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Although metabolic conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes have been linked to an increased risk of Covid-19, as well as an increased risk of experiencing serious symptoms once infected, the impact of diet on these risks is unknown.

People whose diets were based on healthy plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables had lower risks of getting Covid-19 and of having severe disease after infection, finds a study. Although metabolic conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes have been linked to an increased risk of Covid-19, as well as an increased risk of experiencing serious symptoms once infected, the impact of diet on these risks is unknown.
The study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and published in the journal Gut, suggests that public health strategies that improve access to healthy foods and address social determinants of health may help to reduce the burden of the Covid-19 pandemic. The beneficial effects of diet on Covid-19 risk seemed especially relevant in individuals living in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation.

Mask up! "Our models estimate that nearly a third of Covid-19 cases would have been prevented if one of two exposures -- diet or deprivation -- were not present," says Merino. Photo by Jan Kopřiva on Un

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Wear dry cotton underwear and avoid tight clothes.

Are you among those girls who want to enjoy the rain dance but are hesitant because you are more prone to vaginal infections due to the humidity of the rains? Well, the good news is, Amodita Ahuja, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, shares a few tips and tricks to follow that you might not have to miss that rain dance.

Keep your private parts dry

During the monsoon, the humidity is way too high and already the moisture quotient of our private parts are very high. So it's important to keep the vagina and area surrounding it dry by just wiping after urinating or after the loo. Wipe with plain toilet paper from front to back. No wetness means decreased moisture and a decreased breeding ground for the bacteria.

Maintain a good vaginal hygiene

Due to increased moisture during the monsoon, the pH levels of the vagina decreases because of which a woman is already predisposed to vaginal infections especially fungal infection. So it's vital to maintain good vaginal hygiene. Clean your vulvas with just clean soap and water. Clean them more frequently at least twice a day and keep them dry. Say no to douching. That is cleaning your vagina from the inside as it will kill all the healthy bacteria of the vagina.

Wear dry cotton underwear and avoid tight clothes.

Try to avoid skinny jeans, tight lowers, shorts. As tight clothes increase the humidity, reduce the airflow and retain more sweat thereby increasing the chances of rashes, vaginal infections and UTIs. Dry cotton clothes improve air circulation and also reduce skin irritation and hence reduces the incidence of rashes.

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Among the nine cases, three patients have been referred from other hospitals after being diagnosed with the black fungus infection. Pixabay

Uncontrolled diabetes is emerging as a major factor in acquiring black fungus infection or mucormycosis, which is surfacing in Covid-19 patients after recovery and is leading to further complications

An online event, hosted by Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday with 52 experts discussing the issue, aimed to prepare the workforce to prevent patients from falling prey to the infection while informing them about the relevant treatment protocols.

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Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus. Pixabay

Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, can turn dangerous if left untreated, doctors said on Friday amid reports of re-emergence of the rare deadly fungal infection among Covid-19 patients across hospitals in Delhi, Pune, and Ahmedabad. The fungal infection is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment. Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness.

The common symptoms associated with the disease include headache, facial pain, nasal congestion, loss of vision or pain in the eyes, swelling in cheeks and eyes, and black crusts in the nose. The US Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention estimates Mucormycosis with an overall all-cause mortality rate of 54 percent. “Mucormycosis can be very dangerous if left untreated can cause mutilating damage to face, nose, eyes with disfigurement and loss of vision and also cause invasive brain infection,” Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Consultant -Internal Medicine, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru, told IANS.

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