As the pandemic continues and was getting tired of nonsense information from media, so thought of compiling some useful information. If you have some time, read and share it. You will not get many of this from media ……….
1. What’s the thing causing people to go crazy?
It’s one type of coronavirus, SARS-Cov-2. This strain is new not the family that’s most fortunate news for us.
2. How it got out?
Even if your resident evil brain is drooling over some conspiracy theories, (don’t blame yourself, media people are for that) its very unlikely cause the world has seen previous encounters with SARS and MERS (similar syndrome) so just give it a rest.
3. Whom are safe, who are not?
Nobody’s safe not even celebrities. But don’t panic, just follow instruction from proper authorities. We know you want to party, be around the world in 80 days (or less). But it’s not the time. So, keep your shit tight.
Also, this virus can stay active on most surfaces for three days……
4. How the virus infects our body?
After transmission via any medium, the virus uses Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (Ace-2) receptors as an entry point in Cell. Contrary to popular belief this enzyme can be found mostly in epithelial tissues (lungs, small intestine, and blood vessels). So, gargling with hot water will not take the virus to your stomach (one popular spread in media).
5. How to detect?
By now almost everyone knows about the symptoms which are somewhat similar to flu. The actual process is testing the saliva/nasal wash with rRT-PCR kit (which isn’t large available everywhere and time-consuming). Today FDA issued authentication for a new rapid testing kit (test in 45 minutes). A CT scan also detects but not in the early stages.
6. Who are more at risk?
Everyone can get infected. But children and adults are doing fine by the statistics. Aged persons are more prone to danger. That’s why Italy is in very bad shape now.
7. “The virus can’t spread in High Humid and temperature areas”.
A nonsense study from social science people, most of them actually not science. No need to rejoice and partying, stay at home.
Also, 5G network is not responsible for it.
And your pets aren’t spreading it, you are. Don’t throw them away.
8. Some more nonsense -----
“Take something it will boost your immunity”
Yes, you love home remedies. So even if you love thy vinegar, herbs, turmeric, ginger-garlic (maybe virus came from bats but it's not responsible for vampires), lemon-honey or whey powder (as suggested by your gym trainer), cow-urine. Nothing can boost your immune system high as you behave high on weeds. The immune system is a very complex system. It stays healthy if you eat healthily. No particular substance can boost you (Harvard Medical School).
Also, it's safe to eat well-cooked meat…..
9. What’s new?
Since the virus uses Ace-2 receptors, new studies showed that thiazolidinediones and ibuprofen like anti-inflammatory medications and some other medicines for diabetes, hypertension and some cardiovascular diseases, medicines for some autoimmune diseases actually increase the Ace-2 receptors in the body. Which can be fatal if infected with the virus. This new data is confusing and not every doctor knows this by now cause generally increasing ACE-2 reduces lung inflammation but hers it’s opposite. Talk this with your doctor (The LANCET journal) and better take paracetamol for fever.
Also, the virus is causing some liver damage if infected.
10. What to do now?
As you already know to stay in isolation and at home reduces the spread. Also washing hands, clothes and not touching face helps too.
Guys are getting infected more cause apparently, we take pride in wearing one shirt for a week.
Women are always more hygiene oriented.
Do not panic buy or go for high priced hand sanitizers. Liquid/solid soap with water is best cause they wash away dead viruses, dirt, oil and almost everything out of the body. Even if you like those Purell ads and dispensers, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are actually much less effective than soap. They can’t kill many other bacteria and viruses and can’t wash away heavy metals poisons from hands (CDC).
Also don’t panic buy face masks (though you have already bought many) leave them for doctors and those cheap masks are sometimes can’t provide any protection.
11. What’s our hope?
You may have seen people from various countries are clamming to get medication for it. But it’s actually not. Don’t believe in fake news. Drugs like Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir, Chlorphenamine, and hydroxychloroquine are antiretroviral/antimalarial drugs, they can reduce secondary infections but not primary. I have heard IICT(Indian Institute of chemical technology making those with Cipla) .
By synthesizing the protein spikes, we got antivirals for SARS and MERS before, by the same way we can get results but it will take some time.
National institutes of health’s clinical trial for new drug remdesivir(mRNA-1273) have already started but it will take some months to finish.
So as far, social isolation is the key mostly. Don’t get scared by the death stats cause most people are recovering too. For doctors’ ultrasonic detectors will be more useful than stethoscopes as for now.
And at last but not the least, this outbreak has shown us the dysfunctionality of our society. As bill gates also told. We are not ready and very fortunate that it’s a coronavirus and not something no one has ever seen. Promote research and healthcare ………