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.

China
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.

Britain
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.

Senegal
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.

Singapore
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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Ways to stay optimistic during the corona virus pandemic.

The corona virus anxiety is real; during this unpredictable time, we need to stay in an optimistic emotional state of mind.  Here are some ways people are caring for one another while staying safe as families, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

Practice random acts of kindness
Your kindness doesn’t require a monetary value, send an inspirational email or social media message to friends, family and colleagues.

Share positive news . . .
and acts of kindness on social media, this can prevent us from getting caught in a bad news hopelessness spiral.

Exercise
Exercise regularly, get some fresh air, eat a well-balanced diet, get sufficient sleep and make time for self-care.

Boost your immune system
And keep your body functioning optimally; this will help you feel good. When you feel good, strong and healthy, you’ll find you’re better able to cope with whatever is taking place around you.

The elderly
Check on elderly neighbours, although necessary, social isolation can be lonely. Text, phone call or email them especially if they live alone.

Watch a funny video
Thanks to social media there are thousands of videos online that can help you take your mind off current events when you feel gloomy, if only for three minutes at a time.

Misinformation
Fight misinformation online, unfortunately misinformation on COVID-19 is floating around online. If you see it, report it and let anyone posting or sharing know (via private message or commenting on the post). Get your information from trusted sources like the World Health Organisation.

News
Take control of the type and amount of news you consume, allow yourself to watch or read the news once or twice a day at the most. Give your brain time to rest and avoid overthinking what you have watched or read. Watch other shows besides the news.

Look after yourself . . . 
to look after us all, if we all do our best to stop the spread, we can flatten the curve! Use simple social distancing tactics like replacing hugs and handshakes with alternatives such as a wave or nod of the head.

Anxiety
Try not to worry, needless worrying is a waste of energy; it causes anxiety, and anxiety is not good for the immune system. It’s also useful to remember that you’re not in this alone, we are dealing with this as a community, as a country and as one world. Draw strength from your loved ones, and in turn, try to be strong and stay positive for them. There is certainly light at the end of the tunnel.

Reflection
Take a daily inventory. Close your day, every day, with a positive acknowledgement of something you accomplished, learned or are grateful for. It will help dilute some of the negativity you’ve absorbed through the day.

Improve yourself
Use this time to improve your skills, there are hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations where you can learn. Take advantage of technology by searching for these courses and earn valuable credentials.

Attitude of gratitude
Practice living with an attitude of gratitude; be grateful for everything in life, there is nothing too small to be grateful for even it’s the weather. Share feelings of gratitude by expressing gratitude to those you care about; not only will this make their day a little brighter, it will do wonders for your happiness too.

Discipline
Remain disciplined if you are working from home. Keep on track and stay focused by defining your specific workspace and having a workday schedule that you stick to. To avoid burnout, plan and take breaks throughout the day; this includes taking care of yourself by doing something you enjoy.

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Explore the Bay of Islands in New Zealand

Ever heard of Paihia?  It is a town on New Zealand’s North Island. Paihia is known as a gateway to the dive sites and sandy beaches of the Bay of Islands.

The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand area that incorporates more than 140 subtropical. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing and Maori cultural artefacts.

Paihia is an excellent base from which to explore the Bay of Islands. It has top star accommodation, delicious dining options and a decent size town centre

If you are planning a visit to New Zealand then a trip to Paihia is a must! There is fun for everyone.

Explore the Islands!
Every one of the 144 islands that make up the bay differs in attractiveness. The Bay of Islands offer a number of island sailing tours and ferries that you can take to the islands where you can explore the many untouched beaches, nature walks and amazing views.

Swim with Dolphins
The Bay of Islands is a popular spot for taking Dolphin spotting tours. Dolphins like to visit the bay and Paihia serves as a great location to swim with the curious creatures!

See the ‘Hole in the Rock’
The ‘Hole in the Rock’ is probably the most popular photographed location to resemble the Bay of Islands. Cruises depart from the mainland daily. You can combine your cruise with dolphin watching.

Kauri Forests
Rainforests surround the town of Paihia and are home to the famous Kiwi Kauri Tree; these trees are gigantic and are known to be over 2,000 years old! There are many forests that are just a short drive away.

Parasail
To enjoy recreational parasailing, you need to bring out a little bit of courage.  Parasailing is a great way to gain fantastic views of the bay, along with a thrilling experience!

Scuba Dive
Besides the fun of Scuba diving, it is a good cardio workout; scuba diving increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, speeding up any healing process. Scuba diving acts as a great stress reliever for anyone. The coastline is home to a number of shipwrecks that provide unforgettable diving experiences.

If you want to visit New Zealand, we can help!

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