Friday, 19 August, 2022

Topic: flu

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

IAF operation underway to rescue Italian mountaineer stranded on Mount Nun in Ladakh

The IAF deployed its ‘Cheetah’ helicopter to rescue mountaineer Federico Nicoli. Mount Nun is the second highest peak in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.