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08/7/2021 COVID-19 is now well known as a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus – similar to a the common cold virus. This new virus was first reported by China to the WHO in late December 2019 although evidence suggests that the first case was in November of 2019. Evidence suggests that it was created in a lab in China and either accidently or purposfully released. Over the last 20 months, the illness spread to every country in the world despite active quarantine measures. The numbers were growing daily with mounting deaths in the US. It seemed that the US is on the mend with a large number that had immunity from an infection or vaccination. Unfortunately we are seeing a surge now wiht every state seeing this. Hospitals are now again on the brink of collapse due to the increased transmission of Delta Variant. Assuming other variants don’t gain a foothold, this wave will also pass. With that said, many countries are seeing mounting deaths and 2021 deaths now have eclipsed 2020 deaths worldwide. There seems to be a major surge developing with more infections, hospitalizations and deaths in India and Brazil, Uruguay, Maharashtra and Iran among other sites.
Active efforts continue to be taken by the CDC and virtually every country to mitigate this global pandemic. Currently of greatest concern is the Delta variant and recurrent waves of the epidemic in the USA. USA has eclipsed other epicenters including Italy, the Republic of Korea, the UK, Iran, and Japan. Brazil is quickly growing in numbers and “second, third, fourth waves” are being seen in hot spots worldwide. This fact sheet gives basic information about the illness and what CDC is doing to contain the Corona virus in the USA.
COVID-19 can spread via human-to-human contact by droplets spewed while sneezing and coughing and even breathing and talking. It may also be transmitted by touching infected surfaces and objects then touching your eyes, nose or mouth but this mode is unlikely. Although characterized as a respiratory virus, it has been found in the gastrointestinal tract and can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Now with mask mandates social distancing being reinstated with growing numbers. Still with 110,000 cases currently there are with less than 35 cases per 100,000 population. Most businesses (if they survived) have opened up, and are dealing with the challenges of finding employees. It may now be less important to minimize the chances of infection and a surge/new waves by staying at least 6 feet from others (hard to do on a plane? Flights are now packed. Masks are still mandated on virtually all airlines. We have resumed gatherings (especially outdoors), but you still should wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and don’t touch your eyes, mouth, nose and avoid others if they are coughing or feverish.
It is not clear if the type of mask (N-95 or KN95 preferred) made much of a difference and some think the masks were useless. This is clearly the case if you were gathered with healthy people. It may no longer be necessary to stay away from others and it is unlikely that asymptomatic and vaccinated individuals can be shedding the virus and infect you especially if you have been vaccinated. People have now become complacent with the low numbers and better treatment and vaccines. This, whatever it is and it is different regionally, is our new normal.
The Corona outbreak of 2019-2021
Americans lockdowns were lifted and not surprisingly the Covid Crisis is getting worse in pockets. According to Johns Hopkins, there are about 16 Million (8/07/2021) active cases worldwide. The number is just a rough estimate and is certainly much higher (10-100X) as only a fraction have been tested and there are a considerable number of false negatives. Many patients with mild symptoms were turned away from testing sites or never pursued a test or sought medical attention. With greater test availability centers are testing asymptomatic individuals.
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