Vitamin D sources: Here’s what you need to know about staying healthy in pandemic

Vitamin is an important component of health, without which the body cannot function properly. But as many people continue to be in lockdown, the absence of sunlight can cause some serious vitamin D deficiency. Why is vitamin D3 important? Dr Harish Naik, consultant neurosurgery, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi-A Fortis Network Hospital says “vitamin D3 has many mechanisms by which it improves bone health, controls neurological problems, reduces risk of microbial infection, increases cellular natural immunity, and adaptive immunity”. What is vitamin D? It is a steroid hormone, activated endogenously with the…

A doctor explains: Why breastfeeding must continue in the COVID-19 pandemic

As India braves the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to understand just how much health matters now more than ever. While it is a stressful time for everyone, it is extremely trying for a new mother, who is breastfeeding her child. Emphasising on the importance of breastfeeding during such times, Dr Sreenath Manikanti, senior consultant neonatologist and HOD, Fortis La Femme Hospital, Richmond Road, Bangalore, says that new mothers “can successfully start breastfeeding during COVID-19 pandemic with some recommended precautions”. “Breastfeeding protects newborns from getting sick…

Dealing with anxiety and stress in lockdown: A mental health expert shares tips

Just when we thought things were getting better, we’re back to square one with the second wave in the country. Staying indoors and finding a purpose every day when the situation out is uncontrollable is difficult. Not only that, with loved ones passing away and the virus catching up, there is a surrounding anxiety. If you are feeling so, you are not alone. While helping others out is humane, make sure you also understand how to best deal with your emotions. Here are some ways. Make the time to count…

How to overcome weakness post-Covid? Keep these tips in mind for faster recovery

Many Covid patients have reported fatigue and weakness post-testing negative after the 14-day period. In such a situation, the way forward for better recovery is good nutrition coupled with some essential tips for getting back to one’s daily routine. As we fight the second wave, here are tips for those recovering from Covid-19 infection which is an inflammatory condition that can have lasting effects for up to six-eight months even after getting cured, affecting different organs, especially the liver and lungs. Dr Dixa Bhavsar took to Instagram to share a…

How to use incentive spirometer for breathing exercise

There have been several reports of COVID-19 causing inflammation of the lungs. Doctors have found patients aged 30-50 years facing breathlessness due to lung infection and pneumonia. To improve the functioning of the lungs, hospitals usually conduct spirometry to check lung health. However, hand-held incentive spirometers are also being sold online that can be used at home. What is an incentive spirometer? This is a handheld device that helps the lungs recover after an illness. This device checks the breathing pattern and capacity depending on the volume of air inhaled…

Regular health checkups every three months essential for people with comorbidities: Doctors

Doctors are urging patients who fall into the high-risk category irrespective of their age to go for regular health checkups after every three months as they can be prone to coronavirus and other infections. Not only this, such people should embrace a healthy lifestyle by following a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and staying stress-free. Multiple comorbidities that can be present in the form of physical and mental conditions can lead to a plethora of allergies and infections. People with comorbidities are often prone to catching diseases much faster when compared…

Matters of the Mind: Challenges are many amid pandemic, lessons even more

Part II In a continued effort to answer some questions troubling many, here is week 2 of more answers based on psychological therapy and experience that will hopefully cause some thought ripples and empower you. More confidence, clarity and courage. 8. How do we keep our mental health in check in such tough times? While I have always said that stress is an integral part of life and learning, prolonged stress can be the culprit of significant damage. The pandemic has exposed us to multiple stressors including uncertainty in future…

COVID-19: How to maintain oxygen levels while being in home isolation

The coronavirus situation in the country is at its peak yet again, as many gasp for breath amid the oxygen crisis while medical experts stress the need to maintain oxygen saturation in COVID-19 patients. “People must be aware of how one can manage a situation when oxygen levels are dipping. Getting medical attention or oxygen supply immediately is not an option,” says Dr Vivek Anand Padegal, director – pulmonology, Fortis Hospitals, Bannerghatta Road. Proning Proning is the process of making a patient lie face down, on their abdomen or stomach.…

