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New research: Tocilizumab reduces death risk in severely ill Covid patients

March 09, 2021 9:11 am

While suggesting that tocilizumab may help severely ill patients, the authors also noted that the study does not support the routine use of tocilizumab in adults with Covid-19.

Explained: 'COVID tongue' and other unusual symptoms of Covid-19

March 09, 2021 2:45 pm

COVID tongue is an inflammatory disorder that usually appears on the top and sides of the tongue, according to the American Academy of Oral Medicina (AAOM).

New research: More Covid-19 data may not mean more understanding

March 09, 2021 2:22 pm

The researchers conclude that data visualisations aren’t sufficient to convey the urgency of the Covid-19 pandemic, because even the clearest graphs can be interpreted through a variety of belief systems.

Explained: Not just Maharashtra and Punjab, daily cases slope upwards in several states

March 08, 2021 5:20 am

In fact, all these states — Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh — have had very similar growth trajectories in recent weeks. They show a steady decline until the first week of February, after which a turnaround has happened.

India coronavirus numbers explained, March 7: Why rise in cases raises worries of a second wave

March 07, 2021 10:39 pm

India's Coronavirus cases numbers: The country's coronavirus curve reached its lowest level in the second and third weeks of February, after which it has begun to rise. In the last two days, more than 18,000 cases have been detected.

Research: Covid-19 antibodies, vaccines may be less effective against new variants

March 07, 2021 9:18 am

With few exceptions, researchers found more antibody is needed to neutralise the new variants — whether the antibodies were produced in response to vaccination or natural infection.

Explained: Why has Italy blocked shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses to Australia?

March 05, 2021 5:56 pm

Currently, Australia is lagging behind its target of administering at least 60,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of February.

One and done: Why people are eager for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine

March 05, 2021 5:07 pm

Since Johnson & Johnson revealed data showing that its vaccine, while highly protective, had a slightly lower efficacy rate than the first shots produced by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, health officials have feared the new shot might be viewed by some Americans as the inferior choice.

Covid-19 vaccination: Health Ministry answers frequently asked questions (FAQs)

March 05, 2021 12:26 am

Covid-19 vaccination FAQs: The Centre has come out with detailed frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Covid-19 vaccination, in an attempt to answer many questions that are being asked by the general public.

Explained: Why you shouldn't ditch the mask after Covid-19 vaccination

March 04, 2021 9:38 am

While all of the COVID-19 vaccines are spectacularly good at shielding people from severe illness and death, the research is unclear on exactly how well they stop the virus from taking root in an immunized person's nose and then spreading to others.


Quixplained: What to keep in mind as gyms, fitness centres reopen

August 08, 2020 11:44 am

The government has allowed opening of yoga institutes and gymnasiums from August 5 as part of the ‘Unlock 3’ phase.

Quixplained: How ‘corona’ of the virus changes into a hairpin shape — and why

August 07, 2020 8:31 am

The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 — the ‘corona’ in the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease — has just revealed new secrets. Researchers have found that the spike protein changes its form after it attaches itself to a human cell, folding in on itself and assuming a rigid hairpin shape.