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  1. #3521
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    India considers emergency authorisation of vaccine

    India said it was considering granting an emergency authorisation for a COVID-19 vaccine, particularly for the elderly and people in high-risk workplaces, as the country's number of reported infections passed 4.75 million.

    India, which has consistently reported over 1,000 COVID-19 deaths daily this month, has now recorded 78,586 fatalities from the disease.

    It lags only the United States globally in overall number of infections, but it has been adding more daily cases than the United States since mid-August.

    The comments came as the Indian health ministry reported 94,372 new COVID-19 cases and 1,114 deaths on Sunday.


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    India coronavirus cases surge to 4.85 million

    India has recorded 92,071 new cases of the coronavirus, taking total cases to 4.85 million, the federal health ministry said.

    According to Reuters, the world’s second-most populous country lags behind only the United States globally in overall number of infections, but it has been reporting more daily cases than the United States since mid-August.

    Deaths have been relatively low so far compared with the number of infections, but are seeing an uptick. More than 1,100 people died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the ministry said, taking the total number of fatalities from the disease to 79,722.


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    As the daily number of coronavirus cases continues to rise sharply in India, with just under 100,000 new infections a day, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has made the bold claim that rates in India are among the lowest in the world.

    So can he be right, and what does he mean?

    The minister said in parliament on Monday that rates of recorded cases and deaths "were one of the lowest in the world when compared to countries with similar situations" and that India had "successfully blunted the aggressive progression of Covid-19".

    Looking at the overall numbers, the situation in India looks very bad. It has by far the highest number of recorded daily cases for any country in the world and the second highest number of total infections, after the United States.

    That's a cumulative 4.8 million Covid-19 infections in India with nearly 80,000 deaths, the third highest in the world.

    However, if we look at the health minister's claims of success not in absolute numbers but as a proportion of India's population of 1.3 billion, the figures do look rather different.

    Measured in these terms, currently India's overall number of coronavirus cases per capita since the outbreak began stands at 3,511 per million, which is lower than the global average of 3,726. The US and Brazil have far higher per capita infection rates, at 19,697 and 20,372 respectively.

    It's difficult to see, however, what the minister means by having "blunted the aggressive progression" of the pandemic given the increasing numbers of new infections recorded in the country.

    Some experts believe that India's actual case numbers could be much higher with many cases possibly going undetected despite attempts to increase testing across the country.


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    Only an act of God can save us from these bloody incompetent and illiterate mantris!

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    As India opens up its economy and people return to work, Covid-19 cases have been surging through small towns and cities.

    With more than 4.8 million reported confirmed infections, India's caseload is the second highest in the world, after the US. Some 600,000 cases were added just last week, and more than 90,000 cases were reported just on Saturday.

    One newspaper calls it a "scary, runaway phase" of infections. Not surprisingly, demand for oxygen has risen exponentially.

    "If the government doesn't sort out this oxygen crisis quickly we will have a situation like Italy at the peak of the pandemic," Piyush Bhatt, who runs an oxygen refilling company, said.


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    India: 17 MPs infected with coronavirus as cases near 5 million

    At least 17 members of the Indian parliament have tested positive for the coronavirus, government officials said on Tuesday, underlining the widening spread of infections set to cross five million cases soon.

    The lawmakers were screened ahead of the reopening of parliament on Monday after six months. MPs cleared by the tests wore masks, occupied seats with glass enclosures and worked for shorter hours.

    Twelve of the 17 infected MPs were from the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to a government official who had a list of the politicians. All 17 were members of the 545-member lower house of parliament, or Lok Sabha.


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    Seems to be on downward trend in last couple off days. Hopefully stays that away. But my OCD is bothering a bit that it didnít hit 100k despite coming so so closed. Hopefully it keeps going down at a fast rate

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Only an act of God can save us from these bloody incompetent and illiterate mantris!
    The mantris are itself getting Covid.. even the Oxford Vaccine has stopped its trials in India,USA..


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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    The mantris are itself getting Covid.. even the Oxford Vaccine has stopped its trials in India,USA..
    We've just crossed 5 million cases mark. But no, we have it handled it well.

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    Pakistan & India's overall Death rate is pretty low in comparison.

    Given the context of this being a Worldwide Pandemic, Pakistan and India's death rate per Million population is pretty low.
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    Coronavirus cases in India pass 5m

    India has now recorded more than five million confirmed cases of coronavirus.

    It is the second worst affected country in the world, but the virus is spreading much faster there than in the US, which is in the top spot.

    More than 82,000 people have died with the virus in India, with more than 1,000 dying each day.

    Hospitals in many cities are running out of intensive care beds and oxygen supplies.

    But the government has been pointing out that the number of Indians dying with Covid-19 relative to the size of its population is a lot lower than in other badly hit countries.

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    Statistically you have more chance of dying of Covid if you are in the USA, Brazil or the UK.
    India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are 'Low Risk' according to the Stats.


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    Recovering from Covid-19: 'I can't get the images out of my head'

    In India, relentlessly rising case numbers are causing another emergency - serious mental health problems among Covid-19 patients, writes the BBC's Vikas Pandey.
    Rajesh Tiwari, 42, has developed a serious phobia for any screen which is bigger than his mobile phone. He thinks big screens, especially TV sets and computer monitors, are giant creatures who can attack him.
    Mr Tiwari began experiencing hallucinations after a long stay in an intensive care unit. In early June he had tested positive for coronavirus and he was admitted to a private hospital as his condition worsened. Five days later he was put on a ventilator.
    Mr Tiwari recovered after nearly three weeks in the hospital. But he soon realised that his recovery was not complete.
    "I am better now because I sought treatment, but the first few weeks after my discharge from the hospital were very difficult," he said in an interview.


    Mr Tiwari's family was elated to bring him home, but after a while they realised that everything was not right with him. One day, he screamed at the TV set and attempted to smash it. The family had to stop watching TV and nobody was allowed to use laptops at home. Mr Tiwari said he was struggling to forget the images of monitors constantly beeping and flashing numbers in the ICU.
    Amit Sharma and his family had a similar experience. Mr Sharma, 49, spent 18 days in the ICU and saw people die every day. Young and old, men and women - all kinds of Covid-19 patients were dying around him.
    "One day, two patients around me died and their bodies were there for several hours," he said. "I just can't get those images out of my head. I still fear Covid might kill me."
    Mr Sharma is struggling to forget the traumatic experience. He became very quiet at home after his recovery, his uncle said. "And whenever he talked, it was always about the patients he had seen dying in the Covid ward," he said.

    Many recovering coronavirus patients in India are experiencing mental health distress, said Dr Vasant Mundra, a senior psychiatrist at Mumbai's PD Hinduja hospital, particularly those who were on a ventilator or spent a long time in an ICU.
    "The brain is already exhausted by the time you get to the hospital. And then the mayhem of the Covid wards overwhelms your senses," Dr Mundra said.
    Covid-19 patients are not allowed to meet family and they don't get to see the faces of their doctors and nurses, who are wearing protective masks at all times. That was disrupting patients' ability to form trust with their doctor, said Dr A Fathahudeen, the head of the critical care department at Ernakulam Medical College in southern India, in turn disrupting their recovery.

    Recovery from coronavirus can be a lonely experience, and doctors say when a patient experiences life threatening events as well the chance of post traumatic stress drastically increases. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and hallucinations, Dr Mundra said.
    And yet, mental health issues associated with coronavirus patients are not getting enough attention, doctors warn. There are few mentions in government press conferences or in the media. Prominent mental health expert Dr Soumitra Pathare said he was not surprised.
    "What you are seeing during the pandemic is a reflection of India's poor investment in mental health facilities," he said.
    India lacks facilities and experts to treat mental health patients, and the situation is worse in smaller towns where people are often not able even to recognise symptoms.

    Much of India's mental health treatment infrastructure is concentrated in cities, leaving 80%-90% of the population with little or no access to mental health specialists, said Dr Pathare - adding that the gap is becoming clearer during the pandemic. If the government failed to recognise and address the problem soon India would be facing a "mental health pandemic", he said.
    A good starting point would be making people more aware of symptoms, Dr Pathare said. And the next step would be to improve mental health facilities, especially in smaller towns. "I am aware it won't happen overnight, but we have to start somewhere," he said.

    Kamna Chhibber, the head of the mental health department at Fortis hospital in Delhi, said she had witnessed a sharp rise in the number of people reaching out for help during the pandemic. A long lockdown, uncertainty over the future, and the need to be constantly alert had made people more anxious, and more people were coming to the hospital to talk generally about anxiety and depression, Dr Chhibber said.
    The problem was becoming "more serious with each passing day", she said.
    Doctors are now urging for mental health to be addressed as part of post-Covid treatment protocols. Each hospital needed to do something, said Dr Fathahudeen, or "we may save people from Covid but lose them to depression and PTSD".
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54163109.



