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Instead of Sharing Personal Number, Use Temporary Virtual Number to Increase Safety

For example, if you do not want to book a cab with your primary number because you do not want to share the number with the driver who is unknown to you, you can use the virtual number

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It is not difficult to switch between the primary and virtual numbers and one can schedule the use of the virtual number during a set time period. Pixabay

If you do not want to share your primary phone number with everyone, or keep one number for family and friends and another for professional purposes, temporary virtual numbers can offer you a way to maintain privacy, and at times increase safety.

For example, if you do not want to book a cab with your primary number because you do not want to share the number with the driver who is unknown to you, you can use the virtual number.

The instant virtual number (IVN) from Mumbai-based Cloud communications service provider Route Mobile Limited, for example, would reflect exactly like a normal number to the outside world.

To use these numbers which are configured virtually on the top of your existing primary mobile number, one can contact their operator and ask for the best rates. So people willing to use these numbers do not directly get in touch with the providers of these numbers. These numbers, which are designed to offer calling and messaging services, generally come with monthly subscription rates.

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For example, if you do not want to book a cab with your primary number because you do not want to share the number with the driver who is unknown to you, you can use the virtual number. Wikimedia Commons

Virtual numbers can prove very beneficial for female users who do not want to expose their mobile number to non-reliable parties like loyalty programmes as well to those who do not want to share their primary/personal number with consumer outlets, like apparel brands or restaurants.

“Customers/subscriber privacy/confidentiality is of utmost importance to operator networks, yet one of the key concerns raised by their customers. Route Mobile’s Instant Virtual Numbers intends to solve this problem in terms of privacy,” said the company’s Managing Director and CEO, Rajdip Gupta.

“An IVN serves consumers with an option to have additional numbers on their existing SIM card. Although they would have an additional number which would act as an instant virtual number, it would work exactly the same as that of their primary number,” Gupta said.

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Virtual numbers can prove very beneficial for female users who do not want to expose their mobile number to non-reliable parties. Pixabay

It is not difficult to switch between the primary and virtual numbers and one can schedule the use of the virtual number during a set time period. “It is also possible to maintain call/SMS screening lists. One can also request the operator to change the virtual number,” the company said.

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“The calls and SMS charges are the same as a normal number of usages in the subscription package. The amount for this is deducted or charged to the primary number. The usage and availability of virtual phone numbers are subject to the regulations of the country and the telephone service provider,” it added.

To place a call through a virtual number, you just need to add a prefix which is given by the operator. This helps ensure that the calls received and made using virtual numbers are identifiable. Besides Route Mobile, there are several other Cloud-based telephony solutions providers in India — especially for businesses – such as MyOperator and Ziffy, among others. (IANS)

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A Feeling of Safety Most Important for Hospitalized Kids

“Being listened to and understood can give children an added sense of confidence about the situation they find themselves in,” she added

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India, Encephalitis Outbreak, Bihar
Children showing symptoms of encephalitis undergo treatment at Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar state, India, June 18, 2019. VOA

A feeling of safety and good night’s sleep are the things that matter the most to sick kids in hospital.

Published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the study fills a gap in our understanding of how children are feeling in hospital settings.

For the study, researchers developed the ‘Needs of Children Questionnaire’ (NCQ), the first of its kind to measure children’s self-reported psychosocial, physical and emotional needs in paediatric wards.

“Development of the NCQ is part of an international movement to place children as central to care delivery, which honours the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Mandie Foster, Professor at the Edith Cowan University in Australia.

The research team assessed 193 school-aged children in paediatric settings in Australia and New Zealand.

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FILE – A Pakistani paramedic takes a blood sample from a girl for a HIV test at a state-run hospital in Rato Dero in the district of Larkana of the southern Sindh province, May 9, 2019. VOA

Children’s most important needs were identified as: To know they are safe and will be looked after, to get enough sleep at night, hospital staff listening to them, to have places their parents can go to for food and drinks.

Over 1.7 million Australian children were admitted to hospitals in 2016-17, researchers said, which emphasizes on the importance of this study.

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“As adults, we often make assumptions about children’s needs and wants, but hospitals can be a scary and unfamiliar environment for many children and we shouldn’t assume we know how they are feeling,” Foster said.

“Being listened to and understood can give children an added sense of confidence about the situation they find themselves in,” she added. (IANS)