Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Topic: Masks

Not just RT-PCR tests, now your ‘smart’ masks will also tell you if you have Covid-19

Researchers in Japan are using ostrich antibodies to detect Covid-19 under ultraviolet light, something they say will help pick up asymptomatic cases.

Mask compliance remains low, survey says 1 in 3 Indians don’t carry mask when stepping out

Only 2% of respondents reported mask-compliance in their area, found a LocalCircles survey, a drop from 12% in September and a steeper fall from 29% in April.

Beware of Covid this festive season, only 6% Indians see ‘good’ social distancing around them

Survey released by LocalCircles based on 65,000 responses from 366 districts also shows only 13% people say there’s more than 90% compliance with masking protocols.

Even a simple surgical mask can prevent spread of Covid, German study says

In environments with potentially high airborne virus concentrations such as medical settings & densely occupied indoor spaces, masks with higher filtration efficiency should be used.

US nears victory over virus as CDC lifts most guidance on wearing masks

The guidance shift signals a broad return to everyday life, and is also a bet that any surge in spread from relaxed guidelines won’t be enough to reverse progress in inoculations.

How to reduce risk of indoor Covid transmission? MIT online app has some answers

According to study by MIT researchers, masks are more important in closed, poorly-ventilated rooms than social distancing to reduce transmission risk.

Decentralise Covid fight, don’t bury head in sand like ostrich. Be like a peacock

The time now is for a coherent and concerted response. ‘What went wrong’ and ‘why’ is an investigation that can be taken up later.

Rs 500 fine for not wearing mask on trains, railway premises, says Railways

The order also said that this would come into immediate effect for a period of six months till further instructions are issued in this regard.

Poll rallies to Kumbh Mela — Modi-Shah’s conscience must take a look at latest Covid surge

There is a reason Modi forgets his Mann ki Baat on Covid safety at rallies and Kumbh Mela — it’s poll over people.

Private vehicle even with one person is a ‘public place’ in context of Covid, Delhi HC says

The court said a private vehicle would be a public place owing to the immediate risk of exposure to other persons under varying circumstances.

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File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.