My COVID story: “My father passed away after spending 50 days in the hospital” – Times of India

My COVID story: “My father passed away after spending 50 days in the hospital”

 

Raja Kumar tried everything he could to save his father and bring him back home happy and healthy. But his father developed health complications one after the other post getting infected with COVID-19. Here is his story…

I never expected my father to leave the world so early and in so much pain. The last days of his life were too much for him to handle. It all started when he was tested COVID-19 positive.As soon as he was
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Reasons why COVID-19 vaccines may not grant lifetime immunity like other vaccines

Reasons why COVID-19 vaccines may not grant lifetime immunity like other vaccines?

 

Not only do COVID-19 vaccines do a ‘good-enough’ job, it’s also important to establish that no two vaccines or pathogens are the same, and the immune defenses they do generate cannot be properly compared. For one, the threshold of protection, or the immunity needed to keep a person from getting sick greatly differs from every pathogen, and the severity of infection it could cause. For this reason, it could be considered possible for COVID-19 vaccines to mount a comparatively

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Coronavirus Breakthrough Infection Vs Allergy: How to differentiate between an allergy and a breakthrough infection?

Coronavirus Breakthrough Infection Vs Allergy: How to differentiate between an allergy and a breakthrough infection?

 

The classic symptoms of coronavirus remain to be fever, continuous cough, headache and loss of sense of smell and taste.

However, according to the data from the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app, COVID symptoms experienced by a fully vaccinated person may be different from that of the original symptoms. Headache, runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat are some of the most commonly reported symptoms in the vaccinated people.

Given that some of the symptoms mentioned above, although mild, are

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Experts believe the risk of COVID Twindemic is higher this year. Here is what it means  | The Times of India

Experts believe the risk of COVID Twindemic is higher this year. Here is what it means

 

With the onset of coronavirus, with no vaccines to rely on, people could only depend on the lockdowns, mask mandates, social distancing and proper hygienic practices. All of these factors helped keep the deadly SARs-COV-2 virus at bay along with other respiratory illnesses like the flu.

As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases during the 2020-2021 season was “unusually low”.

Now that we’re more aware about the disease, we have a vaccine to protect

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Hybrid Immunity: What is ‘hybrid immunity’? Should people who had COVID-19 still get their vaccine shot? Find out

Hybrid Immunity: What is ‘hybrid immunity’? Should people who had COVID-19 still get their vaccine shot? Find out

 

People who have previously been infected with the SARs-COV-2 virus may develop a certain level of immunity against the deadly virus, reducing any possibilities of reinfection.

When COVID-19 infects you, your body’s immune system recognizes the virus and triggers immune responses that combat the pathogens, leading to possible inflammation, which spreads to other parts of the body. This in turn leads to the production of antibodies, which go on to build a lasting immunity.

Although there is no strong

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Mizoram’s Covid-19 positivity rate at alarming 16.39% – The Shillong Times

Mizoram’s Covid-19 positivity rate at alarming 16.39%

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AIZAWL, Sept 14 : Triggering widespread concern, the Covid-19 positivity rate in Mizoram has jumped to 16.39 per cent, the highest in India, officials said on Tuesday.

According to health officials in Aizawl, in mountainous Mizoram, where the first Covid-19 death was reported on October 28, 2020, six months after the northeast region’s first coronavirus fatality in Assam and seven months after India’s first in Karnataka, around 1,000 people are testing positive for Covid on every single day during

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Covaxin Vaccine: WHO’s approval for Covaxin likely this month

Covaxin Vaccine: WHO’s approval for Covaxin likely this month

 

NEW DELHI: The World Health Organization‘s approval for the indigenous Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, is likely to come this month, official sources said Monday.
The WHO has so far approved Covid vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, US pharma majors Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, China’s Sinopharm and Oxford-AstraZeneca for emergency use.
Covaxin is one of the six vaccines that have received emergency use authorisation from India’s drug regulator and is being used in
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Covid-19: India crosses 75 crore vaccine doses; WHO applauds ‘unprecedented pace’

Covid-19: India crosses 75 crore vaccine doses; WHO applauds ‘unprecedented pace’

 

NEW DELHI: India on Monday crossed another milestone in its vaccination drive as it administered over 75 crore Covid doses.
The pace of vaccination has seen a substantial increase in recent days drawing praise from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The WHO congratulated India for administering 10 crore Covid jabs in 13 days and called country’s vaccination pace ‘unprecedented’.

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Long Covid may spike early risk of dementia – The Shillong Times

Long Covid may spike early risk of dementia

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Singapore, Sep 13 : Covid survivors who continue to experience poor concentration, memory difficulties and other cognitive issues may be at high risk of developing dementia years later, according to a research.

There is also growing concern that some of these “long-haulers” may get the dementia-related changes earlier than expected, the Strait Times reported.

