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Question Of The Year, When Will Corona End? (2021 Update)

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Predictions says, pandemic will keep us awake for at least 7 more years!

When Will Corona End?

For most of 2020 and now 2021, the answer was frustratingly vague: Life will return to “normal” when we achieve herd immunity—when 70% to 80% of the population is immune to the coronavirus, whether due to vaccination or a recent infection.

But we couldn’t venture a prediction for when that would happen. Our day-to-day work researching the virus, available treatments, and supply chain constraints had given us too deep an appreciation for the unknown variables.

And now, finally, things are getting clearer. We still can’t suggest a date when normality will return, but three distinct scenarios are emerging. Call them the “good,” the “bad,” and the “ugly”.

In this week we had to rewrite our article to significantly include new data from vaccines trials, as well as new risks posed by coronavirus variants. Still, even if these predictions are inherently fuzzy, we think there’s value in identifying the futures that could await us—and how health care stakeholders can meet each one.

Bill Gates (Founder Microsoft)

Bill Gates has predicted that the world will be “completely back to normal” by the end of 2022, overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stressing that the pandemic has been an “incredible tragedy”, the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist has heightened hopes that the virus could be brought to bay across the world in less than two years.

“By the end of 2022 we should be basically completely back to normal,” Gates told Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and television broadcaster TVN24.

He added that the only good news during these stressful times was the access to coronavirus vaccines.

Gates’ comments came weeks after he noted in an interview on the social media app Clubhouse that he supposed that people could consider changing their behaviour “in a significant way” in the spring or summer of 2021.

Gates, a billionaire who stepped down as chairman of Microsoft Corp. in 2014, has, through his philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, committed at least $1.75 billion to the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That includes support for some makers of vaccines, diagnostics, and potential treatments.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it is “unrealistic” to expect the COVID-19 pandemic to be over by the end of 2021.

“I think it will be very premature, and I think unrealistic, to think that we’re going to finish with this virus by the end of the year,” Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, said at a press conference here on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

“But I think what we can, if we’re smart, finish with the hospitalizations, the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic,” he said.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the WHO, added that “the goal of COVAX is to bring an end to the acute phase of the pandemic by the end of 2021.”

COVAX is a program led by the WHO, Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) aiming at distributing Covid-19 vaccines around the world.

“We still face a huge challenge in rolling out vaccines equitably and fairly to those who most need them around the world,” Ryan said.

“We’re in a much better position than we were. But nothing is guaranteed,” he added.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in some countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.

Meanwhile, 256 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide — 74 of them in clinical trials — in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the WHO on February 26.

AIIMS (New Delhi)

At a time when the country reported 2,59,170 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr. Randeep Guleria on Tuesday said that the second COVID wave in India could stabilize by the end of 2021 and the world could be in a comfortable zone by the middle of the next year.

Registering a steady increase for the 41st day in a row, the active cases increased to 20,31,977, comprising 13.26 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 85.56 per cent.

The health ministry data showed the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,31,08,582, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.18 per cent.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

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Pandemic and Lockdow, Lockdown after lockdown, we are all wondering when will this pandemic finally end! Curious enough, there are two types of an ending of a pandemic: Medical and Social! While medically we are not there yet, the social end seems like it is approaching!

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Tips to Manage Mental and Emotional Well Being After Recovering from COVID-19

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COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the recently discovered coronavirus. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus enters the body via nose, mouth and eyes. Some recent studies suggest that virus may be airborne and can be spread through fine infected droplets that remain suspended in the air in closed air-conditioned environments of offices, AC cabs-buses, shopping malls and theatres due to absence of cross-ventilation, even when you are not in direct contact with an infected person. It is essential that, after recovery, a person manages his/her lifestyle in a way that he/she can be in a positive mindset.

Taking care of your emotional wellbeing

The experience of having COVID-19 can be very stressful with fear and anxiety. The disease may impact your emotional wellbeing along with your physical wellbeing. Psychological impact of infection can vary from immediate effects, like:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
  • Fear of social stigma.
  • Irritability, anger, confusion.
  • Frustration, loneliness.
  • Denial, anxiety, depression, insomnia, despair.

How to cope with this stress?

Here are some things which you can do cope up the stress, fear and anxiety:

  • Take a break from constant watching the news or limit the time for news.
  • Stay connected with your loved ones over audio or video calls.
  • Re-live your hobbies which you enjoy doing.
  • Take adequate rest.
  • Maintain healthy diet.
  • Do light exercises as your condition permits.
  • Do not hide your illness.
  • Speak accurately about the risk from COVID-19, based on scientific data and latest official health advice.
  • Share positive stories of those who have recovered from COVID-19.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Good nutrition is very important before during and after an infection. While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent COVID-19 infection, maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of supporting a strong immune system. Eat a variety of foods to ensure adequate intake of important nutrients.

Energy-rich foods: These foods are a source of carbohydrates that provides energy to the body. It includes cereals (wheat, rice, maize, etc), fats/oils, sugars

Body building foods: These foods provide protein to the body. Pulses (all dals, beans, legumes), animal foods (eggs, meat, poultry, fish), milk and milk products. Requirements of proteins also increase during infection for the proliferation of immune cells and the synthesis of chemical compounds

Protective foods: These foods are the sources vitamins and minerals that play a significant role in immunity. Seasonal fruits and vegetables (dark green leafy, yellow and orange coloured, citrus, and other fruits). Vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, minerals such as zinc, copper, iron, selenium are known to influence the immune responses.

