<br>So with safety necessarily being the watch-word during upcoming celebrations, whether outdoor or indoors, listed are five healthcare items that people must ensure they have in their homes in the coming weeks and months for any possible emergency. A tip would be to buy them in advance to avoid facing any shortage and high costs later.An assortment of measurement devices:A regular thermometer, and preferably a digital infrared one, is indispensable in people's homes. After all, a temperature check is one of the first measures that we unfailingly take to not only for Covid-19 but also for any other illnesses or disorders. Then particularly with respect to Covid-19 as also other respiratory conditions, a pulse oximeter to keep a track of our oxygen levels must also become an essential in our healthcare toolkit at home. High quality masks:High quality masks are our first line of defence against the dreaded virus. With their ability to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets from one person to another and thereby enabling containment of the infection, a mask is a key prerequisite for our upcoming celebrations, even indoors. One can look for high quality SMS-material masks which are usually four-layered and can keep the finest of particles at bay. Additionally, the ear loop of the mask which can be anti-allergic and adjustable for comfort during long wears. Choose a free-size mask that is washable for a reasonable number of times.A ready stockpile of nutraceuticals and supplements:To strengthen our immune systems, a ready repository of different nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, multivitamins and minerals comes handy. These could range from vitamin D to vitamin C supplements to micronutrients in the form of chewable zinc tablets and omega-3 supplements. While lack of Vitamin D has been long associated with respiratory issues, vitamin C is critical for the health of white blood cells which help fight infections. Similarly, while Omega 3's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and other benefits are fairly well known, zinc, too, has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant functions, critical to the fight against Covid-19. However, the dosage and quantity of these supplements must be decided in consultation with a practitioner. Steamers/vaporisers:Although experts have expressed doubt over the efficacy of steaming inhalations in curing the coronavirus, these inhalations have often been cited as a home remedy for common cold, stuffy nose, blocked air passages and other similar respiratory conditions. So, despite not being useful in treatment of Covid-19 in absolute sense, the impact on nasal passages and respiratory airways in a Covid case requires that we keep these steaming devices ready at hand in our homes. At the very least, these would go some way in relieving congestion and blockage in upper respiratory tract, which in turn could ward off compounding of respiratory woes in a Covid patient. The incoming winter bringing in with its common cold, flu etc further makes it necessary that we have these steaming devices at home regardless of Covid-19.Oxygen Concentrators:Wising up by the experiences during the second wave when hospitals had struggled to maintain uninterrupted supplies of medical oxygen, having oxygen concentrators at home would go a long way in bolstering our Covid-19 preparedness during the incoming festivities. Knowing full well how oxygen saturation can drop to dangerous levels on account of Covid-19, the presence of these devices can not only stabilize a patient in case of an emergency, but can also serve as a ready source of life-saving oxygen within the confines of a home. Because they are self-sufficient units constantly turning out medical oxygen from the ambient air while filtering out nitrogen, they need not be replenished as is the case with oxygen cylinders at hospitals. However, people should know that these machines are useful only for moderate Covid cases and patients with oxygen saturation levels below 90 must require hospital admission. Importantly, they are also useful for other respiratory disorders such as COPD and asthma, all of which could be aggravated owing to the excessive playfulness and physical activities during the celebrations. Welcome the festive season with caution and care by keeping these five items at home.(The author Kunal Saha is Director and Co-founder, Vandelay)(IANSlife can be contacted at [email protected])--IANS<br>sj/<br>
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The trajectory of daily Covid cases shows a declining trend in India but the threat of a spike in infection continues to loom, and with the festive season approaching, there is a need to be extra cautious, warn AIIMS Directors.In a collective appeal, Directors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences across the country asked people to continue following Covid appropriate behaviour to avoid any possible spike in the daily caseload.AIIMS, Delhi, Director, Dr Randeep Guleria said that the Covid pandemic is not over yet and we need to be more cautious. "Avoid stepping out of the house unless absolutely necessary. Whenever you step out of the house, wear a mask. Keep washing your hands with soap. After touching anything, definitely use sanitiser. Health is important now," he advised.AIIMS, Rae Bareli, Director, Dr Arvind Rajvanshi said that if all strictly follow Covid-compliant behaviour, then surely a new Covid wave can be prevented. "People will have to follow Covid compliant behavior, wear masks properly, keep cleaning or sanitising hands continuously, avoid going to crowded places, and follow social distance to prevent the third wave." The government is trying to make the vaccine accessible to all equally, he