April 5, 2020
The continuing outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States made the country record its highest death toll with more than 8,400 fatalities already.
US is likewise recording the highest confirmed active cases with 311,357.
Due to the continuing outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 worldwide, one of the most affected countries is the United States of America. To date, it already reaches 8,452 death toll (based on the information shared through WHO website) and the American government is expecting more fatalities in the coming weeks.
Besides the increasing numbers of positive cases, US is also looking at increasing numbers of unemployed Americans. According to the report through bbc.com, the unemployment rate is nearly 6.6 million and this is a huge concern for US President Donald Trump.
The Trump administration is taking the situation seriously because they needed to contain the increasing death toll through closely monitoring the implemented social distancing guidelines they created.
As detailed online, the White House leader said that the government has enough fund to purchase the necessary medical supplies they need. Trump revealed that they have prepared almost $16 billion to complete the purchase, despite some reports revealing that there are inadequate supplies.
The main supplies include gowns, facemasks and ventilators for patients who have breathing difficulty.
Due to the increasing numbers of fatalities each day, US Vice President Mike Pence revealed his worry about the possibility of experiencing the same situation with Italy. According to the reported news, he warned the government about the increasing death toll that is over 15,000 already and this is a serious matter to consider.
The good news is that the number of recovered patients are 14, 825.
Aside New York of being the most affected state with 113,704 confirmed cases. Followed by New Jersey with 29,249 confirmed cases and 646 fatalities, next is Michigan with 12,260 active cases and 479 fatalities, while California has 11,446 active cases and 285 fatalities.
New York does only raise concern on its increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities. The second most populated state in America is also looking at the increasing unemployment rate here.
In addition, the authorities are having trouble in implementing a strict social distancing because of the huge number of low-earners people living in New York.
“While we are practising as a city, social distancing, you may have multiple families living in a very small apartment. And so it’s easy to understand why there’s a lot of transmission of Covid occurring,” Dr Mitchell Katz said as published through BBC online.
Dr. Mitchell Katz is the current head of New York City Health and Hospitals.
April 4, 2020
Virgin Coconut Oil (CVO) is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies in the Philippines that contain natural nutrients and minerals that can benefit the human body greatly.
Medical researchers and health experts believed that CVO is a potential cure for COVID-19 patients.
Some research experts in the field of medicine are now looking into the possibility of using Virgin Coconut Oil as an alternative medication for people infected with Novel Corona Virus 2019 or COVID-19. This type of virus is fatal because it can kill a sufferer without proper treatment.
The COVID-19 death toll worldwide is more than 1,000,000 and the fatalities reach more than 50,000.
Medical experts and practitioners across the globe like in the Philippines are continuously searching for the fastest medicinal drug that can defeat the virus effectively. As mentioned above, one of the options include the CVO because it contains anti-viral properties that can potential kill the virus inside the human body.
According from the reported news through nutraingredients-asia.com, Dr. Jaime Montoya said that there is no available and specific antiviral treatment or vaccine to fight the killer virus as of this time. This is the reason why some Filipino researchers made a thorough study about the possibility of using such natural coconut oil for treating patients infected with the virus.
Dr. Montoya added that although the researchers did not yet test the oil for COVID-19 treatment, they already have clinical trials in the coming days, as detailed online.
Dr. Jaime Montoya is the Philippines Council on Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST).
The DOST however said last Wednesday that they will begin the testing on using CVO to prove if it is possible to use it as treatment for the pandemic virus.
In his statement as published through news.abs-cbn.com, Fortunato De la Peña stated that “This research of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on virgin coconut oil (VCO) is planned to have two arms: one hospital-based and one community-based.”
He likewise stated there will be a hospital-based study, entitled “Virgin Coconut Oil and Omega-3a Adjunctive Therapy for Hospitalized Patients with COVID 19,” is set at the Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), which composes Dr. Marissa Alejandria and her team.
“The VCO will serve as a supplement to the daily treatment regimen of the COVID-19 positive patients,” said De la Peña. “The study aims to assess the possible benefits of VCO if given to patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 in addition to the drugs being assessed in the clinical trials,” he added as published online.
