The World Health Organization authorizes medical herbs clinical trial that will test the effectiveness against coronavirus: The World Health Organization has approved a protocol to authorize Phase III clinical trials that will test the effectiveness of medicinal herbs against the coronavirus, according to reports Science Alert via AFP.

The approved protocol aims to enable the technical capacity of African scientists to conduct appropriate clinical trials to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of traditional medicines in line with international standards.

The authorised guidelines provide for the establishment of a committee to monitor the data and safety of clinical trials of herbal medicine.

"As in other areas of Medicine, solid science is the only foundation for safe and effective therapies in traditional medicine," says Dr. Prosper Tumusiime, director of the universal Health Coverage Group at the WHO Regional Office for Africa.

The protocol has been approved by a 25-member regional committee of who, the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Social Affairs Commission formed in July to improve research and development of traditional medicines for coronavirus.

The use of traditional medicine against coronavirus has aroused much controversy, since its effectiveness is not proven and causes a false sense of security that increases the risk of spread.

In Indonesia, for example, the population took refuge in medicinal herbs or drinks promoted as being able to cure coronavirus or strengthen the immune system. Some of these solutions were promoted on social networks, but others even came from government sources.

World Health Organization authorizes medical herbs clinical trial

In July, Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture promoted an aromatherapy necklace with eucalyptus leaves claiming it was "anticoronavirus".

Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo stated that wearing the collar for 15 minutes could kill 42% of the virus, and 30 minutes would kill 80% of the virus.

Although some experts in the country warned that it was false that medicinal herbs had healing properties against coronavirus, they did explain that they could be seen as " supplements to improve health and the immune system."

In fact, the Indonesian Institute of Science is undertaking two research projects to test the effectiveness of some traditional medicine treatments against the virus.

China has also used methods of traditional medicine, which it has exported to countries such as Venezuela, in the fight against the health crisis.

In April, Madagascar also attracted a lot of attention when it became known that it was using a plant to treat coronavirus. The treatment consisted of a drink made from artemisia, a plant that has proven effectiveness against malaria and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

The country began to manufacture and distribute the drink, but met great scientific opposition, since its effectiveness has not been proven against the coronavirus.

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Facebook has a plan to end mobile phones, tablets or TVs: make screens obsolete thanks to augmented reality glasses

Facebook believes in a future in which mobile phones will be replaced by augmented reality glasses. That is why the company is investing in Oculus, the firm with which it develops virtual reality glasses that it bought in 2014 for about 2.000 million dollars, about 1.400 million euros in exchange for then.

This is what the CEO and co-founder of the social network, Mark Zuckerberg, has defended in an interview with YouTuber technology Marquees Brownlee and echoed media such as BGR.

Although Facebook Facebook is the first thing that comes to mind are issues such as privacy, political manipulation or polarization, Facebook is seriously betting on the future of technological devices. And Zuckerberg imagines a world in which iPhone or Android devices are no longer needed.

Basically, he believes in a world where all people will wear their augmented reality glasses to be connected. You don't need to take a mobile phone out of your pocket to check the time, time, news or listen to music: everything can be solved by gestures in a menu integrated into your glasses.

Hence, to believe in a future in which groups of friends can meet thousands of miles away to play cards with holograms, and even with the ability to wear accessories haptic to notice the 'resistance' of virtual objects as if they were real elements of the physical world.

The conversation between Brownlee and Zuckerberg focuses on the future of technological devices precisely a week after Facebook Connect announced the launch of the new Oculus Quest 2, the new virtual reality glasses of the social network.

Oculus Quest 2 is Facebook's new bet for this technology, after removing from its product catalog the Oculus Rift and Oculus Go, two other models of virtual reality glasses that were focused on playing with the computer or on a lower-end model but more affordable.

The new Quest 2 will be a stand-alone device, with which you can play titles in virtual reality without having to be wired to any device. However, Facebook will also market a cable, Oculus Link, which is a USB-C with which you can plug the Quest 2 to the computer.

The price of this device is the most attractive thing: they will be on the market in the coming weeks for about 350 euros, something that —in Zuckerberg's opinion— is part of Facebook's strategy to make all this technology more and more accessible.

Obviously, all the potential that the company sees in the world of augmented reality glasses will be seen whether it is real or not in the medium term. For now, it has reached an agreement with the eyewear brand RayBan to launch augmented reality glasses.

Zuckerberg has argued that it is necessary to make this technology more discreet, "smaller and portable" than current commercialized systems. "People want to look cool when they wear a device like this," he acknowledged in his interview.

Screens "will not be needed" in the future, and this is not just a touch of attention for the mobile phone industry: it is also for manufacturers of tablets, monitors or even televisions.

Zuckerberg's intentions are not the only ones in the tech industry. When talking about augmented reality glasses memory always refers to the famous Google Glass, a project that was born ahead of its time and did not finish curdling.

Along with Google, several leaks warn that Apple may already be working on its own Apple Glass, which could start seeing in 2021. Its price would range from 499 euros and would be compatible with graduated crystals.

However, this Apple device would only work with an iPhone or mobile phone nearby, as is the case with Apple Watches. This is why Zuckerberg believes that the road actually passes through a pair of glasses with enough technology to be able to project holograms in front of you: if this is achieved, the screens will not be needed.

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