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With Omicron replacing Delta, it’s a good time to open up city: Experts

Even as the virus remains in circulation in low numbers, experts believe that Mumbai will avoid fatalities if guidelines are followed stringently and those who are eligible, take both their jabs

he civic body on Thursday revealed that 100% of the 237 samples that were most recently sequenced by them had the Omicron’s BA.2 subvariant (Vijay Bate)
Updated on Mar 05, 2022 07:24 PM IST

30% of Maharashtra’s teens fully vaccinated

Mumbai: Maharashtra’s full vaccination coverage in the 15-18 age group is 30

As of March 3, the Mumbai’s first dose coverage is 54% and its full vaccination coverage touched 32%. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 03, 2022 11:22 PM IST

Fourth wave unlikely, virus will circulate as endemic: Experts

Over 91.5% of adults in the state have received at least one dose and 70.4% of adults are fully vaccinated with both doses

A statistical forecasting study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, published on a pre-print server MedRxiv, has predicted that the fourth wave in India will set around June 22 (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Mar 01, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Civic body starts virtual TB clinic for difficult cases

While the panel of doctors will provide opinions within 48 hours, the case studies will be discussed every month in a virtual conference as a knowledge sharing and skill-building exercise

The civic body will be using the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) platform for the virtual clinic. (StockPic)
Published on Feb 27, 2022 06:40 PM IST

Experts root for rollout of booster shots for 45+

Vellore-based virologist Dr T Jacob John said that booster doses should be rolled out for everyone, more so for people who are immunocompromised

Booster doses for senior citizens and frontline workers were opened on January 10. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 07:16 PM IST

BMC to decide on shutting jumbo Covid facilities by next week

Makeshift jumbo centres at Dahisar, Goregaon, Malad, Sion and Kanjurmarg are likely to be dismantled.

On Thursday, only 739 (3.28 percent) out of the 22,467 hospitals beds, which includes beds in jumbo facilities, were occupied (HVijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 25, 2022 12:53 PM IST

Study links maternal smoking to delayed embryonic development

A new study published in the reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction has revealed that by the 10th week of pregnancy, embryo development was delayed by nearly a day in women who smoked 10 or more cigarettes a day compared to non-smokers.

The researchers followed 689 women with singleton (birth of one child during a delivery) pregnancies between 2010 and 2018. (Representational Image/Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 23, 2022 04:10 PM IST

Immune-boosting supplements do not reduce the risk of death due to Covid-19: study

The paper showed that treatment with vitamin D may be associated with lower rates of intubation and shorter hospital stays, but the researchers noted that more rigorous study is needed to validate that finding

Immune-boosting supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc do not lessen the chances of dying from Covid-19, a new review by the researchers at the University of Toledo, Ohio has found (Stock Pic)
Updated on Feb 18, 2022 11:06 PM IST

Only half of Mumbai’s teens vaccinated for first dose

The nationwide vaccination drive for youngsters in the age group of 15 to 18 years began on January 3

Mumbai’s target population in the 15 to 18 age group is 612,000 (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo))
Published on Feb 18, 2022 12:17 AM IST

So long, nightingale

Lata Mangeshkar, who left behind thousands of memorable songs in a singing career that spanned the arc of Indian cinema, was cremated with full state honours on Sunday evening.

Mortal remains of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar being brought to Shivaji Park for her last rites, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2022 12:15 AM IST

Can Covid positive fatalities become organ donors?

Two years into the pandemic and the medical fraternity is fiercely debating if COvid victims can become organ donors

The guidelines of India’s National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) do not allow organ donations from Covid infected donors (HT File)
Published on Feb 05, 2022 11:03 PM IST

Stop use of Kanamycin injection: TB activists

TB survivors, activists and organisations have jointly written to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare demanding the complete phase-out of Kanamycin, an injectable anti-TB drug

The World Health Organization (WHO) has long removed Kanamycin injection for its treatment guidelines and instead recommends the two new oral anti-TB drugs bedaquiline and delamanid (Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 04, 2022 10:32 PM IST

400 crore for 100 polyclinics offering free treatment

The centres will be equipped with waiting rooms, doctors, medical stores, nursing staff rooms and consultation rooms for patients.

BMC has allocated 15% of its total budget to healthcare while recording a nearly 47% jump in allocation (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 04, 2022 12:45 AM IST
ByPratip Acharya and Jyoti Shelar

Random, large-scale Covid testing unnecessary, say experts

Amidst the Omicron driven third wave, several medical experts are now saying that large-scale Covid-19 tests are unnecessary

Experts believe that testing should now be limited to hospitalised patients only. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 02, 2022 10:10 PM IST

Covid-19 third wave peak has lowest case fatality rate

Experts believe that January may have been the peak of the third wave at least for the bigger districts of the state, including Mumbai.

The third wave saw a less severe variant in Omicron and it was up against a largely vaccinated population,” said Dr Shashank Joshi, member of the state’s Covid-19 task force. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2022 12:06 AM IST

NeoCoV scare: Should we be worried about this new variant?