added.AIIMS, Bhopal, Director, Dr Sarman Singh, said that all should ensure that the treatment guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are followed properly. "We need to connect influential people of the community in panchayats, gram sabhas, and villages to educate people about the severity of the disease, various preventive measures and the importance of vaccination. These local bodies should also lay emphasis on infrastructure development at the local level to reduce future calamities," she added.AIIMS, Patna, Director P.K. Singh said that following Covid-compliant behaviour will not only stop the chain of infection, but also help reduce the economic burden of the government on the entire population due to vaccination. "We can avoid next wave of Covid only if the vaccine is being administered on a large scale and even after getting the vaccine, the Covid-compliant behavior needs to be followed," he added.AIIMS, Raipur, Director, Dr Nitin Amnagarkar said that the second wave of Covid was very serious and had affected the state badly. Rural India was also not untouched, he noted. "In fact, there was not much difference between urban and rural areas in terms of infection. The infection spread from city to village, from small place to big town and from city to village in places where restrictions were not being strictly followed even after the lockdown was imposed," he said.He added that the people are now becoming aware of the infection, but they have to include Covid-appropriate behaviour in their regular routine. "If we want to control the epidemic, we have to follow Covid compliant behaviour... that is our social responsibility," he said.--IANSavr/vd
Bhubaneswar, Aug 19 (IANS) In view of prevailing Covid-19 situation, all legislators and their personal staff will undergo RTPCR test for the Monsoon session of Odisha Assembly beginning from September 1.Holding a meeting on Thursday, Assembly Speaker S.N. Patro has asked officials to conduct RTPCR test of all MLAs, their security staff, and drivers on August 29-31, Speaker's PRO said in a statement.There will also be RT-PCR tests for all the officers and staff of the Secretariat along with the officers and staff of the office of the Chief Minister, ministers, Leader of Opposition, government chief whip and deputy chief whip at the same place during the above three days.The persons, who found negative in the RTPCR test, will be allowed to enter the Assembly premises. Members, officials, and supporting staff, who have not taken at least a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine, will not be allowed into the House, it said.The members will be provided with face shields, masks, gloves, and sanitiser by the Health Department daily before the commencement of each sitting during the session. The Monsoon session of the House will continue till September 9.--IANSbbm/vd
Who doesn't love dewy skin during monsoon with minimal fuss? The season of monsoon brings its own set of challenges that demand a different kind of skincare routine. The humidity present in the air during this time definitely adversely impacts the texture of our skin.
Like we change our clothes seasonally, it is important to keep adapting our skincare routine to the changing season. For monsoons, it is essential to treat our skin with products that nourish without leaving behind a layer of grease, that moisturises and softens the skin. The rains cause dryness, itchiness, dull skin that leads to acne and other skin allergies. The need for germ protection also goes up in monsoons with the extra sweating due to increased humidity. Therefore, the best ritual to include in your bathing routine is using ingredients like Neem Oil and Aloe Vera regularly.
Let's look at their benefits:
Neem and Aloe Vera have active natural constituents with benefits like nourishment, soothing and protection of skin from pollutants and germs. These ingredients are enriched with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are suitable for all skin types as they deeply cleanse the skin, and maintain the balance in oil production. They are rich in vitamins A, C and E, which are antioxidants that neutralise the free radicals/waste released by our cells and boost overall skin health.
A combination of the two can help with healing infinite skin issues that concern us during the monsoon season:
Clears Excess Oil Accumulation and Breakouts
Neem and Aloe Vera helps in deep cleansing of skin. This further helps in removing excess oil that gets accumulated and causes severe acne, and redness on the skin. The magical combination with its antibacterial properties helps prevent surface build up or oil build up on the skin to improve overall texture. Regular use of both the ingredients together leaves the skin looking radiant and rejuvenated.
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A Boost of Natural Hydration
When the weather is humid, greasiness can be the biggest bane. Aloe Vera has water dense properties. It performs a role of natural hydrator and prevents the skin from dehydration without packing in the greasy element that you might find in normal creams and moisturisers. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, it helps in minimising clogged pores. If used daily, aloe vera provides moisturisation and freshens up the skin.
Prevents Skin Infection
Neem is one of the best antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents on planet earth. It prevents the skin from various skin infections especially if you getting wet in the rain, wading through water-logged streets or wearing sweaty clothes for an extended period of time. If used in a combination with aloe vera in an everyday product like a bodywash, one can stay protected from infections, while keeping skin healthy, smooth and supple.
