That updated COVID-19 treatment guidelines removed not just ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir, but also other popular off-label treatments like azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and plasma therapy.
By dropping hydroxycholoroquine, India was finally acknowledging that HCQ simply does not work against COVID-19 – a fact that the world had known since June 2020, when the WHO Solidarity Trial dropped it after determining that it was ineffective against COVID-19.
As we explained before, the verdict on ivermectin is still out, so it simply does not make sense to use it as a mainstream COVID-19 treatment, outside of clinical trials.
The same goes for favipiravir, which is also under investigation as a potential treatment for COVID-19, after lab tests and small pilot studies in humans showed some benefit in reducing symptoms and duration of illness. However, there is still not enough evidence to use it to treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials.
Indian COVID-19 Treatment w/o Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir
The Indian treatment guidelines for COVID-19 is now much simpler, after removing a whole bunch of off-label drugs.
For example, there is basically no treatment for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, bringing it in line with the rest of the world.
Oxygen support for mild COVID-19 still seems excessive, but it is a heck of a lot better than the earlier guidelines!
Only two off-label drugs are now authorised for emergency use against COVID-19 – remdesivir and tocilizumab, with the following warnings :
Emergency Use Authorisation based on limited scientific evidence globally.
Only to be used in selectmoderate / severe hospitalised COVID-19 patientson supplemental oxygen, within 10 days of onset of disease.
Exercise extreme caution as this is an experimental drug with potential to harm.
Only approved for use in severe and critically-ill COVID-19 patients, that meet these conditions :
a) no signs of improvement in oxygen requirement after 24-48 hours on corticosteroids
b) has significantly raised inflammatory markets (C-Creative Protein ≥ 75 mg/L)
Must only be used with patients who are free of any bacterial / fungal / tuberculous infection.
The Ecuador Secretary General of the Presidency, Jorge Wated Reshuan confirmed that the nurse was arrested.
The man who recorded the video of himself receiving the fake vaccination was also arrested.
Para que todos entiendan mejor: el señor de rojo tiene 55 años y se pasó fraudulentamente la cola para ser vacunado, el doctor primero no lo vacuna como se vio en el video, pero después lo termina vacunando. @FiscaliaEcuador deberá investigar a los dos quienes están detenidos pic.twitter.com/eqXzLche5B
Did American infectious disease expert, Dr. Rajendra Kapila, die from COVID-19, even after he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
Find out what the FACTS really are, and if it is truly pointless to vaccinate against COVID-19!
Updated @ 2021-05-08 : Snopes’ inability to verify facts, more details on vaccine breakthrough infections, and Dr. Kapila’s alleged infection by Indian variant.
Updated @ 2021-05-06 : Verified that Dr. Kapila was fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine, and contracted COVID-19 in India, and many other updates.
Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added unverified claims of heart attack.
Originally posted @ 2021-05-04
Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?
Professor Dr. Rajendra Kapila – an 81-year old infectious disease expert at the Rutgers University’s New Jersey Medical School passed away on 28 April 2021.
This was first reported by Professor Nancy Connell, Vice-chair for Research in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
We have lost a giant in infectious disease, Dr Raj Kapila, who served for years as a leader in global infectious diseases at @Rutgers_NJMS. @RutgersBHS will be ever grateful for his contribution to global ID and remember his extraordinary diagnostic talent https://t.co/5lYzDjxt9h
Professor Robert A. Schwartz, the Head of Dermatology, and Professor at the Medicine, Paediatrics, as well as Preventive Medicine and Community Health departments, also posted the news in a tweet :
Condolences to the family of Rajendra Kapila, the @RutgersU professor, @CityofNewarkNJ physician, and @USArmy veteran who advocated for the finest healthcare attainable for all. He will be remembered for his unmatched sagacity and conduct exemplarily of the @AOA_society motto.
It was later verified by Dr. Asit Khanna, who posted it in the Corona Fatalities and Infections in healthcare workers Worldwide group in Facebook.
According to the Dr. Asit, Dr. Rajendra Kapila went to Ghaziabad in India to look after his ailing father-in-law, contractor COVID-19, and succumbed to it.
According to Dr. Ruby Bansal, who said she was personally involved in his care, he tested RT-PCR positive for COVID-19 at the Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital in Kaushambi, and took his last breath at the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi.
A WhatsApp message then offered even more details on his condition. While we cannot corroborate the details, they seem plausible.
Prof. Kapila 83 years of age had history of Diabetes and CAD S/P stents. He had received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine a month before leaving for India.
During his visit he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized for 4 days but signed out against medical advice.
