Europe faces the fourth wave of COVID

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The latest on COVID-19

New wave of the pandemic

The fourth wave of COVID-19 is hitting hard in Europe, where some countries are registering record numbers of cases. Germany had 65,000 new cases on Thursday, November 18, although health officials say the actual number of cases may be triple.

In the Netherlands, 20,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday the 17th. The same figure was registered by France.

The Netherlands and Austria have re-implemented quarantines. And in Belgium remote work and the use of masks indoors have been re-implemented.

Immunization status in Latin America

By early November, only 44% of the population eligible for doses in Latin America was fully vaccinated against COVID-19, most through doses donated or acquired through the COVAX program, led by the World Health Organization ( WHO) for vaccines to reach developing nations.

The first week of November, the Region had just over 800,000 new cases, with 18,000 deaths, the lowest figures in the last year.

Childhood vaccines

Just over a million children ages 5 to 11 have already received at least their first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine in the United States. This represents the 3% of this population that is now eligible.

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An analysis by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) revealed that only 27% of parents planned to be first in line to vaccinate their children. 30% said they would not vaccinate them.

Johns Hopkins University created a near-real-time case map that you can also view and follow here:

What are coronaviruses

Coronaviruses (CoVs) are a broad family of viruses that can cause a variety of conditions, from the common cold to more serious illnesses, such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and the respiratory syndrome coronavirus. severe acute (SARS-CoV). A new coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been found before in humans.

How do you get the coronavirus?

Coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to people (called zoonotic transmission). Studies confirmed that SARS-CoV was transmitted from the civet to humans and that transmission of MERS-CoV from dromedary to humans has occurred. In addition, it is known that there are other coronaviruses circulating among animals, which have not yet infected humans.

Characteristic symptoms

These infections usually cause fever and respiratory symptoms (cough and dyspnea or shortness of breath). In the most severe cases, they can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Also headache and loss of taste and smell.

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How to prevent contagion

The usual recommendations to avoid spreading the infection are to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing (with your arm, not your hand). Masks should be used, especially indoors.

Close contact with anyone showing signs of a respiratory condition, such as coughing or sneezing, should also be avoided. Comply with 6-foot (two-meter) social distancing and stay home if symptoms appear.

Sources: WHO, CDC, Johns Hopkins.

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