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Covid India: Does black fungus only attack Covid patients? What are lung infection symptoms? Know here

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that India's COVID-19 situation remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths. He lamented that vaccine supply remains a key challenge.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 15, 2021 23:08 IST
Covid India LIVE Updates: When should a COVID19 patient be taken to a hospital?
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Covid India LIVE Updates: When should a COVID19 patient be taken to a hospital? 

The second wave of Covid-19 has been ravaging the country. People are struggling for basic healthcare facilities as the number of cases increase at an alarming rate. World health experts have also issued a warning that the second year of Covid-19 was set to be "far more deadly" than the first for the world. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that  India's COVID-19 situation remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths. He lamented that vaccine supply remains a key challenge and that saving lives and livelihoods with a combination of public health measures and vaccination – not one or the other - is the only way out of the pandemic.

Here are all the health updates on Covid19 that you need to know-

Covid India LIVE updates

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  • 11:06 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    Post-vaccine care at home

    A sore injection site, pain in the injected arm, mild fever, moderate fatigue, headaches, chills, and even diarrhoea are symptoms commonly seen after administration of the Covid-19 vaccine. While one may have taken the right step towards protection from the virus, doctors say the post-vaccination symptoms can be managed at home.

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  • 10:09 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    India to have 51.6 crore vaccine doses by July

    he number of vaccine doses administered in India will reach 51. 6 crore by the end of July, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday. India has so far administered over 18 crore jabs to eligible beneficiaries. Vardhan, during his discussion with the health ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, said vaccine production was being ramped up to cater to the increased demand.

    "Production of vaccines is being steadily ramped up to cater to increased demand while vaccines that are being produced now continue to be equitably apportioned and swiftly sent to States/Union Territories.

    "We will have 51. 6 crore vaccine doses by the end of July including the 18 crore doses already administered. Sputnik has been approved. This along with the slated approval of the new vaccine of Zydus Cadila, Serum Institute of India- Novavax vaccine, Bharat Biotech's nasal vaccine and the Genova mRNA vaccine will push the availability of COVID vaccines to 216 crore doses in the August-December period,” he said.

    -- PTI

  • 8:42 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    India's Covid situation hugely concerning: WHO

    India remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General said in a briefing that WHO is responding and has shipped thousands of oxygen concentrators, tents for mobile field hospitals, masks and other medical supplies. "And we thank all the stakeholders who are supporting India," he said.

    "COVID-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives and we're on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first," Tedros said.

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  • 7:29 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    According to a post shared by actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, there are five things to do to cope with COVID-anxiety:

    • Seek out positive messages like Vaccine rollout.
    • Explain feeling of anxiety to a trusted person.
    • Take things slow. Step out of comfort zones at an individual pace.
    • Continue to use hand sanitisers and masks to help ease anxiety. 
    • Be mindful of social media and news reports that may trigger anxiety.

    Read full story here!

  • 5:20 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    Emphasis on door-to-door Covid testing in rural India

    rime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed on localised containment strategies in states where Test Positive Rate (TPR) in districts is high and adopt "door to door testing and surveillance in rural India" to contain the spread of Covid-19. The Prime Minister gave the direction while chairing a high-level meeting to discuss the Covid-19 and vaccination related situation in the country which is passing through the second wave of the deadly disease.

    "Localised containment strategies are the need of the hour specially for states where TPR in districts is high," said the Prime Minister, instructing that testing needs to be scaled up further, with use of both RT PCR and Rapid Tests, especially in areas with high test positivity rates.

    Modi said that states should be encouraged to report their numbers transparently without any pressure of high numbers showing adversely on their efforts and asked for "augmentation of health care resources in rural areas to focus on door-to-door testing and surveillance".

    -- IANS

  • 2:10 PM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    DRDO's 2-DG drug for Covid19 treatment will be available from Monday. The first batch of 10,000 doses will be available. The drug has been developed by the DRDO lab Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences in collaboration with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. 

    Dr. Dinesh Singh tells IndiaTV that this drug stops the virus from developing in the body. The drug has two effects-- anti-inflammatory and anti-virus. Dr. Apurva Agrawal adds that this drug enters the virus-infected cells and lowers the amount of glucose in them, because of which the virus-infected cells do not multiple. The biggest advantage of this drug is that it will work on the various strains of Covid that are being identified now.

    DRDO's 2-DG drug will increase the rate of recovery in covid patients. Dr. Purushotaam Koradia also reveals that this medicine will lower the oxygen and ventilator requirement.