Thereafter he was admitted to a different hospital where he continued to recover from Covid pneumonia and at anytime did not require any assisted breathing.
On the seventh day he passed away following a massive heart attack in the early morning hours.
Myocardial ischemia, MI and sudden death are known to occur with circadian variation and peak after waking in the morning.
Waking in the morning, physical exertion, and mental stress influence plasma epinephrine levels, coronary blood flow, platelet aggregability, and endothelial function.
A relationship between COVID-19 infection and cardiovascular disease is also well established.
People who are 65 and older or with chronic conditions are at increased risk of cardiac complications.
Patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the setting of pre existing heart disease, diabetes, hypertension have increased risk of severe disease and death.
Potential mechanisms of cardiovascular injury include hypoxemia, myocarditis, thrombosis, stress cardiomyopathy and myocardial inflammation from the cytokine storm.
A significant number of patients who recover from COVID-19 have heart damage caused by the virus due to inflammation, even in mild cases.
mRNA vaccine efficacy is 95% which means that there is only a 5% chance of mild to moderate disease following 2 weeks after full vaccination.
The vaccines provide 100% protection from severe illness and death.
Prof. Kapila suffered mild to moderate Covid and did not progress to severe illness at any time.
He being 83 coupled with the history of CAD and complicated by Covid infection likely contributed to his sudden demise.
There is no justification to claim that this was a Covid vaccination failure.
Prof. Kapila was a good friend and will be remembered for his teaching and HIV research.
On 5 May 2021, the Hindustan Times reported that Dr. Kapila returned to India with his wife, Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila in the last week of March 2021, and stayed in Ghaziabad.
He was supposed to return to the US by the second week of April, but was instead tested positive on 8 April 2021 and admitted to the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi where he passed away, as Dr. Ruby Bansal above stated.
His wife, a microbiologist who has been working in a COVID-19 lab in New Jersey said that they both received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the US, and that “it is ironic that we came to Indian for two weeks and he contracted it here.”
Finally, on 7 May 2021, the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School issued an official statement, confirming that Dr. Kapila passed away.
Both Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital are saddened by the untimely passing of Rajendra Kapila, MD, Professor of Medicine.
For 50 years, Dr. Kapila served as a foundational pillar of New Jersey Medical School, the Martland Hospital and University Hospital where he provided care to tens of thousands of patients and trained numerous generations of medical students, residents and fellows. A genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases, Dr. Kapila was recognized world-wide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases. Dr. Kapila founded the Division of Infectious Diseases and facilitated its continued and extraordinary growth and development into one of the leading infectious diseases programs in the country.
We will update this article, as and when we know more.
WHY Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?
Of the thousands of healthcare workers who died from COVID-19, why did netizens pick Dr. Rajendra Kapila’s story to go viral?
The news of his passing was tied to comments that he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine, and his death shows that it may not be effective against the new Indian double mutation variant.
Here is one example :
Dr Rajendra Kapila, Infectious disease expert with Rutgers University was visiting India due to his father in-law’s poor health. He got infected with covid and died yesterday in India.
His friends here are sad and in disbelief how quickly he passed away. Apparently, he had both shots vaccines here before he left for India. Irony is he was infectious disease doctor.
So sad to know this. Looks like the vaccine may not be as effective with the new variants.
After two Pfizer vaccines shots in US , this doctor travelled to india to see his parents and succumbed to Indian variant
Vaccination is not effective with variants. Please exercise caution.
So what are the facts? Let’s take a look…
Fact #1 : Snopes Is Not Always Correct
I know some of you came from Snopes, who claimed that we are a fringe news outlet. The truth is – we have been debunking fake news on Tech ARP long before Snopes ever existed – since 1998!
Snopes may be recognised as a leading fact-checking website, but they expanded too fast and their writers are not infallible.
As of 8 May 2021, they still say that they are “not able to determine if Kapila had been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 using the Pfizer vaccine”. Neither were they able to “confirm whether he was diagnosed with COVID-19 following his vaccination.
Seriously?? We had already verified on 6 May 2021 (the last Snopes update) that his wife confirmed that Dr. Kapila was not only fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine, he was infected with COVID-19 in India.
Perhaps, because they are not doctors, they do not understand the concept of breakthrough infections. Perhaps they should look at bringing in medical experts to fact-check medical facts…
Fact #2 : Dr. Kapila Was Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
On 6 May 2021, Dr. Kapila’s wife – Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila – confirmed that they were both fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, before flying to India.
