Families with less than 25000 dollars monthly income are at greater risk in the pandemic, said Ambassador Deborah Birx, in the International COVID Conference happening today.
The whole day virtual conference, organized by International AIDS Society and sponsored by Gilead, brings the who’s who of the scientific fraternity, public health experts, economists, and administrators in order to discuss the ways of tackling the pandemic
In a session titled “Making Sense of the Science” 3 scientists including Professor Salim Abdool Karim from APRISA, South Africa, Dr. Anthony Fauci from National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, US, National Institute of Health and Ambassador Deborah of Pepfar highlighted several ways we can deal with the situation.
Underlining the necessity of community-centric pool testing, Ambassador Deborah showed how specific communities and people with comorbidities is driving the pandemic
4 STATES ACCOUNT FOR 50% OF THE CASES IN THE US, SAYS AMBASSADOR DEBORAH.
Florida, Texas and other southern states are the worst hit.
The reason behind this is the demographic predominance of comorbidities like obesity and diabetes in the Southern states.
THE KEY TO DEAL WITH THIS IS TRANSITIONING FROM INSTITUTIONAL ACTION TO COMMUNITY ACTION,SAYS DR. KARIM
Professor Karim underlined how churches, coupled with activists and community centres played a crucial role in containing AIDS in South Africa. The same community wise mass movement is needed especially in the severely affected communities
You can check the full guideline in this paper https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/expert-us-panel-develops-nih-treatment-guidelines-covid-19
Moving Businesses Outdoor
On the business front, the scientists stressed the need for easing lockdown. Professor Karim said lockdown is crucial but it can’t go on forever.
BEFORE LOCKDOWN CASES DOUBLED IN EVERY 2 DAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA, WHICH DECLINED TO 15DAYS UNDER THE LOCKDOWN AND 12DAYS AFTER LOCKDOWN EASED, SAYS PROFESSOR KARIM
So, despite rising cases, lockdown had worked, and easing restrictions is crucial.
WHAT LOCKDOWN HAS DONE IS LOWERING SEVERE CASES, GIVING US TIME TO TEST THE ASYMPTOMATIC.
Karim also outlined how lockdown posed a problem for low-income families who couldn’t reach healthcare facilities in time.
So, as we enter the next phase of the pandemic, with more than 12 million people affected worldwide, the strategy is to return to normal life powered by science.
OUR STRATEGY SHOULD BE COMMUNITY ACTION, MULTIPLE DRUG VACCINE TREATMENT, AND MINIMIZING INDOOR ACTIVITIES.
Restaurants should limit indoor sitting, outdoor sitting with proper social distancing is the way to go, says Ambassador Deborah
Any kind of gathering and meetings should move outdoors or at least be done in a well-ventilated surrounding with fewer people.
WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom said that other diseases or on the rise as supply chains are being affected and countries aren’t getting adequate medical supplies. He further highlighted how health is treated as a cost rather than being an investment. He urged all countries to ensure proper medical supplies. As many as 73 nations are fighting with shortages of medicines, vaccines and preventive measure equipment while several others are affected.
Multiple Shot Treatment
Dr. Fauci said that the government has tied up with several companies so that we can manufacture billions of doses of multiple vaccines and drugs. It’s just like AIDS and tuberculosis where you need a cocktail of drugs to treat the disease.
A single medicine or vaccine isn’t a cure. The point is to treat you with multiple medicines and vaccines. The US is using its trial facilities to scale up these large scale trials and production.
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