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“Rapid Test positive means COVID19 positive”: CMO Dr JP Singh

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CMO Jammu Dr. JP Singh had an exclusive interview with JK Media executive Ashish Kohli. He spoke about the symptoms of Covid-19 infection and the confusion between the rapid and RTPCR testing.

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Q. Some new symptoms of the Covid-19 virus have been observed recently. What are they and is it the 2nd wave of covid?

Yes, we have entered the 2nd wave of Covid-19 virus. Last year in September we were on peak on 1st wave of the virus. The old symptoms of covid were fever, sore throat and body ache but now since February 2021, 2nd wave has started.

In Feb, around 264 covid cases were reported in Jammu district which increased to 654 in March. Yesterday, around 2000 cases were calculated in Jammu district. New symptoms like dryness of mouth, rashes, red eyes and nail discolouration have been observed.

Q. Many strains of different virus are heard these days. What are they?

Yes. Many strains from different countries are seen these days. UK strain, Brazilian strain, South African strain and California strain. The reports from Delhi have cleared the fact that UK strain is spreading at a faster rate can be observed in many patients in Jammu.

Q. There’s a lot of confusion between the rapid and RTPCR testing. Could you clear that.

Jammu District is currently conducting testing of railways, road and airways departments. More than 13 lakh samplings have been done. The rapid antigen test gives the result in less than 30 minutes. It is conducted in Hospitals and offices. People who test positive in RAT shouldn’t go for RTPCR rather isolate themselves at home but if he/she tests negative for rapid and still has symptoms then a RTPCR test should be conducted.

RAT positive means a person is Covid-19 positive. One shouldn’t go for RTPCR test if he tests positive for rapid. If rapid is positive and RTPCR is negative then maybe some strains have been missed. The patient shouldn’t be careless.

Q. If a person is RAT positive and goes for testing. Is there a fear of spreading virus?

Of course, RAT positive means high virus load has been detected in your body and you should isolate yourself. If the patient has serious problems then he should contact 108 and if not then the assigned call centre officials will talk to him themselves. But he shouldn’t go out as it’s dangerous for him as well as the people in surroundings.

Q. Some people criticise the covid vaccine. What’s the importance of it?

Covid vaccination is very important for important. It is a part of our Test, track and treatment strategy. The vaccination started on 16th January in Jammu and health workers were vaccinated first. Initially, pregnant ladies and people under 18 years weren’t subjected to the vaccine of this set. Then frontline workers and now people above 45 years are getting vaccinated.

The age group above 45 has high risk factors. They have problems relating to heart, diabetes, hypertension, etc. that’s why Indian Government decided to give them vaccine before other age groups. The second dose is to be given after 6-8 weeks of the first dose. Many would be covid positive after getting the vaccine but the effects would be mild.

A person from my office had pneumonia after getting vaccinated but had at mild level and was put in home isolation. Getting vaccinated doesn’t mean you are safe but the effects of other problems would not be on a very high level. I urge every citizen above 45 years of age to get vaccinated.

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COVID 19- Record breaking 4.12 lakh cases and 3,982 deaths

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In a record-breaking update, the total covid 19 cases in the country today stands at 412,618. With this, the cumulative caseload has surged past 21 million, world meter showed this morning. The total number of death cases stands at 3,982, the highest ever.

If we look at the state-wise updates the condition is even worse as Maharashtra reported 57,640 new covid 19 cases, followed by Karnataka(50,112), Kerala (41,953), Uttar Pradesh (31,165), Delhi (20,000) in the last 24 hours.

The covid 19 cases in India is only surging by the day with no relief to be seen far and wide. Ever since the second wave of Covid 19 that groped the country in early March the situation has only worsened.

In a record-breaking update, the total covid 19 cases in the country today stands at 412,618. With this, the cumulative caseload has surged past 21 million, world meter showed this morning. The total number of death cases stands at 3,982, the highest ever.

