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Every Covid patient infecting 2 others as Delhi's R-value up to 2.1: IIT

Every Covid patient infecting 2 others as Delhi's R-value up to 2.1: IIT

Rediff.com23 Apr 2022

Delhi's R-value, which indicates the spread of COVID-19, was recorded at 2.1 this week, implying that every infected person is infecting two others in the national capital, according to an analysis by IIT-Madras.

Breathlessness, eye problem, dementia among most common long Covid symptoms

Breathlessness, eye problem, dementia among most common long Covid symptoms

Rediff.com16 Apr 2022

Breathlessness, eye problems, muscle weakness, dementia, weight loss, concentration issues and disturbed sleep cycle have been commonly observed among people months after recovery from coronavirus infection, healthcare specialists said.

When will Covid end? Here's what experts say

When will Covid end? Here's what experts say

Rediff.com15 Feb 2022

'Unless we see four weeks of low and stable numbers with only minor fluctuations, we cannot call the valley as endemic just as yet'

Omicron, Delta 2 pandemics going on parallelly: Virologist

Omicron, Delta 2 pandemics going on parallelly: Virologist

Rediff.com16 Jan 2022

Omicron is a 'deviant' from the COVID-19 pandemic progression script and so it must be postulated that two pandemics are going on side by side, one by the Delta and close relatives and the other by the latest variant of concern, said noted virologist Dr T Jacob John.

Does India need booster shots to fight Omicron?

Does India need booster shots to fight Omicron?

Rediff.com12 Dec 2021

'Better to prevent than to wait for evidence. Protection delayed can also mean protection denied'

Booster vaccines best defence against Omicron, create them: Virologist

Booster vaccines best defence against Omicron, create them: Virologist

Rediff.com1 Dec 2021

Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines are the easiest barrier that must be created immediately against Omicron, according to eminent virologist Dr T Jacob John, who noted that it may not seed the third wave of the pandemic, but breakthrough infections may be common due to the new variant.

Most Indians may be safe against Omicron, no need for panic: Dr Jameel

Most Indians may be safe against Omicron, no need for panic: Dr Jameel

Rediff.com30 Nov 2021

A 'very large' number of Indians are likely to remain protected from Omicron or any other variant of COVID-19 and there is no need to panic, eminent virologist Dr Shahid Jameel has said.

Coronavirus spread likely to continue for a very long time: WHO

Coronavirus spread likely to continue for a very long time: WHO

Rediff.com28 Sep 2021

Stressing that the Covid virus may continue to transmit for a "very long time", senior WHO official Poonam Khetrapal Singh says the level of immunity in a community, through vaccination and previous infection, will determine whether it will become endemic in the long run.

Covid may head towards endemicity in India: Dr Gagandeep Kang

Covid may head towards endemicity in India: Dr Gagandeep Kang

Rediff.com20 Sep 2021

The endemic stage is when a population learns to live with a virus. It is very different from the epidemic stage when the virus overwhelms a population.

Delta plus has more affinity for lung tissues: NTAGI chief

Delta plus has more affinity for lung tissues: NTAGI chief

Rediff.com27 Jun 2021

The Delta plus variant of COVID-19 has greater affinity to lung tissues as compared to other strains but it does not mean that it will cause severe disease or is more transmissible, head of coronavirus working group National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) Dr N K Arora said.

'No data to show Covid will affect kids in next wave'

'No data to show Covid will affect kids in next wave'

Rediff.com25 May 2021

Arora, who is Director of INCLEN Trust, said it is not possible to predict any third wave at this time.

Women can get Covid vaccine anytime after delivery: Experts

Women can get Covid vaccine anytime after delivery: Experts

Rediff.com23 May 2021

"Pregnancy doesn't increase the risk of acquiring SARS-COV-2 infection but appears to worsen the clinical course as compared to non-pregnant women'

Covid and crematorium: Slum dwellers grapple with smoke, stench and fear of disease

Covid and crematorium: Slum dwellers grapple with smoke, stench and fear of disease

Rediff.com25 Apr 2021

For the residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Camp, living next to a crematorium is as much a struggle as keeping COVID-19 at bay.

Covid variants, laxity behind India's 2nd wave: Experts

Covid variants, laxity behind India's 2nd wave: Experts

Rediff.com7 Apr 2021

Slack in following COVID appropriate behaviour, a susceptible population and spread of variants could be among the main reasons for the second wave of coronavirus

No proof Covid 2nd wave due to variants: Virologist

No proof Covid 2nd wave due to variants: Virologist

Rediff.com26 Mar 2021

There is so far no evidence that the second wave of COVID-19 in the country is due to variants of the virus, but it is possible, said noted virologist Shahid Jameel.

There may not be a second Covid peak in India: Experts

There may not be a second Covid peak in India: Experts

Rediff.com19 Dec 2020

The comments come as the country's COVID-19 caseload surpassed the one crore mark, though the number of daily cases and daily fatalities have been continuously coming down.

'28% child care homes not registered with state govts'

'28% child care homes not registered with state govts'

Rediff.com17 Nov 2020

The social audit of all childcare homes across the country was ordered in 2018 when cases of sexual exploitation of girls were reported from childcare institutions in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh and Muzaffarpur in Bihar.

Lockdown will no longer help in COVID-19 fight: Virologist

Lockdown will no longer help in COVID-19 fight: Virologist

Rediff.com23 May 2020

Shahid Jameel, recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, also said that the country had already reached community transmission a long time ago.

Govt gets 92,000 calls on abuse during lockdown

Govt gets 92,000 calls on abuse during lockdown

Rediff.com8 Apr 2020

"Confinement is fostering the tension and strain created by security, health, and money worries. And it is increasing isolation for women with violent partners, separating them from the people and resources that can best help them. It's a perfect storm for controlling, violent behaviour behind closed doors," UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said in a statement calling the violence against women and girls 'a shadow pandemic'.

Lockdown: 90 cities in India record minimal air pollution

Lockdown: 90 cities in India record minimal air pollution

Rediff.com29 Mar 2020

Welcoming the reduction in pollution, environmentalists urged the government to treat it as a "wake-up call" and stop its "obsession" with "development" at the cost of the environment.

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