A professor from Italy explained in detail and in an accessible manner the nature of the coronavirus, its treatment and consequences.
Coronavirus in the world became the cause of death of more than 14 thousand people, more than 340 thousand were infected, and about 90 thousand – recovered. Microbiologist and immunologist, Professor Guido Silvestri from Italy, which became the epicenter of COVID-19 in Europe, told about ten major facts about coronavirus. Where did the infection come from, risk groups, lethality of the disease, how it affects children, how much remains on the surface when the pandemic may end – in the material Styler.
Where did the SARS-CoV-2 virus come from?
The virus is of natural and zoonotic origin (from animals, in particular bats). But the laboratory version of the virus’s origin, according to the doctor, is “a colossal tale, nonsense, lies”.
- COVID-19 and children
According to Chinese physicians, in 2145 cases of coronavirus detection in children, more than 90% were asymptomatic or with mild/mild symptoms. Only one death was recorded, so…
The number of deaths divided by the total number of cases is less than 0.05% for persons under 18.
- Coronavirus lethality
COVID-19 lethality, despite the huge number of deaths, is 2%, which means that 98% of infected people have recovered. People aged 60 years and over who have chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, etc.) suffer most.
- Does the virus live on surfaces
SARS-CoV-2 lives for up to three days on certain surfaces such as plastic and steel, and only a few hours on surfaces such as cardboard and copper.
- Is the SARS-CoV-2 immune system developed?
According to Professor Silvestri, the data on natural immunity is not yet accurate enough to definitively confirm this. But based on data on other coronavirus species, temporary natural immunity should occur for at least 6 -12 months.
- Coronavirus therapy
Today, the main thing in the treatment of severe and critical cases is breathing support with the help of a ventilator. But there is no magic cure for coronavirus. However, some drugs are very helpful in treatment (Remdeziwir, Tocilizumab, Baratikitsinib and others). Mild to moderate degrees of severity are treated symptomatically at home.
They are actively working on the vaccine, but we are not talking about the near future.
These vaccines can be produced for initial clinical trials already in early autumn, but it will probably have to wait another 12-18 months for clinical effectiveness.
- Does temperature affect the spread of coronavirus…
The scientist believes that with the arrival of heat the COVID-19 pandemic may decrease, at least partially. It is therefore crucial to monitor the trend of the epidemic in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Bangladesh (and possibly South Italy).
As the coronavirus spread, so did the pseudolecars. The scientist urges them not to listen, because misinformation is not necessary, especially in such a situation.
- Optimism is always and everywhere
Professor Silvestri is optimistic about when the pandemic will end.
“I’m convinced that in a few months we’ll not only get back to our normal lives, but we’ll live an even better life. If we draw the right conclusions out of this great fear!” – he summed it up.