How and when will the coronavirus pandemic end?
The coronavirus pandemic affected almost all the countries around the world, led to the closure of borders, the suspension of production and the cancellation of mass events. But when will it end? There is no exact answer to this question yet. However, in this article we will talk about three possible scenarios.
Control and isolation
Duration: from 3 months and more
It is believed that the pandemic can be stopped by controlling the virus. For this, it will be necessary to identify and isolate patients who are infected so that the disease can not spread. This idea seems logical: an outbreak of SARS in 2003, also caused by a member of the coronavirus family, ended with the isolation of patients.
The main problem with this strategy is that, due to difficulties with the diagnosis of the virus, there is no accurate data on the number of cases. Statistics simply do not take into account those cases when the disease is mild or asymptomatic. This means that many people can be infected, but are not aware those, risking to infect others.
At the same time, experts from China report that the epidemic can be stopped by the summer if all countries take serious quarantine measures. In Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak, the peak of the coronavirus has already passed, and now authorities have lifted restrictions and opened access to the city of Wuhan. However, there are doubts about whether China is now capable of controlling the outbreak of coronavirus and whether this measure is conducive to continued spread of the virus. Now the hospitals in Wuhan have stopped testing patients and are not recording cases of asymptomatic virus in the human body, which means that there are still many infected people in the city and the epidemic may continue, but perhaps not at such a fast pace.
Duration: 18 months and more
The vaccine is the first way to fight COVID-19. If most people are vaccinated, the pandemic should stop to develop. Tests will be completed in July, and after about 11 months, the vaccine should be finally ready. And in the United States last week, the first person already received an experimental vaccine. This happened after the researchers were allowed to skip the rule of animal testing - primarily because of the crisis. But even if these initial tests succeed, it will still take up to 18 months for any potential vaccine to be available to most people.
The duration of the pandemic will also be affected by how effectively states can fight the virus before the vaccine appears on the market. To do this, they need to slow down its spread (for example, by full or partial quarantine, which we talked about above) and prepare hospitals for a large number of patients by increasing the number of places and mechanical ventilation devices.
Duration: from 24 months and more
Finally, the least option: you are likely to get the coronavirus, but it will help to overcome the pandemic. If the virus continues to spread, then in the end many people will be infected and (if they survive) will become immune to it. In this case, the virus will disappear on its own, but it is not known how many people will suffer in such a scenario. This phenomenon is known as collective immunity. Great Britain initially chose the strategy of forming collective immunity, but then abandoned it, believing that this would lead to high hospitalization rates and the need for emergency medical care for a large number of people at the same time.
To summarize, to combat COVID-19, according to various estimates, it will take from 3 to 24 months.
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Because of coronavirus, Corona beer will cease brewing in Mexico
Mexican brewing company Grupo Modelo announced that it would temporarily stop brewing Corona and other brands of beer, since the government ranked it among enterprises whose activities are not essential for the economy and should be stopped for the time of quarantine measures. It is reported by Reuters.
Grupo Modelo has already begun to reduce production volumes and will stop it by Sunday, April the 5th. The company expects to maintain production facilities at the lowest possible load so that they can then be easily restarted again.
The company also noted that beer production refers to agricultural activity, which is nevertheless considered vital for the country's economy.
"If the federal government considers it necessary to clarify and confirm that beer is still agricultural products, we are ready to apply a plan according to which 75% of the staff will work from home, but at the same time it will be possible to ensure the supply of beer," the company said in a statement.
On April 5, there were 1,890 cases of coronavirus infection and 50 deaths in Mexico and 79 deaths. Restrictions on the operation of non-essential enterprises were introduced before April 30.
Heineken, which produces Tecate and Dos Equis in Mexico, is also expected to cease production. The company announced on April 1 that it was stopping the shipment of goods, which caused a booming demand for beer in the country.
An Avalanche of Memes are going viral after Pfizer revealed its coronavirus vaccine
The pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc announced on Monday that its experimental vaccine against COVID-19 has an efficiency of over 90%, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that killed over one million people and affected the world economy.
Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE are the first drug manufacturers to announce success in a large-scale clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine. The companies said they have not found any serious security issues so far and expect to apply for US authorization this month for emergency use of the vaccine.
If the vaccine is authorized, the number of doses will initially be limited and many questions remain, including how long it will provide protection.
However, the announcement gives hope that other developing COVID-19 vaccines may prove effective.
Pfizer will seek permission from the US authorities for the emergency use of the vaccine for people between the ages of 16 and 85. To do this, it will need two months of security data from about half of the 44,000 study participants.
Pfizer shares rose 6% higher in New York, while BioNTech shares rose 18%.
The shares of other COVID-19 vaccine developers in the final stages of testing also reacted with AstraZeneca up 0.5% in London, while Johnson & Johnson gained 2.6% and Moderna decreased by 1.8% before the opening of the US market.
Pfizer and BioNTech have a $ 1.95 billion contract with the US government to deliver 100 million doses of vaccine starting this year. The companies have also reached supply agreements with the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.
To save time, companies started producing the vaccine before they knew if it would be effective. It is now expected to produce up to 50 million doses, enough to protect 25 million people this year.
Pfizer said it expects to produce up to 1.3 billion doses of vaccine by 2021. Meanwhile, the Internet has exploded with memes, as has Bemorepanda.
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Bemorepanda collected some funny memes on this theme.
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