April 24, 2020
Devastation caused by the pandemic COVID-19 and the future of it is not certain. The situation of it in the world, whether in a state like Maryland, USA or in the state of Odisha, India is not understood by science and technology. It is a time to understand, collect the scenarios of the developments in these two parts of the globe, situation as handled, and apply the results for the future.
The Times of India wrote, on April 16, 2020 that Odisha (according to the Odisha government) had the lowest positivity rate in India. That was very nice to know indeed. Compared to the same kind of scenario (there is no exact calculation on this matter due to various reasons including sources) Maryland around the same time was 1660 (total cases). Hopefully there will be chances to make these compared. Right now the focus is where do we go from here?
We would (as soon as possible) start developing a Mitigation Plan targeting for nest winter season in Odisha with the assumptions that:
- There will not be vaccine available before Mid-2021
- There will be research but how to capture best of our knowledge converting the knowledge for local adaptions for local conditions (at a state level.
- How to utilize best of our researches and capture gradual data availability to formulate action plans by utilizing our academic and health expertise resources.
- Adapt a continued effort to develop public and patient education plans, and test the outcome of their effectiveness.
We have added a few links/references below for further readings.
USA potential second wave of the novel coronavirus late in the year would likely be more deadly, as it would overlap with flu season, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) head Robert Redfield told The Washington Post on Tuesday.
CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus might be ‘more difficult’
Dr. Nrusingha Mishra is a biomedical research scientist trained? in medical chemistry with focus on discovery and development of anticancer and antiviral agents. Since 1991 he has been working in biotechnology industries and the USA Department of Defense. Currently he is managing a number of cancer related research projects.
Dr. Surendra Nath Ray, a Physics gold medal recipient from Ravenshaw College (now Ravenshaw University, Ph. D. (State University of New York 1975), has contributed significantly in the areas of NASA/NOAA/DOD Weather, FAA Air Traffic, Global Warming as a Scientist, Engineer, and currently involved in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Analytics. He is an author of numerous reviewed Journal papers and Conference abstracts. His hobby: Odia classical music.
COVID -19 is an emerging, report by evolving situation
COVID 19 surge Update in Odisha (April 15, 2020))
The number of Covid-19 positive cases in Odisha surged after five more persons tested positive for the virus in 24 hours. Of the five, four cases have been reported from Bhubaneswar. A total of 46 coronavirus positive cases have been reported from Bhubaneswar.
Earlier in the day, the government had informed about a 61-year-old man of Jafarpur in Jajpur district with a recent travel history to Kolkata in West Bengal. He had tested positive for the virus on Monday.
Five Things You Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA which could as well be followed as a guideline for acnybody in the world. We chose Montgomery County just because we live there.
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 13, 2020
As of March 13, there are six cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County. The first three County residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now fully recovered and are no longer contagious.
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants residents to know its staff is working with hospitals, clinics and physicians to monitor this changing situation.
While the potential risk of illness to the general public is still very low, many residents are concerned about testing for the COVID-19 virus. Here are answers to the most common questions:
1. How do I know if I should be tested?
If you start to experience symptoms, call your health care provider. The physician or practitioner will assess your symptoms, ask about your travel history and whether you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. With that information, they will determine if diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 virus is appropriate. If your health care provider suspects COVID-19, they will coordinate testing with the local and state health departments. If you would like to speak with a nurse, call 240-777-1755.
2. How many tests have been administered in Montgomery County?
HHS does not conduct testing. Early testing numbers came from the Maryland Public Health Lab in Baltimore. Now that COVID-19 testing is expanded and available through commercial laboratories, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is no longer reporting the negative and pending number of tests in the State. All positive results obtained by commercial laboratories are reportable to MDH and are included in the counts.
3. Is there a COVID-19 home test?
There is no COVID-19 home test kit on the market for sale. People who suspect they have COVID-19 should contact their health care provider, who will determine if that patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and will determine whether patients will be referred for lab testing.
4. Will everyone need a test?
Regardless of whether people are tested, medical advice will remain the same; isolation and treating symptoms with fluids to reduce the risk of dehydration, medication to reduce a fever, and supplemental oxygen in more severe cases.
5. County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles on COVID-19 Testing Guidelines
How humidity may affect COVID-19 outcome? (4/24/2020)?
How warmer weather may affect COVID-19 outcome? (4/9/2020)
COVID 19 Impact published by UN