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Study suggests CBD helps reduce lung damage from COVID – Times of India
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Study suggests CBD helps reduce lung damage from COVID – Times of India

Researchers have found that one way Cannabidiol (CBD) appears to reduce the "cytokine storm" that damages the lungs and kills many patients with COVID-19 is by enabling an increase in levels of a natural peptide called apelin, which is known to reduce inflammation and whose levels are dramatically reduced in the face of this storm. The study was conducted by researchers at Dental College of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia (MCG). They reported CBD's ability to improve oxygen levels and reduce inflammation as well as physical lung damage in their laboratory model of deadly adult respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. They showed that the apelin levels go way down with the viral infection, which has killed 1 million people worldwide, and that CBD quickly helps normalize those ...
Covid-19: What you need to know today
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Covid-19: What you need to know today

The second wave of the coronavirus disease in Europe, and the third in the US, comes as the number of cases nears 40 million (it was 39.1 million on October 17, according to the World Health Organization) around the world. Around 9 million (23%) of these are active currently, with a third of these in the US alone. India has just under 9% of active cases around the world. France has 8.1%, an indication of just how badly that country has been hit by the second wave. It isn’t just France; Europe, according to WHO, accounted for almost 40% of daily cases on Saturday. Russia, the Ukraine, the UK, Spain, Italy, even Poland are all seeing a sharp surge in cases.The Americas (powered by the US, but also by Brazil and Argentina), accounted for around 35% of cases. That number is li...
Experts Say India Past Covid 19 Peak; Here’s Why You Should Not Ditch The Masks Yet
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Experts Say India Past Covid 19 Peak; Here’s Why You Should Not Ditch The Masks Yet

New Delhi: According to a panel of experts, India has crossed the COVID-19 peak. A government-appointed body of experts said that the coronavirus pandemic has peaked in India and can be controlled through strict precautions. Headed by IIT Hyderabad professor M Vidyasagar the committee also said that the pandemic is likely to become less widespread by February 2021."If all protocols are followed, the pandemic can be controlled by early next year with minimal active cases by February end," the panel was quoted by NDTV.ALSO READ| Govt Admits India Witnessing Community Transmission; Know How 'eVIN' Can Ensure Covid-19 Vaccination To Masses?An infection is supposed to have peaked if the number of cases reaches the highest number in a state or country, after which the rate...
Panama offers Covid-19 tests to international travellers
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Panama offers Covid-19 tests to international travellers

Panama is the latest country to offer travellers a Covid-19 test when they arrive at its main airport, a little less than a week after resuming international flights following a seven-month suspension due to the pandemic.The Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay tests are meant to prevent the import of new cases.International flights resumed on Monday, October 12.Since then, some 1,000 people were tested, said Yelitza Campos, an adviser at Jers Medical, the distributer of the tests in Panama.A Panamanian health official said of those tested, one in 20 people have come back positive for Covid-19 .Raffoul Arab, the manager of the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, said the tests cost $50 for travellers who do not already have a negative test less than 48 hour...
COVID-19: How to determine which activity is safe and which is worth skipping  | The Times of India
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COVID-19: How to determine which activity is safe and which is worth skipping | The Times of India

The three main factors to consider before going out for an activity or an event are the space, time and people.Time: When visiting outdoors to a public place, it is important to consider the amount of time you are going to spend there. Higher your time limit, greater is your risk of infection. Space: The second factor is the space where the activity or the event will take place. In a closed and poorly ventilated space, the risk transmission of the virus from one person to the other is higher as compared to outdoors. If it is a close enclosed space then it is better to let go. People: The last one is to consider the kind of people you will be sharing the space with and how many people you will be interacting with. If there will be only family members then there is a low possibility of in...
High levels of ultraviolet light ‘most strongly’ associated with reduced growth of Covid-19
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High levels of ultraviolet light ‘most strongly’ associated with reduced growth of Covid-19

A new study, in which scientists looked at statistical models of the link between weather and the maximum growth rate of Covid-19 globally, found that high levels of ultraviolet light are “most strongly” associated with reduced growth of the deadly virus. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday said researchers based on the finding, predicted that maximum Covid-19 growth would decline in the summer but rebound during autumn and peak in the winter, albeit with a high degree of uncertainty, indicating that continued social intervention may be necessary.“Statistical models of the link between weather and the maximum growth rate of Covid-19 worldwide suggest that high levels of ultraviolet light correlated with reduced Covid-19 growt...
Study shows how people can reduce stress during coronavirus pandemic
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Study shows how people can reduce stress during coronavirus pandemic

