Karan Thapar Interview with Dr Gagandeep Kang of Christian Medical College Vellore COVID Vaccines in India

This interview is based on the situation that two vaccines are now available in India for administering to the general population. Certain questions have been raised which are addressed in this interview. While this may be relevant for India, even readers from other countries may find this useful. New Delhi: In an interview where she addresses …

The mental dimension of COVID-19

The mental dimension of COVID-19 was not realised early in the onset of the pandemic. The prevalence of mental difficulties associated with this disease cannot be ignored. A few salient problems are briefly described below. When a person was diagnosed with COVID-19, no relative would visit such a family as would have been done in …

The Side effects of COVID Vaccines

In my last blog, I had looked at the vaccines that are either available or will be available soon. I had indicated that I would touch on the side effects of the vaccines in this blog. Earlier, in my book on COVID-19, I had indicated there are 4 phases of clinical trials on the suitability …

Should you take the Covid-19 vaccine when available?

As a public health physician, recently I was asked for my opinion on whether people should take the COVID-19 vaccine when it is made available. When I first published the book on COVID-19, there was no vaccine. Then I shared the manner in which vaccine trials are conducted. Now many of you are aware of …

Don’t take chances with COVID virus: It will attack you.

I am writing this post after burying one of my close contacts, another victim of Covid 19. He was healthy and strong. He was young for his age. He was very careful in taking precautions for preventing the disease. He hardly went out of his house. He only went to his office and returned home.  …

Providing supportive oxygen to COVID-19 patients

When a patient gets admitted into a ward for care following a COVID-19 infection, besides specific medicines that need to be administered, providing oxygen depending on its saturation level and the need to respond to the level of breathing difficulty is the major medical intervention. When a patient is inside an ICU, relatives outside often …

My author manifesto: Why do I write?

Well, why do I write at this age of seventy-five years? It all started as a young physician when I started out on my medical career. From my experience I wanted to contribute something to society beyond just treating patients day in and day out. I knew writing was one of the ways I could …

Socialising, social distancing and mingling in COVID-19 settings

What are the current rules on socialising? So far we have been talking about social distancing. Now there is a new terminology introduced. That is socialising. It refers to how many people can meet together in social settings.First I share information from different countries that is available. While there are specific rules in different countries …

How to stop the spread of COVID-19?

In spite of all the efforts made by different countries of the world, COVID-19 continues to spread. Leaders are struggling to contain the spread of the disease. So, what must be done to stop the spread? The only effective method we know that could control the spread of the disease is wearing mask correctly and …