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    The number of confirmed cases in India has surpassed five million, according to officials.

    India has the second highest number of cases in the world after the US.

    More than 80,000 people have died.

    The death rate is lower than in many countries with a high caseload.

    India’s rise in infections comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to try and boost the economy.

    Gyms are the latest to reopen, while schools, colleges and cinema halls remain shut.


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    India's coronavirus cases jump by daily record of 97,894

    India has reported another record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed.
    According to Reuters, with 5.12 million cases in all, India is the world’s second-worst affected country, and trails only the United States, which has a caseload of around 6.6 million.



    Deaths, which have been relatively low so far, are showing an uptick, and the country has recorded more than 1,000 deaths every day for the last two weeks.

    The federal health ministry said 1,132 people died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking total fatalities from the disease to 83,198.


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    India logs another daily jump of more than 96,000 infections

    India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 infections in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of levelling.

    The health ministry on Friday raised the nation's total past 5.21 million, 0.37 percent of its nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,174 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 84,372 fatalities.

    India is expected to have the highest national total of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected.


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    India on Friday reported 96,424 new cases of the coronavirus disease – a global record high – taking the cumulative tally past 5.21 million mark. With a constant surge in Covid-19 cases at a record-breaking pace, India is the second worst-hit country globally and is expected to overtake the United States, where the total positive cases are more than 6.67 million, in the coming few weeks.


    With reduced restrictions and easing of lockdowns, several states in India have reported a surge in the cases of the coronavirus disease. According to the Union health ministry, five states are driving the nation’s cumulative tally and account for 60 per cent of the cases.

    In the last 24 hours, 18 states have reported a rise in active cases, showing the widespread virus outbreak in several parts of the country. Collectively, the 18 states have reported 7,778 active cases in the last 24 hours on Friday.

    Here is the list of 18 states which have reported a surge in active Covid-19 cases:

    Bihar

    Bihar has reported 197 active cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total active cases in the state to 13,156. The state also reported seven deaths on Friday due to Covid-19.


    Delhi

    The national capital reported 4,432 fresh coronavirus cases and 38 fresh casualties on Thursday. The surge in cases pushed the caseload past 2.34 lakh on Thursday. Delhi has 31,721 active cases, a rise by 807 than the previous day’s tally.

    Goa

    Goa has 5,612 active cases, according to the data released by the health ministry. The rise in active cases has been by 237 in the Union territory in the last 24 hours which recorded 644 new cases of Covid-19, taking the cumulative tally to 26,783.

    Jammu and Kashmir

    Logging active cases at 20,239 – a rise by 736 in the past one day – Jammu and Kashmir remains one of the Union territory in the country which is witnessing a surge in cases as it logged more than 1,000 cases for 15th day in a row. With 1,467 fresh virus cases and 19 fatalities in the last 24 hours, Jammu and Kashmir’s cumulative tally reached 59,711.


    Karnataka

    Karnataka is one of the worst-affected states in the country, recording one of the highest active cases with more than 100,000 infections. In the last 24 hours, Karnataka has seen 2,005 new active cases. The southern state on Thursday reported 9,366 fresh Covid-19 infections and 93 related fatalities, taking the infection count to 4,94,356 and the death toll to 7,629.

    Kerala

    The southern state has 34,380 active cases in the country and has seen a jump by 1,605 in the active cases in the last 24 hours

    Ladakh

    The active cases in the Union territory increased to 972 – a rise by 19 in the last 24 hours. Ladakh has not recorded any deaths in the last one day.


    Maharashtra

    India’s worst affected state due to the coronavirus outbreak, Maharashtra’s active cases rose by 4,629 in the last 24 hours. The state saw 24,619 fresh cases, pushing the state tally past 1.14 million mark. The death toll reached 31,351 in Maharashtra after 398 fresh casualties were recorded on Thursday.

    Manipur

    Manipur recorded 90 active cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative active cases to 1,841 on Friday.

    Meghalaya

    Manipur saw 81 active cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative active cases to 1,983 on Friday.

    Mizoram

    Manipur reported 18 new active cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative active cases to 585 on Friday.

    Odisha

    Odisha witnessed a rise in active cases by 621 on Friday, according to the health ministry. The total active cases in the state are at 33,026.


    Punjab

    The northern state recorded a rise by 546 active cases in the last 24 hours on Friday. Punjab has 21,568 active cases, the health ministry data showed.

    Rajasthan

    Rajasthan has 17,495 active cases, a surge by 446 in the last 24 hours. The state recorded 1,793 fresh cases on Thursday, taking the total positive cases to 1,09,473.

    Telangana

    Telangana remains one of the most affected states in the country which saw a rise in active cases by 230 on Friday, taking the total active cases in the state to 30,673.

    Uttarakhand

    Uttarakhand has seen a rise in active cases by 646, logging the total active cases in the state at 11,714 mark.

    Uttar Pradesh

    Uttar Pradesh has 68,235 active cases, according to the data released by the health ministry on Friday. The active cases rose by 1,233 in the last 24 hours.


    West Bengal

    West Bengal reported 60 more Covid-19 fatalities on Thursday, pushing the death toll to 4,183, a bulletin issued by the state’s health department said. The active cases rose by 189, taking the cumulative active cases to 24,336.

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    India recorded 93,337 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 1,247 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally past 5.3 million, according to the Union health ministry on Saturday. The health ministry’s dashboard showed at 8am that there were 1,013,964 active cases of Covid-19 and the death toll has risen to 85,619.

    The health ministry said on Saturday that India has overtaken the United States to become No 1 in terms of global Covid-19 recoveries. According to the ministry, there are now 4,208,431 people who have been cured of the viral disease after 95,880 patients were discharged between Friday and Saturday. The recovery rate is now 79.28%.

    India, the second worst-hit country in the world, has been reporting daily recoveries of more than 70,000 since the past 11 days. The government said on Friday that recovered cases are 4.04 times the number of active cases. The top five states with high active caseload are also the ones which are presently reporting a high level of recoveries, it added.

    There were 59.8% of active cases being reported from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. These states are also contributing to 59.3% of the total recoveries. It said 90% of the new recoveries are reported from 16 states and U territories.

    Maharashtra (19,522) contributed 22.31% of the new recoveries while Andhra Pradesh (12.24%), Karnataka (8.3%), Tamil Nadu (6.31%) and Chhattisgarh (6.0%) followed with 32.8% of the new recoveries. These states together contribute 55.1% of total new recoveries, the health ministry said.

    The government attributed the “continuous streak of a very high level of recoveries” to the “effective clinical management and treatment protocols” issued by the Centre. “The Ministry of Health in active collaboration with AIIMS has been conducting the ‘National e-ICU on COVID-19 Management’ exercise which handholds ICU doctors of State/UT hospitals through the Centers of Excellence. Held twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday, these sessions have played a major role in India’s substantial rate of recovering and declining case fertility rate. So far, 19 such National e-ICUs have been held covering 249 hospitals of 28 States/UTs across the country,” it said.

    “India has also allowed for rational use of ‘Investigational Therapies’ like Remdesevir, convalescent plasma and Tocilizumab and adopted measures such proning, use of high flow oxygen, non-invasive ventilation, use of steroids and anti-coagulants to aid recovery in COVID patients. Supervised home isolation, improved services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment have enabled seamless and efficient patient management,” it added.

    The country’s case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.62%, according to the health ministry on Friday.

    According to the Johns Hopkins UNiversity’s coronavirus tracker, there are 30,397,759 Covid-19 cases and 950,493 people have died because of the viral disease globally.

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    India has a low fatality rate but it is not fair to compare it with fatality rate of US, Germany, UK, Spain, France etc.

    Average age in India is 28-29 whereas in the other countries itís over 40.

    This disease invariably affects older people more so if your population share is you get fatality rate will be lower. Just using that to point to Ďsuccessí isnít logical

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    India parliament session may be cut short as COVID-19 cases among lawmakers rise- sources

    India's parliament session that began this week is likely to be cut short after 30 lawmakers were found infected with the coronavirus, two senior parliament officials said, as the number of cases in the country rose to 5.3 million.

    The Indian parliament met for the first time in six months on September 14 and was to function until October 1, but the two officials said its duration could be reduced by a week.


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    kindly someone plz tell me what the hell is that even mean ?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewarrior View Post
    kindly someone plz tell me what the hell is that even mean ?

    Nothing to see, just another sanghi mouthpiece....Lol, nudges from the bigot...I think we'd have done well without these nudges.

