Almost a year ago, one of the busiest airports in the world- Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi had a deserted look brought about by the coronavirus. A year later, the airport has terminated operations on terminal 2 as a result of the reduced number of flights due to the second wave, which is turning out to be more deadly than the previous one.
The air travel industry has witnessed significant changes since the pandemic, even as two things remain constant - the threat from the virus and the effort to ensure a safer surrounding. While leisure travel has taken a halt, air travel still remains unavoidable for some - many people are returning home amid the second wave-to be with their families during these times or for other personal or family health emergencies
Cases reported on air travel spread have been minimal due to which flights are being considered as a safer travelling option, however, it is always good for travellers to be extra cautious and look out for their own safety and practice precautions while boarding a flight. While it is imperative to mask up, regularly sanitise and avoid unnecessary contact with people and surfaces, there are other things as well to keep in mind while taking a flight.
With the current safety concerns set to stay for the foreseeable future, EaseMyTrip.com shares with IANSlife list of precautions that a passenger should keep in mind while travelling by air.
Double Mask up for Maximum Protection
With the second wave of coronavirus spreading ferociously, people have realised the importance of doubling up the protection. Is double mask safer than a single mask? Indeed, studies done by Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that double masking can reduce one's exposure to the virus by up to 95 per cent. The CDC recommends layering a cloth mask over a surgical mask. Avoid combinations such as two surgical masks, or a K95/N95 and any other mask.
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Minimal Contact Clothing
Such testing times require cautious approach even while choosing your outfit for air travel. It is advisable to cover your body as much as possible, so track suits are a good option. Travellers should also avoid wearing open toed shoes to ensure minimal contact. Wearing goggles can also add a protective layer for your eyes. It is also advisable to wear socks so that your bare feet don't touch the airport floor during security check.
Reduce, Disinfect Your Baggage
The more the merrier? This saying has gone for a toss, at least while travelling during the Covid crisis. Despite safety protocols in place, your bag will pass through several channels and people from check-in to the final destination. It is advisable to check-in fewer bags. In the event that reducing the baggage is unavoidable, it should be thoroughly cleaned using disinfectant wipes after the journey. Apply sanitizing gel to a tissue and make sure to wipe the handles and bottom of the luggage.
Edging Towards the Window Seat
A window seat could come with an extra jab of protection owing to the less exposure and movement of passengers, and thus avoiding unnecessary contact. A person sitting in the window seat will essentially reduce the number of people within your 6-foot exposure radius by half. An aisle seat should be avoided as travellers tend to visit washrooms, touch surfaces and walk by, increasing one's exposure to the virus. So make sure that you book your ticket and seat way in advance from a travel portal such as EaseMyTrip.com.
Maintaining Distance and Hygiene Over the Course of The Journey
It is difficult to give up on a sip or two of water throughout the course of the journey. With Covid around, it is advisable to carry your own bottle to minimise contact with people, which is a possibility at the point of sale. While there is very little you can do on the plane to maintain distance, ensure that you keep your distance from people in the terminal. Walk around the terminal while you're waiting for your flight as the seating area could be a point of infection. It is also advisable to clean and use disinfectant wipes for surfaces such as the tray table or in-flight entertainment systems that you will be using in the flight. Similarly, precautions should be taken while accessing washrooms at airports and on flights, including using elbows to open the doors. It is advisable to stay away from washrooms that are crowded.
While it may not be possible to avoid all points of contact, the current global crisis merits a heightened sense of caution, and it is important for travellers to be aware of their surroundings and take all possible necessary precautions from their end to ensure a safe journey. It is also advisable to look up state wise air travel guidelines and notifications listed on https://www.easemytrip.com/covid19-help.html to ensure that one is up to date with all necessary travel and airline information.
