According to the new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a link was found between a particular blood type and the genetic variables, and the COVID-19. The authors were mainly focused on the usefulness of their gene-related findings, which laid emphasis on the formations of clusters of genes around a specific chromosome in severe cases of COVID-19, whereas the media was focused on the blood-type findings. A study was conducted in which 1500 Italian and Spanish Covid-19 affected patients were kept under observation. It was concluded that the infection was less common in the patients with the blood type O, whereas it was more common in the patients with blood type A. The commonality of the infection found in the people with blood type B was found in between the two.
Updates on Development of COVID-19 Vaccine
The pandemic of coronavirus doesn’t seem to have stopped. It continues to infect people at an alarming rate. Near about 5.5 lakh people are dead worldwide from this infectious disease and the number rises by the hour. Authorities are using various experimental approaches to treat the coronavirus. There are more than 110 groups engaged in designing vaccines to fight this disease. Atleast 11 of these teams are at an advanced stage to put their coronavirus vaccines into trials. India has also been trying to develop a vaccine for this virus. Two companies have already developed prototypes and have clearance for clinical trials. Zydus Cadilla and Bharat Biotech International are the two manufacturers that are behind the development of these vaccines.
Washing your hands with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand rub, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, maintaining personal hygiene, etc. are the measures people should apply to protect themselves against coronavirus. However, these measures are not enough to fight coronavirus. Improving your nutrition intake can help in achieving optimal immune function. Micronutrients responsible for fighting infection include vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, and E, and also folate, trace elements, and minerals iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium, copper, and omega-3 fatty acids. Lack of these nutrients is expected to result in a weakening of the body’s resistance against infections and thus, an increase in the probability of disease occurring. In this report, following conclusions has been made,
With COVID-19 muddling the normal life of almost every country in the world and taking thousands of lives, medical institutions are trying their best to find a potential COVID-19 vaccine for this pandemic causing virus since the beginning.
Hyderabad based company Bharat Biotech and Indian Council of Medical Research have collaborated to form the home-grown COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN, which has shown promising results till now in all the lab tests. With only clinical trials remaining, govt is constantly pushing these two institutions to fast track every possible step and launch a productive vaccine by mid-August, leaving the scientific community puzzled as to why things are being completed in a rush.
Besides urging people to stay home and wash hands regularly, prime health organizations around the globe have constantly mentioned the usage of face masks to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.
People all around have shown great concern regarding this fatal virus and have gone up to making their own homemade masks, due to scarcity of the store-bought ones.
However, the general public was not enlightened enough about the strength of these masks in shielding them from the virus, until this latest research came into limelight.
The present-day study issued in Physics of Fluids, a scientific journal belonging to AIP Publishing, unveils the ways following which homemade masks were to be assembled in order to provide ultimate protection.
A new study has revealed that the children, teenagers, and young adults are open to greater risks for complications from this disease than it was thought earlier.
The first study to explain the characteristics of extremely sick Covid-19 paediatric patients in North America, also reveals that children that have underlying health conditions are at a greater risk.
Chief of Department of Paediatrics division of population health, quality and implementation science at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and professor and vice-chair for academic development the co-author of the study, Lawrence C Kleinman says, the notion that “Covid-19 is sparing of young people is just false.”
As per the data from Worldometer, the Coronavirus cases across the globe are rising over 9 million. Nations are struggling to control the spread of novel coronavirus as most of the people affected are asymptomatic. Nearly 40% to 45% of affected people are asymptomatic. The asymptomatic cases can be found only by effective screening and testing, this becomes the major barrier to control the spread of viruses. Now the experts found an additional 35 symptoms of the COVID – 19, which is expected to help a lot in controlling this COVID pandemic.
Several states have made the use of face masks compulsory as they are known to help in the prevention of spread of coronavirus droplets. Each one of us owns face masks, but do you actually know how to wear them correctly? We interviewed some doctors, who are working in the frontline to treat the disease, about when to wear or skip wearing the face masks, and here is what they had to say.
When Should You Wear a Face Mask?
Dr. Warren Michalski says face masks should be worn whenever one has apprehensions of spreading the coronavirus or a similar disease from you to someone else. Masks tend to trap the droplets from the mouth and nose and keep it contained, considering that you are the carrier.
