Wednesday, May 27, 2020

India will ruin its economy very quickly if it had severe lockdown: Swedish health expert to Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacting with Professor Johan Giesecke of  the Karolinska Institute, Sweden (Photo:ANI)
New Delhi (ANI): Professor Johan Giesecke of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, on Webnesday claimed that India will will ruin its economy very quickly if it had a severe lockdown.

Claiming that a strict lockdown may disrupt India's economic growth, Giesecke during an interaction with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said: "In India, you will do more harm than good with strict lockdown measures. India will ruin its economy very quickly if it had a severe lockdown."

While calling for a soft lockdown approach in India, he suggested that India has to ease restrictions one by one. It may, however, take months to completely come out of lockdown. he said.

He further criticised countries across the globe for having no post-lockdown strategy. Emphasising on the disease, the Swedesh health expert said that coronavirus is spreading like a wildfire across the world. "It is a very mild disease. Ninety-nine percent infected people will have very less or no symptoms," he added.

Meanwhile, Ashish Jha, Director Harvard Global Health Insittute and a recognised public health official, in interaction with Gandhi called for a need to go in for an 'aggressive' COVID-19 testing to create confidence among people.

"When the economy is opened post-lockdown, you have to create confidence. These is a need for aggressive testing strategy in high-risk areas," he said.

He asserted that COVID-19 is not the last pandemic in the world, adding that "We are entering the age of large pandemics".

Jha further said that countries like South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong have responded the best to COVID-19 pandemic, while Italy, Spain, the US and the UK have responded the worst.

A few days ago, the Gandhi scion had interacted with former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan and Nobel Prize Abhijit Banerjee to discuss various issues related to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Boing and Airbus study about coronavirus behaviour during air travel

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Washington D.C. [USA], May 27 (ANI): The unprecedented decline in the global air traffic because of governments closing borders worldwide and ordering would-be fliers to stay home has pushed multinational aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus to conduct a study to find how the coronavirus behaves during air travel.

As part of an industry push to curb virus risks during flight operations, the study, involving academics, engineers and medical experts, is expected to examine new measures to prevent disease transmission on airplanes. The WallStreet Jounrla reported quoting companies and people involved in the discussions.

Airlines have been trying to reassure passengers onboard that masks and filtered cabin air provide reliable protection from infection in flight.

People from Boeing with direct knowledge of the matter were quoted as saying that it is developing computer models that simulate the cabin enviroment and could untimately inform decisions by airlines, health officials and regulators on how to prevent the virus's spread. "We're taking steps to better understand any potential risks," a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Airbus said the plane maker is exchanging information with unversities in the U.S. and other countries. Airbus engineers are also exploring other methods of reducing the spread of the virus including self-cleaning materials, a disinfectant that can last for five days and touchless devies in lavatories, the company said.

Unted States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been in touch with Boing, Airbus and other experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess coronvirus risks for fliers and how to mitigate them, people familiar with those discussions said.

While much is known about airplane ventilation systems and how some pathagens can spread in flight, researchers said they are still learning how the new coronavirus behaves in various ettings.

"There are a lot of unknowns right now," said John Scott Meschke, a microbiologist from the University of Washington.

The issue is becoming more pressing as more passengers start to board planes again. Airlines have said bookings are beginning to pick up after weeks of near-zero demand, and they are adding back flights after slashing their schedules by as much as 90 percent.

On the Friday before the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US, the Transportation Security Administration Screened nearly 349,000 people--still 88 percent below year -ago levels but the most since March.

Boeing officials further said that the study is also trying to find new technologies to enhance safety, including using ultraviolet light as a disinfectant and antimicrobial coatings for frequently touched surfaces.

Combating the virus in flight is challenging because of commercial air travel's incompatibility with social distancing, some experts said. While researchers broadly agree that airplanes' frequently replaced cabin air and strong filters are effective at removing pathogens, they may not help someone sitting near an infectious passenger who is coughing.

"Social distancing is impossible in an airplane," said Qingyan Chen, a Purdue University engineering professor who recently discussed the topic with Boeing.

Studies of previous epidemics, including SARS and avian flu, suggest that airplane passengers who sit near infectious passengers wear masks should significantly reduce the risk they will spread the virus by sneezing, coughing or talking.

The CDC has said the virus appears promarily to spread person to person with about 6 feet through droplets excreted by coughing, sneezing or talking.

Airlines have started requiring passengers to wear face coverings during flights and at various other times, such as during check-in, earlier this month. But there is no industry-wide rule, and some airlines say they have limited options if passengers refuse to keep masks on.
By: ANI.

Global corona patients count tops 5.4 million with 343,000 of the death count

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Geneva [Switzerland], May 27 (Sputnik/ANI): The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide has increased by nearly 100,000 over the past 24 hours to surpass 5.4 million, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

According to the WHO, the global case tally currently stands at 5,404,512 -- a rise by 99,780 over the past day.

The death count worldwide amounts to 343,514 -- an increase by 1,486.

Most cases of infection are recorded in the Americas -- 2,454,452, with 143,739 deaths.
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