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Covid19 Health Updates: From proning to tips for diabetes, hypertension patients, things to keep in mind

Amid reports of shortage of oxygen in the hospitals during the second wave of Covid across the country, it is important to take measures to build one's immunity.

Health Desk Health Desk
New Delhi Published on: April 23, 2021 10:34 IST
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With surging COVID 19 cases, it has become of utmost importance to keep yourself indoors and safe. Patients with existing conditions like diabetes and hypertension should be more careful and must keep in mind certain things to order to have a healthy life. As per the health experts, the coronavirus attacks the lungs in the most harmful ways. Also, amid reports of shortage of oxygen in the hospitals during the second wave of Covid across the country, it is important to take measures to build one's immunity.

From busting myths to latest updates related to COVID 19, check out this space: 


COVID 19 health update

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  • 12:10 AM (IST) Posted by Ridhi Suri

    The second wave of coronavirus is becoming frightening and precarious. Hospitals do not have beds or space to take up the patients for treatment. Lack of oxygen cylinders has made the situation even more dangerous. But exercising daily can help you getting fit and healthy. You can make your lungs healthier and stronger with just easy 'yoga'. Swami Ramdev is here to tell you 10 Yogasanas to strengthen your lungs.


  • 8:53 PM (IST) Posted by Ridhi Suri

    Digital platform 'Oxygen Monitoring System for UP' developed to deal with oxygen problem in all government and private hospitals of state

    The coronavirus crisis is at its peak in India. With record surging cases, the city-to-city oxygen crisis has arisen. On Friday, a digital platform named "Oxygen Monitoring System for UP" has been developed to deal with the problem of oxygen in all government and private hospitals of the state. To address the stated problem in all the hospitals of Uttar Pradesh, a digital platform called "Oxygen Monitoring System for UP" has been developed. The platform, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday, has been prepared by Rodic Consultants Pvt. Ltd. in collaboration with the Food Safety and Drug Administration, Medical Education Department, Medical Health and Family Welfare Department, Transport and Home Department of the state.

    Representatives of this company will be provide the required oxygen to ensure smooth functioning in all government and private hospitals. A web portal/link has been created for the same. It can be used by the officers and employees associated with the oxygen supply chain. Representatives of the company will upload the oxygen requirement details of the hospital on the portal.

    On tracking it online, the nearest vehicle will be sent to the particular hospital with the needed amount of oxygen.

    With this digital platform, delivering, monitoring and tracking of oxygen will be easily maintained and this will enable the provision of oxygen on the demand of hospitals as soon as possible. All the Vehicles engaged in supplying oxygen will be connected to this platform to knwo the real time location of the hospitals.

    Representatives of the company will also be present at the refill station and will cooperate in this work. Efforts are also being made to generate sufficient number of drivers for every oxygen vehicle, so that it can done smoothly. 

    (Reported by Ruchi)

  • 7:45 PM (IST) Posted by Ridhi Suri

    New mutant seems to be undetectable by RTPCR test. I believe there are double & triple mutant varieties that have been discovered & due to change in structure, RTPCR tests unable to detect. New varieties seem to cause new symptoms: Principal Medical Advisor, European Union, India

  • 6:52 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    This human molecule is helping Covid virus escape antibodies

    A natural molecule called biliverdin present in human body is helping SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, escape antibodies - a discovery that can help explain why some Covid patients become severely ill despite having high levels of antibodies against the virus, report researchers. When SARS-CoV-2 infects a patient's lungs, it damages blood vessels and causes a rise in the number of immune cells.

    "Both of these effects may contribute to increasing the levels of biliverdin and bilirubin in the surrounding tissues. And with more of these molecules available, the virus has more opportunity to hide from certain antibodies," IANS quoted Annachiara Rosa, first study author at the Francis Crick Institute in the UK, as saying.

    "This is a really striking process, as the virus may be benefiting from a side-effect of the damage it has already caused," Rosa said in the paper published in the journal Science Advances.

  • 5:36 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    What is proning, how it helps manage oxygen level?

    In the latest Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Covid-19 released by AIIMS Patna, doctors have stressed that proning can help manage blood oxygen levels. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India also shared self-care prone techniques.

    Here're FAQs and techniques of proning:


  • 4:40 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    Body positions to improve oxygen levels

    According to AIIMS Patna SOP, these body positions can help improving oxygen levels:

    India Tv - Body positions to improve oxygen levels

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    Body positions to improve oxygen levels according to AIIMS Patna SOP


  • 4:06 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    New AIIMS Guidelines for Home Isolation and Treatment

    The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have jointly released a new guideline, which provides information on the treatment of three different levels of 'cornered, moderate and severe' corona cases. 


    Click here to know things to keep in mind when having a COVID positive patient at home

  • 2:48 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    New COVID 19 symptoms you shouldn't take lightly

    The symptoms are quite different from the earlier ones. This time many do not have visible symptoms like fever and cough. Here are some new symptoms of Coronavirus that you shouldn't take lightly:

    • headache
    • body pain
    • weakness
    • red eyes
    • diarrhea
  • 2:38 PM (IST) Posted by Parina Taneja

    Covid19: 5 things you should start doing if you care about your liver

    The World Health Organisation has reported that liver disease is the tenth most common cause of death in India with liver cancer being the fourth common cause of cancer-related deaths. Individuals with pre-existing liver disease appear to be at a significant risk of complications from the Covid-19 infection. Various studies are underway to ascertain the exact impact of this virus infection on such patients. These are some simple ways to care for your liver, with particular relevance to the current covid pandemic. 

  • 1:42 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    India to airlift oxygen generation plants, containers from Germany

    Amid reports of shortage of oxygen in the hospitals during the second wave of Covid across the country, India will be importing oxygen generation plants and containers from Germany to cater to the shortage. Government sources tells IANS that 23 mobile oxygen generation plants are being airlifted from Germany. These will be deployed in static hospitals and provide adequate oxygen to the needy. Further, sources said that India is procuring a large number of oxygen containers for an adequate supply of oxygen in Delhi and other states.

    For more details click here!

  • 12:41 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    India reports 3.32L cases and 2,263 deaths

    India reported yet another grim milestone of the highest number of daily new Covid-19 cases. A total of 3,32,730 Covid cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data released on Friday. Also, India registered over 2,000 daily deaths for the third consecutive day with the highest spike in single-day deaths of 2,263 on Friday, since the Covid-19 pandemic early last year, taking the cumulative death toll in India to 1,86,920 so far.

  • 12:15 PM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    Busting myths

    The coronavirus cases in India are rapidly increasing day by day. A viral post has taken over the internet which is claiming that inhaling a combination of camphor, cloves (laung), carrom seeds (ajwain) and a few drops of eucalyptus oil can help in increasing oxygen levels in the body.

    Here's a fact check.


  • 10:39 AM (IST) Posted by Vaishali Jain

    Tips for patients with diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases

    Reportedly, people who are already suffering from diseases like hypertension, diabetes and heart problems are more prone to the Covid19 infection. Their body is susceptible to the virus and they need to take special measures to stay protected. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) answered a few important questions regarding such patients and also burst the myths related to the same in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Click here for answers to FAQs about COVID 19 


  • 10:37 AM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Chennai reports 33 of 59 covid deaths in a single day

    With the Covid-19 cases mounting in Tamil Nadu and the state recording 12,652 fresh cases on Thursday and 59 deaths, Chennai region continues to be the worst hit with 3,780 fresh cases and 33 of the 59 deaths recorded in the city.