This post is a consolidation of all important, relevant and evidence based information on COVID compiled by Dr. Subhasree Ray in her Twitter timeline.
Starting with myth busting, because misinformation and fake news travel faster than facts and evidence.
Myths addressed in detail here: Coronavirus myths explored
Scientists are intrigued by the race for COVID medicine. Important article here.
101 Year old defeated Coronavirus. You can too!
This news brought the message of a new HOPE and inspiration when people are grasping w/ fear and stigma around #COVID19. COVID can be defeated by taking adequate preventive measures, stay alert and cooperating w/ the Govt. Full coverage here.
Let’s talk food! Because we are still eating, no matter what.
A study conducted on more than 92,000 patients in Brazil suggests that an inactivated trivalent flu shot may protect you from getting severe COVID-19 by improving your innate immunity.
You can read the details here: Influenza vaccine may offer some protection against severe COVID-19 infection, studies suggest
T Cell Immunity in COVID context
More on T cell immunity in COVID19: @nature article reported SARSCoV2 CD4 T cell response to spike protein in 35% of unexposed people to COVID 19. Authors presume, this response is possibly due to previous exposure to other coronavirus. More details on this here.
Vitamin D is a blessing in COVID. Believe it or not.
We should talk about #VitaminD everyday. Also, we should discuss more on association of Vitamin D definiciency & #COVID19. We must pay attention to the food sources & SUNLIGHT. Factsheet by @oxfordvitality
Understand how #COVID19 progresseses in a human body. 80% patients have easily manageable mild symptoms. Report to your nearest physician/healthcare facility as soon as you sense any symptom.
Can dead body of #COVID19 patients spread virus?
I will start this thread by quoting AP CM, Shri @ysjagan, a scientific mind, tackling the pandemic in #AndhraPradesh since very beginning. His continuous effort to inculcate a stigma free society brings new hope everyday.
What do the experts say?
According to @WHO, except in cases of hemorrhagic fevers (such as Ebola, Marburg) and cholera, dead bodies are generally not infectious. Only the lungs of patients with pandemic influenza, if handled improperly during an autopsy, can be infectious.
“In general, dead bodies are not infectious & to date there is no evidence of infection via exposure to the body of a COVID-19 victim. W/certain precautions, it is safe to proceed with the rituals, while maintaining social distancing.” – Tolbert G. Nyenswah
Unlike haemorrhagic fevers like Ebola, Marburg, and diarrheal diseases like cholera, dead bodies resulting from respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 generally are not known to be infectious.” – Dr. Ramana Dhara, Professor at Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Hyderabad.
The @mybmc told Bombay High Court the novel coronavirus is not transmitted via dead bodies and that the authorities were following all guidelines prescribed while disposing of bodies of COVID-19 victims.” – Economic Times
Infographic by GOI showing it’s a myth that COVID 19 can be spread via dead body. So, don’t fear and respect the dead. As a society we will have to fight this together.
COVID and care for children
Why children are showing mostly mild symptoms in COVID19 and in that case can we open our school? @ICMRDELHI study in Telangana discusses various aspects.
Detailed read here: Covid: Mild symptoms in children puzzle experts
- Role of vaccine – Immunity system in children are not fully developed & different from adults. It’s possible that the children are not experiencing an intense inflammatory response, hence host mediated damage is limited. Childhood vaccination could play a vital role as well.
- Role of other infections: Children frequently suffer from mild gastrointestinal and Respiratory Infection. It’s possible, pre-existing antibodies against these infections providing cross protection against COVID in severe disease progression.
- Do we open schools? Researchers said that asymptomatic carriers (here children) with prolonged viral shedding in the respiratory and faecal samples pose a risk to the contacts. So, it’s important to take precautionary measures before we open schools.
Coronavirus, Flu or Cold?
An important point to note is that having a stuffy/runny nose and sneezing doesn’t mean that a person has #COVID19. As monsoon is ongoing, common cold is a regular phenomenon. Know the difference between seasonal flu & COVID 19. If you have mild fever/cough/cold, get tested.
Overlapping symptoms include sore throat, fatigue, and a dry cough. That can make it challenging to diagnose COVID-19. Usually people with COVID-19 don’t typically have runny noses and sneezing.
Symptom Onset: The COVID 19 symptoms won’t arrive all at once. In flu, the onset is immediate and abrupt. Meaning you will see the standard symptoms, as well as fever, diarrhoea, and other flu-related symptoms almost immediately. The flu only lasts up to a week.
Incubation Period: COVID-19 has an average incubation period of 2 to 14 days depending on factors like age and co-morbidities. The flu, on the other hand, has an incubation period of 1-4 days.
Nutrition in COVID times
Nutrition is not only important to boost immunity in preventing #COVID19, but also extremely vital during recovery. Good nutritional support is crucial to support medication and heal quickly.
Detailed Read here: The Role of Nutrition in Recovery from COVID-19
An important infographic on health benefits of golden milk, aka Turmeric milk. Apt during COVID 19 as we are focused on boosting our immunity.
How much exercise these 10 calorie dense foods need? Watch your daily calorie intake to avoid weight gain or other metabolic disorders.
‘Green tea’ is one of the most common fashions among current fitness enthusiasts. Sometimes, the consumption is very high for a day. Know the following: 1. What are the health benefits? 2. How much to consume?
Vegetarians often deprived from good amount of protein everyday. Pulses are great source of protein. 7 high protein pulses for your pantry.
Important Study on COVID
NEW Vitamin on possible prevention of #COVID19 infection: For the first time, folic acid (folate) or Vitamin B12 is introduced to inhibit ‘Furin’, an enzyme that helps #COVID19 virus #SARSCoV2 from penetrating the cell.
Read the elaborated article here.
Folic acid is a type of B vitamin normally found in foods such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus, dried beans, lentils, peas, and oranges. Folic acid helps the body produce and maintain new cells and also prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.
Knowledge on Mask? We have you covered.
How to use masks and safe disposal after use to avoid bio-medial hazard.
What should be ideal practice?
- Use a fabric mask that should contain at least three layers of different materials.
- Any person showing symptoms of COVID-19 must wear a medical mask.
- Try to avoid using face cover/handkerchief/bandana and always prefer a mask.
HCQ: The much awaited discussion.
HCQ Works: In a surprise antigen testing, only 16/2400 tested positive for #COVID19 among Mumbai municipal corporation’s essential workers. @mybmc administered #Hydroxychloroquine to all essential service providers since the beginning.
More on this article here.
This was a compilation of all the important information brought to you by Dr Subhashree. Hope this was helpful in giving the much awaited evidence based information in one place.
Value read: How the sugar industry shifted the blame on fat.
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