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As India battles against Coronavirus, here’s exactly what you should do

As Coronavirus reaches India with few cases reported in Delhi, Agra and Telangana, here’s how one can take precautionary measures to avoid the deadly virus.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. It harms nearly every organ in your body, says Dr Sameer Arbat.
Dr Sameer Arbat

Dr Sameer Arbat currently working at KRIMS Hospital is an MD FCCP, young Interventional Pulmonologist from Nagpur, who’s the first doctor to have Central India’s only EBUS and Cryotherapy setup. He has many national and international awards and publications to his name and has performed more than 500 interventional procedures.

What is Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe disease. Similar outbreak of coronavirus was seen in 2012 ? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ? in 2003. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that was identified recently. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak a ?public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). 

What is 2019 novel coronavirus

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does 2019-nCoV spread

This virus probably emerged from an animal source but now it is spreading from person to person. There is no specific evidence on how it spread from animals to humans and most information being spread on social media is fake or not authenticated. It can spread from one person to another person by oral and nasal secretions through coughing or sneezing.

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Patients with 2019-nCoV have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and breathing difficulty.

What are severe complications from this virus

Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs. Patients with severe illness have respiratory failure along with cardiac and hematological complications.

Who are prone to get affected by the Coronavirus

Coronavirus can affect any person irrespective of age and food habits but people who have pre-existing diseases like asthma, diabetes are more prone to get severely affected. Small children, elderly people and pregnant women can be more prone to infection.

How can I help protect myself?

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

These include:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against 2019-nCoV. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

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Is there a treatment?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for 2019-nCoV. People with 2019-nCov can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. Anyone who has serious illness is treated for respiratory failure and organ diseases as required.

There are many scary stories being spread about Coronavirus Is there a need to panic?

It is important for everyone to take precautions but there is no need to panic. The infection rate of 2019-nCoV is very high but the mortality rate is very low compared to the regular flu virus. Everyone has to follow basic cleanliness and maintain good hygiene. It is important to follow a healthy diet and stay indoors if you are unwell.

The ideas and information expressed are solely by the columnist and not by Nation Next.

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Nagpur Youth Congress activists stage protest against Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP

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Members of Youth Congress Nagpur…

Members of Nagpur Youth Congress staged protest against former Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha amid ‘Modi surname’ remark. The protest was held at Chhatrapati Square in the city on Saturday morning where members raised slogans hailing Gandhi. 

When we spoke to Secretary, Maharashtra Youth Congress, Abhishek Dhawad, who led the protest, said, “It is an orchestrated attack on the democracy. And, BJP’s attempt to cripple the voice of Opposition by expunging Rahul Gandhiji is a testimony to the fact that the accusations hold weight and thus the BJP government needs to come clean.”

When asked about Gandhi’s accusation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi siding with business tycoon Gautam Adani, Dhawad quipped, “Adani’s meteoric rise couldn’t have happened without the former being hand in glove with the Centre. It’s the biggest scam in the history of mankind!”

Senior Congress leader and former Corporator Praful Gudadhe Patil, Nagpur District Secretary Mangesh Kamone, etc., marked their presence during the protest.  

Gandhi, on Friday, was disqualified as Lok Sabha MP, a day after a Surat Court convicted him in a defamation case regarding Modi surname remark. The notification disqualifying the Wayanad MP was issued hours after Gandhi attended the morning session of Lok Sabha.

Gandhi, in 2019, had remarked, “Why all the thieves, be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi have Modi in their names.”

Also read: Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP bars him from contesting LS polls for 8 years?

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Skygazers witness rare, stunning conjunction of Moon and Venus in sky | Nagpur

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A rare celestial event occurred on Friday evening when Moon and the brightest planet in our solar system Venus aligned in conjunction. 

Rare conjunction of Moon and Venus

A rare celestial event occurred on Friday evening when Moon and the brightest planet in our solar system Venus aligned in conjunction. The alignment was observed in various parts of the world, including Hyderabad, Chandrapur, Nagpur to name a few.

This conjunction is a relatively uncommon occurrence that happens when the two celestial bodies appear close to each other in the sky. The occurrence is particularly rare when the two are at their brightest.

By March-end this year, an alignment of five planets (Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus, and Mars) in the skies will be witnessed, as seen from Earth. Five planets are set to align between March 25 to March 30 as Earth enters the equinox. 

While all five planets continue to roam around each other in the final days of March, you will be able to see them the clearest on March 28.

Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP bars him from contesting LS polls for 8 years?

Also read: Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP bars him from contesting LS polls for 8 years?

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Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP bars him from contesting LS polls for 8 years?

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Congress Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi was on Friday disqualified as Lok Sabha MP, a day after a Surat Court convicted him in a defamation case.

Congress Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi was on Friday disqualified as Lok Sabha MP, a day after a Surat Court convicted him in a defamation case. The notification disqualifying the Wayanad MP was issued hours after Gandhi attended the morning session of Lok Sabha. 

What does the notification read?

“Consequent upon his conviction by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Surat… Rahul Gandhi, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad Parliamentary Constituency in Kerala stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction… in terms of the provisions of Article 102(!)(e) of the Constitution read with Section of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,” the notification read.

Gandhi barred from contesting LS polls for 8 years?

As per law and legal experts, Gandhi’s disqualification came into ‘immediate and automatic’ effect upon his conviction and sentencing despite the grant of bail.

Former Congress leader and Union law minister Kapil Sibal told NDTV that Rahul stands automatically disqualified as an MP with his two-year jail sentence. He said, “If it (the court) only suspends the sentence that’s not enough. There has to be a suspension or stay of conviction. He (Rahul Gandhi) can stay on as a member of parliament only if there is a stay on the conviction.”

Sibal added, “For a statement made in respect of certain individuals, for him to be convicted for two years — it is totally bizarre.” 

What does the law say?

The Representation of the People Act, 1951, (RPA) directs immediate disqualification of any lawmaker who is ‘convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years.’ The law also states that if one is convicted in any offence for two years then the seat will be vacant immediately.

Lawyer and senior BJP MP Mahesh Jethmalani told NDTV, “By the operation of the law, he (Gandhi) stands disqualified, but the decision has to be communicated to the Speaker. But as of today, he stands disqualified.”

How can Gandhi avoid disqualification?

Gandhi will have to secure an order from a higher court suspending the conviction. The RPA states, “A person convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years [other than any offence referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2)] shall be disqualified from the date of such conviction and shall continue to be disqualified for a further period of six years since his release.”

It means, that apart from his jail term, Gandhi will not be able to contest polls for subsequent six more years.

Why the disqualification?

Surat Court, on Thursday, awarded two-year jail term to Gandhi in a defamation case for his ‘all thieves have Modi surname’ remark. The case was filed against Gandhi for his alleged ‘how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?’ remarks on a complaint lodged by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi.

The Court also imposed a fine of ₹15,000 after finding him guilty under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 499 and 500 (dealing with defamation). However, he secured a bail in the same case. 

Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Verma heard the final arguments regarding Gandhi’s 2019 remark, “Why all the thieves, be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi have Modi in their names.” Gandhi’s counsel Kirit Panwala said, “We will today send a message to Rahul Gandhi to remain present on March 23 in Surat district court. Most probably, he would be present in the court. We will get confirmation on Saturday.”

Gandhi made the alleged remarks while addressing a rally at Kolar in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Also read: Rahul Gandhi sentenced to 2 years in jail in Modi surname defamation case

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