Things To Remember During The COVID 2nd Wave


What does the future hold as the second wave of COVID-19 hits India?

Initially, when the coronavirus pandemic began late in 2019, experts already knew that there are possibilities of a 2nd wave of cases, a pattern commonly seen in other virus pandemics. It is also evident that cases see a surge in the summer and a larger one in the fall. With the rising cases, India’s economy is noticing a decline, death rates have again gone up and daily COVID cases are escalating more than ever.

Leading Indian scientists from the most renowned institutes and research centres have studied and suggested that the distinctive factors can be used to trace this sudden and sharp rise of active cases in India.

Opening of Schools, Colleges and Workplaces – In several parts of the country, schools and colleges have largely opened, along with offices. Although such institutions are following the necessary COVID protocols given by the government, there has been no proper control over public transport and the people, many of whom have not been following the protocols. This has led to a large number of asymptomatic carriers transmitting the virus.

A new mutant strain – The double mutant variant of the virus has caused a significant rise in the number of infected cases. Scientists believe that this strain is about 70 times more contagious than the previous one. It may even render vaccines to be less effective.

Vaccination – With the process of vaccination being carried out everywhere in the world as well as in India, people seem to have become more carefree and think they need not be worried about the virus anymore. Public gatherings, celebrations, festivals and parties have become normal, and more and more people have stopped wearing a mask. In reality, vaccines can only protect you to some extent, it is important to still maintain the COVID specific rules and regulations.

Which Indian states are affected by the second wave of COVID-19?

With such an unprecedented rise in new cases of COVID-19, the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have been worst-hit. These states are at high risk despite the rapid testing and the extensive vaccination drives being undertaken by the government. The daily record of infected people is exceeding the count of last year.

State government measures to curb the surge

While several states are seeing exponential growth in cases, the entire country is expecting a total lockdown again. The state governments have started taking measures to take control over the situation in various ways. Maharashtra has been experiencing a shortage of injections and ventilators. As the cases rise, the government has recently decided to ramp up the safety measures by announcing 15 days of strict new restrictions. Public gatherings of more than four and non-essential travel on public transport would be banned along with the imposition of a night-time curfew.

To effectively control the spread of COVID-19 infection, the Karnataka government has made certain travel restrictions where a person needs a COVID negative test certificate to enter the state, if he/she doesn’t have one, institutional quarantine of 2 days within which COVID test report should come negative, has been made compulsory.

The Chief Minister of Delhi has approved a proposal to impose a night curfew in the national capital besides new COVID rules and restrictions. Delhi is also considering opening up vaccination for all age groups.

Fines for not wearing a mask, a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 in order to be allowed entry into the state via flight or road, a limited number of people at public gatherings and festival celebrations being barred are some of the strictly enforced measures in the Indian states to combat the deadly second wave of COVID-19.

Safety measures

Stay prepared to face the spike or second wave of Coronavirus. Doctors, clinics and hospitals are continuously working with manufacturers to stock up on equipment, vaccines, drugs and following their policies for protecting patients and staff members.

  • Do not stop practicing COVID-19 precautions, such as physical distancing, hand-washing and wearing a mask.
  • Stay in touch with local health authorities, stay updated with the information if COVID-19 cases begin to increase in your city or town.
  • Make sure your household maintains a stock of food, medicines and other essential supplies.
  • Consult your doctor to ensure that everyone in your household, children as well as older members, are up to date on vaccines.

Conclusion

India is facing the threat of a devastating and deadlier second wave of the coronavirus, it is critical to remember the need of positive behaviour, being responsible, more testing and vaccination is crucial.

This Holi, Here’s A Colouring Book For Mental Wellness!

Holi is the festival of colours that everyone loves to celebrate. Colours can evoke many emotions in us. In fact, it is scientifically proven that colouring can help soothe our stress. Taking cue from this amazing festival, we have decided to provide a free downloadable colouring book to all our readers.

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5 Foods To Beat Hypertension

Hypertension is a chronic condition where the blood pressure is regularly higher than normal. Under normal circumstances resting blood pressure should be around 120/80, however, those suffering from high blood pressure will have 140/90 and in severe cases 180/120 readings. One of the biggest issues with hypertension is that it often shows no external signs of the condition, but without detection and treatment it causes many complications. Heart disease, stroke and aneurysms are some of the potential risks with untreated hypertension, hence the need to detect and treat hypertension with medication, diet and exercise are necessary. 

The effect of constant high blood pressure is damage to your arteries and blood vessels, leading to them getting narrow and which in-turn causes even higher pressure as blood is not able to flow freely around your body. This feedback loop is often the cause of heart attacks and other heart complications. Another possible effect is a ballooning of the artery wall that has been weakened through high-blood pressure. This is called an aneurysm and can also burst, which is a life-threatening event. Most common of all, hypertension affects the amount of blood your heart receives which leads to several heart complications like coronary heart disease, enlargement or thickening on the left side of your heart as well as heart failure. High blood pressure can also have a strong negative impact on your liver, kidneys, brain and eyes.

Certain foods can increase blood pressure and should be avoided, foods that decrease blood pressure should be added to your diet. It is important to note that weight gain also increases blood pressure hence maintaining a healthy normal weight is required for all those with hypertension. This might include dieting for weight loss and reducing the amount of food you eat. 

