During these testing times amid coronavirus pandemic it is quite necessary that everyone should remain well informed about the latest developments in India and the world that can have a bearing on people’s health and wellbeing, lives and livelihoods as it is proved that knowing everything about this deadly virus will be half the battle won. Surely it can be said that knowing precautions and following the same religiously can prove to be panacea of getting rid of this unkind epidemic till the time a vaccine or antidote comes into existence. Lately, the confusion which is marring the whatsoever treatment available regarding corona infection till date is the controversy on side-effects of hydroxychloriquine. World Health Organisation (WHO) has suspended the testing of hydroxychloriquine in COVID-19 patients temporarily in its global study over safety concerns but taking a contrary stand that too with determined resolve in backdrop of WHO’s decision the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday reiterated that according to studies conducted in the country, the drug has no major side-effects. A senior scientist of ICMR has already affirmed that proof of whether this controversial anti-malarial drug can stave off COVID-19 contagion will be available by July after completion of a large trial on the health workers. Whether apprehensions of WHO have strong basis or the ICMR’s stand is more result-oriented is not the issue to be discussed until and unless something authentic really comes out of the trials and different studies but again what is important for now is to remain glued to whatever source one has to watch and know each and every move of the concerned scientific community to follow the events and remedies that are significant to combat and kill the devil Corona and toeing the line suggested through latest advisories and guidelines by the experts sitting at different destinations across the world as saving life at this juncture is more important than anything else. However, one thing which is coming out and is quite soothing is that J&K and Northeast have been able to tackle this contagious virus in a much better way than their counterparts in the country as revealed by none other than Dr Jitendra Singh, MOS PMO. Over and above only remedy in sight is still the same viz. stay home stay safe.
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