Recently, a study revealed the utility of Dexamethasone in treating the Coronavirus patients. It reduced the risk of deaths of COVID-19 patients by one-third. Practitioners took to this drug to save the lives of their patients. However, with its increased demand another question has raised. Is Dexamethasone running out of markets?
COVID-19 started in Wuhan, a province of China. Slowly, it made its way across the seas and became a pandemic. The gravity of situation increased and the death toll reached to hundreds of thousands. The number of cases per day went as high as 180,000. While a few countries were successful in containing the virus, others got hit badly. The U.S. has faced 2,364,840 cases and 122,318 deaths till now.
Effectiveness of the Drug
Governments around the world enforced lockdowns. However, these lockdowns badly affected the economy. Lockdowns also led to starvation of the daily-wagers. In these difficult times, a study revealed that Dexamethasone, an abundant and cheap corticosteroid is very useful in treating Coronavirus patients.
Dexamethasone reduces the risk of death by one third for patients who are on ventilators. It reduces the risk of death by one fifth for the patients who are receiving supplemental oxygen. Dexamethasone is a very cheap and readily available steroid. Therefore, it seemed to be a ray of hope for people all over the world.
Is Dexamethasone Running Out?
With its proved utility in saving the COVID-19 patients, its demand increased exponentially. However, the number of Coronavirus patients mounts to millions all over the world. It is quite a possibility that Dexamethasone is running out of the markets. Some people have even started hoarding the supplies of dexamethasone. People are hoarding anything that slightly proves useful in treating the virus. Many people are involved in black marketing of supplies.
Some experts say that it is too early to say anything about global shortage. Others are certain that this situation will lead to global shortage. Two types of the drugs are available in the market. The injectable Dexamethasone is the preferred formulation for medication. However, it is more difficult to produce than the oral dexamethasone.
Working of the Drug
Out of all the patients that received the medication, mostly the effects were trivial and unnoticeable. However, for the sickest patients especially those on ventilators, the drug is a major life-saver. The intravenous medicine is in shortage in the U.S. and they are largely dependent on the oral medicine.
The Coronavirus triggers inflammation while your body tries to fight it off and this drug calms this effect. It calms the immune system and the stimulus triggering inflammation. However, some practitioners say that this can weaken the immune system. This hampers their ability to fight common viruses like H1N1 and influenza.
Dexamethasone is supplied by two major Indian companies, Wockhardt and Cadila Healthcare. Wockhardt has a “very limited” supply available for export, but is working to produce “enormous capacity” of both oral and intravenous dexamethasone.
Although we are not sure when we might run out of Dexamethasone or if we ever will but there is still a risk of it. The only sure way to eliminate the novel COVID-19 is by complete social distancing.
Catering Company Mixes CANNABIS with FOOD
An Okanagan Based catering company reportedly mixes Cannabis with Food supplies. This is not a new concept. Many fine dines have introduced the concept of mixing wine with food items. However, no laws are there for licensing of the catering companies mixing cannabis with food.
CANNABIS with FOOD
Brent Pillon co-owns the Stratus Cannabis Catering with his wife Jenna. He says that the company caters events in people’s home, which is a relatively safer place for Cannabis Consumption. He says that having Cannabis together with food is a delightful and pleasant experience.
However, the thing to keep in mind is that Canada only allows licensed retailers to sell all forms of recreational Cannabis. In Canada, the sale of Recreational Cannabis is monitored and regulated by the government. The catering companies trying innovations in business should contact the lawyers and make a contract with the government.
In Quebec, all the recreational Cannabis is regulated by SQDC. Only SQDC retailers can sell recreational Cannabis. They provide a variety of Cannabis consuming options. The prices might be a bit higher than the street-sellers. However, the point to remember is that street-seller business in an illegal one. The only legal and safe option to consume recreational Cannabis is through licensed shops and retailers.
In the response to a question asking if they keep check on the amount of Cannabis they add, Pillon answered that their company believes in personal interaction with every individual. He said that he likes to know the people he is cooking for. He makes every effort to interact with them and ask them about their tolerance and comfort.
He proudly told about offering the guests Cannabis vapor to set the tone. The company is very careful about the quantity of Cannabis they use. They use measured and safe quantities so as not to overdoes or overwhelm anybody.
Talking about the taste and quality of food, Pillon said that the food tastes nothing like Cannabis. They use a very light or rather flavorless THC distillate. The company prepares food from organic and farm fresh products with the best quality meat. They avoid flavoring food with Cannabis until people specifically ask for it.
Legalities of the Matter
Pillon is one of the top cheps of Okanagan, who left the job industry to start his own business. He wanted to be able to engage with the people who ate the food he cooked. He wanted to see the expressions of people telling how much they liked it. Opening his own Catering company gave him the chance to be his own boss and interact with customers in a positive way.
When asked if his company is licensed to provide Cannabis mixed in food, he said that they don’t need any license since they cater at homes only. According to the Regulations under The Cannabis Act, it is legal to consume Cannabis at homes.
However, according to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, recreational Cannabis can only be sold by licensed shops and retailers. The cannabis infused catering business can also pose many risks such as acting as an agent for the sale or purchase of Cannabis. Hence it is better to consult a lawyer for all the legal aspects.
