Since its humble origins in December in Wuhan, the Novel Coronavirus has reached a heart-breaking total death toll of 250,000 people. On this day of writing, cases stand at approximately 3.6 million. As medical companies and countries strive to develop a vaccine, lots of changes have unfolded. Here are some of the latest updates:
In terms of cases, the United States remains the leader with an approximate 1,179,000 cases and 70,000 deaths. The numbers are high for a variety of reasons, the foremost being the large 330-million population of the country. Another factor playing a role in Covid’s quick spread in America would be densely populated areas, as observed in New York City. Right after the US stands Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, France and Germany, all together bringing one more million cases into plain sight. Although some countries have already demonstrated their “peak daily cases increase” and began to show a steady pattern of decline, many others are still struggling in the midst of it all; which now is known as a chain reaction. Will herd-immunity beat the vaccine in time? We will find out.
Businesses – Since the start of the pandemic, both local and global businesses have been experiencing great difficulty with sustaining themselves both financially and practically. Since only the essential businesses were forced to stay open, a majority of business managers never had the choice in the first place. One major ‘in-process’ improvement, however, is that the number of accessible government-led programs for affected businesses has dramatically increased. While this aid may not fix the problems right away, it sure does make them less chaotic.
Vaccine – is it out already?
“Bill Gates has created the virus and will use microchips as vaccine to make robots out of humans! Run!”
“What if it’s Vitamin C or some plant root?”
“There is no vaccine, this is the end of the world!”
“I got it” says a shady man in the alley, “it’s just $50 bucks”
Alright, we’ve probably heard at least one of these phrases in the past few months. To answer the question, vaccines take a very long time to make. This is due to the resource and time-consuming testing process which is Absolutely, with a capital “A”, not prepared for emergency responses. To give you an estimate, a vaccine can take from several years to decades. Fortunately, the entire world is working on the Covid one at the moment and we may expect a vaccination anywhere from a year to three years.
Meanwhile, take all the necessary precautions not to fall sick in the first place and don’t panic – keep in mind that many people do recover. It is beneficial for certain individuals and companies to inflate the news and make them seem like it’s the end of the world, as large sums of money are made.. keep calm and remember that everything in the world is temporary. Also, know that our body is a defense mechanism on its own – herd immunity, a term used prior, relates to the human body’s immune system and dictates: when the majority of a population gets sick and recovers, it won’t fall sick again (and thus no vaccine will be required).
Do masks help?
Masks help but specifically with the prevention of infecting others. If you’re using it to protect yourself, make sure it’s N-Class (i.e. N-95) and have a face visor on as well.
If I go for a walk in the park, are my chances of getting sick doubled?
Taking walks during this time is an efficient prophylactic. The more exposure you have to small amounts of the virus, the more time your body gets to prepare in making defenses (as opposed to encountering a sick person and getting introduced right at once). The mayor of Toronto, John Tory, has promoted the idea of citizens going outside.
Any final tips/advice?
- Take care of yourself and take care of others
- Be cautious and understand this is a financial game just as it is a health emergency
- Do not trust all sources on the internet and look-out for scams
- Please, do not develop a phobia for outdoors. There’s arguably more good than harm.
- Avoid visiting hospitals for minor, non-Covid related, issues (i.e. papercut).
- Stay hydrated and eat healthy
- Exercise every day
- Get a pet – not only will it take you out for walks, but owners of pets develop very beneficial antibodies (hey you, have you realized dogs can’t catch covid-19)?
- Stay tuned for future updates!
Vasil and Candice