She also confirmed that he contracted COVID-19 in India, calling it ironic since she worked at a COVID-19 lab and they had both been taking precautions at home and in India.
It is a shame that Snopes still is unable to verify that, despite numerous major news organisations confirming it.
Fact #3 : Breakthrough Infections Can Happen After Vaccination
While antivaxxers are using Dr. Kapila’s case as a “lesson” in how useless COVID-19 vaccines are, that is really not the case.
It is certainly plausible for a fully-vaccinated person to still get infected by COVID-19. That’s because vaccines do not directly protect you against infections.
Rather, COVID-19 vaccines are basically training boot camps for your immune system, teaching it how to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.
But like all training programmes we undergo in life, not all students graduate with flying marks. And so it is with our immune systems – not all of them will learn from the vaccines well enough.
Even the most efficacious vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, have an efficacy of “just” 94-95%. That means a small number of people can still get infected even after they are fully vaccinated.
These infections are known as breakthrough infections, and they will keep happening until we achieve herd immunity.
To prevent them, we have to quickly vaccinate everyone against COVID-19. Even herd immunity at the workplace can greatly cut down on breakthrough infections!
Was Indian journalist, Pragya Mishra, murdered in broad daylight after criticising the Kumbh Mela festival for causing the catastrophic COVID-19 surge?
Find out what the viral video of her murder showed, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Pragya Mishra Killed In Broad Daylight Over COVID-19 Comments!
Two videos and a photo are going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Indian journalist Pragya Mishra was killed in broad daylight after she criticised the recent Kumbh Mela festival in India for causing the catastrophic surge in COVID-19.
The first video showed the news segment in which Pragya Mishra talked about the Kumbh Mela and the COVID-19 tsunami.
The second video was CCTV footage showing a woman getting stabbed by a man in broad daylight.
The videos are accompanied by one or two pictures showing the woman lying in a pool of blood, with one of these messages :
An Indian broadcaster who spoke against unhealthy Hindu gatherings and the spread of Corona disease was assassinated publicly.
Pragya mishra murdered in broad daylight
Because she was talking in news about kumbh mela in the era of cornavirus
No! Pragya Mishra Was NOT Killed Over COVID-19 Comments!
This is yet another COVID-19 related hoax. Pragya Mishra is alive and well.
It has been suggested that the fake news was created as a kind of warning to Pragya Mishra – watch what you are saying about Hindus and the Kumbh Mela, or else…
That is something we cannot prove, but here are the facts that we can prove…
Fact #1 : Pragya Mishra Is Alive And Well
These videos and photos first circulated on or just before 18 April 2021.
At that time, Pragya Mishra was at home because of “COVID-19 protocols”. When she was informed about the videos and photos, she tweeted that she was safe.
As of 30 April 2021, she’s still active on her Twitter account, @PragyaLive.
Fact #2 : Second Video Was Of A Real Murder
Unfortunately, the second video is genuine, and shows the murder of a real woman on 10 April 2021.
It was not Pragya Mishra, but a 26 year-old lady called Neelu Mehta, who worked at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
She was stabbed and murdered in broad daylight by her husband, Harish Mehta, an employee of the Marriage Bureau.
Allegedly, he suspected his newly-wed wife of eight months of infidelity, and stabbed her to death. Even after she died, he continued stabbing her.
Sadly, no one intervened or tried to help her.
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Are mamak and nasi kandar restaurants spreading the Indian COVID-19 strain?
Find out what people are sharing on social media, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Mamak Restaurants Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain!
This warning has been spreading on WhatsApp, with a link to a MalaysiaKini report called KL restaurant customer part of new cluster, nine cases report today.
There are two versions – one in Bahasa Malaysia, and one in English.
PERINGATAN KOD MERAH KEPADA SELURUH MALAYSIA
Menjauhkan diri dari kedai Mamak, nasi kandar dań semua restaurant india yang mengambil pekerja india dari india untuk sementara waktu, sekumpulan covid baru di Kuala Lumpur berpotensi merebak ke seluruh negara.
Genom G64 covid 19 dari india dan mesir adalah virus penyebar super. Tiada ada vaksin atau rawatan yang sesuai untuk virus ini sekurang-kurangnya hinge 2023. Strategi melarikan diri dari virus ini tidak dapat dilakukan pada masa ini.
CODE RED WARNING TO ALL MALAYSIAN
Stay away from Mamak shop, nasi bandar and all Indian restaurant hiring Indian workers from India utk sementara waktu, a new covid cluster in KL and potentially spread to the whole country.
