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The Mutant strain.

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Is the new variant of covid 19 lethal ?
 A new variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the globe. It was first identified in the United Kingdom, where it is rapidly spreading, and has been found in multiple countries. Viruses mutate all the time, often with no impact, but this one appears to be more transmissible than other variants—meaning it spreads more easily. Barely one day after officials announced that America’s first case of the variant had been found in the United States, in a Colorado man with no history of travel, an additional case was found in California
Increased transmissibility can wreak havoc in a very, very short time—especially when we already have uncontrolled spread in much of the United States. The short-term implications of all this are significant, and worthy of attention, even as we await more clarity from data. In fact, we should act quickly especially as we await more clarity—lack of data and the threat of even faster exponential growth argue for more urgency of action. If and when more reassuring data come in, relaxing restrictions will be easier than undoing the damage done by not having reacted in time.
To understand the difference between exponential and linear risks, consider an example put forth by Adam Kucharski, a professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who focuses on mathematical analyses of infectious-disease outbreaks. Kucharski compares a 50 percent increase in virus lethality to a 50 percent increase in virus transmissibility. Take a virus reproduction rate of about 1.1 and an infection fatality risk of 0.8 percent and imagine 10,000 active infections—a plausible scenario for many European cities, as Kucharski notes. As things stand, with those numbers, we’d expect 129 deaths in a month. If the fatality rate increased by 50 percent, that would lead to 193 deaths. In contrast, a 50 percent increase in transmissibility would lead to a whopping 978 deaths in just one month—assuming, in both scenarios, a six-day infection-generation time.
Transmissibility increases can quickly—very quickly—expand the baseline: Each new infected person potentially infects many more people. Severity increases affect only the infected person. That infection is certainly tragic, and this new variant’s lack of increase in severity or lethality thankfully means that the variant is not a bigger threat to the individual who may get infected. It is, however, a bigger threat to society because it can dramatically change the number of infected people. To put it another way, a small percentage of a very big number can easily be much, much bigger than a big percentage of a small number.
I dismissed the news initially because viruses mutate all the time and there have been too many baseless “mutant-ninja virus” doomsaying headlines this year. The exaggerated, clickbaity alarmism makes it harder to discern real threats from sensationalism. Given the constant reality of mutation, genomic variants should be considered innocent until proved guilty. Even an increase in the proportion of cases attributable to a particular variant is not definitive proof of an evolutionary advantage.
 
However, as data on the new variant roll in, there is cause for real concern. Trevor Bedford, a scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a board member for the Covid Tracking Project at The Atlantic, points out that infections from the new variant are increasing very rapidly among the population in the U.K. Bedford also notes that this new variant seems to have a higher secondary-attack rate—meaning the number of people subsequently infected by a known case—compared with “regular” COVID-19.  Finally, the new variant seems to result in higher viral loads (though this is harder to be sure about as viral loads can be affected by sampling bias and timing). As Kucharski told me, all of this does not rule out other explanations. This increased transmission could be due to chance or founder effects—meaning one variant just happened to get somewhere before the other variants and then got “lucky”; it was early, rather than more transmissible. It could be due to changed behavior among people—quarantine fatigue, less masking—leading to more rapid spread. However, given the current evidence, along with the specifics of the mutation, it’s getting harder to assume that those other explanations are more likely than the simple proposition that this is truly a more transmissible variant.
 
 

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People often sacrifice foot health for fashion, but at what cost ?

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Considering the fashion of footwear in this modern era not only causes pain but also hampers the structural alignment of the body . Footwears like high heels , narrow bellies , flat slippers , narrow loafers etc has a localised effect as well as has an impact on entire posture of the body. Therefore people must know how these footwears cause various changes.
The following is an abstract that will enlighten you about various changes that your choice of footwear can make.
An attractive pair of footwear can make a perfect outfit , but with this style comes much sufferings . Even though this causes discomfort and prolonged pain , this barely stops anyone from wearing themoccasionally or daily.

When heels are been worn by women for a long period of time, their entire body weight is transferred to the forefoot which strains the calf muscles. This imposes enormous pressure on the knee.

Further upwards , a women’s body will attempt to compensate and create balance by forward rotation of the pelvis which increases curvature of lower spine .This causes the lower back to push forward and results in hollowing . To compensate the hollowing the upper back becomes concave which leads to forward posture of shoulder and neck. Therefore bad alignment and tense muscles are its biggest repercussions .
Similarly when people go for narrow bellies , flat pumps and loafers they strenuously try to adjust their toes into these kind of footwears which cause sstrain on the midfoot. This results in the “plantar fasciitis” i,e. Inflammation causing pain in the midfoot . Consequently reducing the arches of foot and causing flat foot .

Flat foot changes the weight bearing pattern of our body and hence disturbs the posture of our body. Poor posture can not only impact a person physically but also brings down an individual’s self esteem by hampering the personality.
One can consider the following recommendations before making a choice for their footwear :

● Avoid wearing high heels for prolonged period of time.
● Stretch leg muscles before and after putting them on.
● If possible go for platform heels.
● Avoid choosing pointed toe heels or flat bellies to allow our foot to breathe. ● Buy a wide variety of footwear with proper arches and gripped sole.

