PM Modi inaugurates the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi on Monday 13th Dec 2021, News and Pictures

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi and inaugurated the first phase of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham constructed at a cost of around Rs 339 crore. PM Modi dedicated to people the ambitious Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in the heart of Varanasi after offering prayers at the ancient temple that draws a massive number of visitors from India and abroad. 







PM Modi also Attended Ganga 'Aarti' in Varanasi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also witnessed ‘Ganga Aarti’ in Varanasi. Shiv Deepotsav is being celebrated today in the city.


The prime minister, along with Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior BJP leaders, inaugurated the first phase of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project, which will connect the Kashi Vishwanath temple and Ganga ghats, in his constituency Varanasi on Monday. 

Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu is Miss Universe 2021

India's Harnaaz Sandhu is Miss Universe 2021

Actor-model Harnaaz Sandhu has been crowned Miss Universe 2021, beating contestants from 79 other countries to bring home the title after 21 years. It is the first time India has won Miss Universe since Lara Dutta claimed the crown in 2000. Paraguay's Nadia Ferreira was first runner-up and South Africa's Lalela Mswane was named second runner-up at the competition held in Eilat, Israel.

See the crowning moment below:
Check out the final question that won her the crown Some fantastic answers on the way to the crown

Stunning photos from Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal's haldi ceremony

"Shukr. Sabr. Khushi," wrote Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal as they shared thier wedding Haldi pictures. The couple, two days after their grand wedding at Fort Barwara in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, shared stunning pictures from their haldi ceremony. 

Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif have finally shared their haldi ceremony pictures after their lavish wedding in Rajasthan. The candid pictures show the bride and the groom applying turmeric to each other and having a blast as their family members also apply turmeric on them. Check out Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal pictures from their haldi ceremony,it is all things beautiful. The couple tied the knot on December 9.

 

 

Shilpa Shetty's family including children Samisha and Viaan, in-laws, mother and Husband test positive for COVID; Says 'last 10 days have been difficult'.

In a statement posted on her official Instagram page, Shilpa Shetty revealed six members of her family have contracted the virus.

While her family tests COVID positive, she assures her reports came back negative.

Along with her family, two of her staff members are also positive.


Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Friday announced that six of her family members, including husband Raj Kundra, son Viaan-Raj and daughter Samisha, have tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement posted on her official Instagram page, the 45-year-old actor said her parents-in-law and her mother have also contracted the virus.

"The last 10 days have been difficult for us as a family. My parents-in-law tested positive for Covid-19, followed by Samisha, Viaan-Raj, my Mom, and lastly, Raj. They've all been in isolation in their rooms at home as per the official guidelines and have been following the doctor's advice," Shetty said. Besides her family, two members of the actor's in-house staff also tested positive and they are currently being treated at a medical facility, she added.

Shetty said all the members of her family are "on the road to recovery", while she has tested negative for the disease. "All safety measures have been followed as per protocol, and we're grateful to the BMC and authorities for their prompt help & response. Thank you for all your love & support. Please continue to keep all of us in your prayers. Please mask up, sanitise, stay safe; and whether Covid positive or not... Still stay positive, mentally," she added.

Watch how the Bravehearts of 18-45 age group take to the COVID-19 vaccination - see pictures and videos.

Rapid Vaccination seems to be the only way forward as COVID19 infections surge in India. Also doctors say Vaccination is the only solution against a more lethal third wave that might hit us in Oct 2021.

India's vaccination coverage now exceeds 16.49 cr doses of which 11.8 lakh jabs have been given to 18-44 age group so far. Over 23 lakh vaccination doses administered in the last 24 hours. Mumbai has also set-up drive-in vaccination facilities for 60+ age group.

Here is a look at pictures and videos from across the country of how out Bravehearts took to vaccination.

Viral video of a Girl Scared And Crying During COVID Vaccination



 

       








Mumbai's first drive-in vaccination centre began operations on May 4 at Dadar.






2 Visuals from Guwahati Medical College. below.





 

Importance of Double masking as India grapples second wave of Covid-19.

As the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic continues to grapple the country, health professionals and authorities are advising people to adopt double masking. 

Double masking is when you wear one mask on top of another. It helps improve the fit and filtration of your mask. Should you be double masking? and how can you do it correctly?


Using a reference from the 1975 film, Sholay, the Mumbai Police department shared a meme collage, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra’s characters in Sholay - Jai and Veeru, and a man wearing two masks.

There are a variety of Masks to choose from. 
  • cloth masks
  • surgical masks
  • N95 masks
How do you double mask

Use the proper mask combination. Experts  recommend using a cloth mask over a surgical mask

what combinations to avoid

Some mask combinations may not improve fit or may make it hard to breathe. As such, avoid combinations of the following:
    • two surgical masks
    • a KN95 and any other type of mask
    • an N95 and any other type of mask


Coughing simulation

In the coughing simulation above, researchers evaluated the effectiveness of:

  • a cloth mask alone
  • a surgical mask alone
  • a cloth mask covering a surgical mask (double mask)

Researchers found that when a cough was simulated, the double mask blocked 85.4 percent of the aerosol particles. This is compared to 51.4 percent and 56.1 percent for the cloth and surgical mask, respectively.

