Thursday, March 4

Tag: Pandemic

No end to pandemic without equal vaccine access, say experts
World

No end to pandemic without equal vaccine access, say experts

Developing new Covid-19 vaccines will fail to end the pandemic unless all countries receive doses in a fast and fair manner, disease experts warned Saturday. As several nations consider implementing vaccine passports when international travel resumes, the authors of an open letter published in the Lancet medical journal said vaccine stockpiling in wealthier countries would only prolong the global health emergency. They warned that “vaccine nationalism” could leave the Covax initiative aimed at getting vaccines to low — and middle-income countries facing a huge dosage shortfall for several years to come. “The stark reality is that the world now needs more doses of Covid-19 vaccines than any other vaccine in history in order to immunise enough people to achieve global vaccine immunity...
Pandemic increases substance abuse, mental health issues for those struggling with obesity
Health, Lifestyle

Pandemic increases substance abuse, mental health issues for those struggling with obesity

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a detrimental impact on substance use, mental health, and weight-related health behaviors among people with obesity">obesity, according to a new study by researchers at UT Southwestern and the UTHealth School of Public Health. The study, published in the journal Clinical Obesity, surveyed 589 patients with obesity">obesity who are enrolled in the UT Southwestern Weight Wellness Program, multidisciplinary weight management, and post-bariatric care clinic. Nearly half of the group reported using recreational drugs and alcohol, and 10 percent reported increased use since the start of the pandemic. Seventeen of the patients have tested positive for COVID-19. Almost a quarter (24.3 percent) of the patients reported using opioids in the 30 days preceding ...
Ind vs Eng: Chennai to see fans for second Test, TNCA to get official approval from BCCI today
Sports

Ind vs Eng: Chennai to see fans for second Test, TNCA to get official approval from BCCI today

The second Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, slated to begin from February 13 will have a 50 percent crowd in attendance, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary RS Ramasaamy confirmed on Monday. "We have spoken to the BCCI, we will get official approval for 50 percent fans by today evening," Ramasaamy told ANI. The first two Tests of the four-match series between India and England will be played in Chennai, and then the action for the last two Tests will move to Ahmedabad. Earlier in the day, a BCCI official confirmed that fans would be allowed inside the Motera Stadium for the third and fourth Test between India and England. Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official on Monday confirmed that fans will be allowed to come in for the Test matches in Motera. Aske...
Pandemic boosts variety of video games
Technology

Pandemic boosts variety of video games

You’re stuck in lockdown but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit a tropical island, a space station or have games night with your friends — certain video games have filled the need of the world’s confined for a bit of distraction, adventure and socialising and achieved unexpected success during the pandemic. Animal Crossing No adversaries or competition in Animal Crossing: New Horizons which came out in March for Nintendo’s Switch console. Instead players explore an island, collecting fruit and making tools and furniture, trading with others, as the seasons slowly change. This version of the game certainly hit the spot with players hungry for a bit of light-hearted diversion. It powered to the top of the sales charts in the United States in March 2020, and was among top sellers in o...
Beckham defends hiring pal Neville as Inter Miami coach
Sports

Beckham defends hiring pal Neville as Inter Miami coach

Forced to operate from a distance last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, David Beckham promised yesterday to be the hands-on owner he said he would be and defended hiring his friend Phil Neville as Inter-Miami coach. Despite qualifying for the Major League Soccer playoffs in their debut campaign in 2020, Beckham said he was not happy with the culture within the club he co-owns with Jorge Mas and started the new season by sacking manager Diego Alonso and bringing in former Manchester United team mate Neville. “I knew pretty soon that we as an ownership group needed to make changes and I think it was better doing it sooner rather than later,” former-England captain Beckham told a news conference to introduce Neville. “It was pretty evident it wasn't exactly how I wanted and how I e...
Covid-19 pandemic ‘leads to slump in heart disease tests’
Health, Lifestyle