Fortunato De la Peña is the current secretary of the DOST and revealed that the study might take 30 days or more until they reach the required number of infected persons.
There will be differing tests conducted by various government agencies related to food and drugs. They have the intention to prove the effectiveness of CVO when included in the food they feed the Persons Under Investigation (PUI).
They will also conduct various intervention tests, as detailed by the reported news also.
If proven effective after 30 days of testing, the team can then make a decision if the oil can be a potential treatment for COVID-19 sufferers.
Currently, the Philippines has more than 3,000 confirmed cases already and 136 death toll.
April 3, 2020
One of the most affected nations in the Southeast Asia is the Philippines and there is a huge concern now involving the Filipino frontliners who are fighting against COVID-19. .
Reports online revealed that these people are unprotected, in danger and some of them are already dying.
According from the shared information over the Internet, nearly 17 doctors already died in the Philippines due to the pandemic Novel Corona Virus 2019 or also known as the deadly COVID-19 (as of March 31), as detailed by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA).
These casualties are the frontliners and are responsible in treating patients with confirmed cases. They gave their lives to save their patients, but sadly infected with the virus as well.
From the news report through CNN Philippines, Dr. Oscar Tinio revealed that if there is only enough personal protective equipment (PPE) available for the doctors, there might be no casualty.
Tinio likewise said that although the rate of the death in just about 5%, such figure can go higher as the country is continuously battling against the virus. Adding that the situation right now is like a war and the doctors will continue to fight, but the government should provide what they need.
To name few of the prominent doctors who passed away include Dr. Sally Gatchalian (President of Philippine Pediatric Society), Dr. Gregorio Macasaet III (Anesthesiologist), Dr. Raul Jara (Cardiologist) and Dr. Rose Pulido (Oncologist) among others.
Dr. Oscar Tinio is the PMA Commission on Legislation Chairman and Director of St. Dominic Medical Center (Cavite) also.
During the press conference of President Rodrigo Duterte held last week, he already acknowledged the doctors who risked their lives to save their fellow citizens. He expressed his gratitude to all the health workers who died in dealing with the virus as front liners.
These health workers include the doctors, health professionals, nurses and medical technologists, among others.
The President already made a promise to provide the best supports to all frontliners across the nation, which includes the needs for the PPE and other necessary medical supplies.
Although sadden by the number of doctors and health workers who died already, Duterte thanked these people and recognized them as heroes because they die in providing service to the Filipinos.
In line with this, the passage of the new law known as the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” will benefit all health workers who died while battling the COVID-19. The president said that one of the included provisions of the law involves providing 1,000,000 pesos to the families of the casualties.
As for the health workers (public and private) infected with the virus and in severe condition, they will receive a compensation amounting to 100,000 pesos.
Currently, the Philippines has more than 2,633 confirmed cases and according to the latest reports, they Department of Health (DOH) is planning to conduct a mass testing on April 14, 2020. This is actually the last day of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Home Quarantine (EHQ).
The mass testing includes all Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUM).
The fear about dying doctors, nurses and other health workers in the country is definitely alarming. There are also reported cases wherein some frontliners are experiencing discrimination in various places.
This is the reason why most of them needed to have protection from the PNP to keep them safe both on and off their duties.
April 3, 2020
Spain is another European nation that is currently experiencing serious battle against the pandemic COVID-19 as its death toll reaches over 10,000 already.
The people of Spain are now troubled due to the increasing numbers of fatalities.
Just like Italy, one of the most affected nations in the European region is Spain and as of Thursday (April 2, 2020), the country had reached 10,348 fatalities already. In just 24 hours also, the authority recorded a total 950 death toll, which is the highest rate in a single day, according to the report through cnn.com.
The Spanish government however is still showing hope because compared in the past weeks since the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19, the fatalities are lower.
Meaning, they had been successfully implemented the precautionary measures they created and the government has full control of the situation in the country.
“The data shows us that the curve has stabilized,” said Salvador Illa in a press conference on Thursday as published online. “That we have achieved the primary objective of reaching the peak of the curve and that now we are starting the phase of deceleration,” he added.
