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Moderna Covid 19 Vaccine: Moderna says Covid vaccine effective against UK, South Africa variants | World News – Times of India
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Moderna Covid 19 Vaccine: Moderna says Covid vaccine effective against UK, South Africa variants | World News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US biotechnology firm Moderna on Monday said lab studies showed its Covid-19 vaccine would remain protective against variants of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa. "The study showed no significant impact" on the level of neutralizing antibodies elicited against the UK variant, B.1.1.7. A six-fold reduction in antibody levels was observed with the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa, but the levels are thought to remain above what is required for protection against Covid-19. Source link
Coronavirus: Most COVID patients shared their food tasted like paper or cardboard  | The Times of India
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Coronavirus: Most COVID patients shared their food tasted like paper or cardboard | The Times of India

If you are concerned about losing your sense of smell or taste, you can use common household items to test them.Smell test: Try to smell foods that have a strong characteristic smell. Foods like coffee beans, cinnamon, or fresh garlic can be a great option. Taste test: Even for testing your taste buds, look for foods with different taste. Some good choices can include things like milk chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee, and wafers.If you find that you have a problem in picking up the distinct taste and flavour of these particular foods, you may be experiencing a loss of smell or taste.It has been reported that normally people experience loss of smell and taste for 8 days after getting infected. But in some cases, it can take 28 days to clear up. Source link
One million Covid vaccine doses administered in India in just 6 days: Health ministry | India News – Times of India
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One million Covid vaccine doses administered in India in just 6 days: Health ministry | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India took only 6 days to administer one million Covid-19 vaccine doses, a count which is higher than that of countries like the US and the UK, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday as the number of beneficiaries who have received the anti-coronavirus shots inched close to 16 lakh. The UK took 18 days whereas the US took 10 days to reach the one million mark, the ministry said. As on January 24, till 8 am, nearly 16 lakh (15,82,201) beneficiaries have received Covid-19 vaccination. In a span of 24 hours, close to 2 lakh (1,91,609) people were vaccinated across 3,512 sessions. A total of 27,920 sessions have been conducted so far, the ministry said. India took only 6 days to roll out one million vaccine doses. This count is higher than countries like the US and the UK. The ...
Coronavirus: New South African COVID variant may evade antibodies, increase chances of reinfection, as per scientists – Times of India
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Coronavirus: New South African COVID variant may evade antibodies, increase chances of reinfection, as per scientists – Times of India

While the novel coronavirus had already wreaked havoc all across the globe, the new variants discovered in parts of the United Kingdom and South Africa has coerced its people to enter yet another state of turmoil. According to a recent study - not yet peer reviewed - a strain of novel coronavirus, which first emerged in South Africa, is said to escape the neutralizing antibodies from recovered patients. While both the new variants established in the UK and in South Africa seem to be more contagious than the initial infection, scientists had previously claimed that the South African variant may cause some hindrance in the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine. South Africa's new variant: What is it? The new South African variant, which has been named "501Y.V2", is a strain of SARS-CoV-2, ...
Long Coronavirus symptoms: A complete guide to long COVID symptoms, as per NHS reports
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Long Coronavirus symptoms: A complete guide to long COVID symptoms, as per NHS reports

While the vaccine rollout may have brought about a sigh of relief, much is still left for speculation at the moment. With the long term effects of the coronavirus, people have been struggling more due to long COVID than by the initial symptoms. That said, the UK's National Health Services (NHS) has listed down a series of long COVID symptoms that people must pay heed to.- Extreme exhaustion and fatigue- Brain fog or mental confusion- Insomnia or sleep deprivation- Heart palpitations - Shortness of breath- Chest pain- Dizziness- Pins and needles (an uncomfortable sensation)- Nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite -Fever, dry cough, headaches, sore throat, changes or loss of sense of smell and taste- Rashes- Joint pain- Depression and anxiety- TinnitusAccording to the NHS,...
Covid-19: Maharashtra cases hit 2 million, 19% of India’s total | India News – Times of India
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Covid-19: Maharashtra cases hit 2 million, 19% of India’s total | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 caseload in Maharashtra crossed the two-million (20 lakh) mark on Thursday. Maharashtra has recorded more cases than the next two worst-hit states, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, put together. The Covid-19 case count is yet to touch one million in any other state, with Karnataka’s tally the closest at over 9.3 lakh. If Maharashtra were a country, it would figure at the 11th spot in the list of nations with the highest number of cases. At 19.4% of India’s total caseload, the state accounts for one in every five Covid-19 infections detected in the country so far. Maharashtra reached the grim milestone more than 10 months after reporting its first Covid-19 case. On Thursday, 2,886 more people tested positive for the infection, taking the state’s total to 20,00,878. T...
Tables turn as India’s female health workers get Covid jab | India News – Times of India
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Tables turn as India’s female health workers get Covid jab | India News – Times of India

