All that, six months later, we still do not know about the greatest health crisis of the 21st century (Clear X # 98)
Who was going to tell us just six months ago that a small virus in the middle of a small city almost unknown to all of us was going to become the greatest health crisis of the century? Seven million infected, 400,000 deceased and billions of people confined: SARS-CoV-2 has been, for months, the center around which the whole world revolves. Above all, that of science and health.
During these months, we have learned a great deal, and all experts feel that our knowledge of infectious diseases has advanced incredibly. However, the fact that Europe is no longer the epicenter of the pandemic may make us think that the worst is over. And not. Globally, the epidemic continues to grow and has not yet reached the plateau of infections. The danger is still out there and there are still too many things we don't know.
To talk to us about all those questions that still remain in the pipeline we have with us Javier Jiménez (@dronte), head of science, health and environment in Xataka, and Santi Araújo (@santiaraujo), master of ceremonies for Despeja la X.
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The big seven questions
Perhaps the greatest challenge we face when we talk about coronaviruses is their complexity. Thousands of factors intervene in real time, making questions about the past of the pandemic (Where and when did the virus jump to humans? What route did it take to get from the bats of southern China to us?) Are as relevant as those that have to do with the future (How long does immunity last? Will there be a second wave? Are we lifting confinement too early?).
But the unknowns go further. There are many things that we do not know about the virus (what is the actual lethality of the virus? Why does it affect some patients more than others? How does it affect children?) And the pandemic itself (What dimension is it really having? ? Will we know someday? How has it managed to pass under the radar of all controls and bring the best health systems in the world to collapse?). They are not free questions, nor are they merely academic questions: in finding the right answers we are risking the near future.
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