Seven months; 1.8 crore patients
In late December 2019, a new type of corona virus was first detected in Wuhan, China. The virus that wreaked havoc in China has become even more devastating in Europe and the United States. At present, there are more than 1.8 crore cases in 213 countries. Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated in the United States, Brazil, India and Africa. More than 6.8 lakh people have lost their lives to the virus so far.
Constantly changing virus
The SARSCO2 virus has been mutated more than 200 times since the first case was reported in Wuhan. The ever-changing nature of the virus poses a great challenge to the scientific community. It affects, including vaccine research. Researchers are still struggling to gather enough evidence before reaching the final conclusions about the virus’ genetic makeup. Earlier, British researchers found that the virus’s ability to enter the human body was increasing. Researchers at Imperial College London have found that the presence of proteins that help the virus penetrate into the cells of the human body makes it more deadly. The virus is now many times more deadly than in China, including in the United States and Brazil. This is the reason for the increase in mortality.
Can boiling water kill the virus?
Russian researchers have found that boiling water can completely destroy the Sarskov 2 virus. The study was conducted by scientists at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology in Russia. The study found that 90 percent of viruses die within 24 hours at room temperature. About 99.9 percent of viruses are killed within 72 hours.
Does not double in freshwater and seawater
The corona virus can also live in water. However, the study found that the virus could not be duplicated in freshwater or seawater. The life span of a virus depends on the temperature of the water. The virus lives for 24 hours in normal room temperature water. The study found that the virus could not survive in chlorinated water. Chlorine-containing disinfectants can kill the virus in as little as 30 seconds. Alcohol in 30% concentrated ethyl isopropane can kill 10 million viruses in half a minute.
Will the vaccine come soon?
More than a hundred vaccines are being tested in different parts of the world. About two dozen vaccines have been tested in humans. Four of these reached the third stage of the experiment in humans. Russia has said it will vaccinate people en masse in October. But the United States has expressed skepticism about the Russian and Chinese vaccines. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko has announced the completion of research on the Kovid-19 vaccine at the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow, which is controlled by the Russian government. Murashko said the clinical trial was complete and only technical work remained. The minister said doctors and teachers would be the first to consider giving the vaccine.