It is very important to know all the variants of the deadly Coronavirus. This piece is all about it. Read on.
The Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) is the first identified COVID-19 variant, traced in the UK and later became a dominant threat in the US, until March 2021. The variant was said to be a threat as it has been clinically found to be over 50% more contagious than the original Wuhan-identified variant.
The Beta variant of COVID (with mutations B.1.351, B.1.351.2, B.1.351.3) was first traced in the end of 2020 in South Africa, from whereon it continued to spread into parts of Europe and America. While the fast spread and heavy infectiousness of the variant made the WHO term it to be a VoC, it was found to cause a low percentage of infections, in comparison to other variants.
The Gamma variant, first identified in Japan is said to be the most dominantly spreading variant in Brazil, which became a major COVID hotbed. Holding mutations P.1, P.1.1, P.1.2, this variant, too has been found to have difficult mutations in its spike protein, which could escape neutralizing antibodies.
The Delta variant (B.1.617.2, AY.1, AY.2, AY.3), first identified in India is not just responsible for wreaking havoc and causing extremely high volume of cases during India’s second wave, but it is also a dominant threat in many more countries now. The variant is also strongly contagious, said to be at least 60% more infectious than the original strain and previous concerning variants as well, since it is much more efficient in sticking to ACE2 receptor cells.
The Mu variant is spreading across 40 countries globally and has been deemed to be a variant of interest right now. While the variant is yet to be be flagged as an ‘immediate’ threat, potential outbreaks which were genomically sequenced to be Mu established that the variant (B.1.621 and B.1.621.1), much like the Delta variant is capable of rendering vaccine-generated antibodies ineffective. Preliminary research has also shown that the Mu variant has specific mutations in it, which can allow it to surpass immune defence and cause infection, and the current vaccines may not work as well as they do against other variants.
7 Easy Remedies to Get Rid of Grey Hair Instantly
Grey hair can be caused due to stress. However, a lot of time, a deity instability can also lead to grey hair. The hair follicles can start shedding colours and then get into the natural cycle of dying and regenerating. Grey hair is likely to grow at the beginning of age 35. Yet, with pollution and a wide array of junk food, grey hair can start emerging at an early age.
Here Are the Remedies for Grey Hair:
By eating seaweed will get in all your trace minerals especially zinc, magnesium, selenium, copper, zinc and iron.
You can benefit by eating black sesame, beans, blackstrap molasses, nigella seeds (kalonji).
By eating Indian gooseberry, amla, you can get the benefits of this kitchen friendly ingredient.
Grass like wheatgrass or barley grass help in flushing the liver.
• Catalase (enzyme)
Eating catalase is rich in foods like sweet potato, carrots, garlic, and broccoli helps prevent grey hair.
• Eat Clean Food
You need to make sure that you are clean. You need to quit contaminants to blood conditions: sugar, dairy, refined flour, packaged foods, processed foods, unhealthy fats, and too much animal protein.
You need to make sure that you maintain hygiene and remain clean.
5 ways to protect your brain from dementia
What is dementia?
Dementia is a term used to describe a variety of brain-related indicators associated with worsening memory, decision making, and reasoning, however the symptoms of dementia can vary by individual. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
What factors are associated with an increased risk of dementia?
Advanced age, genetics and ethnicity can all play a role in the risk of dementia. They are not modifiable, meaning, they cannot be changed. The good news, however is this: another major factor associated with dementia is one you can control. Your diet.
5 ways to protect your brain from dementia
Numerous studies have shown that lifestyle choices play a large role in brain health. How you approach your diet is the first step.
- Follow a MIND diet approach
Perhaps the most studied diet related to brain health is the MIND (Mediterranean — DASH intervention for neurodegenerative delay) diet. The diet consists of ten healthy foods and five foods to limit. Adherence to the MIND diet has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53% when followed rigorously. Even moderate adherence led to 35% reduced risk.
- Focus on more color in the diet
Color is a major factor in both the MIND and Mediterranean dietary protocols. That’s because color, coming from green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, berries, beans, teas, peppers, spices and even coffee indicates a high degree of nutrient density.
- Get your protein in
A 2021 study demonstrated that lower protein diets could have a detrimental impact on brain health. Specifically, researchers found that amino acids (derived from protein in the diet) may inhibit the formation of Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting brain cell death, and reducing inflammation. You can get high quality protein from plants (such as beans and legumes) as well as animals (such as chicken breast, fatty fish, and eggs). If supplemental protein is necessary, a high-quality protein powder can assist as well. Exact protein needs vary by age and activity level.
- Eliminate added sugars from the diet
While adding nutrient dense foods are essential to protect overall brain health, taking away more problematic ingredients is also critical. Studies show that added sugar — often found in sugar sweetened drinks and cereals, candy and pastries — can increase the risk for multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Both conditions are linked with worsening brain health.
- Replace processed foods with real food
Processed foods (often referred to as highly palatable foods) not only skew your brain’s ability to assess hunger — which means you can easily eat large quantities — they replace more nutrient dense foods in the diet.
World Pneumonia Day 2021: Here are the tips to control it
Every year on December 12, the world observes the Pneumonia Day to create awareness and spread the word to help prevent and control the deadly infection. One has to be very careful especially during these testing times because like Covid-19, pneumonia can also spread through droplet transmission.
So, we bought you this piece mentioning the important tips. Give a read.
• Practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water regularly.
• Follow proper respiratory hygiene and wear a mask when stepping out, especially during an outbreak.
• Quit smoking
• Eat healthy
• Avoid being around people who are sick or have pneumonia.
• Get treated for any infections you may have at the earliest to avoid its progression to pneumonia.
• Stay active
• Get enough sleep
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