A paper on the topic of Covid-19 and the eyes was published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology in June. Researchers in Turkey examined 93 hospitalized patients with Covid-19, 20 of whom (21.5%) presented at least one of the following ocular (eye) symptoms:
- Hyperemia (red eye): 20 (21.5% of patients)
- Epiphora (excessive tear flow): 9 (9.7% of patients)
- Increased secretion (of green or yellow eye fluid): 6 (6.5% of patients)
- Chemosis (swelling of conjunctiva): 3 (3.2% of patients)
- Follicular conjunctivitis (more severe chemosis): 8 (8.6% of patients)
- Episcleritis (inflammation of eye sclera): 2 (2.2% of patients)
- Photophobia (intolerance to light): 15 (16.1% of patients)
- Itchiness: 13 (15.7% of patients)
- Burning sensation: 7 (8.4% of patients)
- Gritty feeling (eye irritation that feels like sand): 5 (6.0% of patients)
- Blurred vision: 4 (4.8% of patients)
The paper’s authors noted that risk factors for Covid-19 ocular problems were old age, high fever, and elevated biomarkers of systemic inflammation (i.e., neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio, C-reactive protein, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate).
A chess tournament took place on Sept 25 2020, at the NRCB Plovdiv. Visually impaired competitors from the “Izgrev” sports club took part in the event. There were 11 participants. The winners among them received special prizes. The event took place under the required safety precautions.
The NRCB continues with its initiative to organize movies shows, specifically chosen and adapted to be viewed by visually impaired public. This time we invite you to watch the “The edge” movie, which will take place on 29.9.2020 (Tuesday) at the NRCB Plovdiv. The movie is an adventure thriller, starring Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins.
On 16.9.2020 at the Imperial Hotel, Plovdiv, an organized by the Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” information event for dissemination of the results from the “Sports for all” Project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme took place, attended as well by experts from the NRCB. Information about the essence and the results from the project was presented, about the partner organizations, as well as good practices were shared from the work of sport rehabilitators and trainers from their work with children with disabilities.
„Sports for all”is a project, aimed at support for teachers and trainers in planning and organizing inclusive sports activities for children and young people with disabilities. The schedule of the seminar included theme presentations in the field of inclusive sports education of children with different types of disabilities and approaches for adapting the educational process and the teaching methods and strategies towards their needs.
The main subject of the event was presenting and providing for free use the Data base with inclusive sports practices at schools/youth organizations; School curriculum and learning materials; a Mobile and online instrument for self-evaluation in support of the teacher/trainer in evaluating the learned material and a Mobile application for learning, integrated at an online portal.
The “Education for every child” Campaign starts on 10th September 2020 - a joint initiative by the Fantastico supermarket chain and UNICEF in Bulgaria. The campaign will continue till 14th October 2020 and it will cover 43 supermarkets, which clients will have the opportunity to donate 1 lv, not necessarily by buying a purchase. With the funds raised, UNICEF, together with its partners, will develop the country's first inclusive digital education platform. It will provide adapted educational resources for the specific needs of every child and will facilitate the interaction between specialists (resource teachers, psychologists, speech therapists), teachers, parents and children, especially for those living in remote areas, far from the district city, where there is no regular contact. The platform is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and for the first 30 months it will support 3,300 children with disabilities, 500 professionals and a minimum of 200 parents. The aim of the platform is to provide long-term and sustainable support that will eventually cover most children with disabilities in the country.
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