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​​If there is ever a period when we needed to be more concerned about our health, it is during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also learnt in the last two years that we can’t control everything in our health. However, there are some aspects over which we have control, such as what we consume. Our eating habits have an impact on our overall health and immune systems. And it’s more crucial than ever before to look after what goes inside our tummy.

Let’s understand the importance of healthy diet in Covid-19 outbreak

How to plan for what we eat?

When it comes to grocery shopping, a little planning ahead of time will help you get in and out quickly. Prepare a two-week shopping plan for yourself and everyone in your family, and avoid the urge to buy in bulk. When you buy more than you need, you leave less for others and risk wasting food.

Mix up fruits and vegetables 

Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre, which is essential for a healthy diet. Don’t forget to mix a few and add to your daily diet.

Add grains and nuts

Healthy fats found in olive, sesame, peanut, and other unsaturated oils, as well as pulses, whole grains, nuts, and healthy fats found in olive, sesame, peanut, and other unsaturated oils, can assist to strengthen your immune system and reduce inflammation.

Also Read: How can we boost our immune system in this pandemic?

Cut down on salt and sugar

Many people turn to comfort food when they are under a lot of stress. Unfortunately, they are often high in fat, sugar, salt, and calories, all of which, when consumed as part of an unbalanced diet, can negatively impact your overall health over time. Checking the labels of all the items you eat to learn about the ingredients and nutritional worth is a smart habit to develop.

Include foods from all food groups

To ensure adequate intake of vital nutrients, eat a wide variety of meals from each and every food group so that you don’t miss out on essential nutrients needed to keep your body fulfilled.

Maintain proper food hygiene.

Keep these five suggestions in mind: Keep your hands, cooking utensils, and cooking surfaces clean; separate raw and cooked ingredients; cook thoroughly; keep food at safe temperatures; and use safe water.

Disclaimer:

This information is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Your doctor should be consulted for any medical advise. Dr. B Lal accepts no responsibility for the contents of this information, despite the fact that every precaution was taken in its development.

BEFORE VACCINATION

Get the right information 

Since a lot of misinformation concerning vaccines is available on the internet, it’s important to get your information from reliable sources like UNICEF and WHO. If you have questions about whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine, speak to your doctor.

To avoid any potential side effects, those with the following health conditions should not get the COVID-19 vaccine or consult a doctor:

  • If you’ve ever had a serious adverse reaction to any of the COVID-19 vaccine’s components
  • Contact your doctor right away if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Consult your physician

Consult your health care provider before your appointment if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine or if you have any questions about your current medications.

Make sure you look after yourself

To feel your best on the day of your immunization, get a good night’s sleep and drink enough water.

POST VACCINATION

Stay for the purpose of observation

To ensure that you don’t have any immediate reactions, the health care practitioner should monitor you for around 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.

Be ready for side effects

A vaccine is intended to provide immunity without exposing you to the disease. Normally, it’s possible to gain immunity without experiencing any side effects, but it’s also common to experience mild-to-moderate side effects that resolve on their own.

Also Read: How can we boost our immune system in this pandemic?

Following immunisation, you may experience the following mild-to-moderate adverse effects:

  • The injection site is sore after the injection
  • Fever (mild)
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Aches in the muscles or joints
  • Diarrhea 
  • Chills

If any of your symptoms persist for more than a few days or if you have a more serious response, call your doctor right once.

Patience is a virtue

 Immunity takes time to develop. 15 days after your second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, you will be deemed completely immunized.

Make sure you and others are safe

While these vaccines are proving to be highly efficient at protecting people from significant COVID-19 sickness, we’re still learning whether a vaccinated person can still spread the virus even if they don’t display symptoms. As a result, it’s critical to continue taking precautions to protect yourself and others, such as avoiding crowded settings, maintaining physical distance, handwashing, and wearing a mask.

Disclaimer:

This information is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Your doctor should be consulted for any medical advise. Dr. B Lal accepts no responsibility for the contents of this information, despite the fact that every precaution was taken in its development.


How it was named

WHO recognised the variety B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern and called it Omicron on November 26, 2021.  This conclusion was made, based on information that Omicron contains various mutations that could affect how it acts, such as how easily it spreads or how serious the illness it causes.

What we know about the new covid variant

Many aspects of Omicron are being studied by researchers in South Africa and around the world, and the findings will be shared as soon as they are available.

How transmissible is it?

It is unclear whether Omicron is more contagious (simpler to spread from person to person) than other varieties, such as Delta. In areas of South Africa, afflicted by this variation, the number of people testing positive has increased, but epidemiologic studies are planned to determine if this is due to Omicron or other factors.

How severe is it?

It’s unclear whether Omicron infection causes more severe disease than infections caused by other variations, such as Delta. According to preliminary data, hospitalisation rates are rising in South Africa, however this could be due to an increase in the general number of people becoming infected rather than a specific Omicron related illness. As of now, there is no evidence that the symptoms associated with Omicron differ from those associated with other variations.

Vaccine and its effects on the new variant 

COVID vaccinations serve an essential role in preventing the spread of coronavirus, and the new strains only complicate their effectiveness.

