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Post Covid-19 complications: Skin issues, joint pain becoming increasingly common, say experts

The list of post-Covid complications seems to be only increasing with doctors now saying that there has also been an increase in skin conditions like herpes, and joint pains in patients. What is causing joint issues? There is about four-five per cent increase in arthritis cases post Covid-19 infection, said Dr Narendra Vaidya, joint replacement surgeon and managing director, Lokmanya ...

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No more Covid restrictions from Tuesday

The ongoing restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in the country will not be extended further after Monday (February 21), Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam has said. He disclosed it to journalists during a briefing after a cabinet meeting at the Secretariat on Sunday (February 20). “There will be no restrictions from February 22 (Tuesday). The ongoing ...

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Malawi declares polio outbreak

The first wild poliovirus case in Africa in more than five years has been detected in a young child in Malawi, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The Malawian health authorities have declared an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 after a case was detected in the capital Lilongwe, the WHO said. Laboratory analysis showed that the detected strain is ...

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S. African regulator approves Merck’s anti-Covid pill

South Africa’s health products regulator said on Thursday it had approved the use of Merck’s Covid-19 pill for high-risk adults. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said in a statement it has “authorised, with conditions, the importation of molnupiravir” for an initial period of six months. The oral treatment is taken within five days of the onset of ...

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10 million vaccine shots to be administered on Feb 26: Health Minister

The government has taken an initiative to administer at least 10 million Covid-19 vaccine doses on February 26 to achieve the target of vaccinating 90 percent of people in the country, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malik on Thursday. To implement the initiative, the Health and Family Welfare Minister has already sat in several meetings with the officials ...

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Strong protection for babies born to Covid-vaccinated moms: study

Babies born to mothers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus during pregnancy were around 60 percent less likely to be hospitalized with severe Covid, a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Such an effect had been hypothesized — because of the transfer of antibodies through the placenta during pregnancy and through breast milk after ...

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3M expects to sell fewer Covid-19 masks this year

After seeing sales of medical masks soar during the Covid-19 pandemic, US manufacturer 3M warned Monday that demand is expected to slow sharply this year. The warning echoes that of other companies like vaccine-maker Pfizer and the CVS drugstore chain that have said pandemic-related sales are likely to soften. After Covid-19 broke out in 2020, 3M, a conglomerate that makes ...

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New campaign encourages South Asians experiencing mental health problems to try NHS talking therapies

  A new NHS campaign is encouraging people struggling with their mental health to seek confidential help from NHS talking therapies. Research shows that nearly half of South Asians put off seeking professional help and the NHS is encouraging them to make use of a range of free services available for anxiety, depression, and other common mental health problems – either ...

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Sweden recommends fourth jab for over-80s

Sweden’s public health agency on Monday recommended a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for people over the age of 80, those in nursing homes and those receiving at-home care. The agency said the jab should be taken four months after the previous dose, at the earliest. In Sweden, more than 85 percent of those over the age of 80, ...

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Covid positivity rate in Bangladesh declines in a week: DGHS

Bangladesh has been witnessing a downward trend of Covid infection for a week, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Sunday. “The Covid situation in the country is still not under control, but we see that the infection rate has been declining for a week,” DGHS spokesperson Dr Md Nazmul Islam said at the daily briefing on pandemic ...

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