Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:11 April,2020

‘Pool testing’ planned to speed up results, cut workload of labs

NEW DELHI: India is all set to start “pool testing” to speed up results, contact tracing and reduce workload on laboratories. The pooled testing method involves putting multiple swab samples together, and testing them using a single RTPCR test. If that test is negative, it means that all the people tested are negative. However, if the test is positive, everyone whose samples were part of the test have to be tested separately, to identify positive individuals.
According to officials in the government, the new testing strategy will not only widen reach but will speed up results....read more

COVIDences 11

(Source: DHS Science and Technology, Master Question List for COVID-19 (caused by SARS-CoV-2), Weekly Report, 18 March 2020)
Forensics (Part 11)
Natural vs intentional use? Tests to be used for attribution.
What is known?,Genomic analysis has put SARS-CoV-2 into the beta-coronavirus clade, with close relationship to bat viruses. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is different from SARS and MERS viruses.1 ....read more

CMAAO Corona Facts and Myth Buster 44

Which is the deadliest pandemic
The Spanish flu or 1918 flu pandemic was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic.
How long did it last
January 1918 to December 1920
How many people did it infect....read more

Spiritual Prescriptions: Satsang

The Sanskrit word ‘Satsang’ literally means gathering together for guidance, mutual support or in search of truth. It may involve talking together, eating together, working together, listening together or praying together.
Most scriptures describe Sat and asat. They suggest that this world is maya (asat) and God is Divine. They state that maya is not yours; Divine is yours....read more

Health Sutras By Dr K K Aggarwal

Follow cough etiquette, don't sneeze or cough into hands, use bend of elbow



Healthcare News Monitor

India to export hydroxychloroquine only to foreign governments and not to pvt companies, say sources
Financial Express- PTI

India will export anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, high in demand globally, only to foreign governments and not to private companies, as the product is under prohibited or banned category of exports, sources said. Although exports of this medicine is completely banned, India has decided to export this anti-malarial drug in sync with its global commitment to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. “Hydroxychloroquine continues to be a prohibited item. Private-to-private company or a domestic exporter-to-foreign importer trade is ban. The procedure, which the government is adopting, is to help countries which are in dire need or which are traditionally dependent on India for this medicine or friendly countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan,” the sources said. Explaining the procedure, they said countries that have to import hydroxychloroquine would have to route their application through the Ministry of External Affairs. The Department of Pharmaceuticals would assess the requirement sought by that country and see its impact on India’s availability and without compromising on India’s interests, it would recommend the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to give a licence or go-ahead signal to customs authorities to release the consignment. DGFT is an arm of the commerce ministry that deals with export- and import-related issues. It is the agency that gives licence or permission or no-objection certificate for exports or imports.

Coronavirus impact: Can India afford to export Hydroxychloroquine?
Business Today- Anwesha Madhukalya

Rising global demand for anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine for treatment of coronavirus patients has turned the attention to India which supplies 80-85 per cent of the drug's global demand. India recently agreed to export HCQ to the US and Brazil after requests from their Presidents. But with cases spiking in India, the question remains if India produces enough to meet exports without compromising on domestic needs. HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE PRODUCTION IN INDIA: To begin with, India currently produces 10 metric tonnes (MT) that is estimated to be increased to 40 MT by the end of the month. Indian pharmaceutical companies are raising production capacity further to meet the demand for Hydroxychloroquine. By next month, the production is set to rise to 70 MT. When producing at peak capacity, India would be able to produce 35 crore of Hydroxychloroquine tablets of 200 mg every month. However, India's total demand is unlikely to exceed 10 crore tablets, for which the government has already placed order with manufacturers. Industry experts believe that 10 crore tablets can treat 7 crore people. However, only people who will be safe from the side-effects of Hydroxychloroquine will be given the drug to combat coronavirus. The remaining 25 crore tablets are likely to be exported to other countries. As of now the US, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and some of India's neighbouring countries are seeking Hydroxychloroquine.

Coronavirus cripples criminals; crime rates drop in Kerala
The New Indian Express- IANS

Covid-19 appears to have taken curbed the crimes, as crime rates across Kerala has come down significantly, since the lockdown came into force. A brief comparison on the crimes registered during the same period last year shows significant decline, as crime in every segment has come down. When it came to thefts during the lockdown period as compared to the same period in the previous year, from 12 it came down to 2 and in small petty theft cases, was a mere eight. While four murder cases have been registered, incidents of crime against women were just 10 and one rape case was registered. While there has been a spurt in domestic violence incidents across the country, in Kerala during the lockdown period so far just two complaints have been registered. However, with regard to cases against people for breaking lockdown rules, more than 30,000 cases have been registered and 20,000 vehicles have been impounded. On Friday, the police authorities pointed out that space is turning out a constraint in police stations, they have requested authorities that it would be better if the owners are asked to take away their vehicles, while the case will take its legal course.

Hospitals seeing fewer heart patients as people are scared of getting Covid-19: Experts
India Today- Milan Sharma

Hospitals these days are seeing fewer heart patients but this is not because cardiovascular problems have decreased in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Experts say a number of patients are refraining from visiting hospitals because they fear a visit to the hospital may expose them to the novel coronavirus infection. Speaking to India Today TV, Dr Balbir Singh, head of the cardiology department and chairperson of Max Healthcare, said there are primarily two reasons why fewer heart patients are visiting hospitals these days. "First, they are scared of visiting hospitals and are thus suppressing their symptoms. The second reason is that during summers, it is generally seen that there are fewer cases of heart attacks," Dr Singh said. He said many patients are only reporting to hospitals when their conditions deteriorate. "They are not reporting heart attacks when it is in the mild stage. This has been happening in the UK and the government there had to appeal to people to report symptoms of cardiac arrest at the earliest," Dr Singh said. "It is true that only one-third of our patients are reporting to us about their cardiac problems these days," he said. Speaking in a similar vein, Dr Vivek Nangia, director of the pulmonology department at Fortis, too said heart patients are refraining from visiting hospitals because they are scared due to the coronavirus pandemic.