Colorectal cancer: Simple lifestyle modifications to keep you safe

Most diseases stem from — and get aggravated by — poor lifestyle choices. Ever since the pandemic happened, people have tried to give more attention to their overall health, so as to stay disease-free. Many people around the country continue to seek treatment for cancer, and among them, colorectal cancer is one which needs urgent attention. Dr Rahulkumar Chavan, consultant surgical oncologist, Hiranandani Hospital Vashi — A Fortis Network Hospital — says that colorectal cancer (CRC) is a disease which can be attributed to the “negative impact of changing lifestyle…

COVID-19: Everything you need to know about Remdesivir and its usage

Right now, even with the availability of vaccines, the healthcare system is still under immense pressure, with numbers of Covid-positive patients soaring every day. As such, there is interest in learning about repurposed drugs, which are “an immediate response to an outbreak that has accelerated beyond the containment strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic”, says Dr Rahul Pandit, Director-Critical Care, Fortis Hospitals Mumbai, and member of Maharashtra’s COVID-19 task force. “Drugs such as Remdesivir,” the doctor explains, “are given to patients who have ‘moderate or moderate progressing towards severe’ COVID-19 infection.”…

What should new parents keep in mind while choosing baby wipes?

A first-time parent will have many questions regarding the health and the overall well-being of their child. Among other things, they will try to ensure the baby is safe and comfortable, after getting discharged from the hospital. While not many people realise this, getting a good quality baby wipe is of utmost importance. Dr Himanshu Gandhi, CEO and co-founder of Mother Sparsh tells indianexpress.com that parents will have to ensure they are particular about what suits the baby’s skin and accordingly make a choice. “Going for the wrong wipes would…

Cardiac problems found in recovered Covid patients of middle age group: Doctors

There is a sharp rise in incidences of heart-related issues in recovered Covid patients aged 30-50 years, owing to long-term cardiac problems including breathing difficulty, chest pain, sudden onset palpitation,(arrhythmias, abnormalities of heartbeat), heart attacks, heart failure (low pumping capacity), indicated experts. Due to the increase in inflammation and blood clotting tendencies post-Covid, heart patients faced problems after Covid infection, their cardiac status worsening due to irregular follow up and neglect toward cardiac issues, mentioned Dr Pramod Narkhede, Cardiologist, Apollo Clinic, Pune. Dr Pramod Narkhede, cardiologist, Apollo Clinic, Pune, explained,…

Air pollution on rise in Indian cities: study

Levels of air pollutants in Indian cities, including national capital New Delhi, are on the rise, according to a study using observations from instruments on satellites that scan the global skies, emphasising the need to monitor air and importance of ongoing measures for a cleaner environment. Researchers used a long record of data gathered by space-based instruments to estimate trends in a range of air pollutants for 2005 to 2018, timed to coincide with well-established air quality policies in the UK and rapid development in India, a press release issued…

Health ministry releases revised guidelines for home isolation of mild COVID-19 cases

The health ministry on Thursday issued the “Revised guidelines for home isolation of mild/asymptomatic COVID-19 cases”, in which it advised against attempting to procure or administer Remdesivir injections at home, underlining that it should be administered only in a hospital setting. The guidelines stated that systemic oral steroids are not indicated in mild cases and if the symptoms (persistent fever, worsening cough etc.) persist beyond seven days, the treating doctor should be consulted for treatment with low-dose oral steroids. Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid…

These six hormone disrupters cause unwanted changes in your body

A good exercising schedule, sound sleep and healthy food make sure your hormones are balanced and you are living a healthy life. But, with so much happening around,  it is likely that our hormonal balance can go haywire. The causes for it can be numerous, your food intake being an important factor among them. That is what Dr Mark Hyman, NYTimes bestselling author, family physician and an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine, shares in his latest Instagram post. Take a look below as he shares how “imbalances…

A doctor explains: What is ‘long COVID syndrome’?

The COVID-19 infection is once again wreaking havoc in the country, with cases surging every day and things looking grim at the moment. Amid all this, doctors have started to highlight something called the ‘long COVID syndrome’, which is said to have a debilitating impact on patients’ lives. According to Dr Farah Ingale, Director-Internal Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi – A Fortis Network Hospital, while there is “no textbook definition of ‘long COVID’, patients who experience post-COVID symptoms lasting over six months are known to be suffering from this condition”. “These…

Covid 19: Bhagyashree shares home remedy to combat chronic fatigue, muscle soreness