    How to take DRDO's 2-DG drug? It can be consumed by mixing it in water and drinking it.

    The doctors also reveal that the medicine has no side effects. However, heart patients must consult with their doctors before consuming it. Everyone above the age of 18 years old can take this medicine. It is not recommended for children yet.


  • 1:37 PM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Dr. Neerja Bathla claims that the second wave of Covid is more dangerous than the first one. It is impacting pregnant women and kids at a higher rate. She advises pregnant women to stay at home and maintain social distancing. It is important for the family to follow covid appropriate behavior as well. She also suggests that women stay connected to their doctors other than following home remedies.

    Dr. Suman Lal adds that there are fewer cases in which the newborn baby has been infected with covid if the mother is covid positive. The delivery has no relation to the mother being infected which is a good thing.


  • 1:25 PM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    UP government issued an advisory about black fungus. It states that after the Covid-19 infection, black fungus or mucormycosis spreads to the face, nose, sinus, eye and brain in people that have weak immunity. This infection damages the brain if not treated in time. Taking steroids during Covid increases the risk of black fungus. It advises not to take steroids without consultation with the doctors.

  • 1:18 PM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Covid is most commonly affecting the lungs. This virus enters the body and causes complete damage to the lungs, which causes the oxygen level to drop and breathlessness. To keep the lungs healthy, you can adopt a variety of remedies. Include these herbal drinks in your diet to make your lungs stronger.

  • 12:37 PM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Dr Govind Makharia, professor Gastroenterology department AIIMS, reveals that liver infection is also identified in covid patients, however, it is temporary. He says people with mild symptoms do not witness liver infection. People with severe covid cases witness liver infections. He also clarifies that steroids do not cause more harm to the liver in covid patients. However, it affects those who are already suffering from liver cirrhosis or transplant.

    Doctors also answer if drinking too much 'kadha' affects the liver. Watch the video here-

  • 11:48 AM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Dr Naresh Gupta, senior physician MAMC, talks about steam therapy. He reveals that steam is beneficial for people suffering from cough. Steam increases the blood circulation in the body and soothes the lungs. Dr M Wali adds that one should be careful not to burn the nostrils or the lungs. So take steam from a safe distance.

    Also Read: Fact Check: Does steam therapy really kills coronavirus? Know the truth

  • 11:37 AM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Dr M Wali, from Ganga Ram Hospital, tells IndiaTV that breathlessness, fever, cough and blurred vision are some symptoms of lung infection. However, only a CT scan can ensure if the person is actually suffering from the infection. In this case, he suggests not to panic. He claims that anxiety is the worst enemy. One should keep the mind calm and consult a doctor. If at home, keep monitoring your oxygen, body temperature and pulse.

  • 11:15 AM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Prof.Rajesh Malhotra, AIIMS, tells IndiaTV that people with diabetes are more prone to getting black fungus infection. He shares that diabetic people need to maintain their sugar levels and take care of the cleanliness around them. Even if you have recovered from Covid, it is important to wear masks so that the infection doesn't enter the body.

  • 11:10 AM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Dr Saumitra Rawat, Member National Task Force, explains that when one witnesses symptoms like pain in teeth, eyes or head, or blur in eyesight, there are chances he is suffering from black fungus infection. In this case, one should consult the doctor immediately. He suggests maintaining good hygiene to stay protected from black fungus. Taking bath daily and doing gargles are very effective. Nasal and oral care is very important.

  • 11:03 AM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Black Fungus Symptoms: Identify signs & symptoms of mucormycosis in COVID cases

    Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. It is very important to identify the signs and symptoms of black fungus infection because it can turn dangerous if left untreated. Also know what are the dos and don'ts in COVID patients.


  • 8:06 AM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said on Friday that India's Covid-19 situation is worrying where a number of cases of infections are reported in many states, people are admitted to hospitals. There have been more deaths. He warned that the second year of the epidemic would be more deadly for the world than the first year.

    He said that WHO is helping India tackle the growing Covid cases and supplying thousands of oxygen concentrators, tents, masks and other medical supplies to temporary and mobile hospitals. "The situation in India remains worrisome, with cases rising to the level of concern in many states, increasing number of hospitalizations and deaths," he said in a media interaction.

  • 7:57 AM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, New Delhi, throws light on the current situation of the covid pandemic in the country. He reveals that the situation is getting better by the day and the patients are getting the required treatment. He suggests that people who have been in home isolation and are using oxygen at home should get admitted to the hospital to get treatment. He warns that people should not take the symptoms lightly.