Yangon, July 8 (IANS) Myanmar's Health and Sports Ministry imposed a stay-at-home order in 14 more townships, state-run media reported on Wednesday.The stay-at-home order, which will be effective on Thursday, will be applied to one township of Magway region, three townships of Mon state and 10 townships of Yangon region due to the recent increasing Covid-19 infections.So far, the ministry has imposed the stay-at-home order in 45 townships across the country, the Xinhua news agency reported.Meanwhile, Myanmar reported 3,947 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the tally to 175,923, according to the ministry's figures.In addition, the death toll has increased to 3,570 in the country after 57 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.A total of 141,255 patients have been discharged from the hospitals and over 2.81 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far, the figures showed. --IANSint/rs
New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Wednesday directed all northeastern states to ensure strict containment measures as per extant guidelines while noting that out of 73 districts in the country with Case Positivity Rate (CPR) above 10 per cent, 46 are in these states.Bhalla's direction came while reviewing Covid-19 situation in all the northeastern states and Union Territories (UTs) here. During the meeting, current status and trends on the active cases, Case Fatality Rate (CFR), CPR and vaccination status were discussed.The Union Home Secretary also emphasised to follow the five-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and Covid appropriate behaviour, as has been laid out in Ministry of Home Affairs order dated June 29.The northeastern states and the UTs were also advised to strictly monitor the situation at the district and city level and take timely corrective measures, wherever any early sign of a surge is noticed."For those districts identified with high case positivity and higher bed occupancy, states and UTs may consider imposing restrictions in a calibrated manner," the Home Secretary suggested.Strict enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour was reiterated and it was advised to involve political leaders and civil society organisations.The meeting was attended by Chief Secretaries, Directors General of Police and Principal Secretaries, Health, of these states and the UTs. Member, Health, NITI Aayog, the Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and senior officers of the MHA and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare were also present.--IANSrak/vd
Yangon, July 7 (IANS) Myanmar's Health and Sports Ministry imposed a stay-at-home order in two townships of Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory and three more townships of Bago region, state-run media reported on Tuesday.So far, the ministry has imposed the stay-at-home order in 31 townships across the country, the Xinhua news agency reported.According to the ministry's figures on Tuesday, the number of Covid-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 171,976 after 3,602 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours.In addition, 52 new deaths were reported on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 3,513 in the country.A total of 140,387 patients have been discharged from the hospitals and over 2.79 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far, the figures showed. --IANSint/rs
When was the last time you ran after a bus or chased through the crowd to board a metro on your way to work? When did you last get to sit by the balcony at leisure and bask in the morning sun without having to worry about missing a Zoom call? These might seem like non-threatening changes in your life, compared to the other major changes imposed by the incessant lockdowns owing to the pandemic, but they could have a long-term adverse effect on the body and mind in the form of a Vitamin D deficiency.
Forced to stay indoors, people have become lethargic, put on weight, and developed various Vitamin deficiencies. With bare minimum exposure to sunlight, the main source of Vitamin D, we are risking our bone health and immune system. Vitamin D helps the body to function well by making the bones healthy, and strengthening the immune system; it is also known to prevent cancers, says celebrity nutritionist and founder of 'Fat To Slim', Sikha A. Sharma.
She explains the vitamin D deficiency in detail:
Importance of Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays a vital role in our body by keeping one away from health issues like heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes, bacterial infections, immunity disorder, rapid-ageing, some types of cancers and multiple sclerosis.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Initially, Vitamin D deficiency does not show any notable symptoms, but acute deficiency may cause muscle cramps, backache, fatigue and depression and sleep disorder among several other disorders.
Getting Enough Vitamin D When Homebound
Sun exposure is the best source of Vitamin D. One must try to soak in the early morning at least twice a week for about 15 to 20 minutes.
There are various food items rich in vitamin D like -- cod liver oil, coriander, orange, yoghurt, cheese, garlic, dark chocolate, black mustard seeds, mushrooms, turmeric, and Kashmiri garlic -- which can help one boost their immunity naturally.
One can also take Vitamin D supplements available at medical stores, however, it is advisable to consult a physician before consuming medical supplements.
Consumption of Vitamin D Rich Foods
Have two cloves of garlic or 4-5 cloves of Kashmiri garlic early in the morning on an empty stomach, and after dinner. A tiny bit of dark chocolate once a day is also a good source of Vitamin D.
Having mushrooms once a week will help balance vitamin D levels in one's body. One should try and include bajra or ragi roti in meals as well, to quicken the process of upping the vitamin level. Consumption of black mustard seeds and half a tablespoon of turmeric powder are helpful to boost vitamin D levels.
Can Too Much Vitamin D be Harmful?
Strangely enough, one cannot get too much Vitamin D from the sun but can overdo the supplements causing various problems. Vitamin D toxicity is, thankfully, quite rare but it can lead to hypercalcemia symptoms of which are: nausea, increased thirst and urination, and poor appetite.