Since the outbreak, there had been serious criticism that the Spanish government had heard coming from the oppositions. The criticism includes the issues about insufficient personal protective gears and lack of facilities inside the Intensive Care Units (ICU), among others.
Salvador Illa however cautioned the public and the oppositions saying that the health service of the country is in the right place.
“Even observing a decrease in the number of admissions, the long stays in these units produce an effect of accumulation of patients because of which there still remains difficult weeks for our health system,” said Illa as published through cnn.com.
Illa works for the Spanish government as the Minister of Health.
The pandemic virus is continuously hitting many European nations and had become the worst nightmare of more than 160 countries across the world.
Like in Spain, there had been reports that among the reasons why this country is troubled in dealing with the situation is that they have huge number of elderly people and the healthcare service they provide is weak or insufficient.
This is perhaps one of the reasons why the fatality rate in the country is higher.
The government of Spain is also battling against the increasing number of people who are now jobless since they implemented the lockdown. With the tough situation they are going through, it is difficult for the Spaniards to go out and work because the issue about COVID-19 is serious.
According to the shared information about the unemployment report of Spain by the Spanish Labor Ministry, they now have a data of 302,265 jobless people as of March. On this matter, the government must consider this a serious matter because the fight against the pandemic virus is not yet over.
The unemployment rate is an “historic and” “absolutely exceptional” as what Yolanda Diaz stated while in Madrid attending a news conference.
The COVID-19 outbreak seriously devastated the economy worldwide and it is still unclear on when this kind of pandemic issue ends.
April 3, 2020
Medical experts and researchers continue to find the best possible alternative medicines to treat patients suffering from the pandemic Novel Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19).
These people want to discover the fastest available medicines now to fight the virus.
As of writing this article the confirmed cases worldwide of COVID-19 to date is 1,015,397. The total death toll is now 53,191 and 212,986 patients had recovered already.
This is the reason why it is imperative to discover the most effective medicines to help the sufferers recover faster and defeat such pandemic virus at once.
Unfortunately, the virus remains as an outbreak in more than 160 countries already.
From the news information shared through RT.com, there had been a few suggested alternative drugs to fight the Corona Virus. Among them, include the Anti-malaria medicine that contains chloroquine and hydrochloroquine.
There had been medical experts from Russia who made a thorough study about this particular anti-malaria drug, which also caught the interest of US President Donald Trump lately.
Trump even mentioned that this might be a “game changer” in defeating COVID-19.
On the other hand, some medical researchers believe that using this kind of alternative medicine might be helpful, but there are potential adverse effects to consider. One of these negative effects is that it can damage an organ of the sufferer.
Another type of alternative drug they want to consider is the one they use in treating HIV/AIDS. As detailed online, a reputable publishing and analytics firm known as the Elsevier mentioned about “Kaletra,” which is a type of medicine combining ritonavir and lopinavir in treating HIV.
The company however does not still conclude the effectiveness of such medicine in terms of curing patients with the virus.
Based on the explain theory, the ritonavir and lopinavir might work is preventing the virus from infecting the new cells in the body of a COVID-19 sufferer. This is similar to the reaction when treating a patient with HIV, yet such theory does not prove any effectiveness when treating the Corona Virus, as detailed online.
Another potential medicinal drug that some experts want to consider is the remdesivir (a type of drug use in treating patients with Ebola Virus). Based on the Western media reports, the FDA considered such drug as a “promising” treatment. In addition to this, the Pentagon in the US had secure doses of the remdesivir that they utilize as experimental drug to treat soldiers who showed minor symptoms of the virus, as reported through RT.com.
There had been reports also about medical experts who are studying the possibility of using Interferon-based drugs to treat a patient with COVID-19.
This kind of alternative drug is popular for various treatments such as multiple sclerosis to cancerous diseases. The use of the Interferon-based drugs can possible block the penetration of protein synthesis in the cells of the body, which eventually prevents the virus from spreading.
However, Russian specialist Netesov explained that this kind of approach might as well harm the human body. He added that Interferons could inhibit protein synthesis regardless of whether it involves proteins of a virus or a host, as published over the Internet.
