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A big talking point this week was progress towards “re-opening society”. It means loosening social distancing protocols and allowing businesses to re-open. While some states are on track to re-open within a few short weeks, others are still struggling with the bad of the outbreak.
Effects of infection beyond the lungs.
While it is well known that SARS-CoV-2 wreaks havoc on the respiratory tract, the effects on other systems remain mysterious. Patient data have shown that SARS-CoV-2 can impact the liver, kidneys, intestine, brain, eyes, nose, and blood vessels.
The biological impact of SARS-CoV-2 through the human body
In a study of 214 COVID-19 positive patients in Wuhan, China, more than a third present with neurological symptoms. There have also been reports of myocardial injury. It is putting patients with preexisting heart conditions at greater risk for adverse outcomes.
Tracking community spread is very difficult at the point
On Friday, April 17, the WHO announces that serological tests for antibodies do not indicate that a person is immune to COVID-19, just that an infection has taken place. This means that although someone has previously come into contact with SARS-CoV-2 that does not make them immune to COVID-19 in the future.
Therapeutics & vaccines development
Multiple new therapies with different strategies have propose to treat patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. Innovative vaccine strategies are also being developed. Recently, countries that have BCG vaccinations for tuberculosis (TB) are observed to have lower rates of COVID-19 cases.
It is prompting reports that the BCG vaccine (consisting of a weakened TB bacteria) may be protective against SARS-CoV-2. The BCG vaccine has been known to reduce auto-inflammation, offering a protective effect against type I diabetes, as well as increasing cellular sugar uptake, regulating blood sugar levels.
Curves flattening, end lockdown?
Data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center indicate that overall, the curve of new cases is flattening in countries around the world.
While these data appear promising, we know that coronaviruses can have a seasonal pattern. Scientists are predicting that SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks may occur after this current pandemic in seasonal waves.
They also state that social distancing measures — to varying degrees — may be in need until 2022. One strategy to help economies re-open sooner proposes repeated cycles of regular work and lockdown, to contain the virus spread while allowing for economic activity to restart.