Genom G64 covid 19 from india and Egypt are super spreader virus. No appropriate vaccines or treatment for these viruses at least till 2023. Escape strategy for these virus cannot be done at the moment.
NO! Mamak Restaurants Are NOT Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain!
The viral warning has actually been circulating since August 2020 and is completely false! Here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : MalaysiaKini Labelled It Fake
Most people do not read beyond the headlines or the message, and the person who created this fake message knows that very well.
He/she intentionally inserted the link to a genuine MalaysiaKini article, to make it look like a genuine warning based on the article.
However, the article does not refer to any particular COVID-19 strain, or referred to any super spreader variant.
It only mentioned that the first two cases in the Maju cluster involved workers at a restaurant, but it is unknown if they are foreigners or locals.
Did this doctor die from the painkiller, Diclofenac, after getting her COVID-19 vaccination?
Find out what happened, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : This Doctor Died From Painkiller After COVID-19 Vaccination!
This is the message that has gone viral on WhatsApp recently :
Dr. Hariharini Md died because she was injected Diclofenac by her husband Doctor after Covid Vaccination, so pain killers should not taken after Covid Vaccination. Valuable information
This young doctor Hariharini sadly passed away today following developing severe anaphylaxis to Ini. Diclofenac which was given to her by her husband at home for myalgia following Covid vaccination.
She died at Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai after a brief battle in ICU.
She was doing MD Anaesthesia at Madurai Medical College and was married 4 months ago. Her husband is doing MS Gen Surg at Madurai Medical College.
She belongs to the 2012 Batch from Thanjavur Medical College.
Any type of painkiller especially diclofenac sodium in tablet or injectable form is NOT AT ALL Advisable after getting vaccinated.
The fever or body pain or pain at site of vaccine is common and a body response to the vaccine.
Kindly share with all those who have taken the vaccine or going to take.
The Doctor Died From Painkiller After COVID-19 Vaccination, But…
Dr. Hari Harini did indeed die after being injected with the painkiller Diclofenac, after she was vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, her death had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine at all. Here are the facts of her tragic death…
Fact #1 : She Was Vaccinated A Month Earlier
Dr. Hari Harini received her first dose of the Covishield* vaccine on 5 February 2021.
Her husband only injected her with Diclofenac on 5 March 2021 – a month later, when she complained of a fever and body pain.
* Covishield is the brand name of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
Fact #2 : Fever + Muscle Pain From Vaccine Only Last A Few Days
Fever and muscle pain are your body’s natural initial response to vaccines, and they last only a few days. Generally just a day or two.
Therefore, the fever and muscle pain Dr. Hariharini experienced a month later, had nothing to do with the vaccine.
Fact #3 : She Fell Unconscious Within Hours Of Diclofenac Injection
Dr. Harini started vomiting and fell unconscious within hours of her husband injecting her with Diclofenac.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention, and then to a tertiary care hospital, before being brought to the Meenakshi Mission Hospital.
According to Dr. Kannan – the Medical Administrator of Meenakshi Mission Hospital, when she arrived, she was hypoxic, with a Glasgow Coma Score of 3 – the lowest possible score.
They could not revive her, and she passed away on 11 March 2021, after being on the ventilator for 4-5 days.
Fact #4 : Diclofenac Can Cause Severe Anaphylaxis
Diclofenac – a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) – can cause severe anaphylactic reactions when injected, infused, or taken orally.
This side effect is rare, but can quickly turn deadly, especially if it was injected intramuscularly or intravenously infused.
The anaphylactic shock, when it happens, can be counteracted with an intramuscular injection of adrenaline.
Fact #5 : Her Autopsy Confirmed The Anaphylactic Shock
An autopsy was performed on Dr. Hari Harini and the provisional diagnosis was “hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy due to anaphylactic shock“.
In other words, she suffered from brain damage from a lack of oxygen supply caused by a severe allergic reaction.
Fact #6 : Painkillers Could Dampen Vaccine Efficacy
Vaccines work by tricking your body into thinking that there is a real infection, triggering an immune response that cause “side effects” like injection site pain, fever and muscle aches.
These side effects are really your body’s natural immune response to any infection, and are therefore welcome signs that the vaccines are doing their jobs.
Research have shown that certain painkillers may dampen the body’s response to vaccines. One study even showed that NDAIDs reduce the body’s cytokine and antibody response to an actual COVID-19 infection.
That is likely why the US CDC recently updated its guidance on March 16, 2021, to :
avoid taking painkillersBEFORE getting vaccinated against COVID-19
treat post-vaccination fever by drinking plenty of fluids and dressing lightly
treat pain and discomfort with a cool and wet washcloth, and using or exercising the arm
take over-the-counter painkillers after COVID-19 vaccination, with your doctor’s advice
Unless you really need to, try to avoid taking any painkiller for the fever or muscle ache.
