Corona virus, covid-19, can be eliminated if the whole world imposes 24 hour curfew for 14 days. It’s about a little discipline.
The global focus should be on eliminating the virus so scare, panic and disorder subsides.
Isolation, quarantine and lockdowns will take a much longer time to help eliminate the virus.
Estimates vary but the most pessimistic projections see the virus being around for up to two years.
Even the most optimistic assessments do not see the virus scare ending before Christmas 2020.
The impact of the Corona virus will be felt strongest in the economy as activities and movements are restricted, curtailed or even halted.
The production of goods and services would be severely impacted, if not grind to a complete halt.
Personal level . . .
At a personal level, if measures outlined above are not taken or only implemented in part, some things can be done:
Keep a social distance of at least two metres (6 feet) from the next person. If possible, avoid crowd gatherings, and stay at home. Those in the US should avoid the presidential campaign gatherings.
Keep the mouth moist. Sip water every 15 mins
Wear a mask
Sanitise the hands
Avoid touching the face i.e. mouth, nose and eyes
Cough or sneeze into a handkerchief
Try the following test daily:
Take a deep breath and hold it for ten seconds.
If you can do it, then it’s highly unlikely that you have fibrosis (hardening) of the lungs. Fibrosis damages the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe.
The Corona virus kills by causing fibrosis of the lungs. The patient will die if the lungs suffer 50 per cent fibrosis. That may happen in as little as two weeks.
In the case of the virus, fibrosis can happen even if there’s no coughing.
Otherwise, fibrosis caused by other medical conditions, only happen if there’s constant coughing over a period of time. In the case of TB, for example, it may be two years before the patient dies of fibrosis.
Those over 60 years, especially those with underlying medical conditions, are most at risk of dying if they catch the Corona virus.
On a brighter note, according to WHO expert discoveries, 96.5 per cent of those infected with Corona virus will recover and acquire immunity.
In cases of fatalities, it may already be too late by the time the patient realises that he or she has been infected. Often, there are no signs like fever and coughing. Breathing difficulties may be the first sign that one has been infected. Then, rushing to the hospital ends in death within as little as 24 hours.
Blood tests may indicate infection by Corona virus.
Avoid eating the meat of wild animals until the Corona virus is eliminated.
Some people infected with Corona virus, especially younger people, may not suffer at all and remain carriers who pass the virus on to others.
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This is based on flawed premises.
China will not be free of the Corona virus until the world is free of it.
A blood test to detect the white blood count can, among others, weed out the possibility of being infected with the Corona virus.
Bats, perhaps other wild animals as well, are carriers of the Corona virus. The virus does not affect the bats. It jumps to humans who handle bat meat and starts spreading.
Many humans too can be carriers and may not suffer from the virus.
How does Corona virus testing help?
Is it to decide on isolation, quarantine and lockdowns?
No answers are given anywhere.