The search for the potential drugs to fight COVID-19 continues worldwide. Medical experts do not stop in making experiments and studies to end the battle of this pandemic virus.
April 1, 2020
Specialists from Russia revealed that using an anti-malaria medicine or drug can treat a patient who is suffering from Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 effectively.
Medical experts worldwide are also beginning to research more about this type of drug to provide the best possible medication to the thousands of people who suffered from this pandemic virus.
There are now specialists from Russia who are showing efforts to reveal the possibility of using an anti-malaria medicine to treat COVID-19 patients, according to the RT.com news online. These people are doing extensive research to provide the best medicinal solution in battling the pandemic outbreak.
In line with this, some medical experts are also looking at other available treatment drugs because the issue about the Coronavirus is serious. It already killed thousands of people across the globe and affecting nearly 800,000 to date.
The first country with the most number of positive cases is China, which eventually considered the use of anti-malaria medicines to defeat the virus. There had been reports that they were able to control the outbreak in the country. However, it still need more provable statements and results.
Countries like US, France and Canada are now studying the possibility as well.
Another microbiologist from France named Didier Raoult revealed that one of the researches done by the Chinese about using an anti-malaria medicine include the Chloroquine. According to Didier, there is “dramatic improvements” among the sufferers when treated using such medicine.
Unfortunately, they denounced his claim as fallacious and even considered it as fake news.
In the Philippines also, some medical experts are beginning to show interest about the Chloroquine for COVID-19 treatment. As detailed through msn.com, there had been report that the Patient 358 had recovered after getting his treatment using Hydroxy Chloroquine.
The claim spread online when netizens discovered it through social media site Facebook.
According to Dr. Rey Salinel that this kind of drug contain quinine (a kind of chemical compound) and they use it for heart diseases treatment. He said that when taking such medicine, it helps in converting the blood pH (level) into alkaline and this is helpful for the patient.
On the other hand, the good doctor explained that the use of this medicine could trigger unwanted complications that can damage the heart, liver and kidney. The Department of Health (DOH) likewise warned the public about using medicines without legitimate label and prescription is dangerous to the health.
In the United States also, President Donald Trump had some ideas about the use of this particular anti-malaria drug, which they use reportedly in China. Based on the report submitted by the Zhenjiang University researchers as published online, COVID-19 patients who took the drug did not fight off the virus compared to those who did not took it.
Based on the study, they involved at least 30 patients wherein half of them took the anti-malaria drug. After a week, 13 of them underwent testing and their result is negative.
As for the remaining half who did not take the Hydroxy Chloroquine, 14 of them had negative tests as well.
This means that the result when using the anti-malaria medicine is not that convincing. This is reason why medical experts need to be cautious before making conclusions on their studies.
April 1, 2020
The pandemic Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is now continuously spreading in the United States, which made US President Donald Trump foresees over 240,000 death tolls.
America surpassed China in death toll with over 3,400 already due to COVId-19.
With the continuing outbreak of such deadly virus in the United States, President Donald Trump and his designated task force is now alarmed with the increasing numbers of positive cases in the country.
On this matter, the American leader is foreseeing over 240,000 fatalities in the coming days across the United States.
According from the reported news through RT.com, the White House senior members who are part of the task force are warning the people of America that if they do not follow proper social distancing, the estimated fatalities may reach 100,000 to 240,000 in weeks to come due to the outbreak.
During the press conference at the White House held on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci immediately answered “Yes” when asked the possibility of reaching such mentioned fatality figure, which can lead to the worst nightmare in the history of America.
However, he said that through the implemented containment measures, he is hoping that there will be a huge reduction of the possible death toll.
Dr. Anthony Fauci works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of March 31, 2020, there are 174,467 confirmed cases in the US and it now leads the most number of cases in the world. On Tuesday alone, they recorded over 12,000 new cases and 3,416 fatalities, as detailed online.
From the shared information through gulfnews.com, President Trump warned the Americans of a tough 14 days ahead of them. He added that it could be possible to expect nearly 100,000 fatalities during those tough days.
“It’s absolutely critical for the American people to follow the guidelines for the next 30 days. It’s a matter of life and death,” the White House leader said in a news conference as published online.
