Expert claims ‘COVID Tongue’ on the rise, WHO yet to confirm

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January 17, 2021

London, Jan 17: An epidemiologist at King's College, London has claimed that there is an increase in the number of COVID patients suffering from uncomfortable mouth symptoms like oral ulcers - not yet listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the COVID-19 symptoms.

Professor Tim Spector said in a tweet that he has seen an increase in such patients.

"One in five people with Covid still present with less common symptoms that don't get on the official PHE (Public Health England) list - such as skin rashes," Spector tweeted.

"Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home!" he added.

There is no mention of oral symptoms listed either by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the WHO.

Spector is leading the 'ZOE COVID Symptom Study' app which allows people to sign up and self-report any of their Covid-19 symptoms.

This is not the first time COVID-19 has been linked to mouth and tongue symptoms.

Last year, research in the Nature journal Evidence-Based Dentistry detailed three Covid-19 patients who experienced oral ulceration or blistering of the mouth.

Another study in JAMA Dermatology looked at 21 Covid patients in Spain who had skin rashes and found six individuals (29 per cent) also presented with an oral rash.

A recent New York Times article said that Covid survivors described oral problems they're experiencing such as "teeth falling out, sensitive gums, teeth turning grey, and teeth cracking."

Studies suggest that the mouth might be a vulnerable area to coronavirus due to the abundance of the ACE2 (angiotensin converting enzyme) receptor in oral tissue.

According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms include loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhoea, or a skin rash.

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March 3,2021

Covid-19 Vaccines Will Be Administered 24X7: Union Health Minister Harsh  Vardhan

New Delhi, Mar 3: The government has lifted the time restriction on receiving Covid-19 vaccine jabs so as to increase the pace of immunisation, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday.

People can now get vaccinated round-the-clock according to their convenience, he said in a tweet, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi values the health as well as the time of the citizens of the country.

"The government has lifted the time restriction to increase the speed of vaccination. People can now get vaccinated 24x7 according to their convenience. Prime Minister Narendra Modi understands the value of health as well as the time of citizens," Vardhan tweeted in Hindi.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a press conference on Tuesday that the timeline of vaccinating the beneficiaries from 9 am to 5 pm has been done away with and it is up to the hospitals to decide whether they want to continue administering the vaccines even after that.

"Co-WIN 2.0 does not provide 9 am-5 pm vaccination sessions. It has done away with that timeline. If a hospital has the capacity, the system permits it to do vaccination even after 5 pm in consultation with the state government. This has been briefed both to the state governments as well as the private and government hospitals," he said.

The second dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 started being administered from February 13 for those who have completed 28 days since the receipt of the first dose. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started on February 2.

The next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

More than 1.56 crore (1,56,20,749) vaccine doses were administered in the country through 3,12,188 sessions, according to a provisional report till Wednesday 7 am.

The beneficiaries include 67,42,187 healthcare workers (first dose), 27,13,144 healthcare workers (second dose), 55,70,230 front-line workers (first dose), 834 front-line workers (second dose), 71,896 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (first dose) and 5,22,458 beneficiaries aged above 60 years.

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March 1,2021

COVID-19 vax: Registration on Co-Win 2.0 portal to start today, here's what  you should know - The Economic Times Video | ET Now

As India began new phase of the covid-19 vaccination drive on March 1, registration on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal opened at 9 am. In this phase, people above 60 years and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities will be prioritised. 

A user guide for the citizen registration and appointment for vaccination has also been uploaded on the websites of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA).

What can you do on www.cowin.gov.in self-registration module?

1) Register for a vaccination session
2) Selection of Vaccination centre of convenience
3) Book your slot to get the vaccine
4) Reschedule the vaccination date

How to register for the Covid vaccine?