We know very little about NeoCoV at the moment, except that the researchers from China have found it in bats, says experts adding that now is not the time to panic and spread misinformation

“We should definitely monitor new variants, be guarded, but we should not panic unnecessarily,” Vellore-based virologist Dr T Jacob John . (Stock Picture)
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 07:32 PM IST

Experts insist on finding right fit, taking safe mask breaks to asthma patients

Mumbai: For 65-year-old Khar resident Madhuri Kanga, who is asthmatic for nearly seven years, wearing N95 mask in the deadly second wave of Covid-19 was a necessity to protect herself from the virus

Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago conducted an online survey of 501 adults with asthma and found that 84% experienced discomfort, and 75% reported trouble breathing or shortness of breath at least a little of the time while wearing a mask (HT)
Published on Jan 30, 2022 11:30 PM IST

Docs bank on clinical signs to differentiate between Omicron and Delta

Doctors said that a clinical differentiation between Omicron and Delta is crucial in terms of planning the treatment

In absence of quicker genome sequencing or the wide-scale unavailability of S-gene target failure tests used to indirectly detect Omicron, doctors have been using clinical signs to differentiate between the Omicron and Delta in order to decide the course of treatment (HT)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 07:21 PM IST

‘Promote grassroots research’: Padma awardee Bawaskar to government

Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar, who runs a hospital in Maharashtra’s Mahad, is also known for his research on the management of scorpion stings and snake bites

Padma awardee Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 01:38 PM IST

As Covid-19 cases decline, demand for self-test drops

As Mumbai reports a steady decline in daily Covid-19 cases, chemists have also recorded a drop in the sales of home self-testing kits over the past week

Mumbai’s test positivity rate (TPR) on January 7 was 29% and dropped to 21% on January 14. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 27, 2022 09:12 PM IST

Tracking Mumbai’s three waves: How treatment for Covid-19 has evolved

Tracking Mumbai’s three Covid-19 waves: SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease, can be detected in upper respiratory tract for up to three months of the onset of illness.

A BMC health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test of passengers arriving on outstation trains at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai on Tuesday (HT Photo/Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Jan 26, 2022 03:25 PM IST

Mumbai high-rise fire: Woman suffers 50% burns, 7 others in critical condition

Doctors from the Kasturba Hospital said that they had one female patient Madhuri Chopdekar admitted with burn injuries and remained in a critical condition

The condition of at least eight patients was in a critical state. (ANI)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 11:32 PM IST

ICU, ventilator occupancy rise, hospitalisations fall in 10-day period

Mumbai’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and ventilator bed occupancy has gone up in the past 10 days, even as the city’s overall Covid-19 hospitalisations have recorded a dip

On January 11, the city had 876 Covid patients in Intensive Care Units and 526 on ventilator support in city hospitals, according to the data collated by the Brihanmumbai Corporation (BMC) (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:16 PM IST

Omicron variant can turn serious, experts say

Experts pointed out that Omicron, which is known to largely affect the upper respiratory tract and thus produce milder symptoms compared to the Delta or Delta plus variant can still cause severe disease, and in some instances, death

The Omicron variant can trigger complications depending on the co-morbid condition of the patient (Stock pic)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 11:09 PM IST

Use Molnupiravir with “abundant caution”: State

A letter issued by the additional chief secretary Pradeep Vyas stated that the drug must not be prescribed to Covid patients below 18 years and pregnant women

The state government asked all districts and corporations to use the new antiviral drug Molnupiravir with “abundant caution” on Monday (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 10:35 PM IST

Mumbai vaccinated just 24% teens, half of state’s average

A fortnight after the vaccination drive to inoculate the age group of 15 to 17 years started, Mumbai has managed to cover just about 24% of its target

Maharashtra’s target population is over six million and the state had administered over two million doses (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 09:30 PM IST

Mumbai’s memory clinic hopes to slow the progression of dementia in patients

The first such clinic in a public hospital in the city offers comprehensive management including cognitive rehabilitation and caregiver support for persons with dementia

First Memory Clinic for patients with Dementia at KEM Hospital, Parel (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 01:15 AM IST

Bed occupancy at ICU goes up by 10 percentage points

Since January 4, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed occupancy has gone up nearly 10 percentage points and ventilator bed utilisation has increased by nearly 11 percentage points in Mumbai

However, the oxygen usage in the past week, senior civic official say, has only increased by an estimated 5% indicating that patients on oxygen beds seem to be recovering with mild oxygen therapy. (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 04:58 PM IST

Omicron: Not so mild for the vulnerable

BMC had launched a door-to-door vaccination drive for people who were bedridden and immobile, but Singh, whose right leg was amputated, refused to get jabbed

The third wave of the pandemic, predominantly driven by the Omicron variant, is being called “mild” as the symptoms seem to range from fever to sore throats (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 04:45 PM IST

Number of discharged patients rises in the state with revised policy

The revised policy concerning discharge of Covid-19 patients has led to over 48,000 patients, including over 42,000 from Mumbai alone getting discharged

According to the new guidelines, moderate patients too can be discharged after seven days of a positive report, if their oxygen saturation is above 93% for three consecutive days (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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