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According to the WHO, it is «highly likely» that 2 million will die of COVID-19

At a press conference, the WHO Director of emergency situations, Michael Ryan, said that the figure of two million death of the COVID-19 pandemic is not only “possible”, but also “highly likely” to be reached if the situation is not under control in the short term. So far, the virus, which began to circulate in December 2019, has killed almost a million people worldwide, while it is estimated that there are at least 32 million people infected, although the figure could be higher due to the different testing policies applied in each country. While there is hope for the appearance of one or more vaccines that could prevent infection, the truth is that it is believed that only in mid-2021 they would be available on a massive scale. On the other hand, the WHO epidemiologist, Bruce Aylward, pointed out that, regardless of the vaccine, we must consider other knowledge that can prevent more deaths.

Both officials of the international organization highlighted the importance of diagnosing, tracking, curing, keeping a distance and investigating vaccines and treatments as a series of actions to be developed in a coordinated and joint manner to minimize the effects of the pandemic as much as possible and avoid the dreaded figure of two million deaths, which seems closer and closer.

They bought an abandoned house and found a collection of Inuit art

A couple of American real estate investors found a valuable artistic treasure in the house they bought for renovation in the American city of Detroit, bordering Canada. Hidden and scattered in the basement, under old papers and in the middle of puddles of water, was a collection of about 40 pieces of Inuit art, people originally from Canada formerly known as “Eskimos”, and whose retail value reaches $ 163,500 per piece.

Andrey Noskov and his partner acquired the property after several years it had been abandoned due to the death of its previous owner, an art teacher. The man’s family sold the house in an advanced state of neglect, without reviewing or understanding the value of what was inside. Upon entering the property, the couple were surprised to discover several original Inuit works of art signed by their authors between the 1970s and 2000s. Some of the pieces were ruined, but with the possibility of being restored for later sale.

Inuit art experienced a price boom in recent years, going from being sold for about $ 25 to reaching values ​​of $ 163,000 per piece. The most famous exponent of this art was Kenojuak Ashevak, who died in 2013, and of which there were five pieces in the collection found. Noskov and his partner reported that they will work with an art gallery owner to repair and later sell most of the works found, although some will remain as «souvenirs» of the amazing discovery.

Advancement for environmentalism: Argentina ratified the Escazú Agreement

On September 25th, the Argentine Chamber of Deputies ratified the Escazú Regional Agreement, which guarantees access to information, public participation and justice on environmental issues, and especially protects environmental activists. With this sanction, Argentina became the tenth country in Latin America to ratify the Agreement, with only one more country remaining for it to enter into force.

The Escazú Agreement, named after the Costa Rican town, where it was signed, provides for the right of individuals and peoples to live in a healthy and sustainable environment, both in the present and in the future. In particular, it obliges States to produce and make available to society at regular intervals complete and detailed environmental information, which gives an account of the state of preservation of natural resources as well as the actions carried out in this regard. On the other hand, it guarantees that society will be able to actively participate in the debate and execution of development plans that affect the territories in which they live and the resources they have. In addition, it enables access to Justice in matters related to the environment, which up to now is usually slow and difficult. Finally, special protection is provided for environmental activists, something truly relevant since Latin America is the region on the planet with the most environmental activists assassinated by state or paramilitary forces.

The sanction in the Deputies Chamber of the Agreement, which completes that of the Senate of August 13th, was given almost unanimously and before a group of environmental activists who celebrated the approval and expressed joy at the good parliamentary result of the Agreement.

TikTok bans and restricts weight loss ads

The popular social network TikTok announced that it will ban ads for intermittent fasting and weight loss supplements, while enforcing more restrictive policies for ads for weight management products and references to body image. The ad, framed in the Weight Stigma Awareness Week, tries to encourage a more positive and inclusive image of bodies on the social network, mostly used by young people.

TikTok claimed that advertisements for intermittent fasting and weight loss supplements will be outright banned from the platform. Instead, advertisements for weight management products will be allowed, which, however, should not promote a negative relationship with the body or food, and may only be accessible to people over 18 years of age.

In addition, users will be able to report advertisements that violate these provisions and find useful resources and information for a proper relationship between body, diet and health. According to a statement released by the platform, these changes attempt to «support the positive, inclusive and safe experience» that the social network proposes to its members.

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Gracias a Lucio Maciá por la nota, a Araceli Sabransky por la selección de imágenes, Cecilia Musis por la traducción en Linkedin y a Christian Trappani por la organización.

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