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    Our media is so bloody sellout that they don't even remember that their primary function is to show news without any bias. Take the government of the day to the task instead of kowtowing them. And this excuse of a government led by the bigot has committed blunders after blunders on pandemic front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Our media is so bloody sellout that they don't even remember that their primary function is to show news without any bias. Take the government of the day to the task instead of kowtowing them. And this excuse of a government led by the bigot has committed blunders after blunders on pandemic front.
    Diyaa jalao, corona bhagao.

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    Well said Shashi Tharoor,

    “Among the countries of the world, some were able to get on top of the virus and controlled it effectively, others managed either to keep the economy going or to control the virus,” Tharoor said. “We are the poster child of the worst case scenario — we are the only ones that managed neither the economy nor the virus. We have the GDP shrinking, we locked down at 564 cases and are opening up at 54 lakh cases.

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    Sanghis & bhakts are in a dilemma. Should they credit the bigot to have led the fight against Covid in India? Because if he has indeed led us over last 6 months then they should admit that he has proven to be only a bhagoda after 'nudging' illiterate bhakts into diya jalao and thali bajao.

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    And this is what our clueless health minister utters,

    New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has played down fears the Covid outbreak in India has reached community transmission stage, pointing out that "only 10 states are reporting maximum cases" and that the bulk of these are in "few districts".

    During an hour-long social media interaction on Sunday, the minister also turned away questions about the pandemic peaking in India, stating that different parts of the country were "at multiple trajectories".

    "Large outbreaks in certain districts indicate an acute spread... only 10 states are contributing 77 per cent of active cases. If you see state-specific data, you will find that these cases are concentrated in few districts," Dr Vardhan said.

    "India is at multiple trajectories across the urban, semi-urban and rural populations," he added.


    In short, nothing to worry about.

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    The Union Home Ministry on Monday said the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi's Nizamuddin locality in March led to the coronavirus infection spreading to "many persons". Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said in the Rajya Sabha that Delhi Police arrested 233 Tablighi Jamaat members and 2,361 people have been evacuated from the organisation's headquarters since March 29.

    "However, regarding Jamaat Chief Maulana Mohd Saad, the investigation is underway," he said in a written reply.

    As reported by Delhi Police, despite guidelines and orders issued by various authorities in pursuance of the outbreak of COVID-19, a huge gathering assembled inside a closed premises over a protracted period of time and without any semblance of social distancing or provision of masks and sanitisers. "This also caused the spread of Coronavirus infection amongst many persons," the minister said. -

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    So sanghis are still stuck on Tablighis....No wonder we are in a hell hole vis-ŗ-vis our Covid situation.

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    https://theprint.in/opinion/asha-wor...-masks/506623/

    ASHA workers are hailed as Covid warriors but only 62% have gloves, 25% have no masks

    The one good thing that the coronavirus pandemic has done for the healthcare workers is this: India, today, recognises their importance like never before. Although the larger debate has brought this collective recognition for doctors and nurses, we have given almost no headspace to those responsible for the last mile delivery of essential medical services—the ASHA workers, or the Accredited Social Health Activists. This is evident from a survey that shows only 75 per cent ASHA workers were provided with masks, and only 62 per cent received gloves to perform their duties. This is despite the evidence that use of masks reduces the transmission rate of coronavirus infection.

    The survey was conducted by Oxfam India and its partner organisation to understand the working conditions of ASHA workers in four states — Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. A total of 306 ASHA workers were contacted over the phone for the survey.

    According to the survey, just 23 per cent workers have received hazmat or bodysuits. ASHAs are working at the grassroots level and meeting several people every day, many of whom could be Covid infected. This puts them at a heightened risk of contracting the disease. So, it is imperative that every ASHA worker is provided with adequate and quality PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). But without training them on how to use PPEs, mere supply is useless. The survey shows that only 76 per cent of the respondents received training on PPE usage and infection control.

    India’s unsung Corona warriors
    While many Indians have shifted to work-from-home during the lockdown, not much has changed for ASHAs. If anything, they have additional Covid duties over and above their regular tasks.

    Their core responsibilities such as distributing iron tablets, checking on immunisation schedules of babies and pregnant women, undertaking periodic checks on tuberculosis (TB) patients, among others, have been supplemented with additional duties of contract tracing, spreading awareness on prevention of Covid, keeping a close watch on incoming migrant workers to ensure they follow quarantine protocol and reporting suspected Covid cases.

    Long working hours, small pay cheques
    Despite the lockdown and other curbs on movement, ASHAs are performing their duties to the fullest. They are working tirelessly to prevent Covid transmission while also ensuring that the delivery of other health services remains uninterrupted. The survey reveals that nearly 29 per cent respondents were working more than 8 hours, while 42 per cent were working between 6-8 hours, every day.

    ASHA workers are volunteers who receive honorariums and incentives in lieu of their work. However, 64 per cent respondents claim to have received no incentives for the Covid-related responsibilities undertaken by them. Only 43 per cent ASHAs are receiving their monthly honorariums on a regular basis.

    The Narendra Modi government has announced an insurance scheme to protect healthcare workers in Covid times under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. The scheme provides an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh per person to frontline healthcare workers — sanitation staff, paramedics and nurses, ASHA workers and doctors. However, the survey reveals that only 38 per cent ASHA workers knew about the scheme. In the absence of the requisite knowledge about the scheme, claiming the insurance sum becomes difficult. There have been several reports in the media highlighting the troubles of the claimants. So, the government must ensure awareness among the frontline workers.

    Violence and discrimination
    Instances of violence and discrimination against healthcare personnel have multiplied manifold during the pandemic, risking the lives of the Covid warriors. The survey shows that 33 per cent respondents were subjected to some form of discrimination or violence while performing their duties. It is difficult for healthcare workers to fulfil their obligations while their safety is at risk. The rising incidents of violence against healthcare professionals compelled the Modi government to introduce an ordinance for their safety. However, to ensure that the message is loud and clear, a strict implementation of the legislation is a must, not just during the pandemic, but also in the post-Covid era.

    A long legacy of neglect of women rights
    The plight of ASHA workers is another example of exploitation of women. In a male-dominated healthcare sector, they work without any provision of weekly leaves or minimum wage. Key caregiving tasks — home visits for pregnant women, spreading awareness on vaccination or sanitation and mass mobilisation drives — remain ‘unpaid’. Like other working women, they, too, bear the double burden of unpaid care work where they have to undertake household chores. Retaining ASHA workers as volunteers, who need only be paid an honorarium and not a minimum wage, reinforces the patriarchal norm of care work as the women’s natural area of labour. While several state governments have accepted demands for better honorariums, incentives and PPE kits after nationwide protests, a comprehensive acknowledgement and acceptance of work rights of ASHAs is still due.

    On World Patient Safety Day, the government must recognise the significant role ASHA workers play in India’s public health system and pay cognisance to their long-term work status and wage related demands. They must be employed in full-time roles on decent pay-scales to strengthen India’s healthcare system, particularly in rural areas.

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    So this is how we are treating our frontline Covid warriors...No amount of clapping, banging thalis and an establishment which still thinks nothing is wrong with their approach towards fight against Covid, helped them then.....

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    Heartening numbers yesterday, over 1 lakh recovered and around 75K cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Heartening numbers yesterday, over 1 lakh recovered and around 75K cases.
    Donít be fooled by those numbers. Covid isnít disappearing or reducing anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidilicious View Post
    Don’t be fooled by those numbers. Covid isn’t disappearing or reducing anytime soon.
    Yup rising everywhere again... but was reading an article in states as to how Healthworkers have gotten better at handling it with better drugs etc cant confirm with them as it was only an article.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidilicious View Post
    Don’t be fooled by those numbers. Covid isn’t disappearing or reducing anytime soon.
    I know we are in for a very long haul. Just wanted to take temporary refuge under these numbers!

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    With the majority of Covid-19 cases reported in the month of September, Mumbai is likely to cross 0.2 million Covid-19 cases on Monday. Over 50, 000 cases were reported in September so far, the highest number of cases recorded in a month. The city crossed the 0.1 million-mark on July 18. However, the trend of a spike in daily cases post the Ganesh festival in August has continued with over 2, 000 cases a day reported frequently.

    So far, there have been 198,846 Covid-19 cases reported in Mumbai, including the 2, 261 cases reported on Sunday. The Covid-19 positivity rate is 18.15%. Of the total, 1.62 lakh Covid-19 patients have recovered and been discharged.

    Civic officials partially attribute the surge to increased testing capacity in the last month. “We have conducted over 15, 000 Covid-19 tests a day, at most, and 9,000 -11, 000 Covid-19 tests are conducted every day on an average in mid-September. Cases are directly proportional to the number of tests. We have scaled up testing as compared to 4,000-6,000 tests per day in June when more than 1,000 cases were being reported,” a senior civic official said. The BMC has so far conducted 1.082 million Covid-19 tests across the city.

