SIX DOSES OF COVID VACCINE AT ONE TIME
The question which is common across the world is 2 doses of vaccination is enough? Two different companies' doses can be mixed? Can't we have one single dose of effective vaccination? But Italian women perfect candidate answer for the vaccination.
23 years old Italian women have received six doses But an Italian woman may have become the perfect candidate to answer all vaccine questions henceforth. A 23-year-old Italian lady recently made headlines in the country for receiving six doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine of vaccination.
A nurse mistakenly injected one whole vial of the vaccine instead of the dose to the women which is equivalent to six doses of the vaccine.
Fortunately, the woman did not face any adverse side effects. Soon after the vaccination fluids and paracetamol were used to ensure her well-being.
-Jyothi S Talawar
COW DUNG AGAINST COVID-19
In India, some people of practicing using cow dung applying over the body and also drinking cow urine to get high immunity power to fight against Corona doctors are warning against these practices by saying there is no scientific evidence and report for its effectiveness in over-treating covid-19 and they inform the risks of spreading other diseases.
Some believers have been going to cow shelters once a week to cover their bodies in cow dung and urine in the hope it will boost their immunity against, or help them recover from, the coronavirus most in Gujarat in western India. This can lead to a false sense of safety and causes other health complications.
"There is no concrete scientific evidence that cow dung or urine work to boost immunity against COVID-19, it is based entirely on belief," said Dr. JA Jayalal, national president at the Indian Medical Association.
-Jyothi S Talawar
Mucormycosis: The 'black fungus' maiming Covid patients in India
Dr Akshay Nair, a Mumbai-based eye surgeon, was waiting to operate on a 25-year-old woman who had recovered from a bout of Covid-19 three weeks ago.
Inside the surgery, an ear, nose and throat specialist was already at work on the patient, a diabetic.
He had inserted a tube in her nose and was removing tissues infected with mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection. This aggressive infection affects the nose, eye and sometimes the brain.
After his colleague finished, Dr Nair would carry out a three-hour procedure to remove the patient's eye.
"I will be removing her eye to save her life. That's how this disease works," Dr Nair told me.
Even as a deadly second wave of Covid-19 ravages India, doctors are now reporting a rash of cases involving a rare infection - also called the "black fungus" - among recovering and recovered Covid-19 patients.
JUNIOR DOCTORS IN INDIA'S COVID CRISIS
"We've had to grow up a lot in one month... as fresh interns, we've been thrown into a crisis-like situation."
It's often said that jumping in at the deep end is the best way to start a new job.
And as Covid cripples India's healthcare system, it's sink or swims for junior doctors fresh out of university.
On 26 February, 22-year-old Dr Pankti Pandya had just finished her final year of undergraduate study in her home state of Gujarat, on India's west coast.
There were 424 Covid cases that day in Gujarat.
That daily number had risen to 1,580 by 22 March, when Pankti started her internship - the final phase of medical training before officially graduating - at Shree Krishna Hospital, in the district of Anand.
And by the time she had finished her first month of work, Gujarat's daily cases had soared to more than 12,500.
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REINFECT RECOVERED COVID-19 PATIENTS
People who have fought off the Covid-19 virus will be deliberately reinfected in a first-of-its-kind trial at the University of Oxford that may shed light on how to develop more effective vaccines against the pathogen.
Researchers are looking for previously Covid-infected volunteers from 18 to 30 years old to be studied under control, the U.K. university said. Participants will be infected with the original strain from Wuhan, China and followed for a year.
Helping vaccine developers look at levels and types of immunity needed to prevent reinfection and how long protection persists and allow scientists to scrutinize the details of how the body confronts the virus.
-Jyothi S Talawar
WHO STEPS UP AID TO COVID SURGE
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to help India as hospitals there struggled to cope with a huge surge in coronavirus cases, including bringing in oxygen and other essential supplies.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said the crisis had worsened due to mass gatherings of people, more contagious variants and low vaccination rates.
We are working with the government to bring in essential supplies like oxygen and alleviate the immediate situation, The WHO was providing 4,000 oxygen concentrators.
-Jyothi S Talawar
SOLI SORABJEE PASSES AWAY DUE TO COVID AT THE AGE OF 91!
The former attorney general of India, Soli Jehangir Sorabji passed away today in a private hospital in Delhi due to covid 19 disease.
Mr. Sorabji was the Attorney General of India first from1989 to 1990 and then later from1998 to 2004. He has been awarded Padma Vibhushan for his defense of the freedom of expression and the protection of human rights.
His notable books include The emergency, censorship and the press in India, Law, and justice, the laws of censorship in India, etc.
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SELF HELP IS THE BEST HELP
Oxygen unit built by 72 hours and its assist over 30 patients per day! It was developed by engineers of Banas dairy, Gujarat set up a mini oxygen unit in a record of 72 hours which can serve 35-40 patients /day. Its main concern is to help medical colleges and the district level hospital. The oxygen plant generates 680kg /day and it is equivalent to 70 jumbo oxygen cylinders.
How do plants work? This technology extracts oxygen from the air, which has 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen, and other gases. I wish it becomes self-reliant in oxygen supplies and grew more oxygen plants in the district.
THIS ONE COMMUNITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT THE FRONT GLOBALLY
The world may be seen various situations of crisis, disaster, natural calamities, war, and more and through the same, there’s just one community that has gone out there to serve everyone in need.
