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COVID-19: Are Pregnant Women and Unborn Babies at Higher Risk?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing but a disaster. From the crashing economy to limitations in medical facilities, the world is facing an economic and survival crisis. While some countries have won the war against the virus, many developing countries are still struggling to flatten the curve. Admittedly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most vulnerable can be pregnant women.

Researchers and the general public, are concerned about situations where pregnant women are infected with the deadly virus. However, some actual cases shed some light on this and revealed the possible conclusions.

The pandemic is harsh enough on the healthier population. While it is almost a sort of battle where the individual with the strongest immune system survives, bringing new life into this world is terrifying. Pregnancy comes with its own risks and struggles and an added pressure of a pandemic is enough fear for expectant mothers.

In China, an infected pregnant woman gave birth to a baby with coronavirus antibodies. The mother of the healthy baby was originally from Hubei, the prime origin of the pandemic. However, the mother recovered within 10 days during her pregnancy.

Doctors reported that the antibodies were a “natural anti-virus ability” that the child received from his mother. The mother and the healthy newborn tested negative for the virus before the hospital discharged them.

Research on COVID-19 infected pregnant women

A recent study concluded 427 pregnant women hospitalized between March 1 and April 14. All of the pregnant women tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham conducted a study. Their research studied the threats associated with pregnant women and the transmission of COVID-19 to their unborn babies.

The researchers, however, concluded low possibilities of infection. However, the low chances were still significant as some newborns were tested positive for the virus. Thankfully, the babies showed no symptoms. Researchers added that breastfeeding or closeness with the mothers did not harm their health.

Researcher Dr. Kate Walker added to this as well. She stated the concerns that were going around regarding the infection of pregnant women. According to their results, the reported infection rate was low. However, the researchers emphasized the safety of breastfeeding and vaginal birth for mothers in such special circumstances.

Safety of newborns

The researchers studied recent results from pieces of research. This included a study range of over 700 mothers and their newborns. This helped them understand the threats associated with the transmission of the deadly virus. In the study, all participants tested positive for COVID-19 during their pregnancy.

Eventually, researchers concluded the low infection rate for transmission. This was not dependant on the method of delivery at all. However, all newborns were reported to be asymptomatic in case of successful transmission.

Almost 370 babies were delivered via C-section, with only 5% testing positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, out of the 300 babies delivered vaginally, less than 3% tested positive for the coronavirus.

The researchers expressed relief for mothers. They also focused that mothers should not stress over the worsening of any health conditions. Moreover, they stressed that the delivery and aftercare plans to remain unaltered. Dr. Walker explained the safety of breastfeeding for the mother and the child when the cumulative risks were incredibly low.

Researchers are expecting these results to alleviate the fear and anxiety of expectant mothers with nearing delivery dates. Researcher Dr. Jeannette Comeau shared positive results with a relief. She also hoped that these results would help support expectant mothers during this hard time.

With the ongoing human trials, and potential treatments of COVID-19, and these results, it seems there might be hope after all. After a chaotic start to 2020, people around the world are hoping for the end of this pandemic.

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Cannabis Found Effective in Treating Pain With Zero Side-Effects

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Recent Researches on Cannabis revealed its efficacy in Treating Pain with zero side-effects. A survey conducted as a part of this researched showed that patients experienced relief using cannabis for pain.

An Effective Substitute of Opioid

The survey also showed that Cannabis has greatly substituted Opioid. Opioid is a harmful drug which is used for managing pain. Previously, Opioid was the only drug effective in treating pain. However, it had a lot of side-effects. It causes drowsiness, mental fog, nausea, and constipation. It can also cause slowed breathing, which can lead to overdose deaths.

The daily use of cannabis in patients showed prolonged improvements in pain management and increased quality of life. In just a short interval of only three months, patients began to feel improvement in overall physical and mental health.