    Also Read: Covid-19: India crosses 60 lakh-mark, latest million added in 11 days

    Areas like Borivali, Malad, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Dadar and Kandivali that have reported over 10, 000 cases each, have also reported a significant number of active cases. As per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, R central ward (Borivali) has the highest number of active cases, 2,287, among all 24 administrative wards in the city, followed by K west (Jogeshwari) which has reported 1,965 active Covid-19 cases and P north (Goregaon), which has reported 1,472 active Covid-19 cases. Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, has reported 3,140 Covid-19 cases, of which only 188 are active so far.

    Meanwhile, Covid-19 fatalities in the city have also increased with the total death toll reaching 8,794. However, BMC has managed to bring down the death rate from 5.7% in July to 4.4%. Senior BMC officials said that their current focus is to bring down the fatality rate through their ‘Mission Save Lives’ strategy.


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    India coronavirus cases top six million

    India’s coronavirus case tally passed six million after it reported 82,170 new infections in the last 24 hours, as the pandemic rages across the vast South Asian nation.

    With 6.1 million infections according to the health ministry, India is on course to pass the United States in the coming weeks as the country with the most cases.


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    New Delhi: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement was made by Naidu's secretariat through his official Twitter account. Naidu's wife Usha Naidu was tested negative and has been put under a self-isolation.

    "The Vice President of India who underwent a routine COVID-19 test today morning has been tested positive. He is, however, asymptomatic and in good health. He has been advised home quarantine. His wife Smt. Usha Naidu has been tested negative and is in self-isolation," Naidu's office said in a tweet.


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    India is allowing cinema halls, multiplexes and exhibition centres to reopen with up to 50% seating capacity from 15 October, in the next phase of lifting coronavirus-related lockdown rules.

    Schools and colleges – which have been shut since March to curb the spread of the virus – will also be allowed to reopen, "in a graded manner", from the same date, India's Home Ministry has said. The final decision, however, has been left to the state governments.

    Lockdown restrictions will still apply to containment zones until 31 October.

    This announcement comes even as India battles a high caseload with more than six million confirmed infections, adding more than 80,000 new cases on Wednesday.

    Swimming pools used by sportspersons for training and entertainment parks will be permitted to reopen, with accompanying standard operating procedures that will be issued separately.

    Religious and political gatherings outside containment zones will be allowed to host up to half of the capacity of the closed space with a ceiling of 200 people. Face masks and thermal screening will be mandatory at these venues.


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    Prolly hitting 100k mark soon

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    Finally the Indian chart is showing a dip inspite of increased testing mainly because of decreased cases in MH and AP. But some states like Kerala are in an acceleration mode.

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    India's Covid-19 deaths approach 100,000

    India's Covid-19 fatalities are closing on 100,000 with another 1,095 deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

    An update by the health ministry has raised India's death toll to 99,773. Its reported deaths are low for a country with nearly 1.4 billion people and more than 6.3 million confirmed cases, but experts say it may not be counting many fatalities.

    The ministry also reported 81,484 new cases.

    Total cases jumped from one million in mid-July to more than six million in less than 2.5 months.


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    The southern Indian state of Kerala is set to ban gatherings of more than five people amid a recent surge in coronavirus cases, a setback for the state hailed by experts as a model in the fight against the pandemic.

    Indian media reports on Friday said the imposition of Section 144 of India’s penal code will be effective in Kerala for a month starting on Saturday, thereby banning any social or political gathering in the state.

    The measure was announced after Kerala reported 8,135 fresh cases on Thursday. It currently has more than 72,000 active COVID-19 cases, the third highest among Indian states, according to the reports.

    “The state’s total confirmed cases doubled in September and crossed 200,000 on Thursday,” said the Mint newspaper, making Kerala “the ninth state in India” to cross the grim milestone.

    The Indian Express said the surge in cases in a state that in April had successfully flattened the coronavirus curve has “generated extreme concern among the state’s health officials”.

    Unlike most Indian states, Kerala has a robust healthcare system which had helped the communist party-run state turn the tide against the pandemic earlier this year.

    In June, Kerala’s Health Minister, KK Shailaja, was honoured by the United Nations for her efforts to fight the pandemic.

    The surge in Kerala’s coronavirus cases came as India is on the verge of reporting 100,000 deaths from the respiratory disease.

    With 1,095 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, an update by the federal health ministry on Friday raised India’s death toll to 99,773, while 81,484 new cases were reported.

    India’s reported deaths are low for a country with nearly 1.4 billion people and more than 6.3 million confirmed cases, but experts say it may not be counting all of its true fatalities.

    Total cases jumped from a million in mid-July to more than six million in less than two and a half months.

    New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru are the main urban centres of the infections, accounting for one in every seven confirmed cases and one in every five deaths in the country.

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    BENGALURU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating.

    Total deaths rose to 100,842, the health ministry said, while the tally of infections climbed to 6.47 million after a daily increase in cases of 79,476. India now has the highest rate of daily increase in infections in the world.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, faced with a collapsing economy after imposing a tough lockdown to try to stem the spread of the virus in late March, is pushing ahead with a full opening of the country.

    Cinemas were allowed to re-open at half capacity this week and authorities can decide to re-open schools from the middle of this month.

    Heading into winter and the holiday season, including the Hindu festival of Diwali next month, the world’s second most populous country could see a jump in cases, health experts said.

    “We have seen some recent slowdown of the virus curve but this may be a local peak, there may be another coming,” said Bhramar Mukherjee, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan.

    She said data showed a little over 7% of the population of 1.3 billion had been exposed to the virus, meaning India was still far from any sort of herd immunity.

    The number of cases could rise to 12.2 million by the end of the year but the rate of spread would depend on how effective measures such as social distancing were, she said.

    “So it will continue like a slow burning coil, that is my hope, and we have to play the long game to stop it from being a wildfire.”

    The United States, Brazil and India together account for nearly 45% of all COVID-19 deaths globally.

    Death rates in India, however, have been significantly lower than in those other two countries, raising questions about the accuracy of its data.

    India has, on average, less than one death from the disease for every 10,000 people while the United States and Brazil have seen six deaths per 10,000.

    U.S. President Donald Trump, defending his administration’s handling of the pandemic in this week’s presidential debate, said countries such as India were under-reporting deaths

    Shashank Tripathi, of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, acknowledged there could be problems with the data though India’s young population might help explain the lower death rate.

    “In India, even without a pandemic, all deaths are not properly registered,” Tripathi said.

    “I’m not very confident that the mortality rates reflect the right numbers, though the younger demographic has given us some advantage.”

    Representatives of the health ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research did not immediately respond to calls or emails for comment.

    Health experts said there could be greater immunity in India because of the high incidence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Nearly 1,200 people in India die of TB every day, roughly the same as deaths from COVID-19.

    Kamakshi Bhate, professor emeritus of community medicine at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, said she didn’t expect India’s death toll to surge dramatically even as the virus spreads into dense population clusters and across the countryside.

    “People were expecting that entire slums would get wiped out but it didn’t happen that way. We have our own resistance,” she said.


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    Got tested covid positive.....

    Its a hell of an experience. Wouldn't even want my nemesis to go through it.

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    India seeks up to 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses by July

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India hopes to receive up to 500 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by July to inoculate about 250 million people, health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, as infections in the world’s second-worst affected country continue to surge.

    India’s has recorded some 6.55 million infections, with 75,829 in the past 24 hours, while COVID-19-related deaths have totalled 101,782, health ministry data showed.

    “There is a high-level expert body going into all aspects of vaccines,” Vardhan wrote on Twitter. “Our rough estimate and the target would be to receive and utilise 400 to 500 million doses covering (200 million-250 million) people by July 2021.”

    Serum Institute of India and private companies have been teaming up with organizations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to U.S. drug developer Novavax Inc in a scramble to secure vaccines for the country of 1.3 billion people.

    India has set up committees to look into various aspects of the vaccine supply chain, including availability timelines for various vaccines, while obtaining commitments from manufacturers to ensure the maximum doses are available, Vardhan said.

    He said the federal government is committed to taking all measures to ensure “fair and equitable” distribution of vaccines once they are ready.

    The South Asian nation, second only to the United States in caseload, has scope for higher infections as a large chunk of the population remains unexposed to the virus, a survey showed on Tuesday.

    To prioritise the distribution of coronavirus vaccines, the health ministry aims to prepare a list of key personnel, such as frontline health workers, by the end of the month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    Got tested covid positive.....

