CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 25 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 9.4.2020
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 11th April 2020
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…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…sharing expenses
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY5 15 Times – 135 Feet Cumulative Total 684 Feet
TRACK OF THE ISOLATION DAY
- 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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