The second wave of the Covid-19 disease epidemic is the main concern of the British newspapers published Tuesday, as they dealt with the extent to which Britain has learned the lessons of the first outbreak of the epidemic last spring, and how to prepare for a new wave.
We start with the opinion page in the Guardian newspaper, and an article by William Hanage, professor of the evolution of infectious disease epidemiology at Harvard, discussing the extent to which Britain understands the lessons learned from the first outbreak of the epidemic.
Britain appears to be suffering from forgetfulness or amnesia. He says that since last spring, more than 40,000 people have died, and he finds this tragedy, for all its enormity, should have been an opportunity for learning – assuming governments are prepared to do so.
He says that since the pandemic first broke out in the early part of the year, scientists and governments have learned a lot about the virus, and realized that the best way to fight it is to test, trace and isolate.
The writer says that Britain seems to be ignoring most of these difficult lessons, describing the failure to learn lessons as a “disaster.”
The writer says that evidence indicates that high rates of disease during the spring season began with mild, undetected infections, especially among young people. And since young people usually develop mild symptoms of the disease, they are likely not to be examined, because the test system in Britain is designed to examine those who appear to have one of the three main symptoms of Covid-19, which is a persistent cough, high temperature, and loss of smell and taste.
The writer says that ignoring the examination of younger age groups that may not exhibit symptoms of the disease is one of the main causes of the outbreak of the epidemic in Britain, especially since these young age groups are for people who frequent beaches and bars and who are less interested in prevention methods such as social distancing, and they may cause transmission Disease and its spread.
Air travel in a time of pandemic
And in The Independent we read a report by Helen Covey on air travel during the time of the Covid-19 epidemic. The writer says that, whether with enthusiasm or hesitation, there is no denying that increasing numbers of travelers have returned to airports and planes after months of hiatus due to the epidemic. But for the foreseeable future, air travel is likely to be significantly different from before.
The difference, she says, includes social distancing, wearing masks at airports and on planes, and not standing in toilet lines on planes.
The author says that although travelers often focus on airplanes as a hotbed of germs, the airport is likely to be a much more dangerous place, bringing together people from all over the world.
She adds that maintaining a distance between you and those outside your home, washing hands regularly or using hand sanitizer, and wearing a muzzle are the most important steps that must be taken at the airport. However, there are other ways to limit contact with others, such as printing the boarding pass in advance where possible, limiting the baggage that is carried inside the aircraft hold, and being satisfied with the hand luggage.
The author says that medical experts recommend that aircraft passengers remain in the sitting position as much as possible, follow the instructions and instructions from the crew, and use credit cards and not cash if they want to buy any food or goods on board the plane.
What to stock up on the time of the pandemic
In the Daily Mail newspaper, we read a report by Caroline Jones on the goods that individuals and families must stockpile for fear of shortages in the event of a shortage of goods if the state decides to impose a general lockdown again.
The writer says that some have already started storing some basic commodities such as disinfectants and toilet paper, but these commodities, despite their importance, are not the most important things that should be stored.
The writer is making a list of some of the main commodities to stock up, among them paracetamol tablets. She says that in the event of mild symptoms from Covid-19, the patient will feel pains and aches due to which he will need a pain reliever such as paracetamol.
The author also says that one of the commodities we should stockpile is dehydration drugs. The author says that the high body temperature as a result of the disease may cause the patient to lose a large amount of water as a result of the associated sweat. That is why she recommends storing dry recovery tablets.