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By now, you would have thought that coronavirus has reached every corner of the globe one way or another, but that isn't the case for eleven countries.
There are actually places in the world that have completely dodged the coronavirus pandemic, and while that does sound weird since the US is living through the worst of it, it's actually true. What isn't surprising is that the places that are untouched by COVID-19 are Pacific island nations that have barely any outside traffic.
Many of these countries also locked down their countries early in the pandemics' rise, which stopped any outbreaks from emerging. In the entirety of this article, you will find a list of each of the countries that are untouched by COVID-19. If you want more information on this story, check out this link here.
There are many coronavirus symptoms out there to be worried about, and one of them that could be the worst one to get is even happening in coronavirus survivors.
Many people are still experiencing coronavirus symptoms after they have survived the infection, and according to one trauma surgeon from Texas, the lungs are a massive concern. Dr. Brittany Bankhead-Kendall tweeted, "Post-COVID lungs look worse than any type of terrible smoker's lung we've ever seen. And they collapse. And they clot off. And the shortness of breath lingers on... & on... & on."
The doctor continued and explained that even people who were asymptomatic are showing damage to the lungs. Bankhead-Kendall has treated thousands of coronavirus patients since March, and of those who were asymptomatic, severe signs of lung damage showed up in 70% to 80% of patients. "There are still people who say 'I'm fine. I don't have any issues,' and you pull up their chest X-ray, and they absolutely have a bad chest X-ray," said Bankhead-Kendall.
It is widely accepted among the scientific community that smoking of any kind damages the lungs, but how much is that damage versus a COVID-19 infection?
There is a very long list of coronavirus symptoms, and sometimes that aren't immediately obvious. In some cases surviving the infection can leave lingering symptoms for weeks, and sometimes months. A trauma surgeon from Texas has shown a particularly interesting comparison between a healthy person's lungs, a smoker's lungs, and what lungs look like after a COVID-19 infection has passed.
Dr. Brittany Bankhead-Kendall said to CBS, "Post-COVID lungs look worse than any type of terrible smoker's lung we've ever seen. And they collapse. And they clot off. And the shortness of breath lingers on... & on... & on. Everyone's just so worried about the mortality thing, and that's terrible, and it's awful. But man, for all the survivors and the people who have tested positive, this is - it's going to be a problem."
For those that haven't been told, public health officials have detected a new coronavirus strain in the US, and it's 50% more contagious than the main strain.
Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the new coronavirus variant titled B.1.1.7 will become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States in just a few months. According to a prediction from the CDC, the new COVID-19 variant, which was first detected in the UK will account for the majority of the coronavirus cases in the US by the end of March.
The new variant isn't believed to cause more severe illness, but due to the increase in contagiousness, more people are expected to contract the virus, which will then lead to more hospitalizations/deaths. William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said, "speaks to the urgency of getting vaccines out. It's now a race against the virus".
Many experts around the world are expressing concerns over the newly discovered COVID-19 variants being detected around the world.
One expert has said that we are in a race against the coronavirus pandemic, and not winning the race could result in much harder times in many locations. Dr. Charles Chiu, the director of viral diagnostics at UCS, has said that lab studies have indicated that the South African COVID-19 variant may limit the efficacy of current coronavirus vaccines.
Continuing off that previous point, Dr. Chiu says that "We're really in a race now, and this only increases our urgency to mass vaccinate the population before additional variants evolve and emerge." If additional strains of coronavirus emerge, there is the chance that some of them may reduce the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine or maybe dodge the vaccine antibodies altogether.
Researchers around the world have recently detected multiple different strains of coronavirus, and now a leading infectious disease expert from California has expressed his concern about the effectiveness of current COVID-19 vaccines against these new strains.
The Californian infectious disease expert is Dr. Charles Chiu and is the director of viral diagnostics at UCSF. Dr. Chiu has said that lab studies have indicated that the mutated COVID-19 strain located in South Africa may hinder the efficacy of a coronavirus vaccine by some degree.
Reports from CNN have labeled the South African coronavirus strain as an "escape mutant" as it is believed that it may be able to dodge antibodies created by a vaccine. Penny Moore, an associate professor at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa, said, "We fear this mutation might have an impact, and what we don't know is the extent of the impact."
Recently scientists around the world have detected multiple strains of coronavirus, and some are more infectious than others.
Due to these new variants being detected, the question as to if current coronavirus vaccines will be effective against preventing them. Vaccine manufacturers such as Pfizer have said that its vaccine is still effective at preventing the new strain first identified in the United Kingdom called B.1.1.7. Now, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has commented on the new strains popping up around the world.
Dr. Fauci said in a recent interview with NBC that the UK strain is more infectious, but not more deadly. However, Dr. Fauci also stated that "There's one from the UK that's essentially dominated. There's another more ominous one that's in South Africa and Brazil." Additionally, the infectious disease expert said that it's currently not officially confirmed that the current vaccines being rolled out across the US will provide adequate protection against these new strains.
Grim news came to light over the weekend as reports indicated that Los Angeles County surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.
According to a Twitter post by the LA Public Health Twitter account, on Saturday, January 16th, Los Angeles County added 14,669 new COVID-19 cases, which brought the county's total to 1,003,923 (at the time of writing this). The state of California has been known for its strict lockdown measures, and despite these measures, the state has seen record numbers of new COVID-19 cases.
Statistics from coronavirus trackers like Johns Hopkins University indicate that California is averaging more than 41,000 new COVID-19 every day. The reports of the state's high coronavirus numbers come as the new United Kingdom coronavirus variant being detected in an individual. Public health officials believe the new variant, which is 50% more contagious, is already spreading in the community. For more information on this story, visit this link here.
As coronavirus cases across the country continue to climb, along with deaths, the nation's leading infectious disease expert has said these things are "proven" to prevent the virus.
The United States is looming on the very saddening figure of 400,000 coronavirus-related deaths, and according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, numbers such as these are "a problem." Dr. Anthony Fauci is the nation's leading infectious disease expert, and despite these devastating numbers, Dr. Fauci has continued to echo the same message he has been echoing for months.
The infectious disease expert explained that there are five fundamental things that can certainly turn things around. Many of these recommendations from Dr. Fauci have been said by numerous public health experts and have been proven to work in a multitude of studies. Dr. Fauci says that everyone has to "keep hammering out the correct health message", and to do that, we must we do these five simple things.
Many people are patiently waiting for the right opportunity to go on a getaway, but if coronavirus cancels your plans, and you have booked with Airbnb, you may have to eat quite a large bill.
A worker at the National Health Service (NHS), Lex Karlin, and his wife decided to book a short getaway before the second lockdown in the United Kingdom. Due to the lockdown, Karlin and his wife were forced to cancel their Airbnb reservation for their Christmas break as it would have broken the rules implemented by the government.
Surprisingly, Karlin was told that he would not be getting a refund because of the Airbnb's host policy of no refunds. Additionally, Karlin was also required to pay the 185 pounds ($250 USD) cleaning bill that was included in the booking cost and the 625 pound ($848 USD) service fee that goes to Airbnb. Karlin stated, "If it had been allowable to travel, we would have done so, but it wasn't. It seems that Airbnb is trying to penalize us for not breaking the rules."