Qamar says that he thinks telemedicine could make concierge-like health services more broadly available, but telemedicine has its limits. The New Yorkers who have had to leave their house every morning and evening to work through the pandemic are also the ones who suffered through limited testing availability and too-late test results. Telemedicine can certainly help identify probable COVID-19 cases if the patient is symptomatic, but it cannot track asymptomatic cases, which matters when you are asking people to continue working in ways and places where the disease can be transmitted. Most of all, telemedicine cannot push the people who need testing and care the most to the front of the line. In our current system, only money can do that. … [Read more...] about The hottest new amenity for the rich? On-demand doctors and COVID-19 tests
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 | Manhattan’s office buildings are empty. But for how long?
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus wrap September 10 | Serum Institute pauses vaccine trials in India; Mumbai Mayor tests positive for COVID-19
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine. … [Read more...] about Don’t take coronavirus lightly; people need to wear face masks: PM Modi