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Does being fully vaccinated signal a return to normalcy?

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With vaccination drives going on in full swing around the world, the world is holding its breath and waiting to see if this will start to usher in a return to the “Old Normal” we all knew so well.

Fully vaccinated people In the US can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

But they also have to

  • Get tested if experiencing any Covid symptoms.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

The risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is minimal for fully vaccinated people. The transmission from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people is also reduced. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing themselves, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated people should also continue to wear a well-fitted mask in correctional facilities and homeless shelters. Preventions are still recommended for unvaccinated people

Domestic travel norms

· Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to get a SARS-CoV-2 viral test before or after domestic travel unless testing is required by local, state, or territorial health authorities.

· Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to self-quarantine following domestic travel.

International travel norms

· Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless required by their destination.

· Fully vaccinated air travellers coming to the United States from abroad, including U.S. citizens, are still required to have a negative SARS-CoV-2 viral test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.

· International travellers arriving in the United States are still recommended to get a SARS-CoV-2 viral test 3-5 days after travel regardless of vaccination status.

· Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to self-quarantine in the United States following international travel.

Recommendations for Isolation, Quarantine and Testing

The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. Guidance for residents and staff of healthcare settings can be found in the Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination.

What if I’m fully vaccinated with COVID-19 symptoms?

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

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The right pricing will be crucial for the launch of Zydus Cadila’s vaccine.

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The destiny of Zydus Cadila’s Covid vaccine is in doubt, as the vaccine’s price appears to be delaying its introduction into the vaccination program. The business has received emergency use authorization from the FDA to inject its Covid vaccine, ZyCoV-D, to children aged 12 to 18.

Zydus Cadila, located in Ahmedabad, has imported the pharmaJet, a needle-free applicator for painless intradermal vaccine delivery. 

Each jet is responsible for delivering a specific amount of vaccination. 

As a result, a single dose is split into two shots, one for each arm. “It’s an expensive device and hence jacks up the overall price,” a government official said.

Around 20,000 dosages can be administered with the jet injector.

The government has been purchasing Covaxin at 225 per dosage and Covishield, another Covid vaccine developed in India, at 215 per dose.

The price of the Zydus Cadila vaccine, according to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, will be significantly more than that of existing vaccines.

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The next wave of healthcare innovation

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Healthcare industry is currently one of the leaders in this race of startups. From Practo to Netmeds, India has seen companies go progress exponentially.  

Launched in March 2021, Know Your Prescription (KYP) is a patient-centric product that explains the prescription and addresses general, treatment-related queries in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, and Malayalam.   

 KYP assists in the understanding of medical prescriptions. All a patient has to do is visit the AI-enabled portal (QR code), which, after proper diligence, connects them to a WhatsApp number. They are paired with pharmacists or retired medical professionals in order to fully comprehend what their prescription entails. This reduces medication errors while also improving patient compliance and adherence.  

 The product is specially designed keeping the general population in mind, and the startup is eyeing a pan-India audience “with a major focus on Tier II and III cities”.

 The Delhi-based startup, with a team size of 12, has also signed a three-year contract with Centre for Sight, which is one of the largest chains in India with more than 47 centres.  

 It hopes to develop an app soon that will allow users to submit their questions, as well as onboard   qualified pharmacists and doctors to assist them.  

 As of now, KYP has over 5,000 unique paid clients. By Diwali, SiCureMi intends to implement a Rs 299   yearly membership scheme. Users will be able to upload prescriptions an unlimited number of   times as a result of this.

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The pandemic may take the sparkle out of India’s Diwali spending in 2021

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Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. Every state has its puja and rituals to bring in this colorful festival.

Every year, people tend to spend a lot of money during this festive season. From crackers to sweets and dresses, a lot of money flows through businesses in the festive season. 

However, after the pandemic, things have changed and Diwali spending saw a huge downfall in 2020. 

Diwali spending not expected to recover in 2021

In 2019, Diwali was one of the fastest-growing business periods. Over 43% of Indians spent tons of money during this festive period. However, COVID-19 struck hard in 2020 leading India to enter into a pandemic season. With the whole country on lockdown and cases increasing, the big question was how would the festive period be treated in 2020.

To no surprise, Diwali 2020 reached a major low leading a lot of businesses to reach a loss. Only 17% claimed to have been eager to spend during the festival season in 2020. 

However, as Diwali 2021 approaches and COVID-19 has been accepted as the new normal, the question arises again, Will Diwali spending fully recover this year? The answer is there will be a small recovery and growth, but not a complete one. According to a survey carried out by YouGov, Diwali spending was calculated and it was shown that it rose by 10 points this year, with 91% of urban Indians saying they would be spending more this year.

While the festive season appears and everyone looks forward to celebrating, it is important to keep in mind that the pandemic is still around us and we need to ensure all safety measures are undertaken in this fight against COVID-19. 

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