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Antibiotic resistance caused 1.2 million deaths in 2019: AMR and its link to COVID-19 explained
Health

Antibiotic resistance caused 1.2 million deaths in 2019: AMR and its link to COVID-19 explained

A new study covering 204 countries showed that at least 1.2 million people died in 2019 due to drug-resistant bacterial infections, ahead of both HIV and malaria

COVID-19: India records 90,000 fresh cases, 56% higher than Wednesday; Omicron spreads but hospitalisation still low
India

COVID-19: India records 90,000 fresh cases, 56% higher than Wednesday; Omicron spreads but hospitalisation still low

The daily count reported today is at least 56 percent higher than yesterday when 58,097 cases were recorded. With this, the overall caseload rose to 3,51,09,286, while the toll climbed to 4,82,876

From flight bans to reimposing COVID-19 precautions, how countries are reacting to the Omicron variant
World

From flight bans to reimposing COVID-19 precautions, how countries are reacting to the Omicron variant

In the week since the new virus strain was reported by South Africa, dozens of countries around the world have responded with travel restrictions — most targeting southern African nations.

Half of COVID-19 survivors experience lingering symptoms six months after recovery, finds study
India

Half of COVID-19 survivors experience lingering symptoms six months after recovery, finds study

The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, reviewed 57 reports that included data from 250,351 unvaccinated adults and children who were diagnosed with COVID-19 from December 2019 through March 2021

India administers over 86 crore vaccines; more than one crore given in a single day
India

India administers over 86 crore vaccines; more than one crore given in a single day

This is the fifth time that India has administered over one crore vaccine doses in a day

Maharashtra reports 3,131 new COVID-19 cases ; 70 deaths, 4,021 recoveries recorded
India

Maharashtra reports 3,131 new COVID-19 cases ; 70 deaths, 4,021 recoveries recorded

With these additions, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 65,27,629, while the death toll increased to 1,38,616 and the number of recoveries shot up to 63,44,744.

US averaging over one lakh new COVID-19 infections a day; hospitalisations up by 500%
World

US averaging over one lakh new COVID-19 infections a day; hospitalisations up by 500%

The influx of patients is straining hospitals and pushing health care workers to the brink as deaths have risen to an average of more than 1,000 a day for the first time since March

Life after COVID: Study shows symptoms persist in half of hospitalised patients even after a year
Science & Technology

Life after COVID: Study shows symptoms persist in half of hospitalised patients even after a year

The Lancet study shows that fatigue or muscle weakness was the most commonly reported symptom with around half of patients experiencing it at six months and one in five at one year

More than 50 nations seeking CoWIN technology, India preparing to offer free help, says senior official
India

More than 50 nations seeking CoWIN technology, India preparing to offer free help, says senior official

Dr RS Sharma, the chairman of the empowered group for COVID-19 vaccine administration, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed officials to create an open-source version of the platform and give it free of cost to any country that wants it

DGHS issues COVID-19 treatment guidelines: Here is what document recommends on Remdesivir, Tocilizumab
India

DGHS issues COVID-19 treatment guidelines: Here is what document recommends on Remdesivir, Tocilizumab

Among the drugs and treatment methods that have been removed from the recommendations are Ivermectin, Azithromycin and plasma therapy

Too good to be true? Pfizer is working on a pill that could potentially treat COVID-19
science

Too good to be true? Pfizer is working on a pill that could potentially treat COVID-19

Usually, the trials take years, but as the pandemic rages on Pfizer will conduct them in a matter of months.

COVID-19: Plasma therapy not found effective, likely to be dropped from clinical management guidelines
India

COVID-19: Plasma therapy not found effective, likely to be dropped from clinical management guidelines

The present guidelines allows 'off label' use of plasma therapy at the stage of early moderate disease, that is, within seven days of the onset of symptoms

Hypertension among most common features of emergency hospital visit during COVID-19 lockdowns, says study
Health

Hypertension among most common features of emergency hospital visit during COVID-19 lockdowns, says study

The researchers behind this study reveal that the compulsory lockdown period was linked to a 37 percent increase in the odds of having hypertension in patients visiting the hospital’s emergency department

Delhi hikes mask fines to Rs 2,000 as cases soar; Serum Institute CEO hopes for effective vaccine by May-June
India

Delhi hikes mask fines to Rs 2,000 as cases soar; Serum Institute CEO hopes for effective vaccine by May-June

Delhi has taken various measures this week to rein in the rising number of cases including flying in paramedical personnel, increasing the hospital beds, raising the fine for not wearing masks and imposing a tab on wedding guests

COVID-19 treatment: Melatonin hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycle may prove effective in managing infection
Health

COVID-19 treatment: Melatonin hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycle may prove effective in managing infection

Clinical registries from Cleveland Clinic also showed that regular use of melatonin was associated with a 30 percent lesser chance of testing positive for COVID-19 even after adjusting for age, smoking history, race, and the presence of comorbidities

New case study suggests COVID-19 can lead to sudden permanent loss of hearing
Health

New case study suggests COVID-19 can lead to sudden permanent loss of hearing

Experts suggest that it may be a combination of the infection as well as the inflammation caused due to the virus in the ear that may be responsible for sensorineural hearing loss in COVID-19 patients

Age does not increase susceptibility to COVID-19, but likely to effect severity of infection, study suggests
Health

Age does not increase susceptibility to COVID-19, but likely to effect severity of infection, study suggests

A group of scientists claim that age may not be linked to COVID-19 susceptibility after all. However, the claim that older people may be at risk of developing severe disease and dying of COVID-19 if they get it still holds true.

Shorter time between symptom onset and hospitalisation associated with severe COVID-19 symptoms, finds study
Health

Shorter time between symptom onset and hospitalisation associated with severe COVID-19 symptoms, finds study

The results of the study showed that after ECMO, the in-hospital death rate after 90 days was only 37.4 percent, whereas it was 46 percent in the group that received conventional treatment

Treat doctors who died due to COVID-19 at par with martyrs of armed forces: IMA to Narendra Modi
India

Treat doctors who died due to COVID-19 at par with martyrs of armed forces: IMA to Narendra Modi

The IMA sought an "inclusive national solatium" for the families of such doctors, and added that a family member should be provided a government job as per their qualification

Coronavirus Updates: NEET, JEE to be held as per schedule, says NTA amid demands for postponing exams
India

Coronavirus Updates: NEET, JEE to be held as per schedule, says NTA amid demands for postponing exams

Coronavirus Updates: While the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is scheduled from 1-6 September, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) is planned on 13 September