In India Diagnosing COVID-19 with one more testing method started from Monday. This rapid antigen detection test method is approved by ICMR. Under specific settings, you can use this rapid antigen detection kits.
So, what is this new test all about?
It is one of the point of care tests, which is usually conducted on the spot, to check and deliver results rapidly. Yes, the person to be tested is made to sit on a table and his nasal samples are collected by the lab technician who is completely wearing safety gear. These nasal samples are tested for the presence of any foreign bodies that can potentially stimulate an immune response. These are usually found in the SARS viruses. COVID-19 belongs to SARS family.
Protect your home and family with cleaning measures to avoid Coronavirus.
Till coronavirus spread prevails and new information to control ongoing pandemic develops the info given in this article may change since its last updation. For the latest updates on COVID-19, keep your eyes wide open to online resources such as CDC, WHO, and your local public health departments..
Mosquitoes have always been known to transmit different diseases and the summer is the peak time for these bloodsuckers. People are already facing the hardships of the dreadful Covid-19 and the way it spreads. With the season of these mosquitoes, the people are tensed whether or not their bite will spread the coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that there is neither any evidence nor any information which reveals that the novel coronavirus can be transmitted through a mosquito bite.
What’s the difference between the new coronavirus and other coronaviruses?
SARS, which killed 774 people when it came in 2003, is very much different than the current novel coronavirus. Dr.Mark Siedner, who is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School quoted “COVID-19 has a bigger pre-symptomatic period”, which means unlike the SARS virus where people used to show symptoms very quickly after getting infected, novel corona virus-infected people don’t show symptoms quickly. The symptom usually surfaces after 3 to 4 days of getting infected. Since the infected people roam freely just like any other asymptomatic person, this makes contact tracing very hard..
During the time of the quick spread of COVID-19, the whole world is facing severe problems while managing not only the economy but also the needs of the people, that of the ones who are currently not infected and also of the ones infected by the deadly COVID-19. Several sectors of the world are experiencing a huge and unfortunate setback. For instance, the medical, secondary, political, agricultural as well as the tertiary sectors- all are facing this miserable as well as unlucky situation.
Amidst the entire crisis, the food and nutrition sector is the worst struck. The number of people, who are unable to afford food of decent quality, shall increase at a swift rate. This has been brought into the light by the Secretary of the United Nations.
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The world is facing a crisis. Economical, political, medical, and agricultural, as well as many other sectors of a country’s economy are at stake. People are emotionally unwell because some are not able to meet their loved ones at such a dangerous time, some are starving, others are fighting this deadly Coronavirus to treat the affected patients. Every country that has people affected by this disease, is taking serious measures to reduce the loss of both- their people and the world. And so is India. But since the Unlock has been declared, there is an expectation of a swift increase in the number of people affected by Coronavirus.
Recently China published a study that offers a clear understanding of how weather, especially the climatic conditions during the summer have an effect on the transmission of the novel coronavirus.
The researchers of the Chengdu University of Information Technology, China released a publication in which the monthly average temperature of all the Chines provinces was analyzed. The downward short-wave UV radiation and humidity of these provinces were checked when the coronavirus outbreak was at its initial stage.
According to the newest guideline issued in the interest of the pandemic by WHO, it has been advised that people over the age of 60 years or the ones suffering from a chronic illness should wear a medical-grade face mask whenever and wherever they are not able to follow the norms of social distancing.
COVID-19 has spread chaos across borders affecting national and international economies alike. Businesses of all sizes have suffered undue losses caused by plummeting markets. As a small business, it is very likely that you are experiencing dilemma about the future of your business.
Early symptoms in children that may be affected with Covid-19 could be fever, along with gastrointestinal symptoms.
A recent study published in ‘Frontiers in Paediatrics’ shows that if children exposed to corona virus show signs of diarrhea along with fever must be suspected of being infected with the pandemic causing Covid-19 disease..
On the onset of the outbreak of Covid-19, the Chinese officials on January 20, confirmed human-to-human transmission of the deadly corona virus. The lethal virus has already claimed the lives of lakhs of people globally and governments are struggling to keep this virus from spreading and causing havoc.