    Its a hell of an experience. Wouldn't even want my nemesis to go through it.
    What happened? Are you over it or still have symptoms? How long did they last? Hope youíre well now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    What happened? Are you over it or still have symptoms? How long did they last? Hope youíre well now
    At hospital now. Very high fever, extreme weakness. The fever is very different than any other fevers. If you catch it, you'll know it type. And the headache was tremendous. And yup, loss of smell and taste. Hence appetite decreases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    At hospital now. Very high fever, extreme weakness. The fever is very different than any other fevers. If you catch it, you'll know it type. And the headache was tremendous. And yup, loss of smell and taste. Hence appetite decreases.
    I think I may have had a mild case of corona. For a couple of days I couldnít taste a whole lot (like not as much as before) and had a sore throat. Thankfully fine now.

    Sorry to hear youíre at hospital. Inshallah youíll get better. Iím sure youíre not in the at/risk age

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    At hospital now. Very high fever, extreme weakness. The fever is very different than any other fevers. If you catch it, you'll know it type. And the headache was tremendous. And yup, loss of smell and taste. Hence appetite decreases.
    Good luck man. I had all the Covid-like symptoms a couple months before it hit the world. So must've been some SARS strain or something. Anyway, I lost around 7 kg and had no appetite. The thing that set me back on track were nutrition powders. Not talking protein supplements. The ones really old people take. Not sure about the brand name. Might have been Ensure.

    Any idea how you caught it?

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    A team of scientists in India has developed an inexpensive paper-based test for coronavirus that could give fast results similar to a pregnancy test. The BBC's Soutik Biswas and Krutika Pathi unpack how it works.

    The test, named after a famous Indian fictional detective, is based on a gene-editing technology called Crispr. Scientists estimate that the kit - called Feluda - would return results in under an hour and cost 500 rupees (about $6.75; £5.25).

    Feluda will be made by a leading Indian conglomerate, Tata, and could be the world's first paper-based Covid-19 test available in the market.

    "This is a simple, precise, reliable, scalable and frugal test," Professor K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to the Indian government, told the BBC.

    Researchers at the Delhi-based CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), where Feluda was developed, as well as private labs, tried out the test on samples from about 2,000 patients, including ones who had already tested positive for the coronavirus.

    They found that the new test had 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity. The accuracy of a test is based on these two proportions. A test that's highly sensitive will detect almost everyone who has the disease; and a test that has high-specificity will correctly rule out almost everyone who doesn't have the disease.

    The first ensures not too many false negative results; and the second not too many false positives. India's drug regulator has cleared the test for commercial use.

    With more than six million confirmed infections, India has the world's second-highest Covid-19 caseload. More than 100,000 people in the country have died of the disease so far.

    After a slow start, India is now testing a million samples a day in more than 1,200 laboratories across the country. It is using two tests.

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    image captionIndia still doesn't allow Covid-19 tests from saliva samples

    The first is the time-tested, gold standard polymerase chain reaction, or PCR swab tests, which uses chemicals to amplify the virus's genetic material in the laboratory. The second is the speedy antigen test, which works by detecting virus fragments in a sample.

    The PCR test is generally reliable and costs up to 2,400 rupees. It has low false positive and low false negative rates. The antigen tests are cheaper. They are more precise in detecting positive infections, but generate more false negatives than the PCR test.

    Scaling up testing in India hasn't meant easy availability yet, according to Dr Anant Bhan, a researcher in global health and health policy.

    "There are still long wait times and unavailability of kits. And we are doing a lot of rapid antigen testing which have problems with false negatives," Dr Bhan told the BBC.

    He believes the Feluda test could potentially replace the antigen tests because it could be comparatively cheaper - and more accurate.

    "The new test has the reliability of the PCR test, is quicker and can be done in smaller laboratories which don't have sophisticated machines," Dr Anurag Agarwal, director of IGIB, told the BBC.

    Sample collection for the Feluda test will be similar to the PCR test - a nasal swab inserted a few inches into the nose to check for coronavirus in the back of the nasal passage. India still doesn't allow Covid-19 tests from saliva samples.

    image captionThe Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology team behind the new test

    In the traditional PCR test, the sample is sent to an accredited laboratory where it has to go through a number of "cycles" before enough virus is recovered.

    The new Feluda test uses Crispr - short form for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats - or a gene-editing technology to detect the virus.

    According to researchers, gene-editing works in a way similar to word processing - it's like using the cursor to correct a typo by removing an incorrect letter and inserting the correct one. The technique is so precise it can remove and add a single genome letter. Gene-editing is mainly used to prevent infections and treat ailments like sickle cell disease.

    When used as a diagnostic tool, like Feluda, the Crispr technology latches on to a set of letters of a gene carrying the signature of the novel coronavirus, highlights it, and gives a read-out on a piece of paper.

    Two blue lines indicate a positive result, while a single blue line means the test has returned negative.

    "Testing remains a limited resource and something that we need to do everything we can to improve its availability. So Feluda is an important step in that direction," said Dr Stephen Kissler, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School.

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    The Crispr-based tests are a part of a "third wave of tests" after the time consuming and labour intensive PCR and antigen tests, according to Dr Thomas Tsai of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

    In the US and the UK, several companies and research labs are developing similar paper strip tests which can be cheap and mass produced. One of the most talked-about has been a paper-based strip developed by Sherlock Bioscience which has been cleared for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The test claims to detect the "unique genetic fingerprints of virtually any DNA or RNA sequence in any organism or pathogen". DNA and RNA are sister molecules responsible for the storage of all genetic information that underpins life.

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    "The ideal and ultimate test will be the one that is paper-based which you can do from home," said Dr Tsai. "But of course, there are some biological restrictions to the technology - we can't expect people to extract and amplify the RNA from home."

    This is where the Feluda test might end up making a huge difference to the way we look at gene-editing based diagnostic tests.

    Dr Debojyoti Chakraborty, a molecular scientist with CSIR-IGBMR and a lead member of the team that developed Feluda, told the BBC that they were working on a prototype of a test where "you can extract and amplify the RNA using PCR machine at home".

    "We are trying for a simple, affordable, and truly point-of-care test so widespread testing is not limited by machines and manpower," Dr Chakraborty said.

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    image captionIndia has been using PCR and antigen testing so far

    "India has the opportunity to show the value of this test, because it has such a big population and it's coming right at the time when it is needed," Dr Kissler said. "If their efficacy is demonstrated, it can have benefits that ripple around the world."

    A vaccine will be vital for fully recovering from the pandemic, but according to Dr Kissler, reliable, accessible testing is also key to achieve "a sense of normalcy".

    "In the ideal world I envision, taking a test will be as easy as brushing your teeth or making toast," he said.


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    One thing I like about India is that there are proper attempts at innovation and medical breakthroughs. There is a culture of scientific research it seems

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    India has crossed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, the third-highest in the world behind only the United States and Brazil.

    Despite the South Asian nation’s attempts to control the spread of the COVID-19 disease, which included one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, infections have surged at an alarming pace.

    To date, India has more than 6.6 million cases, second only to the US. On Monday, it registered a single-day spike of 74,442 new cases, while 903 virus deaths in the past 24 hours took the total fatalities up to 102,685.

    However, the country’s recovery rate stands at 84 percent, the highest in the world, with more than 5.5 million people recovered from coronavirus so far, according to the health ministry.

    Al Jazeera spoke to four leading health experts on India’s handling of the crisis so far and what can be done in future to mitigate the spread of the respiratory disease.

    Sanghmitra Acharya, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
    India currently holds the single-day record for the largest increase in cases, set on September 17.

    As per the recent serological surveys done in the capital New Delhi and the financial hub of Mumbai, the ratio of infections to recorded cases are 20:1. Thus, India has more than 120 million COVID-19 infections, instead of the recorded 6 million.

    It is also evident the infection-fatality rate (IFR) is as low as one per thousand. COVID-19 deaths add up to less than 1 percent of annual deaths from all causes in India. There have been 38 coronavirus deaths per million population, compared with more than 500 in the US.

    Mortality will spurt because routine health services including antenatal care and immunisation have been disrupted due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 hotspots have dispersed from prosperous metropolises such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, which have better health systems, to the hinterlands where health services are very weak.

    India’s prolonged lockdown devastated livelihoods, causing acute food insecurity, translating into higher mortality and malnutrition, especially among children. The monetary relief from PM Cares fund – set up by federal government to fight coronavirus – and announcements by the ministry of labour and employment to safeguard jobs, wages and support the self-employed remain to be implemented.

    India opted for complete lockdown when the cases were low to save “lives”, but started unlocking when the numbers surged in millions for “livelihoods”. The hotspots were to be contained and not the whole country, which would have allowed people to travel home without perils. Students have been left to deal with the uncertainty of academic activities. Domestic violence has increased, causing anxiety and stress-related mental health problems.

    The government denied any “community transmission” of COVID-19 for a long time. The much-talked-about front-line workers remained exposed to the infection as well as the wrath of the state if they became critical of the government’s crisis response.

