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'Not COVID': Stunned by Data, Gujarat Blames Death Certificate Spurt on Duplicate Registrations -Darshan Desai

-TheWire.in The state government says 4,218 people died of Covid in the period March 1-May 10, 2021. But it issued 1,23,871 death certificates in these 71 days – which was 65,781 more than it had for the same period in 2020. Most of these excess deaths are clearly Covid related. Ahmedabad: For the past three months, photos and reports of long queues at crematoriums and cemeteries in the national and the local...

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Bagged but not counted: the under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths in TN -PV Srividya

-The Hindu Government hospitals in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri have taken selective cover under the ICMR ‘Cause of Death’ protocol to undercount COVID-19 deaths DHARMAPURI/ KRISHNAGIRI: On Wednesday, the Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital administration was on a fire-fighting mode, fighting off queries on “rumours of 47 COVID deaths on a single day on Tuesday at the hospital.” It started off with an unverifiable WhatsApp message that was subsequently denied by the hospital administration....

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Comorbidities list for vaccine eligibility seen as too narrow -R Prasad

-The Hindu Focus on severe ailments, combination of diseases excluding many: experts The Union Health Ministry’s list of 20 comorbidities that make people in the 45-59 year age group eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine is seen by some medical professionals as too narrow. “The list of comorbidities provided by the Health Ministry is overly restrictive and complicated. Many conditions, including obesity, have been left out,” said Dr. Gagandeep Kang, Professor of Microbiology at...

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How co-morbidities make COVID severe -T Jacob John and MS Seshadri

-The Hindu Physicians are confronted with a complex problem that involves multiple organ systems Medical students are taught to classify diseases as either congenital or acquired. Acquired diseases are infectious or inflammatory, nutritional or metabolic, vascular or neoplastic (tumours, benign or malignant). COVID-19 is acquired, infectious/inflammatory. The microbe is SARS-CoV-2. What are co-morbidities and why do they make COVID-19 severe and life-threatening? Chronic nutritional/metabolic diseases start as diabetes, Hypertension, metabolic syndrome or obesity....

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Almost 70% senior citizens in India have a chronic illness -Nand Lal Mishra, Gursimran Singh Rana and Devikrishna NB

-Down to Earth One in every five Indians below 45 have at least one morbid condition Two in every three senior citizens in India suffer from some chronic disease, according to the first Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) released by the Union Ministry of Family and Health Welfare on January 6 2020. Around 23 per cent of the elderly population (age 60 years and above) have multi-morbidities; elderly women are more likely...

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