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Omicron, cold, or flu? Here's how to be sure when dealing with Covid-19 symptoms

Amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) surge, it is sometimes challenging for the average citizen – when faced with symptoms also resembling that of common cold or influenza – to be sure of whether they are infected with Omicron.
A person gets tested for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) amid a potential third wave of infections caused by the spread of the Omicron variant. (REUTERS / Representational Image)
A person gets tested for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) amid a potential third wave of infections caused by the spread of the Omicron variant. (REUTERS / Representational Image)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 08:40 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

News updates from HT: Scientists say Omicron has common cold-like symptoms

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India's Omicron tally has crossed the 400-mark.(PTI)
India's Omicron tally has crossed the 400-mark.(PTI)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 04:57 PM IST
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China approves first nasal spray Covid-19 vaccine for trials: Report

China’s only nasal spray vaccine against the coronavirus is expected to start phase I clinical trials in November, and it is recruiting 100 volunteers.
It is the only vaccine of its type approved by China’s National Medical Products Administration, the state-run Global Times reported.(REUTERS)
It is the only vaccine of its type approved by China’s National Medical Products Administration, the state-run Global Times reported.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 11, 2020 10:10 AM IST
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Beijing | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Glenmark gets DGCI nod for clinical trial

Favipiravir, sold under the brand name Avigan of Fujifilm Toyama Chemical Co. Ltd, Japan, a subsidiary of Fujifilm Corporation, is an antiviral medication used to treat influenza in Japan.
The DCGI approved to conduct trials on Favipiravir antiviral tablets on Covid-19 patients, making Glenmark the first pharmaceutical firm in India to be given an approval to start the trial.(AFP)
The DCGI approved to conduct trials on Favipiravir antiviral tablets on Covid-19 patients, making Glenmark the first pharmaceutical firm in India to be given an approval to start the trial.(AFP)
Published on May 01, 2020 03:49 AM IST
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COVID-19: IIT team develops LED-based disinfection machine for sanitising floors of hospitals, buses

IIT Guwahati is also filing a patent for the machine, which when commercialised, will be available at a cost of 1000.
IIT Guwahati.(Handout)
IIT Guwahati.(Handout)
Published on Apr 07, 2020 03:20 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

6 suspected swine flu patients die in Punjab since January

Thirty one persons had died due to the flu of a total of 541 patients in 2019.
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Published on Mar 17, 2020 11:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Keto diet may help you fight the flu. Here’s all you need to know

The researchers found that the ketogenic diet triggered the release of gamma delta T cells, immune system cells that produce mucus in the cell linings of the lung while the high-carbohydrate diet did not.
Ketogenic diet can help in fighting the flu virus.(Unsplash)
Ketogenic diet can help in fighting the flu virus.(Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 16, 2019 03:38 PM IST
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New York | ByIndo Asian News Service

Gurugram hospitals report asthma flare-ups

A trigger for pulmonary diseases is anything that leads to an aggravation of symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing or fatigue.
Environmental triggers such as high humidity and changing temperatures can cause such flare-ups.(REUTERS)
Environmental triggers such as high humidity and changing temperatures can cause such flare-ups.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 28, 2019 03:05 AM IST
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Common food additive may weaken defenses against influenza

When a person is infected with influenza virus, helper T cells direct other parts of the immune system and help coordinate an appropriate response, while killer T cells hunt down infected cells and clear them from the body.
T cells are involved in the immune response to a variety of diseases.(HT File PHOTO)
T cells are involved in the immune response to a variety of diseases.(HT File PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2019 12:42 PM IST
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Asian News International | ByAsian News International, Washington D.c

Healthwise: Why outbreaks occur, and how to stop them

Extreme temperature and unseasonal rain have expanded the geographical breeding grounds of vectors such as mosquitoes, leading to perennial infection of a few vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue.
Influenza viruses infect wild fowl, pigs, cattle, poultry and humans, and with India’s population growing at an annual rate of 1.1%, more people are living in close contact with each other and animals that have lost their natural habitat to human settlements.(Shutterstock)
Influenza viruses infect wild fowl, pigs, cattle, poultry and humans, and with India’s population growing at an annual rate of 1.1%, more people are living in close contact with each other and animals that have lost their natural habitat to human settlements.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 17, 2019 06:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | By, New Delhi

Flu season in India: How prepared are you?

In 2018, India has confirmed 5,651 cases and 464 deaths from H1N1, the predominant flu strain across states, till October 7.
Influenza virus has a quicksilver ability to mutate to evade the body’s immune systems and infect easily.(HT File PHOTO)
Influenza virus has a quicksilver ability to mutate to evade the body’s immune systems and infect easily.(HT File PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 14, 2018 11:10 AM IST
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Were you down with the flu or pneumonia? You may be at higher risk of heart attack

Flu and pneumonia can increase the risk of having a heart attack and stroke by six times, states a study.
Respiratory infections are thought to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by causing inflammation, which can lead to the development of blood clots.(Shutterstock)
Respiratory infections are thought to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by causing inflammation, which can lead to the development of blood clots.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 22, 2018 02:30 PM IST
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