NewDelhi: AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria has said that CT scan is being misused by COVID-19 patients. "There is no advantage in getting a CT scan if you have mild symptoms." He added, "One CT scan is equal to 300-400 chest X-rays. Repeated CT scans in younger age group can increase cancer risk in later life," he further said.
Randeep Guleria warned people against taking steroids in an early stage or the first five days of COVID-19. He said this can be harmful, could further replicate the virus and even cause severe viral pneumonia. "Steroids are for moderate illness only, and patients with mild illness under home isolation do not require the same," he added.
AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria listed some "warning signs" that home-isolated coronavirus patients should watch out for and these are: oxygen saturation falling below 93, feeling fatigued and faint and excessive pain in the chest. In such cases, patients should immediately contact their doctors and get hospitalised, if required, Dr Guleria added.
The government on Monday shared the status of COVID-19 vaccination coverage across the country. The data showed that as of May 3, a total of 12.83 crore people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 2.89 crore have received their second dose. A many as 12.07 crore doses have been administered to those aged 45 and above.
The Centre has notified a number of decisions to boost the availability of medical personnel to fight COVID-19, like allowing deployment of interns and final year MBBS and nursing students on COVID-19 duties. It announced incentives for such personnel including coverage under an insurance scheme for those fighting COVID-19 and priority in government recruitments on completing 100 days of duty.
The government is tapping oxygen plants in industries like steel plants, refineries and power plants, that produce gaseous oxygen, for medical use. Such industrial units near cities are being identified to establish COVID-19 care centres and a pilot of five such facilities has been initiated. "10,000 oxygenated beds can be made available through this initiative," the government said.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said that the world has recorded more cases of coronavirus in the last two weeks than were recorded in the first six months of the pandemic. He added, "India and Brazil account for more than half of last week's coronavirus cases, but there are many other countries...that face a very fragile situation."