Many people experience chronic fatigue and body pain after recovering from COVID, making it difficult to resume daily activities. While a healthy diet along with timely breaks is essential to keep oneself healthy, one can also try some simple remedies for relief. Actor Bhagyashree shared a home remedy that can help reduce such pain, and in turn, stress. “Chronic fatigue, body pain during and post Covid-19 can really make it very difficult for you to even stay mentally strong during isolation,” she mentioned in an Instagram post. According to her,…

Covid-19: Why patients must get their heart checked post recovery

Doctors say that while the recovery rate is encouraging for many Covid-positive patients in India, there are some after-effects of the disease, which can cause long-term health issues. In fact, a recent study by the Oxford journal has revealed nearly 50 per cent of people hospitalised with severe COVID-19 have shown evidence of heart damage months after recovering from the disease. It, therefore, becomes important for patients to get their heart checked after making recovery, Dr Ravi Kumar, senior consultant and clinical lead, Heart Failure and Transplantation, MGM Healthcare, tells…

COVID 19 vaccination and menstruation: Government debunks social media rumours

Taking stock of social media rumours suggesting that women should not take the COVID-19 jab near and while on their periods, the government has now quashed the rumours. A few days after the Central Government announced all above 18 years of age can take their vaccines from May 1, 2021, several women raised concerns over taking Covid-19 jabs during periods following circulating messages. The post suggested that girls and women should refrain from taking the jab five days before and after the periods as “immunity is very less” during periods.…

Simple tips to help you prepare for the summer season

In India, summers are merciless. While the nature of the heat is different — in the northern part of the country it is dry, and in the south, there’s more humidity — it can leave people feeling intensely uncomfortable. In some cases, heat can be fatal, too. And while the country is already struggling to contain the spread of the COVID-19 infection, heat waves can pose an added problem, if not taken care of. Dr Sanjay Shah, general physician, Fortis Hospital Mulund, says extreme heat can “result in increased hospitalisations…

Addite Malik savours panjeeri during pregnancy; know more about the immunity-boosting preparation

Homemade sweets are known to be extremely good for bosting immunity and health. From energising one to satiating sweet cravings, they are a powerhouse of essential nutrients, especially for pregnant women. Having one such delightful preparation was actor Addite Malik who shared a picture of herself savouring panjeeri — a Punjabi dish loaded with herbal gums, ghee and dry fruits. It is considered extremely nutritious for new mothers and pregnant women. “I have always been a believer of our Indian traditions and my belief has only increased in my pregnancy.…

COVID 19: Experts on whether camphor helps improve oxygen levels, relieve respiratory distress

Among the many ‘social media’ solutions for the various symptoms of Covid-19 is the use of camphor or kapur. Many people on social media have been claiming that the aromatic organic compound can help improve oxygen levels in people with Covid-19. Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also shared the same in a now-deleted post on Facebook. According to the post, “Camphor, lavang (clove), ajwain, few drops eucalyptus oil can help improve oxygen levels. “Make a potli (ingredients wrapped together in a cloth) and keep smelling it throughout…

Many older adults lack even simple, helpful equipment

Written by Paula Span In 2019, John Hancock had become so disabled after a hospitalization that he went close to a year without being able to take a bath or a shower. Using a walker, he could, with difficulty, move around the town house in Baltimore where he lived with his daughter and grandson. But because he felt too unsteady to climb into the tub, one of them had to help him with sponge baths. Then a program at Johns Hopkins called CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place — Advancing Better…

‘Our mind is a very tricky place’: Sanjana Sanghi writes a note on mental health

The current health crisis in the country has left us all mentally drained. In times like these, our mind often poses questions, sometimes persistently: are we doing enough? Dil Bechara actor Sanjana Sanghi recently took to Instagram to talk about it. She shared how the mind can be a tricky place and that one should not let it consume them. Even if that happens, “this is a good time to ride yourself with guilt — there is no right way of telling you how wrong you are.” Further giving us…

COVID-19 vaccine: What cancer patients need to keep in mind

Medical experts recommend getting vaccinated as a precaution against contracting COVID-19. However, some people are still skeptical about whether the vaccine would be safe or not. Especially in the case of cancer patients or those with a history of cancer, is it safe to get vaccinated? According to Dr Anil Heroor, Head-Surgical Oncology, Fortis Hospital, Mulund & Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, every cancer patient has a different level of resistance and disease-fighting power. “When India began its vaccination drive in January 2021, many expert medical groups recommended that most patients…

