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Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes Describes Zika Virus

Brazilian doctor Sergio Cortes has described the zika virus in his personal blog after the outbreak in Brazil. Dr. Cortes hopes that by clarifying the facts and debunking the myths about the Zika virus, citizens will be less fearful, and better able to handle the virus should it reach their locale. Sergio Cortes believes that empowering people with knowledge about the prevention and treatment of Zika can help save lives and avoid unnecessary panic. Dr. Cortes discussed some key issues regarding Zika, which are included below.

Is the Zika Virus Contagious?

Zika is not contagious in the sense that it cannot be spread from an infected individual to another human being. In other words, you cannot contract Zika from someone who has the virus.

A major concern that Dr. Sergio Cortes has highlighted along with other notable professionals, is that mosquitoes, who are the main transmitters of the virus can become infected if they bite individuals infected with the Zika virus. What this means is that a mosquito who does not have Zika can contract it from someone who has the virus by biting them. Later the newly infected mosquito with Zika can infect new people. This is of great concern to health officials around the world.

What are the Symptoms of Zika Virus?

Symptoms of the Zika virus are typically mild says Dr. Sergio Cortes. They often include rashes, fever and muscle aches. Most of the time, the symptoms of Zika subside with a time period of 3 days to a week. The virus is very rarely fatal.

Due to the very general symptoms of Zika such as fever and muscle aches, it is very hard to diagnose someone who has the Zika virus. Currently, only a few facilities in the country have the resources and expertise needed to properly diagnose Zika.

Zika cannot be treated, but as stated previously the disease often subsides on its own and is rarely life threatening. Medications to alleviate pain and symptoms such as fever are given to those infected.

What is the Correlation Between Zika and Microcephaly?

Locations that have had recent outbreaks of the Zika virus in Brazil have had a high incidence of microcephaly, which is a disease that affects the development of the brain in babies. Microcephaly can be fatal and can severely stunt the mental development of babies. Research is currently ongoing about the connection between Zika and diseases such as microcephaly.

Gender Bias in the World of Wikipedia

Gender bias exists and, in fact, has been a part of the traditional American way of life since the Declaration of Independence. Of course, it is wrong, but habits are, extremely, hard to change. In the twenty-first century economic necessity has forced families to abandon the traditional husband/wife work relationship. Women are now not only entering the workforce but in many areas competing with men for top executive positions. While the percentage of women accepted as attorneys and doctors is increasing, it is still far below the world average. 

In an attempt to counterbalance this gender balance, Wikipedia and the University of West Virginia are working together to change the stereotypes in Wiki world, including the authors at Get Your Wiki. Get Your Wiki editors and writers are creating content for businesses, as well as individuals. Their Wikipedia writers create guaranteed content which is properly formatted and written following the Wikipedia style book. In case of a page being taken down, the staff at Get Your Wiki will refund any deposits. They have done Wikipedia business page creation for non-profits, brands, and public figures. But what is, really, important is the ranking any Get Your Wiki page receives, and the staff at Wikipedia guarantees the ranking as first, second, or third. 

The combined efforts of Wikipedia and the University of West Virginia are undertaken in an effort to enhance the positions of women and especially minority women in the Wikipedia world. An effort beginning in January focused on multiple inclusions of women, in an effort to rectify the male dominance of the Wikipedia world. The university’s efforts were aimed at the inclusion of women from West Virginia.  The long journey of establishing gender equality and a fair representation of women on Wikipedia has taken a giant step thanks to West Virginia University, and even to Wikipedia for offering the grant to fund for this important and necessary research work. These efforts include allowing female writers to make a Wikipedia page about a woman that would have otherwise been created by a man. This helps lessen any gender biases that a man may have towards a woman, whether they are intentional or recognized or not.

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Changing The Phone Service Game With FreedomPop

If you have yet to hear about FreedomPop then this articles comes in good timing. Most phone network services lock you down in a contract after running a credit check to see if you will be able to finance one of their phones. So you are not only paying for your phone bill but paying off the phone itself as well. That is definitely not the case over at FreedomPop.

FreedomPop offers a promotion of free data when you buy one of their phones and they have many budget friendly options available. It is technically a one month free trial and once it is over you can switch your plan at absolutely no cost. You can receive 200MB of data for free or you can pay $10 for 500MB. Either way it is way more cost effective than leading cell phone service providers.

When this Los Angeles based company first started the data coverage was only available on networks in the United Kingdom and United States but since then FreedomPop has come a mighty long way.

They just raised a total of a $109 million to expedite the growth of their data coverage. More countries from Asia, South America, and Europe will be added to the fold so customers will not have to worry about their phone service working while traveling. FreedomPop’s main goal is to provide free internet access around the globe. They see it as a right, not a privilege. Steven Sesar, FreedomPop’s COO and co-founder, says that this new financing is most assuredly going to help them reach their goal. They’ll be one of the Top 10 global service providers and all while keeping the customers budget in mind.