These GOD sent Sikhs have been serving mankind for years and even while #India battles its struggles through this second phase and medical supplies being a challenge, this community is sending out machines for generating oxygen and continually transporting the same across the country and all without any money: Oxygen Langars literally.
Working day and night this brilliant initiative through Evox is helping save thousands of lives ensuring that this supply of air can benefit. And while it’s an auspicious weekend of Teg Bahadur this community lives to its might serving the nation putting their own lives at risk too to ensure the supplies don’t stop. Not to mention that through these worst times the langars continue to feed thousands, while many help families with their cremations-burials.
Huge thanks; words are unable to express to these soldiers of GOD with hearts of GOLD!
WAIT FOR THE VACCINATION TO THOSE AGED 18-45
COVID-19 vaccination for the age group of 18-45 will not begin from May 1 in Bengaluru and the rest of Karnataka as earlier announced, Health Minister Dr. Sudhakar confirmed on April 30.
He asked those aged between 18 to 45 to register on the Co-Win portal and wait for the government to inform them once new stocks arrive. This comes in wake of massive vaccine shortages reported in the state.
The Karnataka government said that the vaccination drive for the 18-45 age group will take place only in a phased manner. “So far the Government of India has supplied 99.40 lakh doses of vaccine to the state and 93.50 lakh doses have been administered. Around 5.9 lakh doses are available,” and “The state government is procuring 1 crore doses of vaccine. A work order has been placed to procure one crore additional doses of vaccine.
The fourth phase of vaccination drive will be taken up in stages,” Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said in a statement on April 29 evening.
-Jyothi S Talawar
FREE AMBULANCE SERVICE - ZERODHA
No amount of effort is sufficient in this battle against #COVID19. In the first phase, Zerodha starting with 5 ambulances & today 50 fully equipped Advanced Life Support ambulances in Bangalore & Mumbai.
They are also setting up a Step-Down hospital at Pobbathi Maternity Center at Sajjan Rao Circle, Bangalore to serve as a transit point for Oxygen delivery.
Each ambulance is equipped with a ventilator, critical care equipment & medication, a nurse and a paramedic. Half of them will have a doctor on board and the other half will have remote doctors. Five ambulances are equipped with freezing capabilities.
INDIA PASSES 20 MILLION CASES AMID OXYGEN SHORTAGE
India has recorded more than 20 million Covid infections, but the government says that cases are "slowing down".
The country added more than 355,000 cases on Tuesday, down from more than 400,000 daily cases on 30 April.
But testing numbers have dipped as well, sparking fears that India's true caseload is far higher.
The country has so far reported more than 222,000 deaths due to the virus. But experts say India's Covid death toll is vastly under-reported as official tallies don't appear to match what people are witnessing on the ground - long lines at crematoriums, mass funeral pyres and cities running out of space to bury or cremate the dead.
Many states have introduced restrictions, from full lockdowns to night curfews. The northern state of Bihar, which has been adding about 13,000 daily cases in recent days, is the latest to announce a full lockdown -only essential services, such as government offices, groceries and hospitals, will be open.
A STRUGGLE FOR OXYGEN
Delhi's government has said it wants the army to run Covid care facilities and intensive care units.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has repeatedly said that the city is not getting enough oxygen from the federal government, which allocates oxygen quotas to states.
But federal officials deny there are shortages, saying the challenge has come from transportation.
India produces thousands of tonnes of oxygen a day, but some experts say the supply crunch comes from a lack of investment in distribution networks.
Delhi hospitals have resorted to sending SOS messages on social media to secure supplies. For residents, hours spent in queues to top up portable canisters have become part of daily life.
Officials have also been urged to find more sites for cremations as the city's morgues and crematoriums are overwhelmed by masses of Covid deaths.
UK’S SECOND BIGGEST BABY WEIGHING 5.8 KG
Amber Cumberland, 21, had an unusually large bump when she was pregnant with her daughter Emilia. The size of the bump came as surprise to the doctors, who believed she was carrying twins.
The average weight of a newborn girl is approximately 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg). This, of course, comes with a standard deviation of about 0.6 pounds. That's because a mum has given birth to a child that is believed to be the second biggest baby girl in the UK, weighing 12 pounds and 14 ounces (5.8 kg) just 2 pounds less than the heaviest baby born in 2012.
According to reports, the baby had reached the size of a 36-week baby by just her 32nd week. A little extra weight at birth might not pose any health threats. But when the number is much higher than expected, it surely raises a lot of eyebrows.
-Jyothi S Talawar
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS IN BENGALURU
Looking for Ways to Help With COVID-19? These Groups Are Seeking Volunteers in Bengaluru
If the pandemic seems interminable and you’re at a loose end wishing there was something you could do to help, there are organizations - including the federal government - looking for volunteers during COVID-19. They will match you with people in need or activities suited to your skills, including some that don’t even require you to leave your house (unless you want to, of course).
Here are some groups you might want to contact: Zerodha, Suriya Foundation, Mantra Social Services.
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WE ARE WITH YOU INDIA - Czech Republic
Czech Firefighters in Ostrava loaded 500 oxygen cylinders from Vítkovice Cylinders which the Czech Republic is donating to India due to the serious epidemic situation there. The gift was approved by the Czech government on Thursday.