A new study by clinical psychologist, Emily Kroska at the University of Iowa shows how people might reduce their distress during the coronavirus pandemic.The study, “Psychological flexibility in the context of Covid-19 adversity: Associations with distress,” was published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science.In that study, Kroska’s research team surveyed Americans’ responses to various situations brought by the coronavirus pandemic.The team found that those who took stock of their emotions -- be the sadness, anxiety, fear, loneliness, and the like -- and then addressed those emotions with mindful action--such as calling a friend or family member -- reported lower stress levels than those who steered away from identifying with their emotions or did not gauge the...
Andy Murray pulls out from Cologne event with pelvic problem
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Andy Murray pulls out from Cologne event with pelvic problem

Andy Murray has suffered another injury setback and has pulled out of this week’s ATP Tour event in Germany due to a lingering pelvic problem, the former world number one said, raising doubts over his participation for the remainder of the year.The Briton returned from a second hip surgery in January 2019 to win the Antwerp title seven months later - his first since 2017 - raising hopes of a return to the top echelons of men’s tennis.But the 33-year-old again suffered complications with his hip following the Davis Cup in November and only returned to the circuit after the lengthy COVID-19 pandemic break.Murray played the first of back-to-back events in Cologne, where he was knocked out in the first round by Fernando Verdasco last week. He said he was suffering from tendoni...
Wayne Rooney awaiting Covid-19 test result after friend’s visit | Football News – Times of India
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Wayne Rooney awaiting Covid-19 test result after friend’s visit | Football News – Times of India

Wayne Rooney was "angry and disappointed" with a friend who had visited him despite being told to take a Covid-19 test and later testing positive, the former England captain's management said. Rooney, a player-coach at Championship side Derby County, played in Derby's 1-0 home defeat by Watford on Friday, a day after the friend visited him at his home. Under NHS guidelines anyone coming in contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19 must isolate for 14 days. "Wayne is angry and disappointed that he, his family and his club have been put in this position by someone acting secretly and in breach of government and NHS guidelines," Rooney's management said in a statement to British media, adding that he would take a Covid-19 test. Derby said in a statement without naming Rooney, th...
Airlines working with WHO on testing to replace quarantine
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Airlines working with WHO on testing to replace quarantine

The International Air Transport Association is working to set up a testing system that will replace compulsory quarantine to help revive the airline industry that’s been decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.IATA, which represents about 290 airlines globally, is working with the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Organization to put in place scalable, affordable and fast testing systems, said Conrad Clifford, IATA’s regional vice president for Asia Pacific.“We need testing because we need to get rid of quarantines,” Clifford said in an interview on Bloomberg Television Monday. “What we’ve seen so far is if there’s a 14-day quarantine, it’s the same as closing your borders.”Clifford said IATA would “prefer to see some testing before departure and...
Covid-19 in India: Covid cases top 75 lakh as slowdown continues | India News – Times of India
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Covid-19 in India: Covid cases top 75 lakh as slowdown continues | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 case count went past the 75-lakh mark on Sunday, 33 days after the tally had crossed 50 lakh. India is the second country after the US to reach the grim milestone. However, the slowdown in the pandemic was evident as the previous rise of 25 lakh cases had taken just 32 days. The slowdown was evident in the daily numbers as well. On Sunday, India reported 57,174 fresh cases and 590 deaths, the first time in 90 days that the daily death toll had fallen below 600, as per data collated from state governments. This was also the first time since August 5 that the daily tally had fallen below 60,000 on a day other than Monday (when numbers drop sharply due to low testing and processing on weekends). India’s Covid-19 caseload had hit 50 lakh on September 15, when the...
Hospitalised Covid-19 patients can have ongoing symptoms for months: study
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Hospitalised Covid-19 patients can have ongoing symptoms for months: study

More than half of Covid-19 patients discharged from hospital still experienced symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, anxiety and depression for two to three months after their initial infection, according to the findings of a small UK study.The research, led by scientists at Britain’s Oxford University, looked at the long-term impact of Covid-19 in 58 patients hospitalised with the pandemic disease. It found that some patients have abnormalities in multiple organs after being infected with the novel coronavirus and that persistent inflammation caused problems for some for months.The study has not been peer-reviewed by other scientists but was published before review on the MedRxiv website.“These findings underscore the need to further explore the physiological processes ass...
As the virus surges, stark differences over what is around the corner
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As the virus surges, stark differences over what is around the corner

By: New York Times | Updated: October 19, 2020 11:00:24 am Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar at the White House in Washington, May 14, 2020. (The New York Times/File) As the coronavirus continued to surge in many parts of the United States, officials and experts offered starkly different outlooks Sunday about what was to come and when the situation might improve. Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, noted that many people had grown tired of pandemic precautions, and tried to paint an optimistic picture of how much longer they would be needed. “Hang in there with us,” he said Sunday on the NBC program “Meet the Press.” “We’re so close....
France’s virus curfew leaves Paris streets empty
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France’s virus curfew leaves Paris streets empty