PUNE: Jyoti Bhambure is usually the one dispensing medicine - this week she was at the receiving end, among the first in India's million-strong force of women health workers to win a Covid-19 vaccine. Dressed in a bright green sari with a gold border, Bhambure visited the small, rural hospital in western India at the time allotted and said the jab had lifted a weight off her shoulders. "I no longer fear the coronavirus," said Bhambure, after getting her initial dose on Tuesday, one of the first tranche of frontline workers to win protection in the pandemic. "We handle children and interact with mothers," she said. "So I am glad I am vaccinated. I have no fear left in my mind." India has suffered 152,000 deaths due to the virus and has prioritised about 30 million frontline workers in th...
Coronavirus: Study finds one in eight COVID-recovered patients die within 140 days  | The Times of India
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Coronavirus: Study finds one in eight COVID-recovered patients die within 140 days | The Times of India

The recent study conducted by the University of Leicester and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 29.4% of discharged COVID patients developed health issues again and were readmitted, of which 12.3% die after suffering complications.Reportedly, one of the authors of the study, Professor Kamlesh Khunti has said, "People seem to be going home, getting long-term effects, coming back in and dying. We see nearly 30 per cent have been readmitted, and that's a lot of people. The numbers are so large."According to him, health services need to strategize and be more efficient about their preparations for long COVID. While the study, which observed 47,780 discharged patients, is yet to be peer reviewed, researchers demand more serious steps to be taken for the same. Source link...
Fed up with online classes, Surat teen runs off to Mumbai
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Fed up with online classes, Surat teen runs off to Mumbai

A 14-YEAR-OLD Surat boy who went missing from his home on Monday had travelled to Mumbai’s Bhayander area, around 280-km from at his residence, partly by cycling and partly hitching rides on trucks, police said. The boy, a resident of Adajan, had left behind his mobile phone and a note expressing his frustration with online classes, police added. On Monday, the Class 8 student, the son of a tobacco vendor, had allegedly left home when his parents were away. After he went missing, police said his father found his mobile phone and a note that purportedly read: “Mummy-Papa, I have troubled you a lot. Now, I am going far away. I cannot understand anything through these online classes. Sorry for the trouble.” Except for classes 10 and 12, schools in Gujarat are holding online cl...
Coronavirus: This is how long your body’s immune system remembers COVID infection, according to a study  | The Times of India
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Coronavirus: This is how long your body’s immune system remembers COVID infection, according to a study | The Times of India

As per a recent study published in Journal Nature on Monday by researchers in the United States and Switzerland, "The observation that memory B cell responses do not decay after 6.2 months, but instead continue to evolve, is strongly suggestive that individuals who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 could mount a rapid and effective response to the virus upon re-exposure."The study observed dozens of COVID-recovered patients and observed that while their antibodies may dwindle over time, they maintained levels of specific memory B cells, which plays an important role in fending off the virus. 87 people participated in the research and it was found that while the antibodies decreased over a period of one month to 6 months, remained the same. Another study published in the journal Science this ...
Coronavirus long term symptoms: 76% of COVID patients experience symptoms even after 6 months of recovery, claims research
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Coronavirus long term symptoms: 76% of COVID patients experience symptoms even after 6 months of recovery, claims research

While some of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and loss of sense of smell and taste, people suffering with long term effects of the deadly virus have complained of fatigue and muscle weakness.According to the Lancet study, 63% of the individuals who took part in the experiment most commonly reported symptoms of fatigue and muscle ache, accompanied by anxiety, depression, pain, and sleep difficulties.People who had severe COVID-19 experienced lingering respiratory issues and some damage to their kidneys too. Source link
My COVID Story: I got my positive test report the day I delivered my baby – Times of India
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My COVID Story: I got my positive test report the day I delivered my baby – Times of India