    The recent accolades regarding the increase in the recovery make little sense as the COVID-19 has a recovery rate of more than 99 percent in India. The state seems to be more indulgent in image-building than crisis management.

    Lockdown-induced restrictions on movement have created fear, leading to anxiety and panic. It is important to restore the trust that care will be available through restoration of routine services of all kinds. Students in institutions of higher education be brought back to the physical form of learning with due measures in common spaces like hostels and classrooms, without panic.

    Given the low fatality, most confirmed cases are mild and can be treated at home. So the stigmatisation of positive case needs to be minimised through right communication. This will release the already burdened health services to deal with the severe and fatal cases.

    Prabhat Jha, epidemiologist, University of Toronto, Canada
    India is not flattening the COVID mortality curve. Testing is affected by expanding test sites. However, since 80 percent of deaths in India occur in rural areas and mostly without medical attention, their causes of death are not known.

    Mumbai has most reasonable mortality data, the city is capturing most deaths and having physicians certify them. If you look at Maharashtra state’s (where Mumbai is located) mortality curve, it is still not flattening. On the other hand, the growth rate of deaths in India is far slower than in high-income countries for reasons we do not know. The younger age distribution might be one factor.

    The lockdown in India was also accompanied by a mass exodus, but the government should have banned landlords from kicking out tenants in cities. These (mostly young men) went back to their villages, taking infection with them.

    In villages under lockdown, infection would be mostly confined to homes and not spread as much as if there were no lockdown. Thus, there might be notable but undocumented increase in deaths within homes in rural areas.

    Migrant workers walking along a road in New Delhi to return to their villages during a nationwide lockdown imposed in March to limit the spread of coronavirus [File: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters]
    To know this, restarting the Million Death Study could be useful. The study takes a random sample of homes to conduct a “verbal autopsy” to determine the cause of death.
    To help this, the government may ask mobile phone companies to give metadata on where migration occurred from the big cities. In those rural areas, teams can be sent to find out the possible hotspots.

    In terms of what India is doing right and where it is lagging in terms of containing the pandemic, testing has expanded well, and availability of PPE kits seems to have improved. But data collection and dissemination must improve quickly.

    The Indian government must get all municipalities to release weekly total death counts for 2018-2019 and for the completed weeks of 2020. This is a simple way of seeing if the total mortality curve went up and is coming down.

    First of all, it is important to acknowledge that India remains one of the world’s most complex environments for tackling a pandemic, especially one that is difficult to contain and displays as much variability in its symptoms and fatality.

    India is not only one of the most densely crowded countries, it also has significant exposure to travellers from various parts of the world. Its population, while young, has been affected by many previous underlying conditions – cardiac, respiratory or diabetes-related issues that complicate the impact of the disease – and its healthcare infrastructure is very poor and unevenly distributed.

    In such a context, containing COVID-19 would be a challenge for any administration. That said, [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi administration failed miserably in even doing the best it could despite the circumstances.

    The government imposed one of the strictest lockdowns anywhere in the world (according to an Oxford study) and did so with no warning at a time when the infection rates were very low. It also did so in an environment where hundreds of millions of informal sector migrant workers would, predictably, be left without work overnight. Even those with “regular” employment would have to contend with digital readiness that ranked India 42nd out of 42 countries that we had studied as part of our “social distance readiness” study.

    India’s GDP nosedived by 21 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic [File: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images]
    The Indian economy was already on a deceleration path, which turned into a catastrophic economic slowdown after the lockdown. The Modi government essentially gave up and, once again without any preparation, reopened the country, when infection rates and deaths were rising. There has been inadequate investments in healthcare or helping families devastated by losses of loved ones and livelihoods.

    One of the biggest casualties has been the shutdown of schools. As it is, schools around the country had to contend with numerous challenges. But now children are getting their lessons online or over television. And when a family shares a single phone or a TV set, it is highly unlikely that children will get anything close to what resembles adequate education.

    The Modi administration seems to believe its Digital India campaign will solve the problem. Regrettably, Digital India has been a combination of a government branding campaign and a corporate campaign by a private player to dominate India’s digital landscape, and the benefits have yet to trickle down to the people who are most in need of digital technologies.

    It requires a great level of humility to make any prognostication. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, we can’t take anything for granted. The science is evolving every day.

    We don’t have good examples of how to completely eliminate this, especially in a country that is as densely populated as India. If you see what is happening across the world, even in countries we thought had a good handle on things, the number of cases is increasing. Meanwhile, the US completely mishandled it.

    I think India’s initial policy of lockdown and restricting people to confined spaces was fine. The challenge is: How do you execute it?

    It is not easy to do so. Even if 70 percent [of people] comply with your recommendations to stay at home, the other 30 percent don’t. That is still a huge number. When you shut a country down, people’s basic needs don’t disappear.

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    India's coronavirus infections rise to 6.69 million

    BENGALURU (Reuters) - India’s total coronavirus cases rose by 61,267 in the last 24 hours to 6.69 million on Tuesday morning, data from the health ministry showed.

    Deaths from COVID-19 infections rose by 884 to 103,569, the ministry said.

    India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating.

    Last week, India further eased restrictions and permitted states to open schools and movie theatres.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKBN26R0GI


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    BBC Hardtalk now.

    BJP spokesman Narendra Taneja on BBC now. He absolutely getting grilled by the presenter on the figures of C19 from India, and is losing it. BBC are claiming the figure infected is 60M, ten times more than reported, and he's having trouble denying the claim.

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    Taneja is on the verge of meltdown.

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    Taneja mentions Pakistan and is pistol-whipped by the presenter when he pointed out he didn't mention Pakistan.

    When the video is up I will post it.

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    Here it is, BBC HardTalk episode.

    HARDtalk, Narendra Taneja - National spokesperson, BJP, India:

    www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nb4g

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    India reports more than 78,000 cases as total rises to 6.8 million

    India has registered 78,524 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, driving the country’s total since the pandemic began to 6.8 million.

    According to Reuters, the Health Ministry also reported 971 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,05,526.

    India has witnessed a steady drop of confirmed coronavirus cases for three consecutive weeks now — from recording more than 86,000 daily cases in the last two weeks of September to an average of more than 70,000 cases daily so far this month. The numbers have also fallen sharply from earlier in September when daily cases averaged around 93,000 in India.


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    https://theprint.in/health/how-many-...ardhan/519636/

    New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Thursday questioned Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan’s move to promote alternative medicines and yoga for Covid-19 patients.

    Vardhan had released a document Tuesday, prescribing protocol for Covid prevention and treatment of asymptomatic as well as mild cases based on ayurveda and yoga.

    The protocol promotes use of ashwagandha, guduchi, pippali, Ayush 64 tablets in different doses, and yoga to prevent Covid, treat mild symptoms and for post-Covid self-care.

    In a press release issued by IMA’s national president Rajan Sharma and secretary general R.V. Asokan, the association asked the minister five questions and sought his response to them.

    Some of these questions were —‘How many of his ministerial colleagues have so far got treated under AYUSH protocols?’; and ‘What is stopping him from handing over Covid care and control to the AYUSH ministry (from his own health ministry?’

    The association, which is the apex lobby of 3.5 lakh doctors in the country, demanded that “the Union health minister should come clean” on the questions.

    “If not, he is inflicting a fraud on the nation and gullible patients by calling placebos as drugs,” it said. Placebo is a dummy pill.

    ThePrint reached a health ministry spokesperson for a comment on the matter via email and text message, but there was no response until the time of publishing this report.

    The minister, the IMA said, has “arranged impressive names of institutions to support his prescription” of yoga, and AYUSH therapies and medicines.

    It said Vardhan promotes alternative medicine by admitting that “these are based on empirical evidence, which means that the evidence is anecdotal and based on individual subjective experiences”.

    The association pointed out that the minister “himself relegates AYUSH as history rather than current by saying Ayurveda has contributed to foundation of modern medicine”.

    The IMA clarified that science “demands” two things.

    First, as listed in the release, is “reproducibility of a claim elsewhere in non-conflict situations”.

    Replication of the claim is one of the “key ways scientists build confidence in the scientific merit of results”. When the result from one study is found to be consistent by another study, it is more likely to represent a reliable claim to new knowledge, according to the US-based The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

    Another important scientific parameter mentioned by the IMA is “double-blind control studies”, which is one the most respectable methods of clinical trial as it prevents bias in checking the efficacy of the treatment.

    The IMA asked five questions to Vardhan. “IMA prefers the following posers to the Union Health Minister who happens to be a modern medicine doctor,” it mentioned.

    It questioned the minister if there is satisfactory evidence regarding the claims made from AYUSH studies done on Covid patients based on the two scientific requirements.

    It further asked if those evidences are “weak or moderate or strong”, while adding that the evidence should be in public domain and available for scientific scrutiny.

