What does COVID-19 mean?
The coronavirus disease of 2019 was named COVID-19 by the WHO on February 11, 2020.
Coronaviruses are common human and animal viruses. They were first discovered in domestic poultry in the 1930s. In animals, coronaviruses cause a range of respiratory, gastrointestinal, liver, and neurologic diseases. A “novel” coronavirus means that it is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. This means it is different from coronaviruses that cause the common cold, and those that caused SARS in 2002 and MERS in 2012.
Is COVID-19 the product of a lab?
No, it is the “gift” of mother nature, not the product of a lab. There is no evidence of genetic manipulation but there is sufficient evidence that natural selection shaped its evolution. There is a lot of speculation regarding its origin.
How dangerous is the COVID-19 coronavirus?
Even though different scientists and medics tried to demonstrate how COVID-19 is not as dangerous as it was claimed, the global pandemic proved them wrong. The fatality rate is unfortunately very high (especially when it comes to people who already have compromised immunity or if they are older) and many health care systems are heavily under pressure in many developed countries like Italy, Spain and USA.
Is there any medicine for COVID-19... Can science help?
Till now no there is no any medicine for this virus. Vaccines are under development; hundreds of labs are very busy… We are yet to see the results though.
Worst case scenario: We might have to live with this virus for a long time.
Is Hydroxychloroquine effective against COVID-19?
Study of Covid-19 hospital patients given hydroxychloroquine in the US found no benefit from the drug, either alone or given in combination with an antibiotic. In fact, the patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone had a higher mortality rate.
Is Covid-19 going to become more deadly over time?
This is unlikely. Viruses tend to “learn” to cohabit with their host and not to kill their host fast. Natural selection favors strains that can disperse and infect more individuals rather than strains that kill their infected host. A strain of virus that quickly kills its host is not able to efficiently replicate and disperse.
Are masks efficient?
Masks are incredibly helpful if you use them correctly. But don’t rely on them only – use sanitizers and follow healthy habits as much as possible.
How soon are we going to get out of isolation?
Even in the worst-case scenario (do nothing scenario), infection rates are going to naturally slow down when sufficient individuals in the population will acquire natural immunity (got the virus and recovered). The recovered individuals will no longer act as vectors of transmission for the naïve (never exposed) individuals. However, this will take time since at the moment we are a naive population to this virus. Under the ‘do nothing scenario’, the loss of lives would be very high. Thus, we do have to act now firmly.
Will "social distancing" help in controlling COVID-19?
Meaning of Social Distancing – limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events, as well as deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid contracting an illness.
This will obviously help in the spreading of the virus or at least slow it down. Staying at least 6 feet away from other people lessens your chance of catching this virus.
How often should we clean our hands or other body parts?
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing or after touching a surface or object potentially contaminated with the novel coronavirus.
Use sanitizer only when soap and water are not available.
And mobile phone: It is possible to contract germs from your phone, so avoid touching your face or mouth without first washing your hands.
Is there any positive impact of COVID-19?
Not much for Human Beings. But for wildlife and mother Earth, it is being a good time.
– The pollution level has decreased almost all over the world.
– Animals are rejoicing the time and are starting to come out when humans are under lockdown. From years we kept them under lockdown.