Citrus foods such as oranges and lemons have been shown to have a lowering effect on blood pressure when consumed regularly (and coupled with exercise). Some citrus foods might interfere with blood pressure medication such as grapefruit or grapefruit juice, it’s best to speak with your doctor about it.  

Regarding fats in your diet, it is generally advised to avoid or lower consumption of trans fats and saturated fats. These can increase your risk of heart disease, however, omega-3 fats have consistently been linked with lower levels of high blood pressure. Fish are potent sources of omega-3 fats, which aid in blood pressure issues by reducing inflammation and cutting down on levels of oxylipins (oxylipins are compounds that promote blood vessel constriction).

Swiss Chard is a leafy green vegetable that contains ample amounts of potassium and magnesium, both of which are great for reducing overall blood pressure. Magnesium blocks calcium channels, which lowers the content of calcium going into the heart and other blood vessel cells, this brings much-needed relaxation to blood flow.

Legumes and beans are also rich in nutrients as well as magnesium and potassium, but they also contain fibre. This combination is excellent at lowering blood pressure, with several studies showing that it can help blood pressure in people with or without hypertension.

For antioxidant-rich food, berries of all kinds are good for those with hypertension. In berries, the bright colouring comes from anthocyanins, which are pigments that have anti-oxidising properties. While the research is still limited, the general consensus is that blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc., all have pressure-lowering abilities of some strength.

Pistachios are nutrient and flavour-rich nuts, containing plenty of nutrients (including potassium) that encourage healthy heart function and proper blood circulation. Among all nuts, a review of multiple studies shows that pistachios had the strongest effect on any actual reduction of blood pressure. If you’re going to include nuts in your diet for lowering hypertension, make sure pistachios are one of them. If you’re allergic to any other nuts you might also have an allergic reaction when consuming pistachios, kindly check with your doctor in advance.

While vegetables like carrots, celery, tomatoes as well as tomato products are great for a common healthy diet, they are also exceptionally good to help lower blood pressure. Carrots contain chlorogenic, p-coumaric as well as caffeic acids which help relax blood vessels, this in turn, can have lowering effects on your blood pressure. Similarly, celery and tomatoes contain various nutrients like phthalides and lycopene respectively, which both contribute to better blood pressure.

While these foods can help, it is important to make changes to your lifestyle as well. These may include cutting down or stopping smoking/alcohol, getting more regular exercise and stress management. Fast food will need to be cut out from your diet, especially high fat-content items and possibly high sugar beverages as well. These have a tendency of causing inflammation in the arteries. Your doctor will also prescribe medications that you might need to take on a daily basis, or if your hypertension is mild you might be prescribed medication to take only when your pressure gets too high. Most sufferers of hypertension need to take daily measurements of their blood pressure and share this data regularly with their doctor, this is part of the treatment and management for the disease.

The dark side of social media trends.

 

 

The good, the bad, and the ugly: A note on Social media trends.

It all started with an idea:

An idea to make an egg the most famous public figure on the face of the earth. 

An idea to make a pair of lips worth a billion dollars.

An idea to make a toddler a business tycoon. 

An idea to make a little boy singing on a sidewalk a rock star. 

 

Here’s another idea.

How about we stop making a mockery out of a fellow human’s mistake in the name of marketing? 

Brands and content creators burn the midnight oil in a race to the top. Riding every wave in hopes of going viral has now become a norm. Trending memes, content formats, videos, gifs, pictures, and posts are aplenty. It’s great that we’re collectively moving towards a more creative world. Kudos to all the creators out there and a big thanks for blessing us with the gift of great content!

 

But who’s going to bell the cat?

The ugly side to this creative world is not knowing how much is too much. 

Let’s take a quick look at some hard-hitting numbers:

 

  • A study conducted by the WHO showed that 1 out of 5 Indians may be a victim of depression. The suicide cases in India is at an alarming rate of 11 for every 1 lakh, and a majority of the people who commit suicide are less than 44 years old
  • Cyberbullying, when directly or indirectly linked to suicide, has been referred to as cyberbullicide.
  • Victims of cyberbullying were almost 2 times as likely to attempt suicide than those who were not.

 

There is no time more urgent than now to talk about the importance of mental health. We are still reeling in the effects of the pandemic and the changes it has brought with it. Being holed up for over a year has only worsened mental health issues. The dependency on smartphones and social media platforms to safeguard the sense of belonging has increased rapidly in the last year. Phantom vibrations and mindless scrolling are becoming the least of our concerns; cyberbullying has single-handedly managed to wreak havoc in the peaceful lives of many. 

 

What everyone who made a joke about turning ‘off the mic’ forgot was the aftermath of this short-lived amusement. 

Who’s going to be talking about the mental health of that young lady? You guessed it right, no one.

 

Well, not today. Making a fellow human the butt of all jokes stops today. Join us in our mission to go tell it on the mountains, over the hills and everywhere that ‘To err is human. To make a mockery out of someone’s err is inhumane.’ It’s time to take matters into our own hands and highlight the need to think like a human and not work like a machine just to keep an algorithm going. 

 

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