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Vaihayasi Pande Daniel

Editorial Director Vaihayasi Pande Daniel has reported on news, business, travel and lifestyle for 30 years.
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'COVID-19 is deadly in 0.1 per cent people'

'COVID-19 is deadly in 0.1 per cent people'

Rediff.com5 days ago

'Some of the longer-term implications of COVID-19 are not related to the virus itself.' 'They are actually related to immune responses from the virus.'

COVID-19: The 21 Day Immunity Plan

COVID-19: The 21 Day Immunity Plan

Rediff.com14 Oct 2020

'I challenge people just do it for a month to see how you feel, okay?'

COVID-19: You can SAVE your life!

COVID-19: You can SAVE your life!

Rediff.com14 Oct 2020

'Try to get in 30 to 60 minutes of a brisk walk every day, like my grandparents would do in the village -- twice a day they would go for morning walks and they would go after dinner.'

Do people ever recover from COVID-19?

Do people ever recover from COVID-19?

Rediff.com29 Sep 2020

'People who have already got diabetes or heart disease or high blood pressure seem to be more badly affected by the disease.'

'COVID-19: 'We are in this for years'

'COVID-19: 'We are in this for years'

Rediff.com29 Sep 2020

'Vigilance is the enemy of the virus.' 'We need to be alert all the time, about this, until we fully understand it.' 'And that's going to take years, actually.'

Only 0.33 per cent Indians have had COVID-19

Only 0.33 per cent Indians have had COVID-19

Rediff.com22 Sep 2020

'It might get worse. We don't really know what is it that is resulting in the high value of R now.'

India's COVID-19 case surge not 'unexpected'

India's COVID-19 case surge not 'unexpected'

Rediff.com15 Sep 2020

'There will be increases.' 'There is bound to be, but you have to bear with all this.' 'The focus should be to provide optimum care for those who are in the need.' 'We should focus more on care, better care. Not on testing.'

How to protect yourself from COVID-19

How to protect yourself from COVID-19

Rediff.com7 Sep 2020

'The social distancing vaccine.' 'And the mask vaccine.' 'If you adhere to these two vaccines and go and meet people in a well-ventilated room -- not in an enclosed, non-ventilated, room -- you are probably going to be okay.'

COVID-19: 'Seek treatment early'

COVID-19: 'Seek treatment early'

Rediff.com7 Sep 2020

Until we have these (kinds of) patients come down in numbers, the fear, the mortality is always going to be there

COVID-19: 'Good behaviour will reduce deaths'

COVID-19: 'Good behaviour will reduce deaths'

Rediff.com27 Aug 2020

'We cannot be naughty and expect the government to do good!' 'We have to behave ourselves and then we can expect the government to support us.' 'If we are able to protect ourselves well, then we should not be having deaths.' 'Unfortunately, people have gotten into this super scary event participation (mode) -- birthday parties, large gatherings.' 'Among the people who have attended those, 80 to 90 per cent of them have come down with COVID-19.'

What I learnt from fighting COVID-19

What I learnt from fighting COVID-19

Rediff.com24 Aug 2020

'The genetic thing is not in your control. The virulence is not known.' 'The only thing is if you can avoid it.' 'Once you get COVID-19, none of it is in your control.'

Are 99% going to recover from COVID-19?

Are 99% going to recover from COVID-19?

Rediff.com21 Aug 2020

'Every disease has traits and we have found out that actually 99 per cent of people who have got COVID-19, should recover.'

Is COVID-19 like a thief in the night?

Is COVID-19 like a thief in the night?

Rediff.com17 Aug 2020

'COVID-19 comes in, we have our immune response, the immune response overtakes COVID-19 in no time, usually within a day.' 'Fortunately, the majority who get infected will also be in that first category , where there is no damage and the virus is completely overcome.'

'This government has tamed everyone'

'This government has tamed everyone'

Rediff.com13 Aug 2020

'They (the government) want to tame everything.' 'The entire systems they are trying to change.'

'If everyone wore a face mask, this thing will be gone tomorrow!'

'If everyone wore a face mask, this thing will be gone tomorrow!'

Rediff.com22 Jul 2020

'The majority of the spread is by people coughing, or sneezing or talking loudly, in a very short distance, two metres from one another, and a mask will prevent that sort of transmission.'

Can COVID-19 live in your fridge?

Can COVID-19 live in your fridge?

Rediff.com22 Jul 2020

'The majority of transmission will be via people who are within two metres of one another.' 'The closer you are, the more likely that you'll be infected.'

DON'T be SCARED to take a COVID-19 test!

DON'T be SCARED to take a COVID-19 test!

Rediff.com15 Jul 2020

'People are sick at home and think that they might have COVID-19, but will not want to go and get themselves tested'.

If COVID-19 is airborne, this is what you MUST do!

If COVID-19 is airborne, this is what you MUST do!

Rediff.com8 Jul 2020

'If it is airborne -- and we don't know till what distance it can be airborne -- then the mask becomes a definite.' 'Just social distance is not enough.' 'You need a mask in addition to social distance.'

COVID-19: Why are so many young people dying?

COVID-19: Why are so many young people dying?

Rediff.com8 Jul 2020

'We started analysing young patients and realised that they had causes like undetected diabetes, which suddenly flares up during COVID-19.' 'Secondly, hypothyroidism was one of the factors.' 'And obesity.'

