After the 12 million injuries, what do we know about Corona today?

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Seven months after the emergence of the new Corona virus, the number of infected people has exceeded 12 million, which is equivalent to the population of a country like Rwanda, for example, what does the world know about the epidemic today? And where did the search for a drug or serum reach?

The global number of Corona casualty figures was last Friday at 11 million, meaning that the number increased by one million in less than a week.

The Corona virus appeared for the first time in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China, before it spread to all of China, then it was transported to all parts of the world, where it had many foci, including Italy and Spain, and now the United States and Brazil in the Americas.

Corona crossed the one-million mark, confirmed infections in early April, and this means that the curve of HIV infections is rising steadily and dramatically.

It took the world 3 months to reach one million infections, but in the next three months the number increased by 11 million, one million of them in the last week, despite all efforts made to confront the virus, especially closure orders and stopping movement between most countries.

These “alarming” numbers exceeded some of the expectations that the virus would recede by the summer month, claiming that heat might eliminate the virus, or by the measures taken in many countries to limit the spread of the epidemic.

New discoveries

As the spread of the Corona virus accelerates around the world, the pace of medical and scientific research has accelerated, which has allowed new discoveries to find an effective treatment for the epidemic, including:

Corona causes blood clots:

Recent research has shown that the corona virus infects the patient with blood clots in the vessels, which cuts off the oxygen, prompting doctors to use blood thinners in treatment protocols.

Scientists have come to the need to monitor blood oxygen levels in patients, to avoid deaths due to breathlessness. With this in mind, care must be taken not to drop oxygen levels to more than 93 percent.

Sleeping on the stomach helps breathe:

Health authorities have also concluded that sleeping on the stomach helps patients breathe more easily.

Adopting medications to treat the injured:

And if the doctors at the beginning of the crisis were limited to treating complications from the virus only, they have today reached several drugs to combat corona, among them, favapiravir and ridescifer.

Doctors have also discovered that the use of stimulant drugs and steroids prevents the immune system from attacking itself, and therefore it has become possible to help the person avoid infections.

The second wave

In mid-June, talk of a second wave of the virus escalated after it seemed that it had retreated a little, or so some people believed, especially in the United States, where the numbers of infected people reached record levels, recording an average of 60,000 infections a day in recent days.

For his part, Dr. Ismail Maatouk, a consultant for dermatology, communicable diseases and epidemiology, said in an interview with “Sky News Arabia”, that talking about a second wave is “premature, and it cannot be easily confirmed that such a wave exists.”

He added that the declaration needs time and certain characteristics, such as a specific number of injuries, explaining that the matter requires that the World Health Organization and experts collect data from different countries and continents, then tell the world.

He pointed out that talking about a second wave “terrifies people”, stressing that the most accurate is that there is a “danger of a second wave, but entering into this wave requires certain data.”

But the worst of it is what the head of the World Health Organization, Tidros Adanum Gebresus, said that the Coronavirus “is accelerating and has not peaked yet.”

Global health has been criticized for its handling of the outbreak and its delay in recommending the placement of masks, as well as its refusal to acknowledge the increasing indications that the virus has been transmitted into the air.

Some, especially US President Donald Trump, bear the blame for the enormous plight of the world today.

This means that the crisis did not end soon, at least, and that the return to normal life may take longer than expected, especially in terms of normal travel, as was the case before the epidemic.

Journey to seek treatment

The world is anxiously awaiting the announcement of a treatment or vaccine that kills the nightmare of Corona, which causes Covid-19, which has killed 550,000 people so far.

And drug companies have entered a battle against time to produce a cure or vaccine for the virus, and according to Reuters, more than 100 anti-epidemic drugs are being tested and examined, some of which have reached advanced stages.

Researchers at Oxford University have developed an experimental vaccine, which the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has conducted large-scale clinical trials on, but it needs until the end of this year to be available, and this requires convincing results in the experiments.

Many countries have embarked on a line of virus vaccines, such as China, Thailand, Germany, the United States and Britain.

News of experiments on drugs and vaccines for Corona raised hope for the world at the end of the virus, but this hope was not crowned with joy, although there are dozens of drugs that have been and are being tested, and none of them has yet been approved on a global scale.

Some countries and entities, such as Egypt and the European Union, have approved the use of the anti-viral remedivir drug, but under specific conditions and in exceptional cases with severe symptoms.

Doctor Maatouq comments on the issue of vaccines, saying that it is not as easy as some people think and the results do not appear immediately, noting that it took years until a vaccine was reached for some epidemics in the past.

He added that talking about a promising or successful treatment means that he “did not fail in the laboratory stage and skipped it”, but there are other subsequent and due stages before reaching the expected vaccine, including animal and human tests, then studying the side effects.

He said that doctors and scientists “do not believe there will be a vaccine soon.”

Maatouk stressed that the vaccine, if successful, would eliminate this disease, but in the event of genetic mutations in “Covid-19” disease, the expected vaccine may not be sufficient.

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