Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus right now:
Lessons learned after 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths
The world now has more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 and half a million have died from the disease. In six months of fighting the disease, doctors have adapted their strategies and acquired knowledge on how to treat patients, including a clearer understanding of the side effects and a better understanding of how to help those who struggle to breathe.
However, many remain unknown. Scientists are just beginning to grasp the wide range of health problems caused by the virus, such as attacks on many organ systems, making recovery slow, incomplete and expensive.
“If the best lesson we have learned is to put patients on their stomachs rather than on their backs, it means that we are far from a miracle cure,” said Valory Wangler, chief medical officer of health care. health Rehoboth McKinley Christian at Gallup. , New Mexico, referring to a strategy to relieve pressure on the lungs and prevent mechanical ventilation.
Fighting to invest in the future
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will present plans for a 10-year reconstruction program for schools in England on Monday as part of the government’s efforts to help Britain “bounce back” from the crisis.
The reconstruction of schools, which have suffered years of budget cuts, will be its first step, with funds earmarked for buildings in the worst conditions, particularly in the northern and central regions of England.
Anxious to demonstrate his own return to health, Johnson lobbied to show that he was “as fit as a butcher dog” in an interview with Mail on Sunday, only a few months after fighting for his life in the hospital against the virus. “The country will rebound and I certainly feel full of beans. I have never felt better, ”he said.
Chinese vaccine trials
The Chinese military has received the green light to use a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics after clinical trials have shown it to be safe and somewhat effective, the company said on Monday.
Ad5-nCoV is one of eight vaccine candidates developed by Chinese companies and researchers have approved their transfer to human trials for respiratory disease caused by the virus. It has also obtained approval for testing humans in Canada.
China is a major leader in the race to develop a vaccine, which must prove its effectiveness in a “Phase 3” human test involving thousands of participants before being authorized for sale.
California ordered the closure of some bars on Sunday, the first major setback in efforts to reopen the economy in the most populous US state as business reaches record levels across the country. Governor Gavin Newsom’s order follows action by Texas and Florida on Friday to do the same.
Public health officials have identified bars as the riskiest non-essential businesses open. Alcohol consumption reduces inhibitions, which reduces the wearing of masks and social distancing, warn health officials. Patrons in noisy bars often shout, which disperses the droplets more widely.