COVID-19

Coronavirus continues to mutate, having 8 variants globally

The new strain of coronavirus, which is causing the pandemic, continues to mutate and there are 8 variants that are spreading globally, health experts said.

Scientists are studying the genome of the coronavirus and discovering new strains have emerged, since the virus first jumped from animals to humans at China’s wildlife meat market late last year, according to New York Daily News .

The good news is that the new variants are not more lethal, says Trevor Bedford, owner of NextStrain.org , a site that tracks the genome of viruses from samples sent from around the world.

The new variants are thought to be no more fatal, according to experts.

The results “show how the virus spreads and divides into other similar strains,” USA Today explained.

“Literally, if the question is ‘whether the virus is genetically altered’, then the answer is yes,” Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch told NPR .

“The question needs to be asked whether there are any significant changes to the course of the disease or the likelihood of transmission of the disease, or other things we are concerned about.”

The new variants are only slightly different, with no change in the level of lethality, experts said.

“The currently recorded mutation rate, about two variants per month, is perfectly normal for the virus,” Bedford wrote on Twitter. “Flu and the common cold have similar mutations. Even flu. even faster mutations. ”

The genomes recorded so far are providing the information needed to predict whether viruses can be prevented, and whether social strain orders will work. But the picture of the virus is still a sketch, experts say.

They agree that there is still much to discover. But for the time being, micro-level variations are helping researchers map the spread of pathogens around the world.

“The outbreaks can be traced,” Charles Chiu, a professor of medicine and infectious disease at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, told USA Today. “We have the ability to decode the genome in real time to see which strains or variants are spreading.”

  • Every 15 seconds, 1 person dies of Covid-19 in the world

    There are nearly 19 million Covid-19 infections worldwide and more than 700,000 deaths as of August 5. According to Reuters, one person dies every 15 seconds from the new strain of coronavirus.

    The death of coronavirus infection surpassed 700,000 on August 5, according to Reuters statistics. The United States , Brazil, India and Mexico are countries with rapidly increasing deaths.

    On average, nearly 5,900 people die every 24 hours from Covid-19, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.

    This equates to 247 deaths every hour, or one person every 15 seconds from the new strain of coronavirus.

    US President Donald Trump declared the Covid-19 pandemic to be controlled as far as possible in the US, where more than 155,000 people have died from the coronavirus. The response to the discrete pandemic in this country has not been able to prevent the number of infections from rising.

    Reuters

    “They are dying, it’s true,” Trump said in an interview with news site Axios . “Accept this. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t done everything we can yet. The pandemic is under control as much as possible in America. This is a terrible epidemic.”

    In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro ignores the severity of the pandemic and opposes restrictions to prevent virus spreading, even if he and some of his cabinet members are already virus-positive.

    The pandemic affected Latin America, where about 640 million people live, more slowly than in other parts of the world. However, officials still struggle to control the virus because of the poverty and high population density of the area.

    More than 100 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean live in slums, according to the United Nations Human Resources Program . Many worked in the informal economy, had little access to the welfare system, and had to work during the pandemic.

    Even in places where the virus seems to have been prevented, the number of new infections has increased in recent times, signaling a long-lasting war.

    Australia , Japan , Hong Kong , Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel all recorded a record increase in new infections over the past few days.

    Australia also reported a record new death toll on August 5, bringing the total coronavirus deaths in the country to 247.

  • The US surpass 5 million coronavirus infections

    The US has recorded more than 5 million Covid-19 cases as of August 8. The United State also has more than 161,000 people died of coronavirus.

    On 8/8, the number of coronavirus infections in the US surpassed the 5 million people, while American politicians are still debating about the pandemic bailout and schools considering whether to continue opening

    With 5 million cases of Covid-19, the United States continues to be the country with the most cases in the world. Second is Brazil with about 3 million cases. India ranked third with 2 million positive cases.

    In terms of cases per capita, the US ranks eighth in the world.

    The number of US cases is reported by the New York Times based on reports of federal, state and local officials. Public health experts have warned that the actual number of people infected with coronavirus in the US is much larger.

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    The number of infections is on the rise in seven states, as well as in Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands, according to the New York Times. During the past week, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida were the states with the most recent viral infections relative to the population.

    The United States recorded its 1 million infection on April 28, more than three months after the first case was discovered in the country. As of June 10, the US exceeded 2 million cases. The US continues to hit the 3 million infection mark on July 7 and the 4 million cases on July 23.

