The past two years have been difficult for many of us. The lockdowns, isolation, endless debates and ever-changing rules all contributed to feelings of being overwhelmed and losing control of our lives. Reality itself seemed uncertain. People handled this in various ways, not all of them healthy (yes, my alcohol consumption increased noticeably). Most of us know that escapism is not the way to go; facing your fears and worries head-on is the only way to overcome them. But that’s a difficult step to take, or at least it was for me. I managed to do it, though it left me wondering what else I could do to take back control of my life. Making Changes Last weekend I attendedContinue Reading

The Czech government, like many other countries, has recently been considering the question of a third round vaccination. On this topic, there are several pros and cons. Some specialists have expressed their point of view that rather than initiating further vaccination in well-developed states, such countries should provide the substances to the parts of the world with a very low percentage of vaccinated population in order to draw closer to achieving international covid-19 immunization. While other experts are pointing in the direction of the decreasing levels of antibodies in the organisms of individuals categorized as the risky group and strongly recommend to vaccinate such people for the third time the sooner the better. The Czech Ministry of Health has alsoContinue Reading

As we all know, each dose of covid-19 vaccine has an expiration date, after which it cannot be used on patients anymore. Because of that, many substances that can prevent people from catching the virus end up untouched in the disposal of medical centers. Since doctors could no longer stand by just watching so many vaccines go to waste, they came up with an idea that helps utilize as many vaccine doses as possible. They created a project called Save the vaccines. These medics offer over 2 500 doses that are nearing their expiration date and that can be given straight away to anyone who wants. Plenty of Czech medics from all over the country upload to a website howContinue Reading

The Czech Ministry of Health along with specialists in the field declared that solely the presence of antibodies in one’s circulatory system cannot be considered as a reliable indicator of protection from covid-19 just yet. Thus, any level of antibodies will not be accepted as a replacement of vaccination. There are two main reasons for the verdict. Firstly, the exact amount of antibodies that can prevent a human organism from getting infected by covid-19 is still unknown. Secondly, various covid variants have appeared and it is uncertain, whether a person with Alpha variant antibodies will be immune to the Delta variant. Consequently, the government urges us to wait for further observations and get vaccinated in the meantime. According to theContinue Reading

A recently released study named PROSECO, performed by the scientific centre RECETOX of the Masaryk University in conjunction with the University College London, claims that more than half of Czechs have probably contracted the covid-19 disease by now. This claim is based on data collected from a 30,000 subject sample of the Czech population, that was tested for covid-19 antibodies in their blood throughout the last year. While these people were not selected randomly, as they had to volunteer for the study, the sample size is still large enough for a claim, that more than half of Czechs have encountered the disease within their bodies, to be made. This number rose progressively. In fall of 2020, only 28% of theContinue Reading

The covid situation in the Czech Republic is still not quite under control. Lately, the most common mutation of the virus in Czech is the Delta variant. Over the last 14 days, in 95% cases of positive tests, the patients were diagnosed with the covid-19 Delta variant. On the other hand, the Alpha variant has been identified in less than 2% of positive samples. The laboratory workers at the State Health Department at the University Hospital of Královské Vinohrady in Prague encountered some unknown specimen of the covid-19 disease. The World Health Organization is a specialized association of the United Nations which keeps track of all the covid-19 virus variants and updates covid facilities all over the world. Czech scientistsContinue Reading

In Czechia, the number of underaged patients, who are annually diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type II is increasing. Doctors have discovered 3800 new diabetes cases just throughout last year. Several insurance companies confirmed that based on the collected data, the disease is spreading amongst children and adolescents at a very high pace. The main factors that contribute to the development of diabetes at such a young age are primarily lack of movement, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating habits and high level of stress. Individuals dealing with diabetes are usually enrolled in institutions, where professionals help them get their condition under control, keep them active and improve their lifestyle in general. Moreover, the pandemic situation did not exactly help children strugglingContinue Reading

Right after cardiovascular diseases, cancer is the second most common cause of deaths in the Czech Republic. Annually, there are over 87 000 patients diagnosed with malignant tumours and in nearly 27 000 cases, the illness ends in death. Lung, skin, breast and rectal tumours are the most frequent types of cancer in Czechia. Simply put, the number of deaths from oncological diseases is higher than the average in the European Union. The Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute is arguably the best specialized oncology centre with superregional competence with two quality certificates. However, it is situated in Brno. According to oncology expert, Jan Žaloudík, Prague and the Central Bohemian Region are in need of a new oncology centre. His opinion seemsContinue Reading

Almost a half of the population of the Czech Republic, 48.3% to be exact, has been fully vaccinated by now. As many Czechs already received two shots of a covid vaccine, most commonly the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, there has been an ongoing discussion whether it will be necessary to get vaccinated for the third time. One study has shown that over 60% of vaccinated seniors are actually not well protected from covid due to the lowering levels of antibodies in their blood. Whereas with a third vaccine, the antibodies in the immune system should increase up to eleven times more in the case of elderly people (65+). That is why there is a possibility that a third shot of a covidContinue Reading

This week will be the hottest week of the Czech summer according to meteorologists. The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) has published this information as a part of their long term weather forecast for the remainder of the month of August. The night temperatures should hover around 15 degrees Celsius, and the daily temperatures should average around 26 degrees Celsius, with Friday’s sun possibly warming the country up to a high of 30 degrees Celsius. The following weeks will be a little colder, as the temperatures might drop all the way down to 10 degrees Celsius at night and 22 degrees Celsius during the day. During these weeks, it should also rain as per the average during this part of theContinue Reading