“Anything that diminishes a person’s cognitive reserve and resilience is going to allow neurodegenerative processes to accelerate,” Alireza Atri, cognitive disorder neurologist, director of Banner

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Covid vaccine boosters not ‘appropriate’ at this stage: Lancet study | India News – Times of India

Covid vaccine boosters not ‘appropriate’ at this stage: Lancet study

 

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 vaccine booster shots are not appropriate at this stage in the pandemic, according to a report in The Lancet published on Monday.
An expert review of scientific evidence to date has concluded that vaccines are effective enough at preventing severe Covid-19 and that there is no need at the moment for the general population to be given third doses.
The conclusion by scientists, including those from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Food and

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Can you get severe breakthrough infections after vaccination? Here’s what we know

Can you get severe breakthrough infections after vaccination? Here’s what we know

 

Vaccination helps push protective antibodies into use which prevent odds of contracting the infection. However, since they aren’t a complete cure, or fully established to eliminate the virus and related risks, catching an infection can be a little more common than we thought.

Having said that, since vaccines are clinically tested and developed, the strengthened immunity granted by the vaccines have been established to cut down the risk of severe illness and mortality associated with the disease. Some vaccines

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COVID vaccine for breastfeeding moms: No serious side effects seen

COVID vaccine for breastfeeding moms: No serious side effects seen

 

To study the effects of vaccination on breastfeeding moms, the research involved 180 breastfeeding women. More than 85 per cent of the women reported only temporary localised symptoms like pain, swelling and itching at the injection site. After the second dose, women who received the Moderna vaccine were more likely to report symptoms.

A small segment of women also reported reduced milk supply, which appeared to return within 72 hours after the vaccination.

All the side effects of vaccination

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What is the Mu variant of the coronavirus? – Times of India

What is the Mu variant of the coronavirus?

 

Mu variant is a version of the coronavirus that was first identified in Colombia in January and has since caused isolated outbreaks in South America, Europe and the United States.
The World Health Organization last month listed it as a “variant of interest” because of concerns it may make vaccines and treatments less effective, though more evidence is needed.
Scientists monitor emerging Covid-19 variants based on suspicious genetic changes and then look for evidence to determine whether the new
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Plant-based foods may cut risk of Covid infection, severity: Study – The Shillong Times

Plant-based foods may cut risk of Covid infection, severity: Study

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NEW YORK, Sept 9 : People whose diets were based on healthy plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables had lower risks of getting Covid-19 and of having severe disease after infection, finds a study.

Although metabolic conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes have been linked to an increased risk of Covid-19, as well as an increased risk of experiencing serious symptoms once infected, the impact of diet on these risks is unknown.

The study led by

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India registers 14% spike in daily Covid cases – The Shillong Times

India registers 14% spike in daily Covid cases

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NEW DELHI, Sept 9 :  India witnessed a spike of 14 per cent in the daily new cases on Thursday as the country recorded 43,263 new infections in the last 24 hours.

This is the second consecutive day that the rise had been reported. On Wednesday, the daily Covid tally was 37,875 new infections.

With 338 Covid related deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll rose to 4,41,749, Health and Family Welfare Ministry’s data said on Thursday.

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Covid-19: BMC curtails all processions for Ganpati, bans physical darshan

Covid-19: BMC curtails all processions for Ganpati, bans physical darshan

 

MUMBAI: BMC on Tuesday came out with more curbs for the Ganpati festival, banning physical darshan at mandals and all gatherings besides severely curtailing processions for bringing the idols and immersion.
It asked the organisers to arrange for online darshan from Friday and said only 10, preferably fully vaccinated, persons from every mandal can accompany the idol for visarjan. For household Ganpatis, only five persons are allowed. All devotees have to wear masks and observe social distancing. The same

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11 vaccinated MBBS students test Covid positive, 100 quarantined

11 vaccinated MBBS students test Covid positive, 100 quarantined

 

NAGPUR: Ten girls and one boy pursuing first-year MBBS at Datta Meghe Medical College (DMMC) at Wanadongri tested Covid positive on Monday. A second-year MBBS student of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences (NSIMS) too tested positive a day ago.
All the 150 first-year MBBS students had been vaccinated with both doses in February and March under the healthcare worker (HCW) category by the college, DMMC dean Dr Dilip Gode told TOI. This is the first MBBS
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More long COVID cases during the second wave. Here’s how Ayurveda can help beat long COVID

More long COVID cases during the second wave. Here’s how Ayurveda can help beat long COVID

 

As cases of coronavirus go down in the country, people are resuming their normal lives. Among the people who contracted the deadly virus in the past few months, which is during the second wave, more cases of long COVID have been reported. As per the World Health Organisation, the cases of long COVID increased almost four times during the second wave.

For the unversed, if the symptoms of the COVID viral infection persists even after recovering from the infection,

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In 6 charts: How India’s vaccination progress compares to G7

In 6 charts: How India’s vaccination progress compares to G7

 

NEW DELHI: India’s vaccination drive continues to progress at a brisk pace as the government looks determined to cover all adults by the end of this year.
In the last 10 days, India has administered over 1 crore shots on at least three occasions, pushing the total dose count to nearly 70 crore. Do note that India needs to administer a minimum of 188 crore doses to fully vaccinate all adults.
On Sunday, the government tweeted that India administered

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How to identify a fake COVID-19 vaccine from an original one

How to identify a fake COVID-19 vaccine from an original one

 

Covishield vaccine was the first COVID vaccine approved in India.

In order to identify a genuine Covishield vial, here are some markers to look for.

– The SII product’s label shade and colour of the aluminium flip-off seal is dark green.

– The brand name COVISHIELD with the trademark is mentioned on the original vaccine.

– The font of the generic name is not written in bold, whereas the lettering is in special white ink to make it more

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