In a research published in the journal Environmental International, revealed that the authorities and common people are already preventing person-to-person transmission. However, the Covid-19 virus can also spread through sewage waters.
The Chinese researchers are cautioning that the novel corona virus infection (Covid-19) causing virus that has affected millions of people both in China and across the world, can possibly be transmitted through feces.
A new research has shed light on the fact that surgical masks might help to avert an infected person from infecting others with any type of seasonal viruses, including the deadly corona virus. This research has helped in somewhat suppressing the much-stressed debate straddling between medical and cultural customs.
There are rumors circulating about the use of masks about how and when to use them to control the spread of new coronavirus. It is a fact that begs to be understood that surgical masks are necessary for ill or infected people, but normal people need to think about it twice. Peter Tsai, the inventor of filtration fabric inside of surgical masks and N95 respirators, wants you to know and comprehend certain facts about the surgical masks and N95 respirators.
Can you reuse N95 masks if they are in low supply?
The COVID-19 pandemic has morphed our ideologies of order and sociability in our society. We are currently surviving each day in fear and anxiety compounded by plummeting economies and chaotic governments. Amid all of this, healthcare professionals and several other frontline workers are carrying out their jobs by risking their lives. The shortage of N95 respirators amplifies their problems because the world has not witnessed a pandemic of such scale in a long time.
Formed from the amalgamation of the two words “Cryo”: Cold and “Stat”: Stable, the cryostat is basically an equipment used to maintain substances at very low temperatures. It is an essential tool in cryogenics, a branch of physics that deals with the production and effects of very low temperature on materials. It may be noted here, that very low temperature here can typically mean less than -180 degree Celsius.
Sieve shakers look like a stack of sieves arranged one on top of the other, in a decreasing order of pore size. Now, what could be the use of a sieve shaker?
In order to study a given liquid or powder sample for the distribution of particles within it, a test called particle size analysis is done. The analysis is meant to find out the average size of particles or the range of particle sizes that the sample contains. Particle size analysis can be a key element in determining the physical and chemical properties of a given sample.
The top loading weighing balance, also called the ‘top-loader’ balance is a very popular instrument in laboratories and it is available in various specifications. It can measure from a few grams to 50-60 kg and are hence quite convenient. They can measure heavier loads than a standard analytical balance. The disadvantage though, is that they are less precise.
Laboratory analytical balances are a vital part of the pharmaceutical industry. Weights and measures of all types must follow exacting standards in order to create a successful end product. A weighing analytical balance can provide for accurate weight measurements, which can also include quantification of solids, powders, or solutions.
Analytical balances are a key piece of laboratory equipment as they ensure accurate experiments can be carried out.
They are also vital for many other processes, such as quality assurance for injection moulded plastic components. There are many companies providing solutions for manufacturers that need a simple yet effective way to accurately weigh parts.
An analytical balance is the ideal choice for safe and accurate weighing in the lab. But which one do you choose and how can you can separate the unique advantages from one to the other?
The standard micro balance will usually provide precise measurements up to 22g. When you want overall performance and quality in order to obtain consistent and reliable small mass measurements, a standard micro balance will most likely be the right option for you.
The primary factors that you need to compare among standard micro balances are:
In any chemical research laboratory, the need for high precision in instrument function, pipetting, and even weights and measures is vital for the constant reproducible results. As for reagent mixing and setup, weighing out reagent powders and liquids properly and with precise discipline is advantageous for accurate resulting. Weighing balances are needed for this function and the more precise the better.
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A semi-microbalance is a small mass measurement device that can support weights of up to one hundredth of a milligram. Semi-microbalances provide precise measurements when you need a readability that reaches five decimals places as opposed to the four decimal places typically featured in regular analytical balances. When you are responsible for delivering accurate results, you need to make sure the equipment you are using can provide you with consistently accurate results.
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Ball mills are used the world over in material processing plants, for grinding and mixing materials using steel, rubber or ceramic grinding media. This uses the forces of impact and friction with balls within the jar to mix ingredients and reduce particle size.
One instrument. One sample to be measured for a certain value. The same instrument should give the same reading over and over again. Right?
However, such is not the case and more often than not, the readings may vary due to various errors. Error sources may range from human errors in reading the value to defects within the instrument.