•    Log on to www.cowin.gov.in
•    Enter your mobile number
•    Get an OTP to create your account
•    Enter the OTP and click on the “Verify" button.
•    You will be directed to the registration of the vaccination' page. On this page, there will be an option to choose one photo ID proof.
•    Fill in your name, age, gender and upload an identity document
•    The page will ask you if you have any comorbidities, which can be answered by simply clicking on 'yes', 'no'.
•    If 45+, upload doctor’s certificate as comorbidity proof
•    Once the details are entered for registration, Click on the “Register" button
•    Once the registration is completed; the system will show the “Account Details"
•    A citizen can further add three more people linked with this mobile number by clicking on the “Add More" button.
•    There will be a button indicating 'Schedule appointment'. Now click on it.
•    Search a vaccination centre of choice by state, district, block and pin code.
•    Date and availability will also be displayed.
•    Click on the 'book' button.
•    On successful completion of booking, you will receive a message. That confirmation details will have to be shown at the vaccination centre.
•    Once the Appointment is fixed, it can be rescheduled at any later stage but before the vaccination appointment day.
•    For this, re-login to the “Citizen Registration" module; with your already registered mobile number.
•    After the first dose, the booking of the second dose will be done automatically.

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February 25,2021

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Pudina (mint) is one of the oldest culinary herbs known to humans. It has remarkable medicinal properties and is a rich source of polyphenols. It has carminative and antispasmodic properties.

Saurabh Arora, Inventor Pudhinaa and Snec30, Director at Arbro says: "Pudina leaves or mint leaves are low on calories and contain very low amounts of proteins and fats. It has an enormous amount of Vitamin A, C, and B-complex that enhances skin and boost immunity. Another nutritional benefit of pudina is that it is rich in iron, potassium and manganese that increase hemoglobin, and improve brain function."

Arora lists down 10 health benefits of mint leaves that one must know:

Helps in digestion -- Mint is rich in antioxidants, menthol and phytonutrients that help the enzymes to digest food. The essential oils in mint possess strong antibacterial and antiseptic effects that calm stomach cramps and help ease acidity and flatulence.

Treats asthma -- Regularly taking pudina can ease chest congestion. The methanol in mint acts as a decongestant, it helps loosen mucus collected in the lung and also shrinks swollen membranes in the nose to allow you to breathe easier. While using pudina, make sure that you don't overdose it, otherwise, your air passage will become irritated.

Cures headaches -- Pudina contains menthol that can help relax muscles and ease the pain. Applying pudina juice on your forehead and temples can give you relief from headache. Also, balms of pudina base or mint oil are effective in curing headaches.

Eases stress and depression -- One of the main advantages of mint is that it is the most widely used herb in aromatherapy. Pudina or mint has a strong, refreshing smell that can ease stress and refresh the body and mind. The apoptogenic activity of mint helps regulate the cortisol levels in the blood that triggers the body's natural response to ease the stress. Inhaling pudina essential oil can instantly release serotonin in the blood which is a neurotransmitter that is well known for easing symptoms of stress and depression.

Makes your skin healthy -- Pudina has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help treat acne and pimple on the skin. Pudina leaves contain a high amount of salicylic acid which acts as anti-acne. It also acts as an effective skin cleanser. Pudina has antioxidant properties that help you get clean and youthful skin by removing free-radicals from the body. Other ways pudina makes your skin healthy is that it retains the moisture in the skin, clear off dead skin cells, and dirt from the skin pores, and makes the skin look radiant and toned.

Oral care -- Chewing pudina leaves is a great way to improve oral hygiene and dental health. The essential oils in pudina can help you get fresh breath. Also, using the mouthwash containing peppermint oil can help you kill bacteria in the mouth and provide you with healthy gums and teeth.

Improves memory -- According to a research, mint can improve memory and retrieve the cognitive function of the brain. Consuming pudina regularly can increase brain power by improving alertness, and memory retention, and other cognitive functions.

Promotes weight loss -- The aromatic herb pudina could help you in weight loss. The essential oils of pudina stimulate digestive enzymes to increase the bile flow and promote digestion. It also helps in improved nutrient absorption from the food. When the body is able to assimilate and absorb nutrients properly, your metabolism increases. The increase in metabolism promotes weight loss.

Treats common cold -- If you are struggling with cold and finding it difficult to breathe, pudina is the best remedy for it. Most of the vapor rubs and inhalers contain mint. Mint naturally clears nose throat, bronchi, and lung congestion. Apart from respiratory channels, mint also eases irritation caused by chronic coughing.

Eases symptoms of nausea -- Pudina is an effective treatment for nausea that often occurs in morning sickness. Eating a few pudina leaves or smelling it every morning can help pregnant women prevent the nauseous feeling or cope with it better.

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