Fully Recovered from Corona Virus? Donate Convalescent Plasma

If you have completely recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients who are still suffering from CoronaVirus by donating your plasma.

A recovered COVID-positive patient is considered to gain enough proteins, called antibodies in his/her blood which helps the body fight infection from the root. The plasma cells, which contain antibodies, could hence help those critically ill gain antibodies to fight the COVID-19 infection when their body is unable to do so and hence, speeding up recovery rate especially for those who belong to a high-risk category, or older or are immuno-compromised.

Studies say that convalescent plasma therapy can help provide short-term immunity against the COVID-19 virus as well.

What is Convalescent Plasma?

Convalescent refers to anyone recovering from a disease. Plasma is the yellow, liquid part of blood that contains antibodies. Antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to infections. Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may contain antibodies against COVID-19. Giving this convalescent plasma to hospitalized people currently fighting COVID-19 may help them recover.

Who cannot Donate?

Even though the therapy is remarkably effective, plasma donation has a specific limitation as to who can or cannot donate. Only people who weigh over 50 kilograms, women who are nulliparous (have not had children), have healthy hemoglobin levels, do not have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, uncontrolled blood pressure levels are allowed to donate plasma. Individuals who are found to be positive for HIV, hepatitis B, C, E, and HTLV-1, undergoing cancer are also asked to refrain from the donation.

How Can You Donate Convalescent Plasma?

Many resources are available regarding options to donate convalescent plasma in your area. To learn more and find the place nearest you:

Conclusion

The scientists examined that since the antibodies in the donated plasma decrease within 2 to 4 months, the plasma donors must not wait for longer period and donate their plasma as soon as they become eligible.

A person recovered from COVID-19 disease can donate plasma around 30 to 40 days after they first tested positive, as it is believed that they would have formed enough antibodies in their blood by that time.

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Reopening of Educational Institutes: Right or Wrong? Here’s what you need to know.

As per media reports, the government is planning for the resumption of the schools and educational institutions across the country, between September and November 14. This plan is under the final phase of unlock lockdown. 

We truly understand the importance of quality education but before that health is most important. This pandemic caused big losses for many businesses, small colleges will go bankrupt and above all people are still learning to deal with the current crisis and corona. 

At the same time, the government is actively considering the objection of parents to reopen educational institutes. However, parents’ associations have expressed the inability to send children to school even if the institutions reopened.

To this fact needs to be considered as well, many education experts said that rich and well-prepared students will do fine with online classes, but students from weaker segments of society, as well as those with poorer academic preparation and less experience with technology, are certain to suffer if on-campus instruction does not consider seriously.

Is it safe to send kids back to school?

It’s very important that schools plan in advance and look at what additional measures they can put in place to help ensure students, teachers, and other school staff are safe when they come back and communities are confident in sending their students back to school.

Things wouldn’t be the same again in school as many security measures need to be implemented and the application of these measures needs serious protocols. 

It’s possible that schools may reopen for a period of time and then a decision may be made to close them again temporarily, depending on the local context. Due to evolving situations, authorities will need to be flexible and willing to adapt to help keep every kid safe. 

But even after the application of security protocols it does not assure the kids will stay safe. 

Safety precautions should be taken by schools to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading

School reopenings should be consistent with each country’s overall COVID-19 health response to help protect students, staff, teachers, and their families. Some of the practical measures that schools can take include:

  • Staggering the opening and closing of the school day
  • Staggering the meal timings 
  • Swaying classroom to open spaces
  • Retaining school in shifts, to decrease the class size

Last Words

More than completing the syllabus on time, school authorities realize that kids need to be with their classmates. Therefore, if schools are considering to reopen, they should take parents into confidence the decision should be mutual. Schools should not run behind the studies only rather another practical and feasible approach needs to be followed for their holistic development. 

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Corona Pandemic Crisis Impact on Jobs in India

The lockdown impacts at least 49 million people across the world are expected to fall into “extreme poverty” as a direct result of the corona pandemic crisis economic destruction and India leads that projection, with some 12 million of its citizens expected to be pushed to the very margins in 2020.

As per the International Labour Organization, it is estimated that the pandemic could reduce global working hours by nearly 7% in Q2 of 2020 – equivalent to 195 million full-time jobs.