Can diabetes cause skin conditions? Here’s what you need to know

Diabetes is no longer a disease of the select few, it has now become a mainstream lifestyle disease that has affected millions (men, women and children) around the world. However, did you know that imbalanced sugar levels in the blood not only adversely affect the many organs of the body, but also the skin? “Most people with diabetes or pre-diabetic condition notice some recurring skin issues or have skin disorders at some point in their life. In some cases, the changes you are seeing on the skin can be an…

How to do self-proning to improve oxygen levels? Here’s a step-by-step guide

COVID-19 patients are required to keep a check on their oxygen saturation frequently. If the saturation goes below 94 per cent, one should try ‘proning’ (lying on your belly), advise medical experts, to improve oxygen levels. The Health Ministry recently shared a step-by-step guide for proning, a medically accepted position to improve breathing comfort and oxygen, and therefore beneficial for COVID-19 patients. Those in home isolation should keep these things in mind before they go for self-proning: For this, you need pillows — one should be below the neck, one…

Here are four reasons you should switch to canola oil

There is the cult sarso ka tael and the refined oil which stands tall on the kitchen shelves of most Indian households. But, have you heard of canola oil? This oil is gradually gaining popularity in the Indian market, owing to its excellent properties, texture, and a plethora of health benefits that you might not find in your usual mustard or even olive oil.  So to begin with the basics, what is canola oil? “Canola obtains its name from two words – ‘can’ stands for Canadian, and ‘ola’ means oil. …

Microgreens: From cultivation to nutrition, know all about these wondrous ‘superfoods’

Leek, mustard, broccoli, fenugreek, sesame, kale, turnip — most of you must have enjoyed eating these foods as part of a healthy diet plan. But did you know these herbs and vegetables are collectively known as ‘microgreens’? Considered to be extremely nutritious, they are also termed as ‘superfoods’ and can be grown in a short span of time — between a week to 14 days. This is why, perhaps, not only are people increasingly consuming them, but also are becoming ‘microgreen entrepreneurs’. Meet Swati Jain, founder of The First Leaf,…

Swedish designer’s new suit aims to improve mobility in Parkinson’s, stroke and celebral palsy patients

In a renewed hope for patients with Parkinson’s, who often experience tremors through their body, a Swedish engineer has created a suit that can help them significantly reduce such tremors using electronic stimulation. According to makerfairerome.eu, the Exopulse Mollii Suit can improve mobility for people affected by a stroke, Cerebral Palsy, or Parkinson’s disease. How? The single-piece suit is equipped with 58 embedded electrodes, which are adjusted to the user’s individual needs throughout the day. As per the website, low-frequency electrostimulation improves blood circulation and restores the previously inhibited balance…

What can housing societies do to tackle a COVID-19 situation? A doc suggests some practical steps

In the second wave, more people have been infected by the coronavirus. Chances are, you may have cases in your vicinity at the moment. But instead of panicking, you can read about some important steps that your housing society can take, to help a patient and stop the spread of the virus any further. Dr Rahul Pandit, Director-Critical Care, Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai — in a bid to encourage every responsible citizen to make collective efforts to fight the pandemic — shares some ways in which housing societies can brace for…

Throat spray, oral drug for malaria-arthritis effective in reducing spread of COVID-19: Singapore study

An antiseptic throat spray and an oral drug usually prescribed to treat malaria and arthritis have been found to effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19 in high-transmission settings, researchers in Singapore have found, according to a media report on Sunday. The findings were made based on a large-scale clinical trial conducted last May, involving more than 3,000 migrant workers living in Tuas South Dormitory in the Industrial District of Singapore, Channel News Asia reported. During the six-week trial, workers were given a povidone-iodine throat spray, which can be bought off…

Matters of the Mind: An urgent offering of confidence, clarity and courage

Part I In the last few months, I have had people book a different kind of session — a QnA hour, in which the client states they need urgent and practical answers. While there are so many subjectivities involved when it comes to psychology, I recognised that in the last year-and-a-half, a lot of anxiety came from not knowing how to handle so much change in our lives, from confusion of what’s okay and what’s not and from self-doubt regarding being able to cope. So for this week, I decided…

‘Being vaccinated has helped me get well faster’: Manish Malhotra on testing negative twice