Is an Indian doctor’s diary and advice on the side effects of the Covaxin vaccine genuine?
Take a look at the viral post on Covaxin side effects, and what the FACTS really are!
Doctor’s Diary On Covaxin Side Effects : A Viral Sensation
An Indian doctor’s diary on the Covaxin vaccine’s side effects, and his advice on how to deal with them, has gone viral on social media…
What’s amazing is that it’s gone viral even in countries where the Covaxin vaccine, is not, and will likely never be available!
A doctor’s report from his diary on his own health after receiving Covaxin vaccination
(Save for your reference till vaccination is done)
Diary for 2 days
I got my self vaccinated today (25/01/2021) at 11:25 am, on the left upper side of the arm. I had no side effects till 10:30 pm.
I had my dinner at 8:00 pm and I was all fine till 10:30 pm with no side effects, I went to bed around the same time. At 11:30 pm, while I was still lying in the bed, pain started at the vaccination site, which wasn’t before. I had a slight chill and my temperature started rising, at 12:30 am. I measured my temperature and I was having 99.4*F. As expected, along with the temperature started the rest of the side effects. I had bodyache, warmness in my eyes, neck pain. Pain at the vaccination site became worse and I also had slight choking in my throat.
Throughout the night I was restless, could not sleep much, my temperature at 2:00 am was 100.4*F. I kept myself observing closely.
I was happy though, as all these side effects indicated that the vaccination was successful and my body is giving robust response.
I slept around 4:00 am got up at 6:00 am, feeling drained, my temperature was again 100.4*F at 6:30 am. Throughout the day I had fever ranging between (99.7*F-100.2*F) body ache, pain at vaccination site, sore throat, mild cold. In the evening, around 6:30 pm, my temperature was 99.3*F, pain slightly reduced at the vaccination site, some relief was also observed in my sore throat.
I had my dinner at 8:30 pm and went to bed at 10:30 pm, before bedtime my temperature was 99.2*F.
I woke up at 6:00 am, feeling quite well, body temperature was 98.7*F, pain at vaccination site grossly reduced, pain only felt when I press my vaccination site with my hands, sore throat, neck pain gone.
All these side effects were like having mini-Covid symptoms.
Importantly, the whole batch of the doctors who got vaccinated the same day kept on sharing their side effects within our group and about 80-90% of us had common side effects as mentioned above.
The other symptoms which my colleagues had.
1. Dizziness, at the time of administering the vaccination and afterwards as well.
2. Rise in blood pressure.
I am sharing with you the first-hand experience which we doctors had at the time and after vaccination. You all will be experiencing the same, whenever you get vaccinated, so do not get anxious, as you all now, know the side effects.
Better star this message till you get vaccinated, delete it, after vaccinated.
Q. What did I do to overcome the side effects of vaccination
1. I kept myself well hydrated, drank 3-4 litres of warm water, apart from warm water had hot soup 400 ml each time, 4 times a day. (Tomato, Carrot, Spinach & Ginger soup). Keeping oneself hydrated after vaccination is a Guru Mantra, to get well soon.
2. Meals-Dalia, Khichdi, Sooji, Salad, Papaya, Apple (peeled).
3. To wean off the side effects, one can take a paracetamol tablet, but I did not take one. I relied on my body’s defence/response.
Other important points
1. Please get vaccinated, whenever your turn comes. Do not skip your turn, otherwise you will have to wait for long. Do not put your work or any other engagements before vaccination.
2. There are two doses of vaccination with 28 days apart, after the second dose of vaccination you will be issued a certificate that you have been successfully vaccinated.
3. You will receive all the messages on your registered mobile number, the date and the time slot when are you going to be vaccinated.
4. Please do not wear any perfume on the day of vaccination.
5. Do not allow alcohol rub on your arm at the time of vaccination and after vaccination.
6. Please do not consume alcohol 10 days before and 10 days after the vaccination.
7. Individuals with high BP should monitor their BP regularly after vaccination.
8. Please remember, even after vaccination we all are expected to wear masks, maintain social distancing and wash hands.
I will receive my second dose whenever I receive message on my registered mobile number.
Aftermath of my vaccination experience closes here, as I am feeling better and back to normal.
Fact Check Of Doctor’s Diary On Covaxin Side Effects
There’s no way to tell if the viral diary was actually written by a doctor, since it’s unsigned and not attributed to anyone. So we cannot verify his/her account.
