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CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (June 1):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 62,94,321; Total Deaths: 3,74,417 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 58,517; Total Deaths: 9,486 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 5,14,992; Total deaths: 29,341 CANADA:- Total Cases: 90,947; Total Deaths: 7,295 CHINA:- Total Cases: 83,017 ; Total Deaths: 4,635 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 1,88,882; Total Deaths: 28,802 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 1,83,515; Total Deaths: 8,605 INDIA:- Total Cases: 1,91,605; Total Deaths: 5,415 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 26,940; Total Deaths: 1,641 IRAN:- Total Cases: 1,54,445; Total Deaths: 7,878 ITALY:- Total Cases: 2,32,997; Total Deaths: 33,415 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 16,851; Total Deaths: 891 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 46,545; Total Deaths: 5,962 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 18,638; Total Deaths: 960 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 4,14,878; Total Deaths: 4,855 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 11,503; Total Deaths: 271 SPAIN:- Total Cases: 2,86,509; Total Deaths: 27,127 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 37,814; Total Deaths: 4,403 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 30,871; Total Deaths: 1,920 UAE:- Total Cases: 34,557; Total Deaths: 264 UK:- Total Cases: 2,74,762; Total Deaths: 38,489 US:- Total Cases: 18,37,830; Total Deaths: 106,220 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    

Why coronavirus plays havoc in New York

Currently, New York is in the grip of a corona epidemic. Casualties are mounting day by day. Hospitals are overflowing with patients. There are not enough beds and ventilators. The US has the maximum number of cases in the world, crossing a lakh, and most of them are in New York City. Density of population and its mobility in cities are contributing to the higher mortality which could further climb till the cycle of the viral transmission takes the down turn.

WASHINGTON, Mar 31: Coronavirus doesn't come home on its own, unless you bring it in. This is the definitive impression one gathers while listening to world's top epidemiologist Dr Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, USA.

According to him, there is an inescapable demographic dimension to the novel corona problem. Density of population and its mobility in cities are contributing to the higher mortality which could further climb till the cycle of the viral transmission takes the down turn. Corona is new and we don't know if it is two weeks or three weeks but in China it took eight weeks after peaking.

Dr Fauci says the demographic factor explains why New York tops in the infection rate in the US. Apart from density, the fundamental character of New York city is that it is a travel hub which facilitates rapid transmission.

Although mortality is more among the elderly with co-morbid conditions and that the youth are not easily vulnerable vis- a-vis their fitness, they need to be careful that they do not carry it to their loved ones at home especially since corona can spread infection during its 14-day incubation by asymptomatic transmission.

Being a new virus, there is no safe therapy and the only way to fight covid now is by prevention. Maintaining social distancing of one to two metres, not touching with bare hands objects and surfaces touched by the public like packages, faucets, door knobs, lift panels, not touching face, eyes, nose, mouth, and frequent hand washing are sure ways to keep the infection away.

Allaying the fears of the public, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has clarified that covid-19 is not airborne. “The coronavirus is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks,” it said. One may get infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching eyes, nose or mouth before washing hands.

To avoid getting infected by the coronavirus, one should disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently, regularly wash hands, and avoid touching the eyes, mouth, and nose.

Till we find a therapy, don't shake hands and avoid close contacts. However, Dr Fauci warns, excessive precaution should not lead to a state of obsession. Covid is only a droplet infection and not an airborne disease. Stay home, stay safe!

(SEE: How to save yourself from corona, and save the world!

Dr Anthony Fauci is director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, USA. He was appointed director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2020 is an estimated $5.9 billion. Dr. Fauci has advised six presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues.





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