    The association also asked if all those who support claims of efficacy of AYUSH-based medicines and therapies are “prepared to subject themselves as volunteers to an independent prospective double-blind control study in prevention and treatment of Covid.

    It also asked Vardhan that “how many of his ministerial colleagues have so far made the informed choice of getting treated under these (AYUSH) protocols?”

    Lastly, it asked: “What is stopping him from handing over Covid care and control to the AYUSH ministry?”

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    So at least someone has spine in India.

    Disingenuous behaviour by someone who happens to be our health minister (and a 'doctor' himself), promoting a medication, efficacy of which is yet to be tested by an independent agency! This is no lesser than the ones who said drinking cow urine or exposing oneself to sunlight or eating some bhabhi papads cures us of Covid. Oh forgot to add, banging thalis & lighting diyas!

    As I've said earlier, this dispensation is of the illiterates, by the illiterates and for the illiterates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Here it is, BBC HardTalk episode.

    HARDtalk, Narendra Taneja - National spokesperson, BJP, India:

    www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nb4g
    Thanks for the link.

    However it requires me to compulsorily register for BBC. Is there any other link where I can see it directly?

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    India's coronavirus infections rise by 70,496 to 6.91 million

    BENGALURU (Reuters) - India’s total coronavirus cases rose by 70,496 in the last 24 hours to 6.91 million on Friday morning, data from the health ministry showed.

    Deaths from COVID-19 infections rose by 964 to 106,490, the ministry said.

    India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating.

    https://in.reuters.com/article/healt...-idINKBN26U0B9


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    New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally inched closer to the 70-lakh mark as the country reported 73,272 new cases of coronavirus and 926 deaths in the last 24 hours, shows the Health Ministry data released this morning. A total of 82,753 people also successfully fought off the viral disease and were discharged in this period. India's recovery rate increased marginally to 85.8 per cent, death rate stood steady at 1.5 per cent and daily positivity rate increased marginally to 6.3 per cent as more than 11.6 lakh tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. As per the government's "test, track and treat" policy more than 8.5 crore tests have been conducted in India till now, the Health Ministry tweeted.


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    India's coronavirus infections cross 7 million ahead of festivals

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s coronavirus caseload topped 7 million on Sunday when the health ministry reported 74,383 new infections in the previous 24 hours, with a rise in infections in southern states offsetting a drop in western regions.

    Deaths from COVID-19 rose by 918 in the last 24 hours to 108,334, the ministry said.

    India added a million cases in just 13 days, according to a Reuters tally of government data, and it has the second-highest number of infections, behind the United States which is approaching the 8 million mark.

    The southern state of Kerala, which won praise for its early handling of the coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday reported 11,755 new cases, the highest in the country.

    Neighbouring Karnataka and its capital Bengaluru, where many software companies are based, has also been struggling to contain the spread of virus.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, faced with a collapsing economy after imposing a tough lockdown to try to stem the spread of the virus in late March, is pushing ahead with a full opening of the country just before the festival season.

    But India’s festival season, which climaxes in October and November with the popular Hindu celebrations of Dussehra and Diwali, poses additional challenges, as officials try to dampen the usual large public celebrations and cross-country travel.

    Typically the festival season brings a big increase in consumer spending, and the more sombre atmosphere this year will further dampen an economy that contracted by almost a quarter in the three months to June - the worst figure on record.

    A few states such as Maharashtra and Gujarat in the west have put restrictions on gathering during the nine-day Navratri festival due to begin on Oct. 17.

    “Festival season is approaching. A little carelessness of people during festivals can worsen the situation,” India’s health minister Harsh Vardhan told his social media followers in a broadcast on Sunday.

    “There is no need to congregate in large numbers to prove your faith or your religion. If we do this we may be heading for a big trouble,” Vardhan said.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKBN26W05Z


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    India has now reported more than seven million coronavirus cases as it gets a step closer to overtaking the United States as the world’s most-infected country.

    Health ministry data showed on Sunday that infections have risen by almost 75,000 to 7.05 million, second only to the US, which has recorded 7.67 million cases.

    With the number of new cases dipping in recent weeks, health experts warn of mask and distancing fatigue setting in.

    Experts say that the true number of infections may be much higher, as testing rates in the vast country of 1.3 billion people – home to some of the world’s most crowded cities – are much lower than in many other countries.

    This is borne out by a string of studies measuring antibodies to the virus among the Indian population that have indicated infection rates could be several times higher than officially recorded.

    As of the Health Ministry’s latest bulletin, India’s death toll stands at 108,334, a lower number compared with the US – which has so far recorded more than 214,000 deaths – or other countries in Europe with high caseloads.

    “We have been able to keep the curve rise slow, but I do agree that we have not been able to get it to move aggressively down. That’s related to our population density, diversity of our country and socioeconomic challenges in our country,” health expert Randeep Guleria told The Associated Press, referring to India’s burgeoning population.

    However, some experts argue that India’s death toll may not be reliable because of poor reporting and health infrastructure and inadequate testing.

    The rise in infections in India comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to boost an economy battered by a severe lockdown imposed in March.

    On Thursday, cinemas are set to reopen – albeit at 50 percent capacity – and experts fear the upcoming festival season when large crowds gathering for public celebrations will exacerbate the situation.
    Anticipating a fresh surge in cases, the government has issued strict guidelines and capped the number of revellers for the two main Hindu festivals of Dussehra on October 25 and Diwali next month.

    ‘Underlying anxiety’

    The virus initially hit major metropolises such as Mumbai and New Delhi but has since spread across the country, including to the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands.

    Recently, the daily number of new cases has fallen from a peak of almost 100,000 in mid-September to about 60,000 to 70,000.

    But Preeti Kumar of the Delhi-based Public Health Foundation of India said it was too early to assume India has passed the peak.

    “What the epidemic has taught us is caution. These declines are real but depend on many factors such as testing, type of testing, intervention efficacy etcetera,” Kumar told AFP news agency.

    Many Indians are worried too.

    Jayprakash Shukla, 66, a retired government official, said he was worried about cases going up “hugely and beyond control”.

    “When I go out, I see many people without masks,” he told AFP. “Maybe they are fed up of wearing masks but if people don’t change their ways, it is going to be calamitous for our country.”

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    India has registered 55,342 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, its lowest single-day tally since the middle of August.

    The health ministry on Tuesday raised India’s confirmed total to more than 7.18 million cases but said the country was showing a trend of declining daily cases over the last five weeks.

    According to the ministry’s data, the average number of daily cases between September 9 and 15 was 92,830.

    That average has steadily declined since, falling to less than 73,000 per day over the last week.

    The health ministry also reported 706 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the toll to 109,856.

    Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh states reported the most deaths, with nearly 60 percent of the countrywide total.

    Meanwhile, India’s testing rate has remained constant, with more than a million tests being carried out every day.

    But experts say the true number of infections may be much higher, as testing rates in the vast country – home to some of the world’s most crowded cities – are much lower than many other countries.

    India, home to nearly 1.4 billion people, is second in the world in total COVID-19 cases, behind only the United States, which is approaching the 8 million mark.

    India imposed one of the region’s strictest nationwide lockdowns in March, forcing people to stay home and shut businesses, and triggering an exodus of millions of migrant workers.

    In June, the country started a phased reopening of economic activities.

    Beginning Thursday, cinemas will reopen at 50-percent capacity while the federal government has left the decision of whether to reopen schools and other public places to the state governments.

    Experts, however, fear the upcoming festival season – when large crowds gather for public celebrations – could exacerbate the situation.

    Anticipating a new surge in cases, the government has issued strict guidelines and capped the number of revellers for the two main Hindu festivals of Dussehra on October 25 and Diwali early next month.

    Meanwhile, the government said it is hopeful of having a vaccine ready soon.

    “We’re expecting that by early next year, we should have the vaccine in the country from maybe more than one source,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was quoted as saying by the DNA newspaper.

    “Our expert groups are formulating strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccine in the country.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...rly-two-months


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    Been there, now recovered!

    Long post ahead***

    So, the virus had me and wifey both almost a month back. I was the first one to go down with fever ranging from 99- 102 degree, slight cold. But these symptoms lasted merely for 2 days. Brushed it aside as viral fever. Severe fatigue was there though.

    But the same day I recovered, wifey fell sick with similar symptoms like mine in addition to throat irritation, headache and cough. Again she got better in 2 days but the throat infection and weakness was worse than mine.

    Started panicking within couple of days as we were gradually losing our sense of smell and taste, ultimately lost these senses entirely within 2 days.

    Without any further delay went for the test and result came as positive for both of us. Since the symptoms were not major, we were recommended home isolation and put on medications.

