Highlighting Some Positive and Unexpected Events Following COVID-19

by | Apr 1, 2020

Some victories on the continent of Africa

U.K. aid is funding the effort to develop a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19, which will be jointly manufactured in the United Kingdom and Senegal — a first for the African continent. The developers told Devex they intend to sell the tests at cost, making them as affordable as possible, and that producing them in Senegal will make it cheaper and quicker to distribute them across Africa.

A prototype of the simple new testing system, which should give a diagnosis of COVID-19 within minutes as opposed to days, is said to be just weeks away from completion.

“It’s a 10-minute test, it doesn’t need a lab or complex infrastructure, and the most important thing we are doing now upfront is designing this so it could be a self-test,” meaning you could use it anywhere, Fitchett said. “That gives us full flexibility, though we expect clinicians and nurses to be the ones using it first.”

Air pollution – also a great threat to human life.

It is estimated that air pollution caused an extra 8.8 million premature deaths globally in 2015 alone, representing an average of a three-year shortening of life expectancy across the human population, and shortening lives on a scale greater than malaria, war and violence, HIV/AIDS, and smoking.

The two-month drop in pollution may have saved the lives of 4,000 children under the age of 5 and 73,000 adults over the age of 70 in China, according to environmental resource economist Marshall Burke — significantly more than the global death toll from the COVID-19 virus at the time of calculation.

Other notable events happening around the world

  • China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.
  • Doctors in India have been successful in treating coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.
  • Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.
  • A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.
  • Apple reopens all 42 china stores.
  • Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.
  • Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.
  • Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
  • 3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life.
  • A network of Canadian scientists is making excellent progress in COVID-19 research.
  • A San Diego biotech company is developing a COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.
  • Tulsa County’s first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.
  • All 7 patients who were getting treated for at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.
  • Plasma from newly recovered patients from COVID -19 can treat others infected by COVID-19.

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