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6 minutes | May 13, 2022
COVID-19: Vaccines and children
What is WHO’s recommendation for COVID-19 vaccines for children? What does the evidence tell us about safety of these vaccines for children? If you live in a country where this vaccine is not available to children, how can you keep your child safe from COVID-19? WHO’s Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan explains in Science in 5.
6 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Upcoming new vaccines
What are the new vaccines in the pipeline? What are the challenges to turning vaccines into vaccination ? What timelines can we expect for future vaccines? WHO’s Dr Katherine O’Brien explains in Science in 5
5 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
COVID 19 : Tracking variants
How does WHO track variants for SARS CoV 2 , the virus that causes COVID-19? what are the challenges on the ground? What are variants WHO is tracking at this time? WHO’s Dr Maria Van Kerkhove explains in Science in 5.
6 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Update on Long COVID
What have we learned about the symptoms of Long COVID or Post COVID-19 condition so far? How long does it last, when should you worry, and what treatments are recommended? WHO’s Dr Janet Diaz explains in Science in 5.
6 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
WHO’s Chief Scientists Dr Soumya Swaminathan explains how our body develops immunity against a new virus. How is immunity developed when we are infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus? How is it different from vaccine derived immunity? Why is it important to continue to wear masks, ventilate closed spaces, avoid crowds, wash hands and observe all other precautions?
6 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Air pollution, a public health emergency
Why does WHO consider air pollution a public health emergency? If you live in highly polluted areas does COVID-19 affect you differently? WHO’s Dr Maria Neira explains in science 5.
5 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
COVID -19: Medical waste
Are you aware of the medical waste generated during the pandemic? How does it impact your health and what can you do to reduce it? WHO’s Dr Margaret Montgomery explains in Science in 5.
5 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
COVID-19: Why are experts concerned about Omicron?
If Omicron is less severe, why are people ending up in the hospital and dying from it? Is it true that everyone will eventually get Omicron? Why is it important to reduce transmission? WHO's Dr Maria Van Kerkhove explains in Science in 5.
5 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
COVID-19: Omicron variant
What do we know about Omicron variant so far? WHO's Dr Maria Van Kerkhove updates on the transmissibility, severity, symptoms and ways to protect yourself in Science in 5.
5 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Polio & COVID-19
How has the pandemic impacted the fight against Polio? How has the polio infrastructure helped the fight against COVID-19? Why is it important that the world doesn’t take its eyes off polio? Sona Bari explains in Science in 5 this week.
5 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
COVID-19 & Antibiotics
What have we learned about COVID-19 and antibiotics so far? What happens when antibiotics are not taken according to prescription or are used irrationally? When are antibiotics prescribed in the course of COVID-19 treatment? Dr Hanan Balkhy explains in Science in 5 this week.
6 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Lead poisoning prevention
How big a public health problem is lead poisoning? What are the sources of lead poisoning and who are at risk? What can you do to protect yourself? WHO's Lesley Onyon explains in Science in 5 this week.
4 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Flu & COVID-19
How would you know if you have the flu or COVID-19? Should you take both flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine if these are available to you? How does WHO decide on the composition of the flu vaccine? Dr Sylvie Briand explains in Science in 5 this week.
5 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
TB & COVID-19
If you have Tuberculosis, what is your risk from COVID-19? How can you keep yourself safe during the pandemic? Why is it important that the world does not take its eyes off TB during the Pandemic? Dr Tereza Kasaeva explains in Science in 5 this week.
5 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Learn about the first Malaria vaccine. Who should receive this vaccine? What are the challenges of rolling out a Malaria vaccine in the midst of a pandemic? Dr Pedro Alonso explains in Science in 5 this week.
4 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Air pollution & COVID-19
What have we learned about air pollution and COVID-19? Learn about six air pollutants that are harming your health. Dr Maria Neira explains findings from WHO’s new air quality guidelines in Science in 5.
5 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
COVID-19 : Keeping schools safe
What steps should a school take to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19? What about vaccination? How can families and communities keep themselves safe as schools reopen? Dr Maria Van Kerkhove explains in Science in 5 this week.
5 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
COVID-19: Mixed and fractional vaccine doses
Many countries are using the approach of mixing vaccine doses from different manufacturers. What do we know about the safety and efficacy of this approach? What does the evidence tell us about using a fraction of the vaccine dose ? Dr Katherine O’Brien explains in Science in 5 this week.
6 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
COVID-19: Booster shots
What does evidence say so far about safety and effectiveness of booster shots? Are their groups who may need them? Should the world be considering booster shots at this stage of the pandemic? Dr Katherine O’Brian explains in Science in 5 this week.
5 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
COVID-19: Tobacco & COVID-19
Are you planning to quit tobacco during the pandemic? What risk does COVID-19 pose to a tobacco user? Learn how the tobacco industry lured people to consume tobacco during the pandemic. Dr Hebe Gouda explains the health benefits of quitting tobacco in Science in 5.
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