As vaccines for the coronavirus are starting to make their way around the world, there are still many questions that have yet to be answered. For example, does getting vaccinated mean that a person will no longer be capable of being infected, or if they are infected, are still considered to be contagious?
Right now, there are basically two ways of testing someone to see if they might be infected with the coronavirus. The problem with these tests is that it requires you to go to a clinic or hospital and then you’ll have to wait for the results, but what if there was another way of potentially detecting the coronavirus from the comfort of your own home?
Most face masks are designed to be disposable, but given the current pandemic, the number of face masks that are being worn and carelessly tossed away has increased by an alarming rate, which is why there is also a rise in face masks that can be reused and come with filters that can be swapped out.
Until this pandemic can be fully contained, there is a good chance that we will still need to be wearing masks for the foreseeable future. Even if it’s contained, wearing a mask isn’t a bad idea, especially if you’re sick as it can help prevent you from passing it along onto other people around you.
Yelp is an extremely powerful platform where restaurants can quickly gain new business or lose business based on the reviews left behind by visitors. Now it seems that the company is expanding on the kind of information that users can provide, such as whether or not a restaurant is adhering to proper COVID-19 safety protocols.
Many governments around the world have introduced contact tracing apps to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because by being able to identify who has been in contact with who can help curb the spread of the virus. This is important in the fight against the pandemic, but it also raises some privacy concerns.
The coronavirus pandemic has certainly changed the way we lived our lives. Now wearing a mask while we’re outside has become the norm, and the way we learn and work has also changed, where there is an increased focus on working and studying from home, where we rely on video calling platforms like Zoom.
We’re sure that many are eager to return to their normal lives once this pandemic is over, but there’s really no returning to normal until we can be sure that we are protected against the virus. This is why companies are racing to develop vaccines, and a 90-year old British woman has actually received the world’s first dose of a post-trial vaccine.
Right now, many companies around the world are working to develop a viable vaccine for COVID-19. This is a good thing as it means that the pandemic could be brought under control, or best case scenario, eliminated for good. However, it seems that all the companies rushing to develop their own vaccine has created an opportunity for hackers.
The idea of storing your health data on your smartphone might seem a little dangerous, especially if that information is leaked, but it seems that the concept might now be put to the test because starting in December, several major airlines have announced that they will start to accept digital health passes to allow passengers to prove that they are COVID-19 free.
Right now vaccines for the coronavirus are still being developed and it could only be in 2021 where we’ll be able to get our hands on them. This means that for now, patients who have COVID-19 will need to be treated as the symptoms come up, but the FDA is trying to make that process easier.
It’s hard to say when life will return to normal as the coronavirus pandemic is still going on. Right now, countries can only manage cases as they pop up and to try and reduce the spread as much as possible, but those are just temporary measures, at least until a vaccine has arrived and we immunize ourselves to it.
Right now, there are multiple companies developing a vaccine for COVID-19 with presumably their own formulas. None of them have hit the market just yet, but the good news is that according to Pfizer/BioNTech, one of the companies developing the vaccine, is that their particular vaccine is said to be 90% effective.
Many are waiting for the day that our lives can return to normal, but that will have to wait until the coronavirus pandemic has been dealt with. Ideally, a vaccine would be the best-case scenario where we immunize ourselves to the virus, but it has been suggested that even then, vaccines won’t be a permanent solution.
There are several ways that COVID-19 can be detected. The usual methods come in the form of medical tests involving swaps, but there are also less invasive methods that one can apply from the comfort of their own home, such as this app developed by researchers at MIT which attempts to analyze the sound of a person’s cough to determine if the person has COVID-19.
There are certain diseases that you can get a vaccine for and more or less be guaranteed protection against it for the rest of your life, or at least for a very substantial period of time. However, there are also illnesses like the flu whose virus mutates every so often that even getting a vaccine will only protect you for about a year before it’s useless against the latest mutation […]
Life as we know it will probably never really return to normal until a successful treatment plan or cure for the coronavirus can be found. Even better would be the development of a vaccine that will protect people from even getting sick from it in the first place, and there is some good news on that front.
Unless continuous testing of people is being done, it’s hard to predict where a COVID-19 cluster can popup. This is because of the virus’ incubation time which is said to be around 14 days, meaning that anyone could be walking around for two weeks while being infected without necessarily knowing about it.
Right now the race is on to find a cure or a vaccine for the coronavirus which is currently ravaging the world. However, it seems that help has come in the form of a discovery made by a 14-year old girl from Frisco, Texas by the name of Anika Chebrolu, whose discovery has won her the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge and netting her $25,000 in prize money.
When it comes to illnesses, in some cases when you catch a virus, your body then builds up the immunity to it, meaning that you catching it the second time is relatively low. However, it doesn’t necessarily seem to be that way with the coronavirus, where it has been revealed that a 25-year old man from Nevada actually managed to catch the coronavirus twice.