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March 17, 2020
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all of us around the world. In this challenging time, it is important to remember that we are in this together and must all do our part to stop the spread of this virus. To that end, our staff will work remotely and will eliminate all business travel until this immediate crisis is over.
As this situation evolves, we advise that everyone stay informed on the latest information communicated by their national and local governments, including the specific protection measures and procedures recommended for your area.
Below are some basic protective measures that have been provided by the World Health Organization that all would be wise to follow.
While protective measures like social distancing are necessary to keep us safe, they can also lead to other health issues. Staying indoors, limiting social interactions, eating unhealthy foods, and following stressful, virus-related news can have a cumulative negative impact on your well-being. Therefore, in addition to measures targeted at limiting the spread of the virus, it is also important to engage in behaviors that contribute to general physical and mental health. These include:
COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness that has the potential to cause severe symptoms in former or current smokers. Early data from China indicates that smokers may have a substantially increased risk of suffering the most serious consequences of the virus. This evidence echoes existing research on influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and bronchitis—all of which disproportionately affect smokers. Increased risk of these diseases, and of the novel coronavirus, represents yet another reason for smokers to quit.
The Foundation is dedicated to improving global health and will work with our partners to provide guidance and assistance when we can during this crisis.
Mission is to eliminate smoking worldwide by supporting cessation & harm reduction #research, and transitioning tobacco #farmers to alternative livelihoods.
The Tobacco Transformation Index will provide evidence on the steps #tobacco companies are taking toward achieving a world free of combustible cigarettes. Read more about the Index in @tobaccoreporter’s recent article: https://bit.ly/3aI7dOe
Candida Nakhumwa speaks to Derek Yach (@swimdaily) in the second episode of the “Global Health Perspectives Podcast.” They discuss the impact of #COVID19 on Malawian smallholder farmers. After the recording, #Malawi announced 3 confirmed cases of COVID19. https://bit.ly/2ywK7My
In the wake of the #COVID19 pandemic, Derek Yach (@swimdaily) advocates for public health policies that prioritize the well-being of parents and grandparents, particularly those over the age of 50. Learn more in his new blog post: https://bit.ly/2QYpNdp
In @SmokeFreeFdn's first episode of the Global Health Perspectives with Dr. Derek Yach podcast, @RiccardoPolosa speaks to Dr. Yach about his experience with the #COVID19 pandemic in Italy. Listen here: https://bit.ly/2w4qx9s
Experts suggest smoking & dietary behaviors that differ by gender may play a role in mortality rates from respiratory diseases. Findings from countries that collected gender-based data show that men are 50% more likely to die when diagnosed with #COVID19. https://cnn.it/2QIeq98
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