However, we can fact-check a few interesting points, claims and advice in that viral account. Let’s see what the FACTS really are…
Fact #1 : India Uses The Metric System
Interestingly, the writer recorded his/her body temperature in Fahrenheit, instead of Celsius.
Like the vast majority of the world, India uses the metric system, and an actual Indian doctor would use Celsius.
Fahrenheit is only used in the United States, Belize, Palau, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands – none of which has the Covaxin vaccine.
Fact #2 : The Writer Use Terms Doctors Generally Won’t
Generally, doctors will not use terms like vaccination site, temperature started rising, warmness in eyes, rise in blood pressure, or mini-Covid symptoms.
The proper terms, which normal people would have understood, would have been injection site, fever, hypertension or increased blood pressure, or COVID-like symptoms.
Fact #3 : How High Was Their Blood Pressure?
The writer claimed that his/her medical colleagues reported “rise in blood pressure”, without stating how much higher.
This is important, because a significant increase in blood pressure is defined as an increase in systolic blood pressure of greater than 20 mm Hg, or an increase in diastolic blood pressure of greater than 10 mm Hg.
If the writer is an actual doctor, and his colleagues only reported slightly elevated blood pressure, he/she should have written it off as irrelevant, or normal physiological variances.
Blood pressure can also temporarily increase for all sorts of perfectly normal reasons – smoking, caffeinated drinks, anxiety, or even mild exertion before the reading was taken.
A single elevated BP reading is not indicative of the blood pressure actually being high. In fact, blood pressure readings are only accurate if you follow these rules :
you did not drink a caffeinated beverage or smoke in the last 30 minutes.
you did not rest (sit quietly) for at least 5 minutes
you are seated with your arm rested, so that your elbow is about heart level
you did not talk during the measurement
there is a difference of less than 5 mm Hg between two readings taken consecutively.
Fact #4 : Dizziness During Injection
Dizziness during injection is not a side effect of the Covaxin vaccine, because it’s in the process of being injected into the body, and thus have no effect yet.
Other regulatory bodies may have their own minimum efficacy rates to licence COVID-19 vaccines. But not WHO.
Claim #5 : The Coronavirus Hides In The Paranasal Sinus For The First Two Days
FALSE. Coronaviruses of any kind, SARS-CoV-2 other otherwise, do NOT go for a 2-day holiday in your paranasal sinuses before infecting you.
That’s pseudoscience bullshit.
Claim #6 : It Takes A Few Days For SARS-CoV-2 To Reach Your Throat And Lungs
FALSE. She is probably confused by the incubation period, which is the time between exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and when symptoms start appearing.
After exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus will IMMEDIATELY hijack your cells to replicate. It takes a few days before it infects enough cells, and your body recognises and reacts to the threat, for symptoms to show.
But that doesn’t mean they are on a holiday in your paranasal sinuses, or taking their own sweet time trekking their way to your lungs.
A higher power magnification image shows the structure and density of SARS-CoV-2 virions (red) produced by human airway epithelia. Credit : EHRE LAB, UNC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Claim #7 : Steam Weakens / Kills The Virus In The Nose
FALSE. Inhaling steam will NOT weaken or kill any virus in your nose. Inhaling hot steam at 60°C to 70°C can cause burn damage to your nose.
In fact, Dr. Satyanarayana Mysore, the HOD of Pulmonology at Manipal Hospitals reported seeing many cases of scalded airways and worsening asthma due to steam inhalation in March, April and May 2020.
Claim #8 : Steaming Was Promoted In China, Japan, Taiwan To Control COVID-19
FALSE. These countries have NEVER used steaming to control COVID-19. They simply used a mixture of :
physical distancing or lockdowns
mandatory requirement to wear face masks in public
stringent hand hygiene practices
She also FALSELY made the claim that those countries promoted steaming as a way to control COVID-19.
Claim #9 : Using Eucalyptus Oil While Inhaling Steam Works Against COVID-19
FALSE. No medical expert has ever recommended inhaling steam with eucalyptus oil. In fact, they are warning about the dangers of Essential Oil-Induced Seizures (EOIS)!
Dr. Thomas Mathew, Professor and HOD of Neurology at St. John’s Medical College Hospital, said that, “People must avoid adding essential oils, eucalyptus oil and pain balm to water while inhaling steam. These stimulate the brain and cause seizures. We see at least two such cases every month“.