Fret not, and try to lead a more natural way of life by eating seasonal foods and home-cooked meals, and being active in day-to-day life. These simple practices will keep the body and mind fit.
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Yoga provides one with various physical, mental health and well-being benefits; it requires a tiny investment in equipment compared to other forms of exercise.
A yoga mat is one of the most versatile essentials you need to have, especially in these challenging times where the predictability of gyms opening or closing is incalculable. Practicing on a yoga mat allows one to properly perform different poses while remaining safe and free from unnecessary stresses such as slipping or experiencing pain from uncomfortable body support.
Whether you are a hardcore yogic or someone about to embark on your fitness journey, a Yoga Mat will help you elevate your performance and keeps pains and aches at bay.
Pallav Bihani, Founder Of Boldfit, shares some tips on how to select the best Yoga Mat for home workouts:
There are several yoga mats in the market with varying thicknesses. You need to factor in comfort, portability, and safety before you narrow down on few products. If you love the extra cushioning or are purchasing for senior citizens, opt for mats with 10-12 mm thickness. While if you are someone who loves to connect with the ground while you move from one asana to another, then a yoga mat with a standard thickness of 6mm is the ideal fit for you. Opting for anything below the 10-6 mm thickness range won't provide you with the benefits of stability, comfort, and cushioning that you are factoring in.
Size is one of the most important factors when looking out for a yoga mat. 6 feet by 2 feet is the standard size in the market, which is more than enough to perform all the asanas and exercises. If you are tall or big stature-wise, you should opt for a larger mat. Consider how much room and portability is also required before fixing the size of the yoga mat. Portability is a crucial aspect of purchasing a yoga mat; buying a large yoga mat that you can't carry around easily defeats the purpose. On the flip side, purchasing a small one will have your limbs touching the ground.
The texture of the yoga mat is quite essential for proper movements. The yoga mat's surface provides traction and prevents slipping; everyone has different preferences: some like their mats with manufactured texture, while some prefer a smooth cushioned mat.
This might be a surprising one, but people who perform Yoga regularly know the importance of stickiness in a mat. A sticky yoga mat will keep you from sliding all over the place and help you maintain your alignment as you move from one pose to another, as well as when you hold asanas. Make sure you purchase a mat that provides just the right amount of stickiness for you.
Last but not least, factor in the material when planning to purchase a yoga mat for your home workouts. Most budget yoga mats under Rs 600 are made of recycled plastic such as EVA or PVC, leaving a nasty odour and can cause skin allergies. Although these are yoga mats, they are not optimized for performance to perform an asana that may require your mat to hold your grip during the movement.
If performance is one of your concerning parameters, then TPE material is the perfect match for you. TPE yoga mats provide you the confidence and quality to perform your exercise while lasting for years without degrading in nature. This is the ideal investment you can make in your fitness.
If late, there are advancements and innovations around rubber as well as cork yoga mats, these are pricey, and they lack performance. Though they are a boon for the environment, these mats don't provide the bang of your buck.
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Bengaluru, June 24 (IANS) A team of developers in India has created a new app that is supported by Johns Hopkins University in the US and designed to guide people isolating at home after testing Covid-19 positive, right on their smartphones.The Vee+ Svasa app -- developed by Bengaluru and New York-headquartered IT services company Vee Technologies, and made possible by the Valliappa Foundation -- delivers educational videos, information about accessing local medical care and Covid vaccines, and other content sourced by medical experts, right to users' smartphones.Created by a team of software developers of Vee Technologies located in Bengaluru and Salem, the app has sourced content and expertise of medical practitioners at Johns Hopkins University and Medicine in the US, the company said in a statement.The Vee+ Svasa was enriched by inputs of nearly 100 teams of students from Sona College of Technology who competed for a Rs 1 lakh student prize.The winning teams that emerged from this competition -- Senthil Sivaraman S, Harsh Vardhan SM, Ragul P and Shreinik Jain U -- were chosen to support the app building and running process."We reached out to Johns Hopkins India Institute to give access to the globally accepted standard of care protocols for home isolation cases. For Indians battling the Covid pandemic, this would be immensely helpful," said Valliappa Foundation Trustee Chocko Valliappa.The home quarantine app has a wealth of authentic information ranging from treating oneself at home to how to isolate oneself and protect others in the family, to tips for caregivers on measuring oxygen saturation levels as well as an easy-to-understand Covid treatment flowchart.The information and health protocols presented in the app come only from authentic sources, such as Johns Hopkins University, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) as well as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)."We were overwhelmed by the instant response of Johns Hopkins Medicine International President of global ventures and executive VP and doctor, Mohan Chellappa and his colleagues of Indian origin, to help us gain access to the globally accepted standard of care material," Valliappa added.The app will also feature existing services offered by state governments like locating hospital beds, vaccination centres, and doctors on tele-consultation in key cities.The app is available on Google Play Store while iOS version of the app will be launched soon.--IANSna/in
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