new or unusual in an interesting way.“he hit on a novel idea to solve his financial problems”synonyms:new · original · unusual · unfamiliar · unconventional · off-center · unorthodox · different · fresh · imaginative · creative · innovative · innovatory · innovational · inventive · modern · ultramodern · state-of-the-art · advanced · avant-garde · futuristic · pioneering · groundbreaking · trailblazing · revolutionary · rare · unique · singular · unprecedented · uncommon · experimental · untested · untried · unknown · surprising · strange · exotic · out of the ordinary · newfangled · left-field · new-fashioned · neotericantonyms:Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the strain of coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness. Colloquially known as simply the coronavirus, it was previously referred to by its provisional name, 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and has also been called human coronavirus 2019 (HCoV-19 or hCoV-19).[A novel virus is one with which we have no experience. There was a popular theory that I wrote of on May 20th that heat would vanquish Covid-19. This theory was based on the observation that other coronaviruses died out in the warm weather months. I said at that time that we didn’t have enough experience to know whether this would come to pass. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We expected to have a spike in cases after Memorial Day, but the increase is more than anticipated. Public protests may exacerbate the spread of the disease.For the past 72 hours, my phone has been lighting up with patients and businessmen asking advice because one of their family members or workers has tested positive. As we know, there are tests and there are tests. Antibody tests are notoriouslyinaccurate and we rely on the PCR nasal antigen swabs. Even with these more accurate tests, the number is climbing and a cause for concern. We will discover over the next few weeks whether the number continue to climb or decline.
Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said such state-to-state comparisons of weather and coronavirus infections are shaky.
“There no evidence for that, from what I know,” he said.
So don’t let your guard down. Social distance, wear masks when that isn’t possible and wash your hands.
Here is the latest article on the efficacy of masks.
Face mask modeling study: A modeling study found that when face masks were used all of the time in public settings, the effective reproductive number of SARS-CoV-2 fell below 1. Even when the researchers assumed that masks were only 50% effective at capturing the virus, they were still effective at limiting community transmission when done in combination with periods of lockdown and physical distancing practices. The authors conclude in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A that their analyses “provide support for the immediate, universal adoption of facemasks by the public.”https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspa.2020.0376