Controlling Coronavirus Infection: ‘Plan B’ Based on Non-vaccine / Drug Interventions

Author(s): Ram Kumar Dhaked*

Journal Name: Coronaviruses
The World's First International Journal Dedicated to Coronaviruses

Volume 2 , Issue 11 , 2021


Article ID: e130921191744
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Abstract:

COVID-19 pandemic affected over 227 countries with more than 147 million infections that claimed 31.22 lacs lives. The first case of the pandemic was reported from China in Dec, 2019 showing pneumonia like symptoms that turned out to be the novel strain of coronavirus (2019-n- CoV). The WHO declared 2019-nCoV infection as the Public Health Emergency of International Concern and the disease named coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The infection curve of the pandemic has been flattened in many countries around the world, but the effective new antiviral drugs or vaccine has not yet developed. So far, we are saved by non-pharmaceutical interventions like handwashing, social distancing, quarantine, masks and health-care workers by personal protective equipments. Now the question arises that what we do if no effective drug or vaccine emerges? In the absence of effective drug/vaccines, pandemic has to be fought at community level not at hospitals. For such emergent situations, we need a ‘Plan B’ based non-vaccine/drug interventions.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus (2019-n CoV), drug interventions, vaccine, immune system, non-drug/vaccine

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Article Details

VOLUME: 2
ISSUE: 11
Year: 2021
Article ID: e130921191744
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.2174/2666796702666210223155638

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