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Wearing a mask works like a vaccine against COVID-19 – Deccan Chronicle

Wearing a mask works like a vaccine against COVID-19 – Deccan Chronicle

Hyderabad: Wearing of mask could actually, in a way, be inoculating people and working like a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. This is according to a yet-to-be-tested theory published in The New England Journal of Medicine in the form of a letter. The theory proposed that face masking could be a medium to generate immunity among the population until a vaccine is finalised. The supposition is that it is possible that despite wearing a mask, people when in proximity of others who are carrying the virus and shedding it, can inhale some of the virus particles.   Those who wear masks would be inhaling far fewer virus particles whose number would not be enough to set off a serious or visible infection with symptoms. It is possible that such persons wou...
Europe aims to emerge smarter from latest lockdowns – Livemint

Europe aims to emerge smarter from latest lockdowns – Livemint

Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Austria and Belgium are all now back under pandemic-containment regimes similar to those imposed in the spring, with bars and restaurants shut and people’s freedom to socialize with others curtailed. Schools by and large remain open, though, and governments have expressed hope the new restrictions will be lifted within weeks. Some public-health experts say the reimposition of lockdowns shows the middle-way policies deployed over the summer, such as restrictions targeted at specific places or demographic groups, haven’t worked. New coronavirus cases in the European Union and the U.K. are running in excess of 175,000 a day on average, according to the latest official tallies, while in the U.S. daily cases are around 80,000. Without tougher action, t...
St. Mary’s Hospital succeeds in difficult liver transplant – Korea Biomedical Review

St. Mary’s Hospital succeeds in difficult liver transplant – Korea Biomedical Review

Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital said Monday that it has successfully conducted a highly difficult liver transplant between sisters.  Liver transplant cures a patient’s liver functions by removing the donor’s liver and transplanting it into the recipient to recover the organ to function. Professors Paik Kwang-yeol, Kim Yu-mi, Cho Se-hyun and Han Joon-yeol at the hospital conducted the surgery.  The beneficiary of a liver transplant (seated at center) and medical staff at Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital pose for the camera. (St. Mary’s Hospital)The beneficiary was a patient in her 60s, surnamed Cho, who first visited the hospital in October last year with Hepatitis B. She suffered from bleeding in her esophageal varices and was diagnosed with liver cancer in April. Cho underwent several em...
MIT Researchers to develop tool that uses AI to detect Covid by listening to humans cough – Republic World

MIT Researchers to develop tool that uses AI to detect Covid by listening to humans cough – Republic World

As the world continues to battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of asymptomatic cases have been rising significantly. In order to detect these asymptomatic Coronavirus cases, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have said that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can detect if there are any COVID-19 indications in a human's cough even before seeking medical help and further testing. The researchers informed that asymptomatic people are different from healthy individuals in the way they cough and while differences are not decipherable to the human ear, AI can always detect the difference.  READ | AI Camera Follows Soccer Ref’s Bald Head Mistaking It As Ball, Netizens Say ‘has A Crush’ MIT Researchers: AI tool can help detect COVID-19 ...
Air Pollution And COVID-19: Know How This Double Burden Can Impact Your Body – NDTV

Air Pollution And COVID-19: Know How This Double Burden Can Impact Your Body – NDTV

<!-- --> Exposure to air pollution can increase risk of catching severe form of COVID-19 Highlights Avoid stepping outdoors unless completely necessary Wear a mask whenever you go outside Follow hand hygiene protocols regularly Many countries around the world are experiencing high levels of air pollution. After several months of lockdown, several cities in India are bearing the brunt toxic air quality. Experts are of the belief that high levels of air pollution and COVID-19 pandemic can be a "toxic combination" which can have "disastrous consequences". Dr Maria Neria from the World Health Organization mentions in a video that exposure to air pollution represents 7 million premature deaths every year. COVID-19 is primarily a disease of the respiratory system, and exposure...
Over 80 pc of COVID-19 patients have vitamin D deficiency, study finds – ANI News

Over 80 pc of COVID-19 patients have vitamin D deficiency, study finds – ANI News

ANI | Updated: Nov 02, 2020 13:56 IST Washington [US], November 2 (ANI): Over 80 per cent of 200 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Spain have vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.Vitamin D is a hormone the kidneys produce that controls blood calcium concentration and impacts the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a variety of health concerns, although research is still underway into why the hormone impacts other systems of the body. Many studies point to the beneficial effect of vitamin D on the immune system, especially regarding protection against ...
Europes COVID-19 cases double in five weeks, total infections surpass 10 million – Reuters

Europes COVID-19 cases double in five weeks, total infections surpass 10 million – Reuters

By Shaina Ahluwalia, Anurag Maan (Reuters) - Europe’s new COVID-19 cases have doubled in five weeks, propelling the region on Sunday across the bleak milestone of 10 million total infections, according to a Reuters tally. FILE PHOTO: Members of the medical staff in protective suits treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with a computer tomograph in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Havelhoehe community hospital in Berlin, Germany, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File PhotoJust last month, both Latin America and Asia reported over 10 million total cases in their regions. The United States alone has over 9 million cases with a rapidly accelerating outbreak. While Europe almost took nine months to record its first 5 million COVID-19 cases, the next 5 m...
Europe Aims to Emerge Smarter From Latest Lockdowns – The Wall Street Journal

Europe Aims to Emerge Smarter From Latest Lockdowns – The Wall Street Journal

One by one, governments across Europe are reintroducing strict new measures to tame a resurgent pandemic after concluding that light-touch strategies aimed at containing Covid-19 have failed to keep infections in check. Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Austria and Belgium are all now back under pandemic-containment regimes similar to those imposed in the spring, with bars and restaurants shut and people’s freedom to socialize with others curtailed. Schools by and large remain open, though, and governments have expressed...
Skin-related diseases plague coronavirus patients post recovery – Daily Pioneer

Skin-related diseases plague coronavirus patients post recovery – Daily Pioneer

There seems to be no respite for the coronavirus infected patients even after they have been declared Covid-negative. The virulent virus which is known for causing respiratory distress and adverse impacts on organs besides mental health can also leave the patients with skin-related diseases as has been found by the scientists. They said that they have found that some patients with Covid-19 have persistent skin-related symptoms long after their initial infection has cleared. The findings were presented at the 29th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology  which was conducted online from 29th to 31st October 2020. The investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) pointed to another burden experienced ...