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WHO Director Tweets One Word ‘Love’ Messages As His Organization Faces Scrutiny



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The World Health Organization’s Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared random one worded messages on Twitter throughout the day on Wednesday amid increased U.S. scrutiny of his organization.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a halt in funding of the WHO over its alleged mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“They told us when we put on our travel bans, a very strong travel ban, there was no need to do it, don’t do it. They actually fought us,” Trump said at Tuesday’s briefing.

He added, “The WHO’s reliance on China’s disclosures likely caused a 20-fold increase in cases worldwide and it may be much more than that. You look all over the world, tremendous death and economic devastation because those tasked with protecting us by being truthful and transparent refused to do so.”

The WHO leader responded to Trump at his Wednesday briefing saying the WHO ‘regrets’ the decision. In addition to his formal remarks, Dr. Tedros took to Twitter to share random words including “Solidarity.” “Humanity.” “Unity.” “Love.” “Stronger Together!”

His responses were a change of tune from earlier comments Dr. Tedros has made. Last week, when Trump accused the WHO of being “China-centric”, the WHO chair responded that such comments would only invite more “body bags.”

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands



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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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