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WHO advance team probing COVID-19 origin ends China visit; group of experts to visit Wuhan soon
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WHO advance team probing COVID-19 origin ends China visit; group of experts to visit Wuhan soon

Epidemiological studies will begin in Wuhan to identify the potential source of early cases of COVID-19, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Post-COVID care: Take it easy on daily chores; try these techniques to manage fatigue, conserve energy
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Post-COVID care: Take it easy on daily chores; try these techniques to manage fatigue, conserve energy

Given what we know about COVID-19 and the immense impact it has on patients’ lives, the road to recovery is expected to be more intense

Depression, air pollution among 12 risk factors one must avoid to reduce chances of dementia
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Depression, air pollution among 12 risk factors one must avoid to reduce chances of dementia

A recent report by Lancet Commission indicates that taking action against certain lifestyle risk factors at an early age can reduce the risk of developing dementia later in life to a large extent

World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Five common myths about this natural and healthy practice
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World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Five common myths about this natural and healthy practice

To promote breastfeeding and its many benefits for the mother and child, the WHO celebrates the week between 1 and 7 August every year as the World Breastfeeding Week.

Medical-grade gloves useless for COVID-19 prevention in normal settings; here's why
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Medical-grade gloves useless for COVID-19 prevention in normal settings; here's why

Besides adding to medical waste, usage of medical grade gloves by the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic, can create a shortage of supplies for healthcare workers

The WHO's risky communication strategy created confusion around COVID-19
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The WHO's risky communication strategy created confusion around COVID-19

In the first days of the outbreak, WHO prefered to communicate over Twitter, which goes against the agreed communication plan in the 2005 IHR.

COVID-19 herd immunity will take time, easier to achieve with vaccine, says WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan
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COVID-19 herd immunity will take time, easier to achieve with vaccine, says WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan

The chief scientist at the global health body said that more waves of coronavirus would be required to get to a stage of natural immunity

Pooled testing for coronavirus could be fastest, cheapest way to increase screening nationwide
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Pooled testing for coronavirus could be fastest, cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Researchers have shown that pooled testing is about as accurate as individual testing in pools as large as eight people.

COVID-19 vaccines won't be ready until early 2021 despite generating immune response, says WHO
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COVID-19 vaccines won't be ready until early 2021 despite generating immune response, says WHO

Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergencies program, cautioned schools about re-opening until community transmission of COVID-19 is under control.

PIL in SC seeks setting up of panel to probe Centre's 'mismanagement' of COVID-19 pandemic
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PIL in SC seeks setting up of panel to probe Centre's 'mismanagement' of COVID-19 pandemic

The petition said the Centre failed to undertake timely and effective measures for containing the transmission of COVID-19 even after being notified by the WHO in early January

N95 masks with valves 'detrimental' to curb the spread of COVID-19: Health Ministry letter to states
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N95 masks with valves 'detrimental' to curb the spread of COVID-19: Health Ministry letter to states

Masks like the N95 filters in clean air that the user inhales but the valves release exhaled, contaminated air back into the environment.

Kawasaki syndrome or MIS-C: Children recovering from COVID-19 also face the brunt of the disease
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Kawasaki syndrome or MIS-C: Children recovering from COVID-19 also face the brunt of the disease

A 14-year-old girl was admitted to a Mumbai hospital with rashes and high fever, classic symptoms of Kawasaki syndrome.

Global COVID-19 toll crosses 6.02 lakh, cases climb to 1.42 crore; US continues to be worst-hit country
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Global COVID-19 toll crosses 6.02 lakh, cases climb to 1.42 crore; US continues to be worst-hit country

The US alone accounts for over 37 lakh COVID-19 cases, while Brazil has reported 20 lakh and India, 10 lakh.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases cross 10 lakh in India; here's a look at how pandemics end
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Confirmed COVID-19 cases cross 10 lakh in India; here's a look at how pandemics end

If previous pandemics have taught us anything it is that every pandemic eventually comes to an end. It depends on how religiously the masses follow the right measures and in what way the pathogen evolves

Social distancing alone will not slow the spread of the Coronavirus, other preventive steps need to be taken as well
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Social distancing alone will not slow the spread of the Coronavirus, other preventive steps need to be taken as well

If social distancing "alone" is to be implemented longer than two weeks, a moderate shut down could be more effective for the society than a stricter complete shut-down.

GAVI vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join 'COVAX' — COVID-19 vaccine access facility
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GAVI vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join 'COVAX' — COVID-19 vaccine access facility

The 75 countries, which would finance the vaccines from public budgets, will partner with up to 90 poorer countries to provide them with access.

India's first indigenous pneumonia vaccine developed by Serum Institute get DCGI nod for market
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India's first indigenous pneumonia vaccine developed by Serum Institute get DCGI nod for market

Serum Institute conducted a three-phase clinical trial of the vaccine in India along with trials in the West African nation of The Gambia.

Know the enemy: Health experts think understanding the Coronavirus will help us defeat it
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Know the enemy: Health experts think understanding the Coronavirus will help us defeat it

The coronavirus is invisible, but seemingly everywhere, requires close contact to spread, but reached around the globe faster than any pandemic in history.

Disrupted health service in low-middle income countries might lead to increase in HIV, TB, malaria related deaths due to COVID-19 pandemic
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Disrupted health service in low-middle income countries might lead to increase in HIV, TB, malaria related deaths due to COVID-19 pandemic

Maintaining access to ART for HIV, diagnosis and treatment for TB and distribution of insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria could mitigate the broader health impact of the virus.