Manish Malhotra has tested negative twice, days after sharing he had contracted Covid-19 virus and was on home quarantine. The designer took to Instagram to share the news, attributing his recovery to being vaccinated. “Tested COVID NEGATIVE twice… Gratitude 🙏to all your wishes and prayers . Being vaccinated has helped me get well faster. Vaccination is a must everyone 🙏Stay Safe,” he wrote. On April 16, the 54-year-old had taken to Instagram to announce: “I have tested positive for COVID-19. I have immediately isolated myself and will be under home…

How to help children cope with COVID-19 stress

The second wave of the coronavirus infection has left people discouraged and anxious. In many parts of the country, there is a lockdown, and many other places are witnessing families imposing a self-lockdown, so as to stay safe, and keep all members healthy. In all of this, it is the children who are getting affected once again, having to understand why staying at home is more important now than ever. And while parents are looking for ways to safeguard their kids, it is also important that they help them cope…

From improving mood to sleep: Here’s why natural sunlight is crucial for you

Amid pandemic concerns, more and more healthcare practitioners have suggested how sun exposure for even half-hour daily can help up one’s vitamin D levels in the body which is considered essential for bone and muscle health. But did you know that sun is not just a source of vitamin D? It actually has several other benefits for one’s health. Taking to Instagram, ayurvedic practitioner Dr Dixa Bhavsar suggested how sunlight in the morning, right after sunrise till about 8 am and at the time of sunset, can help. Dr Bhavsar…

They have Alzheimer’s. This clinical trial may be a last hope

Written by Gina Kolata Despite the urgent need for treatments to slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease, finding patients for clinical trials has been difficult and frustrating. Patients are often older. Their doctors may not be part of a research network. And many with dementia never get a diagnosis — their doctors do not tell them what is wrong or they avoid finding out that they have the dreaded disease. “How do you recruit when patients do not realize they are eligible?” said Michelle Papka, director of the Cognitive and Research…

Health Ministry issues guidelines for management of adult COVID-19 patients

Amid COVID-19 cases soaring in the country, the Health Ministry has come up with fresh clinical guidelines for the management of adult patients with mild, moderate or severe conditions. Here’s what they shared on their official website: Treatment for mild COVID-19 case Mild COVID-19 condition is identified as having upper respiratory tract symptoms (and/or fever) without shortness of breath or hypoxia. People who have these symptoms are advised to be in home isolation. Must dos: *Physical distancing, indoor mask use, strict hand hygiene*Symptomatic management- hydration, antipyretics, antitussive, multivitamins*Stay in contact…

COVID-19 second wave: Experts suggest ways to take care of your mental health

With the number of cases rising each day, near and dear ones getting affected, and amid lockdowns, stress and anxiety are at an all-time high in the second wave of Covid 19. “The second wave is severe not just because of the toll it’s taking due to the huge population being affected but also because it suddenly came when everything seemed to be returning to normal. Vaccine felt like a respite but there are millions yet to be vaccinated and people still haven’t recovered from financial and personal losses,” Dr…

COVID-19 second wave: Experts suggest ways to take care of your mental health

With the number of cases rising each day, near and dear ones getting affected, and amid lockdowns, stress and anxiety are at an all-time high in the second wave of Covid 19. “The second wave is severe not just because of the toll it’s taking due to the huge population being affected but also because it suddenly came when everything seemed to be returning to normal. Vaccine felt like a respite but there are millions yet to be vaccinated and people still haven’t recovered from financial and personal losses,” Dr…

Fatty Liver: Simple dietary strategies to manage the condition

Too much fat accumulation is not only unhealthy for the body but also the liver “because fat build-up in your liver can lead to fatty liver issues,” said Dr Praveen Jha, MD, DM, Consultant Gastroenterology, Regency Superspeciality Hospital, Lucknow. He explained that a liver is called a fatty liver when more than 5 percent of it is fat. “While consuming too much alcohol gives rise to fatty liver, there are still many cases of fatty liver disease that are not because of alcohol intake. A number of fatty liver conditions…

Does Covid vaccine affect your period? Here’s what you need to know

Debunking myths and quashing rumours, experts including medical practitioners are trying to assuage concerns that covid 19 vaccines are affecting menstrual cycles and fertility after some people shared their experiences of heavier, painful or delayed periods after taking the jab. “So far, there’s no data linking the vaccines to changes in menstruation,” Alice Lu-Culligan and Dr Randi Hutter Epstein at Yale School of Medicine wrote in the New York Times. “Even if there is a connection, one unusual period is no cause for alarm,” reported guardian.com. Closer home, Twitter has…