Covid-19 pandemic ‘leads to slump in heart disease tests’

Procedures to diagnose and treat heart disease fell by almost two-thirds in spring 2020 compared to 2019, a study suggested yesterday, in the latest sign of the coronavirus pandemic's effect on broader healthcare systems. The survey from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found there was a 64 per cent reduction in cardiology diagnostic procedures in March-April 2020 compared with the same period in the previous year, with “abrupt and significant” impact on services evident across all regions Around 718,000 cardiac diagnostic procedures were not performed in the centres surveyed in those two months due to the effects of the first wave of the pandemic, the authors say. The survey looked at data on several procedures to evaluate heart health such as echocardio...
Wrapped in plastic, no picnic for Hungarian teddy bears asleep in pandemic
Lifestyle

Wrapped in plastic, no picnic for Hungarian teddy bears asleep in pandemic

 In a small village in eastern Hungary, more than 20,000 teddy bears are “hibernating” in a warehouse, waiting for the coronavirus pandemic to ease so they can bring joy to children in local nurseries. Nicknamed “Teddy Bear Mama”, Valeria Schmidt looks after her precious collection of bears, now packed up in plastic bags for their unusually long winter sleep as Hungary remains in partial lockdown due to a resurgence of the virus. “I give away teddy bears to nurseries, pre-schools and poor families. I make exhibitions for (children’s) institutions, a kind of therapeutic teddy bear corner with about 30-50 bears which the children can play with,” Schmidt said. “Unfortunately, because of the virus situation, I cannot do these now.” The 62-year-old Schmidt, who has four adult children, has ...
Pandemic-driven shift to home work carries risks, says UN
Lifestyle

Pandemic-driven shift to home work carries risks, says UN

The shift to home-working triggered by the coronavirus pandemic looks set to endure long-term, making it vital to protect employees’ rights and avoid blurred lines between on-the-clock hours and personal time, the United Nations (UN) said yesterday. Issues facing home workers and their employers need greater attention, including better safeguards and more awareness of the rights and risks involved, the UN’s International Labour Organisation said in a report. “When the world was brutally hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, wide swathes of the world’s workers turned almost overnight to homework as a way of protecting both their jobs and their lives,” the agency said. “There is no doubt that homework is likely to take on greater importance in the years to come. “It is thus time for gove...
San Francisco mayor orders strict new lockdowns as pandemic spirals
Lifestyle, Travel

San Francisco mayor orders strict new lockdowns as pandemic spirals

The mayor of San Francisco on Friday ordered new lockdowns and business restrictions across the Bay Area in the face of the Covid-19 surge, as political leaders nationwide ramp up pressure on Americans to stay home until vaccines can be distributed. The new measures announced by Mayor London Breed, a first-term Democrat, apply across five Bay Area counties and are among the harshest of any major US city, closing all personal services, outdoor dining and most public gatherings. “What we are seeing in our city, our region, our state and our country is a virus that is taking over,” Breed, 46, said in announcing the new clamp down. California Governor Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat, said on Thursday he would impose similar stay-at-home orders statewide, to take effect region-by-region ...
Centre identifies 4 cities as role models for handling Covid-19 pandemic
Cities, Highlights, India

Centre identifies 4 cities as role models for handling Covid-19 pandemic

Four cities -- Jaipur, Indore, Chennai and Bengaluru -- could serve as possible role models for other urban centres in handling the Covid-19 pandemic that India is striving to control while moving to restart the economy. In the last few days, the Centre has organized meetings between different municipal bodies to share their experiences in two broad aspects of Covid19 management: effective practises in handling a very high number of positive cases and keeping the mortality rates low, said officials aware of the developments. It identified Jaipur and Indore metropolitan areas for innovate ways of tackling a high caseload and Chennai and Bengaluru as examples of large cities that are able to keep their mortality rates low. Many Indian municipalities are facing challenges such as sho...