He added that they want the people of United States to prepare for the coming tough days and he predicted that there would be light after reaching the end of tunnel once they defeat COVID-19.
The charts shown by Deborah Birx clearly demonstrate the data and modeling, which revealed a massive increase of cases that could lead to more deaths. Based on the charts, it is possible that in the span of 30 days, the total death toll will reach up to 2.2 million without proper mitigation.
“There’s no magic bullet. There’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors: Each of our behaviors translating into something that changes the course of this viral pandemic over the next 30 days,” said Birx during an interview with reporters as published through gulfnews.com.
Birx is the COVID-19 coordinator at the White House and predicted an increase of death toll in the next two weeks.
Rather than reopening the economy of America soon, Trump is now giving priority in extending the federal guidelines that he announced last Sunday already. He believed that it is important to follow social distancing, which he already extended until April 30 this year.
Currently, the world already reached the 800,000 mark of recorded COVID-19 cases.
April 1, 2020
Like any other countries in the world, UAE is also one of the places that experienced the pandemic Novel Coronavirus 2019 or also known as the COVID-19. Many knew that this particular virus is now killing thousands of people globally, the tested positive cases continue to increase daily and pulling down the economy worldwide as well.
This is the reason why all of the affected countries are trying their best efforts to defeat COVID-19 and bring back the normal lives of the people.
In UAE, the authorities had set precautionary measures that the locals need to follow in defeating the virus effectively. With these measures, it showed how the people living here had the exact discipline and courage to regain their normal way of lives.
UAE implemented a massive disinfecting campaign and advised the people to strictly stay at home as part of the process. Likewise, Dr. Hamad Saif Al Shamsi already issued the latest resolution that imposed fines as well as penalties to all those who will not follow the guidelines properly.
Dr. Hamad Saif Al Shamsi is the current Attorney General of the country.
To mention a few of the violations and fines as detailed through gulfnews.com include:
- Paying dh50,000 – violating mandatory hospitalization by patients who refuse to take or continue taking the medicines they prescribed
- Paying Dh50,000 – for any establishment / Dh500 for a customer that continuously operating such as (malls, markets, sports clubs, café, restaurants, cinemas and more).
- Paying Dh50,000 – for disobeying the precautionary measures during home quarantine, private facilities quarantine as well as a refusal to undergo COVID-19 testing again.
- Paying Dh2,000 – if a passenger from another country infected by a communicable disease came to UAE and violating the Ministry of Health and Prevention imposed precautionary measures.
- Paying Dh10,000 – for the organizer of an event / Dh5,000 for a participant who disregard the rule of inviting guests or organizing any kind of gathering during the home quarantine period, either from a public or private place.
- Paying Dh5,000 – if a medical personnel refuses to perform a requested medical examination
- Paying Dh1,000 – for visiting any health facility without necessity and among other imposed penalties under the approved resolution.
In addition to these aforementioned violations and penalties, the authority likewise implemented knew operating hours all over the country. The involved places include the supermarkets, hypermarkets, bus stations, public transport services and hospitals among others.
With all these strict implementations, it is important for all the people living in UAE to adhere to what the authorities is instructing them to defeat the pandemic virus effectively.
Just few days ago, they already arrested 64 people because of not following the strict precautionary measures for home quarantine in UAE.
According to the statement of the Ministry of Interior as published online, they referred the 64 arrested people to the prosecution department of Crisis and Emergencies for the imposed penalties and consequences they will need to face.
They violated the Federal Law No. 14 of 2014, which require a person to undergo a strict 14-day home quarantine.
March 31, 2020
The continuing increase of COVID-19 positive cases and death tolls in the United States made US President Donald Trump accept the certainty that the country needs to face.
Currently, the world is experiencing a shaking economy and situation not because of failing businesses or stock markets. The main issue now is about the pandemic virus known as the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Like in the United States alone, it has over 164,000 reported cases and the death tolls reached over 3000 already, according to the CBS News report online.
The most affected state is New York and the city is struggling seriously.
Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Trump already made phone talks about cooperating closer to fight the virus. Both world leaders also discuss matters about the oil price drops on Monday, according to Kremlin as published by the AFP.