    Spent next 20 days completely isolated from patents; tested negative on 13 or 14 th day . For the inital 10 days could not smell and apart from sour and chilly, could not taste anything. The senses came back gradually, exaxtly like the way they disappeared. However, the weakness was killing us more than anything else, even the trips to the bathroom were exhausting. The sever fatigue lasted almost for 20 days; and was there even after we got back the smell and taste.

    The entire episode (from day1 of fever till getting back on my feet with 90% strength) lasted almost a month. While I did not experience any cough, wife still has a sore throat and minor cough. We are yet to get the lung scaning done as recommended by our family doctor. Parents are ok, so is our house-help.

    Never went outside without a mask, both have been working from home since March, used to sanitize our hand like maniacs. Avoided super markets/crowded places like plague. Don't remember coming across anyone sick, no visitors apart from the occasional home delivery guys. Still ended up catching the virus. Luckily, we had the minor variant of Covid, it seems?

    P.S. I am a smoker and slowly getting the urge to smoke back up again after a month. Smokers are at a higher risk, and should avoid as long as they can after getting infected (as told by doctors)

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    Long post ahead***

    So, the virus had me and wifey both almost a month back. I was the first one to go down with fever ranging from 99- 102 degree, slight cold. But these symptoms lasted merely for 2 days. Brushed it aside as viral fever. Severe fatigue was there though.

    But the same day I recovered, wifey fell sick with similar symptoms like mine in addition to throat irritation, headache and cough. Again she got better in 2 days but the throat infection and weakness was worse than mine.

    Started panicking within couple of days as we were gradually losing our sense of smell and taste, ultimately lost these senses entirely within 2 days.

    Without any further delay went for the test and result came as positive for both of us. Since the symptoms were not major, we were recommended home isolation and put on medications.

    Spent next 20 days completely isolated from patents; tested negative on 13 or 14 th day . For the inital 10 days could not smell and apart from sour and chilly, could not taste anything. The senses came back gradually, exaxtly like the way they disappeared. However, the weakness was killing us more than anything else, even the trips to the bathroom were exhausting. The sever fatigue lasted almost for 20 days; and was there even after we got back the smell and taste.

    The entire episode (from day1 of fever till getting back on my feet with 90% strength) lasted almost a month. While I did not experience any cough, wife still has a sore throat and minor cough. We are yet to get the lung scaning done as recommended by our family doctor. Parents are ok, so is our house-help.

    Never went outside without a mask, both have been working from home since March, used to sanitize our hand like maniacs. Avoided super markets/crowded places like plague. Don't remember coming across anyone sick, no visitors apart from the occasional home delivery guys. Still ended up catching the virus. Luckily, we had the minor variant of Covid, it seems?

    P.S. I am a smoker and slowly getting the urge to smoke back up again after a month. Smokers are at a higher risk, and should avoid as long as they can after getting infected (as told by doctors)
    Glad to read you both have recovered.

    If you dont mind, can you give some details of your general health. You're a smoker but are you overweight, do you exercise, do you eat healthy, do you play sports etc? Thanks .


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    Overweight by 8-10 KGs, with cubicle jobs. Have not touched the gym equipments in the last couple of years atleast, apart from the staionary bicycle (20 mins max on an avg). If walking the dog counts, we do it for about quarter of an hour in total 😁. Non-veg, mostly home cooked diet, weekend eat-outs+order-ins during pre-covid days. Developed backpain in last couple of years, otherwise no major health issue.

    Anything to worry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluevision View Post
    Long post ahead***

    So, the virus had me and wifey both almost a month back. I was the first one to go down with fever ranging from 99- 102 degree, slight cold. But these symptoms lasted merely for 2 days. Brushed it aside as viral fever. Severe fatigue was there though.

    But the same day I recovered, wifey fell sick with similar symptoms like mine in addition to throat irritation, headache and cough. Again she got better in 2 days but the throat infection and weakness was worse than mine.

    Started panicking within couple of days as we were gradually losing our sense of smell and taste, ultimately lost these senses entirely within 2 days.

    Without any further delay went for the test and result came as positive for both of us. Since the symptoms were not major, we were recommended home isolation and put on medications.

    Spent next 20 days completely isolated from patents; tested negative on 13 or 14 th day . For the inital 10 days could not smell and apart from sour and chilly, could not taste anything. The senses came back gradually, exaxtly like the way they disappeared. However, the weakness was killing us more than anything else, even the trips to the bathroom were exhausting. The sever fatigue lasted almost for 20 days; and was there even after we got back the smell and taste.

    The entire episode (from day1 of fever till getting back on my feet with 90% strength) lasted almost a month. While I did not experience any cough, wife still has a sore throat and minor cough. We are yet to get the lung scaning done as recommended by our family doctor. Parents are ok, so is our house-help.

    Never went outside without a mask, both have been working from home since March, used to sanitize our hand like maniacs. Avoided super markets/crowded places like plague. Don't remember coming across anyone sick, no visitors apart from the occasional home delivery guys. Still ended up catching the virus. Luckily, we had the minor variant of Covid, it seems?

    P.S. I am a smoker and slowly getting the urge to smoke back up again after a month. Smokers are at a higher risk, and should avoid as long as they can after getting infected (as told by doctors)
    Soo glad you are now well bud.

    Damn this is scary stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    Got tested covid positive.....

    Its a hell of an experience. Wouldn't even want my nemesis to go through it.
    I am so sorry to hear that brother.

    You were a frontline worker right?

    How are you doing now?

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    It seems itís decreasing in India now finally. Than God our PPers @Itachi and @bluevision fine now

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    This thread is #970921470923740347 time Modiji has gotten humiliated.

    Reading it from page 1 must be comedy gold now.


    Truth is treason in an empire of lies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    I am so sorry to hear that brother.

    You were a frontline worker right?

    How are you doing now?
    Currently I am ok except a little bit of weakness. Stayed in the hospital for 10 days and now 1 week of qurrantine (after which I can join my office).

    Mine was a bit of milder one. I had tremendous bodyache with fever. But the thing that disrupted me more is the weakness. This weakness is very different from any other weakness.

    The advice that I can give is, the virus will run its cycle and you will have to make sure that you survive during those 5-6 peak days. Eat a lot. Thankfully, mine taste and smell was there (not normal but I could at least recognize chicken or fish) so I didn't have much problem in eating.

    But don't skip meals (i have seen it in patients) and eat anything to maintain the strength. That's one thing you can do from your side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    It seems itís decreasing in India now finally. Than God our PPers @Itachi and @bluevision fine now
    Thanks!
    I am no expert, but not sure if the numbers are decreasing though. I know many people with similar symptoms as mine, who did not get tested and recovered at home by copying the medication prescribed to covid patients. If the fever stays for 3+ days or face respiratory issues, then only they are willing to rush to hospitals.
    I know atleast 5 acquaintances who lost their lives and 2 of them were of my age without any underlying condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    Soo glad you are now well bud.

    Damn this is scary stuff.
    Thanks! Yeah, almost back to 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluevision View Post
    Long post ahead***

    So, the virus had me and wifey both almost a month back. I was the first one to go down with fever ranging from 99- 102 degree, slight cold. But these symptoms lasted merely for 2 days. Brushed it aside as viral fever. Severe fatigue was there though.

    But the same day I recovered, wifey fell sick with similar symptoms like mine in addition to throat irritation, headache and cough. Again she got better in 2 days but the throat infection and weakness was worse than mine.

    Started panicking within couple of days as we were gradually losing our sense of smell and taste, ultimately lost these senses entirely within 2 days.

    Without any further delay went for the test and result came as positive for both of us. Since the symptoms were not major, we were recommended home isolation and put on medications.

    Spent next 20 days completely isolated from patents; tested negative on 13 or 14 th day . For the inital 10 days could not smell and apart from sour and chilly, could not taste anything. The senses came back gradually, exaxtly like the way they disappeared. However, the weakness was killing us more than anything else, even the trips to the bathroom were exhausting. The sever fatigue lasted almost for 20 days; and was there even after we got back the smell and taste.

    The entire episode (from day1 of fever till getting back on my feet with 90% strength) lasted almost a month. While I did not experience any cough, wife still has a sore throat and minor cough. We are yet to get the lung scaning done as recommended by our family doctor. Parents are ok, so is our house-help.

    Never went outside without a mask, both have been working from home since March, used to sanitize our hand like maniacs. Avoided super markets/crowded places like plague. Don't remember coming across anyone sick, no visitors apart from the occasional home delivery guys. Still ended up catching the virus. Luckily, we had the minor variant of Covid, it seems?

    P.S. I am a smoker and slowly getting the urge to smoke back up again after a month. Smokers are at a higher risk , and should avoid as long as they can after getting infected (as told by doctors)
    I'm surprised. Because from my clinical experience with Covid patients, Smokers are at a lower risk.


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