How to wear a mask correctly? Dr Shriram Nene shares

Reeling under the second and even stronger wave of the pandemic, India and many countries of the world have reported an increasing number of people getting affected by the respiratory virus. Even as vaccinations continue to be administered, the only way to fight the condition is through precautions and preventive measures. The best way to do that apart from handwashing and hygiene is wearing masks properly. In an Instagram Reel video, Dr Shriram Nene, cardiothoracic surgeon and healthcare innovator, and husband of actor Madhuri Dixit, demonstrated how to wear which…

Mucormycosis: Everthing you need to know about the fungal infection

India is currently battling the second wave of Covid-19. And even as we wait for the tide to turn and for vaccinations to catch up, we have to reckon with another rising risk, that of mucormycosis adding to the danger of Covid-19, said Dr Atul Patel, infectious disease specialist, Sterling Hospital, Ahmedabad. “Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that has a high mortality rate of 50 per cent and an increasing number of Covid-19 patients have been developing this infection while still at the hospital or after discharge,” he told indianexpress.com.…

Simple tips to safeguard your child in the second wave of COVID-19

Last year, children were less affected, and in a lot less vulnerable state than this year. It has been seen that many children have taken ill in the second wave of the COVID-19 infection. Dr Jesal Sheth, senior consultant-paediatrician, Fortis Hospital, Mulund says that children are reported to have mild symptoms or of being asymptomatic and super spreaders. “The symptoms may include rash, gastrointestinal symptoms, weakness, persistent fever, increased respiratory problems, and dry cough. Kids seem to spread the virus rather quickly, but utmost precautions need to be taken as…

Fact check: Can eating raw onion with rock salt cure COVID-19?

Amid the COVID-19 surge, a lot of homemade remedies have been doing the rounds to boost immunity and even cure the disease. While many kitchen ingredients have been scientifically proven to have properties that can boost immunity, a remedy has been doing the rounds on social media which suggests eating raw onion with rock salt can cure COVID-19. Before you set out to try it, know that the remedy is fake. Talking about whether the hack can be used to cure COVID-19, Dr Mrinal Sircar, director and head, Pulmonology, Fortis…

Post Covid-19 care: Nutritional guidelines for those recovering from coronavirus

Written by Shwetha Bhatia In my practice so far, I’ve managed cases from mild to severe across various age groups. As we fight the second wave, here are guidelines for those recovering from Covid 19 infection. A good diet promotes faster recovery. We now know that Covid is an inflammatory condition that can have lasting effects for up to six-eight months after discharge affecting different organs, especially the liver and lungs. Diet Aspects that need to be kept in mind: *Managing other complications if any e.g.., hypertension, diabetes, kidney dysfunction,…

Should you add bell peppers to your salad?

Many health-conscious people often enjoy salads for their meals. Salads can be whipped us using an assortment of vegetables, including bell peppers. Being low in calories and exceptionally rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, bell peppers make for an excellent addition to one’s healthy diet. They come in various colours such as red, yellow, and orange. But should you have them every day? While all kinds of foods are good for one’s body in a limited proportion, bell peppers, which are also sometimes called sweet peppers, may lead to…

A doctor explains: What is the six-minute walk test for COVID-19?

As the nation struggles amid the second wave of coronavirus with increasing demand for medical oxygen, doctors have been advising those infected or suspected of infection to take the six-minute walk test to check their oxygen saturation. Maharashtra’s state health department has advised citizens to do this to check the functioning of their lungs. In Kolhapur, the civic chief has reportedly made it compulsory for patients in home isolation to do the walk test twice a day. Meanwhile, civic health authorities in Pune have also advised people to do the…

Covid vaccine: 7 things to remember if you are getting the jab

The fight against Covid-19 is at its peak with the government recently announcing that the vaccine is now available for everyone above the age of 18 years from May 1. So if you are planning to get the vaccine anytime soon, here are seven basic things you need to note, as suggested by Dr Vishakha, a writer and award-winning nutritionist. In an Instagram post, she urged all those eligible to take the vaccine because “there is enough evidence to show that even if you do get the vivid infection post-vaccination,…