Is there really a “second wave”?
There are two different views on this matter. The first is expressed by Anthony Fauci, a White House advisor and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in an interview with the Washington Post, where he says that “for the first wave to end, the number of positive cases of Covid-19 must reach one low number. (Under ten) ». He adds: “After that, a second wave will occur when the virus returns with a high number of infections.” The second point of view is expressed by Dr. Mike Tildesley, of the University of Warwick, in a report published by the BBC, where he explains that “you can think of it like waves on the sea.” The number of infections increases, and then decreases again, each cycle is a single wave of the Corona virus. “However, there is no official definition,” he adds. The matter is not particularly scientific, and how to define a wave is arbitrary. ”
Regardless of the name, whether it was a continuous first wave or a second wave as European countries called it, the numbers of new daily infections with the virus remain worrying. In Europe, countries are immunizing themselves to face a second wave of Coronavirus, such as Spain, where five regions closed their borders last Friday, including Madrid, after the nation’s representatives agreed last Thursday to the government’s request to extend the state of health emergency for a period of six months. For its part, Britain is the country most affected by the outbreak of the virus in Europe, with more than 45,000 deaths. According to a study conducted by the “Imperial College” in London and “Ipsos-Morse” that included more than 85 thousand British volunteers, it was found that the number of injuries now doubles every nine days! About 11 million people in England, equivalent to a fifth of the population, will be subject to, in the coming days, the most stringent local measures in the face of Corona, with the announcement on Friday of tightening measures in several regions.
The German Chancellor described the second wave as “a long and difficult winter.”
In Germany, bars, restaurants, cultural and entertainment facilities will be closed from today until December, while tourists will be banned from stays in hotels. The aim of these “light measures” is to reduce the number of injuries without closing businesses and factories. In turn, France, whose death toll has exceeded 36,000, will prevent its residents from leaving their homes without permits, which brings to mind the strict home isolation measures that the world witnessed in early spring. “As is the case in other parts of Europe, we are facing a second wave that is beyond our capacity and we know that it will be more difficult and deadly than the first,” said French President Emmanuel Macron, stressing at the same time that the closure measures this time will be less stringent. Despite the high infection rates, the safety measures imposed by the Italian government angered the citizens. Police fired tear gas after protesters across the country rallied against the closure. Spain and Germany also witnessed similar protests against what people described as “brutal measures.”
It seems that there are two disasters in the world, the first is the global epidemic, and the second is the epidemic in the United States. Last Thursday, the country recorded a new record number of “Covid-19” infections, surpassing for the first time the threshold of 90 thousand new infections in one day, according to Johns Hopkins University Census. However, the number of daily deaths is still stable and relatively low, fluctuating between 700 and 1,000 deaths every day since last August. At the present time, the danger lies especially in the north and middle west of the United States, in light of the reckless election campaigns carried out by Donald Trump, where many of his supporters can be seen without masks and without diverging amid crowds of thousands gathering around him, noting that the US president repeated before his supporters He will not shut down the country again. On the other side, his opponent, Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden, is adopting a more effective method to ensure the health of his supporters, who are gathering around him in their cars, or in circles drawn for them on the ground.
The “Russian Direct Investment Fund” submitted an expedited registration application under the “Emergency Use and Pre-Qualification Program” for the “Sputnik-V” vaccine against “Corona”, to the “World Health Organization”. With this step, Russia will be the first country to give its consent to use a vaccine against the virus, and the first country to present its vaccine to the organization. The Drug Prequalification Program, administered by World Health, is a United Nations program that helps ensure that the drugs produced meet quality, safety, and efficacy standards. If Russia obtains approval, the Sputnik-V vaccine will be available worldwide in a shorter period of time.
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