As of now, the new COVID variant Omicron has been the subject of much concern because it is believed to have 30+ mutations in the spike protein, which may make existing COVID vaccinations less effective.

Given that vaccinations are designed to detect and destroy the virus’s spike proteins, the multiple mutations in spike protein only make it more difficult for vaccines to detect and neutralise new variations, making them less effective. However, more data is still awaiting for the same. 

How should people prepare themselves?

People can help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus by: 

  1. Keeping a physical gap of at least 1 meter between yourself and others
  2. Using a mask with good fitting
  3. Increasing ventilation by opening windows
  4. Avoiding crowded or poorly ventilated areas
  5. Ensuring clean hands at al times
  6. Sneezing or coughing into a tissue or bent elbow
  7. Getting vaccinated 

Disclaimer:

This information is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Your doctor should be consulted for any medical advise. Dr. B Lal accepts no responsibility for the contents of this information, despite the fact that every precaution was taken in its development.

The First COVID-19 vaccine was given to the healthcare and frontline workers which was launched on 16th January, 2021. After the first phase, Senior citizens over 60 years of age and individuals above 45 years with comorbid conditions were the second group who received COVID-19 vaccine. Recently on 1st May 2021, The third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination 18-44 year-olds has started.

The government of India has opened the next phase of coronavirus vaccination. Now all the citizens above the age of 18 can get vaccinated. Registering yourself for COVID-19 vaccine, You can go to the government’s CoWin platform –  cowin.gov.in. After the deadly second wave of coronavirus, the Centre had said that all Indian adults are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Now it is mandatory for the 18-44 age group to register themselves on the CoWIN portal as per the guidelines given by the government.

Covid-19 Vaccine Registration Process

To get a vaccine people of 18-44 first have to register themselves online on the CoWin platform . However, people above 45 years of age can choose to either register online or directly walk-in to the CVC but to avoid any inconvenience and have a hassle-free experience it is suggested to book an appointment online.

  • Log on to www.cowin.gov.in / CoWin App
  • Enter your mobile number.
  • Get an OTP to create your account.
  • Enter OTP and Verify it.
  • Once the OTP is verified, you will be directed to the registration of the vaccination’ page.
  • You can choose one photo id proof which you want to provide in the next process.
  • Fill in the given information like your name, age, gender and upload one identity document.
  • Click on the “Register” button.
  • After completing the registration, the system will show the “Account Details”.
  • In the Account details there is a “Add More Button”, you can add three more people for vaccination.
  • There will be a button indicating ‘Schedule appointment’. Now click on it.
  • After clicking Schedule appointment, you can check your vaccination center by state, district and pin code to check available slots for vaccination.
  • Date and availability will also be displayed.
  • Click on the ‘book’ button.
  • After successfully completing the booking, you will receive a message. That confirmation details will have to be shown while you reach the vaccination center.

What documents will you need?

At the time of registration any of the below-mentioned ID with photo may be produced:

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Driving License
  • Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
  • PAN Card
  • Passbooks issued by Bank/Post Office
  • Passport
  • Pension Document
  • Service Identity

Conclusion

Now you understand the process for registration on CoWin portal so book your vaccination slot as soon as possible. If you want to know how much antibodies have developed in your body post-covid then book Spike Protein Antibody Test now.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 has been slowly reducing since late September 2020 and it was then that most public places, colleges, offices, and schools began to open. Despite this, COVID protocols were being maintained with the maximum inspection in all such public places. As of February 2021, more than half of all the Indian states reported that there was not a single death due to COVID-19 and this opened the way in some much-needed hope(Source). But suddenly we are facing the worst result of Covid-19. With a massive second wave of coronavirus in India, one in five people in the world is currently being infected in India.

‘Why Covid-19 is spreading so faster’ has been a question that public health experts and scientists are trying to figure out — is it because the public is not strictly following COVID-19 guidelines (wearing masks and maintaining safe distance), or due to the new mutant of the COVID-19 virus or a combination of both? On the other hand, experts are trying to find the answer to another question- why is the second wave of Covid-19 so dangerous?

Why is the second wave of Covid-19 so dangerous?

As we know that the second wave of Covid-19 is spreading much, much faster than the first one. The double mutant variant of the coronavirus has produced a significant rise in the number of infected cases. Scientists believe that this hassle is about 70 times more infectious than the previous one. The second wave of Covid-19 disease, has brought the country’s healthcare system to its knees. 

(Source: JHU CSSE COVID-19 Data)

Experts say this quick increase shows that the second wave of Covid-19 is spreading much faster across the country.

Expected Duration of Second Wave

(Source: JHU CSSE COVID-19 Data)

Many states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh have been counting the number of cases peaking either equal to or more than their earlier records from the previous year. Scientists expect this Second Wave of Covid-19 to last more than 2 or 3 months.

Conclusion

We all need to be strong to face this second wave and follow all the guidelines decided by the Government. To fight with Covid-19 infection, Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory is providing Covid-19 test and SARS-COV2 Spike Protein IgG antibody test. For more information visit www.blallab.com or call us at 9166125555.