Effectiveness of CBD Oil in Pain Management

CBD (Cannabidiol) exists as a chemical compound which is obtained from the cannabis plant. Moreover, it decreases the pain with no development of any mind-altering or psychoactive effects. Additionally, CBD oil is produced by the extraction of CBD powder from the cannabis plant. Recommendations involve the use of olive or coconut oil, as a mixture, for better use.

Also Read: Good News For Sciatica Patients: Study Reveals Effective Results of CBD Oil

The latest studies on CBD oil have unveiled its neuroprotective, anti-seizure, and pain relieving qualities. Owing to its remarkable impacts on the human body, several celebrities are advocating for CBD.

Worldwide Legalization of Cannabis

It is important to remember that 33 states of the U.S. have legalized the use of medicinal Cannabis while 11 states have legalized the use of medical Cannabis.  With these recent legalization, the demand and supply of cannabis increased by multifold. Increased demand led to increased research on the subject.

Also Read: Asian Visitor Caught Smuggling 6kgs of Cannabis in Dubai

Cannabis has found many uses in our daily lives. It can treat something as painful as Sciatica Pain. The use of Cannabis can alleviate the frequency of seizures. It also reduces anxiety. it helps with the PTSD. Many people have found Cannabis useful in calming their nerves and dealing with insomnia.

COVID-19 & CANNABIS

In view of the recent pandemic, COVID-19, Cannabis has also found its utility in speeding up the recovery of COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that has infected over 11 million people in the world. It is a cause of nearly half a million deaths worldwide. Medical marijuana has helped many people recover from the deadly disease.

In the view of the situation, many different countries have also relaxed their laws on the use of cannabis and cannabis related products. COVID-19 very badly affected economies all around the world. Tax revenues generated by the sales of Cannabis might help lift the deflating economies.

DANGERS of Cannabis

Cannabis consists of two main compounds; CBD (Cannabinol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While CBD is responsible for relaxing the brain and nerves, THC is responsible for the ‘buzz’ or ‘high feeling’. THC acts on specific receptors in brain cells and slowly deteriorates our brain.

However, Cannabis is an extremely useful drug if used in measured quantities. It is highly effective in Treating Pain With Zero Side-Effects.

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Cannabis Activist Julian Stobbs Stabbed To Death

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The Cannabis activist Julian Stobbs, who struggled for several years in order to legalize personal marijuana use in South Africa, has been killed in a robbery at his Lanseria farm near Johannesburg. This incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning.

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According to reports, Stobbs and his wife, Myrtle Clark better known as the Dagga couple fought a battle through courts in order to legalize cannabis. The police put them behind bars in 2010 for growing and smoking cannabis. As a result, after their release, they filed the case in the court.

 The Incident Of Robbery

The couple was asleep in their home located just outside Johannesburg when the burglars entered their home. They further entered into the couple’s bedroom and shot and stabbed him to death.

Myrtle didn’t get any physical injuries.  The burglars took everything in the house along with them. This includes two cellphones and two laptops.

According to a statement on the Dagga couple Facebook page, the South African cannabis community is grieving over the death of such a courageous warrior.

The family is appealing that the people must respect their privacy at the moment. Moreover, the public must allow Myrtle and the family some space during these tough times. Further, they are quite grateful for the love they have received from the public up till now.

Als0 Read: Cannabis May Be A Cure For Various Cancers

A Courageous Warrior

The killing of Stobbs might prove to be a huge calamity for the cannabis society in South Africa. A long-time South African cannabis activist and businessman Tony Budden told that Stobbs and Clarke were quite determined to aware people about the plant and its benefits. The citizens called him a courageous warrior. He was the one who never got scared to stand up for what he truly believed in.

Arrest In 2010

A few years back in August, 2010, police swooped the couples home. As a result, they were accused of possessing marijuana with the intention of selling it in the market. Clarke later told about the raid that all that the officers found was a middle aged couple in their pajamas and some quantity of cannabis.

