Coronavirus – Spread and control

Spreading quickly across the globe, many countries (around 200) are now experiencing rapidly growing cases of the coronavirus (covid-19). With little human natural resistance to stand in its way, the virus is infecting susceptible populations, producing an alarmingly high rate of fatalities – an average of about 5%, yet some countries, such as Italy, are experiencing death rates as high as 10%.
The staggered wave of infection of coronavirus around the world is allowing newly affected countries to learn important lessons from those already affected.
With such a virulent organism on the loose, it is important to understand its biology and mode of operation as soon as possible.
Early on in the outbreak, the genetic code of Covid-19 was determined and made available to the worlds scientists to study and work on finding a cure and treatment.
Covid-19 was found fairly quickly to have a relatively simple mode of transfer from person to person – similar to how the Influenza virus gets around – through coughs, sneezes, and from picking it up from contaminated surfaces.
This led to the realisation that the spread of the coronavirus could be slowed by simply keeping people apart, encouraging folks to washing their hands regularly, and, if you’re needing to cough or sneeze, then try and do it into a tissue.
But with many people infected and now heading for A&E departments, it is the staff of the NHS that have become the front line in the battle against this virus. Unfortunately, this has taken its toll with some frontline staff becoming infected themselves with the virus, leading to an urgent upscaling in the amount of testing, and delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) being delivered to hospitals and medical centres nationwide, now often involving military personnel and redeployment of the emergency services to different roles to best support the NHS. We’ve also seen a number of large venues across the country being transformed into dedicated coronavirus treatment hospitals to help deal with the expected influx of patients over the next few months. However, these numbers can be lowered if we all follow the governments advice for us to avoid each other like the plague.
As always folks, please stay safe, protect yourselves and the NHS.

© Willow Science 2020

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