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Psychological consequences of Covid-19 on healthcare discovered by researchers

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Researchers at the University Hospital Bonn in Germany found that healthcare workers were more likely than physicians and nurses to be satisfied with their occupations. The researchers discovered that persons who had a positive viewpoint on life’s obstacles felt more coherent than those who had negative outlooks. Perceived coherence was shown to be especially essential – in basic terms, the idea that life has meaning and that obstacles can be classed logically.

During the current investigation, the University of Bonn reviewed over 4,300 completed questionnaires. At the time of the study, 80% of the participants worked in hospitals, with 11% working at University Institution Bonn and 1% working at a separate hospital. 

A poll of more than people was conducted to determine how stressed they were by their jobs at the time of the World Health Organization epidemic and before it. In each case, more than 20% of respondents said they had depression or anxiety symptoms severe enough to require therapy. Social support, spirituality, and a feeling of coherence were studied as putative “resilience elements”, which are thought to buffer against the mental effects of stress.

Physicians and nurses experience more mental strain than the general public, yet their anxiety levels were lower during the pandemic. Among the putative resilience characteristics, a sense of coherence stands out. Salutogenesis is a concept developed in the 1980s by medical expert Aaron Antonovsky, which focuses on the search for health-promoting variables and attitudes.

Employees who had a strong sense of coherence were less likely to suffer from mental disorders. This characteristic, according to Geiser, makes us more resilient to stress and specific problems. As a result, the study draws key recommendations about how humans should tackle future catastrophes like the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to a new study by Geiser of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, medical technical assistants were the hardest hit by the pandemic’s mental effects. “Timely information is therefore vital” to explain why this is the case to employees, and the more personal meaning they experience in their work, the better they will be able to handle it, according to Geiser.

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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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