Breathing simulation

The breathing simulation investigated several situations using two models of a human head. One of the models generated aerosol particles (source) while the other was exposed to them (recipient).

Researchers found that:

  • When the source was wearing a double mask and the recipient was not, the aerosol exposure of the unmasked recipient was reduced by 82.2 percent.
  • When the recipient was wearing a double mask and the source was not, the aerosol exposure of the double-masked recipient was reduced by 83 percent.
  • When both the source and the recipient wore a double mask, aerosol exposure was reduced by 96.4 percent.

How to make a Home Made Mask, How to make a mask at home as the covid19 virus surges double masking is recommended.

Now with the surge of covid19 in India, double masking is recommended everywhere. A home made cloth mask can be used as an inner mask and an N95 mask or surgical mask can be used as the outer mask. This will give us double protection from the virus everytime we go out. Making a mask is easier than you think, and you don’t need many supplies to make them. An old cotton shirt or pillowcase will do & elastic can be reused from clothes the kids have outgrown. Follow these simple steps to making your own home made mask.

Scroll down to see the different techiniques you can use to make home made masks with materials and T-shirts you have out grown and other items easily availabe at home.

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Covid N440K variant found in Andhra Pradesh said to be 15 times more lethal than the double mutant

The new N440K strain was found in almost 20 to 30 percent of the samples in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana and found to be more dominant than previous variants during cell culture.

With the nation already dealing with a strong double mutant variant of the Covid-19 virus, reports now suggest that the southern states of the country could have been affected by a more lethal variant of the virus named N440K. 

Also known as the AP variant referring to the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh where it was first detected, the strain is said to be at least 15 times more virulent than the previous strains. It has a shorter incubation period and the virus is said to spread much more rapidly within the human body. It is also said that a short exposure is enough to get infected by the virus.

It was the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology that had discovered the new coronavirus variant N440K and said it may even be stronger than the Indian variants of B1.617 and B1.618.

The new N440K strain was found in almost 20 to 30 percent of the samples in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and found to be more dominant than previous variants during cell culture.

However, experts say that there is no need to panic over the new strain and that it was traced in last June itself. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Advisor Rakesh Mishra in an interview with the New Indian Express remarked that the strain will fade away in a few weeks. 

Anil Kumar Singhal, Principal Secretary (Health) informed, “In fact, the samples in which the N440K variant was traced were given in last June and July itself and it is not the new variant that has caused the surge in Covid cases. Scientists are doing their best to study the new variants and come up with solutions. On our side, we should not become panic-stricken by reports circulating on social media, instead, adhere to Covid Appropriate Behaviour and help in curtailing the spread of the virus.”

While more research is being done to confirm the findings, the experts are simultaneously focusing on the Double Mutant to identify patterns that led to a surge in new Covid-19 cases responsible for the second wave.

Source: opindia.com

Wearing masks reduces chances of serious illness and death by more than 85%

As more and more states promote face masks as a way to control the spread of COVID-19, the top-line message has been: wear a mask to protect others. While it’s true that most face masks  are more effective in preventing you from launching droplets into the air than breathing in already dispersed droplets – that doesn’t mean masks offer no protection to the wearer.

It’s likely that face masks, by blocking even some of the virus-carrying droplets you inhale, can reduce your risk of falling seriously ill from COVID-19, according to Monica Gandhi, MD, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco.

“The more virus you get into your body, the more sick you are likely to get,” she said.

In the latest wave of infections in the U.S., the wider use of masks may be one factor for the lower death rates – along with more testing, younger patients and better treatments – said Gandhi. A greater proportion of these new cases have been mild or asymptomatic, though more data is needed to see if they track geographically with higher rates of mask-wearing.

Worldwide, epidemiological patterns seem to provide a clue. In countries where mask wearing was already commonplace, such as Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, and Singapore, and in countries where mask wearing was quickly embraced, such as the Czech Republic, rates of severe illness and death have remained comparatively low.

These epidemiological observations are among the evidence that Gandhi and colleagues cite in a paper in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, in which they propose that masks can lead to milder or asymptomatic infections by cutting down on the dose of virus people take in.

“Masks can prevent many infections altogether, as was seen in health care workers when we moved to universal masking. We’re also saying that masks, which filter out a majority of viral particles, can lead to a less severe infection if you do get one,” said Gandhi. “If you get infected, but have no symptoms – that’s the best way you can ever get a virus.”


Not a New Idea

The idea that viral dose, also known as viral inoculum, determines the degree of illness is not new, said Gandhi. Descriptions of a dose-mortality curve – how much of a virus is needed to cause death in an animal – were first published in 1938. And after all, the earliest vaccines, which were documented in 16th century China, involved exposing someone to a small amount of smallpox virus to induce mild illness and subsequent immunity.

A small number viral particles is more likely to be quelled by the immune system before they can proliferate, said Gandhi.

Researchers have studied dose-dependency experimentally with other viral infections, like the flu. In a study with healthy volunteers, those who received a higher dose of the influenza A virus developed more severe symptoms.

Because the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is potentially lethal, experiments on masking and disease severity have been necessarily limited to animals. In a hamster study, a surgical mask partition between the cages of infected and uninfected hamsters significantly cut COVID-19 transmission. Fewer hamsters caught the virus and those that did showed milder symptoms.

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