    The US is testing about 720,000 people a day, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.

    The number of new infections per day in the US peaked on July 16 with 75,697 cases. This number has gradually decreased and the average over the last seven days has been about 54,000 new infections per day.

    At least 161,000 people have died since the pandemic started in the US.

  • 15+ Best Coronavirus Street Graffiti Art Around the World

    As the days go by more graffiti on the coronavirus appears overnight in some of the most popular cities in the world. Street artists take advantage of the solitude of the streets to capture their works of art.
    We present the best 15+ coronavirus street graffiti from around the world take a look. Remember social distancing is first

    It is from the artist Fake (@iamfake on IG). He even let people download the piece on A2 size for non commercial use.

    New Coronavirus street art – Wynwood

    “Covfefe-19”, Copenhagen – by Welino

    My precious! (graffiti art in Germany)

    15+ Best Coronavirus Street Graffiti Art Around the World
    Michael Shermer / Twitter

    Malmö Sweden

    Stay Safe mural in east LA

    Lockdown graffiti from street artist The Rebel Bear on Bath Street

    “The kiss” from Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende

    ‘It feels like wartime’: how street artists are responding to coronavirus – Sean “Hula” Yoro

    Mural depicting medical workers wearing protective masks seen in Warsaw

    15+ Best Coronavirus Street Graffiti Art Around the World
    Photo by Warsaw, Poland

    Yes, we can ! Love in “coronatime”

    Nothing to Xi here!

    Cheers – Graffiti Coronavirus by Gnasher

    Copenhagen. Denmark.  by Andreas Welin

    15+ Best Coronavirus Street Graffiti Art Around the World

    A woman in a medical uniform shows the virus her middle finger

    What do you think about these coronavirus street graffiti. Comment to share your ideas.

    Photo by imgur / sony_m78 / Reddit

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  • WHO updates mask recommendations

    Now they are advised to wear not only sick.

    WHO Director-General Tedros Hebreyusus, at a new briefing on COVID-19, announced new recommendations for the prevention of coronavirus. Here are the main points:

    • Doctors and other medical staff should always wear masks, regardless of whether they work with infected coronavirus infections or not.
    • People over 60 years of age, as well as those who have chronic diseases, are advised to wear masks wherever it is impossible to maintain physical distance.
    • The governments of the countries should encourage the wearing of masks in any places where it is impossible to maintain physical distance, especially for public transport and shops.
    • Those with symptoms similar to coronavirus infection should stay at home. All who contacted him should be quarantined.
    • If a sick person or someone who has contacted him needs to leave the house, he must wear a mask.
    • WHO considers masks to be of high quality, which consist of three layers of different materials or more.

    Previously, the WHO spoke only about the need to wear masks for patients who were ill, because there was insufficient data (apart from clinical studies, which many experts consider to be of little relevance to real life).

  • WHO recorded 106,000 new infections globally in 24 hours

    The WHO recorded 106,000 infections in 24 hours, a record day since the outbreak, with two-thirds of these cases recorded in only 4 countries.

    Tedros Adhanom-Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said on May 20 that the number of coronavirus infections reported to the agency in the past 24 hours has been higher than at any time since outbreaks, according to CNN.

    “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” Tedros said at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland. “In the past 24 hours, 106,000 cases have been reported to WHO – the highest daily level since the outbreak.”

    “About two-thirds of these cases have been reported in only four countries,” he added.

    WHO records 106,000 new cases on a global basis in 24 hours 1 image tedr.JPG
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    According to WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove, confirming with CNN via email, these four countries are the US , Russia, Brazil and India.

    It should be noted that there may be a delay in reporting the number of cases at various points in the process, so the above date record does not mean that these 106,000 people were infected, tested or statistically counted in the last 24 hours.

    According to the constantly updated data of John Hopkins University, the world has recorded nearly 5 million cases of coronavirus, of which more than 326,000 people have died. The United States remains the leading country in both cases – more than 1.5 million, and deaths – more than 93,000.

    Notably, Russia has recently become the second country in the number of cases – more than 308,000, although only a few weeks earlier did not even make the top 20 of the list. Brazil also climbed rapidly in the ranking, ranking third in the number of cases – more than 271,000.

    Russia is ranked second in terms of deaths – more than 35,000, followed by Italy – more than 32,000, France – more than 28,000, Spain – more than 27,000.

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