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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.





Homemade masks


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.


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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Deepika Padukone tests COVID-19 positive, father Prakash Padukone hospitalised

Deepika Padukone, her mother and sister test COVID-19 positive; father Prakash Padukone hospitalised.

The rest of Deepika Padukone's family members, including her mother Ujjala, father Prakash Padukone, and sister Anisha are also COVID-19 positive.

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, who is currently in her home town Bengaluru, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of her family members, including her mother Ujjala, father Prakash Padukone, and sister Anisha are also COVID-19 positive.

Former badminton champion Prakash Padukone is reportedly hospitalised at the moment, seeking treatment for COVID-19.

 Bollywood photographer and content creator Viral Bhayani had put out a post on Instagram informing that the star family is down with COVID-19.

Vimal Kumar, a friend of Padukone has told news agency PTI that: "Around 10 days back, Prakash, his wife (Ujjala), and second daughter (Anisha), developed symptoms and got themselves tested and the results came out to be positive He is okay now. All his parameters are fine, his wife and daughter are at home and he too will be hopefully discharged in 2-3 days."

 No official confirmation of the development has been given by any of Deepika's family members.

Mamata Banerjee to take oath as West Bengal CM for third term on May 5

Mamata Banerjee lost from the Nandigram assembly constituency in a close fight with BJP leader and former close aide Suvendu Adhikari.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, whose party secured a dominant win in the recently held assembly elections in West Bengal, will take oath as the chief minister for a third term on May 5, senior TMC leader and minister Partha Chatterjee announced on Monday.

"Congratulated @MamataOfficial's party's win in West Bengal assembly elections. Tomorrow at 7pm, the honourable CM will be calling on me at Raj Bhawan," the governor tweeted on Sunday evening.

Banerjee is scheduled to meet West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to stake claim to form the government, as announced by Dhankhar on Sunday as votes were counted for assembly elections in four states, including West Bengal, and the Union territory of Puducherry.

The TMC chief, though, lost from the assembly constituency of Nandigram, from where she pitted herself against her former aide, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari. After a close contest, which went down to the wire, Adhikari eventually won by 1,956 votes, as per the Election Commission of India (ECI) website. Banerjee later said she will challenge the result in the Supreme Court even as the ECI rejected the TMC’s petition demanding a recounting in Nandigram.

Overall, the TMC won 213 of the state’s 294 assembly constituencies, with the BJP winning 77. Counting was held for 292 seats, as voting for two seats will take place at a later date. The polling for the assembly elections took place in an unprecedented eight phases, between March 27 and April 29.

Banerjee became the chief minister of the eastern state for the first time in 2011 when the TMC unseated the Left front which had been in power continuously for 34 years. Five years later, she successfully won a re-election, repeating the feat.

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