The police arrested them after a five-hour trial in their kitchen. Stobbs further told that the police put a revolver on his cheek when he was sitting in the lounge. Clarke stated that: “The more we thought about it, the more we realized this was a gross invasion of our privacy. This is about sovereignty, it’s about cognitive liberty, it’s about the very freedom of our minds.”

Tour To Various Other Countries

The couple travelled the whole South Africa in order to give statements to rural and farming communities. They introduced their manifesto through which they decided to develop a way for freedom of cannabis in South Africa.

They further travelled to United Nations in New York to spread their message at an international level. Moreover, they even appeared at hearings on the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to further pass on their message.

Also Read: No More Imprisonment For Possessing Marijuana In Austin

Both of them also studied the current cannabis laws all around the world. They made an attempt to convince international experts to attest on their behalf about the health impacts of cannabis. Stobbs also admitted that he started smoking cannabis several years ago. According to him, the ones who use drugs have rights as well, they are not animals and must not be imprisoned.

Consequently, the police stopped arresting adults for growing cannabis for their own use.

 

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No More Imprisonment For Possessing Marijuana In Austin

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Austin Police Department recently made an announcement on Thursday. According to this, the department will no longer issue court orders or take anyone into custody for possessing marijuana.

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According to a memo from Police Chief Brian Manley, the officers will no longer arrest people with enough identification for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offences. However, they will only arrest people for misdemeanor marijuana possession if it poses risk to a person’s safety.

Moreover, arrests will be made if it is part of a drug offence case or in an inquiry of a vicious offence. The officers shall seize the substance, note down a report and dismiss the person with no pending charges.

Austin City Council’s Resolution

At the beginning of this year in January the Austin City Council passed a resolution. The council successfully directed the Austin Police Department to stop arresting the individuals until and unless it poses the threat of personal safety.

Hence, the announcement made on Thursday clearly suggests that APD has made a few amendments in its policies. Particularly in order to act in accordance with the council’s resolution.

Also Read: Marijuana Decriminalization Policy Officially Commences In Virginia 

Manley’s memo explains that the council passed the policy of no longer arresting Austinites for low-level marijuana possession due to other statewide resolutions as well. He further points to a June 10 Texas House bill that permitted the production, manufacturing and trade of cannabis crops and products.

Manley told that after the city’s ruling, Texas Department of Public Safety made a demonstration. They would no longer receive and accept misdemeanor marijuana cases for lab analysis. He further explained that there was a gradual decrease in the citations from 2017 to 2019. The citations in 2017 and 2019 were 1,557 and 332 respectively. In addition to this, the number of arrests reduced from 319 in 2017 to 54 in 2019.

An Incident

In 2010, the officers arrested Austin Zamhariri for marijuana possession. Last year in April, he told that this arrest has made his life quite disturbed ever since. Due to the arrest on his record, he was not able to find jobs and accommodations. Neither was he able to obtain financial aid for college.

Zamhariri stated that: “It makes you feel like a criminal and there’s nothing different about me than any other Texan. There are thousands and thousands of Texans across the state who do not deserve to go to jail for a little amount of marijuana.”

Racial Discrimination

Member of the Austin City Council, Greg Casar responded in a statement, recommending the move towards racial justice in law enforcement.

According to him, recently in 2017, Black Austinites were seven times more prone to be arrested than White Austinites for possession of marijuana. This happened even when both races use cannabis at the same rate. Hence, thousands of the citizens of Austin were unnecessarily arrested for marijuana possession in the previous years.

Also Read: USA: Record Breaking Number Of 51,000 COVID-19 Cases Reported 

A report from ACLU in April clearly revealed that all in all, Black Americans are 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than White Americans.

No doubt, in every single state and more than 95 percent of the counties contains over 30,000 people in it. Among them, at least 1 percent of the inhabitants are Black. The arrests are more common among Black people rather than among White people.

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