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06/11/2021 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 November 17, 2019.   Speculation and evidence suggests that it was created in a lab in China.   Over the last 18 months, the illness spread to virtually every country (213) in the world despite active quarantine measures.  The numbers were grow daily with mounting deaths in the US.  It seems that the US is on the trail end with mounting numbers of those that had the infection or vaccine.  Assuming variants don’t gain a foothold, the worst seems behind us.   With that said, other 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 Brail, Uruguay, Maharashtra and Iran among other sites.

Active efforts continue to be taken by the CDC and virtually every country to mitigate the global pandemic.  Currently of greatest concern is variants and  recurrent waves of the epidemic in the USA.   SA 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 can also be transmitted by touching infected surfaces and objects then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  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 largely lifted with less than 10 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 may be able to resume  gatherings (especially outdoors), but you still should wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and don’t touch your eyes, mouth, nose.

It is not clear if the type of mask (N-95 or KN95 preferred) made much 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 2019-2020

Americans lockdowns were lifted and not surprisingly the Covid Crisis is getting worse in pockets.   According to Johns Hopkins, there are about 35 Million (10/05/2020)  confirmed cases worldwide.  The number continues to grow daily and will for some time.  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.  Now, centers are open to testing asymptomatic individuals especially first responders, essential workers and health care professionals. 

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