April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Statistics

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1.27M

Confirmed Cases

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ABOUT COVID-19

The New Coronavirus

In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started monitoring the outbreak of a new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes the respiratory illness now known as COVID-19.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province, and has since spread globally, resulting in the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. As of 6 April 2020, more than 1,270,000 cases of have been reported in more than two hundred countries and territories, resulting in more than 69,500 deaths. More than 264,000 people have recovered.

The World Health Organization (WHO) have declared a public health emergency relating to COVID-19.

Since then, this strain has been diagnosed in every country around the world, with The CDC advising that the spread will continue to grow in the coming months.

Covid-19

The Need for Large Scale Mass Testing

Slowing and containing the spread of COVID-19 is the most important aspect of fighting the virus at the moment. Although models are suggesting that Social distancing is working, we can not stress enough the need mass testing to remove asymptomatic spreaders from our communities.

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have recommended large scale testing in every country. The rationale for large scale testing is outlined below:

  • Make the invisible enemy visible
  • It alleviates anxiety
  • We need to move towards ending the wide scale lockdown
  • Early testing allows for early medical attention
  • Restarting the economy
  • Accurate data acquisition
  • Identification of those with immunity
  • Rapid Testing will be needed ongoingly
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EASY MASS TESTING

Our COVID-19 Test Kit

We are working with doctors around the world to test and develop a Rapid-Velocity COVID-19 Test Kit solution. We feel this is the only way to truly contain, slow, and eliminate the coronavirus. As well as a means of confirming when everyone can start to safely go back to work and restart our economy.

Our kit has been made to work in both Point-of-care and Home testing enviroments and is currently awaiting approval from Health Canada.

In the meanwhile, please educate yourself on the symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), inform others, and follow the safety steps as advised by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Prevention

How to protect yourself


The most important thing we can all do is take the appropriate steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in each of our community. Prevention is the most effective strategy for stopping the virus. Here are some preventative strategies that you can use. *guidelines as of April 6, 2020

Things You Should Do

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Wash Your Hand For 20 Sec

Use hand sanitizer or frequently wash your hands for atleast 20 seconds after touching any surface.

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Wear Mask All The Time

Where possible, wear a mask if you plan on going out in public at all times.

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Respect Social Distancing

Stay home and stay away from any one you do not live with. Observe atleast 2m (6ft) of distance between yourself and other members of the public.

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Always Cover Your Mouth

Cough or sneeze into your elbow to contain any potentially infected droplets.

Things You Shouldn’t Do

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Don't use non-sanitised items

Anything you bring inside your home may be contaminated. Make sure to sanitise all items.

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Don't Handshake

Avoid touching or direct contact with friends, family, or workers whom you do not live with.

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Don't Touch Your Face

Touching your face is one of the easiest ways to contract the virus; a mask may help with this.

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Avoid Travel

Any travel, except for essentials, should be strictly avoided.

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Symptoms

Coronavirus Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms typically appear between 2-14 days after exposure. Some people can develop symptoms that are very mild, while others can have more severe symptoms. According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) the most common symptoms of COVID-19 as a follows:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Breath Shortness
  • Mucus Production
  • Body Aches
  • Sore Throat

It is possible, and very important to note, that some individuals will never develop symptoms and remain asymptomatic despite having contracted the virus.

  • What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    SARS-COVID-2 is the name of the novel coronavirus which causes corona virus disease (COVID-19). This virus has been identified in humans prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the entire human population has no prior immunity. On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic.

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, chest tightness, body aches, and malaise are the most common symptoms.

  • When do people start to show symptoms?

    Symptoms begin on average 1-5 days after exposure to the virus.

  • What should I do if I feel sick?

    If you are sick: Stay home at all times, remain in a separate room from other family members, contact your healthcare provider, arrange for someone to deliver food and medications, eat separate from your family members, self quarantine for at least 14 days and for 5 days after symptoms resolve.

  • When should I see medical attention?

    If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 you should seek medical attention immediately. These include: Trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face. If you have any symptoms that are concerning to you, contact your medical provider or local public health agent for advice.

  • Who is at high risk for severe COVID-19 infection?

    People who have serious underlying medical conditions, immunocompromised patients, over the age of 65, have a serious heart problem, living with diabetes, chronic kidney disease or are on hemodialysis, severe obesity with BMI > 40, live in nursing homes or long term care facilities, experiencing homelessness, chronic liver disease, or people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Should I wear a mask?

    Although there is no consensus on the general public wearing masks, some countries which implement this have lower infection rates. Healthcare providers and essential workers should be prioritized when distributing masks supplies. If possible, you should consider covering you face with a masks, scarf, or bandanna when going in public.

  • How is the virus spread?

    Infected people develop large amounts of viral particles in their respiratory secretions. Anytime they cough, sneeze, or touch their faces they can spread these particles to other people or even surfaces. Studies have found that the virus can survive on surfaces for 1-3 days. There is some evidence that viral particles can become aerosolized, although, this is not believed to be a primary mode of transmission.

  • What temperature can the virus survive at?

    Generally, the coronaviruses survive for shorter periods in hot and/or humid conditions and longer periods in cold/dry conditions. There is currently insufficient data on the 2019 novel coronavirus to make these conclusions.

  • Can mosquitoes or ticks transmit the virus?

    There is no data to suggest that this is how the virus spreads.

  • Will warm weather stop the coronavirus outbreak?

    It is not known if warm weather will be sufficient to stop or slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Am I at risk for getting infected?

    Currently, COVID-19 is a global pandemic. Humans do not have immunity and therefore every person worldwide is at risk of getting infected and should be tested.

  • When should I be tested?

    If you are having symptoms of COVID-19 you should contact your healthcare provider to discuss if you should be tested. If you have traveled outside of the country recently or if you have been exposed to a known positive COVID-19 case you should also contact your healthcare provider to discuss testing. Currently, testing guidelines vary significantly depending on the country and availability of test kits.

  • What types of test kits exist?

    There are two basic types of test kits. The current gold standard is a swab test that looks for genetic material of the virus in respiratory secretions. This test is performed by a registered healthcare provider and requires processing in a lab. It can take several days to get test results. This type of test is known as real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

    The second type of test is a blood test that looks for the presence of antibodies against the virus. This is an indirect test. Results can be given in as little as 10 minutes and processing in a laboratory may not be required. Since this is an indirect test, positive test results may require confirmatory testing with the PCR test. This type of test is known as an antibody immunoassay