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A Briefing of What We Know About the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic started earlier this year and later spread all over the world. The crisis took the world by storm by crumbling the economy and crashing the health care system. The virus affected the everyday life of every individual while causing hundreds and thousands of fatalities.

One of the highest coronavirus cases were recorded in the UK during the lockdown. However, life is now slowly returning to normalcy with fewer new cases detected every day. The higher number of coronavirus cases are now observed in the younger population.

The coronavirus was more prevalent among older people before. The rising cases in younger people are probably due to their frequent gatherings without proper protection.

The health experts also fear another wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the next couple of months. Schools and offices are also opening slowly after an extensive lockdown. Children are now returning to their schools in phases. Meanwhile, experts do not yet know how fast the coronavirus spreads among children.

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Most of the children do not suffer from serious coronavirus symptoms. Also, they recover after a mild illness. However, the experts are concerned if they can spread the virus more effectively than adults.

Some studies also show that asymptomatic children do not spread the coronavirus as much as adults. Since they do not experience major symptoms like sneezing and coughing, it is highly unlikely that they transmit the virus more.

Several companies around the world are working tirelessly to develop an effective coronavirus vaccine. The World Health Organization (WHO) shortlisted 35 vaccine candidates recently. These candidates are currently in clinical trials in different countries across the globe.

Nine vaccine candidates are currently in the final trial. This is the third phase of testing a vaccine in clinical trials. In this phase, the researchers test the vaccine in thousands of participants. This trial shows the overall efficacy and safety of the vaccine.

The prominent countries in the race to develop an effective coronavirus vaccine are China, Russia, and the US. These countries are trying to provide vaccine to their people by the end of 2020. However, experts stress the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, no matter how long it takes.

Recently, the trial of the vaccine candidate of the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca halted. One of the participants in the trial became terminally ill after receiving a shot. Meanwhile, WHO predicted that a vaccine is not possible before the middle of next year.

The Covid-19 pandemic also shed the importance of wearing face masks. Many regions made it compulsory to wear a face mask in a public gathering. The experts urge people to avoid crowded places and maintain social distancing to limit the spread of the virus.

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Several treatments and medications came forward during the several months of the pandemic. However, none of them proved entirely effective to fight against the virus. The only hope is an effective coronavirus vaccine that can limit the coronavirus spread.

The lockdown implemented during the pandemic caused a huge loss of financial stability for many people. However, people are now returning to their normal life as everyone is learning to live their everyday life with the coronavirus.

Bisma Nasar

I am a freelance writer and my field of expertise is Microbiology and Genetics. I also write about advancements in medicine and general health.

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