Following the US Surgeon General warning that “this week, it’s going to get bad,” here are some of the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak, including the potential treatment to be available soon, and other positive, good news in the battle against COVID-19.
Biotech from claims it identified antibodies to treat coronavirus, treatment could be available by mid-April
A biotech firm is claiming it has identified hundreds of antibodies that could potentially treat the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The claims come from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., an American biotechnology company headquartered in Eastview, New York. The company’s stock surged after the reports.
In February, Regeneron announced it had partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a coronavirus treatment.
The company plans to focus on the two top antibodies and develop a “cocktail” treatment. Regeneron said it plans to begin large-scale manufacturing of the treatment by mid-April, 2020.
US more prepared for pandemic than any other nation, major study found
The United States was ranked as the best-prepared country in the world to handle any kind of pandemic, according to a late 2019 study by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
The study is called “The Global Health Security Index” and was “developed with guidance from an international panel of experts from 13 countries, with research by the Economist Intelligence Unit,” according to the Washington Post, which wrote that “more than 100 researchers spent a year collecting and validating publicly available data” to determine the results of the study.
However, the United States’ score, although higher than any other nation in the world, was not perfect.
According to the report, “factors driving down the U.S. score include the risks of social unrest and terrorism, and low public confidence in government.”
CDC: Coronavirus survives on surfaces up to 17 days
Okay, it may not be the best of news but on the positive side, it is good news that we are now aware of this fact in order to better protect ourselves.
The coronavirus can survive on services for up to 17 days, a new study has found. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the findings in a report released on Monday.
The study looked at two large outbreaks that occurred on the Carnival-owned Diamond Princess ship in Japan and the Grand Princess ship in California.
The study said that virus “was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated.”
Killing coronavirus on surfaces
The good news is that many types of cleaners and chemicals will readily kill coronavirus on surfaces.
According to the CDC, bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, as well as the most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective against coronavirus.
The CDC recommends a bleach solution of 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
Additionally, always wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.