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MRI Scan at ₹50: ‘Cheapest’ Diagnostic Facility
 
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, located in Delhi, is one of the most well-known religious places. This peaceful place of solace is visited by almost more than a thousand people in one single day. And at this peaceful shrine the country’s “cheapest” diagnostic facility will be implemented from the first week of December. An MRI here will cost just ₹50, according to Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee. This seems to be great news for all of us, especially to needy people. Right!!
 
A dialysis centre is being set up at Guru Harkishan Hospital on Gurudwara premises. The procedure of dialysis will cost only ₹600. You would be astonished to know that machines worth 6 crore were donated to the hospital. These include machines for dialysis, machines for ultrasound, X-Ray and MRI. For needy people the cost will be low but for others the cost will be a little bit high. A committee of doctors would be set up for this practice.
 
During this pandemic period the cost of all these tests are increased in private laboratories. So, where will the needy go? But, Sikh Community has come up with the solution to this problem. Whether it’s a natural calamity, a protest, or a pandemic, the Sikh Community always comes in front to help humanity. Besides setting these machines at a cheap cost, they have provided food to the needy during the lockdown, given shelter to migrants who stuck in the cities, and converted gurudwara into quarantine centers. Now, to help underprivileged with diagnostic facilities they have started this. A good initiative taken by them I must say!
 
Main point is that it will be open for 24/7 even on national holidays, so anytime you can access their facility. If you are needy and don’t have income for private hospitals then just catch the “cheapest” diagnostic facility of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Anyone can access this facility, no barrier is there. I am feeling so overwhelmed that people’s donations are utilized so wisely. Charity is the most auspicious act we all should do.
 
“After all Humanity is the most superior and comes first. Keep helping people who are in need, don’t stop. It is like that you could feel that you are at the side of god, from earth. The most beautiful feeling of the world.”
 
I have only heard that ‘Sikh seva is the best seva.’ But now I have seen it also. Good deeds would fetch you good results. So, keep going and help the needy, just like Sikh.
 
 

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SELF HYPNOSIS:

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Reaching a relaxed state whereby it is possible to sink deeper into our minds and to control our subconscious mind , where it can be rebooted too is hypnotism.Self-hypnosis can allow people to bypass their conscious minds and introduce positive thoughts and ideas into their unconscious and positive vibes make you feel energetic , it happens through physical and mental relaxation.

What is self Hypnosis?

Self hypnosis or auto hypnosis is process of reaching subconscious mind  and linking it with conscious mind.In short Self-hypnosis or auto-hypnosis (as distinct from hetero-hypnosis) is a form, a process, or the result of a self-induced hypnotic state. Although this technique seems new, but it was used from ages. Many great people used to follow this technique to be mentally and physically active.

Why self Hypnosis is essential ?

You have seen stage shows where a hypnotist seemsto be able to use their “hypnotic powers” to make people do and say things that they would never do or say under normal conditions. If so, it is not surprising that hypnosis may seem just a little bit wacky, not unlike other seemingly mystical and unexplainable phenomena. This is unfortunate because hypnosis is, in fact, a serious therapeutic tool that can help people overcome many psychological, emotional and even some physical problems. It can cure many mental illness too. Many mentalists use this technique to achieve good mental health.

Hypnosis may help pain management, anxiety,depression,sleep disorders,obesity, asthma, and skin conditions.When this practice is mastered, it can improve concentration, recall, enhance problem solving, alleviate headaches and even improve one’s control of emotions.

History of self hypnosis:

The word hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypos” which means sleep. It is an abbreviation of the term neuro-hypnotism which means sleep of the nervous system.

The English term “hypnotism” was introduced in 1841 by the Scottish physician and surgeon James Braid. According to Braid, he first employed “self-hypnotism” (as he elsewhere refers to it) two years after discovering hypnotism, first teaching it to his clients before employing it on himself. In a later work, Observations on Trance or Human Hybernation (1850), Braid provides probably the first account of self-hypnosis by someone using hypnotism upon themselves. It seems crazy but it’s true , great brains always gets crazy and unbelievable ideas.

#Steps for self hypnosis :

1.Motivation:.                        

Without proper motivation, an individual will find it very difficult to practice self-hypnosis.

2.Relaxation:                                  

The individual must be thoroughly relaxed and must set aside time to perform this act. Additionally, distractions should be eliminated as full attention is needed.

3.Concentration:                           

The individual needs to concentrate completely as progress is made each time the mind focuses on a single image.

4.Directing:                               

This is an option used only when the individual wants to work on a specific goal. The individual must direct their concentration on visualizing the desired result.

Important information:

Hypnosis is not:

  • Mind control
  • Brain-washing
  • Sleep
  • Unconsciousness
  • A peculiar altered state
  • A mystical state

When in hypnosis a person is:

  • Aware
  • In control
  • In a natural and harmless state
  • Able to come out of hypnosis when s/he wishes to

Please Note these articles are meant for information purposes only and are not a substitute for Medical or Psychological treatment.

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