Supriya Kedare was looking forward to welcoming her baby when she got the shocking news in the form of a positive COVID result on the day of her delivery. Her COVID experience taught her the value of people and relations. As the saying goes, experience is the best teacher. My COVID experience too taught me a lot of things and many valuable lessons for life. On 23rd September 2020, my husband and I were over the moon. I was expecting and my due date for C-section was 24th September. Everything was alright and we went for our last check-up to our doctor. We were anxious, excited and also nervous for the arrival of the new member of our family. I did my antigen test for COVID, which was negative. Thankfully, I also got the PCR test done, the results of which were to be released after 48 ...
Ramesh Pokhriyal to interact with Kendriya Vidyalaya students virtually – Times of India
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Ramesh Pokhriyal to interact with Kendriya Vidyalaya students virtually – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will virtually interact with the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya on Monday to motivate and encourage them to focus on their academics despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the school education. The Union Education Minister had earlier tweeted that he will be interacting with the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya on January 18, virtually. A senior official of the Education Ministry told ANI, on condition of anonymity, "Education Minister is likely to give tips about the changes in post-COVID pandemic school education. He will also encourage Kendriya Vidyalaya students to learn through Diksha App that is very much informative for the students." "During interaction with students Education Minister Pokhriyal will educate st...
Astrazeneca Covid vaccine gets approval in Pakistan -health minister – Times of India
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Astrazeneca Covid vaccine gets approval in Pakistan -health minister – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Astrazeneca's Covid-19 vaccine has been granted approval for emergency use in Pakistan, the country's health minister said on Saturday, the first vaccine against the disease to be given the green light in the South Asian country. "DRAP granted emergency use authorisation to AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine," Pakistan's Health Minister Faisal Sultan told Reuters, referring to the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. Pakistan is in the process of speaking to a number of vaccine makers, but this is the first local approval. Source link
Attendance in MP schools rises, but colleges still have empty classes – Times of India
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Attendance in MP schools rises, but colleges still have empty classes – Times of India

BHOPAL: Delaying board exams this year has given students an opportunity to attend school to complete their syllabus and their attendance has increased. However, attendance in private colleges is a matter of concern for the authorities. This year, the board exams for both class 10 and class 12 are scheduled to be organised in May. Usually, boards exams are conducted in March every year. However, due to the Covid pandemic, the exams have been delayed by two months. Realising the opportunity to complete their syllabus, students of board classes (class 10 and class 12) have also started attending classes. "The Covid recovery ratio has instilled confidence in me. I have allowed my children to attend classes. When schools are following every possible norm to follow Covid regulations I have...
My COVID Story: Hydroxychloroquine led to swelling in my whole body – Times of India
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My COVID Story: Hydroxychloroquine led to swelling in my whole body – Times of India

Sheethal V contracted COVID and underwent severe body pain and throat ache. While battling with COVID, she got the shock of her life when a rheumatologist diagnosed her of reactive arthritis. Here is how she fought the virus... My name is Sheethal from Bangalore and this is my COVID story. I thought coronavirus is like any other viral fever and should be fine in a couple of days. But it went on for more 4 months with inflammation in the body with pain in ankles, wrists and hips where I was not able to walk and also could not do a small job like opening a door. It all started on Saturday, 8th of August with fever and body pain. I took paracetamol and by end of the day, my body pain became very severe, with bad headache, which made even turning sides a painful activity. I had a terrible h...
Coronavirus Symptoms in nails and earlobe: Signs of COVID-19 can be seen on your nails and earlobe; here’s what we know
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Coronavirus Symptoms in nails and earlobe: Signs of COVID-19 can be seen on your nails and earlobe; here’s what we know

As is known, the novel coronavirus has the potential to cause your blood oxygen levels to fluctuate at disturbing levels. COVID-19 enters the body through the respiratory system, causing direct injury to a person's lungs via inflammation. This can impact the efficiency of oxygen transfer into the bloodstream. That said, oxygen impairment can occur at different levels of COVID-19, and not simply for critically ill patients placed on ventilators.However, not every COVID patient experiences low oxygen levels. Some only develop common symptoms of COVID.That said, with the help of a pulse oximeter, one can determine the level of oxygen in one's body. Source link
Teachers from Govandi school start fundraiser to help their students get online learning tools
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Teachers from Govandi school start fundraiser to help their students get online learning tools

Two school teachers at Ja’fari School in Govandi started a fundraiser earlier this week to provide their economically disadvantaged students with online education tools like smartphones, cover phone recharges and other forms of support for their families to ensure they do not drop out of school. Bhagyashree Nambiar and Anisha Chamaria, both fifth grade teachers at the private school, started a fundraiser on Ketto.org to raise Rs 2 lakh. They took the initiative because most of the parents of their students are daily wage workers. The school mostly caters to children from the slums of Govandi. The teachers said that in their class of 66, only 35 students make it to the online classroom. Even as they enter the third term of virtual teaching, the other students struggle with l...