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Keeping things in perspective

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Unlike the AIDs virus that took more than two years to identify, the new virus took only ten days. We know:

  • It is a new virus from group 2B
  • Genetic analysis has confirmed that it has a recent natural origin and that its mutation rate may not be ve...

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We know how to detect the virus

A test to detect the virus has been available since January 13.

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For several weeks now, the number of cases diagnosed daily is dropping.

From a very detailed epidemiological follow-up in other countries, we know outbreaks are very specific to areas and can be controlled easier.

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  • There are no symptoms or just mild ones for the majority of people.
  • In 14% of the cases, it can cause severe pneumonia.
  • In 5%, it can become critical or even fatal.

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There are 13 times more cured cases than deaths, and that proportion is rising.

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  • Symptoms in children are so mild that it can go unnoticed.
  • Only 3% of cases occur in people under 20.
  • Mortality under 40 is only 0.2%.

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The virus can be effectively cleared from surfaces. Use a solution of ethanol (62-71% alcohol), hydrogen peroxide (0,5% hydrogen peroxide) or sodium hypochlorite (0.1% bleach).

However, frequent handwashing with soap and water is the most effective way to avoid contagion.

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There are more than eight vaccine projects underway against the new virus.

Another vaccine group in Australia is working on a prototype using a novel technique called "molecular clamp."

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There are over 80 clinical trials analyzing treatments for the new virus. These are antivirals that have been used for other infections, are approved and safe.

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