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Coronavirus

Saliva Test

19th August – Rapid Saliva test

Rapid saliva test On August 15, six and a half months after the first novel coronavirus case was reported in the country, India crossed another grim milestone — 50,000 deaths. The total number of cases reported have reached nearly 2.6 million; India has been reporting the most fresh cases in a day in the world …

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Hydroxychloroquine

9th April – Hydroxychloroquine

Explained – Hydroxychloroquine The government has decided to ease its ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has garnered global interest in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. What is hydroxychloroquine? It is an antimalarial drug option, considered less toxic than chloroquine, and prescribed in certain cases. Doctors also prescribe hydroxychloroquine for patients …

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Essential Commodities Act

1st April – Essential Commodities Act

Essential Commodities Act Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has brought hand sanitisers and masks (2-ply, 3-ply variety and N95) under the purview of the Essential Commodities Act (EC Act) until June 30. About Essential Commodities Act, 1955 – Under the EC Act of 1955, if the Central government thinks that …

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Jal Shakti

31st March – Water management

Fighting coronavirus and saving water In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, there is an urgent need to understand the importance of water management in India. What is the relationship between the two? According to WHO, Covid-19 is “not robust”-it’s less stable in the environment and more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine. Conventional, …

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Economic impact of COVID-19

28th March – Economic impacts of COVID-19

How can India contain the economic impact of COVID-19? The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively brought normal life to a halt in India. The importance of social distancing and a lockdown in curbing the spread of the virus cannot be stressed enough, but these measures also have huge repercussions on livelihoods and the economy at large, …

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Lockdown

27th March – Lockdown

Why lockdown is for 21 days? Is there any public health/ epidemiological significance to the 21-day lockdown period announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat Coronavirus epidemic? Background – There are four common coronaviruses that cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These are – 229E (alpha coronavirus); NL63 (alpha …

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Neoliberal virus

26th March – Neoliberal virus

The age of neoliberal virus The coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease is the first neoliberal virus in the world. To say so is to criticise how it has been confronted by most governments across the world. This even applies to the better social welfare capitalist States of Europe — such as Denmark. Retreating social …

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22nd February – Gearing up to fight the next big viral outbreak

India is ill-prepared to deal with the new strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that is causing worldwide panic. Why the concerns are high? The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global Health Security Index finds that no country is adequately prepared. It assesses 195 countries across six categories — prevention, early detection, rapid response, health system quality, standards, …

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