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Coronaviruses

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ISSN (Print): 2666-7967
ISSN (Online): 2666-7975

Perspective Article

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

Author(s): Ram Kumar Dhaked*

Volume 2 , Issue 11 , 2021

Published on: 23 February, 2021

Article ID: e310821191744 Pages: 3

DOI: 10.2174/2666796702666210223155638

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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