Summary information from some recent publications which indicate that the SARS-CoV-2 most likely emerged in nature, through natural selection, and was not a laboratory generated virus which escaped from the lab, either accidentally or due to malicious intent, and resulted in the pandemic which has thrown the whole world off-balance. However, the debate still remains, and a clear, fool proof evidence in favor of either side is yet to be identified.
The Dutch CONCOVID Trial intended to look at the effect of convalescent plasma therapy on mortality in COVID-19 patients. It has recently been halted after recruiting only about a fifth of its calculated sample size after some very unexpected results were observed. These are my quick thoughts on the matter!
COVID-19 has had a slow growth in various African countries. I look at the reported numbers and it seems that although the epidemiological proportions are in agreement with the global numbers, the low rate of testing is perhaps contributing to the lower number of reported cases.