Claim #10 : All The Doctors Are Inhaling Steam + Saying It Really Works Against COVID-19
There are tons of photos of doctors and nurses working in ICU wards, and they all have one thing in common – they are all wearing PPE including face masks and face shields.
There are NO DOCTORS inhaling steam to prevent COVID-19, because IT DOES NOT WORK!!!
And let me remind you again – doctors are WARNING against inhaling steam because it can scald and damage your airways!!!
Claim #11 : Supplements Help Against COVID-19
FALSE. There is no evidence that any supplement can help prevent or cure COVID-19.
Taking multi-vitamin supplements will not help boost your immune system, unless you have a very poor diet.
There’s a reason why they are called supplements – because they are meant to supplement a bad diet.
A good, wholesome diet, will provide your body all the necessary macro- and micro-nutrients it needs.
After TikTok was exposed for spying on what we type, it got banned by India together with 58 other Chinese apps, for cybersecurity reasons.
Here is everything you need to know about this new ban, including the full list of banned apps!
India Bans 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok and WeChat!
Just two days ago, we showed how TikTok was caught spying on what we type in other apps, not once but TWICE.
The very next day, TikTok joined WeChat as part of a ban by India on 59 Chinese apps identified as malicious or posing data and privacy risks to their users.
The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.
The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.
Based on input from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) and representatives from both inside and outside the Indian Parliament, the Indian government announced the ban of 59 Chinese apps.
No doubt, the recent high altitude fatal brawl between Chinese and Indian troops in the Himalayas played some part in this decision.
Hydroxychloroquine claimed yet another life – an Indian doctor died after taking it to prevent COVID-19.
Find out what happened, and why it is dangerous for anyone to take hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19!
Hydroxychloroquine NOT Approved By FDA To Treat / Prevent COVID-19
In March 2020, US President Donald Trump stunned doctors, scientists and even the US FDA itself, when he claimed on a televised press conference that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, quickly stepped up to correct him.
But it has not stopped Trump from continuously advocating that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.
The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.
On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, clarifying that chloroquine was merely being studiedto determine if it can be used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19.
They also reiterated that “there are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.”
Indian Doctor Died From Hydroxychloroquine Prophylaxis
On 29 March, Dr. Jiten Borgohain reported that Dr. Utpal Barman died of a massive cardiac arrest earlier that day, after taking the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (Z-Pak) combination that Donald Trump promoted.
Dr. Barman, who was an anaesthesiologist at the Pratiksha Hospital in Guwahati, Assam in India, reportedly took the combination as a prophylaxis against COVID-19.
According to a close friend of the 43 year-old doctor, he was taking two doses of 200 mg hydroxychloroquine a day for just a few days when he complained of severe chest pain.
We received a panic call from Dr Barman’s wife and many of us reached his home to find him writhing in pain. At first, it looked like an acute myocardial infarction—or heart attack. He was immediately shifted to Guwahati Neurology Research Centre where he died shortly.
Sadly, it appeared that he was unnecessarily self-medicating himself, because there were no COVID-19 cases in Assam at that time.
Hydroxychloroquine Prophylaxis : Risk Are Real
Donald Trump is blasé about the risks of taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against COVID-19, because he suffers from the Dunning-Kruger effect – stupid people are incapable of understanding how stupid they are.
Many doctors, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are hesitant about using hydroxychloroquine to treat / prevent COVID-19 because it has NOT been proven to work, and it is known to be cardio-toxic in 1%-3% of people who take it.
Hydroxychloroquine prolongs the QT interval.
Use hydroxychloroquine with caution in patients with cardiac disease or other conditions that may increase the risk of QT prolongation including :
congenital long QT syndrome,
coronary artery disease,
or in patients receiving medications known to prolong the QT interval or cause electrolyte imbalances.
Females, geriatric patients, patients with diabetes, thyroid disease, malnutrition, liver impairment, or those who drink alcohol to excess may also be at increased risk for QT prolongation.
Chronic toxicity should be considered when conduction disorders (bundle-branch block, AV block) or biventricular hypertrophy are diagnosed.
If cardiotoxicity is suspected, prompt discontinuation of hydroxychloroquine may prevent life-threatening cardiac complications.
Hydroxychloroquine’s cardiotoxicity may be further exacerbated by pairing it with Z-Pak (Azithromycin).
In addition to known hepatotoxicity effects, Z-Pak (Azithromycin) can potentially cause cardiac problems like arrhythmias, and even prolong the QT interval.
Hydroxychloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!
It is possible that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be effective against COVID-19. That is the reason it is one of the twenty or so drugs being tested.
