The Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic

This collection focusses on reports and updates following the progress of Covid-19 as it spreads around the world: its impact on us biologically, how we react to it, and our fight against it more from a scientific, medical perspective. (Credits go to people like Dr John Campbell, a retired doctor in the UK, who updates on Covid-19 with the most rational, scientific, straight-to-the-point, a-political, educational, informative commentaries out there.) 

Covid 19, The Near Future and You - The circumstances we need to prepare for

Marquez Comelab | Posted: 18th Oct 2020 | Source: 18th Oct 2020 | Bitcoin, Trading Signals, Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Business, Economics

Summer is over, and winter is coming. Covid-19 cases and deaths are rising at an alarming rate. The UK, France, the Netherlands and Belgium and other European nations are tightening their measures to prepare for the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hospital beds are filling up, and governments are straining to support businesses and industries as well as the millions who have been laid off or cannot work. We discuss in more detail the events that are likely to await us: the circumstances for which we ought to prepare.

Death Rates Plummet

Dr. John Campbell | Posted: 24th Aug 2020 | Source: 24th Aug 2020 | Science, News & Current Affairs

Dr. Campbell discusses reports from doctors around the world that the Coronavirus seems to be killing less and less people relative to the number of infected people. 

Possible explanations:

  • Less viral load means Covid-19 is less deadly
  • More young people infected who are better able to survive the disease
  • The stronger strains of SARS-COV-2 has died with their hosts and so their spread is inhibited, while the tamer versions of SARS-COV-2 continue to spread, but are less deadly

 

 

International Update, Low morbidity and mortality in Africa

Dr. John Campbell | Posted: 15th Aug 2020 | Source: 15th Aug 2020 | News & Current Affairs

Most parts of Africa seem to be faring a lot better in coping with Covid-19 in terms of number of deaths per capita, except for South Africa. The next step is to find out why and how this is so we can learn from it.

Possible factors to explore:

  • Cross immunity — Could it be exposure to a lot of other diseases (malaria, dengue, etc) that gives them the extra immunity against Covid-19?
  • They have more Vitamin D?
  • Median ages — many parts of Africa have younger populations. Kenya: 20, Malawi: 18
  • Africa is genetically diverse?
  • Is there a different strain of Covid-19 there? 

Air Conditioning suspected to play major role in coronavirus spread

DW News | Posted: 8th Jul 2020 | Source: 8th Jul 2020 | News & Current Affairs

"After cooling systems and air conditioning were linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a German meat-processing plant, many people wonder about how safe air conditioning is. Does air conditioning help spread the coronavirus?" 

This is very important for workplaces or schools since most of us spend the most time there. They need to ensure they have good quality filters and use outside air as much as possible.  

‘Earlier signs of coronavirus’ in sewage samples in Brazil

Marquez Comelab | Posted: 3rd Jul 2020 | Science, News & Current Affairs

Brazilian researchers say they found evidence of the pathogen in waste water in November, 91 days before the first case was detected in the country. The presence of the virus was ‘modest’ until it peaked in March, according to the study. 

Source: Article titled, "‘Earlier signs of coronavirus’ in sewage samples in Brazil" by Stephen Cheng, SCMP.com, 3rd July 2020, "https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3091757/earlier-signs-coronavirus-sewage-samples-brazil" (last accessed 3rd July 2020).

U.S. buys global supply of COVID-19 drug remdesivir

CBC News | Posted: 1st Jul 2020 | Source: 1st Jul 2020 | News & Current Affairs

"The U.S. has bought the global supply of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has been found to help certain patients recover more quickly from COVID-19."

COVID-19 Antibodies: Why is Everyone Testing Negative? - NEW DATA

RUN-DMC | Posted: 1st Jul 2020 | Source: 13th Jun 2020 | Science, News & Current Affairs

According to this, it does not look like we are developing enough anti-bodies to make 'herd immunity' developing against the Coronavirus. This video explores the data. 

A NEW STUDY On Vitamin D

Drbeen Medical Lectures | Posted: 1st Jul 2020 | Source: 1st Jul 2020 | Science, News & Current Affairs

A new study seems to show that Vitamin D is helpful against Covid-19. 

Dr Co working in Manila

Dr. John Campbell | Posted: 25th Jun 2020 | Source: 23rd Jun 2020 | Science, News & Current Affairs

Dr John Campbell interviews Dr Co in the Philippines. Very interesting discussions between medical professionals. Discussions about the virus are really different when you take politics out of it. There's lots of enlightening stuff here. What stands out for me is that we may be better off adjusting our expectations and live as though there will not be a vaccine for Covid-19 in twelve months. Also, one explanation as to why the Philippines is getting by reasonably well considering their resources (as a developing nation) and their population density, could be the fact that they have a young population. Average age, according to Dr Co, is at the late 20s. 

Vitamin D Update

Dr John Campbell | Posted: 18th Jun 2020 | Source: 10th Jun 2020 | Science, News & Current Affairs

Dr John Campbell is one of the few experts I have seen who observes the link of Vitamin D and its role in protecting people against Covid-19. He reports on his hypothesis discussing supportive data or evidence. This is the latest. 

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