What is the New Coronavirus Variant found in South Africa ?

A new coronavirus variant that was detected in the UK has a mutation occurring at a site common with the South African strain, known as 501.V2, but they are “two completely independent lineages. Coronavirus infections in South Africa have surged since most restrictions were eased several months ago, and a second wave is now following. After UK, South Africa has identified a new variant of the novel coronavirus which is responsible for a surge in coronavirus infections. Several countries, including Britain banned flights from South Africa. The 501.V2, was discovered…

Pregnancy During Covid-19

The sudden advent of coronavirus pandemic has left everyone scared. Out of all, the most scared were the pregnant women who feared for the safety of the unborn babies and if the world will still be safe enough for them to be born. With winters fast approaching and flu-like symptoms being a common accompaniment, the fear has risen amongst the pregnant women. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 might be at increased risk for other adverse results, such as preterm birth. Several advisories have been issued by the government from time…

New strain of coronavirus in UK does not appear to be deadlier

Several countries, including India have announced restrictions on UK travel and suspended flights amid growing concerns of a new, more contagious variant of coronavirus spreading at a much faster pace in parts of the UK. It is thought the variant either emerged in a patient in England or has been imported from a country with a lower ability to monitor coronavirus mutations. Joe Biden’s pick for Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy has said there is no evidence that suggests that a new and more contagious coronavirus variant reported in the UK…

Winter is coming and so is cough and cold

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Change in seasons and smog brings with it a set of illnesses, chronic cough, winter cough, allergies, respiratory problems, common cold and now coronavirus. The ‘common cold’ can be described as the infection of upper respiratory tract caused by different types of viruses. It is transmitted by virus-infected airborne droplets (by direct or indirect contact). “ To start off, all these viruses and flu induce the same kind of response in the host’s body. Symptoms like, cold, cough, sneezing, fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat are common and it makes…

India among the highest Covid-19 recovery rate in the world:

India’s Covid-19 recovery rate crosses 95%, which is among highest in the world. The cases have fallen below 3.4 lakh, and at 95 per cent, India’s recovery rate is higher than the global recovery rate of 70.27 per cent. Countries like the United States, Brazil, Russia and Italy are reporting lesser recovery rates. Union minister for health and family welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the country has “sustained a very high Recovery Rate along with rapidly declining Active Cases & low mortality rate.” “India reported 24,021 new Covid-19 cases…

Covid-19’s Complexity Is Turning Ugly, Now Deadly Fungal Infection Comes in Picture

Written by Ashwarya Singh Covid-19 complexity is turning a nightmare for patients, as new deadly fungal infection is emerging in patients infected by Corona Virus. Gangaram Hospital in Delhi has witnessed over 12 such cases. Deadly fungal infection now found in Covid patients is called as Black Fungus or Mucormycosis. This fungal infection is treatable in nature but with symptoms to be identified in the right time and treatment given as quickly as possible. Doctors in Delhi Hospital had seen alarming health deterioration in patients infected by Mucormycosis. The Covid…

Social Vaccine Before Covid Vaccine

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The global tally of COVID-19 cases is reaching closer to the 37 million mark and the novel coronavirus has already resulted in more than 1 million fatalities. While there are talks of the earliest doses of vaccine to be made available for common masses by the end of this year, the mere launch of a vaccine isn’t enough in itself as the process of vaccinating people across the globe is ought to take a lot of time. India remains the second worst-hit nation from the pandemic, after the US. With…

Covid vaccine could be ready in next few weeks : PM Modi

Chairing an all party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will not have to wait for long for the Covid-19 vaccine and that the Indian manufacturers would be able to create the much-awaited Covid-19 vaccines. He said that the vaccine will first be administered to the healthcare workers and frontline workers along with old and people with health conditions. Both Pfizer and Moderna candidates are much higher priced than India’s potential immunisation candidates. He also indicated that his government is likely to wait for a vaccine that is made…

UK becomes the first country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use and that it will be available early next week. The British regulator Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) declared that the vaccine offers up to 95 percent protection and is safe to be used for immunisation against COVID-19 coronavirus. The Government also has accepted the recommendation from the independent MHRA to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use. The vaccine will be made available for use across the UK from next week. Pharmaceutical giant…

Coronavirus (covid-19) Frequently Asked Questions

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Ever since the pharma giants declared the testing of their vaccines, there are several questions about the safety and availability of the coronavirus vaccine on everyone’s mind. US pharma majors Pfizer and Moderna have claimed more around 95 percent effectiveness against the coronavirus, the UK’s Oxford University has claimed its vaccine provides up to 90 percent protection against the Covid-19. Russia’s Sputnik V has also claimed over 91 per cent efficacy against the virus. Dr. Amitesh Anand scientist, University Of California, answered some frequently asked and important questions about the…