Communities Suffering the Worst

According to estimates from the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (a private-sector think tank), some 122 million Indians were forced out of jobs last month alone. Daily wage workers and those employed by small businesses have been hit worst by this pandemic crisis. This also includes roadside vendors, construction industry operators, hawkers, and many who squeeze out a living by pushing handcarts and rickshaws.

As per researchers, they said rural areas were the hardest hit, and the economic misery was the lockdown result, rather than the spread of infections in the remote areas. More than 80% of households had experienced a drop income and many won’t survive much longer without aid, as per the report.

The government has promised cheap credit to farmers, direct transfer of money to the poor, and eased access to food security programs, but these help people who have some documentation, which many of the poorest don’t. With millions of poverty-stricken people now in transit across the country, the food security situation is terrible, news reports are emerging of people search for food through piles of rotting fruit or eating leaves.

How to Handle the Pandemic Consequences?

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation and the world, businesses are looking for ways to stay productive in the face of unprecedented challenges. Businesses have moved to Virtual Recruiting and Online Interviewing of job seekers. From the usage of teleconferencing technologies like Skype and Zoom for interviews to virtual onboarding of employees has become the new normal.

Maintaining social distancing and keeping the current employees safe is the most important exercise followed by organizations presently which have revamped and re-institutionalized the dynamics of operating the organizations.

Despite the challenges Coronavirus has put in front of us, the pandemic has quickly broadened the innovator’s space by creating a solution-based approach in a very short span of time.

Businesses can also look at alternative options like checkout finance to make purchases affordable for consumers by quickly changing the total cost of purchase into small, affordable installments.

Solutions like no-cost EMIs for high-ticket items will encourage buyers to purchase need-based items such as air conditioners, refrigerators, etc. Supporting the MSME sector is crucial for overcoming the local and national economy. One such pathway of support can come from farsighted fintech lenders, who have the technological prowess to serve new-to-credit segments and geographically untapped clusters, and provide them the financial support they require during these challenging situations.

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The Best Practices for Home Quarantine Patients of COVID-19

Every day increasing Covid-19 cases will mean most patients will not find a hospital bed and will have to quarantine themselves at home. 

Medical experts say, around 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and don’t require hospital care.

Most people who get infected from Covid-19 will develop only the foremost symptoms like a cough or fever. But they could feel body aches, fatigue, sore throat, and headache.

Few Initial Days

Cough is dry in starting days, but eventually, some people will start coughing up with mucus containing dead lung cells killed by the virus. These symptoms are treated with bed rest, plenty of fluids, and pain relief like paracetamol.

In the current situation of ever-increasing corona cases, most of the infected people, those who do not require immediate medical attention, would have to recover at home.

But it does not mean just confined within your home all the time and waiting for the quarantine period to get over. Some good practices followed during home quarantine can accelerate the recovery process, and also protecting other people in the family. Even simple things like the right diet, adequate sleep and hydration, and maintaining a positive attitude can fasten the recovery process along with maintains mental peace. 

Chronic Health Problems 

Vulnerable individuals, like those over 55 years of age, or those with pre-existing problems like hypertension, obesity, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney or liver disease, or those consuming immunosuppressants or steroids, of course, need to be treated with special care, in regular consultation with doctors. Constant monitoring of oxygen saturation levels in these patients is very important. In fact, oxygen saturation monitoring must be a regular practice in the case of other patients also.

 Home quarantine people should keep a pulse oximeter at home and regularly check the oxygen saturation levels. If it dips below 92 percent and the patient complains of breathing difficulty, a red alert needs to be sounded and medical advice sought.

  • Food and health practices that boost immunity are helpful. 
  • Sleeping in a prone position, with face and chest down, helps the patient.
  •  During the rainy season, patients are advised to avoid fast food and ice-cream, as these can lead to sore throats.
  •  Alcohol consumption also needs to be restrained. In large quantities, this can lower down the immunity. 
  • Yoga and simple exercises can be effective.

Always keep in mind that even the asymptomatic patients are equally capable of spreading the virus, and therefore family members and caregivers at home need to rigorously follow social distancing norms and other precautionary measures. It is advisable that patients are not served food in the same utensils that are used by other family members. Preferably, disposable utensils should be used to serve food to the patient.

