Thursday, 2 February, 2023

Topic: Masks

As Mumbai’s Covid cases see 5-fold spurt in month, BMC intensifies testing-vaccination push

BMC warns of symptomatic cases increasing with onset of monsoon. Maharashtra Health Minister Tope says govt monitoring situation, but no need to panic as hospitalisation rate low.

With spike in Covid cases again, what does mask-abandonment mean for public health

As Covid cases rise again, the question is whether we should adhere to masking even if it isn't mandatory.

Back to normal, but a new one — what is govt’s road map for end of Covid curbs

Although Disaster Management Act will no longer be invoked after 31 March, states have been advised to continue Covid surveillance and pursue evidence-based decisionmaking.

Persisting with masks after vaccination has major economic, health benefits, Lancet study says

Face mask use in public indoor spaces for at least 2 weeks after achieving 70% vaccination coverage reduces hospitalisation and deaths, the study says.

ZyCov-D a welcome addition to India’s vaccine basket. Follow the science on mixing boosters now

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Not just RT-PCR tests, now your ‘smart’ masks will also tell you if you have Covid-19

Researchers in Japan are using ostrich antibodies to detect Covid-19 under ultraviolet light, something they say will help pick up asymptomatic cases.

Mask compliance remains low, survey says 1 in 3 Indians don’t carry mask when stepping out

Only 2% of respondents reported mask-compliance in their area, found a LocalCircles survey, a drop from 12% in September and a steeper fall from 29% in April.

Beware of Covid this festive season, only 6% Indians see ‘good’ social distancing around them

Survey released by LocalCircles based on 65,000 responses from 366 districts also shows only 13% people say there’s more than 90% compliance with masking protocols.

Even a simple surgical mask can prevent spread of Covid, German study says

In environments with potentially high airborne virus concentrations such as medical settings & densely occupied indoor spaces, masks with higher filtration efficiency should be used.

US nears victory over virus as CDC lifts most guidance on wearing masks

The guidance shift signals a broad return to everyday life, and is also a bet that any surge in spread from relaxed guidelines won’t be enough to reverse progress in inoculations.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...


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In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.