Acts as an Exfoliating and Anti-Pollution Agent
The humidity in the weather during this season leads to expansion of pores that increases blackhead and whitehead breakouts. Excessive sweating can also create germ load on our skin especially under our arms, at the back of knees which need deep cleansing. A Neem and Aloe Vera body wash can help rid your skin of these unwelcome guests. Their exfoliating properties help unclog pores, clean the skin from the inside out without drying or hurting the skin in any manner. This also goes a long way in neutralising the ill-effects of pollutants, they cleanse daily toxins and environmental aggressors from urban environments and restore your skin's look and feel.
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Monsoons are all about nostalgia, binging on deep-fried snacks and enjoying a hot cuppa. However, a major flipside to this otherwise beautiful season is the havoc it wreaks on the skin. The humidity in the air causes the skin to become greasier which leads to acne, inflammations, or breakouts. So how can one combat these multitude of problems with just a face serum? Read on to find out how Vitamin C serum is the beauty tonic to keeping healthy and radiant.
A good Serum is suitable for all skin types. It can provide lightweight moisturization for oily skin, rejuvenation, and radiance for dull skin. It can also help reduce spots, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone. For acne-prone skin, serum with Salicylic Acid works well, whereas for dry skin Hyaluronic Acid is a better bet. Also, look out for Vitamin C, it is a super antioxidant ingredient that removes spots, dullness, uneven skin tone and brightens the skin!
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Irrespective of the season, it is important to hydrate and nourish the skin. Considering that a serum is made up of smaller molecules that seep deeper into the skin than any average cream or moisturizer, it delivers an extremely high concentration of active ingredients. It also re-adjusts the excess sebum on the face to make the skin look healthy and well-moisturized.
Serums are water or emulsion-based formulations hence they have a light gel-like or watery, non-sticky texture that absorbs quickly into the skin-quenching the skin's thirst for moisturization and leaving it with a fresh, dewy smooth finish.
A serum is a hero product that can eliminate the need for single-purpose skincare products such as creams or moisturizers. Charmis Deep Radiance Face Serum is Dermatologist and Clinically tested to offer specific skin benefits of Hydrated Clear Radiance. It goes 15 layers deep into the skin with its potent ingredients of Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Salicylic Acid. Available for Rs 210.
A drop or two will provide much-needed nourishment and prep with your skin for monsoons. Use your fingertips to gently apply the serum to your face and neck and then lightly tap, pat, and smoothen it out and voila you're done!
Let the expert serum work hard to take care of your skin while you sit back and enjoy the monsoons.
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The sudden fluctuation of temperature during the monsoon season makes us more susceptible to common cold and fever. The monsoon season is known for inviting disease spreading germs and viruses which can take a toll on our health. Indians anyway love tea, and the monsoons are a perfect time for many of us to have a cup (or two) of hot masala herb chai.
Traditionally herbs have been our go to for curing and preventing flu, and an herb infused tea has always been our first choice for combatting seasonal ills. Herbs advised by our grandparents, have inculcated in our minds the medicinal values of herb infused beverages.
Kavita Devgan, Nutritionist, Tata Tea Gold Care lists the herbs that are perfect to add to your cups to make it more wholesome and to bid adieu to the monsoon induced flu.
Mulethi also known as liquorice has traditionally been used to aid cold, cough, boost immunity and strengthen the liver. It helps to loosen up the phlegm which is the root cause for chest congestion, cold and cough. The herb also protects our body from foreign microbes, pollutants and allergies by boosting our immunity system. Mulethi has active compounds which help relieve constipation, improve the digestion and help us score a healthy gut.
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Brahmi is one of the most popular Ayurvedic ingredient. It is also known as water hyssop or Indian pennywort and helps create a protective shield of vital nutrients and antioxidants in the body that helps in fighting infection and diseases. Brahmi is beneficial in relieving stress and anxiety as well
Almost every household has this herb plant. It is rich in vitamin C and zinc. Plus it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and its combination of phytochemicals, bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants compounds, such as rosmarinic acid (a very good anti-microbial agent) helps combat respiratory illnesses ranging from a simple cold and cough to severe bronchitis and asthma.
Ginger is an evergreen spice and is luckily a prominent ingredient in Indian cooking. The herb is loaded with vitamin B6 and has various medicinal values due to the multiple antioxidants it delivers. It is an effective immunity booster too due to the presence of compound Gingerol.
Cardamom is one of the most expensive spice in the world and its distinctive flavor complements both sweet and savoury dishes equally well. It delivers manganese, which is known to help boost virus-fighting cells in the body and is rich in multiple antioxidants and minerals too. Plus it is a gut strengthener and helps relieve digestive problems.
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