If there is one set of scales that can safely measure huge loads for industrial purposes, they are called platform scales. They are manufactured keeping in mind the huge loads associated with this purpose -talk about hundreds of kgs.
As the name suggests, it has a flat rectangular platform top to put your specimen on, and a display that shows how much it weighs. Platform scales nowadays also be connected to a computer or laptop via ports on the scale.
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Analytical balances are high precision laboratory instruments used to measure masses. They can give readings to an incredibly accuracy, allowing even small samples to be weighed down to thousandths of a gram.
In order to ensure they remain accurate and reliable, great care must be taken when setting up, operating and cleaning analytical balances in the lab.
Thermal analysis, as the name suggests is analyzing the change in the properties of materials when they are subjected to different temperatures. Different techniques are used and the response of the material is then plotted as a function of temperature and time. This is an indispensable branch of materials science. It is crucial to determine the way a substance reacts to a change in temperature.
One set of scales to measure different quantities and materials-From the grocery that you buy every day, to the chemicals in your chemistry lab. They find their applications in various areas: to find out the exact weight of your sample, to check whether the quantity you have in hand is exactly what is specified or also in the filling of cans and tins with the specified amount of material in industries. Sitting pretty on almost every shopping counter or laboratory table, they are handy, durable and suitable for everyday use.
What is the lightest possible thing that you can think of weighing? Well here’s a device that can even measure the weight of the air we breathe.
What is a microbalance?
The microbalance is a device that is used to measure weights that are as light as a millionth of a gram. Hence, it can be used to measure the weight of aerosol particles too. This is extremely sensitive, compared to the analytical balance we have used in our school chemistry labs, that reads up to the sub-milligram range. Needless to say, this device must be very sensitive to be able to measure such small quantities with accuracy.
Moisture analyzers play a very important role in almost every manufacturing industry. Food, chemicals, plastic and pharmaceutical industries all have a need to know about how long their product is going to last in the market. The shelf life of a commodity and its quality maintenance depends on the effect of moisture on the content to a very large extent.
Ever wondered what allows you to be sure about if you are getting the exact amount when you say 1 kg of spices or sugar? What are the standards that they measure it with? Who ensures that the weight you get is what is said on the dial?
This is why we have a national standard in your country that ensures that you get your money’s worth. It makes sure that balances within the country are all accurate, and well, you could be in serious trouble if you have a faulty balance being used at your store or work environment.
Over the years, microscopes have evolved from being magnifying glasses (then also called ‘flea glasses’ as they were mostly used to look at tiny bugs) to becoming complex equipment with adjustable powers. Today, they are one of the most commonly used apparatus in laboratories.
Where can they be used?
Analytical balances have become one of the most important pieces of scientific equipment within the laboratory or research space. By allowing weights to be determined to an incredible accuracy, of 0.1 mg or better, they have opened up many options for scientists and researchers, enabling experiments and tests that were previously not possible, or would not have given usable results.
Balance Tables use for analytical purposes for highly accurate weighing samples within the laboratory environment. They are incredibly important in a wide range of industries and applications and can be highly specialised.
As such, any lab manager choosing a new analytical balance table must do so wisely.
There are many things he must consider before a purchase, and these are outlined below.
In the pharmaceutical industry, accurate measurement of chemicals used in the advanced development of new and better drugs for humans has become absolutely the highest vital function. Measurements in tiny increments, in micrograms, may be necessary to enable chemists to research components found in nature that otherwise would be impossible if it were not for analytical balances.
Analytical balances are also called ‘lab balances’ and are used for weight measurement in the milligram range. Needless to say, the sample size is extremely small and needs to be handled with extreme care to get good results. A small shake or vibration can cause spillage of the sample or a redistribution of the same which can significantly affect the results.
In the demanding field of medical research, especially in biochemistry, and biotechnology the need for highly sensitive and accurate lab balances is paramount to the success of the procedures these laboratories use. There are many lab products providers who claim they have the answer to the accuracy issues, but to accomplish the ultimate in weights and measures, one must turn to a tried and true manufacturer. A laboratory equipment manufacturer who understands the rigors of the fast-paced research laboratory may well be the proper choice for the discerning laboratory personnel.