According to the new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a link was found between a particular blood type and the genetic variables, and the COVID-19. The authors were mainly focused on the usefulness of their gene-related findings, which laid emphasis on the formations of clusters of genes around a specific chromosome in severe cases of COVID-19, whereas the media was focused on the blood-type findings. A study was conducted in which 1500 Italian and Spanish Covid-19 affected patients were kept under observation. It was concluded that the infection was less common in the patients with the blood type O, whereas it was more common in the patients with blood type A. The commonality of the infection found in the people with blood type B was found in between the two.
Updates on Development of COVID-19 Vaccine
The pandemic of coronavirus doesn’t seem to have stopped. It continues to infect people at an alarming rate. Near about 5.5 lakh people are dead worldwide from this infectious disease and the number rises by the hour. Authorities are using various experimental approaches to treat the coronavirus. There are more than 110 groups engaged in designing vaccines to fight this disease. Atleast 11 of these teams are at an advanced stage to put their coronavirus vaccines into trials. India has also been trying to develop a vaccine for this virus. Two companies have already developed prototypes and have clearance for clinical trials. Zydus Cadilla and Bharat Biotech International are the two manufacturers that are behind the development of these vaccines. Continue reading
Washing your hands with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand rub, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, maintaining personal hygiene, etc. are the measures people should apply to protect themselves against coronavirus. However, these measures are not enough to fight coronavirus. Improving your nutrition intake can help in achieving optimal immune function. Micronutrients responsible for fighting infection include vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, and E, and also folate, trace elements, and minerals iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium, copper, and omega-3 fatty acids. Lack of these nutrients is expected to result in a weakening of the body’s resistance against infections and thus, an increase in the probability of disease occurring. In this report, following conclusions has been made,
With COVID-19 muddling the normal life of almost every country in the world and taking thousands of lives, medical institutions are trying their best to find a potential COVID-19 vaccine for this pandemic causing virus since the beginning.
Hyderabad based company Bharat Biotech and Indian Council of Medical Research have collaborated to form the home-grown COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN, which has shown promising results till now in all the lab tests. With only clinical trials remaining, govt is constantly pushing these two institutions to fast track every possible step and launch a productive vaccine by mid-August, leaving the scientific community puzzled as to why things are being completed in a rush.
Besides urging people to stay home and wash hands regularly, prime health organizations around the globe have constantly mentioned the usage of face masks to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.
People all around have shown great concern regarding this fatal virus and have gone up to making their own homemade masks, due to scarcity of the store-bought ones.
However, the general public was not enlightened enough about the strength of these masks in shielding them from the virus, until this latest research came into limelight.
The present-day study issued in Physics of Fluids, a scientific journal belonging to AIP Publishing, unveils the ways following which homemade masks were to be assembled in order to provide ultimate protection.
A new study has revealed that the children, teenagers, and young adults are open to greater risks for complications from this disease than it was thought earlier.
The first study to explain the characteristics of extremely sick Covid-19 paediatric patients in North America, also reveals that children that have underlying health conditions are at a greater risk.
Chief of Department of Paediatrics division of population health, quality and implementation science at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and professor and vice-chair for academic development the co-author of the study, Lawrence C Kleinman says, the notion that “Covid-19 is sparing of young people is just false.”
As per the data from Worldometer, the Coronavirus cases across the globe are rising over 9 million. Nations are struggling to control the spread of novel coronavirus as most of the people affected are asymptomatic. Nearly 40% to 45% of affected people are asymptomatic. The asymptomatic cases can be found only by effective screening and testing, this becomes the major barrier to control the spread of viruses. Now the experts found an additional 35 symptoms of the COVID – 19, which is expected to help a lot in controlling this COVID pandemic.
Several states have made the use of face masks compulsory as they are known to help in the prevention of spread of coronavirus droplets. Each one of us owns face masks, but do you actually know how to wear them correctly? We interviewed some doctors, who are working in the frontline to treat the disease, about when to wear or skip wearing the face masks, and here is what they had to say.
When Should You Wear a Face Mask?
Dr. Warren Michalski says face masks should be worn whenever one has apprehensions of spreading the coronavirus or a similar disease from you to someone else. Masks tend to trap the droplets from the mouth and nose and keep it contained, considering that you are the carrier.
In India Diagnosing COVID-19 with one more testing method started from Monday. This rapid antigen detection test method is approved by ICMR. Under specific settings, you can use this rapid antigen detection kits.
So, what is this new test all about?
It is one of the point of care tests, which is usually conducted on the spot, to check and deliver results rapidly. Yes, the person to be tested is made to sit on a table and his nasal samples are collected by the lab technician who is completely wearing safety gear. These nasal samples are tested for the presence of any foreign bodies that can potentially stimulate an immune response. These are usually found in the SARS viruses. COVID-19 belongs to SARS family.
Protect your home and family with cleaning measures to avoid Coronavirus.
Till coronavirus spread prevails and new information to control ongoing pandemic develops the info given in this article may change since its last updation. For the latest updates on COVID 19, keep your eyes wide open to online resources such as CDC, WHO, and your local public health departments..