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Why are swine flu & seasonal influenza spiralling? How do you know Covid-19 from seasonal flu?

August 13, 2022 6:38 am

Health centres across Gujarat have been reporting flu-like illnesses post-monsoon. Meanwhile Maharashtra has surpassed last year’s swine flu tally by over 40 per cent. Ahmedabad-based infectious disease specialist Dr Atul Patel says a drop in non-pharmaceutical interventions practised during COVID-19 in the last two years could also have fuelled the present surge. Those in high-risk and co-morbid groups should not ignore their fever, visit their doctor, get tested, and wait for a definite diagnosis, he advises

The three BA.2 sub-variants driving Covid surge and the efficacy of vaccines against them

July 08, 2022 5:55 pm

In addition to the mutation present in BA.2, the BA.2.74, BA.2.75, and BA.2.76, have had additional mutations. These three sub-variants are driving the surge in Covid infections, says Dr Rajesh Karyakarte, head of the department of microbiology at the government-run B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital (BJGMC), Pune.

Understanding Covid sub-variants: 'If you’ve had BA.2, it can protect you against BA.4, BA.5'

July 06, 2022 4:43 am

The peaks of the latest wave of Covid-19 infections across the country are likely to be smaller with previous exposure to the BA.2 sub-variant offering better protection against emerging variants as compared to its cousin BA.1. Still, it is time to develop a new generation of vaccines to ensure broader protection against mutations, Dr Anurag Agarwal tells The Indian Express

‘Immunity conferred by Omicron is lower than Delta’

June 17, 2022 3:58 pm

It has never been claimed that vaccinated people will never get infected. Also, if one gets infected, the chances are that they will be asymptomatic or have minor symptoms, Dr Rahul Pandit says

Monkeypox is largely a self-limiting disease, but high-risk groups can have severe consequences

May 28, 2022 12:08 pm

That Monkeypox has been found in people with no direct travel link to the endemic area represents a highly unusual event. Dr. Pragya Yadav, a senior scientist at ICMR- National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, tells Kaunain Sheriff M why we need to be vigilant about this exotic pathogen

The current bout of unexplained hepatitis in Covid-hit children is related to the virus in some way

May 23, 2022 12:28 am

"It would be fair to say there is a risk of liver dysfunction after you recover from Covid-19. But the proportion of children or patients who get it is not large," says Dr Arvinder Soin.

Does Covid-19 affect the brain? Answer is a resounding yes...focus on nutrition, physical activity and positive outlook

May 13, 2022 11:43 am

As head of the Neurosciences Centre at AIIMS, Dr MV Padma Srivastava is at the centre of the country’s efforts at identifying the reasons, impact and solutions for some of these long-term Covid-linked health problems. She explains the impact of long Covid on the brain.