Category: Viral

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India Should Show The Way To Deal With COVID-19: WHO

The executive director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Michael J Ryan has strong belief that India can show the way to control the novel coronavirus. He said that India had a tremendous capacity to deal with the situation arose due to COVID-19outbreak.

WHO looking forward towards India for help

India had experience of eradicating two pandemics, namely small-pox and polio said Michael J Ryan. He revealed his views on the potential of India to deal with the virus during a daily press briefing on COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that India was a very populous country hence needed more labs where a surge is seen. He further said that the future of that virus would be considered in a very highly and densely populated country like India. It led the world in eradicating small-pox and polio.

There were no easy answers. It was exceptionally important that countries like India showed the way to the world as they had done before said Ryan.

The number of coronavirus cases in the world are over 3,30,000 and the number of deaths has surpassed 14,000 according to the World … Read the rest

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COVID-19 Treatment Nearing Production Says Winnipeg Biotech Company

Emergent Biosolutions, a Winnipeg company, is working on finding treatment for those suffering from COVID-19. Also, it is working on a COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with two American companies.

Emergent Biosolutionsfind a cure for COVID-19

The company is working hard on developing two oral vaccines in partnership with clinical-stage vaccine company Novavax and biotech company Vaxart.

Senior vice president of therapeutics Dr Laura Saward told that they started right away to have an impact. They used some of their proven technologies like platforms that had supported several licensed drugs and put those to work on COVID-19.

She further said that when most researchers were focussing on a vaccine that could develop immunity against coronavirus, they focussed on therapeutics to those affected with COVID-19.

She explained that when a vaccine was used, it developed antibodies over time. That was a way to administer a dose of antibodies that would help in fighting the infection.

She further said that they had used this approach with many other infectious diseases where patients isolate those antibodies from plasma sources. And there was hundreds of years research behind that … Read the rest

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Guidelines issued For Private Labs To Test COVID-19, Price Fixed At Rs. 4,500

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has released guidelines for private laboratories to starting conducting tests for novel coronavirus. Also, the central government has fixed the maximum price for the test.

ICMR guidelines for COVID-19 testing by private labs

 

Labs notified by the Union Health Ministry and with NABL accreditation for real-time PCR SA for RNA virus would be allowed to conduct COVID-19 tests said ICMR in its guidelines.

The private labs were asked to ensure appropriate biosafety and biosecurity precautions while collecting respiratory samples of suspected patients. ICMR suggested home collection of samples that will prevent suspected persons from travelling and infecting others.

Commercial kits for real-tome PCR-based diagnosis of coronavirus are also allowed to use but they should be either US FDA approved or European CE certified or both. These kits could be used for in-vitro diagnosis of COVID-19 in emergent conditions. But it is necessary to intimate the Drug Controller General of India before using these kits.

Laboratory test of a suspect should be performed only when a qualified physical prescribes the test. And the lab staff should be trained in … Read the rest

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World Water Day 2020 Observed On March 22 Under The Scare Of Deadly Novel Coronavirus

March 22 is World Water Day. The day is observed to spread awareness on sustainable management of freshwater resources. Every year, a theme is given to highlight the cause. The theme for World Water Day 2020 is “Water and Climate Change”.

World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2020

The WWDR published a report “Water and Climate Change” in which it stressed the to help the water community manage the challenges of climate change. It also highlights the opportunities that the climate change community has to improve water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation.

World Water Day 2020 events postponed

All events planned for observing the World Water Day on March 22 were postponed amid the scare of coronavirus. The global launch of the report “Water and Climate Change” organized in Geneva was also put on hold. But the alternative way of access the report through official website of the World Water Day Organization is available. People can access the report and meet and get-together on the website.

Highlights of World Water Day 2020 campaign

• Water should be at the heart of every action plan. The world can’t … Read the rest

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Trump Feels COVID-19 Be Treated With Hydroxychloroquine

President Donald Trump has gut feeling that a malaria drug could work to treat people with COVID-19. But his advisor Dr Anthony Fauci is politely denying Trump’s claim. Fauci is top infectious disease expert of the government.

Trump’s claim about a malaria drug

Donald Trump, during a television interview, claimed that he had gut feeling that that malaria drug hydroxychloroquine could be an answer to coronavirus that had been shutting countries down across the globe. But his advisor Fauci countered his claim by saying that the drug Trump was referring to was anecdotal.

Dr Anthony Fauci denies Trump

As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, Fauci has 30-year experience in dealing with diseases including HIV, SARS, MERS, Ebola and the novel coronavirus. Fauci said that there was no medicine available to treat COVID-19.

Fauci said that Food and Drug Administration was looking for a way to use the said drug for emergency use but in a controlled manner to get data about its safety and efficacy. He said that for any drug to be qualified for a specific … Read the rest

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FIR Lodged Against Singer Kanika Kapoor For Being COVID-19 Positive

The Chief Medical Officer of Lucknow accused singer Kanika Kapoor of negligence in his First Information Report (FIR) to the police. The singer has been tested positive for COVID-19.

Accusation against Kanika Kapoor

She attended a dinner in Lucknow where there were several senior politicians including state minsters and parliamentarians. The FIR reads that the singer was advised to go on home quarantine after she was detected positive for coronavirus. But she disregarded the advice.

Kanika Kapoor’s answer to FIR

The 41-year old singer said in a social media post that she developed coronavirus symptoms a short time before and was isolated. She claimed that she came to Lucknow on March 11 after landing at Mumbai airport on March 9. She came from London that has high number of COVID-19 cases.

She further said that she was screened at both the airports but no virus was detected and she was unaware that she was carrying coronavirus. The singer is presently admitted to a hospital in Lucknow.

Politicians susceptible to be COVD-19 patients

Vasundhara Raje was swift to respond to the Kanika Kapoor’s post. The … Read the rest