Corona: Not a scientific opinion!

Do not read this page as any authoritative essay. I do not know even about the basic Biology. Why did I write this article?

Corona-viruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to MERS. COVID-19 is the name given by WHO to the disease that is caused by a new type (novel) of the corona-virus. This novel corona-virus is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets do not float in the air for long, and eventually fall on floors, tabletops or surfaces. Infected person may transfer viruses to objects (like knobs, utensils) and other surfaces s/he touches if his/her hand has traces of saliva, etc.

You can get infected by breathing in the virus if you are near to someone who either has COVID-19 or is a carrier of this virus. You can also get infected by touching a surface (where the droplets containing viruses have landed) and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. This virus can live on surfaces like plastic and metal for 2 to 3 days. So keep cleaning and disinfecting all counters, knobs, and other surfaces others might have touched.

Since the beginning of this millennium, the world has seen outbreaks like SARS, MERS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Zika, Ebola, etc.

There may be many reasons for these outbreaks:

  • The pathogens causing these outbreaks are novel and deadly!
  • Lack of effective vaccines and medicines!
  • The world is well connected so the chances of (quick) spread is greater.
  • May be lifestyle and immunity is now an issue?

Because of better communication no such information escapes our attention!

In the past, I used to watch some international channels for news regarding Zika, resurgent Ebola, etc. I used to think my country being not so resourceful and careful will suffer if a deadly virus spreads. Sometimes, I used to tell news about Zika and Ebola to my daughter who was studying medicine. Luckily India avoided major outbreaks of these diseases. So I wasn't alarmed when news from Wuhan started appearing!

Since March 2020, we understood that COVID-19 is a very dangerous pandemic. Whether this will be over by the month of June 2020? I do not think so. How can I form this opinion when even specialists do not know much about this virus?

Whether Corona virus is mutating faster than ordinary FLU virus? By the end of first week of April 2020, there were 8 identified strains of Corona virus. Because of favorable conditions (mainly temperature) generally we have more FLU cases in winter. I think, from the month of October 2020, i.e. start of winter season, we may see spread of some strain of Corona :-(. Whether this virus is about to stay for years like FLU?

WHO has now confirmed that this virus will be with us for a long time.

News from state of Gujarat indicates that L-strain of novel Corona Virus is more dangerous that S-strain of it!

Few days back, I saw a news regarding some COVID-19 survivors in Wuhan again turning positive. Whether it is because of some faulty testing kits? Whether immunity is specific to a strain only?

Now the authorities in India are saying that most of those who tested positive for COVID-19 are asymptomatic. What percentage of them will become patients of COVID-19 (i.e. show symptoms) and what percentage of them will become carriers?

Is COVID-19 going to eliminate sizable (say 0.5%) population worldwide in 2-3 years? Or is it going to wreak havoc just for few months. I hate those who even slightly hint about dooms. Am I becoming a negative person? Whether we will have timely and effective vaccination and treatment from all the present as well as future strains of Corona? Time will tell.

Now and then we hear about trials of experimental vaccines and promising treatment methods.

Whether we all will personally (not just financially) get the brunt of this virus? All these question need answers.

Finding answers is one thing and spreading a sensational thought is another. So do not share this page with everyone you know.

A random idea/phrase came to my mind: If your mask breaths with you it has a perfect fit.

How do we clean vegetables/fruits: It's better to wash our newly bought food stock in salt water before cooking/using them. Use some cheap unbranded salt. Put lots of salts in a tub full of water, first wash those vegetables (like coriander leaves) and fruits (like grape) that are consumed without peeling. In the end wash roots which contains soil traces.

Updated: 22 Apr 2020; InitiallyPublished: 13 Apr 2020;

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