Final Words Until the medical fraternity is not able to find a cure or vaccine to keep it at bay, we need to effectively manage with the current situation. It is important not to panic or get worked up. In maximum cases, all that the patient would need to deal with self-isolation and quarantine, and a little bit of sickness. But healthy mental and emotional well being can also help in a better and quicker recovery. Hence, fear needs to be discarded. 

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How to Keep Safe Your House and Family from Corona Virus?

With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases around the world, the more desperate governments are working towards bringing out a cure. As the search for a vaccine continues, simple home remedies such as practicing hygiene, staying indoors and avoiding crowded places can help you and your family stay safe.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deadly coronavirus is said to spread from only infected humans-to-humans. Since this is a respiratory virus, it affects another by coughing, sneezing, or by talking. In such a scenario, it is recommended that you use a face mask without the risk of being infected or infecting another person.

Basic Preventive Measures

These preventive tips can be used in numerous ways to prevent the spread of the virus. These preventive tips include:

  • Regularly washing hands with alcohol-based sanitizers and soap.

Clean your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Stay in your space or room and use a separate bathroom from other people in the home.

Use separate dishes, glasses, cups, and eating utensils and not share these with other household members. After use, run them through with very hot soapy water. Practice separate bedding and towels and not share these with other household members. 

  • Cover mouth and nose with elbow or tissues when coughing or sneezing.

Wear a cloth face covering if they must be around other people. Cloth face coverings are for use only by people older than 2 years old who are not having trouble breathing. Do not leave a child alone while they’re wearing a cloth face covering. To see how to put on and remove cloth face coverings and face masks, clean them, or make your own cloth face covering. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away and then wash their hands right away.

  • Consult a doctor if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

The person who is sick should stay home unless they need medical attention.

Other household members also should stay at home. Follow instructions from your doctor, local health care department, about who should stay home and for how long. If you must go out of the house, wear a cloth face covering or face mask and keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) of the distance between you and other people.

Tell other people who were around the sick person. Your local or state health department can help you if you aren’t sure who to notify.

All household members should wash their hands often. Wash the sick person’s used clothes, bedding, and towels with detergent on the hottest temperature possible. Wear gloves when washing their laundry, if possible. Wash your hands well after handling the laundry.

If the person who is sick can’t wear a cloth face covering (or face mask), caregivers should wear one while they’re in the same room.

Also:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone with flu, cough, and cold symptoms.
  • Regularly clean phones, light switches, taps, and doorknobs with disinfectants.
  • Make sure shared spaces in the home have good airflow. You can open a window or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.
  • Keep a sick child’s toys separate from other toys, if possible.
  • Do not allow visitors into your home. This includes children and adults. 

Every day, use a household cleaner or wipe to clean things that get touched a lot. These include doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink handles, counters, and phones. 

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Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) – How it Spreads?

Covid-19 has infected over 11 million people worldwide and claimed more than 5,00,000 lives with Europe and the United States passing China where the pandemic started last December 2019.

The above is the latest data by 12 July 2020. 

The data is self-explanatory about the current pandemic situation. To stop the spread of COVID 19 is still a big challenge for all countries. As the health and human toll is increasing, the economic damage is already evident and pictures the largest economic shock the world has experienced in decades.

At the moment, many countries have taken actions — some of them stringent — to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). While some of these countries are now considering whether to ease the measures, others have already decided to keep them in place over the following weeks.

How COVID Spreads?

The virus appears to spread easily among people, and more continues to be discovered over time about how it spreads. 

  • Data has revealed that it spreads from person to person among those in close contact from 6 feet or 2 meters. 
  • The virus spreads by respiratory droplets discharged when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes, or communicate.
  •  These droplets can be inhaled or land in the mouth or nose of a person who is standing near to the infected person.
  • It can also spread if a person touches a surface with the virus on it and then touches his or her mouth, nose, or eyes, although this isn’t estimated to be the major cause of virus spread.

