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Effect of the pandemic on mental health of healthcare workers

Recent studies have highlighted the effect of the pandemic on the mental health of healthcare workers, especially in the hotspot countries. Mental Issues among the Healthcare Workers Studies have highlighted several mental issues among the frontline healthcare workers: Depressive symptoms Insomnia Fear and anger Anxiety Post-traumatic stress symptoms etc. Causes The current pandemic has put ..

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Bats as reservoirs of many viral diseases

In light of the search for the source of origin of the SARS CoV 2, which is causing a global pandemic, scientists are suspecting horseshoe bats. Diseases that Originated from Bats Several diseases in the past have been traced back to bats. These are caused by zoonotic viruses- i.e. those that are spread from animals ..

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Release of prisoners to prevent spread of COVID-19 in prisons

Various prisons across India are set to release nearly 34,000 prisoners after the Supreme Court’s suggestion in March. This measure is being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Challenges This step is being taken in many countries across the world. Recently, Indonesia released 30,000 prisoners. In March, a WHO guidelines document listed the following ..

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Sodium hypochlorite solution sprayed on migrants

The spraying of sodium hypochlorite solution on migrant workers in Bareily in Uttar Pradesh, to control the spread of COVID-19, has sparked criticism. Sodium Hypochlorite Sodium hypochlorite is a commonly used bleaching agent that is used for cleaning and disinfection. It is noted for its use in swimming pools. It is used in certain hand-wash ..

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Governments use surveillance to fight COVID-19

Several governments across the world have resorted to various surveillance technologies to monitor the COVID-19 patients in their countries. Israel’s Hamagen App Israel has launched the Hamagen app and it has been downloaded by about 1.5 million Israelis in a week. The Hamagen app (from Hebrew word meaning ‘the shield’) was developed using open source ..

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