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 7th of September 2020 more than 27 million Coronavirus cases were reported in 215 countries, about 887,000 death cases, more than 19 million recovered and more than 7 million active cases with about 60,000 in serious or critical condition.

The Coronavirus symptoms include sore throat, fever, headaches, 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.

There is still no vaccine or specific treatment for the Coronavirus but some research companies are in a process of developing one. 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 the beginning of July, only nine of them are in phase 2 (expanded safety trials) and two of them are in phase 3 (large-scale efficacy trials). 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.

Posted by: Clocate, (04-Jul-2020)
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