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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.

Coronavirus Outbreak: What is contact tracing? How does it help in curbing COVID-19 cases?
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Coronavirus Outbreak: What is contact tracing? How does it help in curbing COVID-19 cases?

The focus of contact tracing is to find close contacts or people who were within two metres of the infected person for at least 10 minutes or so.

WHO chief says there is no return to normalcy in the future, too many countries are heading in the wrong direction with Coronavirus
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WHO chief says there is no return to normalcy in the future, too many countries are heading in the wrong direction with Coronavirus

The WHO said that government and individual responses should depend on local virus conditions - namely, whether there is community spread or no.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Six new patients reported in Dharavi today; active cases remain below 100
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Six new patients reported in Dharavi today; active cases remain below 100

Last week, the WHO had praised the efforts taken by the authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Dharavi, once a hotspot.

Coronavirus is airborne: Wear mask, stay away from crowded indoor spaces, and other things to keep in mind
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Coronavirus is airborne: Wear mask, stay away from crowded indoor spaces, and other things to keep in mind

Experts are saying infected people are releasing aerosols when they cough and sneeze and also when they breathe, talk or sing, with some exertion.

Russia's COVID-19 vaccine successfully completes first phase of human clinical trials
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Russia's COVID-19 vaccine successfully completes first phase of human clinical trials

The vaccine is being developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology along with the Russian Defence Ministry.

CanSino Biologics in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile, Saudi Arabia to launch Phase III trial of its COVID-19 vaccine
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CanSino Biologics in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile, Saudi Arabia to launch Phase III trial of its COVID-19 vaccine

Qiu Dongxu co-founder of CanSino said its new factory under construction in China will allow it to produce 100-200 million vaccine doses per year by early 2021.

Scientists design “catch and kill” air filter that kills 99.9 percent of the Coronavirus causing bacteria in public spaces
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Scientists design “catch and kill” air filter that kills 99.9 percent of the Coronavirus causing bacteria in public spaces

The researchers are also developing a desk-top model which is capable of purifying the air in an office worker’s immediate surroundings.