Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Handling Challenges in Kuwait (Version 3, Approved)
|Reviewer 1 Nagarajan Raju Post-doctoral Research fellow, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.USA||Reviewer 2 Carlos Silva Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Electrical Engineering Department, Curitiba, Brazil||Reviewer 3 Kenneth B. Yeh MRIGlobal, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, USA|
Approved with revisions
Approved with revisions
Approved with revisions
Gasana, J.; Shehab, M. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Handling Challenges in Kuwait. Sci 2020, 2, 63.
Gasana J, Shehab M. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Handling Challenges in Kuwait. Sci. 2020; 2(3):63.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gasana, Janvier; Shehab, Maryam. 2020. "Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Handling Challenges in Kuwait." Sci 2, no. 3: 63.
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Post-doctoral Research fellow, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.USA
In this manuscript, authors provided details of challenges handled to control the coronavirus spread in Kuwait. The manuscript is well written and details explained properly. I have the following one concern
Authors should update all the values including infection counts, death, recovery rate, etc based on the current data. Also, should update these counts in the figures and tables. It is better to include some details of the coronavirus to improve the quality of the manuscript.
Response to Reviewer 1Sent on 26 Sep 2020 by Janvier Gasana, Maryam Shehab
Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Electrical Engineering Department, Curitiba, Brazil
The paper presents general information about the actual situation of Kuwait about the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors bring and show information about what is the number of cases and deaths there. Also, a set of restrictions and suggestions from the OMS and Health authority is presented. The main trouble of this paper is about the presentation quality of the number os cases and death, and especially dates in which each number occurs. It is suggested to meditate about that.
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Try to use only one shape of word COVID-19 or COVID 19.
The first paragraph of the introduction sounds to be very long. It could be separated into two parts. [Viral ... 2019 [5,6].]
Figure 1 could be better presented. In fact, the figure shows other information based on different days. I suggest adapting the figure in order to improve the progress of numbers, or only keep the numerical information, not lines.
An excellent source of data with numerical information is https://ourworldindata.org/covid-cases?country=~KWT . There, information about all world countries is available. Could you confront numerical information?
One of the biggest issues of the paper is the date limit used to present the number and statistics. The first COVID-19 case in Kuwait is about February 24 and the limit data presented in this paper is about the l of April month with about 3700 cases. However, at submission date, May 12, was bout 9286 cases. In the final of May is more than 26 thousand cases.
Question: how the author explains the increment of the number of new cases, even with social lockdown procedures and government orientations?
There is a mistake in the text "Figure 4 shows that Kuwait’s daily COVID-19 confirmed cases are 9286, 2907 recovered, and 65 deaths, and that, on a global COVID-19 trajectory, USA is at the top and Kuwait at the bottom". Figure 4 presents information about historical series of cases confirmed up to April 18th, but on this day was just confirmed a total of 1,658. The 9,286 cases are on the day of May 12th. Maybe the authors need to check correctly these numbers, correct the text informing dates, and separate figure 4 in two parts.
Improve and update the quality of the figures.
Provide an English revision language.
Considers the articles about Kuwait COVID sitution
Kuwait will scramble to make up lost COVID-19 ground
Response to Reviewer 2Sent on 26 Sep 2020 by Janvier Gasana, Maryam Shehab
MRIGlobal, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, USA
Please see my comments and suggestions in attached pdf.
I believe this experience and perspective is important to share, however this article needs additional work to provide breadth, depth and impactful points. Thank you for the opportunity to review.
Response to Reviewer 3Sent on 26 Sep 2020 by Janvier Gasana, Maryam Shehab
Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine, University of Siena, Italy
The paper is very interesting, it is very important to increase the literature on COVID-19. Knowing how different countries are fighting the pandemic could help to find a better and more efficient common strategy and line of action.
GENERAL ASPECTS: Some mistakes occurred, for exaple the the “-” between COVID and 19 (COVID-19 not COVID 19) which sometimes is missing.
TITLE: Fine but attention to write COVID-19.
Row 4 COVID-19 is the acronym to Corona Virus Disease 2019, so the first time the authors use the acronym, they should add the extended version.
The period at the end of the paragraph, where the Authors talk about method of control the spread, is to be moved directly to the methods paragraph.
The authors should add also the aim of the study, how written in the abstract.
METHODS AND PROCEDURES
It is a descriptive study without a real methodology.
It is missing the bracket after the word COVID-19;
The measures about migrant and airport could be moved as list items.
About the point one of the list, could be useful explain if the student are returned at school or they are still at home.
The plasma therapy is used also in Italy.
The authors could spend some words on the use but especially on the availability of surgical masks and personal protective equipment in the methods and procedures paragraph. Their lack has been found in many countries during the pandemic, but it is an ever-present problem how reported in a brief report that I suggest to read, because it highlights how the lack of PPE has been reported during other epidemics as Ebola. The report is Troiano G., Nante N. “Political and medical role in the last Ebola outbreak” Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, 58, 201-202, 2017.
The Authors should pay attention to how write COVID-19. Attention also at the use of the word “significant” which involves a statistic analysis.
About the figure, it is recommended to use more trusted sources than twitter.
Fine but attention to COVID-19
Response to Reviewer 4Sent on 26 Sep 2020 by Janvier Gasana, Maryam Shehab
Division of Bioorganic Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Saarland University, D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
As most of the reviewers are now recommending acceptance, I am also in favour of acceptance. I have checked the manuscript and it is nicely written, although more of a review than a standard experimental piece. I have also noted that some of the figures may be taken from other sources, such as the Ministry of Health. I assume that this does not pose any copyright issues.