Preventive Measure to Slow Down the Spread of COVID 19

  • It is clear from available data and experience, that limiting close contact between infected people and others is central to breaking chains of transmission of the virus causing COVID-19. 
  • Prevention of transmission is best achieved by identifying suspect cases as quickly as possible, testing, and isolating infectious cases. 
  •  It is critical to identify all close contacts of infected people so that they can be quarantined to limit the onward spread and break chains of transmission.
  •  Quarantining close contacts, potential secondary cases will already be separated from others before they develop symptoms or they start emitting virus if they are infected, thus preventing the opportunity for further spread. 
  • The incubation period of COVID-19, which is the time between exposure to the virus and symptom onset, is on average 5-6 days but can be as long as 14 days. 
  •  Quarantine should be in place for 14 days from the last exposure to a confirmed case. If it is not feasible for the infected person to quarantine in a separate living space, self-quarantine for 14 days at home is required; those in self-quarantine may require support during the use of physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Masks are major barrier between you and COVID-19

  • Infected people without symptoms can transmit the virus, it is also advised to encourage the use of fabric face masks in public areas where there is community transmission and where other prevention measures, to maintain physical distancing, are not possible.
  • Fabric masks, if made and worn correctly, can serve as a barrier to droplets withdraw from the wearer into the air.
  • Masks must be practiced as part of a complete package of preventive actions, which includes regular hand hygiene, physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, environmental cleaning, and disinfection.
  •  Prescribed precautions also include avoiding indoor crowded gatherings as much as possible, in particular when physical distancing is not feasible, and ensuring good environmental ventilation in any closed setting. 
  • Regular use of a medical mask by health workers and caregivers working in all clinical fields, during all routine activities throughout the entire time.
  • Regular practice of hand hygiene. 
  •  Avoid overcrowded places to protect others, and ensure good environmental ventilation in all closed settings and appropriate environmental cleaning and sensitization.
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Who is most at risk for the Corona Virus disease?

Corona virus disease (COVID-19) symptoms can vary broadly. Some people are asymptomatic, while others become infected that they eventually need mechanical assistance to survive.

The risk of developing dangerous symptoms of COVID-19 may be developed in people who are older and also in people of any age who have other serious health issues like heart or lung conditions, enfeeble immune systems, severe obesity, or diabetes. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

Diabetes is a risk factor

People living with diabetes have an increased risk of getting very sick from the new coronavirus. Diabetes type 1 and type 2 both cause an increase in blood sugar. Poorly controlled blood sugar can make viral diseases, including COVID-19, more threatening, possibly because higher blood sugar can create an environment where viruses are likely to grow more.

Lung problems

COVID-19 targets the lungs, so you’re more likely to develop severe symptoms if you have preexisting lung problems. Risk of serious symptoms is higher if you have these conditions:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Lung cancer

Some lung conditions may increase your risk of serious illness from COVID-19, including:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Moderate to severe asthma

While some medications for these conditions can weaken your immune system, it’s important to stay on your maintenance medications to keep symptoms as controlled as possible. You may want to talk to your doctor about obtaining an emergency supply of prescription medications, such as asthma inhalers.

People with disabilities

 If you need assistance from home health aides, you may face higher chances of coming into contact with someone who might spread the coronavirus. Ask people who come into your home to wash their hands before and after they touch you, change your linens, or do laundry.

Also make sure that frequently touched objects in your house, including doorknobs, faucets, phones, wheelchairs, or walkers, get disinfected several times a day.

Homeless people

 People living on the street or in shelters for the homeless may find themselves in close contact with people who might be infected with COVID-19.

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How Dangerous is COVID-19?

COVID 19 virus is transmitted and transferred through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person and by touching the virus-contaminated surfaces. The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but normal daily use disinfectants can kill it.

Until an effective vaccine against COVID-19 is available, we have to continue to do the hard, albeit tedious, work of keeping ourselves safe and healthy—by wearing facial coverings, keeping our social distance, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home when we’re sick.

No one is immune

This virus has never been seen in humans earlier, so absolutely no one is immune to it. That added to the fact that this virus reaches as easily from person to person as influenza, and infects the upper respiratory system, is what makes it so serious. 

The COVID-19 virus is found in the upper airway, including the mouth and nose. The infection can be spread by coughs, sneezes, huffing and puffing, and likely even loud talking.

