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COVID-19 Pandemic – The Answers You Need Right Here And Now!

This new coronavirus or more notoriously dubbed as COVID-19 has been the talk of the town – or the world for a few months now. It’s not easy talking about something that has been compared to the angel of death.

This virus seems to have just popped right out of nowhere and caused oblivion to many. This novel coronavirus was unknown to science and humans until it erupted in Wuhan, China a few months ago – and the rest was history.

COVID-19 – More Than a Chinese Coronavirus; Now a Global Pandemic

The “Chinese coronavirus”, as President Trump would call it, originated from China but is becoming a worldwide or global pandemic that assails every nation. Scientists and researchers worldwide are rushing to know everything they can about this pathogen in the effort to create a vaccine that can help nations break free from this disease.

Scientists are also learning that some patients are asymptomatic and may pass on the virus unknowingly to other people. Social distancing now has become a norm for nations with community outbreaks.

This air of uncertainty could either move people to take more precautions or just shrug it off thinking that it may just be ticking social media bomb and blown out of proportions. But, do not settle in your comfort zone. Be extra cautious now more than ever.

This virus has many uncertainties or unknowns – which makes it lethal to those who would take it easy. You should be extra vigilant now rather than be sorry in the end. Here are some questions and the answers you need to know to cover all bases with the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

There are multiple ways that this novel coronavirus spread from one person to another. It is said that the COVID-19 air droplets can linger and survive in the air for several hours or up to three hours.

This is said to stick longer on cardboard or for over 24 hours and around 2 to 3 days in steel and plastic surfaces. With that in mind, you would have to be careful when you go out in public places and touching door handles, tables, and other surfaces.

A single air droplet of COVID-19 is said to have tends to thousands of viruses which would also depend on the stage of infection the carrier has. You can inactivate the coronaviruses in a minute by using at least 70% alcohol or a hydrogen peroxide bleach. High-temperature levels can also kill coronaviruses quickly.

The virus can spread in the following routes – fecal, droplets or on surfaces, and airborne. There may be other routes which would need further studies. Further research is needed right here.

It is now important to enforce strict sanitation procedures such as the washing of hands for at least 20 seconds and also sanitize frequently touched objects and surfaces. Using 70% to 90% alcohol is recommended as an additional layer of protection for you and your family.

Is COVID-19 Reinfection Possible?

After recovering from COVID-19, patients would either have immunity to the disease or could still test positive for this coronavirus strain. It’s too early now to determine whether reinfection is possible.

A study on Macaque monkeys though was encouraging because after the monkeys got better from COVID-19, and then exposed again to the virus, the monkeys are found to have a strong immune response and were not reinfected. This is good news because it means the viral proteins of this strain do elicit a good immune response. Human trials are up next but it will take some time.

Researchers should wait for several months after infection to test if patients have become immune to COVID-19. The common cold virus, which is in the same family tree or genome as that of COVID-19, shows that reinfection is said to be possible in a few years and not in weeks or months.

At the moment, there is no data that shows reinfection can happen with patients who have recovered from COVID-19.

Is COVID-19 Deadly?

Is COVID-19 really that fatal? Many nations would want to know. The death rate for each country would change. In fact, Wuhan, China, where COVID-19 began are now getting better with treating or detecting the disease at an early stage that they were able to control or manage fatalities. Right now, Italy has the most death toll in the world.

It seems that the estimated death rate varies depending on different variables like the levels of risk for each country, healthcare system preparedness, testing facilities, and the like.  

Knowing the people who are at most risk for contracting the coronavirus us also crucial to determining the COVID-19 death rate.  Groups who are most prone to having severe COVID-19 symptoms are the elderly, those who have compromised immune systems, and people suffering from chronic ailments.

While it appears that COVID-19 attacks the elderly or older people, it also afflicts children but thankfully only shows mild symptoms. However, influenza is most easily spread by children so it is advised for children to be kept at home or away from any risk of infection.

Hospitalization is also observed in groups of ages between 22 to 44 years old. Men are also said to be more prone to getting COVID-19 compared to women, but of course, it’s very early to conclude when it comes to gender-specific risks.

More so, the frontliners or the doctors, nurses, and other medical or hospital staff that work closely or are directly in contact with the COVID-19 patients are found to be more seriously affected by the virus. This could be linked to the increased exposure to the COVID-19 and also the physical, mental, and psychological strain it places on the healthcare workforce.

Could this COVID-19 Pandemic Be Endemic?

Every single one of us wants COVID-19 to end right now. It’s every nation’s prayer. If and when COVID-19 would end or if it could be endemic is a possibility especially with the number of viral infections that linger today such as the seasonal flu. There are many unknowns at the moment which could determine whether COVID-19 could be endemic.

Will there be an anti-viral drug and vaccine to cure COVID-19? Are these vaccines and treatment modalities safe and effective? Will we need to enforce extension or expansion of quarantine or social distancing measures to control or prevent the spread of COVID-19?

There is very little that people know about the disease. Scientists and medical researchers are doubling their efforts and collaborating to race against time. They need to find the cure and the vaccine for COVID-19 at the fastest rate possible to beat the disease from further disrupting and crippling societies and economies.

Exhausting every information or data available will help arm the healthcare system with the knowledge to create precise and accurate measures to help combat the disease. In just a short period of time, people have learned a lot from COVID-19 which is currently helping medical teams across the world to fight its further spread.

Right now, every nation is called to be more proactive and to not take things lightly when it comes to this coronavirus. The numerous extended lockdowns in different countries across the globe will speak volumes of how pandemic this is and how it has leveled the playing field for everyone.

