CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 23 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 7.4.20
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 9th April 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 14 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Tuesday 7th April 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent the night in intensive care at a central London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
Downing Street said he was moved to the unit on the advice of his medical team and was receiving “excellent care”.
Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise “where necessary”, a spokesman added.
The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital with “persistent symptoms” on Sunday evening.
The Queen has been kept informed about Mr Johnson’s health by No 10, according to Buckingham Palace.
World leaders – including US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron – have expressed their support for Mr Johnson.
BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said the prime minister was given oxygen late on Monday afternoon, before being taken to intensive care.
He was moved as a precaution so he could be close to a ventilator – which takes over the body’s breathing process, our correspondent said.
The petrol price nearing £1 a litre
The cost of petrol in the UK is approaching £1 a litre for the first time since 2016.
Some filling stations around the country have even been reported offering petrol at less than £1.
But motorists may be hard-pressed to find low deals as prices vary widely.
This week marks 100 days since the World Health Organisation (WHO) received the first report of an unknown illness affecting a number of people falling ill in Wuhan, China.
Coronavirus has since claimed tens of thousands of lives across the world and been labelled a pandemic by the WHO.
But how far have we come since December 31 last year, and what do we know about Covid-19?
What is Covid-19?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness in humans and animals.
Seven different types have been found in people, including those responsible for Covid-19 and the Sars and Mers epidemics.
Based on early suggestions, it is thought the current virus is more contagious than Sars, with one person infecting around three others.
Coronaviruses cause respiratory and intestinal illnesses in humans and animals.
Where did the coronavirus come from?
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the virus responsible for the current pandemic of coronavirus disease, which was first identified in Wuhan, China, following reports of serious pneumonia.
It is thought the outbreak may have started in Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which sold live animals.
Covid-19 is believed to have a zoonotic origin, meaning it was active in animals before it was transmitted to humans.
Unconfirmed reports have suggested it could have originated in bats or pangolins.
Are there any treatments or vaccinations for coronavirus?
There is no specific treatment or vaccine for coronavirus, and researchers across the world are racing to develop both.
Experts seem to be in consensus that a vaccine is the ultimate exit strategy from the disease.
It is hoped a vaccine may be given emergency approval before the end of the year, but most scientists agree that it will be around 12 months before one is widely available for use.
When will the pandemic end?
While there are signs of the infection rates dropping in some countries like China, this follows months of lockdown that restricted people’s movement.
There are a limited number of ways out of the crisis – vaccination, enough people developing immunity through infection, or permanently changing the way we live to keep some of the measures that have been introduced in place.
A vaccine may be 12-18 months away, and it may take years for herd immunity to develop – where so many people have already been infected with Covid-19 that the virus struggles to spread.
While the UK Government insists this is not a policy aim, over time it may just become a reality.
Lady Gaga has announced an all-star benefit concert to raise money for charities and healthcare professionals fighting against coronavirus.
The Oscar-winning pop star also revealed that she and the charitable organisation Global Citizen have already raised $35m (£28m) for the World Health Organisation.
Gaga’s event, which she has helped organise with Global Citizen, is called the One World: Together at Home concert and will see stars performing from their homes. Money raised by the event will support the COVID-19 Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation, which will globally fund essential PPE, supplies and testing kits.
The event will be streamed across the internet, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, on 18 April. A highlights show will be broadcast on BBC One on 19 April.
Artists to participate in One World will include Gaga herself, along with Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Elton John, John Legend, Chris Martin, Andrea Bocelli and Lizzo.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. – Goethe
Happiness is…a brand-new sweeping brush
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Don’t spell part backwards. It’s a trap.
Love is…when having him near you makes for a good night’s sleep
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB
DAY3 14 Times – 126 Feet Cumulative Total 423 Feet
TRACK OF THE ISOLATION DAY
- Shallow Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper 3:34
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 Italy 139,422 17,669
2 US 432,132 14,817
3 Spain 148,220 14,792
4 France 83,074 10,887
5 UK 61,354 7,111
6 Iran 64,586 3,993
7 China 81,862 3,335
8 Germany 113,296 2,349
9 Netherlands 20,682 2,255
10 Belgium 23,403 2,240
Global cases Updated 9 Apr at 08:53 local
Confirmed 1,484,811 +54,358
Deaths 88,538 +6,405
Recovered 329,876 +28,491
©2020 Phil M Robinson