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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I hope you found the above videos informative and if you would like to share your stop-worthy story, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Till then, stay home and spread hope.