Corona virus . . . World at risk even if one person is careless.
The risk to frontliners remains as long as Covid-19, the disease, does not die out.
Washington, for example, has repeatedly stressed that “the cure cannot be worse than the disease”.
This means the world has to focus only on flattening the curve of infections via MCO and lockdowns so that two things can happen:
(1) the public healthcare would not be overwhelmed; and
(2) the economy can re-open at least in stages when a zone turns green and/or green and yellow.
The virus can only be eliminated when the chain of transmissions worldwide is broken i.e. Covid-19, the disease, has nowhere to go and dies out.
There’s also a theory that the novel Corona virus may not die out but simply mutate to a form where the immune system would no longer perceive it as being aggressive in the epithelial cells in the lungs and the lymph nodes, and over react to kill those infected.
It goes without saying that large public gatherings are a no no until Covid-19 is eliminated. This includes gatherings at places of worships and conferences, among others.
Also, self-isolation, social distancing and personal hygiene measures have to continue until Covid-19 dies out. There’s quarantine at the centres and hospitals.
Perhaps many people can still continue to work from home until Covid-19 is eliminated.
It’s best for the vulnerable, i.e. the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, to stay at home until Covid-19 is eliminated. Otherwise, premature deaths loom.
The current strategy of gov’ts all over the world is to flatten the curve of infections on Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel Corona virus. Corona virus, we are told, is a family of viruses.
It seems we have Corona virus in our bodies before the novel Corona virus jumped from animal to humans.
Flattening the curve of infections on Covid-19, according to the experts, means keeping the incidence of the disease at a number which will not overwhelm the public healthcare system. We also have four zones i.e. red, orange, yellow and green.
Therein lies the dilemma.
What is the number/s that will not overwhelm the public healthcare system?
We also need many figures since Malaysia is geographically not one but two territories, Borneo and Malaya, separated by the South China Sea.
In fact, there should be separate figures for Sabah and Sarawak as well given the existence of border controls and the different public healthcare systems.
Again, on the figures, can they be considered correct?
In the absence of testing — the jury is still out on this — we won’t know the incidence of the disease. Apparently, testing helps detect contacts and carriers related to those who test positive.
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The risk to the frontliners remains until Covid-19 dies out.
That would take a long time.
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If this drug is used, either by itself or in combination with another drug or drugs, the patient would have to decide.
No doctor would recommend them in the absence of clinical studies.
Clinical studies to determine the exact efficacy of the treatment may take years.
There are reports that those with heart problems risk fatalities if the drugs are taken to deal with Covid-19.
The viral load, where people drop dead in three days, comes from large gatherings.
“So, now we need to identify cases not just on the state level, but district and sub-district level in order to obtain a more accurate picture of the infection zone whether its green, orange or red in the next two weeks. We will see.”
“What is important now is to zoom in through a focused approach in the respective district or sub-district and if possible, a village,” he said.
By doing so, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry would now be able to focus its limited resources to canvass those living within the infected area as part of its targeted action measures.