Sunday April 5, 2020

Social Distancing is the Key to Prevent Coronavirus: Health Experts

Why social distancing is necessary to fight coronavirus

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It is important to understand that social distancing is key to fighting the spread of the coronavirus infection. Pixabay

As several states in India have started directing the closure of cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools and other recreational spots, it is important to understand that social distancing is key to fighting the spread of the coronavirus infection.

This is particularly important to ensure that those who actually need the healthcare facilities are able to use them, according to experts.

In the absence of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, infections can rise rapidly, stressing the country’s healthcare infrastructure.

In his discussion with health ministers of different states, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan earlier this week stressed on the need of persuading the general public to avoid crowded gatherings as well as on following basic principles of personal hygiene and prevention.

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There is a need of persuading the general public to avoid crowded social gatherings as well as on following basic principles of personal hygiene and prevention. Pixabay

According to a new report from Counterpoint Research, coronavirus infection spreads rapidly through a population, reaching a peak and then subsiding almost equally rapidly once there are no new people to infect.

“By locking down areas and curtailing socializing, the pool of potential virus recipients is reduced, causing the outbreak to moderate more quickly,” said the report.

“This is what happened in China. But a rapid lockdown is not what has happened in Iran, Italy and many other parts of Europe, and the United States”.

The disease has likely been in the community in these countries for several weeks before being formally identified.

Epidemiologists have termed the strategy of preventing a huge rise in coronavirus cases through protective measures “flattening the curve”.

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If social disrances are not maintaines, then the virus can spread rapidly. Pixabay

The “flattening the curve” graphic which has now gone viral on social media was first created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and popularised by the Economist. It visually explains the importance of the protective measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Indian government has advised that people should avoid all non-essential travel abroad and refrain from travelling to countries reporting high cases and deaths as mentioned in the travel advisory issued by the government.

All incoming international passengers returning to India should self-monitor their health and follow the required Do’s and Don’ts as detailed by the government.

To quarantine itself India has already cancelled all existing visas – except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas – till April 15.

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“What we suggest is that since this is a respiratory virus we should know cough etiquette and ensure hand hygiene. When we cough droplets fall and then if we touch surfaces which are infected it causes the virus to enter our body,” said Vikas Maurya, Director and Head of Department of Pulmonology and Sleep Disorders at Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi.

A total of 83 persons have tested positive for coronavirus across India so far. (IANS)

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Amazon Plans To Unveil Full-Fledged Cloud Gaming Platform

Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. VOA

Amazon is reportedly working on a full-fledged cloud gaming platform under the code name Project Tempo, similar to Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now.

The retail giant has been working on a game called Crucible ever since 2014 and along with that game, the company is going to bring another game called New World, which will be a multiplayer online game and will fit perfectly in the multiplayer game genre, reports The New York Times.

“The big picture is about trying to take the best of Amazon and bringing it to games,” the report quoted Mike Frazzini, Amazon’s vice president for game services and studios as saying.

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Amazon is reportedly working on a full-fledged cloud gaming platform under the code name Project Tempo, similar to Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Wikimedia Commons

“We have been working for a while, but it takes a long time to make games, and we’re bringing a lot of Amazon practices to making games,” Frazzini added.

When it comes to cloud-based gaming, Amazon will have to compete with Microsoft and Google. Both of them already have their feet firmly planted in the space, Microsoft with Project xCloud and Google with Stadia.

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Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (IANS)