Two New Coronavirus Cases Emerge: Did New Zealand lift lockdown too soon?
New Zealand was declared a Coronavirus free country almost a week back. However, just recently, two new coronavirus cases emerged out of nowhere. Reportedly, these two cases are women who were visiting from England.
These women were visiting their dying parent. According to the protocol, they had to stay in self-isolation for two good weeks. However, due to the urgency of the situation they were allowed to leave on compassionate grounds. The condition on which they were allowed to leave was that they will use the maximum precautions. They were not supposed to touch or come in contact with any person.
To the dismay of the Kiwi Government, these two ladies tested positive for the novel COVID-19. They travelled to Wellington from Auckland by Car. They had no contact with anybody during their road trip. However, there is still a great deal of chance that anybody around them might have caught the virus.
Isolating the Two New Coronavirus Cases
The government is trying to spot all the people who came in close contact with those ladies. They have asked the car driver, the passengers and staff on their flights, a family member they met at Wellington and all the people who were staying in Auckland hotel during their quarantine to test for the virus.
These two women travelling from Britain will be staying in isolation till their recovery. They have also delayed the funeral of their parent. New Zealand had gone clean for three weeks without any Coronavirus positive patient. They were planning to further lift all the restrictions after the 28-day period has passed. On the other hand, Britain has encountered almost 300,000 cases of COVID-19 with more than 42,000 deaths. While the graph of Britain is flattening, it is still on a count of more than thousand patients in a day.
New Zealand declaring itself a Coronavirus free state was a ray of hope for many people all around the world. People were happy that countries are recovering from such a setback. It seemed that humans can after all control and contain the virus. However, now some chances of a spiral continuing are possible.
New Zealand’s Strategies
New Zealand treaded with extreme caution. Their strategy for dealing with Coronavirus was commendable. They opted for a swift lockdown and closed borders in time. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been highly praised for her skilled management. On the confirmation of these two Coronavirus cases she said that this failure is unacceptable. She further added that with more than 8 million cases across the globe, it is impossible that they won’t get cases at the border.
Prime Minister Ardern said that there will be no laid-back attitude in examining the COVID-19 patients. The government will be more cautious while dealing with the borders.
The COVID-19 pandemic has frozen the world for the last three months. With zero certainty, people are getting anxious. This is a global issue very different from all the ones that we have previously faced. Leaders are coming up with new strategies and management policies. Doctors and Pharmacologists are coming up with new formulas to deal with the virus. However, there is only one sure way of protecting the world from the virus, social distancing!
4 States With NO Chances of Marijuana Legalization
The great revolution of Marijuana legalization is not going so great. 4 states of America might have to wait until 2022 or maybe more because right now they have NO Chances of Marijuana Legalization. Marijuana is a Schedule-I addictive drug. However, 11 states including Washington have legalized recreational pot while 33 have legalized the use of medical cannabis.
The U.S. politics is changing due to the upcoming elections. These elections have triggered the states to take steps to please the public to save the vote bank. While many states have put the legalization of marijuana in the ballot to gain votes from the public, a few have not even considered it. There are still 4 big states that are waiting for their shot at the Cannabis legalization.
The third most populous state of America, also known as the sunshine state is still far behind to get Cannabis legalization. The state has decided to not bring the matter of cannabis legalization to the polls this year. Florida legalized the use of medical cannabis back in October, 2016. People were expecting that Florida will soon be one of the states to legalize the use of recreational pot. However, to the disappointment of people, recreational pot might not be legal in Florida till 2022.
About 60% of the population of Florida voted in the favor of Cannabis legalization. However, little can be said with regards to the retiree population. Florida has a large number of aged population. Aged people are less likely to vote in favor of marijuana than the young adults. So right now there are no chances of Marijuana legalization.
The name of New York in the list of these states is going to shock many readers. Up till now, no changes have been made in New York’s policy regarding cannabis. New York had a great chance at Cannabis legalization. However, the Governor has announced that sadly marijuana legalization is not a part of this year’s budget.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the global pandemic has eaten up many of the resources and budgeting has become complicated. He further added that marijuana legalization could not be a part of this year’s budget due to the various complication they are facing at the moment. However, the legalization seems favorable in the coming year.
Florida and New York are not going to legalize cannabis in 2002. However, there is a little chance for Ohio to do that. The recreational marijuana initiatives are to be presented in November. More than 4 hundred thousand signatures are required so that the regulators can consider the initiative. However, due to COVID-19, government has enforced a lockdown and people are mostly staying at home.
It is very hard to get signatures from the people during the lockdown. The state needs 4 hundred thousand signatures in three weeks. However very few of supporters of the legalization of medical cannabis were supporting the legalization of recreational cannabis. Chances at this point of the legalization of recreational pot are very rare.
Missouri is also facing a similar kind of crisis as Ohio. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state was unable to collect 170,000 signatures for the approval for ballot. The supporters of the cause proposed to take signatures online. However, the regulators opposed the idea.
Medical Cannabis was legalized in Missouri back in November 2018. However, the state’s medical cannabis industry is still facing many issues. If the medical cannabis industry hasn’t stabilized itself in 20 months, legalizing recreational marijuana doesn’t seem like
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