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Even as there are now vaccines approved for COVID-19, the disease continues to spread all over the world. As of now, the coronavirus has really spread to all the continents as the pandemic has reached the icy region of Antarctica.
COVID-19 has now reached all the continents in the world as 36 cases were reported in Antarctica. Chilean researchers at the General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme facility all tested positive after undergoing PCR swab tests at the research station. The disease has now infected millions of people all over the world since it first broke out in China in December 2019. The researchers may have contracted COVID-19 after coming into contact with a cargo supply delivery back on November 27. The cargo was delivered by the Sargento Aldea cargo vessel.
Around 26 army personnel aboard the vessel have tested positive for COVID-19 along with 10 other contractors. At least three crew members of the ship have also tested positive. The Chilean army said that all the non-essential workers aboard the vessel have been brought back to Chile. The Chilean researchers that have tested positive are isolating but in good condition.
“Thanks to the timely preventive action it was possible to relieve said personnel, who, after being subjected to medical control and the administration of a PCR test … turned out to be positive for COVID-19,” said the army in a statement. “
Until today, Antarctica was the only region in the world that was unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Greenland has reported its first coronavirus infection earlier in March this year and now has 6,000 cases and 28 deaths.
The pandemic has forced many to work remotely or at home and according to new research, working from the comfort of one’s bed can be good for a person’s mental health. UK mattress brand OTTY found that at least 25 percent of people have spent a day working in bed. Working from bed was at an all-time high upon the announcement of a second lockdown in the country. The company consulted with chiropractors and other experts regarding their findings to look into the effects of working in bed.
According to the experts, there are many positive effects of working in bed. One positive effect is that working in bed would create a peaceful environment free from stress.