Coronavirus cases aren’t slowing down anytime soon. In fact, the highest single-day reported cases have been circulating the news lately. The medical sector is frenetic as the number of infected grows day by day while health care staff are outnumbered and worn out in dealing with the never-ending inflow of patients. Medical professionals in the United States have called out to the government via an open letter to implement a one-time national shut down to try and contain the spread of the virus and reduce local transmission.
“Tell the American people the truth about the virus, even when it’s hard. Take bold action to save lives -- even when it means shutting down again,” a part of the letter said. More than 150 health workers came together to pen the letter demanding the government to pour out the resources necessary to win the battle against this global catastrophe.
The Trump administration has been making questionable decisions that do not seem to be doing any good for the country. From cutting ties with WHO, and centralizing Covid-19 data that eventually led to it being wiped out from a public database. Cases all over the country have reached over 4 million, and more than 147,000 lives have been claimed by the deadly virus outbreak.
Four states - Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas - are already in a state of steadiness after drastic increases in the past few weeks. One county in Texas implemented a strict stay-at-home order to last until August 11. The order recommends non-essential establishments to cease operations temporarily. LA county reported 2,000 new cases, while Alaska has raised the alert in the locality after 96 workers from OBI seafood processing facility were suspected of Covid-19. Washington will also be increasing safety measures in public places such as malls, cinemas, gyms, and restaurants. Social gatherings are also discouraged.
The CDC has given the green light for physical classes. According to gathered evidence, the virus does not pose a grave threat to children. Online learning is not an effective educational method especially for learners who require more attention. The agency has released guidelines for schools to follow in the oncoming academic year. Vice President Mike Pence has also agreed to the move. New Mexico has already decided to postpone face-to-face classes, but Tennessee has devised a plan of their own to still push through with the academic year, saying that there is a definite need for children to be in school to give parents the opportunity to work.
Covid-19 and Pregnancy
Studies are still ongoing about the virus being transmitted to the fetus from a COVID positive pregnant mother. But findings so far suggested that appropriate medical interventions do not endanger the developing neonate. Post-delivery, the mother and child being in the same space do not show a high risk of transmission.