The corona virus disease began in Wuhan, China which surfaced in a Chinese seafood and poultry market. In just a matter of a month, it sickened 35,000 people and 3,000 deaths.
The first person who died due to corona virus was a 61-year-old man, a frequent customer at the seafood market.
After the first 17 deaths in Wuhan, China, all the planes and trains entering or leaving Wuhan were canceled. Public buses and ferries were also suspended by the agencies of China. After the cases increased to thousands the W.H.O. declared “public health emergency of international concern”.
China’s Foreign Ministry was working with W.H.O. to protect the public of other countries also. By this time, the cases in the United States of America had already gone to 500. The travelers were warned to avoid China by the US State Department.
Stated by W.H.O. a person starts to develop symptoms after 14 days of exposure to COVID-19. So, most of the countries suspended entry into their state by any foreign nationals who had been to China in the last 14 days.
The Search For A Vaccine
Corona virus forced the global economy to take a severe downturn. 125 vaccines against corona virus are being developed by researches throughout the world.
For a vaccine to be successful it requires years of research and testing. With the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the researchers need to speed up the process. Few vaccine projects are funded in billions of dollars and fully supported by the U.S. government.
On 10th June 2020 Dr. John M Maris, a pediatric oncologist at CHOP, and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that by linking tools used for the development of cancer immuno-therapies, they can create a vaccine to target SARS-COV-2. Which would provide protection and long-lasting immune response to the people and can also be produced at a large scale.
On 8th June 2020 according to a paper published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, installing service robots to minimize human interaction and social contact. This will increase efficiency and enable a safer reopening of hotels impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Implementation of robotics into hotels is already in progress at numerous stages.
Vibhas Prasad, Director, Leisure Hotels Group noted that the approach for robotic service had already been initiated in the hospitality & catering industry even before COVID-19, so it can be a successful strategy for hotel managers.
Clinical Trial and Testing
A successful clinical trial of passive immunization after a corona virus patient recovered through a plasma therapy claimed by Pakistani doctors. They also said that it is just a clinical trial and would have to wait for more successful clinical trials until announcing it as a certified treatment for COVID-19. This passive immunization therapy was also used on the patients of influenza and SARS for the last 125 years.
Worldwide the total number of cases reached 7.04 million with 404,530 deaths. With the total number of cases reaching 118,646 and the number of deaths 2,360, Pakistan is the worst-hit country so far.