If we look at the state-wise updates the condition is even worse asMaharashtra reported 57,640 new covid 19 cases, followed by Karnataka(50,112), Kerala (41,953), Uttar Pradesh (31,165), Delhi (20,000) in the last 24 hours.

It is a well-known fact as to how the first wave of Covid19 wreck havoc the world over especially in the US. However, the condition is no different this time. At least the world report of Covid 19 cases says so. Let’s have a look a the world report of
coronavirus cases.

The total number of covid infections the world over are 155,813,366 while the recovery rate is 133,972,734 while the death toll stands at 3,254,883. The US remains the worst-hit country with a total case of 33,321,074 followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest cases which stand at 2,669,597 followed by Brazil (414,271) and the US (346,224)

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How A Nursing College Is Catering To Covid Patients For Free

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A lot of negativity has been spread in the country. People are dying each day. Some are losing their loved ones while some are struggling to save the lives of their loved ones. At such time many people, organisations, NGOs have come forward to save the humanity and people of the country. Among such people, there is Barrister Nath Pai Shikshan Sanstha which runs a nursing and physiotherapy college in Kudal in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg. The college has been converted into a free-of-cost 50-bed Covid-care facility for patients from neighbouring villages and towns.

The college has 50 beds which are arranged in a multi-purpose hall that normally hosts the college events. The computer lab of the college has been converted into a makeshift ICU which is under the surveillance of 2 doctors. The centre has 14 oxygen concentrators and 1 ECG machine which are either donated or purchased from the funds collected.

President of the Sanstha Umesh Galvankar said “With a daily caseload of more than 150, the few government and private hospitals in the area cannot handle so many patients. So that’s why we have converted our college into a covid care facility. We approached the local donors and the government for the funds and permission. Our college doesn’t provide facility to anyone but the who have been prescribed home isolation or those who have been discharged from hospitals after treatment will be accommodated here. 2 doctors, who live within a one-kilometre radius from the college, will monitor the patients and track their reports. Local government authorities have sanctioned medicines, PPE kits and sanitisers for the centre and three resident doctors are set to join them soon. “Everything from their tests and medicines to food is free for the patients.”

Young girls, studying to be nurses, have voluntarily stepped in to care for the patients. Final-year nursing students, set to graduate in three months, started preparing a week ago, conducting drills and setting routines. The centre has also sought the services of senior doctors from Mumbai who conduct tele-counselling regularly to monitor the progress of patients.

The centre organises yoga sessions, psychological counselling and physiotherapy, all led by their teachers of the nursing and physiotherapy college and local doctors. With Covid-19 being a respiratory disease, physiotherapists conduct simple breathing exercises for the patients who have tested negative and are recovering.

The centre plans to run till June 30 and is accepting donations to fund its services aimed at underprivileged patients.

Amish Mahajan
Content Writer
JK Media

 

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COVID third phase inevitable, prepare for new waves: Centre’s top scientific advisor

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A third phase of the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic is inevitable, claimed K Vijay Raghavan, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India on Wednesday (May 5).

 

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Addressing a press conference, Raghavan said, “A third wave is almost inevitable given the higher levels of circulating virus in the country. However, it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur. We should prepare for new waves,” said.

Shedding light on the transmission of the new strains of the infection he said, “Variants are transmitted same as original strain. It doesn’t have properties of new kinds of transmission. It infects humans in a manner that makes it more transmissible as it gains entry, makes more copies and goes on, same as original.”

Raghavan asserted that the vaccines are effective against the new COVID-19 strains as well. “Vaccines are effective against current variants. New variants will arise all over the world and in India too but variants that increase transmission will likely plateau. Immune evasive variants and those which lower or increase disease severity will arise going ahead.”

Further, he said, “Scientists of India and all over world are working to anticipate these kinds of variants and act against them rapidly by early warning and developing modified tools. It’s an intense research program, happening in India and abroad.”

 

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