In an effort for the United States to battle the impact of this pandemic virus worldwide, he made a decision to allow the Americans to undergo a strict implementation of social distancing. The American leader already extended social distancing until the end of April (2020) and imposed certain guidelines, which the people of America needs to follow.
Few weeks ago, Trump is not feeling any pressure about COVID-19. Unfortunately, the continuing spread of the virus across the globe and in America made him think that it can even kill millions of his people.
He likewise believed that it might not be possible for the US economy to restart soon because the battle against such deadly virus is serious.
The US leader said last Sunday that, “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won,” as published online through CNN.
Trump met the media last Sunday during a news briefing and he gave his explanation about various statements, which he believes are false. Furthermore, he called the attention of corporate executives to commend his leadership as well as attacking the media personally for asking difficult questions, as detailed on the CNN news.
According to the news information shared online, the US President is eager to begin the reopening of the economy in the coming days. Yet because of the continuing numbers of COVID-19 cases hitting America, he canceled his plans and many believed that he had listened to what the public health officials explained to him.
These health officials include Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“We showed him the data. He looked at the data and he got it right away,” said Dr. Fauci during an interview with John Berman of CNN. “It was a pretty clear picture. Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together in the Oval Office and leaned over the desk and said, ‘Here are the data. Take a look.’ He looked at them, he understood them and he just shook his head and said, ‘I guess we got to to do it,'” he added.
As of March 30, 2020, the United States of America has a population of nearly 330,509,997 as detailed by the information shared by the United Nations (UN).
With the widespread of COVID-19, Americans need to be more aware of the situation.
March 31, 2020
With the continuing problem of India in social distancing because of its massive population, the country might become the epicenter of COVID-19.
Due to the continuing struggle of the world against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), one of the affected countries is India because of its massive population. If the country does not follow proper social distancing, it might become the center of such pandemic virus.
According to the reported news online through CNN, there is a huge concern in Uttar Pradesh after its workers started to leave the place to return to their families after the ordered lock down in India. Some groups of workers experienced dousing of bleach disinfectant to clean them up while sitting on the ground in Bareilly City.
Uttar Pradesh is one of the states of India and a populated area to consider.
From the explanation of Ashok Gautam during the interview with CNN, they sprayed around 5,000 people in public before allowing them to leave the city and headed to their hometowns.
He said that “We sprayed them here as part of the disinfection drive, we don’t want them to be carriers for the virus and it could be hanging on their clothes, now all borders have been sealed so this won’t happen again,” as published online.
Gautam is one of the in charge personnel for the operation against COVID-19 in India and a senior officer as well in Uttar Pradesh.
He defended that the disinfectant they utilized for the buses is safe for humans.
In line with this issue, the World Health Oraganization (WHO) however revealed that chemical disinfectants use to clean floors can damage the skin of a human and does not kill the virus as oppose to the belief of the senior officer.
After learning about this unwanted action of spraying the workers with bleach disinfectant, many Indian nationals showed their disappointment and anger. On this, the personnel involved of the incident already reprimanded and Lav Agarwal explained that they do not allow such spraying action because it is not part of the policy after declaring the lockdown.
Lav Agarwal works for the Mnistry of Health and Family Welfare as a senior officer.
About 45 millions of migrant workers in India are now experiencing hunger and tiredness while heading back to their hometowns. Most of them live in rural areas and without proper social distancing in the midst of COVID-9 outbreak, they are prone to having infected with this pandemic virus.
These people needed to walk nearly 100 to 500 kilometers to reach their point of destination and their journey does not exempt them from having the infection. Currently, the population of India is about 1.3 billion and recorded 1,051 COVID-19 cases as detailed online.
At least 32 people already died because of Novel Coronavirus.
India imposed a nationwide lockdown that will last for 3 weeks since Prime Minister Narendia Modi made a declaration. He likewise explained during his address across India that while undergoing such lockdown, it is important for their people to practice social distancing because this is not only for the sick people.
They need to think about their loved ones, especially their children.
With the billions of people living here, it might be possible that the number of positive cases can increase without proper discipline.