Sanchita Sharma, Hindustan Times

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Past articles by Sanchita:

Experts flag concern over ‘limited data’ for Covaxin

New Delhi The emergency use approval in India to the Serum Institute of India (SII) vaccine against Covid-19 developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, and the “restricted use in emergency situation” consent to Bharat Biotech International Limited’s locally developed vaccine has triggered a debate among experts -- particularly over the decision to clear the Bharat Biotech vaccine despite… → Read More

Price cap on Covid tests could be affecting diagnosis, skewing data

The ORF-1a, RdRp, E, N, and S genes are most frequently targeted for Sars-CoV-2 detection by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing, which is the standard test for Covid-19 diagnosis in India. The test that can successfully identify the variant is a three-gene test, where one of the genes doesn’t show up in the result because of a mutation in the virus. → Read More

Covid-19 can have impact on heart too, say experts

A US study using MRI found cardiac abnormalities in 78 of 100 patients who had recently recovered from Covid-19, including 12 of 18 asymptomatic patients. → Read More

Few coronavirus deaths in old-age homes in India, finds study

Old-age homes in India have recorded very low numbers of deaths from coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to a study of data of more than 3,000 residents in 44 care homes in... → Read More

Central schemes help country fare better on wellness index: Survey

Women are more empowered than they were in 2015-16, with all states recording a marked increase in the number of women with a bank or savings account that they use. → Read More

India to manufacture 100mn doses a year of Sputnik: Moscow institute

Phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccine are approved and ongoing in Belarus, the UAE, Venezuela and other countries, and Phase 2/3 have been approved in India. India, along with Brazil, China, South Korea and others, will provide the vaccine to at least 50 countries that have requested over 1.2 billion doses. → Read More

Russia says vaccine 95% effective, roll-out in Jan

Countries are hoping to begin inoculating their populations by year’s end or in early 2021 to stop a pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly 1.4 million people. → Read More

As vaccine trials end, where do Covid-19 treatments stand?

Most Covid-19 treatments fall under three broad categories, antivirals that prevent the virus from multiplying, immune-modulators that regulate the immune response, and combinations that use multiple mechanisms of action. → Read More

Covid-19: Public participation a must to contain infection spread

India’s case fatality rate — the percentage of deaths in an infected population — has steadily declined from a high of 3.23% on March 22 to 1.49% on October 31. → Read More

Global study sees India having edge in Covid-19 vaccines

It will likely take three to four years to manufacture enough vaccines to cover the world’s population, but high-income countries and a few middle-income countries with manufacturing capacity such as India, have already purchased nearly 3.8 bn doses. → Read More

Covid detection with CRISPR, phones in offing

This new CRISPR diagnostic method doesn’t amplify coronavirus RNA but uses multiple guide RNAs that work in tandem to increase the sensitivity of the test, said the research team in the yet to be peer-reviewed study published in the pre-print server medRxiv. → Read More

Genetic defects may affect ability to fight Covid

One in seven people with severe coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have genetic or immunological defects that affect their ability to fight the virus, according to two new studies that... → Read More

‘Herd immunity can’t end the pandemic…a vaccine is critical’: Bill Gates

Economic damage from Covid-19 is reinforcing inequalities, and extreme poverty has increased by 7% → Read More

Obesity, diabetes raise Covid-19 death risk

Morbid obesity, diabetes and hypertension were the most common risk factors in young adults, with those having more than one of these conditions facing risks comparable to older adults having no pre-existing illnesses, reported a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which is the journal of the American Medical Association. → Read More

AstraZeneca pauses trials after ‘unexplained illness’

UK-based drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc. voluntarily suspended global trials of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine after one volunteer developed an unexplained illness on Wednesday, which experts say may delay the discovery of a vaccine, but wouldn’t necessarily set back international efforts to develop one. “This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained… → Read More

Vulnerable tribes in Andaman free of Covid: Health ministry

Particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are safe and the six Great Andamanese infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Port Blair... → Read More

Centre’s eSanjeevani service crosses 300,000 tele-consults

Restrictions on health services and mobility because of the Covid-19 pandemic have accelerated the mainstreaming of telemedicine and e-consultation platforms and 100,000 tele-consultations were done over the last 20 days → Read More

Cases of fatal syndrome reported in children

Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infection in children is often mild or asymptomatic, and rarely leads to death, but cases of an uncommon, but potentially fatal multisystem... → Read More

Study shows Covid can spread in public vehicles

One Covid-19 infected person passed on the disease to 23 of 67 passengers on a bus, a new study published this week determined, showing the virus can spread readily in a closed, small setting like public transport. The findings are significant for India as it enters the fourth phase of the Unlock plan, with more public transport – including buses and metro trains – being allowed to run soon.… → Read More

90% of those killed by Covid in India are older than 40, 69% are men

More than half the 56,292 Covid-19 deaths across states by August 22 were in the 50 -70 age group, with Covid-19 deaths being the highest in the 61-70 year age group among both genders. → Read More