It has been more than five months that the novel noronavirus invaded our lives starting from China and spreading worldwide. All the chaos, and panic related to the Pandemic 2020 are decreasing day by day. We are a quick learner and now we have learned to live with the virus. We no more panic by any news of COVID-19 the television nor we get scared by seeing the rising numbers of the COVID-19 cases. We are now used to the Pandemic 2020.
Still, it is important to know about the Pandemic and keep our knowledge updated. Scientists and health professionals are doing their best in understanding the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 and finding some effective result to cure this disease. So, it is still important for us to get the updates of what is happening in the scientific world to at least slow down the progression of COVID-19.
Here are a few updates that we should know about the COVID-19 or the Pandemic 2020. To make sure that all the information provided here is true to the best of my knowledge, I have used only government official websites and reputed news websites to collect information. Any discrepancies found in any form is not related to this post and the blog.
- COVID-19 Cases Still Rising
- Masks are Still Important
- Social Distancing Still Required
- Airborne or Droplet Infection?
- Vaccines under Development
- Medical Masks Do not Cause Intoxication
- Recovery from COVID-19
COVID-19 Cases Still Rising:
Despite, all the preventive measures like social distancing and the use of masks, the COVID-19 cases are still rising in various parts of the world. We have seen in the earlier days of the Pandemic that lockdown or shelter at home helped to slow down the spread. Many countries have also gone for a second round of lockdown due to a sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 after reopening. Lockdown is important but can’t be continued for a very long time. So, as soon as the lockdown is removed, people start to roam, meet, and greet freely, and again the numbers rise. Visit the link provided to know all the data related to COVID-19.
Masks are Still Important:
Masks were important at the beginning of the Pandemic and masks are still important after five months. Masks prevent the spread of the diseases especially when someone is asymptomatic. I have also posted three articles related to this issue on my blog earlier. Please click on the links provided if you haven’t checked them or if you want more information regarding this topic.
- Who Should Wear What Kind of Mask?
- Use of Cloth Mask or Fabric Mask
- Why is it Important to Wear a Cloth Mask?
The video linked below shows how to use a mask. It is important to know so please visit the ink below.
Social Distancing Still Required:
Social distancing is equally important as masks are. Social distancing and use of masks can help prevent the spread of the disease. I know, that man is a social animal but this is the need of the hour. We need to follow this. We need to avoid gatherings, meeting people, going to someone’s place, parties, etc. I know, it’s been more than 5 months now but this is how we can save ourselves. Remember: Prevention is better than cure.
Social distancing is also referred as physical distancing. The minimum distance to be maintained during social distancing is at least 6 feet between people when outdoors.
The video below helps in better understanding the concept of social distancing. Please watch the video too.
Airborne or Droplet Infection?
Till now, it had been speculated that the new coronavirus is a droplet infection. WHO and other health officials around the world were determined that COVID-19 infection spreads by cough droplets and sneeze. The concept of the new coronavirus being airborne was totally negated. This was the reason why masks were not given more importance in the earlier days of Pandemic.
Recently, WHO has acknowledged the fact that the COVID-19 infection can be spread through particles suspended in the air and the infection can be airborne. For more detail, read the news here.
Vaccines under Development:
Scientists all around the world are trying their best to come up with some concrete solutions for this Pandemic. According to the news published in The New York Times, updated on July 21, 2020, “Researchers around the world are developing more than 165 vaccines against the coronavirus, and 26 vaccines are in human trials. Vaccines typically require years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but scientists are racing to produce a safe and effective vaccine by next year.”
The role of vaccines in controlling and preventing diseases can’t be questioned. Today, if a vaccine would have been there to stop the virus, the flu would not have been a Pandemic. SO, vaccines are the only solution to this problem and we must pray that the researchers come up with a vaccine as soon as possible.
According to The New York Times, “The Chinese company CanSino Biologics developed a vaccine based on an adenovirus called Ad5, in partnership with the Institute of Biology at the country’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences. In May, they published promising results from a Phase I safety trial, and in July they reported that their Phase II trials demonstrated the vaccine produced a strong immune response.”
According to The Times of India report updated on July 20, 2020, “30 different Indian companies are trying to produce a vaccine to fight the infection, out of which WHO has given approvals to seven vaccine candidates, which are in different stages of testing and clinical studies now.”
Medical Masks Do Not Cause Intoxication:
Till now, we are aware that there are three types of masks: fabric masks, N95 masks, and medical masks. Fabric masks do well in preventing the spread of the disease. Medical masks can also be used if you don’t want to use a fabric mask. Prolonged use of any kind of mask is uncomfortable as we aren’t used to the masks but none of the masks cause intoxication. Medical masks are safe to be used for COVID-19 prevention but it shouldn’t be reused and trashed after use. Medical masks do not lead to carbon dioxide intoxication but it can be uncomfortable for sure.
Recovery from COVID-19:
There have been reports in the television that people do recover after COVID-19 infection. No all infected individuals have severe symptoms of COVID-19 and so, do not require medical care or hospitalization. Most people have mild to moderate flu like symptoms and can be cured at home by taking proper rest. Scientists are still working on the diseases, figures, and tracking the infection. There is no proper recovery rate available till date.
Internet and television are flooded with the news of COVID-19 these days. Fortunately, the memes on the pandemic has reduced which is a good sign. I find the memes very irritating because the whole meaning is lost in a meme and a serious topic also becomes a joke. Whatever information I have shared here are verified and well explained to the best of my knowledge. Please click on the links provided for further details.
I hope, this effort of me in putting down the updates at one place might have helped you in getting the information easily. All the best to the researchers who are working on the vaccines. I also show my respect and gratitude to the health professionals who are working day and night and all other workers who are still going out and working so that we can be safe at home.