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Doctors and Health workers are the Heroes of Humanity- A tribute to all doctors!


Doctors and nurses from all over the world have posted pictures of themselves to social media in hospitals while holding signs that read: We stay here for you, please stay home for us’.


While the world collectively shelters in place to protect against coronavirus, medical professionals flock to the front lines to work long hours trending to a massive number of infected people.


In China, an estimated 3,000 healthcare workers have become infected with the virus, and 22 have died. In Italy, currently a hot spot for the virus, an estimated 20% of healthcare professionals have become infected with COVID-19.

Communist-run Cuba it’s dispatched a brigade of doctors and nurses to Italy for the first time to help in the fight against the coronavirus. 


Leonardo Fernandez an intensive care specialist said – “we are all afraid but we have a revolutionary duty to fulfill, so we take out fear and put it on one side”, he said we are not superheroes, we are revolutionary doctors. This would be his eighth international mission including one in Liberia during the fight against Ebola outbreak,

Cuba built a healthcare system that was the envy of the developing world with economic aid from former ally soviet Union, though some of those advances have been lost since the communist bloc collapsed.

Still, Cuba has one of the highest ratios worldwide of physicians per capita even excluding those doctors abroad, and its medical brigades for disaster relief continue to earn Havana goodwill worldwide.

Meanwhile, Cuba, which is known for its disaster preparedness is stepping up measures at home too to stem the coronavirus contagion.

Thousands of doctors and medical students are also going door-to-door monitoring their local communities.


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In some countries – home quarantined citizens are expressing love for the doctors and nurses on the from lines of the global COVID-19 outbreak, even as it spreads across much of the world, shouts and applause are ringing out in many lockdown cities, and social media is being flooded with messages of support for those braving the outbreak to help others.


Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people have been sharing memes applauding healthcare workers on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and other social media platforms.

Tribute has also been pouring in for other font line workers who are helping to keep society going amid the crisis, including grocery store staff delivery drivers and police.

Thousands of formers nurses and doctors have already come forward in several countries to join the fight against the disease, amid concerns that it might overwhelm healthcare systems as it spreads.


Countries who are working to make COVID – 19 Vaccines

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, scientists have raced to create the first vaccines against it, with trials either starting or poised in the U.S, China and Europe.

The World Health Organization is working with scientists across the globe on at least 20 different coronavirus vaccines with some already in clinical trials in record time — just 60 days after sequencing the gene.

The vaccines are still a long way away from being available for public use, WHO officials cautioned. Leading scientists say the clinical trials and safety approvals needed to get a workable vaccine to market could take up to 18 months.


Israel's Institute for Biological Research, supervised by the Prime Minister's office, has recently had a significant breakthrough in understanding the biological mechanism and qualities of the virus, including better diagnostic capability, production of antibodies for those who already have the coronavirus and development of a vaccine.

The development process, however, requires a series of tests and experiments that may last many months before the vaccination is deemed effective or safe to use

In Germany, A team of scientists has now found a promising approach towards understanding the COVID-19 virus between which could help in creating drugs to combat it.

Scientists used the Berlin X-ray source BESSY II to decade the protein responsible for the replication of the coronavirus. 

The scientists have managed to decode the 3D architecture of the main protease (Mopar) of SARS CoV-2. The protein plays a pivotal role in the reproduction of the virus.

The 3D architecture provides the concrete base points on which one can keep on developing active inhibitors to fight the virus. The drug created could target specific points of SARS CoV-2 and stop its functions.

The team was led by Professor Dr. Rolf Hilgenfeld of the University of Lubeck in Germany. They used high-intensity X-ray light from the BESSY II facility of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB).


The instrument used for the experiment allows for the analysis of tiny protein crystals using X-ray light, which shows the 3D architecture of the protein molecules. The shape of the molecule and its electron density is calculated using computer algorithms.

Hilgenfeld had earlier developed an inhibitor against the SARS-virus during the 2002/2003 pandemic and deciphered an enzyme of the Zika virus in 2016.

Over 3 lakh people across the world have tested positive for the coronavirus. In India, the number of cases is rising and is close to 400. State governments have opted for a lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.


How health worker and doctors risking their own lives?

Thousands of health workers have been selflessly serving others day and night, without caring about themselves.

They are risking their lives to ensure that that disease doesn’t spread from patients to family members and others.

And among the frontline Corona Warriors are those who deal with passengers arriving at airports. Teams of 120 personnel including doctors and paramedical staffers from the Airport Health Organisation.

Airport where they are responsible for conducting thermal scanning of passengers coming from foreign countries.

Most of these officials are involved in face-to-face contact with passengers that pose risks for themselves. A slight mistake or negligence could prove hazardous for them and others.





Conclusion

The world needs more scientists and doctors who want to translate their expertise into effective communication on global concerns and anxieties. As we humans confront each new challenge, whether its pandemic or some other globally destabilizing force, these skills are supremely important to help us guide with science the leaders of business, technology, and governance.

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