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ORANGE, California -- Doctors at a children's hospital in California say 14-year-old Agustina Rojas was the sickest COVID-19 patient they've had so far. But like a champ, the teen beat the virus and she's finally at home after spending 57 days in the ICU.

"When I came home, I just hugged my whole family 'cause I missed them so much," she said.



The last time she saw them was back when her dad rushed her to the hospital.

"I didn't feel well. I couldn't breathe and like my head was just hurting," she described.

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Although she was medically sedated most of the time and doesn't remember much, doctors said she was close to death, twice.

"I happened to be on call one night where she again got very, very sick, very acutely, and I didn't know (if) she was going to live through that night," said Dr. Jason Knight.

"I was just scared. I was anxious, right?" Agustina said.

But through a group effort with various providers and Agustina's ability to fight, they said they were able to improve her condition and ultimately help her survive.

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"Knowing that she was our first really sick COVID-19 patient who we didn't really know if she was gonna survive. It was something we needed," said Dr. Knight.

Now, Agustina has a message to kids about their overall health.
"Stay healthy, eat right, eat your vegetables, eat anything healthy, like don't eat any junk food or this and that," she said.

And if you do get the virus, she said to be brave like her and be confident.

Dr. Knight said the patients they worry about the most are those with heart or lung problems, chronic diseases that affect the immune system, patients with cancer and the biggest risk factor - obesity.

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Plastic face shields don’t stop Covid spread as visors allow nearly 100% of particles to escape, study shows

PLASTIC face shields don’t stop the coronavirus from entering the system as visors allow 100 per cent of particles to escape, a new study has revealed.

Researchers in Japan have revealed that airborne droplets of less than five micrometres escape through the visors.

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One micrometre is one millionth of a metre.

The use of visors has been widespread since shops and other hospitality industries reopened in July in the UK.

Some professions have been wearing just visors, while others wear masks underneath.

Government-backed research institute, Riken, in the city of Kobe used the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku, to get the results.

The experts also found that about half of larger droplets, measuring 50 micrometres, were also able to find their way into the air.

Japanese officials had previously highlighted the importance of aerosol transmission and ventilation throughout the pandemic.

The British government has focused on hand washing and social distancing measures.

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Makoto Tsubokura, team leader at Riken’s centre for computational science cautioned against wearing visors instead of masks.

He said the team used a simulation combined air flow which produced thousands of droplets of different sizes.

Speaking to The Guardian Tsubokura said: “Judging from the results of the simulation, unfortunately the effectiveness of face guards in preventing droplets from spreading from an infected person’s mouth is limited compared with masks.

“This is especially true for small droplets of less than 20 micrometres.”

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He said much smaller particles also escaped through the gap between the face and the shield.

He said people with respiratory conditions, who are exempt from wearing a mask, could wear a shield instead but only in indoor settings that are properly ventilated and outdoors spaces.

In the UK you have to wear a face mask or covering when shopping or using public transport.

As part of enhanced coronavirus restrictions introduced by the government in order to stop the spread of the virus, fines have doubled for people not adhering to the rules.

If you are not wearing a mask and you are not exempt you will be fined £200, up from £100.

In June, researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science showed how effective face masks are in obstructing virus droplets.

They found that masks fitted firmly to the face rather than bandana style coverings were best at preventing droplets from escaping.

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Yesterday wearing a face mask was made mandatory for staff in pubs, restaurants and shops along with anyone getting a cab - in rules which will come in on Thursday 24 September.

Face masks are always recommended in crowded spaces but are on the whole not compulsory in outdoor spaces.

This includes when walking down the street and sitting in the park.

You also will not need to wear a face mask in a coffee shop or hospitality shop like McDonald's if you are eating in and receiving table service - but you must go straight to the table and not the counter for this.

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