OPINION: Delhi govt is testing-tracing, but Covid third wave means people have to be responsible too
As Delhi witnesses the latest third wave of the deadly coronavirus
pandemic, it is essential not to lose sight of the bigger picture, that is, to stick to a smart testing and tracing strategy. Contact tracing and testing have been the fulcrum of the Arvind Kejriwal government’s strategy to curb the spread of the virus, and it has been largely successful. But the efforts are lost when people refuse to follow social distancing norms and practise safe hygiene guidelines. Testing and tracing strategy are what the government can do at a higher level, but it is also the responsibility of the people to follow the guidelines. Read more here
EXPLAINED: How do Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work? And why do they need to be kept so cold?
As the weather cools, the number of infections of the Covid-19 pandemic are rising sharply. Hamstrung by pandemic fatigue, economic constraints, and political discord, public health officials have struggled to control the surging pandemic. But now, a rush of interim analyses from pharmaceutical companies Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech have spurred optimism that a novel type of vaccine made from messenger RNA, known as mRNA, can offer high levels of protection by preventing Covid-19 among people who are vaccinated. But, how do they work? And why do they need to be kept so cold? Read more here
Bell’s palsy: Facial nerve paralysis found in coronavirus patients
Cases of facial nerve paralysis, or Bell’s palsy, are getting more common among Covid-19 patients. Patients, even with no confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19, are reporting facial paralysis, indicating the possibility that asymptomatic patients may also be suffering from its complications.
Bell’s palsy is caused by viral infections. The coronavirus can attack nerves in the face leading to inflammation, swelling, or compression. The nerves can no longer control the muscles in the face leading to drooping face from one side, loose or weak muscles and distortion in face albeit temporary. Read more here
Early treatment with Favipiravir shows faster viral clearance in mild Covid-19 cases: Study
Favipiravir, an oral antiviral drug approved for the treatment of Covid-19 in Japan and China, may be safe and effective for mild to moderate cases. Treatment with this drug has led to significant improvement in the time taken for the infection to be cured, as per results of the first-ever randomised controlled trial of the drug. Read more here