Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease first discovered in China in the end of 2019. It is very contagious and during a short period of time it has spread all around the world, causing severe illness and death. 

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is considered as the most challenging health crisis of our time. As of the 10th of January 2021 more than 90 million Coronavirus cases were reported in 220 countries, about 1,935,000 death cases, more than 64 million recovered and more than 23 million active cases with about 108,000 in serious or critical condition.

The Coronavirus symptoms include sore throat, fever, headaches, weakness, cough and difficulty in breathing. The symptoms appear usually within 2 to 14 days.

The Coronavirus is spread through contact with infected people when they sneeze or cough or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them. In order to avoid the infection, it is recommended to keep a distance of at least 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) from other people, wear face masks, wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes and if you are already sick, stay isolated. 

The COVID-19 infection causes mild illness in many cases but in some cases it can be fatal, causing severe acute respiratory syndrome, pneumonia and even death. It is especially risky for older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and others).

According to preliminary data, the recovery time for mild cases is around 2 weeks and for severe or critical disease it is between one month to 3 months.

As mentioned before, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected most, if not all, countries in the world. This impact varies between countries, depending on governmental policy responses and demography. Schools, workplaces, shops, entertainment venues, tourism agencies, flight companies, hotels and restaurants were closed. Traveling inside the country and outside was restricted. Public events were not allowed. All these restrictions caused a dramatic increase in unemployment and severe damage to the business sector. Governments need to act quickly and find solutions for businesses by reducing fees and taxes, providing easier lines of credit, improving employee hiring process and more. Unfortunately, the economic new problems and situation are going to stay with us longer than the Coronavirus.

More than 140 teams of researchers are in a race to develop a Coronavirus vaccine. They are all tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO). In January 2021, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are already authorized by the FDA and some countries started the vaccination process. Both vaccines are based on mRNA technology and need special freezing storage conditions and two injections. team is closely tracking the COVID-19 pandemic situation and updating all the events in database, whether they are postponed, cancelled or become virtual. 

Due to this special situation there are frequent changes in many events and it is difficult for us to follow, so it is important to check with the official website of the event before making any arrangements to attend.

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