Covid – Have We Learned Anything

How Did It Start

Coronaviruses are a big family of different viruses. Some of them cause the common cold in people. Others infect animals, including bats, camels, and cattle. But how did SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, come into being?

Here’s what we know about the virus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and has set off a global pandemic.
Where Did the Coronavirus Come From?

Experts say SARS-CoV-2 originated in bats. That’s also how the coronaviruses behind Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) got started.

SARS-CoV-2 made the jump to humans at one of Wuhan’s open-air “wet markets.” They’re where customers buy fresh meat and fish, including animals that are killed on the spot.

Some wet markets sell wild or banned species like cobras, wild boars, and raccoon dogs. Crowded conditions can let viruses from different animals swap genes. Sometimes the virus changes so much it can start to infect and spread among people.

Still, the Wuhan market didn’t sell bats at the time of the outbreak. That’s why early suspicion also fell on pangolins, also called scaly anteaters, which are sold illegally in some markets in China. Some coronaviruses that infect pangolins are similar to SARS-CoV-2.

Time Line

31 Dec 2019

Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified.

1 January 2020

WHO had set up the IMST (Incident Management Support Team) across the three levels of the organization: headquarters, regional headquarters and country level, putting the organization on an emergency footing for dealing with the outbreak.

4  January 2020

WHO reported on social media that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan, Hubei province.

5 January 2020

WHO published our first Disease Outbreak News on the new virus. This is a flagship technical publication to the scientific and public health community as well as global media. It contained a risk assessment and advice, and reported on what China had told the organization about the status of patients and the public health response on the cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan.

Masks

The story of mask requirements in the United States has had many twists and turns since the early days of the pandemic, when the U.S. surgeon general urged Americans to “STOP BUYING MASKS!”

Since then, government and public health leaders have urged us to wear face masks even when walking around our neighborhoods alone, and told us to keep wearing them even after receiving the protection of highly effective vaccines.

It wasn’t until May that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told fully vaccinated Americans that they could be exempt from nearly all mask requirements. The state of California followed suit with rules that went into effect when the economy reopened on June 15.

Now, as the highly transmissible Delta variant causes coronavirus cases to spike across the nation, indoor mask mandates are back in L.A. County regardless of vaccination status, and the CDC has updated its guidance as well. On Tuesday, the agency advised that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the virus is surging.

The question is – Why are waiting for the Delta variant to get worse before EVERY state implements the SAME MANDATE simultaneously?

What’s your response?

Covid by Stats by State

#DistanceLearning #Teachers #Parents #Students

Here we are in the middle of a pandemic and the Federal Government couldn’t put together a detailed plan for re-opening schools nor have they presented any updates since school has re-opened. It appears each state is on their own to devise ways and means to combat education during this time in our lives. While … Continue reading “#DistanceLearning #Teachers #Parents #Students”

Here we are in the middle of a pandemic and the Federal Government couldn’t put together a detailed plan for re-opening schools nor have they presented any updates since school has re-opened. It appears each state is on their own to devise ways and means to combat education during this time in our lives.

While perusing through some social media sites I came across some scared and angry parents and educators – all voicing their concern over returning to school. Some areas of concern were:

Areas of Concern

  1. The pandemic is not over;
  2. We don’t have a vaccine;
  3. Students would have to take a bus;
  4. Lack of information about what and how the districts were going to manage the return to school;
  5. How will the schools be sanitized;
  6. Can children spread the disease;
  7. How will students without wifi or a computer access their classes;
  8. How will students with disabilities be handled;
  9. Betsy DeVos is diverting public school monies to private school;
  10. Social distance how will it be managed in the school;

Children from low-income families who face hunger, possible abuse, mental health difficulties, and other issues have been hit the hardest during this pandemic. Local communities including religious organizations, social workers, and mental health specialists, along with educators and school officials, are needed to continue to help those struggling.

The Darker Side

  1. Students are at home babysitting their younger siblings while trying to engage in classwork;
  2. Breakfast and lunch are not provided;
  3. Students don’t have a quiet place to focus on school;
  4. Students are simply not showing up for either hybrid or distance learning classes;
  5. Students are not submitting their work;
  6. Students are confused about assignment thinking they have homework when actually it’s work for class for the days they attend school from home;
  7. Teacher have no way of managing 46 distance learners in one class;

Your suggestions and comments are welcome.

Here’s What’s Happening With Global Aid For #Covid

New York Times: Despite Big Promises, U.S. Has Delivered Limited Aid in Global Virus Response
“The Trump administration has lauded itself as leading the world in confronting the coronavirus. But it has so far failed to spend more than 75 percent of the American humanitarian aid that Congress provided three months ago to help overseas victims of the virus…” (Jakes, 6/7).

NPR: How Will The U.S. And WHO Fare Without Each Other?
“[On May 29], President Trump declared that he is ‘terminating’ the decades-long U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over the agency’s relationship with China and withdrawing U.S. funding. But it’s unclear what will happen next — and what the short- and long-term implications will be. … [T]here are direct consequences if the U.S. stops funding and cooperating with the U.N. agency tasked with coordinating global responses to health threats, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what could happen in the short, medium, and long term…” (Huang, 6/5).

DW: Mo Ibrahim: Trump playing ‘blame game’ with WHO, coronavirus (van Eyssen/Micah, 6/7).

New York Times: Has ‘America First’ Become ‘Trump First’? Germans Wonder (Bennhold et al., 6/6).

New York Times: How Global Cooperation Could Be Key to Containing the Coronavirus (Gupta, 6/5).

POLITICO: Trump hails ‘tremendous progress’ on Covid-19 vaccine (Ollstein, 6/5).

Washington Post: Pentagon’s coronavirus plan includes millions for missile tubes and body armor (Gregg/Warner, 6/4).