Managing the spread of Covid-19 in the local front
The novel coronavirus, now named Covid-19, has become a deadly contagious disease affecting humans, like the African Swine Fever that is killing thousands of pigs.
Viruses are complex molecules made up of a protein coat surrounding a deoxyribonucleic acid core of genetic material. At the moment, there are no cures against these infectious particles. It is hoped that vaccines could be formulated soon.
Precautionary measures such as sanitation, isolation, quarantine, and proper nutrition to build resistance are being done to prevent the spread of viral diseases.
Test kits are used and clinical observations are done to perceive the presence of viruses but they are less reliable. We send samples to other countries to ascertain the occurrence of diseases that takes time for results to be known and delays action to be taken.
Every now and then we are subjected to various illnesses. It is now the time for us to establish an analytical laboratory equipped with a powerful electron microscope to detect the existence of viruses so we could effectively manage these pathogen disorders. — PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City