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Herd Immunity and Covid-19

Herd Immunity and Covid-19
Introduction : Now-a-daysit is our regular fight againstthe danger of infection by the most contagiousdiseaseCovid-19 ; We fight it at all levels,at personal level, by maintaining social distancing& proper sanitization, atlocal level& also atnational levelby observingvarious measuresinstructed by the Authorities ;In this contextwe sometimes hear the term‘Herd Immunity’ ;Recently the British Prime Minister Mr. BorisJohnson also mentioned this term as a good measure of fighting against Covid-19 ; What is this ‘Herd Immunity’ ?How can it be achieved ?How far it is suitable to fightagainst Covid-19 ? To the non-medical general people like usit will be convenient if we discuss itbriefly in very simple terms ;
What is Herd Immunity ? ‘Herd Immunity’ is the term used for social or group immunity ; That is, it is the immunity at social level ; When most of the persons in a given group or society gets immune or resistant to a particular virus which is contagious …

Migrant Workers - The Most Shameful Episode of Pandemic

Migrant Workers – The  Most Shamefull Episode of  Pandemic
May 19, 2020 – 4 Migrant workers are killed in a road accident at Yavatmal  of                               Maharashtra ( www.thehindusthantimes.com ) ; May 16, 2020 – 24 Migrant Workers killed, 36 injured as  two trucks collided in the                               early  hours  on the high road of Auraiya District of  Uttar  Pradesh ;                              (www.thewire.in) ; May , 16, 2020 -  8  Migrant Workers, including 4 women died in three  separate road                                accidents  in   Mdhya Pradesh,  while trying to reach their homes in                                Uttar Pradesh (www.thehindu.com)  ;   These series of accidents,  one after another,  during  nearly the last two months, have stunned us,  broken our hearts  and have left us helpless,  speechless, only to remain looking forward and count how many accidents  are still to occur in near future ;
Who are these Migrant  Workers ? They are mainly…

Covid-19 Pandemic - Impact on Mental Health

Covid-19 Pandemic – Impact on Mental Health
Introduction The long durationof this Covid-19 Pandemic, resulting in more or less total Lock Down of nearly two months (in our country) has started takingitstoll on the mental health of all sectors of the common peoplethroughout the Globe ;In India, the Pandemic has significantly affectedour lifestyle, career & economy over the past few weeks ;A recent study in India has shown that there has been a significant rise in the number of patients suffering from mental health issues ; People from several age groups are reportingcases of excessive stress, anxiety, panic& depression ;
Symptoms   of Mental Illness There are ways by which we can understand &identifythe various mental health issues that may be manifested in any member of our family ; These are –Fear & Nervousness, Insecure feelings about futures, Insomnia & Nightmares,Anxiety, Panic Episodes,Inability to relax, Lack of interest in activities,Worsening of medicalconditio…

Covid Lock Down is Reopening - How to Adapt ?

Covid-19 Lock Down is Reopening – How to Adapt ?
Covid-19  Lockdown  is  easing out slowly ; Except the containment areas &  Red Zones it appears to be the Government Policy to slowly allow the people to come back to normalcy  within certain limits ;  We should understand that we are entering into a  ‘Post Covid-19 Era’  which is completely new & different from our past normal tension free life ; We have to understand   that  lock down cannot continue  for a long time  at the  cost of  an unprecedented loss of  National Economy  &  at the same time,  it  is of prime importance that still there is  no discovery of  any Vaccine and/or  Anti-Viral Drug  to combat this devastating  & extremely contagious Covid-19 virus ; Therefore,  we have to,  very cautiously , strike out  a balance between safely staying at home  &  getting outside inviting the danger of being attacked by the virus ; Let us examine, how safely we can perform the same in various  fields  of  life ; Gen…

COVID-19 - A Natural Phenomenon

Covid-19 - A  Natural Phenomenon Viruses are not living things ; They are complicated assemblies of molecules, including proteins, nucleic acids (DNA & RNA), lipids and carbohydrates ; But on their own they can do nothing unless or until they enter in living cells ; Where they can replicate themselves & mutate in the host cells ;Viruses are continuously changing as a result of genetic selection ; They undergo subtle genetic changes through mutation and major genetic changes through recombination . Mutation occurs when an error is incorporated in the viral genome ; Recombination occurs whenco-infecting viruses exchange their genetic information creating a new type i.e. novel virus ; In prehistoric times human beings were hunter-gatherer ; Apart from hunting their prey animals, mainly big herbivorous animals, their interaction with the animal world was minimal ; But along with growth of civilization they started domestication of animals, forming dairies, piggeries, poultry farms …