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We should treat Covid like norovirus – not the flu

Knowing what we know about these viruses, plans should consider controlling SARS-CoV-2 more like we would norovirus than flu.

Stop harming yourself with cold and flu antibiotics

Antibiotics are among our most commonly used drugs. But they seldom help.
Medics collect swab sample of a man for Covid-19 testing in Kozhikode (representational image) | PTI

Covid reinfections are real. But here’s why you shouldn’t worry about that just yet

Reinfections appear to be very rare. Out of over 40 million Covid cases worldwide, there have been only 5 documented reinfections. That’s a rate of 1.25 per 10 million infections.
A security guard takes the temperature of a man wearing a protective mask at an entrance to a fresh produce market in Shanghai, China, on 15 February 2020 | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Coronavirus can’t be eradicated, could keep returning like flu, Chinese scientists say

Covid-19 is very likely to be epidemic that co-exists with humans for long time, becomes seasonal & is sustained within human bodies, top Chinese scientists say.

Covid-19 is much, much deadlier than the flu, bro

Numbers show the fatality risk from Covid-19 is much higher than that of influenza for every age group above 20.
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Seasonal flu far more common than coronavirus, but its vaccine is not popular in India

While vaccine for coronavirus will take another year to be developed, India needs to do more to prevent seasonal flu that kills despite having a vaccine, say health experts.

Paracetamol, other drugs to battle coronavirus widely available in India for next 3 months

Paracetamol is being widely used in the treatment of coronavirus symptoms, along with antivirals and antiretrovirals.
Medics outside an isolation ward of coronavirus at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, on 2 March 2020 | PTI

How bad is coronavirus? Let’s compare with SARS, Ebola, Flu

The coronavirus doesn't kill as many people as other flu infections, but once it gets going, everybody gets it.
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New flu shot far more powerful than the 1940s breakthrough in preventing flu-like illnesses

Flucelvax, produced by Melbourne-based CSL’s Seqirus unit, is 36.2 % more effective than conventional shots in preventing flu-like illness that killed almost 200 American children last winter.
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New medicine that can cure flu in just one day gets US drug regulator’s nod

Compared to Tamiflu that requires two doses daily for 5 days, now a single dose of Xofluza can cure the illness. New drug to reach Indian markets in 2-3 years.
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Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.