Covid-19 Updates

Let’s see what is happening around

  • India is trying to fast track the development of an indigenous Covid-19 vaccine with two local companies set to commence clinical trials. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked state-run vaccine maker Bharat Biotech India Ltd to expedite the clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin and has set a launch deadline of 15 August.

  • Bharat Biotech International Ltd and Zydus Cadila have got an approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for human clinical trials for their indigenously developed vaccine candidates against Sars-Cov-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease. Bharat Biotech is among seven Indian firms working on Covid-19 vaccines. It was the first to get the regulatory nod to begin phase 1 and phase 2 human trials.

  • For Human trials of this vaccine, on July 2, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dr. Balram Bhargava sent out a letter asking officials at 12 hospitals across the country to expedite the vaccine testing process.

  • With a total of 6,25,544 positive patients, as 20,903 fresh cases were reported in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day jump so far. However, recoveries also showed a huge jump with 3,79,891 patients getting cured so far. In the past 24 hours, 20,032 patients were declared cured, the highest single-day figure in recoveries so far. The recovery rate has jumped to 60.72%.

  • Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in the country with 1,92,990 cases. Out of the total cases in the state, 1,04,687 have recovered from the coronavirus disease and 79,927 are still active. The state has reported a total of 8,376 deaths so far.

  • Amid global concerns that China delayed giving information regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak, a team of WHO (World Health Organisation) will visit the country next week to investigate the origins of the virus and its spread to human beings.

  • Recently an industry survey was jointly conducted by industry body Ficci and tax consultancy Dhruva advisors and took responses from about 380 companies across the sectors. It is said that businesses are grappling with "tremendous uncertainty" about their future. According to the survey, COVID-19 is having a 'deep impact' on Indian businesses, over the coming month's jobs are at high risk because firms are looking for some reduction in manpower. Further, it is added that the already COVID-19 crisis has caused an unprecedented collapse in economic activities over the last few weeks.

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Latest updates on outspread of COVID-19

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A New Normal for Humanity!

The coronavirus primarily spreads from person to person,from contaminated surfaces and from animals, is it? Talking about contaminated surfaces and animals it does not spread easily according to the latest reports of Centers for disease control and prevention in the US.
As per the re-evaluated guidelines, “The virus spreads easily between people.” It also notes that the coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19, “is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.”
They made some other key changes to its website, explaining what sources are not major risks. Under the new heading “The virus does not spread easily in other ways,” the agency describes that touching contaminated objects or surfaces does not appear to be a remarkable mode of transmission. The same is true for exposure to infected animals
Spreading from animals to people is observed to be low.Two dogs who were reported to have contracted the Covid-19 likely got the infection from their owners. “An analysis of viral genetic sequences from the dogs showed them to be identical to those in the infected people,” an article on the findings in Nature said.
When it comes to spread between Person-to-Person, the virus travels through the droplets a person produces when talking or coughing, the CDC website says. An individual does not need to feel sick or show symptoms to spread the submicroscopic virus. Close contact means within about six feet, the distance at which a sneeze flings heavy droplets.

To successfully infect you, the virus needs a dose of: ~1000 viral particles The typical environmental spread of activities:
  • Breath: ~20 vp/minute
  • Speaking: ~200 vp/minute
  • Cough: ~200 million vp (enough of these may remain in air for hours in a poorly ventilated environment)
  • Sneeze: ~200 million vp

Formula

Successful infection = Exposure to Virus * Time



SCENARIOS

  • Being in vicinity of someone (with 6 ft distancing): Low risk if limit to less than 45 minutes
  • Talking to someone face to face (with mask): Low risk if limit to less than 4 minutes
  • Someone passing you walking/jogging/cycling: Low risk
  • Well-ventilated spaces, with distancing: Low risk (limit duration)
  • Grocery shopping: Medium risk (can reduce to low by limiting time and following hygiene)
  • Indoor spaces: High risk
  • Public Bathrooms/Common areas: High fomite/surface transfer risk
  • Restaurants: High risk (can reduce to Medium risk by sitting outdoors with distancing and surface touch awareness)
  • Workplaces/Schools (even with social distancing): Very high risk, including high fomite transfer risk
  • Parties/Weddings: Very high risk
  • Business networking/conferences: Very high risk
  • Arenas/Concerts/Cinemas: Very high risk

Covid-19 and technology

COVID-19: Affecting the Technology Industry

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to develop across the globe, now is the time for the Technology Industry to consider response actions to help mitigate their risk and prepare for how they will deal with the adverse situation. A functional plan should include establishing an interdisciplinary crisis response team to identify and manage the risk.

