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Covid-19 and swine flu can coinfect, make diagnosis difficult: Docs
Hyderabad: With the monsoon having set in, doctors do not rule out the possibility of coinfection of Covid-19 and human influenza A (swine flu).China has already recorded a case of coinfection in which both Covid-19 and swine flu viruses were present making it difficult for the doctors to diagnose the problem. As influenza A is now endemic to Telugu states and Covid-19 likely to become part of the viruses circulating in these parts, doctors observe that both viruses can stay in the same patient, requiring two tests to diagnose cases of coinfection....read more
CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster 129: What is my risk
948: Minutes of Virtual Meeting of CMAAO NMAs on “Am I at risk?”13th June, 2020, Saturday; 9.30am-10.30am,Participants Member NMAs: Dr KK Aggarwal; President CMAAO, Dr Rajan Sharma, National President, IMA; Dr N Gnanabaskaran, President Malaysian Medical Association; Dr Marie Uzawa Urabe, Japan; Dr Alvin Yee-Shing Chan, Hong Kong; Dr Md Jamaluddin Chowdhary, Bangladesh; Dr Prakash Budhathoky, Nepal ,Invitees: Dr Russell D’Souza, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Australia; Dr Sanchita Sharma, Editor IJCP Group ....read more
World Covid Meter 15th June - 213 Countries affected: 8 Million today, Doubling rate 8 days
Cases: 1M April 2, 2M April 15, 3M April 27, 4M May 8, 5M May 20, 6M May 30, 7M June 7, 8M by 15 JuneGround Zero: Wuhan - in live animal market or cafeteria for animal pathogens: 10th January; Total cases are based on RT PCR, 67% sensitivityDoubling time India 17 days, USA 33 days, Brazil 13 days, Russia 18 days, Spain 47 days, UK 35 days, Italy 55 days, France 49 days, Turkey 37 daysLikely minimum deaths (435177 + 54122 x 15 = 8118) = 443295,Coronavirus Cases: 7,984,432 ,Deaths: 435,177 ....read more
The Main Principle of Knowing the Truth
The main figure in the Upanishads is sage Yajnavalkya, known as one of the greatest philosophers. Most of the great teachings of later Hindu or Buddhist philosophy are derived from him. He taught the great doctrine of neti-neti – this means that truth can be found only by the negation of all thoughts about it.Brhadaranyaka Upanishad is the oldest and the most important of all the Upanishads. Its name actually means the great forest-book. ....read more
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While no coronavirus vaccine has received approval as of yet, companies from across the globe have joined the search. Some companies such as Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have made headlines due to their progress in the research. Johnson & Johnson expects a corona vaccine to be approved by 2021, while AstraZeneca has signed a deal to supply up to 400 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, closer home, Patanjali Ayurveda has said that they have found an Ayurveda cure for coronavirus.
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Indian pharma companies now confront a new challenge as the cost of imports from China has gone up. Chinese suppliers have raised the prices of various APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients), KSMs (key starting materials) and certain drug intermediates. Estimates vary depending on the product in question."On an average, the increase in the prices of APIs and KSMs has been around 20 per cent compared to the pre-COVID-19 days," says Sudarshan Jain, Secretary General of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, which has many leading Indian pharmaceutical companies as its members. But then, much depends on the product and the imported quantum because in some cases there has been a sharp increase. And these are expected to impact the industry. At the moment, analysts feel, while it will take a toll on their gross margins, some of it could be offset by the rupee depreciation against the dollar as most Indian companies do export. Currently, the rupee is at around Rs 76 to a dollar.
The retraction of influential studies published in two of the world’s leading scientific journals last week was a rude reminder of the perils of moving at warp speed to find a treatment or cure for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which has infected eight million and killed 430,000 in less than six months of the World Health Organisation (WHO)being informed by China about a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin in Wuhan on December 31, 2019.By January 30, it had infected 7,818 people, of which 82 were in 18 other countries , which forced a seemingly reluctant WHO to declare the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), as it was then called, a public health emergency of international concern. Scientists from across the world stepped up to defuse the emerging health threat with every tool that they had. Never before have so many scientists, researchers and clinicians from across specialties focused on a single disease or used such a wide variety of innovative techniques and platforms for vaccine and drug development. Never before have regulatory processes been fast-tracked at such scale for emergency use of drug and vaccine trials.
A doctor working at a mohalla clinic in Najafgarh died due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Monday. He was 65.The doctor, UC Ghosh, had started working at the clinic just three months ago after his wife died of cancer in March this year.“He was lonely and depressed after his wife died. He had given up practice to take care of his wife. The clinic came as a welcome respite for him. It is likely that he got the infection there,” said Dr BK Dey, 65, his family friend, who works at Maharshi Valmiki hospital.Ghosh was diabetic and hypertensive, according to a Delhi government official. “We have asked our senior doctors to not open clinic at present. However, there are many who still volunteer to do so,” the official said.