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The Impact of COVID

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COVID was first discovered on Dec. 12, 2019, in Wuhan, Hubei Providence, China. It is a virus that can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people.

The most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of all coronaviruses is estimated to have originated in about 8,000 BCE. Some models place the common ancestor as far back as 55 million years or more, implying long-term development of the virus. How long does immunity last after COVID-19? Because of the limited amount of research, it remains unclear how long the immune system will protect the patient after any previous infection.

Does the immune system get stronger after having the virus? Any time someone catches a virus and recovers, they keep antibodies in their bloodstream. These antibodies help your body fight off infections so that you either do not get sick or have mild symptoms.

Should People Get Vaccinated Even If They Already Had COVID-19?

People should get vaccinated even if they already had COVID-19. Getting a vaccine after recovering from a viral infection provides added protection for the immune system.

People were not aware of COVID-19 until the outbreak led to multiple countries being exposed. COVID-19 was created by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. There have been over 3.12 million cases and 37,867 deaths in Illinois. 

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What Country Has the Most Cases and Deaths?

The United States has had the most deaths and cases with 82.8 million cases and 100,000 deaths as of April 28, 2022, according to Worldometer What can be done to stop it? There’s nothing that can be done in particular, but maybe people can start with keeping on their masks, being more sanitary, and caring for other people’s health.

Can People Get COVID-19 From Kissing Someone?

Most people have heard that the coronavirus infects the body’s airways and other parts of the body, but new research indicates that the virus also infects mouth cells. People should not kiss someone who has COVID.

What Temperature Kills the Virus That Causes COVID-19?

Research on the impact of temperature has shown that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is sensitive to elevated temperatures, with over 99.99% inactivation in only a few minutes at 158°F (70°C). However, this temperature is far outside of the limit of human comfort.

Can Soap and Water Remove COVID-19?

Many types of bacteria and viruses, including the new coronavirus, can live on the hands and enter the body when one touches their eyes, nose, mouth, or the food people eat. Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to remove germs and avoid getting sick.

Are Pools, Lakes, and Beaches Safe During COVID-19?

The potential for COVID-19 to spread at pools, lakes, and beaches is related to the crowds at these places, which is why it is important to practice social distancing, even while swimming.

What Happened to CPS Learning Due to COVID?

Throughout 2020-21, COVID-19 had a big impact on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and caused a lot of those schools to close down and go virtual. CPS did end up having to open up schools due to money and the lack of learning. CPS did not hold anyone back during online learning and gave a lot of people opportunities and chances.

Written by Tatiyana L. Bond
Edited by Jeanette Vietti

Sources:

Worldometer: Coronavirus

Featured Image Courtesy of Chad Davis‘ Flickr Page – Creative Commons License
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Cathrine Osborne, DM

Infectious Disease Physician

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