The World Health Organization (WHO) head said that he hopes the COVID-19 pandemic will be over in less than 2 years. "Our situation now with more technology, of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading, it can move fast ", he said.
Noting a "sign of hope" in terms of decrease in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Africa during the past week, Nkengasong, however, emphasized the need to avoid "prevention fatigue", and further intensify precautionary measures, such as the use of masks, social distancing as well as increase testing.
The research out of Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children shows that infected children - even those without symptoms - can have higher levels of virus in their airways than adults hospitalized in intensive care units.
Yonker said , "I was surprised by the high levels of virus we found in children of all ages, especially in the first two days of infection". The research suggests that children can carry a high viral load, meaning they can be very contagious, regardless of their susceptibility to developing a COVID-19 illness.
The researchers said their findings imply that in school settings, scans for body temperatures and the search for symptoms such as fever would not be reliable methods to identify children who might be infected. This is a particular concern for families in certain socio-economic groups, which have been harder hit in the pandemic , and families with vulnerable older adults in their homes.
According to the McLean County Health Department (MCHD), there are now 192 active cases. About a third are recovering at home or at a long term care facility, 0.5% are recovering at a hospital and the deceased make up 1.6% of all cases as of Thursday, according to county health data .