Remdesivir, which is one of the most keenly watched in the search for a cure for the novel coronavirus disease, is part of the Word Health Organisation's ongoing Solidarity Trials, and it received emergency use authorisation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) on May 1.
After claiming asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19 is rare, WHO has now clarified that it does happen. How does one without symptoms transmit the disease? Why is this important in containment strategies?
The Indian Council of Medical Research’s testing strategy includes asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case. A senior official from ICMR said India as a country should follow this guidance.
After publishing a study raising questions on hydroxychloroquine’s efficacy against Covid-19, The Lancet has issued a retraction. What led to this, and what questions does it raise about the peer review process?
Among the signatories in the joint statement were Dr Shashi Kant, Professor and Head of the Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, and Dr D C S Reddy, former Professor and Head of Community Medicine at BHU.
Data released by the Health Department in compliance with a May 4 order of the Delhi High Court show that since May 28 — when the daily increase in case numbers reached four figures — the positivity rate has remained above 17 per cent, and touched a staggering 37.7 per cent on May 31.
Apart from the mandatory use of masks, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitisation, the SOPs require people above 65 years of age, those with comorbidities, pregnant woman, and children below the age of 10 years, to stay at home.
In a statement, The Lancet said that “important scientific questions” were raised about data in the paper authored by cardiologist Mandeep Mehra, Desai and Zurich cardiologist Frank Ruschitzka. It said an independent audit has been commissioned.
The government may also consider relaxing night curfew hours based on suggestions from health experts. “It (decision to impose curfew from 7 pm to 7 am) is not exactly based on technical considerations of health. There is no harm if it is extended at least to 9 pm,” said an official.
WHO Solidarity trial: In the hunt for possible Covid-19 treatments, WHO has halted enrolment for the hydroxychloroquine arm of trials. What led to the move, and what progress has been made with the other arms of Solidarity so far?