If North Korea has COVID-19 beat, why buy 1 million face masks from China? – WLKY Louisville

5 AT 5:30. ALL RIGHT. WELL TONIGHT SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL DIGESTING THE COVID-19 GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK BY THE CDC. WE’RE STILL GETTING SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THEM INDEED SO HERE TO ANSWER SOME OF THEM IS DR. JACOB LAZARUS AN INFECTIOUS pDISEASE SPECIALIST AT MASS GENERAL HOSPITAL, DR. LAZARUS. THANKS FOR JOINING US. THANKS FOR ADDING ME. YES. SO THE CDC NOW ENDING MANY REQUIREMENTS FOR QUARANTINING SOCIAL DISTANCING INCLUDING THAT SIX FEET RULE THAT WE ALL BECAME ACCUSTOMED TO. SO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN TERMS OF WHERE WE ARE WITH THE VIRUS AT THIS POINT? I MEAN THE UPDATED SERIES YOU GUIDANCE REFLECTS THE CONTINUED PROGRESS. WE’RE MAKING WITH COVID PEOPLE HAVE GOT IT PROTECTIVE IMMUNITY BY VACCINATION OR A COMBINATION OF VACCINATION INFECTION. SO THE PEOPLE ARE CONTINUING TO GET COVID. THEY’RE LESS LIKELY TO GET SEVERELY ILL THEN THAT MEANS THAT INSTEAD OF QUARANTINING AT HOME. IT’S SAFE FOR PEOPLE TO MASK FOR 10 DAYS AND TEST AND THE SAME LOGIC GOES FOR THE SIX FOOT RULE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE LESS LIKELY TO GET SEVERELY ILL IT’S SAFER TO BE WITHIN SIX FEET OF EACH OTHER PEOPLE WITH COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS OR OLDER PEOPLE SHOULD STILL BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS. ALL RIGHT, LET’S TALK. LET’S GET TO SOME VIEWER QUESTIONS BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE THEM ANDREA WANTS TO KNOW THIS FOR THE KIDS THAT ARE NOW ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A BOOSTER AND FOR THE ADULTS THAT ARE NOW ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A SECOND BOOSTER. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND GETTING THOSE BOOSTERS NOW OR WAITING UNTIL THE FALL? OF COURSE, YOU MIGHT BE ALLUDING HERE TO THESE MORE OMICRON SPECIFIC BOOSTER SHOTS THAT WE’RE HOPING. WE’LL ROLL OUT ON THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. WHAT DO YOU THINK? FOR KIDS AND ADULTS WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT PUT THEM AT RISK FOR SEVERE COVID. THEY SHOULD GET THE BOOSTER OR THE SECOND BOOSTER NOW BECAUSE WE KNOW IT DECREASES THE RISK OF GETTING VERY SICK FOR EVERYONE ELSE THERE. THERE IS UNCERTAINTY. THE VACCINES AGAINST OVERCROWD HAVEN’T BEEN APPROVED YET, AND WE DON’T KNOW WHEN THEY’LL BE AVAILABLE. SO WHAT I’M TELLING MY PATIENTS IS THAT IF YOU WANT TO DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO REDUCE YOUR CHANCE OF GETTING COVID GET YOUR BOOSTER. OTHERWISE, IT’S REASONABLE TO WAIT. OKAY, HERE COMES THE QUESTION FROM KEVIN. IT’S MORE FOCUSED ON TREATMENT AND HE ASKS DOES PAXILOVID REDUCE YOUR RISK OF BECOMING A COVID LONG HAULER. IT’S A GOOD QUESTION. WE DON’T KNOW YET, BUT IT MAKES SENSE THAT DECREASING THE SEVERITY OF COVID WITH PAX SLOVID MIGHT DECREASE THE RISK OF PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS AFTER COVID. WE HAVEN’T BEEN USING TAX LOGAN LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW BUT I THINK IF IT TURNS OUT TO BE TRUE, IT’S GONNA BE ONE MORE REASON SOME PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO ALL RIGHT, DR. JACOB LAZARUS WITH MASS GENERAL DR. LAZARUS. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME. THANKS DOCTOR. AND TO OUR VIEWERS IF YOU’VE GOT QUESTIONS YOU’D LIKE OUR EXPERTS TO ANSWER YOU CAN EMA

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If North Korea has COVID-19 beat, why buy 1 million face masks from China?

North Korea imported more than 1 million facial masks and 15,000 pairs of rubber gloves from China in July, shortly before declaring victory over COVID-19, Chinese trade figures show.Pyongyang last week declared victory over the coronavirus, ending a little-detailed fight against “fever” cases that had risen to 4.77 million in the country of around 26 million people. It has registered no new such cases since July 29.Still, China exported 1.23 million facial masks to North Korea in July, worth $44,307, surging from 17,000 the previous month, according to data released by Chinese customs at the weekend.From January to July, the last month for which data is available, the North bought more than 11.93 million masks from China, data showed.North Korea did not import any COVID-19 prevention and control products from China in May, the data showed.China’s overall exports to North Korea surged to $59.74 million in July from $19.05 million in June.Top exports were semi- or wholly milled rice, cigarettes, disodium carbonate and smoked sheets of natural rubber.North Korea bought $5.16 million worth of semi- or wholly milled rice, $1.98 million of soybean oil and fractions, and $1.21 million of granulated sugar in July, the Chinese customs data showed.China suspended cross-border freight train services with North Korea following consultations due to COVID-19 infections in its border city of Dandong, China’s Foreign Ministry said on April 29.

North Korea imported more than 1 million facial masks and 15,000 pairs of rubber gloves from China in July, shortly before declaring victory over COVID-19, Chinese trade figures show.

Pyongyang last week declared victory over the coronavirus, ending a little-detailed fight against “fever” cases that had risen to 4.77 million in the country of around 26 million people. It has registered no new such cases since July 29.

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Still, China exported 1.23 million facial masks to North Korea in July, worth $44,307, surging from 17,000 the previous month, according to data released by Chinese customs at the weekend.

From January to July, the last month for which data is available, the North bought more than 11.93 million masks from China, data showed.

North Korea did not import any COVID-19 prevention and control products from China in May, the data showed.

China’s overall exports to North Korea surged to $59.74 million in July from $19.05 million in June.

Top exports were semi- or wholly milled rice, cigarettes, disodium carbonate and smoked sheets of natural rubber.

North Korea bought $5.16 million worth of semi- or wholly milled rice, $1.98 million of soybean oil and fractions, and $1.21 million of granulated sugar in July, the Chinese customs data showed.

China suspended cross-border freight train services with North Korea following consultations due to COVID-19 infections in its border city of Dandong, China’s Foreign Ministry said on April 29.

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