What you should know about Covid-19

Life, as we knew it has come to a standstill. A pandemic has taken over our world. The novel coronavirus has got all of us social animals experiencing a novel norm: Social Distancing. While we may not understand what is going on around us, we can take some time to try and get a deeper understanding.

Some facts:

  • The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) 
  • First identified in Wuhan, China, December 2019. 
  • WHO declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, 30 January 2020 
  • WHO recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March. 
  • Current scenario: Spread over 190 countries, with cases doubling within days. 

How does coronavirus spread?

What exactly happens when it infects a human and what should we all do? Check out this wonderful animation video explaining it.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell is a science based youtube channel. They make short animated videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism and prove to you why science is so beautiful.

For those interested in more data, I found this website very useful: https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus.

What happens when you get the coronavirus?

This 7 minute explanation is the journey of the virus in your body. It’s vital to know what happens in your body at a molecular level before believing the next ‘magical cure’ whatsapp forward. 

Credits: Nucleus Medical Media and the What If Channel. Nucleus Medical Media creates visual content for healthcare, education, media, pharma and medical device companies. 

How far are we in the development of a vaccine? 

We have research from the SARS virus which caused H1N1, so we’re hopeful it should be a lot sooner than usual. This video by AsapScience will help you understand the science behind creating vaccines and the research that is currently taking place to find a cure and a vaccine for the ongoing pandemic.

AsapScience is a YouTube channel created by Canadian YouTubers Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown. The channel produces videos that touch on many different topics of science

Are you tracking the spread of Covid-19?

Covid-19 has spread all over the world and we’re all tracking it in our own ways. Here’s an interactive website that will give you region-wise and country-wise updates. https://healthmap.org/en/ 

How to track the exponential growth and when can we say that we have flattened the curve? 

Minute physics has collaborated with Aatish Bhatia for a video on ‘how to see the COVID-19 tipping point’ – they present a better way to graph COVID-19 coronavirus cases using a logarithmic scale in “phase space” – plotting the growth rate against the cumulative cases, rather than either of these against time. It looks like, there’s still hope.

Minute Physics is an educational YouTube channel created by Henry Reich. The channel’s videos use whiteboard animation to explain physics-related topics.

How can I do my bit to stop the spread?

Here’s a short animation on how you can avoid getting infected and stopping community spread. The things you can communicate without saying a word! 

The Stanford Medicine YouTube channel is a curated collection of diverse content that includes coverage of events, presentations, lectures, and associated stories about the people of Stanford Medicine.

I hope you found the above videos informative and if you would like to share your stop-worthy story, contact stopcommotion@gmail.com. Till then, stay home and spread hope. 

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