1. One billion could become coronavirus infected worldwide
The coronavirus outbreak which started from Wuhan city, Hubei province of mainland China has been declared a global pandemic meaning threat to the world. It has infected countless people from more than 210 countries and territories around the world. The official reports suggest that no less than 3 million people have been tested positive with the virus infection and has claimed the lives of more than two hundred thousand people worldwide.
But according to an aid group, it is merely just the beginning of what is supposed to be a greater calamity of mankind. They have warned that no less than one billion people could become infected with the virus unless vulnerable countries are provided with urgent aid to take a stand against the global pandemic.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said that financial and humanitarian aid was needed to help slow down the global spread of the virus. The committee further added that countries such as Afghanistan and Syria needed immediate funding to avoid a major outbreak that is going to happen soon.
IRC’s report also estimated that the total number of virus-infected could range between 500 million to 1 billion and could claim the lives of at least 3 million people worldwide. David Miliband, the head of IRC said that “these numbers should serve as a wake-up call.” Read more…
2. The mystery of India’s low death rate
While most of the countries are seeing a sudden surge in the death rate in most of Europe and America, India manages to control the death rate which is good news and a mystery. India is currently the 15th most-affected country in the world. The number of infected in India now have reached 29,451 and the total number of death as of today is 939 people. This is nowhere near the death rate of countries that got hit the most by the Pandemic.
It took nearly nine days to double the death rate in India which is good news according to the experts. Since it only took 2-3 days for the death rate to double in New York City at the same stage of pandemic. The reason why India has such a lower death rate is a topic of discussion and different people have different opinions on the topic. Some believe that the lockdown is paying off while others believe that India’s lower death rate is all thanks to its youth population. Since elderly people are more at risk form the COVID-19 infection.
So, have India really done a great job controlling the Virus effect?
“To be totally frank, I don’t know and the world doesn’t know the answer,” were the exact words of Siddhartha Mukherjee, an Indian-American physician and oncologist when asked by a Mojo editor on a video interview. He further added “It’s a mystery, I’d say and part of the mystery is we are not doing enough testing. If we tested more then we’d know the answer.”
The next big question is whether India is missing the COVID-19 death count?
India is the second most populated country in the world behind China which makes it difficult to verify the reasons for death. Furthermore, about 80 percent of the deaths in India still happens at home and the exact cause of death cannot be identified.
There were many people who were dying and showed the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection according to some doctors and health persons. If only all deaths that happened during the same time period were examined, things might turn out differently.
Lack of proper data on death may play a part in India’s lower death rate. Or the lower death rate might have something to do with the young Indian population and the measures taken by the Indian government against the infection to go on an immediate lockdown. Thus we come to the conclusion that the lower death rate in India is both a mystery and good news. Read more…
3. Trump ‘can’t imagine why’ US disinfectant calls spiked
The US President Donald Trump has taken the center stage once again for his remarks on the increasing number of hotline calls about the disinfectant. He said “I can’t imagine why,” and move on to “I can’t imagine that.”
Mr. President made a remark on Thursday after an official presented the research results that suggested COVID-19 could be killed in minutes by bleach. His exact words were “I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute,” Mr. President said. “And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?”
His remark on the use of disinfectant to treat COVID-19 got people confused and as a result, people started calling the emergency hotline for guidance on whether it was true. The governors of Maryland and Michigan blamed the President for the sudden surge in the disinfectant calls on Sunday.
A statewide alert had been issued by the government of Maryland to warn the people about ingesting or injecting disinfectant following the President’s remarks on the use of Disinfectants.
The US is currently the most affected country in the world. More than a million people have been tested COVID-19 positive and more than 56,000 people have lost their lives in the US. The government is yet to find a way in controlling the rapid spread of the virus across its people. Read the full article here…
4. UK failed to stockpile crucial PPE
According to the BBC investigation, the government of the UK failed to by the personal protective equipment that is crucial for the frontline medical staff. This has resulted in a shortage of essential protective items such as gowns, visors, body bags, swabs, etc. The global shortage of PPE is adding further complications in the purchasing of the vital PPE equipment.
The investigation lead by BBC Panorama found that the government had left out on the essential items during the stockpile of the equipment for Pandemics in 2009. The government further neglected the warning from its own advisors to buy the missing items on the list.
The frontline workers are now facing the shortage of PPE along with life-saving FFP3 respirator masks which are putting the lives of the health workers at risk who are fighting at the front line to protect people. The government, on the other hand, is doing nothing more than hiding behind excuses.
The UK is currently the sixth most affected country in the world. More than 1,500,00 people have been infected and nearly 21 thousand people have lost their lives due to the virus outbreak. Full article…
5. Rare syndromes are seen in children due to coronavirus
New syndromes are seen in children which may be related to coronavirus infection and NHS doctors have been warned to look out for a rare but dangerous reaction in children. The children show flu-like symptoms with multiple-system inflammation. Some other symptoms that are seen in the children include;
- tummy pain,
- inflammation of the heart,
- abnormal blood test results, etc.
Only a few were tested positive for coronavirus. The alert issued by the NHS England said that there was a growing concern for the new syndrome seen in the children. The actual cause of the syndrome is yet to be known. Read full…
WHO Coronavirus Protection Guidelines
How coronavirus gets transferred?
- The Covid-19 virus spreads from person to person mainly through the droplets produced by the infected person while speaking, sneezing, or coughing.
- These droplets can land into the mouth and nose of people nearby.
- These droplets can only travel approximately one meter in the air and quickly settle on the surfaces since they are too heavy to travel farther.
- It is the reason why a person to person transfer is mainly happening in people with close contacts.
- The exact time that the virus can survive on the surface is yet to be known.
How To Keep Yourself safe-WHO
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without thoroughly washing your hands.
- When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth with the bend of your elbow or with a tissue.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Wear a mask while going out in the public.
- Avoid crowded places as much as possible and stay home.
Coronavirus is a global issue but we can still make individual contributions to stop further spread of the Covid-19 virus. All we need to do is follow the WHO guidelines on coronavirus.
Try to avoid direct confrontation with anyone and maintain the social distancing of at least one meter. Wash your hands and face more frequently. Maintain proper hygiene at home. Eat healthily and stay healthy.