also includes some programs that are meant to help with the proper functioning of the device as well as its security such as firewall and anti-virus. However, all of these are running in the background which significantly affects the speed of the computer.

Take a look at the following tips on how you can clean your computer of unwanted programs or software.

View the Windows’ task manager

Hold the CTRL and ALT keys at the same time and then press DELETE to allow the Window’s task manager to pop up. You can then view all the programs that are running on your computer. Go through each one of them and determine which ones are no longer needed and you have to clear off. To stop a certain program or application from running further, you just have to click the End Task button. This will enable you to gain back the memory that the program has taken up. Hence, it will help your device to perform faster.

Search for the programs

You can search for the applications or software by clicking START or PROGRAMS. Most of the time, the group contains the uninstalled programs. Search for the ones you would like to remove and delete them.

utrytghAccess the Control Panel

Another way for you to find unnecessary programs is to access the Control Panel. Just click START, go to settings and hit Control Panel. To get the list of the programs, you have to open the icon that says “add or remove programs.” You can sort them out by the name, size, date of last use as well as the frequency of use. Simply select the ones that you are not using anymore and click the OK button to get rid of them.