After half a year of this pandemic, so much to unknown and mysterious, we are sure of some of the things.
We don’t know when precisely the novel coronavirus first began infecting people. But it is fair to say that Sars-Cov-2 has been with us for more than six months.
At first, the virus had no name or identity; but now, we are pretty sure of some things, not all, about the virus, thanks to journalistic society; some of those insights are;
1. We all have to live with this pandemic for long, maybe for life.
Its summer, lockdowns are easing, economies are resuming, and thankfully, new coronavirus cases are also declining or, at least, steady in many parts of the world; and yes, 100’s of scientific teams are racing to develop a vaccine.
The social distancing, the masks, the fretful hand-washing, the aching withdrawal from family and friends — these steps are rays of hope of staying well.
That’s about the good news.
The bad ones are –
- The virus is showing no signs of going away:
- We will be in this pandemic for the long haul, maybe for a lifetime.
- Asymptomatic cases are also recording (bout 35 percent of infected people have no symptoms at all).
- The debate of aerosol spread of the virus is still inconclusive.
According to Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergency program, “This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away.”
Predictions that millions of vaccine doses may be available by the end of this year is too rosy; the reality is that no vaccine has ever been created that fast, it takes years to develop a vaccine.
2. We should wear a mask every time we step out.
Researchers have spelled out that even simple masks can effectively stop droplets spewing from an infected person’s nose or mouth, as we have been told like thousand times, that the infectious typically infects people when entered in their body through the mouth and nose, covering them can act as the first line of defense against the spread.
Donning a face-covering helps prevent the coronavirus from being transmitted from unsuspecting individuals to contaminated surfaces.
3. Public health infrastructures need an immediate update.
The whole world, especially developed economies like the United States, knows how to fight wars. But, the past few months have shown that any public health structure can quickly become a shambles; sadly, pathogens kill more Americans than any other country, and more than many wars have.
As war does to defeated and depressed nations, pandemics expose the weaknesses of so-called systems of the developed world, they can spend billions on missiles and submarines, and on terrorism, so, pennies left for viruses; they can start peace talks with their enemies, change their policies to lessen the threat of terrorism, but cannot negotiate on the global pandemic.
4. Responding to COVID-19 is hell expensive.
Do you know, the U.S. federal government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars so far and promised to spend more than $2 trillion to address the pandemic?
Out of that, $2 billion has given to companies that are developing new vaccines.
These spendings do not include the economic pain of small businesses shutting down and people losing their jobs. More and more money is being ingested in the cause that is killing people every day; many experts are saying that more funding is needed.
5. The virus is producing more symptoms than expected.
Being viral respiratory illness, according to experts, Covid-19’s symptoms, in worst-case scenarios, supposed to be short of breath and eventually, ventilators. But alarmingly, the reality check is seemingly flawed in the case of this pandemic; the virus is not confined its assault to the lungs, several other symptoms and associated syndromes have also been reporting among COVID-positive patients.
In some severe cases, the virus propels the immune system into overdrive. It causes the lungs to fill with fluid and damage closely-related organs, like the kidneys, brain, heart, and even liver.
What else left to die with?
Critically ill patients are also prone to developing blood clots in the legs and the lungs. In rare cases, the disease can possibly trigger ischemic strokes that block the arteries that supply blood to the brain.
And finally, these all, and even one alone, can easily cause death.
6. We still need more time and resources to fix virus testing.
The landscape for testing looks better than it did in the early days; In Los Angeles, 6,000 tests are conducting a day, and it is free to everyone, but despite this progress, the United States still has a long way to fix testing issues.
According to public health, anywhere from 900,000 tests to millions, a day is needed to screen patients, nursing residents, employees returning to work, and others – to get the exact numbers, so that the containment policies can be implemented fruitfully.
7. The humid weather of summers cannot defeat the virus.
No matter what temperature is in your city, don’t be fooled with the fact that more sunlight and humidity may slow down the spread of coronavirus – only factors, like mask-wearing, increased personal distance, reduced travel, closed schools, and canceled gatherings, have positive yet proved effects that can outweigh the influence of the weather.
A few studies proved one of such fake claims that the ultraviolet rays in sunlight and humidity can destroy the virus on surfaces like plastic and metal.