Bengaluru, July 6 (IANS) The iconic Vidhana Soudha -- the Karnataka secretariat building, in the city centre -- has been partly shut for sanitising after a policeman on duty tested Covid positive, an official said on Monday."The sprawling secretariat was partly shut for sanitising the first floor of the 3-storey stone building where a police constable on duty tested positive on Sunday. The city civic body men fumigated the entire floor," the official told IANS here.As a preventive measure, all government employees above 50 years of age and working in the secretariat building have been given leave on Monday and others were told to report for duty after lunch recess."Visiting hours for the public has also been reduced to 1 hour from 4.30-5.30 p.m. from 3.30-5.30 p.m. on working days in view of the rising Covid cases in the city," said the official.The state's mini secretariat Vikas Soudha adjacent to Vidhana Soudha was also shut on June 19 for sanitisation after a government employee working in it tested positive.The state government has also declared holiday for all its employees on first Saturday and third Saturday of this month in addition to second and fourth Saturday as total lockdown has been re-imposed on all Sundays till August 2.Of the 1,925 new Covid cases reported in the state on Sunday, Bengaluru accounted for 1,235, taking its positive tally to 9,580, including 8,167 active," according to the state health bulletin.--IANSfb/in
During the pan-India lockdown, the worries of most mothers revolve around sanitisation and keeping their children busy and healthy, a survey has revealed.
"While 74 percent of moms are worried about keeping everything sanitized, 57 percent are concerned about keeping their kids busy during this lockdown. Kids' health remains the topmost stressor for moms as 78 percent are worried about their kids getting sick amid the lockdown. Screen time is a growing concern for moms," Momspresso said in their survey findings. The survey was conducted on 500 Indian mothers.
The MomSights tracker also revealed that, on the brighter side, a majority of moms have mentioned that they have a renewed appreciation for spending time with their family and an increased value of life. They are also realizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle, a positive outlook, and me time. Post-lockdown, they plan to continue living a healthy, disciplined life, check their spending habits, and plan finances better.
Panic buying and stocking up on essentials were rampant in the initial weeks of the lockdown. Subsequently, however, moms have a sufficient stock of staples at home. Spending on tea or coffee, biscuits, breakfast cereals, and snacks has gone up slightly as more time is spent at home. Since visiting a doctor is not feasible, many others are stocking up on medicines as well, said the platform.
About how moms are leveraging digital platforms during the lockdown, the survey notes an increase in the use of apps like Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. "Moms are relying more than ever on Whatsapp to connect with their friends and family and ensure their well-being. Further, OTT platforms such as Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. have also witnessed a surge in demand as a way for families to binge and bond."
Moms are also increasingly watching videos related to art and craft projects for kids, new recipes for cooking and yoga, workouts and meditation videos to stay healthy amid the lockdown. (Agency)
Washing hands or sanitising them regularly with an alcohol-based handrub is one of the top ways one can avoid getting infected by - and further spreading - the deadly Coronavirus.
"As the frequency of handwashing has increased, there may be a worry of drying your skin in the process. The first and foremost rule is to prevent excessive usage of alcohol-based sanitizers, as they can make your hands dry and dehydrated. It is instead advisable to wash your hands methodically as per the medical guidelines, or whenever you feel you may have been exposed to cough, sneeze or contact of some unknown material or surfaces.
"In case of contact with any household items - which may not be infected - use a milder or diluted hand wash. After every hand wash, be sure to moisturise the skin with a non-alcohol-based moisturiser," Dr Sharad Kulkarni, Kama Ayurveda told IANSlife.
He adds, "Apply sesame or coconut oil to hands 15 minutes before stepping in for a bath. You can also apply olive oil to your hands every night before you sleep. In case of severe dryness olive oil can be mixed with ghee and applied each night."
"Moisturizing your skin is one of the ground rules of skincare. Health experts have advised us to wash our hands frequently with soap to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While the properties of the soap prevent the spread of the virus, frequent handwashing can also dry out your skin immensely. Dry skin can also feel itchy and appear wrinkled. To avoid this, make sure you always apply a moisturizer after drying your hands. This will leave your hands soft and supple," Dolly Kumar, Founder & Director, Skinella suggests.
You can also make use of the self-isolation period to care for skin. Here's how.
Avoid touching your face
Your hands come into contact with multiple surfaces throughout the day. Touching your face frequently will only transfer the germs and impurities from your hands to your face. Since facial skin is sensitive and soft, keeping it clean is necessary to avoid acne or any skin irritation/allergy. Cleanse your face with a mild face wash twice a day and multiple times with just water. Don't forget to apply a moisturizer after patting dry!
Time for some DIY
A majority of us have time in abundance and might be bored without being able to step out of our homes. This is the perfect time to experiment with some DIY face masks. There are several masks that you can make easily with natural ingredients. For example, you could simply mix some Aloe Vera juice, honey, and turmeric and apply it on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing to prevent breakouts and skin ageing.
Hydration and exercise are a must
Your body needs to get rid of toxins and exercise and hydration are an excellent way to do so. Even though gyms are closed, you can try some simple home workouts without fitness equipment to stay active. Even a brisk walk on your terrace for 20-30 minutes will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Stay hydrated with water and fruit juices throughout the day. Cultivating healthy habits is important, so have a balanced diet and avoid any junk food.(IANSlife)
Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) - In a shocking incident, migrants who were returning to their homes in Uttar Pradesh were sprayed with ‘chemical on Sunday by a team on sanitising duty at the Bareilly bus stand.
According to reports, the migrants who had walked down from Noida and Delhi, were told to sit at the bus stand by officials who said that they would be taken on buses and would be given food.
Mohd Afzal, one in the group, said, "About 50 of us were seating and waiting for food and the bus at the satellite bus adda when some men in protective suits came and began spraying water on us. They said that they were form the sanitization team and were sanitizing us. The children began crying and women were also shocked."
According to sources, the sanitizing team sprayed the group with a diluted mixture of sodium hypochlorite.
Sodium Hypochlorite is the main ingredient in laundry bleach. It is used extensively as a bleaching agent in the textile, detergents, and paper and pulp industries. It is also used as a disinfectant.
Mohd Afzal said that after they were sprayed with water, the children complained of itching in their eyes while some women developed rashes.
"The chemical had a strange smell and after this incident, most of us left Bareilly and decided to continue our journey on foot," he said. Mohd Afzal works as a courier boy in a company in Noida and has returned to his home in Shahjahanpur.
None of the officials in Bareilly and Lucknow, however, were ready to comment on the incident.
Calls made to the Bareilly district magistrate's office did not elicit any response.
A junior official, however, said that since a Corona positive patient had been reported in the district on Sunday, a massive sanitization drive was undertaken.
Officials in Lucknow also did not respond to queries on the incident.