Coronavirus, SARS-CoV2, and CoViD-19, simply.
Here at UE, we believe that hard work, discipline, and knowledge is the best way to live our lives. It doesn't matter if it's in making good products (we do) or about how we confront a new disease.
The best way to acquire knowledge about this new disease is through science. Science isn't mysterious, but it takes hard work and discipline to execute properly.
Science is simply the best way to learn.
- What we know is that this special kind of virus (it looks like it's wearing a crown, that's how it got its name) is very similar to a virus found in the pangolin and in some bats.
- Someone possibly got the virus from eating the pangolin, got sick, and that's how other people were infected. There's also the possibility that the virus was present in bat guano, and it mutated and found a new home in a human.
- We have a name for the virus now. It's SARS-CoV2. That means Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Virus #2. It's number 2 because number one happened about 15 years ago. Back then we called it SARS.
- Singapore claims first use of antibody test to track coronavirus infections. This is great news because antibody tests are faster and cheaper than the ones we're using today. We can test everyone in order to find people who were infected with SARS-CoV2 but had very mild symptoms.
- Epidemiologists around the world are doing their best, and modern technology means that we've found this problem earlier than ever before. But not everything is going smoothly.
- Speed and cooperation are the key factors. As ominous as it seems, the spread of a new disease is not a new thing. In fact, it happens all the time. This one is scarier because it can be fatal, especially among those who are elderly and may have other health issues.
- You can track the progress of the disease on this site, maintained by Johns Hopkins. Yes the disease keeps spreading. The good news is that it isn't spreading nearly fast as it did in the beginning. Our diligence is buying all of us time.
This is not a sales pitch. We're happy to do this as a public service. Please protect yourself by staying clean. Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you exhibit any of the other symptoms, stay home, hydrated, and calm. Of course, let your Doctor of Medicine know what's going on.
The above image is SARS-CoV-2 virus (purple) emerges from infected cells in this scanning electron microscope image. Photo NIAID-RML de WIT/FISCHER
The image below is of the Johns Hopkins dashboard taken in the beginning of March 2020. The link to updated information is provided above.