CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 25 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 9.4.2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 25 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 9.4.2020

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CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 26 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 9Th April 2020

A day we heard lockdown was to contine for some time and we were told in no uncertain terms to stay in over the Easter weekendI. But I heard some very positive news news too, about Covid-19 for a change. So, I make no apologies for going serious on you!

TRIAL TREATMENT DRUGS

The drugs on trial that may be the key to defeating the coronavirus

ITV News Science Editor Tom Clarke

It takes time to develop totally new drugs to treat totally new diseases. But people in intensive care with Covid-19 don’t have time.

It’s why in hospitals around the world doctors have been experimenting with existing medicines that might have an effect on Covid-19.

But to get an accurate picture of which ones might offer the most benefit to the most people, the medical community needs to work together.

And that’s exactly where the Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) trial comes in.

Its organisers claim it is the largest trial in the world of potential treatments for Covid-19 and should give evidence within weeks of treatments that are showing the greatest promise.

“The aim is to recruit everybody who goes to hospital with Covid-19 infection,” says Prof Martin Landray of the University of Oxford, who is overseeing the trial.

“The sooner we recruit large numbers of people the sooner we’ll have answers.”

They’re not doing badly so far. In the 16 days since the trial was launched, they’ve enrolled more than 2,000 patients in 149 participating hospitals.

The trial has selected several drugs that they have reason to believe may work against Covid-19.

The most publicised is an anti-malaria medicine called hydroxychloroquine.

It appears to fight malaria by making the inside of the body’s cells more acidic and less hospitable to the parasite. Some people believe this may also make it harder for viruses to reproduce in cells too.

Then there’s Lopinavir-Ritonavir a pair of antiviral drugs used in combination to treat HIV.

These medicines hijack the ability of retroviruses (SARS-CoV-2 belongs to this virus family, like HIV) to reproduce in cells.

They want to see if inhaling a naturally occurring protein called interferon has an effect on the lungs. Interferon is like a chemical alarm call released by our cells when they’re infected by viruses.

“We’re not expecting miracles here,” says Prof Landray.

“This is a new virus and the effects of treatments we currently have are likely to be modest, but in a condition that effects millions of people worldwide even a modest effect to make a colossal difference.”

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DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“This too shall pass”, is an old Persian saying that may have originated with the poet Rumi.

.HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…good news from Oxford University.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Thanks once again to autocorrect, my sister’s kids are expecting the Easter Rabbi tomorrow.

LOVE IS…

Love is…sharing expenses

 

TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE

DAY5        15 Times – 135 Feet    Cumulative Total 684 Feet

 

TRACK OF THE ISOLATION DAY

  1. 824 Saturday Night Whigfield 3:58

HORRLBLE LITTLE NUMBERS

 

Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              Italy                      147,577                 18,849

2              US                          501,560                 18,777

3              Spain                     158,273                 16,081

4              France                   125,925                 13,215

5              UK                         74,478                   8,974

6              Iran                       68,192                   4,232

7              China                    81,969                   3,339

8              Belgium                26,667                   3,019

9              Germany              122,171                 2,736

10           Netherlands         23,249                   2,520

 

Global cases         Updated 11 Apr at 07:25 local

Confirmed            1,684,833              +105,143

Deaths                   102,136                 +7,569

Recovered             375,499                 +28,719

 

Record UK deaths as 980 die in 24hrs – total now stands at 8,974

 

 

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