How to protect yourself from COVID-19

How to protect yourself from COVID-19

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

'The most important pillars of disease prevention remain masking, hand/cough etiquette and physical distancing.'

COVID-19: 'Mumbai's numbers are an under-estimate of the real numbers'

COVID-19: 'Mumbai's numbers are an under-estimate of the real numbers'

Rediff.com1 Jul 2020

'We have to be really careful about the unlocking of the city.'

COVID-19: 'We are lucky it came later to India'

COVID-19: 'We are lucky it came later to India'

Rediff.com29 Jun 2020

'People are getting admitted to hospital two to three days before their death in a very serious respiratory compromise state and they are passing away within 48 hours.' 'Those who are coming early in the disease, the minute they are suspicious that they have COVID-19, the recovery rate has been much, much, higher.' 'The moral of the story is: We must destigmatise COVID-19.' 'People should be told: 'Look, if you have anything like this, please come immediately'.'

'Maximum number of cases per day around mid-July'

'Maximum number of cases per day around mid-July'

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

'It will only get worse, definitely, for the next month and one-and-a-half months.'

'The virus can't survive infinitely'

'The virus can't survive infinitely'

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

'When the virus, in a way, tires itself out, because it is not finding any more people to attack or keep itself viable, that is when the peak actually has been reached and you are on the downward limb (of the curve).'

India's COVID-19 Crisis May Get Worse

India's COVID-19 Crisis May Get Worse

Rediff.com15 Jun 2020

'As people have moved from cities to small towns and villages, they have carried the infection into new territories.' 'Poor healthcare infrastructure in these places should be a big worry in the days to come.'

Worried about the virus coming home?

Worried about the virus coming home?

Rediff.com15 Jun 2020

Wonder how you sanitise your groceries and deliveries and keep yourself and your family safe from the coronavirus?

'COVID-19 vaccine will be made in India'

'COVID-19 vaccine will be made in India'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'I can say with confidence that any future SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, developed anywhere in the world, would have to be manufactured in India, if it is to be affordable and of high quality.'

'My biggest worry is electricity'

'My biggest worry is electricity'

Rediff.com6 Jun 2020

'The worst affected is the electricity supply. A huge number of poles, some 6,000 to 8,000 poles have been damaged completely. That will take a lot of time for restoration.'

Mumbai's Tireless COVID-19 Warrior

Mumbai's Tireless COVID-19 Warrior

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'These are challenging times and we get energised by that.' 'I don't feel that 'I am tired now and I should relax', because even if someone calls us at 12 o'clock I have to answer his call.'

'Sab bhagwan ke haath mein hai'

'Sab bhagwan ke haath mein hai'

Rediff.com2 Jun 2020

'Our Lockdown Life has a sort of schizophrenic, Dr-Jekyll-and-Mr-Hyde personality about it,' says Vaihayasi Pande Daniel.

Smoking increases your coronavirus risk

Smoking increases your coronavirus risk

Rediff.com30 May 2020

'Smokers are a highly susceptible population during this pandemic.' 'Health benefits from quitting smoking can start as early as within an hour.'

Revealed: What Uddhav told Mumbai doctors

Revealed: What Uddhav told Mumbai doctors

Rediff.com26 May 2020

'Cases are increasing, day by day, because testing has increased.'

'We are very close to the peak in Mumbai'

'We are very close to the peak in Mumbai'

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'There is just one silver lining: The fatality rate has gone down.'

'Don't get worried if you have tested positive'

'Don't get worried if you have tested positive'

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'It is not the test, but the symptomatic phase in this disease that really matters.'

Miss England Dr Bhasha Mukherjee is a COVID-19 warrior

Miss England Dr Bhasha Mukherjee is a COVID-19 warrior

Rediff.com23 May 2020

'All of our lives are going to be changed in a permanent way...' 'We just have to ride out the tide right now and we will see a rainbow at the end of this.'

'COVID-19 will be a year-long struggle'

'COVID-19 will be a year-long struggle'

Rediff.com18 May 2020

'Predictions are that numbers will continue to rise till May end and maybe in the first half of June will be our peak.'

COVID-19: The threat from people with no symptoms

COVID-19: The threat from people with no symptoms

Rediff.com14 May 2020

'Testing is a very good strategy if only symptomatic people are transmitting the disease.' 'Here asymptomatic people, with minimum, trivial symptoms, are transmitting too.' 'Testing, treating, tracing contacts and quarantining them -- yes, it will work up to a certain extent.' 'But more important is physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and cocooning, protecting with reverse quarantining the most vulnerable people, senior citizens, people with other major medical problems.' 'To me, that makes much more sense.'

'We should get our hospitals ready for the second wave'

'We should get our hospitals ready for the second wave'

Rediff.com14 May 2020

'Strengthen hospital capacity, look after patients who need care, primarily ICU care...' 'Train doctors, get PPE, get ventilators, have treatment protocols in place.'

When will this pandemic end?

When will this pandemic end?

Rediff.com14 May 2020

'It will take time.' 'It will take time.'

What you must know about Mumbai's COVID-19 deaths

What you must know about Mumbai's COVID-19 deaths

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'65 per cent were males.' 'Age group of deaths: More were seen from age 51 to 70.' 'Saw some deaths from age 21 to the 40s.' 'About 76 to 77 per cent of patient deaths had some kind of a comorbidity.' 'The main comorbidities were the presence of diabetes, hypertension, some kind of heart diseases.'

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