Cloth masks are useless: US health experts

Cloth masks are useless: US health experts

Prominent public health officials in the US have increasingly highlighted the limitations of cloth face masks, pushing for more effective respirator masks such as N95s as the Omicron variant is rapidly spreading across the country, a shift in messaging from earlier in the pandemic, the Washington Examiner reported. Officials encouraged the use of cloth masks in the spring of 2020 as a desperate measure to slow the spread of Covid-19 after previously recommending against masks and continued to boost them in the months after. Now, though, more experts are saying…

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Infection causing viruses flourish in cold temperatures: Experts

Infection causing viruses flourish in cold temperatures: Experts

With Kashmir witnessing sub-zero weather conditions, common cold, flu, and other respiratory illnesses spike during winter as infection-causing viruses thrive in cold temperatures, experts said on Tuesday. “People are indoors more often, allowing viruses to pass more easily from one person to another. And the cold, dry air may weaken resistance,” Epidemiologist and Assistant Director, Health Services, Kashmir, Dr. SM Qadri, told. “Colds are more common in winter but the temperature isn’t the reason, it is because we spend more time indoors, close to the people and in closed spaces,”…

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Kashmir the epicenter of Depression

Kashmir the epicenter of depression

By: Azhar U Din Among every five people in Kashmir, one shows symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (IMHANS). Kashmir has been entitled as “the saddest place in the world” by psychiatrist Dr. Arshad Hussain. It is not easy to live in Kashmir, for in Kashmir everyone is vulnerable to disasters at every time. Ages-long political turmoil, sky-high unemployment rate, earthquakes, floods, avalanches make this beautiful place a living hell for the local residents. “When elephants fight, it is the grass…

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Rigorous testing of travelers on arrival: Demand Srinagar’its

Rigorous testing of travelers on arrival - Demand Srinagar'its

Amid fear of a possible threat that the new COVID-19 variant Omicron could pose, residents of Srinagar Monday urged the authorities to rigorously test and screen arriving travelers, especially foreigners. The residents said that the travelers from South Africa and other countries, who were “at-risk”, needed to be screened and put under necessary quarantine in case of symptoms. A group of residents of Dalgate said that they saw few tourists arriving in vehicles roaming freely without being screened on their arrival. “We inquired from them if they had been screened…

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Why Kashmir sees increased cases of heart attacks in winters?

Why Kashmir sees increased cases of heart attacks in winters?

In the past two years or so, Kashmir has seen a sharp increase in cases of heart attacks especially during winters with young and healthy individuals dying because of it leaving everyone baffled and worried. In this article, we will try to know from top cardiologists the reasons for this upsetting trend. Several studies suggest that during winter, the risk of stroke, heart failure, cardiovascular issues, arrhythmia, and disorders rises several times. Many top cardiologists think that it happens due to the body’s physiology and the temperature drop that impacts…

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As fog engulfs Kashmir Valley, Health experts advise people to avoid morning walks

As fog engulfs Kashmir Valley, Health experts advise people to avoid morning walks

Experts cold weather conditions increase the risk of stroke and heart attack as it constricts blood vessels; increasing Covid cases, another concern; so people must avoid morning walks till the fog conditions subside As Kashmir continues to witness low and sub-zero night temperatures, which leads to foggy mornings, doctors have advised people to avoid going out for morning walks as it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Another concern is the increasing Covid cases. Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season on Saturday…

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COVID19: J&K registered 181 cases with 155 from Kashmir

COVID19: J&K registered 181 cases with 155 from Kashmir

Srinagar continues to report the highest cases Srinagar: One hundred and eighty-one new positive cases COVID-19, 26 from Jammu division and 155 from Kashmir division, were reported on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir, an official bulletin said. Moreover, 95 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 15 from Jammu Division and 80 from Kashmir Division. Providing district-wise breakup for positive cases, the bulletin said that Srinagar reported 44 cases, Baramulla reported 43 cases, Budgam reported 23 cases, Pulwama reported 02cases, Kupwara reported 17cases, Anantnag reported…

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Eight areas in Srinagar declared micro-containment zones as 02 died & 109 fresh cases of COVID reported in J&K

Eight areas in Srinagar declared micro-containment zones as 02 died & 109 fresh cases of COVID reported in J&K

Two persons died of Covid-19 while 109 new cases of Covid-19, 11 from the Jammu division and 98 from the Kashmir division, were reported on Friday, an official bulletin said. The dead hailed one each from Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, 79 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 08 from Jammu Division and 71 from Kashmir Division. Providing district-wise breakup, it said that Srinagar reported 64 cases, Baramulla reported 12 cases, Budgam reported 08 cases, Pulwama reported no cases, Kupwara reported 07 cases, Anantnag reported no…

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84 Percent population in Kashmir have antibodies against COVID-19: Dr Salim

84 Percent population in Kashmir have antibodies against COVID-19: Dr Salim

Says 78 percent of school children have also developed antibodies as per Sero-Surveillance conducted in July this year. Professor and HoD, Community Medicine, SPM, Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, Dr. S. Muhammad Salim Khan Friday said that as per the Sero-Surveillance conducted in the month of July this year 84 percent population of Kashmir has developed antibodies against the Covid-19, and 78 percent school children have also developed the antibodies. Dr. Salim said that the transmission of the virus is very rapid which is worrying, however, the vaccination has a…

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Hypertension higher among educated, urban residents: Study

Hypertension higher among educated, urban residents: Study

About 29.9% of participants in the study had uncontrolled hypertension With hypertension a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, a study revealed that approximately 42% of adults aged 45 years and above, and their spouses had hypertension, and prevalence was found to be higher among richer, more educated individuals residing in urban areas across India. Research conducted by experts of the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, and others, published in ‘PLOS Medicine’ on August 24, 2021, estimated that 29.9% of the people who participated in the study had uncontrolled…

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