Explained: How CSIR will try to find out if coronavirus can spread while airborne

News: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has started air sampling studies to study whether airborne transmission of Covid-19 is possible. Facts: Virus causing Covid-19: SARS-CoV-2 Spread of the Virus: It spreads through respiratory droplets from one person to another. The airborne transmission of the virus has been subjected to widespread debate. About… Continue reading Explained: How CSIR will try to find out if coronavirus can spread while airborne

Five members of Great Andaman tribe test positive

News: Survival International has called for urgent action following reports that at least five members of the Great Andamanese tribe have tested positive for Covid-19. Facts: Great Andamanese: They are an indigenous people of the Great Andaman archipelago in the Andaman Islands.They are classified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group(PVTG). Language: They speak Jeru dialect among… Continue reading Five members of Great Andaman tribe test positive

Covid-19 impacts folk artistes

News: The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the livelihood of several folk artistes including ‘Behrupiyas’. Facts: Behrupiya: The word behrupiya is a derivative of the Sanskrit word bahu (many) and roop (form).They are impersonators mostly known to perform in villages and markets all over India. Where is it performed? It is performed in Indian States like… Continue reading Covid-19 impacts folk artistes

Malaysia Detects New Coronavirus Strain ‘D614G’

News: Malaysia has detected a new strain of the novel coronavirus called ‘D614G’, which is considered to be ten times more infectious. Facts: D614G: It is the official name given to the new mutated strain of COVID-19.  It was first detected in Europe.However, it is now being seen in different parts of the world and… Continue reading Malaysia Detects New Coronavirus Strain ‘D614G’

FDA approves rapid, inexpensive saliva test for novel coronavirus

News: United States Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has approved SalivaDirect test for Covid19. Facts: Who developed the test? The SalivaDirect test has been developed by researchers from Yale School of Public Health in partnership with the National Basketball Association(NBA). How is the test different? SalivaDirect test uses saliva samples as opposed to the more invasive… Continue reading FDA approves rapid, inexpensive saliva test for novel coronavirus

BelYo, India’s first Covid-19 blockchain platform goes live

Facts:  BelYo: It is the country’s first COVID-19 blockchain platform that converts COVID-19 related clinical and vaccination data of citizens from physical form into digital assets which can be retrieved by contact tracing apps like Aarogya Setu. Developed by: BelfricsBT, a global blockchain start-up along with IlIT Bangalore. Additional Facts: Blockchain Technology: It is a… Continue reading BelYo, India’s first Covid-19 blockchain platform goes live

Biocon Gets Regulatory Nod To Use Drug Itolizumab On COVID-19 Patients

News: Biocon drug Itolizumab has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI) for treating moderate to severe Covid-19 patients. Facts: Itolizumab: It is a monoclonal antibody drug manufactured by Biocon for the treatment of severe chronic plaque psoriasis.  Monoclonal antibodies are lab-made proteins that act like human antibodies in the immune system and… Continue reading Biocon Gets Regulatory Nod To Use Drug Itolizumab On COVID-19 Patients

Kerala Start-ties up with SCTIMST to launch BIN-19 and UV SPOT

News: Kerala Startup in association with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology(SCTIMST) has developed BIN-19 and UV SPOT devices to help the Government in combating Covid-19. Facts: BIN-19: It is an Internet of Things(IoT) based device used for collecting and disinfecting Used Face-Mask. IoT Features: Auto Sanitizer Dispenser ( remotely alerts if… Continue reading Kerala Start-ties up with SCTIMST to launch BIN-19 and UV SPOT

SCTIMST to organize commercial launch of Agappe Chitra Magna for detection of COVID 19

News: Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) in collaboration with Agappe Diagnostics Ltd has commercially launched the Agappe Chitra Magna Kit for detection of Covid-19. Facts: Agappe Chitra Magna:It is a magnetic nanoparticle-based RiboNucleic Acid (RNA) extraction kit for use during testing for the detection of COVID-19. Application: The kit can… Continue reading SCTIMST to organize commercial launch of Agappe Chitra Magna for detection of COVID 19