Technology Capabilities - Tech Companies are going to be putting their remote workforce capabilities to the test in current pandemic. This leads to serious stress on VPN networks and conference call systems. Companies that are unprepared for this will face the challenge of upgrading systems and their technology in an effort to reduce some stress – at the same time as others who are in the same boat but are unwilling to accept the change, which will create additional stress and delays.
Mobile World Congress, a seminal conference in the telecom industry, was among the first in a list of industry conferences and keynotes to be canceled as part of maintaining social distancing efforts. And as more employees are being asked to work remotely, the industry faces the prospect of delayed initiatives and missed partnership opportunities.
The growing need for remote interactions amid the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a need for 5G technology, potentially accelerating adoption in the long term. Currently many companies are working on 5G and some of them are really close to getting the expected result.
The coronavirus could highlight possible use cases for virtual reality (VR) in enterprises, boosting the technology's comeback. Companies have already identified VR as a great tool to improve employee training, but the coronavirus could prove to be the momentum for some workplaces to implement the technology. Almost half of business appellants are looking to use Virtual reality and other extended reality tools to mirror a real-world training environment.

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COVID-19 IMPACT ON ECONOMY

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Just a bad year for the economy!

Where to begin with. Pre covid-19 the downfall trend of the ECONOMY was in place due factors like Trade war, GST, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, massive egos, Xi Jinping, and Brexit but covid-19 has accelerated the rate decline by multifold.

  • To command the spread of the COVID-19, authorities around the world implemented lockdown measures that have brought much of global economic activity to a halt.
  • Many businesses and companies around the world have been forced to reduce operations or shut down, and an increasing number of people are expected to lose their jobs.
  • Companies in the services industry are the major source of growth to many economies, and were among the hardest hit in the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Manufacturers have also been hit, and world trade volume could once again drop this year.
  • If religious places and meetings are the hotspots for the pandemic to spread, then you cannot deny the fact that above 40% of the tourism industry depends upon religious tourism.
  • One more potential coronavirus cluster in India is weddings. The hitting time in India coincidently matches the wedding season. The wedding season is directly linked with more than 20 industries. with the decline in sales of the textile industry, catering and food industry, etc is about $78 billion.
  • The pandemic has hit the demand and business of close to 90% of these trucks. Essential items that are moving today are between 15% and 20% of the total industry. The 40 lakh to 50 lakh drivers are not getting salaries. Over 1 lakh petrol pumps on highways are deserted now.
  • About 30 million people in the USA filled the unemployment form in the last 6 weeks.
  • The global crude oil price is at 21 years low. The price of barrel was in negative for the first time in the history
  • Many advanced economies like the US, UK, and RUSSIA are expected to enter a recession this year. And India is about to experience its worst time in terms of recession and unemployment. though there are some chances to grow up as most of the international companies are shifting their setups from china to India.

Vaccines leading the race to cure virus

Corona free states till now :

Covid-19 has ruined havoc across the globe, and led to millions of deaths. In India, there are more than 70,000 cases.

There is no denying that currently there is darkness in this world but as we all know the light will always conquer the darkness.

There are a few states which are either not affected by the disease, or have cured all the coronavirus patients. These states are mostly the North eastern states, which has so far successfully managed to tackle the spread covid-19.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur and Mizoram have successfully treated all of their COVID-19 patients. Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Nagaland and Sikkim are yet to report a single case of coronavirus.

Vaccines leading the race to cure virus :

  • As per current reports, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has teamed up with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) for developing COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Oxford University has developed a vaccine named ‘ChAdOx1 nCoV-19’ in under three months. The vaccine candidate uses a weakened strain of common cold virus and is combined with the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2.
  • In the US, the biotech company Moderna is developing an RNA(Ribonucleic acid) vaccine in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The vaccine candidate mRNA-1273 has already conducted phase 1 trials and is all set to begin phase 2 trials
  • Chinese scientists are claiming to have successfully tested a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus in monkeys. To conduct this experiment, the researchers injected the monkeys with the vaccine named PiCoVacc which is made by Sinovac Biotech, a Chinese biopharmaceutical company. The results were quite impressive.
  • US-based Pfizer pharmaceutical company and the German company BioNtech are working together on four RNA vaccine candidates. They also began clinical trials of their vaccine candidate named BNT162.

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Coronavirus: A pandemic near to it's end

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Not to far from getting the cure :

Right now the coronavirus pandemic or COVID-19 is in the talk everywhere around the world.
You're not alone if you feel scared of being hit by this pandemic or find yourself focusing on worst-case scenarios.
Now wait for a second, take a deep breath and look at some of the positive things going on in these strange times.

  • Researchers have a start as the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen is similar to COVID-19 we've encountered before, that struck in 2002.
  • Clinical trials of potential vaccines are underway in China,USA,ISRAEL and many other countries
  • Some of them are in Clinical phase, preclinical phase or phase 1,2 or testing phase.
  • The first US clinical trials for a vaccine have begun in Seattle, USA. A company named Moderna started this trail.
  • Existing antiviral drugs may have an effect on the new coronavirus, such as remdesivir or the anti-flu drug favipiravir.
  • Formula 1 racing engineers at Mercedes have joined forces with University College London to develop a breathing device that can be used instead of taking patients to intensive care and placing them on a ventilator.