But Dr. Anthony Fauci was reticent about letting even US President Donald Trump declare that it works, because there is no proof yet that it works against COVID-19.
Flying as a group will be problematic, because there are limited seats available for the Unlimited Pass.
What will likely happen is that a few members of your group will be able to use their Unlimited Pass, while the others will have to pay full price for their tickets.
The way out would be to split the group up, and fly on separate flights. But obviously, this makes travel much more of a hassle.
And remember – even if you get to fly out with the Unlimited Pass, you may not get to do so on the way back. You may have to pay full price, unless you are able and willing to adjust your return date according to what’s available for the Unlimited Pass.
Reason #5 : Fuel, Baggage + Other Fees
Even if you manage to several flights using the Unlimited Pass, they aren’t free. You will still need to cough up extra money for ancillary fees.
Budget airlines like AirAsia make a large percentage of their profits not from flight tickets, but from ancillary revenue – administrative fees, baggage fees, assigned seat fees, flight insurance, cancellations, documentation, meals, merchandise, fuel surcharges, etc.
In Q3 2019, almost a quarter of AirAsia’s revenue came from such ancillary sources – a whopping RM 686 million. And unlike revenue from flight tickets – they have relatively low costs – and so they contribute substantially to the airline’s PROFITS.
Frequent AirAsia travellers will also tell you that these ancillary fees often cost as much as, or even more, than the flight tickets!
AirAsia Unlimited Pass : Who Should Buy It?
Based on the severe restrictions AirAsia places on the Unlimited Pass, the best people to buy it should meet these requirements :
retired, single or a couple
able to travel on normal working days
would like to travel to those 5 countries
willing to put up with booking / travel hassles
Everyone else should not bother. Really. Travel should be fun, not a torture.
And we should point out that the target group above can often get free or heavily discounted flights on AirAsia without the Unlimited Pass. Thanks for the screenshots, Nigel!
So all the Unlimited Pass does is “force” you to travel more on AirAsia – they won’t make money from your flights, but they will make their money from your ancillary fees.
AirAsia Unlimited Pass : The Caveats
AirAsia conveniently lists the caveats of the Unlimited Pass in two sections in a separate Q&A page, which we have combined and summarised here (with our emphasis) :
It is only applicable on direct long haul flights of over 4 hours with carrier code D7 & XJ.
It excludes flights to Bali, Singapore, Jeddah and all Fly-thru routes. Embargo period applies.
Flight redemption is limited and may not be available for all flights, all destinations including public holidays, school breaks and weekends.
Promotions which are applicable for bookings made via airasia.com and AirAsia Mobile App are limited to regular base fare only and shall not include Premium Flex or Value Pack bundled category.
All applicable taxes, fees or charges imposed by the regulatory bodies must be paidat the time of purchase unless otherwise stated.
It is available for BIG Members within Malaysia who are at least 12 years of age on the date of departure and the passenger must be the BIG Member who made the booking. Each AirAsia Unlimited Pass is assigned to one (1) passenger only with one (1) BIG Member account.
You can only book for yourself, and cannot select multiple passengers using the AirAsia Unlimited Pass.
In the event any travel agency or party other than an individual BIG Member purchased the AirAsia Unlimited Pass and subsequently made flight bookings using the AirAsia Unlimited Pass, AirAsia shall have the right to cancel/forfeit such AirAsia Unlimited Pass and the flight bookings, without any liability on the part of AirAsia to such agency, third party or any passenger.
AirAsia reserves the right to cancel or forfeit your Unlimited Pass, if you miss more than three (3) flights.
The AirAsia Unlimited Pass cannot be sold, bartered, assigned or transferred to another person. Any attempt to transfer the AirAsia Unlimited Pass or book travel using the AirAsia Unlimited Pass for someone other than the holder of the AirAsia Unlimited Pass will result in immediate forfeiture of the AirAsia Unlimited Pass.
Upon purchasing the AirAsia Unlimited Pass, the passenger shall have the right to book and fly on AirAsia X and Thai AirAsia X flights to Australia, India, China, Korea and Japan for an unlimited number of times, subject to full and final payment of any applicable airport charges, taxes and regulatory fees, or other charges.
Use of the AirAsia Unlimited Pass will not earn any BIG Points, and flights flown using the AirAsia Unlimited Pass will not count towards any offers or bonuses. Redemption of BIG Points is also not allowed for the purchase of the AirAsia Unlimited Pass.
When purchasing the AirAsia Unlimited Pass, passengers must ensure their details in the BIG Member account (i.e. name and date of birth) are as per passport or identity card. These details will be used for booking during the redemption process.