I’ve Completed my Covid Vaccines. Am I fully safe?

It’s been some time since I posted my last blog. I told you I was going to share about the complications of the vaccines. But I am sorry, I did not get sufficient information to pass on through a blog. I am happy that at least the companies are now willing to accept that there …

Before and after taking my Covid-19 vaccine

On Friday the 19th of February, I had my first shot of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine. Earlier, I had decided to take the vaccine whenever it was available. But then I felt the need to give some time to see the possible side effects of the vaccines available. In my last blog, I indicated that …

Vaccine preparation and clinical trials

In my last blog, I mentioned that I will present various aspects of clinical trails in the preparation of vaccines. So, here it is. Peter Piot who played a key role in the HIV epidemic and then the Ebola crisis has made this statement. “Let us be clear: without a corona vaccine we will never …

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 …