Health

Smelling Well: Opening the Senses Through the Nose


Everyday Ayurveda by Bhaswati Bhattacharya The practice of nasya is considered one of the five great cleansing works, panchakarma. Nasya is used to clean out mucous and toxins that have accumulated in the head and neck, gathering wastes from the crevices of the sinuses, nostrils, nasal cavity, mouth and throat.  From January to March, there is a natural tendency to...

Loss of taste, smell can linger long after COVID-19 patients recover

Post Date: January 14, 2021

As people fall ill with COVID-19, they often lose their senses of smell and taste. For some, it takes months for those senses to come back — long after their other symptoms are gone. Studies show about 83% of people who test positive for coronavirus lose their smell and taste. “It’s one of those things that...

Coronavirus vaccine: ‘Halal certification’ a concern for Muslims


In October, Indonesian diplomats and Muslim clerics stepped off a plane in China. While the diplomats were there to finalize deals to ensure millions of doses reached Indonesian citizens, the clerics had a much different concern: Whether the COVID-19 vaccine was permissible for use under Islamic law. As companies race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine...

Employers may require workers to get COVID-19 jabs: EEOC


A key federal agency said this week that employers can legally require their workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine and prevent them from entering their workplaces if they refuse.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a guidance issued Wednesday said that requiring a test would not violate the Americans With Disabilities Act of...

Republicans, one-third Blacks most hesitant to take COVID-19 vaccine: Study


With the Trump administration pulling out all stops to reach Americans with COVID-19 vaccine, first to front-line responders followed by to very high-risk groups, a complicated issue is brewing among one-quarter of the US population.  A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation says that a significant part of Americans are hesitant to go for the jabs for...

Mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom sets off alarms


On 8 December, during a regular Tuesday meeting about the spread of the pandemic coronavirus in the United Kingdom, scientists and public health experts saw a diagram that made them sit up straight. Kent, in the southeast of England, was experiencing a surge in cases, and a phylogenetic tree showing viral sequences from the...

What to expect at your appointment to get vaccinated for COVID-19


It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. Because...

How Operation Warp Speed delivered a COVID vaccine in record time


By Alex.M.Azar II  As we enter this winter, we face alarming trends in the spread of COVID-19 around the country, but even in this challenging time, we have so much reason for hope. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, and Operation Warp Speed (OWS) and its private sector...

Managing the COVID-19 crisis: The India Story


By Amit Kumar, Consul General of India in Chicago  As we inch towards the end of 2020, it is time to assess India’s COVID-19 response and the outlook for the future. Recent developments suggest cause for optimism, underpinned by Government’s steadfast efforts under PM Narendra Modi’s decisive leadership on several fronts. Last week, an Indian Covid19 vaccine...