Immunity Boosters: Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures:

  • Drink herbal tea / decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) & Munakka (Raisin) – once or twice a day. Add Jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
  • Golden Milk- Half tea spoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk – once or twice a day.
  • Add Ginger and Garlic to cooking.
  • Drink warm to normal water and keep hydrated.

Healthy Tips

  • Do not skip meals and divide your daily calories in to 5-6 small meals.
  • Use whole grain cereals, whole grams and pulses, whole wheat porridge, whole wheat bread, oats etc. to incorporate fiber in your diet.
  • Supplement wheat with whole channa and do not sieve flour (wheat and channa 4:1 ratio). Mix rice with whole grams or dals in a ratio of 1:1 to incorporate fiber.
  • Consume at least 4-5 servings of fresh green vegetables and fruits/day.
  • Use olive /canola/ rice bran / soy /mustard oil. Change oils in couple of months.
  • Almonds, walnuts, flax seeds are good sources of antioxidants include in everyday diet.
  • Water intake: 2 litres/day
  • Limit intake of excess salt, processed and preserved foods
  • Avoid eating from out
  • Restrict alcohol, tobacco and smoking.

An adult with no pre-existing disease and with no co-morbities (like hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cardiac disease) have a 2000 calorie diet plan.

Persons with any co-morbity and any underlying condition should take consultation from professional (Doctor/ Dietician/ Nutritionist) for their individualized diet plan.

References:

• Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Guidelines

• WHO guidebook for Support for Rehabilitation Self-Management after COVID19- Related Illness

• US- Centre for disease Control (CDC)

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Akshaya Tritiya 2021: Rituals and Significance

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Lord Kubera, the God of money pleaded to Goddess Lakshmi on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya which commenced a generous rain of money and wealth on him.

The propitious day of Akshaya Tritiya is observed with enthusiasm and passion by Jain and Hindu communities across India every year. The occasion of Akshay Tritiya is of unique importance as it is considered that the course of destiny transforms on this day making the occasion greatly propitious. On this day, worship of gods especially Lord Vishnu is performed as the most important ritual.

The title of the festival signifies two words, Akshay and Tritiya. Both the words hold tremendous importance in the Hindu religion. Akshay which indicates “never diminishing” carries endless sunshine and harmony in the lives of people who keep fast on this occasion. The term Tritiya originates from the fact that Akshay Tritiya comes on the third day of the illuminated half of Vaisakhi month.

There is another purpose for the recognition of Akshay Tritiya for the Jain community. The religion cherishes Tirthanakara Rishabha’s one year fast which halted on Akshay Tritiya when the sage ended the fast with sugarcane juice.

Akshay Tritiya is rejoiced by different titles in various parts of India. In the state of Chhattisgarh, the occasion is celebrated by the name Akti whereas, in the Westerly parts of the country like Gujarat and Rajasthan, the occasion is referred to as Akha Teej.

Aside from acquiring wealth and commencing new businesses, believers also tie the knot with their preferred partners on this auspicious day.Wedding on Akshay Tritiya is regarded very favourable as Lord Sundaresa wedded Goddess Madhura on this day.

According to the notion of the worshippers, Lord Kubera, the God of money pleaded to Goddess Lakshmi on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya only which commenced a generous rain of money and wealth on him.

This is the reason why people contemplate purchasing gold or new investments propitious on Akshay Tritiya. The commencement of new business or new profession on Akha Teej is also deemed very lucky.

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Here’s How to Protect Yourself and Others from Coronavirus

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As the coronavirus pandemic’s second wave causes havoc in India, Medanta, a chain of multi-speciality medical institutes, has formulated certain guidelines

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the recently discovered coronavirus. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus enters the body via nose, mouth and eyes. Some recent studies suggest that virus may be airborne and can be spread through fine infected droplets that remain suspended in the air in closed air-conditioned environments of offices, AC cabs-buses, shopping malls and theatres due to absence of cross-ventilation, even when you are not in direct contact with an infected person.

COVID-19 transmission can be reduced by:

  • Staying at home if possible, especially if you are more than 60 years or less than 5 years of age, or have comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension or chronic ailments. Avoid meeting visitors at home.
  • Washing your hands and face at regular intervals with soap and water.
  • Wearing a mask at all times when out of the house.
  • Social distancing – keeping a distance of 6 feet from others when out of the house.
  • Cleaning the frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant regularly.
  • Avoiding closed spaces with central air-conditioning like offices, malls, etc. with inadequate fresh air.
  • Ensuring proper nutrition through balanced diet, maintaining hydration with plenty of fluids, boosting immunity through fresh fruit juices, herbal drinks and turmeric in milk.
  • Daily exercise and meditation.
  • Taking your daily prescribed medicines regularly. Don’t self-medicate.
  • Avoid going near sick people.

Seek medical advice whenever needed. Teleconsultations are available at Medanta. Register on Medanta eClinic or call 0124 4834566 for help.

References:

• Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Guidelines

• WHO guidebook for Support for Rehabilitation Self-Management after COVID19- Related Illness

• US- Centre for disease Control (CDC)

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