Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:06 June,2020

Bengaluru's second patient treated with plasma therapy recovers

Bengaluru: The city reported the first case of recovery of a Covid-19 patient who was administered convalescent plasma therapy at Victoria Hospital. The 38-year-old woman who was suffering from severe Covid symptoms was admitted to Victoria Hospital a few days ago.
The patient was also diabetic. The team of doctors at the hospital with assistance from Dr US Vishal Rao, principal investigator of the clinical trial from HCG Hospital administered plasma treatment on the patient on May 27. This was done even as the patient was put on high flow nasal oxygen, antibiotics and Covid treatment. ....read more

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster 118: Vertical Transmission

(With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev, Uptodate, Reuters)
938: Vertical Transmission of Novel Coronavirus
Clinicians in Italy report two cases of possible vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, from the mother to the baby in utero.
“This is the first report of cases of positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for SARS-CoV-2 in mother, neonate and placental tissues," Dr. Luisa Patane and colleagues of ASST Papa Giovanni XXIII in Bergamo write in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine. ....read more

World Covid Meter 5th June - 213 Countries: Wear mask at home

Cases: 1M April 2, 2M April 15, 3M April 27, 4M May 8, 5M May 20, 6M May 30
Ground Zero: Wuhan - in live animal market or cafeteria for animal pathogens: 10th January; Total cases are based on RT PCR, 67% sensitivity
Doubling time India 14 days, USA 33 days, Brazil 13 days, Russia 18 days, Spain 47 days, UK 35 days, Italy 55 days, France 49 days, Turkey 37 days
Likely minimum deaths (393127 + 55460 x 15 = 8319) = 401446....read more

Man Vachan Kaya

Man, vachan, kaya are the three fundamental principles used to define non-violence (ahimsa) and truthfulness (satya). Being truthful means whatever you are thinking, speaking and doing, it is the same.
You should be one in whatever you think, do or speak. Ahimsa is the fundamental principle of Jainism, which means you should be non-violent not only in your actions but also in your speech and thoughts. Being truthful makes you Satyugi....read more

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Sun Pharma testing plant-based drug as potential Covid-19 treatment


Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Friday it was testing a plant-derived drug, AQCH, for the potential treatment of COVID-19 as part of a mid-stage trial, with results expected by October.
AQCH is derived from tropical, climbing shrub cocculus hirsutus, which is used in Asia for its apparent medicinal properties.

Coronavirus vaccine: Sun Pharma starts Phase 2 of trials; PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI


India has made significant strides in the global as well as local efforts to search for a coronavirus vaccine. There are several developments taking place in India and across the world. Firstly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to vaccine alliance GAVI. Additionally, Sun Pharma has entered Phase 2 of the clinical trials of AQCH drug that can be helped in the treatment of coronavirus. Meanwhile, WHO has resumed clinical trials of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine believed to be beneficial in the treatment of coronavirus. The authors that claimed that HCQ can pose risks to the health of COVID-19 patients have also retracted their article in Lancet. Trump administration has also selected five companies that are most likely to produce a coronavirus vaccine. The government would help these companies speed up the process.

Why Containment zones in Delhi Are on Rise?


New Delhi: The national capital is breaking all records in having over 160 containment zones. There were a total of 163 containment zones as on Thursday, according to the Delhi government’s official data . However, a total of 59 zones were de-contained also. Also Read - Producer Anil Suri Dies of COVID-19, Brother Rajiv Reveals Leading Mumbai Hospitals Denied Him Bed
The number of containment zones in the city was 147 till Monday. In a video conferencing on Thursday with Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “As the number of cases and fatality rises in Delhi, it needs to ramp up testing coupled with aggressive surveillance, contact tracing and stringent containment and perimeter control activities”. Harsh Vardhan had also pointed out that “the rising cases, high positivity rates and low testing levels in many districts are worrisome”.

Portea Medical partners with Delhi govt for home isolation services for COVID-19 patients

New Delhi: Home healthcare provider Portea Medical on Thursday said it has tied up with the Delhi government to provide home isolation services for coronavirus-positive patients. As more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and do not require hospital care, the company has been helping the state in screening patients for home isolation, Portea Medical said in a statement.