A 100% AMAZING experience

Well… the experience has been a 100%. From the reception to the time of departure, my family has enjoyed and had so much fun during our stay at the Lagoon Beach apartment.

My manager was welcoming and friendly. The tours were fantastic and Cape Town is one of the best cities I’ve visited in awhile. Lagoon Beach Apartments is in one word “AMAZING”. I fell in love with the Construction and interior almost immediately. The design is perfect. The beach made it so perfect!

Housekeeping was also great. The cleaners were friendly, prompt, and delighted in their work. Lagoon Beach is the best! 100% Hospitality! 100% Holiday experience! Thank you very much!

– Adebayo Oluwafemi

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Humanity Comes Together for Vaccine

Developing a vaccine or a treatment for a newly discovered virus is a slow and detailed endeavour. The coronavirus has changed that. From Asia to Europe, North America, and Africa, infectious disease experts are trialling vaccines, developing new tests for the virus or devising innovative public health strategies to control the outbreak.  A global race to search for a coronavirus vaccine is underway.  We take a look at a few countries working flat-out to save us from the pandemic.

In China, where doctors and scientists played pivotal roles in alerting the world about what would come to be called Covid-19, few deserve more credit for sounding the alarm than Ai Fen, head of the emergency department at Wuhan Central Hospital. On 30th December, she received a lab report on a patient with unexplained pneumonia. She immediately notified her superiors and began warning fellow doctors to take precautions, she sent screenshots of the report to her old medical school classmates. While Ai was putting fellow doctors on alert, researchers in Shanghai led by Zhang Yongzhen were studying a specimen from a patient from Wuhan with an unexplained fever. Zhang’s team concluded the specimen was a novel coronavirus.

” . . . from around the world
pounced on the puzzle.”

With this release, infectious disease experts from around the world pounced on the puzzle in a rush to understand how quickly this new virus might spread.

In Britain, as soon as the Shanghai scientists released the genetic sequence for the virus, several researchers responded to a call from the World Health Organization to propose methodologies for developing vaccines. Researchers are working around the clock to develop plans to eliminate the coronavirus.

United States of America
In the United States, scientists are closely watching clinical trials led by Andre Kalil, a physician specializing in pneumonia. The trial, with more than 100 patients at dozens of hospitals, will yield initial results in a week or so. As soon as Kalil saw the reports about coronavirus in China, he and his team began investigating potential therapies and offering real science trials.

In Senegal, an infectious disease expert Mr Sall began hearing about the mysterious pneumonia in China.  Sall has been working 18-hour days with colleagues from across Africa since 27 February when he heard Nigeria confirmed the first case in sub-Saharan Africa and four days later when Senegal reported its first infection.

“results in 10 minutes”

With a partner in Britain, Sall is developing a test for Covid-19 that can yield results in as little as 10 minutes.

In Singapore, coronavirus testing is among the most aggressive. As of last week, Singapore had conducted more than 39,000 tests. Singapore can administer more than 2,000 tests daily and is working to expand that. Patients who show symptoms are quarantined before they transmit the disease. Singapore’s tactic of aggressively testing while tracing and isolating has worked because they have a dedicated place to quarantine patients.

Recovery from Covid-19
What the world has observed is that the vast majority of people who catch Covid-19 will make a complete recovery; 184,965 people have recovered globally from the coronavirus (as at 1 April 2020).

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GOOD NEWS – 11 Coronavirus good news stories from around the world show things do get better!

A recent post, shared across social media platforms, listing good news stories about the coronavirus went viral.  A reputable website ‘Good Things Guy’ checked them out and are happy to report they are all true.

  1. China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.
    Both the Bangkok Post and New York Post shared the good news about the last temporary hospitals being closed. This was done because the country’s overall new-infection rate is so low, their established hospitals can cope. While the temporary hospitals have been closed, the city of Wuhan is still under lockdown.
  2. Doctors in India have been successful in treating coronavirus with a combination of drugs: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest the same medicine globally.
    India had great success in treating people with the virus. Using a combination of drugs, they have found success. The drugs are used for anti-HIV and malaria.

  3. A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for six days in Wuhan, China.
    Daily Mail and The Independent along with a handful of other international publications, reported about Zhang Guangfen’s recovery. The 103-year-old was mostly healthy, having only mild chronic bronchitis as an underlying health concern. The grandmother is the oldest person to recover from the deadly disease that we know of so far.
  4. Apple reopens all 42 China stores.
    After having closed all stores for over a month, the tech company felt it is once again safe enough and have opened their stores in China. BBC reported that while the stores are open, they are operating on special business hours.

  5. Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.
    The Cleveland Clinic created an online option for people to speak to their doctors and discuss potential coronavirus infections. The clinic also created a drive-thru system which has seen more people get tested via nasal swabs. After consulting a doctor about symptoms online, they are given the go-ahead to get tested at the drive-through facility. Fox 8 News shared that there are talks of a second drive-thru testing facility to be established.

    The clinic has, however said they didn’t develop the test. They have just worked in-house to get faster results, daily they can do 500 tests but hope to do 1000 soon.

  6. Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.
    South Korea has also implemented drive-through testing! But aside from that, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more recoveries than new cases last week. News Week reported that the country advised its citizens to continue their social distancing and self-isolation despite the drop in new infections.

  7. Three Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life.
    Fox 5 reported the good news of the three patients; Montgomery County’s Chief Health Officer Dr Travis Gayles confirmed the patients were a couple in their 70s and a woman in her 50s. The three patients were the first to test positive for the virus in Maryland, USA. Officials say that the community is remaining on high alert.
  8. A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research.
    The network of Canadian researchers are from Ontario and have managed to isolate and grow copies of the coronavirus as reported by the Montreal Gazette. They have isolated the specific agent responsible for the outbreak of COVID-19. The isolation of the agent will help researchers in Canada and across the world develop better diagnostic testing, treatments and vaccines, and to gain a fuller understanding of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

  9. Tulsa County’s first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.
    Similar to the cases in Maryland as listed above, the same has occurred in Tulsa, USA; Oklahoma News 4 shared the news.
  10. All Seven patients who were getting treated at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.
    The Hindu reported that the seven have recovered but that they have not yet been released. A total of 15 people tested positive, so it is good to see that nearly half have recovered. The hospital has 100 isolation beds available. Thankfully, they have not filled even a quarter of the available beds.
  11. Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid -19 can treat others infected by Covid-19.
    NBC News reported that researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore hope that the answer to treatment will lie in the plasma of people who have recovered from the coronavirus. They are looking at harvesting virus-fighting antibodies from the blood. This method of treatment is being researched in several countries.

There you have it, good news stories about the Covid-19 outbreak.

Source/Credit – https://www.goodthingsguy.com/opinion/coronavirus-15-good-news-stories-from-around-the-globe-show-things-do-get-better/ by Tyler Vivier.

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