The pandemic is far from over, and most people are slowly changing their ways to adapt to a new kind of normal. However, we might need to change our ways again.
Several scientists believe that the virus could be airborne. If it is true, then we have to heighten our health protocols. You can find the full report here.
There are more than 200 experts from different countries that have the same claim. They believe that the deadly virus is airborne. This group will publish an open letter addressed to the World Health Organization, suggesting to revise their guidelines for this pandemic.
If you will remember, the World Health Organization said that the virus could be transmitted through respiratory droplets. It means that the transmission could happen if a person who is infected sneezes or coughs.
However, with the new findings, it is possible that the coronavirus particles could remain in the air, and people who inhaled these particles will be infected.
Preventive measures will now include wearing masks when indoors. Plus, all health workers need to use N95. Improved ventilation is also required so that there could be proper circulation of air.
Effects of businesses re-opening
In most parts of the globe, several businesses have opened their operations to the public. And as we all know, there is already a drastic increase of coronavirus infection. According to scientists, this could be attributed to their claims that the virus is indeed airborne.
HIV drugs running out
Several countries have now reported that their supply of the life-saving drug for HIV is now critically low. During the outbreak, the supplies have gone down because transportation became limited. This is also another concern that we should look into because millions of people depend on these antiretroviral drugs.
Meanwhile, Royal Philips has created these imaging cabins, wherein it is deemed safer to do imaging tests. These are industrial shipping containers used as cabins, and are built to minimize patient contact. In addition, it was designed to reduce radiation and uses ultraviolet lamps that could sterilize the area. The cabins will be placed outside or in parking lots.
As of the moment, these containers are available in the Philippine market only. However, this is a good initiative which other countries could also follow.
Inability to smell
Some people who have survived the coronavirus have lost their sense of smell. We might not be able to see it, but the effects on the patient can also be damaging. This condition is called Anosmia.
Losing your sense of smell can be torture. The patients miss the scent of their kids, nature, even the home-cooked meals.
Apart from that, we sometimes associate memories just by smelling something familiar. And if that is taken away, it could affect us psychologically.
But of course, it could also press further danger. They could not smell fire, gas leaking from somewhere, or even spoiled food from the fridge. They are unlikely to enjoy food as well.
Again, we still have a long battle. The least we can do is to inform ourselves about the latest updates and follow health protocols. As always, only go to credible sources and stay safe.