The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night on the first day of the government-imposed 9 p.m. curfew that is to last at least four weeks.The measure was announced this week by French President Emmanuel Macron to curb the resurgent coronavirus as new daily infections peaked last week to over 30,000. Macron said the curfews were needed to stop hospitals from becoming overrun.Many restaurant owners are up in arms about the move that is forcing them to close early, something that they say will devastate the industry.In France, nearly 20 million people are covered by the curfew and eerily deserted scenes were observed in Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Toulouse as well. The curfew runs until 6 a.m. daily.France has seen over 33,300 confirmed de...
Sex workers take to art to survive Covid-19 pandemic
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Sex workers take to art to survive Covid-19 pandemic

With her wailing toddler in her arms, a 35-year-old woman watches keenly as another woman in a large hall of a school displays how to make bags out of designer paper. “If you pack well, you sell well. You receive a better price for the product,” the trainer tells a dozen women surrounding her.Once these women learn the process, they will fill these paper packets with clay lamps they have artistically painted over the past couple of days.The woman holding the child is desperate to learn this work -- or any work for that matter.Click here for full Covid-19 pandemic“This could be the opportunity I am looking for a way out for the past 12 years. I have to think of an alternative future for my daughter,” says the woman. She is among scores of sex workers from Delhi’s GB Road wh...
By February, 50% of Indians may have had coronavirus: Government panel estimates
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By February, 50% of Indians may have had coronavirus: Government panel estimates

At least half of India’s 1.3 billion people are likely to have been infected with the new coronavirus by next February, helping slow the spread of the disease, a member of a federal government committee tasked with providing projections said on Monday.India has so far reported 7.55 million cases of the coronavirus and is second only to the United States in terms of total infections.But Covid-19 infections are decreasing in India after a peak in mid-September, with 61,390 new cases reported on average each day, according to a Reuters tally.“Our mathematical model estimates that around 30% of the population is currently infected and it could go up to 50% by February,” Manindra Agrawal, a professor at the Indian Institute for Technology in Kanpur and a committee member, told ...
Video | 7 महीने बाद मुंबई में आज से शुरू हुई मेट्रो सेवा
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Video | 7 महीने बाद मुंबई में आज से शुरू हुई मेट्रो सेवा

करीब 7 महीने बाद मुंबई मेट्रो आज से शुरू हो गई है. सुबह 8 से रात साढ़े 8 बजे तक यह सेवा लोगों के लिए उपलब्ध रहेगी. कोरोना काल के दौरान मेट्रो में यात्रा के दौरान कुछ बातों का खास ख्याल रखना होगा. स्टेशन पर एंट्री करने से पहले ही आपका मास्क चेक होगा. आपके तापमान की जांच के बाद ही प्रवेश की अनुमति होगी. Source link ...
Doctors probe whether Covid-19 is causing diabetes
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Doctors probe whether Covid-19 is causing diabetes

Mario Buelna, a healthy 28-year-old father, caught a fever and started having trouble breathing in June. He soon tested positive for Covid-19.Weeks later, after what had seemed like a recovery, he felt weak and started vomiting. At 3 a.m. on August 1, he passed out on the floor of his home in Mesa, Arizona.Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, where doctors put him in intensive care after saving him from a coma. They told him he could have died. Their diagnosis – type 1 diabetes – stunned and frightened him. He had no history of the disease.“Covid triggered it,” Buelna said the doctors told him.Buelna’s ordeal and similar cases reflect a new worry about the dangerous relationship between diabetes and Covid-19 that’s being urgently studied by doctors and scientists ar...
Covid-19: No explanation, but panel experts indicate reasons for both hope and caution
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Covid-19: No explanation, but panel experts indicate reasons for both hope and caution

Written by Amitabh Sinha | Gaya | Updated: October 19, 2020 4:59:33 am The government-appointed scientific committee has not spelt out the possible reasons for the decline in coronavirus numbers. But two of its members offered insights into what could be happening.The reasons for the continuous decline in coronavirus infection numbers since last month have not been clear. The numbers have fallen sharply – even though travel restrictions have eased, economic and other activities have resumed and, to a large extent, normalcy has returned. There has also been no reduction in the number of tests, nor has the disease prevalence in the population reached a s...
Education tech firms corner almost all $100 mn bracket funds post Covid
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Education tech firms corner almost all $100 mn bracket funds post Covid

Written by Pranav Mukul , Sandeep Singh | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2020 7:21:19 am Byju RaveendranFrom school students to working professionals, the pandemic has created a large addressable market for start-ups in education tech, or ed-tech, which saw a significant interest from private equity and venture capitalist investors over the last six months. Among the eight funding rounds of $100 million and above in Indian start-ups during April-September, five involved ed-tech companies like Byju’s, Vedantu, Unacademy and Eruditus. According to data sourced from Venture Intelligence, one-third of the $1.5 billion raised in these eight inves...