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New York, June 9 (IANS) Covid-19 produced more symptoms and complications than seasonal influenza in children, while death was rare among them, revealed a large new study.Early in the pandemic, opinions around the impact of Covid-19 on children and adolescents ranged from it being no more than the common flu to fear of its potential impact on lesser-developed immune systems.To understand, researchers from IDIAP Jordi Gol in Barcelona compared the real-world observational data of more than 242,000 children and adolescents diagnosed with Covid-19, including nearly 10,000 hospitalised youths, to more than 2,000,000 diagnosed with influenza across five countries (France, Germany, South Korea, Spain, and the US) to provide a clearer picture of Covid's impact.The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, showed that asthma and obesity were the most common comorbidities. There was also a higher prevalence of rare conditions, including congenital malformations, neurodevelopmental disorders, and heart disease, among those hospitalised with Covid-19.Paediatric patients with Covid-19 also showed higher rates of symptoms such as laboured breathing, loss of smell and gastrointestinal symptoms than those with influenza.The most common 30-day complications for hospitalised youths with Covid-19 were hypoxemia and pneumonia, both of which occurred at a higher rate than hospitalised influenza paediatric patients."This study addressed critical questions that were weighing down on both the healthcare community and the general population -- how was Covid-19 impacting our youngest population," said study lead Talita Duarte-Salles, an epidemiologist at IDIAP Jordi Gol in Barcelona"While some last year claimed that Covid-19 was no different than the flu, the real-world evidence we generated through open science showed something quite different. It was a relief to see that fatality was rare, but clearly both complications and symptoms showed the Covid-19 was no flu in children and adolescents," Duarte-Salles added.--IANSrvt/vd
It's the beginning of May, and temperatures are already soaring close to 40 degrees Celsius. The sun is scorching and humidity is hitting us in the face like a sauna.
Schools are off and while in addition to lockdowns, many children are home because of summer vacations and online classes, but parents still need to ensure the protection of little ones from the ill effects of the season. Follow these simple tips by Manoj Jain, Director, Scram.in to navigate through these sticky weeks like a pro and keep your children safe and comfortable this summer.
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Stick To Shade For The Tiny Tots
Keep newborns, especially those under six months, out of direct and indirect sunlight. Young infants have not developed sweat glands, meaning they have no natural way of cooling off. Add in the fact children's body temperatures can rise up to five times faster than adults, and babies have no way to tell you they're uncomfortable! The perfect way to prevent heatstroke is by keeping them in the shade - under a tree or an umbrella - even when outdoors.
Make Hats Mandatory
A lightweight wide-brimmed hat is perfect to keep your little ones cool when they're playing outdoors. It not only blocks out the brightness, but also protects otherwise exposed hair, eyes, face, ears, and neck from sun damage and harmful UV rays.
Cover-Up in Comfort Clothing
Stick to natural cotton outfits for your precocious tots this season. They'll likely be sweating buckets while running around causing mayhem, and loose, light clothing not only allows their skin to breathe but also absorbs moisture from the skin, preventing pesky itchy heat rashes.
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Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Keep their water bottles filled and handy at all times. Not only does drinking water often replenish lost fluids due to excessive sweating, taking a few gulps every now and then makes them feel instantly cooler even from the inside.
Slather On The SPF
Probably the most important summer tip more so for Indians baking under the tropical sun. Apply sunscreen early, and often, especially if the children spend time outdoors. Sunscreen protects your little ones' delicate skin from the harmful (and sometimes cancer-causing) ultra-violet rays of the sun. Go for a brand that offers a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30, contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, has broad-spectrum coverage (against UVA and UVB rays), and is water-resistant. Make sure to lotion them up at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, and don't forget to top it up every few hours, as a sunscreen's SPF is only fully effective for up to two hours after you put it on.
Keep A Close Eye
Lastly, remember to always lookout for signs of heat illness. No matter our best efforts, sometimes life and kids can get the better of us. So pay attention to these tell-tale warnings that can signal an oncoming problem. Signs of heat exhaustion in children may include elevated body temperature; cool, clammy skin; goosebumps; fainting, dizziness or weakness; headache; increased sweating; increased thirst; irritability; muscle cramps; and nausea and/or vomiting.
If your notice any of the above, it's best to immediately bring your child into the shade, cool them off with wet towels or sponges, and encourage them to drink fluids with electrolytes. Don't hesitate to call your doctor when in doubt!