Yes, every individual or country is vulnerable to COVID-19 but together, we can beat this!

Covid-19 Threatens Economy – Coronavirus Impact On Shipping

The coronavirus scare has not just brought perils to health but also brought a major worldwide economic slump. The supply chain has been disrupted which also caused a slow and downward curve to businesses globally.

Covid-19 now currently exceeds a death toll that totals a staggering 3,000 worldwide and has affected over 75,000 people across the globe is enough stats to treat this of pandemic state.

What is Covid-19?

Covid-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a new coronavirus strain that is said to be much worse or deadlier than flu. It has an incubation period that spans 2 to 14 days which is enough to get someone infected and spread the disease without being aware that they are sick with the virus.

This virus which looks like a halo or crown with its spiked rings belongs to the Coronaviridae family. It’s in the same family tree as MERS and SARS but has already claimed 3,000 lives in just three months.

With the rate it’s going, you could be carrying and transmitting Covid-19 without even the slightest idea that you are a carrier.

Many people who are infected are asymptomatic or may not show symptoms of the disease. With this scenario, an outbreak of pandemic proportions could happen. This unknown and novel coronavirus threat unravels potential further unknowns – which is terrifying indeed.

The United States government has been very quick in response to slow down or completely halt the spread of coronavirus. They are quarantining people who have high risks of exposure to the virus.

Local health authorities and hospitals are in close coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the diagnosis, testing, treatment, and monitoring of patients. Even the military is now actively involved in stopping this global medical emergency from spreading in the country.

Economic Impact – Shipping Industries Slowed Down By Coronavirus Scare

Every single historic event of this humongous proportion can impact world economies instantly. The supply chain has been chaotic for the past three months.

There has been an increased demand for surgical masks, disinfectant alcohol and wipes, hand sanitizers, and the like. However, shipping has been enormously affected by the novel coronavirus.

Reportedly, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, around 7 of the 10 world’s biggest container ports are based in China.

This is together with the mega ports found in South Korea and Singapore. They are now trying to reduce the number of ocean freight or sea vessels to deter or prevent the spread of coronavirus with cargo shipping.

There is a closure or limit set at this point that disrupts the global supply chains. In effect, there will also be a decrease in demand for container shipping through sea freight. This includes basic consumer goods or staples and cars. The lockdown in China seems to have paralyzed the movement of supply and demand.

Yes, it’s not just cargo shipping by the sea that has been affected, air freight and all forms of freight forwarding services have been disrupted. Inbound and outbound operations have been affected. There was a sizeable volume of business closures recently which has affected shipping in general.

Amazon and Other Tech and Ecommerce Giants Collaborate to Combat Covid-19

Many companies involved in freight or shipping, as well as e-commerce or tech giants, have come together to collaborate for a good cause. In times of global crisis, even competitors are able to set aside everything to work together.

One of the e-commerce Tech giants, Amazon, has also convened with the World Health Organization in the effort to stop or take down listings that claim to be a cure or treatment for coronavirus.

According to CNBC, Amazon together with Facebook and Google has discussed plans on combating the spread of the virus outbreak. They all agreed in unison about fact-checking information on their sites to avoid misinformation or fake reports.

Other tech giants that attended were YouTube, Verizon, Twitter, Dropbox. Apple and Uber were invited too but were not able to make it to the meeting.

Amazon and Google, as well as other e-commerce giants, are practically trying to fight off the spread of false reports or fake news online.

There is a content gap happening online or in the virtual marketplace as shady businesses or fly-by-night entrepreneurs capitalize or profit on the coronavirus scare by posting listings on vitamins or ebooks that are said to prevent, solve, or cure the disease in a zap.

Amazon and Facebook are willing to share add space to provide factual information and stop the spread of fake reports online. Even Apple had to close retail stores in China because of the Covid-19 threat.

The Global Trade Is In Doom – Preventive Measures Are Set To Fight Coronavirus Spread

Around 90% of global trade or supply channels have been disrupted by the coronavirus threat. The trade channels which are used to transport primary or basic goods that sustain life such as medicines, food, and fuel are seeing to have a lockdown as well.

Preventive measures have been set by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) with the cooperation of different shipping organizations and ports to help prevent the spread of the disease and also to enable continuity in trade operations. To avoid closure of ports, ICS recommends the following precautionary and preventive measures:

  • ICS recommended the implementation of exit screening in all ports. Passengers who show symptoms of the coronavirus will then be isolated from other people to prevent transmission.
  • A quarantine period for 14 days has been set in place for all vessels coming from or are transiting China. Reports that disclose the health status of the crew members and passengers are to be submitted prior to berthing.

Ships are not able to call on ports just yet. In the same way, inland and air freight are on a freeze and can’t move products or raw materials. Production, as well as the export or movement of goods or commodities, has largely felt a major setback.

Transport restrictions have been put in place due to the coronavirus alert. This has been a major blow to the trading industry as it faces its biggest financial slump so far.

This health or medical pandemic has caused massive and expensive chaos to businesses worldwide. The big players may be able to thrive but the smaller ones may be facing a challenging ordeal with this Covid-19 paralyzing shipping and freight forwarding services altogether.

Are we in doom? Not likely. Businesses have faced many huge downfalls or hurdles in the past years. Economies may have waged wars against each other or with Covid-19. But Zip Logistics, as well as other players in the industry, aren’t shaken a bit.

We do care about your cargo.

This isn’t just a tagline or a catchphrase, Zip Logistics seriously does.

We move your business forward. No Covid-19 can stop that.

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