Kumaraguru Action for Relief and Empowerment (KARE), was founded in Nov, 2015 during the Chennai floods. KARE supports the victims of natural disasters such as floods, cyclone and other calamities and has supported during Kerala floods & Gaja Cyclone. This is a volunteer movement of Kumaraguru Institutions where many join hands when the need arises.

KARE COVID 19 Response Bulletin is an effort by a group of Kumaraguru alumni, students & informed citizens alike to clear the clutter around COVID 19 by providing informative, insightful news, articles & data around the world under various tags such as Research, Technology, Education, Economy & Insights with a short summary for each.

COVID19 Basic Info & Previous Bulletin Link: tinyurl.com/blog-KARE

STATISTICS

COVID-19Active Cases Recovered Casualties  
India1,417,79234,947,390485,780
World53,503,513265,592,9355,549,558

VACCINE AND TESTING

COVID-19 booster shots for Senior citizens, healthcare and frontline workers begin in India

The COVID-19 ‘precautionary dose’ is being administered to the senior citizens, healthcare and frontline workers starting from January 10, 2022. Registration for the booster dose began from January 8 on the CoWIN portal. According to the Health Ministry, an estimated 1.05 crore healthcare, 1.9 crore frontline workers and 2.75 crore comorbid people in the 60 plus age would be administered with the COVID-19 booster dose. The Centre has also added that there will be no mix and match of vaccines. |LiveMint

Selecting the COVID-19 Booster dose

The immunity provided by regular vaccines are known to wane over time. So, booster doses are offered for providing better and longer immunity against COVID-19. The Government has begun administering booster doses for the senior citizens, healthcare workers and the frontline warriors from January 10. According to Dr Gagandeep Kaur, one of India’s best vaccinologists, administering the same vaccine as the previous doses makes sense until there is sufficient data to make a policy decision on using a different vaccine as the third dose. |Indian Express

WHO says Omicron becoming a dominant variant  

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the new Omicron variant is quickly overtaking the Delta variant and becoming dominant around the world. An official also cautioned that “Omicron is not a mild disease.” Increasing evidence shows that Omicron can evade immunity and is wildly contagious but has less disease severity as compared to other variants. The report released by the WHO said that over  15 million new cases were reported globally in the week of January, a 55 per cent increase as compared to the previous week. |India Today

RESEARCH

Common Cold Could Protect Against COVID-19 infection

The immune response generated by previous exposure to common colds could protect against COVID-19, according to a new peer reviewed study published in Nature Communications, Monday. The researchers followed 52 people living with someone who had COVID-19, half of whom went on to contract the disease while the other half did not. The blood was drawn from the latter for research. T Cells induced by common cold Coronaviruses attack proteins inside the virus, rather than the spike protein. These mutate much less and make for more “broadly protective vaccines” between various variants. |Forbes

 Study identifies predictors of severe outcomes in children with COVID-19

A team of researchers from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine studied more than 3,200 children who had tested positive for COVID-19 over 10 countries including Canada and the United States. Of them 3% experienced severe outcomes like myocarditis, respiratory or infectious problems, and 23% were hospitalised for treatment. Scientists reported that a pre-existing chronic condition and symptom duration were important factors for severe outcomes. The study provides insights that will aim to be helpful in treating children with COVID-19. |Science Daily

Contagiousness may linger beyond five days

Studies report that many people could still be infectious even after a 5-day quarantine. In a study, samples were obtained from March through November 2020. It was observed that at 5 days,  30 percent of people exhibited clinically relevant levels of potentially active Coronavirus. Scientists also reported that in some people, the virus is retained even upto 68 days. This study was conducted before the Delta and Omicron variants began circulating. Researchers intend to conduct larger trials to confirm their findings. |Reuters

ECONOMY

Economy to grow 9.2 percent, recoup COVID-19 year losses  

According to the first advance estimates released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow 9.2 per cent in the current financial year, supported by an uptick in the farm, mining and manufacturing sector outputs. The growth of 9.2 per cent during the current fiscal would translate to just around 1.3 per cent over FY20. This data suggests that the absolute GDP and Gross Value Added (GVA) will claw back and better the numbers in the pre-COVID-19 year (2019-2020). |Indian Express

COVID-19  variants, rising debt, threaten global economic growth 

The latest report put forth by the World Bank contains analytical sections that outline three emerging obstacles to durable recovery in developing economies. According to the report, Global economic growth will slow down over the next two years in the face of “fresh threats” from COVID-19 variants and rising inflation, debt and income inequality. This slowdown will coincide with a widening divergence in growth rates between advanced and emerging or developing economies. By 2023, it is said that all advanced economies will have achieved a full output recovery but the island states, emerging and affected economies will show growth rates lower than pre-pandemic trend. |UN News

MENTAL HEALTH

Living with COVID-19: Two years into the virus

The growing wave of cases and the speed with which Omicron is raging through the population – without sparing the fully vaccinated – has created a dawning realisation that COVID-19 isn’t just going to go away. In fact, we need to prepare ourselves to deal with the impact of the virus and its mental health implications for years and years to come.  Young adults between 18 and 29 have been hit hardest; 38% of this group reported symptoms of anxiety and 33% reported symptoms of depression in early December. And that was before Omicron hit with full force. |Forbes

TRAVEL

New COVID-19 rules for international travellers kick in

According to the new guidelines all international passengers coming to India must mandatorily quarantine at home for seven days and should take up an RT-PCR test on the eighth day. All passengers from “at risk” countries like UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Israel, countries in Europe, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, and Zambia should undergo RT-PCR test on arrival. According to the government’s press release, all travellers should upload the result of their RT-PCR test on the 8th day of their arrival on Air Suvidha portal. |Indian Express

Where can we get authentic information about Coronavirus?

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Bulletin 58 Team

  1. Architha R
  2. Nakshatra Lakshmi M S
  3. Shabnam S
  4. Shivani S
  5. Shwetha M
  6. Vaishnavi Bose S

KARE COVID-19 Response So Far

43038 Cooked meals
2279 Volunteering hours clocked.
10 Tons of Vegetables transacted so far.
28+ Number of Farmers impacted so far.
640 Helpline Calls.
500 Grocery Kits & 500 kg Rice
50+ hours of student mentoring & 8 Gadgets
1400 Liquid sanitizer packs
5500 Masks
₹ 4,95,141 Funds Raised.
₹ 6,50,000 Funds Spent.
63000+ Lives Impacted

Impact areas: 

Chinnavedampatti, Saravanampatty, Vellaikinar, Sathyamangalam, Sulthanpet, Paapampatti, Sulur, Thondamuthur, Narasipuram, Kangayam, Coimbatore & Pollachi.

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