Furthermore, we are learning that infected people are unknowingly dispersing the virus, days before they begin to feel the symptoms. Some remain asymptotic throughout.

More deadly than the flu

Although scientists won’t know for sure until testing becomes widespread, COVID-19 could be about 10 times more deadly than the seasonal flu, which drives to death in about 0.1% of those it infects, says Donald N. Forthal, MD, professor of medicine and molecular biology and biochemistry, and chief of infectious diseases at UCI School of Medicine.

Researchers also don’t have accurate enough numbers to determine the actual percentage of deaths that result from this viral infection, given that there are a great many mild cases, as well as deaths, that have gone unreported.

But he expects the mortality rate to be lower than what we’re seeing today in hotspots around the globe once the data are finally collected.

Age, sex, chronic conditions increase risk

Medical experts say mortality increases with age, with the highest case-fatality rates being observed in people over 70. “Children rarely have severe disease.”

Obesity and other chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and underlying heart, lung, and kidney disease — increase the risk of severe infection.

The ubiquity of these diseases among older people, who may lack strength owing to aging and the inadequacy of some people with dementia to relate the symptoms they’re experiencing, add to the devastating impact the virus is having in nursing and care homes.

Gender is another risk factor for COVID-19. Men are dying at higher rates than women. While doctors don’t yet know why research has shown similar patterns of cytokine overreactions based on age and gender with other coronaviruses.

Last Words

In a country like India, which is a densely populated and underdeveloped nation, it’s very difficult for the government and medical authorities to manage the corona patients (currently huge in numbers). There are many NGOs and independent volunteers trying their best to serve the nation. Our front line warriors are at higher risk. But where ever Coronaimpacted are just contribute your bit to help the nation to recover from this pandemic soon. Don’t forget to carry your mask and maintain the social distancing. 

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Safety Precautions From COVID-19 at workplace

Employers should start doing these things now, even if COVID-19 has not arrived in the communities where they operate. They can already reduce working days lost due to illness and stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 if it arrives at one of your workplaces. 

  • Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic
  • Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly. Because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads
  • Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by employees, contractors, and customers
  • Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled
  • Display posters promoting hand-washing – ask your local public health authority for these or look.
  • Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from Occupational health and safety officers, briefings at meetings and information on the Intranet to promote hand-washing
  • Make sure that staff, contractors, and customers have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water. Because washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID19
  • Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace
  • Display posters promoting respiratory hygiene. Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefing at meetings and information on the intranet, etc.
  • Ensure that face masks 1 and/or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them. Because good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19
  • Advise employees and contractors to consult national travel advice before going on business trips.
  • Brief your employees, contractors, and customers that if COVID-19 starts spreading in your community anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home. They should also stay at home (or work from home) if they have had to take simple ordinary surgical face masks rather than N95 face masks
  • Medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection
  • Keep communicating and promoting the message that people need to stay at home even if they have just mild symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Display posters with this message in your workplaces. Combine this with other communication channels commonly used in your organization or business.
  • Your occupational health services, local public health authority or other partners may have developed campaign materials to promote this message
  • Make clear to employees that they will be able to count this time off as sick leave. 

How to manage a safe meeting environment?

  • Check the advice from the authorities in the community where you plan to hold the meeting or event. Follow their advice.
  • Develop and agree with a preparedness plan to prevent infection at your meeting or event.
  • Consider whether a face-to-face meeting or event is needed. Could it be replaced by a teleconference or online event?
  • Could the meeting or event be scaled down so that fewer people attend?
  • Ensure and verify information and communication channels in advance with key partners such as public health and health care authorities.
  • Pre-order sufficient supplies and materials, including tissues and hand sanitizer for all participants. Have surgical masks available to offer anyone who develops respiratory symptoms.
  • Actively monitor where COVID-19 is circulating. Advise participants in advance that if they have any symptoms or feel unwell, they should not attend.
  • Make sure all organizers, participants, caterers, and visitors at the event provide contact details: mobile telephone number, email, and address where they are staying. State clearly that their details will be shared with local public health authorities if any participant becomes ill with suspected infectious disease. If they will not agree to this they cannot attend the event or meeting.

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