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New York, May 22 (IANS) The novel coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 could become little more than a nuisance, causing no more than common cold-like coughs and sniffles within the next decade, say researchers.The team, including Fred Adler from the University of Utah, said this possible future is predicted by mathematical models that incorporate lessons learned from the current pandemic on how our body's immunity changes over time."Over the next decade, the severity of Covid-19 may decrease as populations collectively develop immunity," Adler said.The findings, published in the journal Viruses, suggest that changes in the disease could be driven by adaptations of our immune response rather than by changes in the virus itself.Although SARS-CoV-2 (the sometimes-deadly coronavirus causing Covid-19) is the best-known member of that virus family, other seasonal coronaviruses circulate in the human population -- and they are much more benign.Some evidence indicates that one of these cold-causing relatives might have once been severe, giving rise to the "Russian flu" pandemic in the late 19th century.To test the idea, they built mathematical models incorporating evidence on the body's immune response to SARS-CoV-2 based on few data from the current pandemic.Running several versions of scenarios showed that the three mechanisms in combination set up a situation where an increasing proportion of the population will become predisposed for the mild disease over the long term.The team felt the transformation was significant enough that it needed a new term. In this scenario, SARS-CoV-2 would become "Just Another Seasonal Coronavirus," or JASC for short. "Our next step is comparing our model predictions with the most current disease data to assess which way the pandemic is going as it is happening," Adler noted. --IANS vc/ash
न्यूयॉर्क, 22 मई (आईएएनएस)। कोविड-19 के लिए जिम्मेदार नोवेल कोरोनावायरस विश्व में लोगों के लिए लंबे समय तक सिरदर्द बना रह सकता है। हालांकि विशेषज्ञ ऐसी संभावना जता रहे हैं कि यह लोगों के लिए अगले दशक के अंदर आम सर्दी एवं खांसी जैसे लक्षणों से अधिक कुछ नहीं होगा।
यूटा विश्वविद्यालय के फ्रेड एडलर सहित टीम ने कहा है कि इस संभावित भविष्य की भविष्यवाणी गणितीय मॉडल द्वारा की गई है, जिसमें वर्तमान महामारी से सीखी गई चीजों को शामिल किया गया है कि समय के साथ किस प्रकार से हमारे शरीर की प्रतिरक्षा बदलती है।
एडलर ने कहा, अगले दशक में कोविड-19 की गंभीरता कम हो सकती है, क्योंकि आबादी सामूहिक रूप से प्रतिरक्षा विकसित कर लेगी।
जर्नल वाइरस में प्रकाशित निष्कर्ष बताते हैं कि बीमारी में बदलाव वायरस में बदलाव के बजाय हमारी प्रतिरक्षा प्रतिक्रिया के अनुकूलन से प्रेरित हो सकते हैं।
हालांकि सार्स-सीओवी-2 (कभी-कभी घातक कोरोनावायरस, जो कोविड-19 का कारण बनता है) उस वायरस परिवार का सबसे प्रसिद्ध सदस्य है, जो अन्य मौसमी कोरोनावायरस मानव आबादी में प्रसारित होते हैं।
हालांकि कुछ सबूत इस ओर सभी इशारा करते हैं कि सर्दी के लक्षणों जैसे वायरस के रिश्ते में आने वाला इस प्रकार का फ्लू कई बार गंभीर भी हो सकता है, जिसने 19वीं शताब्दी के अंत में रूसी फ्लू महामारी को जन्म दिया था।
इस विचार का परीक्षण करने के लिए, उन्होंने मौजूदा महामारी के कुछ आंकड़ों के आधार पर सार्स-सीओवी-2 के लिए शरीर की प्रतिरक्षा प्रतिक्रिया पर साक्ष्य को शामिल करते हुए गणितीय मॉडल बनाए।
एडलर ने कहा, हमारा अगला कदम हमारे मॉडल की भविष्यवाणियों की तुलना सबसे मौजूदा बीमारी के आंकड़ों से कर रहा है, ताकि यह आकलन किया जा सके कि महामारी किस दिशा में जा रही है।
Mumbai, May 8 (IANS) Kangana Ranaut on Saturday shared the news that she has tested positive for Covid-19 and has quarantined herself. The actress posted the health update on Instagram, along with a picture that shows her performing Sukhasana."I was feeling tired and weak with slight burning sensation in my eyes for past few days, was hoping to go to Himachal so got my test done yesterday and today the result came I am covid positive," she wrote in the post.The actress urged everyone not to be scared, calling the disease "nothing but a small time flu"."I have quarantined myself, I had no idea this virus is having a party in my body, now that I know I will demolish it, people please don't give anything any power over you, if you are scared it will scare you more, come let's destroy this Covid-19 it is nothing but a small time flu which got too much press and now psyching few people. Har Har Mahadev," she wrote. The news comes days after her Twitter account was suspended, after she posted a series of tweets perceived to be controversial.--IANSdc/vnc